12 November 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 6 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
3 4 10 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
4 3 15 You  – Peter Maffay
5 8 3 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
6 6 9 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
7 5 12 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
8 7 16 Co-Co  – Sweet
9 11 3 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn
10 New 1 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
11 12 8 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
12 9 11 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum  – Middle of the Road
13 10 11 Tom-Tom Turnaround  – New World
14 15 9 Hey  – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
15 13 7 Sweet Maria  – Gert Potgieter
16 19 2 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
17 14 5 Go Away Little Girl  – Donny Osmond
18 New 1 Did You Ever?  – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
19 20 2 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  – Joan Baez
20 18 3 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe

It was now 4 weeks in a row at 1 for Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ as the song held off the challenge from Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly. The latter spent a second week at 2. It was only the second song by a French act to reach the top 2 with the previous one to do so, The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ going on to top the charts.

The climb of the week was just 3 places and 2 songs, both by local acts, were the ones to manage this. Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get me Some Help’ was the climber for a second week running as it moved up 3 to 5 while William E’s (aka Billy Forrest) ‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better’ was the other climber, moving up to 16. This was Forrest’s 3rd time with the biggest climber and the 2nd for Whitmill. This also gave us the 30th biggest climber by a local male, although those 30 include Jody Wayne’s duet with Glenys Lynne, ‘Cookie’. There were no star raters this week as the biggest climb was only 3 spots.

There were 3 acts which took the biggest faller this week and for all 3 of them it was their first time with the award. Donny Osmond’s ‘Go Away Little Girl’ fell 3 places from 14 to 17, New World’s ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ dropped 3 from 10 to 13 while Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ moved down 3 from 9 to 12.

The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ entered its 5th week as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for a total of 16 weeks so far.

The 2 songs that left the charts this week were both by acts whose names started with ‘C’, the first of which was Cymarron’s ‘Rings’ which had spent 4 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. In the US, the song would make it to 17. Cymarron would only have 1 other hit there, ‘Valerie’, which would scrape a peak of 96. However, in South Africa, ‘Rings’ would be their only hit.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sweet Hitch-Hiker’ was the other song to go. It lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 8 which was the lowest peak of their 9 hits to date while the weeks count was tied (with 2 other songs) second lowest for them. They still had a few more hits to come.

The first of the new entries would register the second highest debut position for a local song. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy followed up their recent number 4 hit, ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’, with ‘Amen’ which came crashing into the charts at number 10. Only our current number 1, Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’, which had arrived at number 7, boasted a higher debut position. There would be 1 other local song which would enter the charts at 10 and 2 that would arrive at a higher position and that includes songs coming into the top 20 from positions 21 to 30 after the charts were extended. ‘Amen’ was The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s 3rd SA chart hit. It was a version of a traditional song from around 1948. The Impressions scored a number 7 hit with it in the US in 1964 and 4 years later in 1968 Otis Redding took a version to 36 in the US.

Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra saw their 3rd hit as a duo make our charts this week. This would be the all-time record number of hits for a particular pairing with only 1 other pairing of artists equalling this. Hazlewood & Sinatra’s new one was ‘Did You Ever?’ This was not the Cole Porter song (that one is usually spelt ‘Did You Evah’), but was a song by Bobby Braddock. This would be the first of 3 songs he penned to chart in SA. A version of the song by Charlie Louvin and Melba Montgomery made it to number 26 on the Billboard Country Charts in the US while Lee & Nancy’s version went to number 2 in the UK.  It had been 207 weeks since Sinatra had last been in the charts and this was a new record gap for a female artist, beating Jackie Trent’s record of 152 weeks. Hazlewood had last been seen 212 weeks previously which was the 5th biggest gap overall to date. Sinatra’s 207 weeks was the 6th biggest overall. ‘Did You Ever?’ was the 300th song by an American act to chart and Sinatra’s 7th hit to date. She sat second for number of hits by a woman, 4 behind leader Petula Clark.

This week saw Dawn reach the 30 weeks in the chart mark. They were the 53rd act to reach this milestone. Tommy Roe moved into tied 10th place on the weeks count list, his 83 to date putting him level with The Staccatos. On the local list, Billy Forrest moved on to 34 weeks which was 1 ahead of Murray Campbell. The latter fell to 9th place while the former was unmoved in 8th place. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy was now 10th on their own with 32 to their name. Des Lindberg who shared 10th spot with them last week, fell to 11th. Groep Twee moved 1 ahead of The Dealians. They stayed at 14 with 27 weeks to their name while The Dealians dropped to 15th.  Barbara Ray moved into tied 16th place with Ken J. Larkin. She was on 25 weeks.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ moved into tied 13th place for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 versions. Between the Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and New Seekers’ versions it had clocked up 18 weeks in total and equalled ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

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