Special Sub-Topic: Go Set Charts 1971
|Let's start with the most popular song of 1971 ... Daddy Cool's classic "Eagle Rock". We all know that it reached the #1 position, but the question is how many weeks did it spend in the top spot?|
10 weeks. According to Go Set, "Eagle Rock" reached #1 on 10 July 1971, and was eventually knocked off the top by the Drummond's hit "Daddy Cool" (how ironic!) on 18 September 1971. In all, it lasted 25 weeks in the top 40, and is regarded as one of the quintessential Australian rock songs of all time.
|In case you were wondering, 1970 ended with Glen Campbell's "It's Only Make Believe" as the #1 song in the country. It was shortlived at the top spot however, as it was quickly overtaken in popularity by the first of a string of hits by this act. Which song and act was the first national #1 song for 1971?|
"I Think I Love You", by the Partridge Family. "I Think I Love You" hit #1 on 2 January 1971, and spent 5 weeks at the top of the chart. "My Sweet Lord" and "Pushbike Song" also reached the top (on 6 February 1971 and 27 February 1971 respectively), while "Song of Joy" was prevented from reaching #1 by "I Think I Love You", peaking at #2 on 2 January.
|Tony Orlando & Dawn made a successful start to the 70s, stringing together a number of hits. Following "Candida" in 1970 came "Knock Three Times", which peaked at #3 early in 1971. But, what was the modest hit to follow those biggies up, which charted in mid June?|
"I Play and Sing". "I Play and Sing" peaked at #31 in July 1971. The incorrect options were "Acapulco Sun", a hit for Johnny Farnham, "Stay Awhile", by the Bells, and "Put Your Hand in the Hand", by Ocean.
|True or false? "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart, finished the year at #1, with "Banks of the Ohio", one of Olivia Newton-John's earliest hits, at the #2 spot.|
t. These two songs spent a number of weeks joined at the hip, with "Banks of the Ohio" spending 3 weeks on top with "Maggie May" at #2, before they swapped positions for the last 3 weeks of 1971.
|A surprise hit in 1971 was a remake of an 1930s song, "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie", which had charted in its own right, many years before. Which British crooner managed to score a top 10 hit with the modern version of the song?|
Gerry Monroe. Gerry Monroe's version was a particularly big selling hit in Melbourne, where it remained on the local charts for over half a year. The song was originally performed by such greats as Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and Vera Lynn.
|Georgian singer/songwriter Jerry Reed popped up to score two country hits in 1971. The first of these was "Amos Moses", which charted in May. The follow-up single was also a hit. Its name?|
"When You're Hot, You're Hot". Although both big hits in the USA, neither of Jerry's songs could crack the national top 20, with "Amos Moses" peaking at #38 and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" peaking at a modest #23.
|In 1971, Australian acts had a large impact on the charts, scoring some of the year's biggest hits (and also some of the smallest!). Which of the following recordings were not by Aussies?|
"Grandad". "Grandad" was a hit single, recorded by Brit Clive Dunn (of "Dad's Army" fame). "Black and Blue" is an Australian blues classic by Chain, "Teach Me How to Fly" by Jeff St John and Copperwine, and "Falling in Love Again" is a ballad by the late Ted Mulry, prior to his TMG days.
|In 1971, two Australian rock groups fought for chart honours over their versions of the same song. The song was "Seasons of Change". The battle was eventually won by the group Blackfeather, but what was the name of the other group which also charted with a version of this classic song?|
Fraternity. Interestingly, "Seasons of Change" had been written by members of Blackfeather specifically for Fraternity to record. However, when Blackfeather management heard their own version of the song, they decided to release it immediately in competition. Blackfeather peaked at #15 nationally with the song, while Fraternity made it to #28.
|Who remembers the name Tony Christie? For some of you, you will know his song "Is This The Way to Amarillo" was recently revivied in some parts of the world. In 1971, he scored a big hit in Australia with "I Did What I Did For Maria". While it charted very well, did it actually ever reach #1 on the Go Set charts?|
n. Unfortunately for Tony, "I Did What I Did For Maria" spent 4 weeks at #2, behind first "Eagle Rock" and then "Daddy Cool", before slowly fading from the charts.
|Finally, each of the ex-Beatles had major hits in 1971. However, only three of them could reach the top 5 during the year. Which was the odd man out?|
John Lennon. George reached the top spot twice in 1971 ("My Sweet Lord" and "What is Life"), and Paul's "Another Day" also reached #1. "It Don't Come Easy" managed to reach #3 for Ringo, while John couldn't manage the top 10 as part of the Plastic Ono Band, and "Imagine" peaked at #6 by December of 1971, before eventually climbing to the top early in 1972.
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