17 September 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Co-Co  – Sweet
2 2 7 You  – Peter Maffay
3 4 10 I Did What I Did for Maria  – Tony Christie
4 3 9 He’s Gonna Step on You Again  – John Kongos
5 5 11 Hold on (to What You Got)  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
6 11 4 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
7 9 6 Me and Bobby McGee  – Gordon Lightfoot
8 10 6 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart ?  – Bee Gees
9 13 3 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum  – Middle of the Road
10 15 3 Tom-Tom Turnaround  – New World
11 6 8 The Banner Man  – Blue Mink
12 12 4 I’m Gonna Run Away from You  – Tami Lynn
13 7 11 Rain, Rain, Rain  – Gentle People
14 14 5 Don’t Let it Die  – Hurricane Smith
15 20 2 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
16 8 10 Lady Rose  – Mungo Jerry
17 18 2 Sweet Hitch-Hiker  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 19 2 Never Ending Song of Love  – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
19 New 1 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
20 New 1 Hey  – Hedgehoppers Anonymous

‘Co-Co’ entered its 6th week at the top of the chart and moved The Sweet’s consecutive weeks at 1 total on to 12. Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ enjoyed a second week at number 2. We were yet to see a German act top the charts.

The biggest climb this week was 5 places and 3 songs managed this. They were Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ which moved up to 6 (and was the song’s second time with the biggest climber award), New World’s ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ which moved up 10 and The New Seekers’ ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ which climbed to 15. Interestingly these 3 had been with us for 5, 4 and 3 weeks respectively.

The only other song to climb more than 3 places was Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9 to make up the 4th star rater this week.

Mungo Jerry picked up their second biggest faller award as ‘Lady Rose’ dropped 8 from 8 to 16. Their previous biggest faller had been with ‘In The Summetime’ and that had only been a 3 place fall. ‘Lady Rose’s fall would be the biggest one Mungo Jerry would ever see.

Jérome’s ‘Nosy Rosie’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had seen a run of 5 weeks and peaked at 13. This was the tied second lowest peak to date for a song by a German act with both Jeronimo’s ‘Heya’ and The Rattles’ ‘The Witch’ also peaking at 13. All 3 German songs having that peak so far had also all spent 5 weeks on the charts.

The Sweet’s run of 7 weeks with more than 1 song in the chart came to an end as ‘Funny Funny’ dropped out of the top 20. It had been with us for a total of 16 weeks, 6 of which were spent at number 1. It had been the oldest on the chart last week and that title now fell to 2 local songs, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ and The Gentle People’s ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’ which were both on 11 weeks.

And while we had 2 local songs as the oldest on the chart, we also had 2 sort of local songs as new entries. Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles’ was her 3rd hit to make our charts. Barbara was the 9th solo female to clock up at least 3 hits and the 3rd local woman to do so. Judy Page (also 3 hits) and Virginia Lee (6 hits) were the other 2 local women to have 3 or more hits to date. ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ was written by Jack Rhodes and Dick Reynolds and was first recorded in 1956 by Wanda Jackson. The Springfields (which included Dusty Springfield) took the song to number 20 in the US, its highest placing there, while The Cowsills, Jody Miller and Linda Ronstadt have all have covers make the Billboard hot 100, reaching positions 74, 54 & 67 respectively.

The second new entry was by Hedgehoppers Anonymous, a British group that made South Africa a second home. At the beginning of 1971, they dropped the ‘Anonymous’ from their name and released ‘Hey’, a song penned by band member Mick Matthews. It climbed to number 2 on the LM Radio charts and topped the Rhodesian charts. It joined Glenn Yarbrough’s ‘She’ and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ as the shortest song title to chart so far. The gap between ‘Hey’ charting and the Hedgehoppers’ previous hit, ‘Don’t Push Me’, was a new record to date 278 weeks, smashing the previous record of 219 weeks which Groep Twee had set only 3 weeks previously. This increase in the record gap of 59 weeks (278 less 219) was a tied biggest to date. The only previous occasion we had seen this was when Rick Nelson added 59 weeks onto the record gap when he broke the record that The Animals held at that stage.

Excluding the first 2 weeks of the charts, this was only the second time the top 20 did not feature any previous number 1s. The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ had been the only previous number 1 in the top 20 but that fell off the chart this week. If terms of future number 1’s this was the first time we only saw 1 future number 1 on the chart. This would be an all-time record which we would see occur on 35 more occasions.

Creedence Clearwater Revival pulled 1 week ahead of The Rolling Stones for weeks on the chart. Their 93 to date left them in 8th place on the weeks count list but did mean that The Stones dropped to 9th. Meanwhile The Bee Gees joined The Troggs and Percy Sledge in tied 2nd place on the list with 105 weeks to their name. They were still 69 weeks behind leader Tom Jones. To put this lead into perspective, the songs to chart so far had average 8.12 weeks in the chart each which meant that these 3 acts would need just over 8 songs staying the average length in the charts to catch up with Tom.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy continued to move up the local weeks count list, their 28 weeks to date put them tied 12th with Tidal Wave.

The Hedgehoppers ‘Hey’ and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ would be the only songs with a title of 3 or less letters that would be on the charts simultaneously. We were also into the second week of the second run with 2 acts in the charts whose names started with the word ‘New’. The New Seekers and New World joined The New Vaudeville Band and The New Christy Minstrels (who had shared the charts back in 1967) in doing this. There would only be 1 more act to chart where the acts name began with ‘New’ and that be the odd one out as it would not share the charts with another ‘New’ act.

The Bees Gees moved into second place on the overall points list as they had now accumulated 1,313 which moved them ahead of The Troggs who were on 1,305. Tom Jones was in first place with 2,106.

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2 thoughts on “17 September 1971

  1. I notice that at numbers 15 and 18 there are two songs with the same title of “Never Ending Song of Love”. Highest ranking is by The New Seekers and the second one by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. I can remember the song performed by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends but not the New Seekers version. Are they both performing the same song?

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