|Number 12: Curved Air|
Elsewhere in the chart, three new songs appeared for the first time, as tracks by Curved Air, The Supremes and duo Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood made their debuts.
Image: Retrospective - Curved Air
Diana Ross at Number 1
- 01 (01) Diana Ross - I'm Still Waiting
- 02 (02) The New Seekers - Never Ending Song Of Love
- 03 (09) The Tams - Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me
- 04 (05) Family - In My Own Time
- 05 (03) Dawn - What Are You Doing Sunday?
- 06 (06) The Pioneers - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
- 07 (08) Buffy Sainte-Marie - Soldier Blue
- 08 (15) Carole King - It's Too Late
- 09 (07) Atomic Rooster - Devil's Answer
- 10 (04) T. Rex - Get It On
- 11 (10) George Harrison - Bangla Desh
- 12 (21) Curved Air - Back Street Luv
- 13 (11) New World - Tom-Tom Turnaround
- 14 (12) Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
- 15 (14) The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
- 16 (20) Gilbert O'Sullivan - We Will
- 17 (25) Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood - Did You Ever?
- 18 (17) Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog
- 19 (26) The Supremes - Nathan Jones
- 20 (16) St. Cecilia - Leap Up and Down (Wave Your Knickers in the Air)
12: Curved Air: Back Street Luv
Curved Air may not be a band name that automatically springs to mind when you think of the music of the era, but the band's female lead singer, Sonja Kristina, left a lasting impression on many a teenage boy's mind.
She fronted the band through this, their most commercially profitable era, when not only Back Street Luv was a favourite with record buyers, but also their first three albums took the group into the UK Top 20. This single was included on their second, the uninspiringly named Second Album, peaking at Number 4 later in September.
17: Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood: Did You Ever?
The lyrics to this country pop song were...unintentionally...possibly...probably entirely innocent, but there was no doubt that you could read more into them if you so wanted.
Although country has generally never had much lasting impact in the UK, this twangy novelty certainly found its legs and raced all the way to a peak position of Number 2.
19: The Supremes: Nathan Jones
Taken from their album Touch, the single employed some wonderful sychronised vocals from all three of the girls, as well as the use of intermittent phasing in order to give the record a unique sound.
However, Motown was not as enthusiastic about the group as it once was, instead preferring to promote some of its proven acts over The Supremes. As a consequence, the girls' records lost a lot of commercial traction in the States, where this song peaked at Number 16. Nevertheless, they remained a hot item in the UK and Nathan Jones became one of their most successful post-Ross singles.
The American Top 10 (w/e September 4, 1971)
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- 01 (12) Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul & Linda McCartney
- 02 (01) How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? - The Bee Gees
- 03 (08) Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth
- 04 (09) Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin
- 05 (10) Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
- 06 (13) Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
- 07 (02) Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
- 08 (03) Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
- 09 (07) Liar - Three Dog Night
- 10 (18) I Just Want to Celebrate - Rare Earth
The UK Number 1 album this week:
- Top of the Pops Vol.18 - Anonymous Various Artists