29 January 2015

UK Music Chart: November 13, 1971 Featuring Cher

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It was all change at the top of the UK Top 20 this week in 1971.

After five weeks, Rod Stewart was replaced by glam rockers Slade with their first British Number 1 record, Coz I Luv You. The song marked the beginning of an ongoing love affair between the group and the UK Singles Chart that would last well into this decade and beyond.

Two other artists who had already flirted with the British Top 20 were Olivia Newton-John and Cher. Both were back in the listing this week with new hits, along with another American obscurity which had been revived by the ongoing popularity of the Northern Soul scene in the United Kingdom.

Slade at Number 1

The Chart: 
  • 01 (08) Slade - Coz I Luv You 
  • 02 (01) Rod Stewart - Maggie May 
  • 03 (02) Redbone - Witch Queen of New Orleans 
  • 04 (05) Tom Jones - Till 
  • 05 (03) The Four Tops - Simple Game 
  • 06 (04) Al Green - Tired of Being Alone 
  • 07 (19) The Piglets - Johnny Reggae 
  • 08 (17) Springwater - I Will Return 
  • 09 (06) Joan Baez - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 
  • 10 (07) Titanic - Sultana 
  • 11 (21) Olivia Newton-John - Banks of the Ohio 
  • 12 (13) Scott English - Brandy 
  • 13 (12) Vince Hill - Look Around (And You'll Find Me There) 
  • 14 (09) Shirley Bassey - For All We Know 
  • 15 (10) Middle of the Road - Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum 
  • 16 (32) Cher - Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves 
  • 17 (16) Bay City Rollers - Keep On Dancing 
  • 18 (20) The Carpenters - Superstar / For All We Know 
  • 19 (11) The Fortunes - Freedom Come, Freedom Go 
  • 20 (24) The Newbeats - Run, Baby, Run
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold
11: Olivia Newton-John: Banks of the Ohio

Olivia Newton-John returned to the UK charts for a second time in November 1971 with this reworking of a traditional folk/bluegrass song, Banks of the Ohio.

By now, ONJ was regularly appearing on Cliff Richard's BBC television show, as well as working and recording with two members of The Shadows. It was Bruce Welch and Australian music man John Farrar who produced and arranged this song - the latter forming a longtime professional partnership with the singer.

He would help guide her future career which included topping the chart in Australia with this record and taking it to Number 6 in the United Kingdom.

16: Cher: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

It had been five years since Cher had last charted as a solo artist in the UK Top 20 with Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down). It was also around the same period of time since her duet with Sonny Bono, Little Man, had peaked at Number 4.

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves could best be described as her comeback song. In the US, it rose to Number 1 for two weeks (it was there this particular week), no doubt helped along by the success of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour on American TV.

In the UK, it didn't quite hit those heady heights, but peaked at Number 4 nonetheless and became Cher's only British Top 20 of the 1970s.

20: The Newbeats: Run Baby Run

The Newbeats were an American trio comprised of brothers Mark and Dean Mathis and lead singer Larry Henley.

Their heyday had been during the mid-1960s when they enjoyed three American Top 20 entries, the biggest of which was the 1964 Number 2 hit, Bread and Butter. That record had also charted in the UK at Number 15 after which they had disappeared from view.

It wasn't until one of those other American hits, Run Baby Run, began to attract a lot of attention by fans of the British Northern Soul scene that it was picked up by mainstream radio on this side of the Atlantic. As a consequence, it belatedly became a big seller in the UK, eventually reaching Number 10, bettering its 1965 US Number 12 berth.

The American Top 10 (w/e November 13, 1971)
  • 01 (01) Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
  • 02 (02) Theme From 'Shaft' - Isaac Hayes
  • 03 (04) Imagine - John Lennon
  • 04 (03) Maggie May / Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart 
  • 05 (08) I've Found Someone of My Own - The Free Movement
  • 06 (05) Yo-Yo - The Osmonds 
  • 07 (07) Peace Train - Cat Stevens
  • 08 (14) Have You Seen Her? - The Chi-Lites
  • 09 (09) Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye 
  • 10 (06) Superstar - The Carpenters

*Press play > to listen to each track

Billboard Nov 13 '71 by Richard H on Grooveshark

The UK Number 1 album this week:
  • Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story