19 November 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 7 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
3 3 11 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
4 5 4 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
5 4 16 You  – Peter Maffay
6 9 4 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn
7 10 2 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
8 7 13 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
9 16 3 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
10 8 17 Co-Co  – Sweet
11 6 10 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
12 11 9 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
13 18 2 Did You Ever?  – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
14 20 4 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
15 12 12 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum  – Middle of the Road
16 13 12 Tom-Tom Turnaround  – New World
17 New 1 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
18 19 3 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  – Joan Baez
19 New 1 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
20 New 1 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone

With 5 weeks at 1 under its belt, Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ moved into tied 3rd place for weeks at 1 by a local song. It now equalled the effort of Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ and was 1 behind Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ which managed 6 and 2 weeks behind leader to date, Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ which managed 7. The 5 consecutive weeks that ‘Mammy Blue’ had managed was, however, the second best consecutive week run at 1 for a local song with only Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ of the other songs mentioned above having all their weeks in a consecutive run.

Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ spent a 3rd straight week at 2.

William E’s ‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better’ enjoyed a second week in a row as the biggest climber as it moved up 7 places from 16 to 9. It was the 8th local song to be the biggest climber 2 weeks running. Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get Me Some Help’ which shared biggest climber with William E’s hit last week to give it 2 weeks in a row with the biggest climber was 7th local song to do so.

Both Nancy Sinatra and Tommy Roe saw their 11th star rater climb as ‘Did You Ever?’ moved up 5 to 13 and ‘Stagger Lee’ moved up 6 to 14. So far 14 acts had 11 or more star raters to their names. Sinatra’s partner on ‘Did You Ever?’, Lee Hazlewood, was enjoying his 5th (45 acts had reached at least this level so far).

This week saw the 10th time that a local woman took the biggest faller award and this was Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ which dropped 5 from 6 to 11. This was the 15th time we had seen local songs take climber and faller in the same week.

The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ moved on to 17 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 6th week as the oldest in the top 20. We had to go back to the April of 1970 to see a song spend more than 17 weeks on the charts when Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ managed to get to 19 weeks.

We bid farewell to Donny Osmonds’ ‘Go Away Little Girl’ which lasted 5 weeks in the charts and peaked at 14. This would not be the last we saw of Donny.

Gert Potgieter’s ‘Sweet Marie’ also left the top 20 after a run of 7 weeks and a peak of 13. It sat just outside the top 100 for points by local songs with 30 to its name placing it tied 103rd.

Last of the leavers was Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Hey’ which left us after a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 9. This was the 26th song to see a peak figure equal the number of weeks the song spent on the chart and the 5th time that figure had been 9. This would bring the curtain down on the Hedgehoppers’ SA chart career. They saw 2 hits make our charts, spent a total of 13 weeks with us and ‘Hey’s peak of 9 was the highest they ever sat in the charts.

Hot Chocolate made their SA chart debut with ‘I Believe (In Love)’. It was written by band members Errol Brown and Tony Wilson and would give them a number 8 hit in the UK where it was their 3rd chart hit. Of their 32 hits in the UK to date, they would see 9 others peak higher with their ‘So You Win Again’ being their only chart topper there.

‘Cousin Norman’ was Marmalade’s 4th song to make our charts. It was the 8th of 11 hits they would have in the UK and the 6th to go top 10 as it made number 6. Marmalade would have 3 hits in total go to number 6 in the UK and, like Hot Chocolate, would only manage 1 chart topper there with ‘Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da’.

Daniel Boone made his SA chart debut with a ditty called ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’. This was the first of 4 songs that would make our chart that had ‘Daddy’ as the first word of the title. In total there would be 8 songs that featured the word somewhere in the title. ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk Too Fast’ was written by Geoff Stephens and Peter Callandar. It was the 15th song to chart with Stephens having song writing credits and the 8th with Callandar. Stephens sat tied 4th with Barry Mason for number of hits by a song writer, 1 behind Terry Dempsey and Barry Gibb and 3 behind Les Reed who led the way. The song would reach number 17 in the UK and make 7 in what was then Rhodesia.

Nancy Sinatra celebrated reaching 50 weeks in the charts. She was the 29th act to do so and the 4th woman to manage this.

The Staccatos dropped to 11th place in the overall weeks count list as Tommy Roe moved on to 84 weeks and took 10th place for himself. On the local list The Peanut Butter Conspiracy drew level with Murray Campbell on 33 weeks and they sat tied 9th. Groep Twee moved on to 28 weeks which put them level with Tidal Wave at 13 while Barbara Ray moved into tied 15th place with The Dealians on 26 weeks.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ moved closer to the top 10 of the list of weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up a total of 19 weeks between its 2 versions (8 by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and 11 by The New Seekers) and this put it tied 11th with ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (Petula Clark & The Mindbenders) and ‘For Your Precious Love (Oscar Toney Jr and The Flames).

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