|4||5||5||Say Forever You’ll Be Mine||-||Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner|
|5||9||5||If You Think You Know How To Love Me||-||Smokie|
|6||6||8||Three Steps To Heaven||-||Showaddywaddy|
|7||11||4||I Love How You Love Me||-||Jonathan Butler|
|8||7||4||It’s Been So Long||-||George McCrae|
|9||4||8||(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love||-||Paul Anka & Odia Coates|
|11||10||12||Rhinestone Cowboy||-||Glen Campbell|
|12||8||5||I’m Sorry||-||John Denver|
|13||14||3||The Last One To Touch Me||-||Barbara Ray|
|14||13||3||Bouncy Bouncy Bounce||-||Lionel Petersen|
|16||17||3||Blanket On The Ground||-||Billie Jo Spears|
|17||18||4||I’m Not In Love||-||10cc|
|18||16||3||Don Junior||-||Bobby Angel|
|19||New||1||Fattie Bum-Bum||-||Carl Malcolm|
|20||New||1||Touch The Hand||-||Conway Twitty|
‘Milky Ways’ was our number 1 song for a 3rd week running as Colombus saw off the challenge from Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ which sat at 2 for a second week. Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ was also unmoved to give us the same top 3 as the previous week.
Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ and Jonathan Butler’s ‘I Love How You Love Me’ were both star raters, climbing 4 places to 5 and 7 respectively. However, the biggest climber of the week award went to last week’s new entry, Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ which jumped 9 from 19 to 10. I could comment that this would be the biggest climber by a song by a Brazilian artist, but then as this was the only song to chart by a Brazilian, everything it did would be the biggest climb, longest stay, highest peak etc for a Brazilian song. The best one could do is say that this was a bigger climb than the song ‘Brazil’ by The Ritchie Sisters ever managed (its best being 5 places).
Paul Anka & Odia Coates brought us the biggest faller of the week as ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ dropped 5 places from 4 to 9.
Last week we had 2 oldest songs on the chart, but both of them fell off this week, giving us a new oldest song in the form of Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ which was on 12 weeks.
The first of those oldest songs of last week to go was Andy Williams’ ‘You Lay So Easy On My Mind’ which had managed 13 weeks and a peak of 3. This ended his SA chart career after 5 hits, 46 weeks and 1 chart topper in the form of ‘Solitaire’ which lasted 4 weeks at 1. Williams stood tied 34th (with John Lennon) on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist and was the tied 15 highest solo male on that list.
Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ also left the chart this week. It had lasted 13 weeks, of which 4 had been spent at the top spot. To date it was the highest position that an Abba song would fall out of the chart from as it was at number 12 last week. The previous highest position for the last week in the top 20 by an Abba song was when their first hit, ‘Ring, Ring’ dropped out from 13. One more of their songs would spend its last week at 12 and we would not see an Abba song dropping out from a higher position. They were now on 72weeks in total which placed them tied 8th on the list of weeks by an artist, sharing the place with The Archies.
Carl Malcolm gave us the 10th song to chart by a Jamaican artist as ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ entered the top 20 at 19. Due to political correctness not having been invented yet, the song was able to climb to number 8 in the UK. Of the 10 Jamaican hits to chart so far, only Desmond Dekker was responsible for more than 1, having had 3 hits and other than the hits by The Harry J All Stars and Susan Cadogan, the rest were all by male artists.
The other new entry for the week was Conway Twitty’s ‘Touch The Hand’. Twitty had been in the charts recently with his chart topping duet with Loretta Lynn, ‘As Soon As I Hang up The Phone’. ‘Touch The Hand’ topped the US country singles charts. It was part of a double a-sided single, the other side being ‘Don’t Cry Joni’. Strangely ‘Touch The Hand’ is the song noted as topping the Country singles charts while ‘Don’t Cry Joni’ is shown as making 63 on the main Billboard Hot 100 the following year. If you don’t want to know what happened in South Africa, look away now… ‘Don’t Cry Joni’ would chart in SA separately in1976.