26 November 1971

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

‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma moved on to 6 weeks at number 1 and was now tied second for weeks at 1 by a local act, equalling Murray Campbell’s effort with ‘Goodbye My Love’. Where ‘Mammy Blue’ had the edge over Campbell’s song was that it had managed its 6 weeks in a consecutive run while ‘Goodbye My Love’s 6 weeks was done in a broken run.

Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ joined Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ in a record to date 4 consecutive weeks at 2. The bad news for Gerard was that none of the other 3 to manage this so far had gone on to take the top spot. All 4 of the song to do this so far had done so in 1971 and this record of 4 would not be broken until 1980 when we would see 5 songs spend at least 4 consecutive weeks at 2. There would be 3 further years when we would see 4.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 9 from 20 to 11. This was the 77th time we had seen a song climb 9 or more places but only the 68th time a song climbing 9 or more places had taken the biggest climber award.  Of the 373 biggest climbers we had seen to date, ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ was the 196th to take the award in its second week on the charts. This meant that 52.5% of biggest climbers took the award in the week after they arrived in the charts.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘I Believe (In Love)’ was the second biggest climber with a star rater jump of 5 places from 17 to 12. Other star raters this week was Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Did You Ever?’ (up 4 to 9), Tommy Roe’s ‘Stagger Lee’ (up 4 to 10) and Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ (up 4 to 15). For Marmalade and Lee Hazlewood, it was their 6th star rater climb while Nancy Sinatra and Tommy Roe were double that with a 12th star rater each. 10 acts so far had managed 12 star raters.

The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ had been the only song we would ever see take the biggest faller 4 weeks running. This week, after 18 weeks in the chart and 7 of them being as the oldest in the top 20, The Sweets’ second hit to date, ‘Co-Co’ finally picked up its first biggest faller award as it dropped 5 from 12 to 17. We had to go back to April 1970 (over a year and a half) to see the last time a song managed to spend 18 weeks or more in the chart and that was Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ which went on to manage 19 weeks in total.

New World’s ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart as it dropped off the top 20 after a run of 12 weeks and a peak of 4. This was the 3rd highest weeks and peak figure we had seen for a song by an Aussie band with The Seekers’ chart topping ‘World Of Our Own’ (16 weeks and their ‘The Carnival Is Over’ which peaked at 2 during a 13 week run, being the 2 that had performed better. ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ would be the New World’s only SA chart hit.

We also bid farewell to Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ which had enjoyed 12 weeks in the chart and peaked at 5. There was a good few hits to still come from them. With both leavers starting with ‘T’, this was the 40th time we saw 2 songs start with the same letter leave the chart in the same week. Only once before had we seen 3 songs starting with the same letter leave the chart in the same week. ‘T’ was now the most popular letter to manage this as we had seen it happen 6 times. ‘L’ was the next most popular with 5, although included in those 5 times was the time 3 ‘L’ songs left the chart in the same week.

The first of the new entries was the 300th song by a solo male artist to make the charts and that was Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’. Crane was a radio announced in the US whose real name was Lesley Stein and ‘Desiderata’ was a poem written in 1927 by an American poet called Max Ehrmann. Crane’s single features him speaking the words of the poem over some music and this would garner him a number 7 hit in the UK, a number 8 hit in the US and he would also see his effort make it to number 5 in what was then Rhodesia. In 1972 Gallagher & Lyle would release their own version of this as a single, but it would not bother the chart in the US or the UK.

The arrival of Dave Mills’ ‘Mexico’ on the charts meant we now had 6 local acts sitting in tied second place for number of hits by a local act as Mills joined The Staccatos, Gene Rockwell, The Bats, Virginia Lee and Billy Forrest in 6 hits to date and they all sat 1 behind leaders, Four Jacks & A Jill who had seen 7 songs make the top 20. ‘Mexico’ was written by Terry Dempsey and this was his 17th composition to make the charts. He pulled 1 hit ahead of Jeff Barry who dropped into 3rd place on 16. Dempsey was now second and only 1 hit behind leader, Les Reed. We now had 8 local songs in the charts, 2 less than the record to date 10 we had seen 20 weeks previously.

Tommy Roe was the only act on this week’s top 20 who was in the top 20 of the list of weeks on the charts by an artist. He had 85 weeks to his name, but was unmoved at 10 on the list. Dave Mills was the second highest on the list of those in this week’s top 20. He sat at 21 with 69 weeks but the week he added to his count this week was not enough to move him up the local weeks count list as he was unmoved at number 2 and was still 14 behind The Staccatos who led the way on 83. He did, however, shake off Four Jacks & A Jill whom he had shared second spot with for the last 18 weeks. Billy Forrest moved into tied 7th place alongside Virginia Lee. They had 36 weeks to their names. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved 1 week ahead of Murray Campbell, but were unmoved at 9 with 34 weeks. Groep Twee’s total ticked over to 29 weeks and they moved up to tied 12th place alongside Dickie Loader. And finally on the local list, Barbara Ray shook off The Dealians to have 15th spot to herself as she moved on to 27 weeks.

The sugar levels in this week’s chart were high as we had The Sweet, Hot Chocolate, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Marmalade all in the top 20. This was also the 25th time we had seen the song at number 1 and that at 20 start with the same letter, but only the second time that letter had been ‘M’.

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