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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
- 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
11: Olivia Newton-John: 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
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
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
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The UK Number 1 album this week:
- Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story