3 December 1971

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

‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma now equalled Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ for a record to date weeks at 1 as it enjoyed its 7th straight week as the nation’s favourite. It was just 1 week behind the overall best to date, The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’, which had enjoyed 8 weeks at 1. Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ spent a 5th straight week at 2 and set a new record for consecutive week in second place. This was also the record for consecutive weeks with no change in the top 2 songs, a record which would be equalled 5 times before being beaten in 1979.

In fact, this week the top 6 songs were the same as the week before and this was a new record to date for the top songs not moving.

Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’ took top honours for upward movement as it climbed 9 places from 19 to 10. This was the 78th time a song had climbed 9 or more places in a week and the 33rd time for an act from the US.

Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ was the only other star rater as it climbed 8 from 15 to 7. This was the 24th song to climb 8 or more places but not take climber of the week and Marmalade were the 22nd act to reach 7 star raters.

‘Did You Ever?’ by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra was the faller of the week. It dropped 5 places from 9 to 14 and was only Sinatra’s 3rd time with the biggest faller and a first for Hazlewood.

Dave Mills’ ‘Mexico’ was the 15th song to spend just 1 week at number 20 as it’s short SA chart career came to an end this week. Of the 15 song to do this so far, 3 had managed to re-enter the charts for a second run. Mills would return to the chart, but not with ‘Mexico’.

Joan Baez’s SA Chart career came to an end when her only song to have success in our top 20, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, left the charts after 4 weeks and a peak of 18. This equalled the second lowest peak to date for a song spending 4 weeks in the charts with only Manfred Mann’s peak of 19 during a 4 week run being lower. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Sleepy Joe’ shared the peak of 18 with Joan Baez’s hit.

Last to leave was The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ which had been in the charts for 18 weeks and spent 8 of those at number 1. It had been the oldest in the charts for the previous 7 weeks. Both The Sweet’s hits to date (the other being ‘Funny Funny’) had topped the charts and while they would have a number more hits, they would have to wait till 1975 to see their next chart topper.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ took over as the oldest on the charts. It was on 18 weeks with us and this was the highest weeks in the charts to date that a song first became the oldest other than The Staccato’s ‘Cry To me’ which was immediately the oldest in the charts when it re-entered the top 20 with its total week count for both runs moving on to 19.

Gert Potgieter’s ‘Sweet Maria’ became the 18th song to re-enter the charts as it popped up at number 18 this week after having been off the top 20 for 2 weeks. This was the 4th local song to make a return to the charts.

Titanic’s ‘Sultana’ was the 27th instrumental track to make our charts. The band hailed from Norway and were the first of 4 acts from that nation that would make our charts. The song proved quite popular in Europe, going to 4 in Belgium, 5 in their native Norway and the UK and 8 in the Netherlands.

The last new entry was Vince Hill’s ‘Look Around (and You’ll Find Me There)’. The song was a cover of Francis Lai’s ‘Snow Frolic’ from the film ‘Love Story’, the main theme of which had been an SA chart hit earlier in the year for Lai and it was his 3rd hit as a song writer to make our charts. The lyrics which Vince Hill’s version featured were added by Lowell Mark and Norman Simon. Hill is a British singer whose biggest hit was a version of ‘Edelweiss’, the song from the musical ‘The Sound of Music’, which went to number 2 in the UK. ‘Look Around (And You’ll Find me There’)’ would give him a number 12 hit in the UK.

Groep Twee equalled their own record for weeks in the charts with an Afrikaans song as ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ moved on to 16 weeks in the chart, the same number that their previous hit, ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’ had managed.

We had now seen 12 consecutive weeks where local acts had outnumbered those from any other nation on out charts. This was the second longest such run we had seen to date with the record so far being 13 weeks. This week saw 8 local songs in the top 20, 5 by acts from the UK and 4 by American acts. There was 1 each from Norway, Germany and France.

This week saw Lee Hazlewood reach 20 weeks in the charts while Groep Twee moved on to 30. Billy Forrest shook off Virginia Lee on the local weeks count list, his 37th week to date putting him in in 7th place on his own while Virginia dropped to 8th. Groep Twee moved 1 ahead of Dickie Loader with the former staying in 12th spot while the latter dropped to 13th. Barbara Ray drew level with Tidal Wave at position 14 with 28 weeks to her name.

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