22 October 1971


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

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ became the second song after Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ to reach the number 1 spot in an all-time record 2 weeks as it jumped 6 places from 7 to 1 this week. This was also the tied second biggest jump to get to number 1 to date with 2 songs previously (Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’) having made the jump from 8 to 1 and 2 others (The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ and Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’) having moved up from 7. Along with the aforementioned Alan Garrity hit, ‘Mammy Blue’ would be the only 2 local songs to climb from 7 to 1. No other local song would make as big a jump to 1 as this and no other local song would make it to number 1 in 2 weeks.

Previous number 1, Peter Maffay’s ‘You’, fell to 2 with The New Seekers moving into second place with ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’.

‘Mammy Blue’s 6 place climb was also the climber of the week. It was the 6th of 12 songs that would ultimately take biggest climber with a jump to the top spot. Cymarron’s ‘Rings’ was the only other star rater this week as it moved up 5 from 18 to 13.

Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Hey’ took the faller of the week award with an 8 place drop from 10 to 18 and The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ continued as the oldest on the chart, enjoying its second week with the title and its 13 week in the top 20.

There was only 1 song leaving the charts this week and that was Judy Page’s ‘Time After Time’. It had managed just 4 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 16. This heralded the end of Judy’s SA Chart career (i.e. there was no time after this time). She had seen 4 songs make the chart, enjoyed a total of 18 weeks in the top 20 (5 of which were with her daughter Kimbo aka Kim Kallie aka Margino) and had a best peak of 5 with her cover of the Bob Lind hit ‘Elusive Butterfly’.

The new song on the chart was ‘Stagger Lee’ by Tommy Roe who returned to the charts after an absence of 86 weeks, the 38th biggest gap and 12th biggest gap by an American act to date. The song was based on the murder of a guy called Billy Lyons by “Stagger” Lee Shelton in 1895. It was first published in 1911 and was first recorded in 1923 by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians. Lloyd Price took a version of it to the top of the US charts in 1959 (also made number 7 in the UK). Roe’s version would make it to 25 in the US, but would not make the UK charts. This was Roe’s 8th song to chart in SA. Nick Cave recorded a song called ‘Stagger Lee’ which was included on his 1996 album ‘Murder Ballads’ which appears to also be about Lee Shelton, but it is a different song (with a fantastic bass line by the way, but does carry a parental advisory for its choice language).

Creedence Clearwater Revival moved into tied 5th place on the weeks count list with their 98 to date putting them on level pegging with The Hollies. Of the acts occupying the overall weeks count top 20 this week, 13 were British, 6 were American and The Staccatos (who sat 10th on 83 weeks) were the only local act in that list. On the local weeks count list (where all the acts on the top 20 thereof were local, just in case you couldn’t figure that one out), Groep Twee moved up into 16th place where they tied with Al Debbo on 24 weeks while Barbara Ray debuted into the top 20 with her 22 weeks to date putting her level with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp. Virginia Lee (at 7 with 36 weeks) was the only local woman higher on the list than these 3 who crowded at the bottom of the top 20 of the list.

‘I’m A Believer’ moved into 14th place for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version as it had now accumulated 17 weeks to its name. The other song in the top 20 that had charted in more than 1 version was ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ which had now clocked up a total of 14 weeks and sat tied 17th with ‘Everybody Knows’ (Dave Clark Five & Engelbert Humperdinck) and The Love Theme from ‘Romeo And Juliet’ (Henry Mancini and Jody Wayne).

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