10 December 1971


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

‘Mammy Blue’ moved level with The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ for weeks at 1 as it entered its record to date equalling 8th week at the top of the charts. It was the first of only 4 local songs that would end up having this many weeks at number 1. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ climbed 2 places from 4 to 2 to give us the 6th occasion where the top 2 spots were occupied by local acts. The previous 3 times we had seen this, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy were the act sitting at number 2 and that was when for 3 weeks running their hit ‘Understanding’ sat in second spot while Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ hogged the top spot.

Barbara Ray picked up her 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ moved up 3 from 16 to 13. Not only did the number of biggest climbers for the artist match the number of positions the song climbed, but the number of weeks the song had been in the chart matched the position the song ended up at. This broke the record for the oldest song to take a biggest climber award. The previous best had been when Carike Keuzenkamp’s (another local act) ‘Timothy’ had been the biggest climber in its 12th week in the charts. Ray led the way for number of biggest climbers by a local woman with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp being the only other to have claimed this award twice. With the biggest climb being only 3 places, there were no star raters this week. ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ was the 8th song to have a biggest climber after having suffered a biggest faller as it had taken the faller award 3 weeks previously.

3 was not only the number of places for the biggest climb, but was also that for the faller of the week and this was the 57th time the faller and climber moved the same number of positions. There were 2 songs that managed this 3 place fall and they were William E.’s ‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better’ down to 11 and Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ which fell to 14. This was the 16th time we had seen a local climber and faller in the same week.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ enjoyed its second week as the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 19 weeks with us. The last song to make 19 weeks was Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ back in the April of 1970. One had to go back to the February of that year to see the last song to go past 19 weeks and that was when The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ managed this, although that was not 20 consecutive weeks. The last song to manage 20 consecutive weeks was Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ back in the May of 1968.

Vince Hill’s ‘Look Around (and You’ll Find Me There)’ became the 13th song to spend just 1 week at number 20 and with Dave Mills’ managing this the week before that, it was the first of only 2 occasions where we would see songs do this for 2 consecutive weeks. Hill was the 5th act so far whose entire SA chart career was made up of 1 week at number 20. The previous acts to manage this were Bobby Bare, The Thomas Group, Tony Hatch (with a duet with Jackie Trent who did have other hits) and Chicken Shack.

Also lasting just 1 week was Sultana’s ‘Titanic’ which spent its week at 19. We had now seen 13 songs spend just 1 week at 19 during a chart run, the same number that had spent just a week at number 20. For the really interested, only 3 songs had spent just a week at 18 as their chart run, 2 of which were Cliff Richard hits (‘Just Another Guy’ and ‘Big Ship’).

Last to go was Gert Potgieter’s ‘Sweet Maria’. It had also lasted just 1 week during this run, but had managed a previous run of 7 weeks, bringing its weeks count up to 8. Its best peak was 13. This concluded Potgieter’s SA chart run and this would be his only hit on our charts.

This was the first time and only time we would see 3 songs that were new or re-entries all leave the chart the following week.

Tom Jones increased his lead at the top of the number of hits list as his 17th song to make our charts, ‘Till’, was the first of the new entries this week. Jones was now 3 hits in front of second placed Cliff Richard who sat on 14. ‘Till’ was a cover of a 1956 song originally written in French by Charles Danvers with the title ‘Prière Sans Espoir’. Carl Sigman supplied some English lyrics and those were first recorded by Percy Faith and that version made number 63 in the US in 1957. Jones’ version would go to 41 in the US and manage to get to 2 in the UK.

Middle Of The Road saw their second SA chart hit enter the charts this week. ‘Soley Soley’. It would give them a number 5 hit in the UK and a number 2 in Germany as well as topping the Swiss, Norwegian and Dutch charts. The song was penned by one Fernando Arbex and was the first of 3 songs that he would have a hand in writing to that would chart in SA. The song was translated into French (‘Soleil Soleil’) by Michel Jourdan (who helped write Pierre Groscolas’ ‘Lady Lay’ which would chart in SA in 1976) and covered by a number of acts including Nana Mouskouri and Lara Fabian.

The last of the new entries was Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ and was his 3rd SA Top 20 hit. It was co-written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka. Sedaka had already had one hit as a songwriter on our charts (‘When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door’ by local act The Dealians) but it was the first of 4 for Greenfield. Amarillo is the 14th largest city in the state of Texas but, he said giving a little bit about future charts away, the song was never at position 14 on our charts. In 2005 Christie re-recorded the song with comedian Peter Kay for Comic Relief and this would be Christie’s only UK number 1 to date.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved into tied 8th place with Virginia Lee on the local weeks count list. They had 36 weeks to their name. Groep Twee drew level with Des Lindberg at 11 on 31 weeks while Barbara Ray climbed into tied 13th place alongside Dickie Loader with 29 weeks to their names.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ became the 5th song to accumulate 300 or more points as its points total moved on to 308 and placed the song at number 3 on the points to date list. 2 local songs sat above it with Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ second on 312 and The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ way out in the lead on 447 points.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ moved into tied 10th place for weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 8 weeks with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version and 14 with The New Seekers version, the latter still being in the charts. This totalled 22 weeks and was the same number that ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ (Herman’s Hermits and New Vaudeville Band) had managed.

Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ set a new record for weeks in the charts by an Afrikaans song, moving on to 16 weeks which was 1 more than their ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’, the previous record holder, had managed.

We also saw the average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with up creep over the 7 week mark as it hit 7.4 this week. It had been 30 weeks since we last saw the average above 7.

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