8 October 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 10 You  – Peter Maffay
2 1 11 Co-Co  – Sweet
3 3 7 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
4 4 5 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
5 6 6 Tom-Tom Turnaround  – New World
6 5 6 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum  – Middle of the Road
7 7 4 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
8 11 5 Sweet Hitch-Hiker  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 12 4 Hey  – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
10 8 14 Hold on (to What You Got)  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
11 13 10 Flower of Life  – Lauren Copley
12 9 13 I Did What I Did for Maria  – Tony Christie
13 10 9 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart ?  – Bee Gees
14 15 5 Never Ending Song of Love  – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
15 16 3 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
16 New 1 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
17 20 2 I’m a Believer  – Neil Diamond
18 17 2 Leader of the Pack  – Shangri-las
19 18 3 Time After Time  – Judy Page
20 19 2 Sweet Maria  – Gert Potgieter

After hogging the top spot for 14 straight weeks, The Sweet’s domination of our charts was finally broken as ‘Co-Co’ dropped off the number 1 spot and fell to number 2. The Sweet had spent 6 weeks at 1 with ‘Funny Funny’, followed immediately by 8 weeks with ‘Co-Co’. They would be the only act who ever replaced themselves at the top of the charts and the 14 consecutive weeks at 1 would be an all-time record. The 8 weeks that ‘Co-Co’ was at number 1 was the record to date.

The new number 1 was the first song by a German act to top the charts as Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ moved into the top spot. This was the 4th song to reach number 1 in its 10th week on the chart and joined Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ and Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ in this record to date slowest climb to the top.

The biggest climb this week was only 3 places and there were 3 songs that managed this. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sweet Hitch-Hiker’ moved up to 8, Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Hey’ got to 9 and Neil Diamond’s ‘I’m A Believer’ climbed to 17. Creeedence and Diamond were the 16th and 17th acts to accumulate 6 biggest climber awards while the Hedgehoppers were enjoying their first. As the biggest climb was only 3 places, there were no star raters this week.

3 was also the number of places the biggest faller managed and for the really curious, this was the 56th time that the number of places for a biggest climb equalled that for a biggest fall. There were only 2 songs that dropped 3 places and those were Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ and The Bee Gees’ ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?’. It was a second week in a row as faller for the Tony Christie tune and the 3rd time overall that the song and the act had taken the award. For the Bee Gees, it was the 11th time they had seen a biggest faller and they moved out ahead for number of biggest fallers, now 1 more than Tom Jones and Creedence Clearwater Revival who both sat on 10. Of the 3 acts who had reached double figures for number of fallers, The Bee Gees had the lowest average number of places fallen to take the faller of the week award as their average was 5.18. Tom Jones averaged 5.2 for his 10 fallers of the weeks while Creedence Clearwater Revival were the ones who made a bigger splash when falling as their 10 biggest fallers averaged 5.6.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ was the oldest on the charts, enjoying its 14th week with us. This was the 4th week that ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ was the oldest and the 8th week that The Peanut Butter Conspiracy had had an oldest in the chart having seen ‘Understanding’ manage it for 4 weeks. They were now the 3rd best local act for number of weeks with an oldest song on the chart with Four Jacks & A Jill on 17 and The Staccatos on 20 (overall record to date) being ahead of them.

John Kongos’ ‘He’s Gonna Step on You Again’ was the only song to depart the chart this week. It had spent 11 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at number 2. This was 2 places higher than the song managed in the UK and 3 places higher than The Happy Monday’s cover of it managed in the UK. Kongos could also take some pleasure from the fact that the song topped the LM Radio charts. This was not the last we would see of him on our charts.

We welcomed our 7th song by a French act to the charts in the shape of Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’. Gerard’s real name was Gérard Daniel Kherlakian. Arriving at 16, this was the highest debut spot for a French song and this would be equalled twice and beaten twice by the time the charts finished in 1989. Gerrard recorded ‘Butterfly’ in French, German, Spanish and Italian as well as English. He topped the German, Swiss and Austrian charts with it, made number 2 in Holland, 3 in Belgium and 5 in Norway. In the UK and Australia he made it to number 11 and scraped a number 78 in the US. With this new entry France pulled 1 hit ahead of Ireland to make 8th spot on the number of hits by a nation list while Ireland fell into 9th place.

Barbra Ray became the 23rd local act to make it to 20 weeks in the charts and was the 4th highest local woman for weeks count sitting 2 behind Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp and 16 behind leader Virginia Lee. In total 17 local woman would eventually get to 20 weeks in the charts.

Herman’s Hermits dropped to number 8 on the overall weeks count list as Creedence Clearwater Revival in 7th place pulled 1 ahead of them with 96 weeks to their name. On the local weeks count top 20, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved into tied 10th spot with Des Lindberg on 31 weeks while Group Twee joined Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp at number 18 on 22 weeks.

‘I’m A Believer’ moved on to 15 weeks in the chart as a song charting in more than 1 version (13 weeks by The Monkees and now 2 by Neil Diamond) and sat 16th for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version. The 2 versions of ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ by Delany & Bonnie & Friends and The New Seekers had now clocked up 10 weeks (5 apiece) and sat tied 21 on the weeks count list for songs charting in more than 1 version.

The average weeks that the songs in this week’s top 20 had been with us was 6.1 and this was the first time in 11 weeks that it had been over the 6 mark.

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