24 December 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 9 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
3 3 7 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
4 4 12 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
5 5 6 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
6 9 21 You  – Peter Maffay
7 6 5 Desiderata  – Les Crane
8 8 16 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
9 12 3 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
10 7 6 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
11 11 8 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
12 14 2 Imagine  – John Lennon
13 16 15 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
14 17 3 Till  – Tom Jones
15 13 9 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
16 10 6 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
17 New 1 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
18 18 18 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
19 RE 2 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
20 RE 8 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn

The top 5 songs were unchanged this week and this meant that we saw a 2nd week of having the top 3 songs as local ones with ‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma enjoying its 10th week at number 1 and it became the first of 9 songs that would eventually see their weeks at 1 reach double figures. Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get Me Some Help’ spent a second week at 2 while Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ was at 3.

The biggest climb this week was only 3 places and 4 songs managed this. Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ moved up to 6 and, sitting on 21 weeks in the charts, became the oldest song so far to pick up a biggest climber award, smashing the previous record of 13 weeks in the charts that Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ had seen when it picked up a climber award 2 weeks previously. Joining ‘You’ in climbing 3 places was Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ (up to 9), the aforementioned ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ which was on 15 weeks in the chart and climbed to 13 and Tom Jones’ ‘Till’ which climbed into 13th spot to give him his 15th biggest climber. Jones had now seen 6 more biggest climbers than any other act with The Bee Gees and Herman’s Hermits on 9 each being in second place. With ‘You’ and ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ both on double figure weeks count, this was the first of only 2 occasions we would see 2 songs on more than 10 weeks take the biggest climber in the same week. ‘You’ was also the 9th song to claim a biggest climber after experiencing a biggest faller.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘I Believe (In Love)’ took the biggest faller award with a 6 place drop from 10 to 16 while Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ clocked up its 4th week as the oldest on the chart. It was the 4th song so far to reach 21 weeks in the chart.

Peter Vee’s ‘Can We Get To That’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 11. To date this was the lowest position that a song lasting 13 weeks on the charts had peaked at. There would be 16 songs in total that would peak lower during a 13 week run, but only 1 of those would do so in the top 20 era, the rest all doing it when the chart was a top 30. This was not the last we would see of Vee in the charts.

Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Did You Ever?’ was the second song to go. It had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 9. This ended the SA chart careers of both acts. Sinatra had been more successful with 7 hits to her name compared to the 3 Hazlewood had manged. All of Hazlewood’s 3 hits had been as half of a duet with Sinatra, he did, however, have writing credits on 3 of the other 4 hits Sinatra had, with only Nancy’s duet with her father Frank, ‘Something Stupid’, not having a Hazlewood involvement. Sinatra had clocked up 54 weeks in total while Hazlewood managed 22, with 5 of Sinatra’s 54 weeks being spent at 1, 4 of which were with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ and one with the aforementioned duet with Frank. The highest Hazlewood managed to get to as an artist was 4 which ‘Jackson’, his duet with Nancy, managed.

Last to go was Titanic’s ‘Sultana’s which had now had 2 runs in the chart, both lasting just 1 week. The first run was a week at 19 and the second run was a week at 15.

John Kongos followed up the success of ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’, a number 4 hit in the UK, with another number 4 hit in the UK and that was the only new entry we saw this week on our top 20. In fact, the week it entered our charts was just 1 week after it had seen its peak of 4 in the UK. Like ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’, ‘Tokoloshe Man’ was also produced by one time Elton John producer Gus Dugeon and was also covered by The Happy Mondays, however, where their cover of the former went to 5 in the UK, the latter would not chart, but it did appear on the b-side of their number 24 hit in the UK, ‘Judge Fudge’. Kongos’ sons have recently been following in their father’s footsteps garnering hits in the US and Canada as the band Kongos.

The observant amongst you will probably have noticed that there were 3 songs which left the charts, but above I said that ‘Tokoloshe Man’ was the only new entry this week. This was because the 2 other songs that arrived in the charts to take over the slots left by the departing ones were both new entries. This was the first of 5 times we would see 2 re-entries in a week. We would never see more than 2.

The first of the re-entries was Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ which had spent just 1 week at 20 during its previous run, but after just 1 week away from the charts it was back.

Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ had seen a much more successful first run, spending 7 weeks in the top 20 and getting to number 6. It too had been gone from the top 20 for just 1 week.

This week saw 7 local songs on the charts, but 8 by acts from the UK, making it the first time in 14 weeks that the local acts were not the leaders for number of hits in the top 20. Of those previous 13 weeks, it was only the last 2 where they shared the honours with acts from the UK with both nations supplying 7 hits.

Billy Forrest now had 40 weeks in the charts to his names. I say names as 29 weeks had been as Quentin E. Klopjaeger, 3 had been as Dennis and he now had 8 as William E. He sat 5th on the local weeks count list, 5 behind 4th placed The Bats and 43 behind the best local act to date, The Staccatos who had 83 to their name. In moving on to 40 weeks, Forrest shook off Gene Rockwell and Jody Wayne who dropped to tied 6th. Groep Twee moved into tied 10th place with Murray Campbell on 33 weeks, while Barbara Ray caught up to Des Lindberg in 12th place with both acts on 31 weeks.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ by The New Seekers was still in the charts and now had 16 weeks under its belt. This, combined with the 8 weeks Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version of the song had managed brought the song’s total weeks in the charts to 24 which meant it sat tied 7th with ‘Sugar Sugar’ (The Archies & Sakkarin) on the list of weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. The leader on that list was still ‘Lara’s Theme (From Doctor Zhivago)’ which managed 40 weeks through 3 different versions.

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