29 October 1971

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

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ enjoyed its second week at 1 with The New Seekers’ ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ unmoved at 2 and 3 respectively.

Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Hey’ became the 7th song to pick up a biggest climber after it had been the biggest faller. It followed up last week’s biggest fall of 8 places to 18 by regaining those 8 places and moving back into 10th place. This was only the second local song to be biggest climber after having been the faller of the week. The previous local song to manage this was The Staccatos’ ‘Spicks & Specks’.

The only other song to make star rater status this week was Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ which moved up 5 places from 9 to 4. Gerard became the first French act to see 2 star raters with The Paul Mauriat Orchestra and The Norman Ruby Orchestra being the only other ones to manage a single star rater. In total we would see a French song make a star rater climb 25 times.

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version of ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ was the faller this week. It dropped 7 places from 10 to 17.

The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ was still the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 14 weeks with us. It was the song’s 3rd week as the oldest and the 6th week that The Sweet had seen an oldest in the charts with the other 3 weeks manage with ‘Funny Funny’.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Stagger Lee’ became the 14th song to have a chart run of 1 week at the bottom of the charts. Of the previous 13 songs to last just 1 week at number 20, 2 had managed to re-enter the top 20 at a later date. Of acts on the previous 13 songs to manage this, for 3 and a half of them it would be their only SA chart action. These were Bobby Bare, The Thomas Group, Chicken Shack and Tony Hatch, with the latter only managing it with a duet with Jackie Trent. Trent would see other hits in our charts (hence the half).

Lauren Copley’s ‘Flower Of Life’ ended its 3rd run in the charts. Its final run lasted 5 weeks with a peak of 11. Overall the song spent a total of 12 weeks in the charts and its peak of 11 in this run was the highest spot it would manage to get to. This was now the last we would see of the song on our charts, but we would see Lauren back in the top 20 again.

Neville Whitmill, who had seen previous SA chart action as a member of The Square Set, made his solo SA chart debut with a song called ‘Get Me Some Help’. The song was an English version of the French language one ‘Elle Je Ne Veux Qu Elle’ which was a hit for Frenchman Ringo (real name Guy Bayle). Another French act, Ottawan (remember ‘D.I.S.C.O.’) also recorded a cover of the song. Whitmill’s version was produced by Peter Lotis and was at least the 5th Lotis produced song to make the charts (producer stats cannot be given with total accuracy as their names are not always listed on a single. So far 149 songs had charted where the producer was not listed). ‘Get Me Some Help’ did have the distinction of being the 150th local song to make the top 20.

The other new entry this week was Dawn’s 3rd hit to date, ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’. The song gave the group a number 39 hit in the US and made it to number 3 in the UK. It also made it to number 4 in what was then Rhodesia. The song was written by Irwin Levine (his 5th SA chart hit) and Toni Wine (her 4th hit). Levine had been involved in Dawn’s 2 previous hits, while Wine was co-writer on ‘Candida’, but not on ‘Knock Three Times’ where Levine teamed up with Russell Brown.

There were 7 local songs on the chart this week (Charisma, Groep Twee, Barbara Ray, Peter Vee, Gert Potgieter, Lincoln and Neville Whitmill) and this was the 24th week where we saw the local acts have more hits in the top 20 than any other nation.

The Sweet celebrated their 30 week in the charts and were the 51st act to get to this level of weeks. Creedence Clearwater Revival moved on to 99 weeks but were unmoved at number 5 on the weeks count list. It did mean though that The Hollies on 98 dropped into 6th place. On the local list, Groep Twee moved into tied 15th place alongside Ken J. Larkin with 25 weeks to their name. Not far behind them, Barbara Ray ticked over to 23 weeks and was now tied 18th with John Edmond.

‘I’m A Believer’ had now spent a total of 18 weeks in the chart, 13 of which were when The Monkees’ version was in the top 20, and 5 with Neil Diamond’s version. It was tied 13th for weeks in the charts for a song charting in more than 1 version, equalling ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited). The 2 versions of ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’, which were both in the charts this week and had both been with us for 8 weeks, moved its weeks count on to 16.

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