15 October 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 You  – Peter Maffay
2 2 12 Co-Co  – Sweet
3 4 6 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
4 5 7 Tom-Tom Turnaround  – New World
5 3 8 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
6 6 7 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum  – Middle of the Road
7 New 1 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
8 7 5 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
9 8 6 Sweet Hitch-Hiker  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 9 5 Hey  – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
11 11 11 Flower of Life  – Lauren Copley
12 16 2 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
13 14 6 Never Ending Song of Love  – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
14 15 4 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
15 New 1 I Believe  – Lincoln
16 19 4 Time After Time  – Judy Page
17 17 3 I’m a Believer  – Neil Diamond
18 New 1 Rings  – Cymarron
19 20 3 Sweet Maria  – Gert Potgieter
20 New 1 Go Away Little Girl  – Donny Osmond

Having gained the top spot last week, Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ held on to it to enjoy its second week there. The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ was unmoved at 2.

Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ picked up only the 3rd biggest climber for a song by an act from France as it moved up 4 places from 16 to 12. The only other 2 French songs to take biggest climber were The Norman Ruby Orchestra’s ‘Tea And Trumpets’ and The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’, thus making Gerard’s hit the first non-instrumental hit by a French act to take the biggest climber award. ‘Butterfly’ was the only star rater this week.

Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ was the faller of the week, dropping just 2 places from 3 to 5 to take the award. This was the 5th time we had seen a fall of as little as 2 places be the biggest fall in the week, but this was the first time only 1 song managed this. The previous 4 times we had seen 2 places be the biggest falls, there had been 3, 4, 5 and 6 songs that had done this in that order with the most recent first and heading back in time from then, so this week should really have had 2 songs do this to maintain the sequence, but that was not to be. In total, only 4 songs moved down the charts this week, but we had already seen this happen 17 times so far and there were 4 weeks where only 3 songs had downward movement.

The Shangri-Las’ ‘Leader Of The Pack’ was the first of 4 songs to leave the charts this week. It had lasted just 2 weeks with us and peaked at 17. This would be their only SA chart action.

The Bee Gee’s ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?’ fared much better with a 9 week run and a peak of 7. This was the tied 5th lowest weeks count of their 11 hits to date, but only 3 of their hits had had lower peak positions. We were far from done with The Gibbs Brothers in our charts.

‘I Did What I Did for Maria’ by Tony Christie lasted 13 weeks in the charts with 3 of those being frustratingly spent at number 2 without ever make that final step up to number 1. We would welcome Tony Christie back on our charts again.

Last to go was the oldest song on last week’s chart and that was The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ which lasted 14 weeks in the chart and peaked at 4, 3 weeks and 2 places lower than their previous (and only other to date) hit ‘Understanding’ which went to 2 during a 17 week run. The final chart position for ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ was 10 which was the 3rd highest last position for a local song. Tidal Wave had managed the top 2 highest last positions with ‘Mango Mango’ leaving from 7 and ‘Spider Spider’ going from 9. ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ shared 3rd highest leaving spot for a local act with Sam Evans’ ‘Ain’t Love A Funny Thing’ which also finished its chart run at number 10. We still had 1 more hit to come from The Peanut Butter Conspiracy.

The new oldest on the charts mantel fell to The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ which sat on 12 weeks. Their previous hit, ‘Funny Funny’, had spent 3 weeks as the oldest in the chart.

And while The Peanut Butter Conspiracy was giving us the 3rd highest last week place for a local act, Charisma was giving us the all-time highest debut spot for a local song as ‘Mammy Blue’ crashed into the charts at 7 this week. Overall only 3 songs had debuted at a higher position and 1 other other had also arrived in the top 20 at 7. ‘Mammy Blue’ was originally written in French by Frenchman Hubert Giraurd and first recorded in Italian by Ivana Spagna. Los Pop Tops took the song to number 1 in France, 35 in the UK and 57 in the US while Roger Whittaker managed to get to 31 in the UK with his version of it. Charisma was the brainchild of producer Grahame Beggs.

The second new entry was also local and was Lincoln’s 2nd hit, following up ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’. ‘I Believe’ was written by Patric van Blerk and was the second song written by him to chart (his first being the aforementioned first Lincoln hit). This song is quite difficult to Google as Abraham Lincoln began a number of his speeches with the phrase ‘I believe…’. However, when Lincoln 9the band) recorded the song, Google didn’t exist. Lincoln were a band formed in Zambia and they made their way down to South Africa via what was then Rhodesia. Interestingly, ‘I Believe’ was the b-side of ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’.

Cymarron’s ‘Rings’ had the distinction of being the 800th song to chart (assuming that the new entries in a week entered the chart with the highest place new entry first etc down to the lowest placed one last). Cymarron were an American band and ‘Rings’ was written by Eddie Reeves and Alex Harvey (not the Sensational Alex Harvey guy, but the guy who would co-write Helen Reddy’s hit ‘Delta Dawn’). The story goes that song writer Mac Davis (who had already had an SA chart hit as writer of Elvis’ ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ and who would eventually chart as an artist on our top 20) was asked to help out writing the song, but could make time to join Reeves and Harvey to do so. He later met Reeves and commented that he had heard a great new song about rings, not knowing that it was the one he was supposed to have helped out on. ‘Rings’ went to number 17 in the US.

Our final new entry was Donny Osmond’s ‘Go Away Little Girl’. It was the third song by Gerry Goffin and Carole King to chart on our charts (their previous 2 successful compositions being Manfred Mann’s ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ and The Monkees’ ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’). Steve Lawrence took a version of ‘Go Away Little Girl’ to the top of the US charts in 1962 and The Happenings managed to get to 12 in 1966. Donny Osmond’s version returned it to the top of the charts there in 1971, where it spent 3 weeks, 1 more week than Steve Lawrence’s version had managed. In the UK Osmond was still waiting for his first chart hit which would only arrive in 1972, however, once he had that first hit under his belt he would go on to see 17 songs make the charts there. Mark Wynter managed to get a version of ‘Go Away Little Girl’ to number 6 in the UK in 1962.

The gap between the number of hits we had seen to date by British acts and those by American acts was widening again as there were 2 more for the Yanks this week to take them on to 296, 9 ahead of the 287 by the Poms. It had been 12 weeks since the gap was this large and it had dropped to as low as 5 in that time.

Neil Diamond celebrated his 60th week in the charts (60 usually being regarded as a Diamond anniversary by co-incidence) but was unmoved at 24 on the weeks count list and was still 6 weeks behind the 23rd placed act.

Creedence Clearwater Revival moved into tied 6th place on the weeks count list, their 97 weeks to date equalling The Beach Boys’ total. They were also celebrating reaching the 1,200 points mark as their total ticked over to 1,207 and they sat 5th on the points total list. On the local weeks count list, Groep Twee moved tied 17th with John Edmond on 23 weeks.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ moved into 21st place for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as its total climbed to 12 weeks. ‘I’m A Believer’ moved on to 16 weeks for its 2 versions and sat tied 14th with Harry Secombe and Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My Song’ and Judy Page and Bob Lind’s ‘Elusive Butterfly’.

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