Every UK Number One: “I’m Still Waiting”


What was the number one song in the UK on 21st August 1971?

“I’m Still Waiting” by Diana Ross was Number One on 24th August 1971 and stayed there for four weeks.

So it is another trip down memory lane. This is an unfamiliar song to me. Not sure why but sometimes I feel that being in New Zealand at this time meant being on another planet.

This is very different to the last number by Mungo Jerry. More soul And definitely a more American sound.

“I’m Still Waiting” is a popular song written and produced by Deke Richards and recorded by Diana Ross, which first appeared on her 1970 album Everything Is Everything. It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1971.

“I’m Still Waiting” continued the vein of sophisticated soul as heard on Ross’s breakthrough solo hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” However it was only a modest success in the US, reaching #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #40 on the R&B chart.

Although initially intended only as an album track, BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme and persuaded EMI, who then issued all Tamla Motown material in the UK, to release it as a single. On the UK Singles Chart, it reached No. 1 for four weeks in August 1971,[1] prompting a retitling of the album Surrender in the UK to I’m Still Waiting.

Thanks Wikipedia for that info.

Down-under here in New Zealand we had a fight for number one between…



Totally different to what was going on in the UK. So I did a bit of research and found that our state broadcasting corporation was dictating to the public which songs we should be listening to. The state obviously didn’t want to corrupt our impressionable minds. They refused to allow private radio licences which was not very democratic or fair of them.

Here you can find out a bit more about our history.

So it is back to the future for me.


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