17 December 1971


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

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ became the new record holder for weeks at 1 as it enjoyed its 9th week at the top of the pile, moving 1 ahead of The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ which managed 8. By the time the charts ended in 1989 a total of 17 songs would have spent 9 or more weeks at number 1. Charisma’s ‘chart topping exploits also gave us the 60th week that a local act had been at the top of the charts and also equalled the record to date consecutive weeks with a local act at 1. The previous time we had seen a local act at the top of the charts for 9 straight weeks was when Quentin E. Klopjager’s 2 weeks at 1 with ‘Lazy Life’ was immediately followed by 7 weeks with Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ in the top spot in June to August 1968.

Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get me Some Help’ moved up 2 to 2 and gave us the 7th time we had seen local acts at number 1 and 2. More good news for the local acts was that Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’, which was at 2 last week, only dropped to 3, giving us the 1st of 4 weeks where the top 3 spots were occupied by local acts.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 from 19 to 12. It was their second time with the award having picked up one with their previous hit, ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweede Dum’. Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ was a star rater for the second week running as it moved up 4 from 9 to 5. This was their 8th time with a star rater and they were the 29th act so far to manage this many climbs of 4 or more places.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ and Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Did You Ever?’ were the fallers of the week, both dropping 4 places to land at 9 and 19 respectively. ‘Did You Ever?’ had been the faller of the week 2 weeks previously and it clocked up Hazlewood’s 2 and Sinatra’s 4th. Peter Maffay meanwhile could take some comfort from the fact that ‘You’ was the oldest in the charts, clocking up its 20th week with us. It was the 8th song so far to reach 20 weeks in the top 20 and was the first of 13 songs by German acts that would manage this. The previous song to reach 20 weeks was Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ which managed this in the March of 1970, 93 weeks previously.

For the third week running we saw a song have a chart run of just 1 week at number 20 as last week’s new entry, Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’, dropped off the chart after spending that week at the bottom place of the charts. This would be the only time we would see 3 consecutive weeks with this and while would see 2 more occasions where we had 2 consecutive weeks of this, we would not see any consecutive weeks with a song at the bottom of the charts for just 1 week once the Top 20 became the Top 30. We would see Tony Christie in our charts again.

Dawn’s ‘What are You Doing Sunday’ was the only other song to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 6 during that time. We were also not done with Dawn yet.

John Lennon became the last of the Fab Four to make our charts in a solo capacity as ‘Imagine’ entered at 14 this week. His 3 ex-bandmates had already clocked up a combined total of 45 weeks in the charts with 4 hits so far (2 by George and 1 apiece for Paul and Ringo) and John eventually charted 9 months and 12 days after we first saw a solo Beatle (George in this case) make the charts. It would be nearly 4 years after this week that ‘Imagine’ would first appear on the UK charts. It made number 3 in the US in 1971 and topped the Italian and Canadian charts. It is possibly the most critically acclaimed song of all the Beatles solo material, a supposition supported by the fact that it ranked number 3 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Songs of all time, the next highest being Paul McCartney’s ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ which was at 338. George Harrision’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ at 454 was the only other one on the list. It had been 340 weeks since Lennon first charted as a song writer and that was when The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ was in the first top 20. This was a new record to date for gap between first charting as a song writer and finally charting as an artist. Lennon would have had some satisfaction from the fact that he took over the record from a certain Paul McCartney who had seen 305 weeks lapse between first charting as a song writer before charting as an artist.

Titanic’s ‘Sultana’ became the 19th song so far to re-enter the top 20 as it returned to the charts 2 weeks after it spent a single week at 19 during its first run. There would be 1 more Norwegian act that would see a hit re-enter the chart, but we would have to wait till 1987 to see that.

While Peter Maffay enjoyed his 20th week in the charts (see above), Barbara Ray was celebrating her 30th. She sat 13th on the local weeks count list, a position she no longer shared with Dickie Loader who dropped to 14. Billy Forrest moved into tied 5th place on the list, his 39 weeks to date equalling Gene Rockwell and Jody Wayne. Virginia Lee dropped from 8 to 9 as The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s total ticked over to 37 and put them 1 week ahead of her. Similarly at 11, Groep Twee were unmoved, but their total of 32 was now 1 more than Des Lindberg’s and the latter dropped to 12.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ had now seen 23 weeks in the charts in total, 8 with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version and 15 with The New Seekers’. It was tied 8th highest weeks count for a song charting in more than 1 version, sharing 8th place with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Boxtops and Trini Lopez).

Last week we saw the average weeks in the chart that the top 20 songs had been with us move past the 7 mark. This week it went over 8 as it worked out at 8.05. We had to go way back to 24 February 1967 to see the last time that this average was over 8.

A last comment on this week’s chart is that this top 20 saw a record to date 7 one word song titles. These were ‘Amen’, ‘Butterfly’, ‘Desiderata’, ‘You’, ‘Imagine’,’ Sultana’ and ‘Till’.

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