9 January 1976

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 4 Lady In Blue  - Joe Dolan
2 2 11 Milky Ways  - Colombus
3 3 9 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
4 11 5 Fattie Bum-Bum  - Carl Malcolm
5 7 6 Feelings  - Morris Albert
6 5 8 I Love How You Love Me  - Jonathan Butler
7 4 10 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
8 8 8 It’s Been So Long  - George McCrae
9 9 7 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  - Lionel Petersen
10 12 4 Somewhere Between  - Tumbleweeds
11 6 9 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
12 10 7 The Last One To Touch Me  - Barbara Ray
13 14 3 You And Me – Me And You  - Main Ingredient
14 15 3 I’m On Fire  - 5000 Volts
15 16 2 Sha La La La  - Buttercup
16 13 12 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
17 New 1 Hold Me Close  - David Essex
18 17 7 Blanket On The Ground  - Billie Jo Spears
19 New 1 This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)  - Natalie Cole
20 New 1 I Only Have Eyes For You  - Art Garfunkel

Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ hung around at the top of the charts for a second week while the previous number1, Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ was sitting at number 2 also for a second week. Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ was at 3 and completed an unchanged top 3 from last week.

Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ climbed up 7 places from 11 to 4 to be this week’s biggest climber. This was the second time the song had been the biggest climber in a week and the 6th time the biggest climber had been by a Jamaican artist.

On the falling front Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner had a second biggest fall in the week as ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ fell 5 places from 6 to 11. They had had that sinking feeling once before with their hit ‘If Teardrops Were Pennies’.

Our oldest song in the charts last week, was 1 of 3 to drop out of the top 20 (more on that in a moment), so our new oldest was Showaddywaddy’s ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ which was enjoying its 12th week on the chart.  We only had 2 other songs in the top 20 that were on double figures for weeks, Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ on 11 and Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ on 10.

Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ was last week’s oldest on the chart, but it fell off after a run of 14 weeks, 4 of which were spent at number 1. This would be their only SA hit.

While the country duo of Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner were slipping down our charts, the local country duo of Bobby Angel & Barbara Ray slipped off the charts with their songs, ‘The Greatest Christmas Gift’. Not too surprising as it was a seasonal song. It had lasted 2 weeks and peaked at 19, the worst chart performance by any hits involving either of the duo. Barbara Ray now stood tied 5th with Middle Of The Road on the list of weeks on the chart by an artist with 80 weeks under her belt. Bobby Angel was tied 51st (and 8th highest local male) with a total of 33. For both the weeks that the song was on the chart, Barbara had 2 in the top 20 as ‘The Last One To Touch Me’ was still in the charts.

John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ possibly described his emotional state this week as the song fell off the top 20 after an 8 week run and a peak of 8. This was the 20th song to have and equal week and peak    figure. This would be Denver’s last solo hit in SA, but he would be back as part of a duet much later on.

David Essex had been having hits in the UK since 1973 and before ‘Hold Me Close’ reached the charts there, he already had 6 UK hits under his belt, all but 1 made the top 10 and ‘Gonna Make You A Star’ had made number 1. In South Africa, ‘Hold Me Close’ was his first to chart. He was not unknown to local music fans as he had had at least 5 songs make the LM Radio charts by then. ‘Hold Me Close’ knocked Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ off the top spot in the UK and then spent 3 weeks at number 1. It would be Essex last number 1 there. The song was produced by Jeff Wayne who rose to fame a couple of years later with his musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’ ‘War of The Worlds’.

Not all the offspring of famous rock/pop stars who try following in their famous parent’s footsteps succeed. One of those who had a fair career of her own was the daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Natalie Cole who was our second new entry this week with her song ‘This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)’. The song made number 6 on the main US charts and topped the Hot Soul Singles charts there. Natalie went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for this song, ending Aretha Franklin’s 8 year domination of the award. To date she has had 18 songs reach the Billboard Hot 100, 8 of which made the top 20. ‘This Will Be’ made number 32 in the UK where she has managed 12 hits to date.

Art Garfunkel caught up with his ex-partner Paul Simon in terms of number of hits as ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ became Garfunkel’s 2nd to chart in SA. (Simon’s 2 hits to date, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ had both topped our charts). The song was written in 1934 for a film called ‘Dames’ and had already gone to number 11 in the US when The Flamingos covered it in 1959. Garfunkel’s version topped the UK charts (knocking our other UK chart topping new entry this week – David Essex’s ‘Hold Me Close’ – off the top spot there) and going to number 18 in the US. The song also topped the Norwegian charts.

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2 January 1976

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 3 Lady In Blue  - Joe Dolan
2 1 10 Milky Ways  - Colombus
3 2 8 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
4 5 9 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
5 4 7 I Love How You Love Me  - Jonathan Butler
6 6 8 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
7 8 5 Feelings  - Morris Albert
8 7 7 It’s Been So Long  - George McCrae
9 10 6 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  - Lionel Petersen
10 9 6 The Last One To Touch Me  - Barbara Ray
11 13 4 Fattie Bum-Bum  - Carl Malcolm
12 11 3 Somewhere Between  - Tumbleweeds
13 12 11 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
14 16 2 You And Me – Me And You  - Main Ingredient
15 19 2 I’m On Fire  - 5000 Volts
16 New 1 Sha La La La  - Buttercup
17 15 6 Blanket On The Ground  - Billie Jo Spears
18 18 8 I’m Sorry  - John Denver
19 20 2 The Greatest Christmas Gift  - Bobby Angel & Barbara Ray
20 14 14 Barbados  - Typically Tropical

For the first time since the beginning of 1970 the first new chart of the year reflected a new number 1 as Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ knocked Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ off the top spot after the latter had spent 5 weeks there. Dolan became the first Irish act to top the charts and this was the third time that a non UK, US or SA act had taken over the top spot from another ‘rest of the world’ act.

5000 Volts shocked the nation with their claim ‘I’m On Fire’, but they were this week as the song was the biggest mover up the charts, jumping 4 places from 19 to 15. This was the first time 5000 Volts had had the biggest climber in a week. Maria had managed to be the biggest climber twice with her song with the same title (but a different song). Would 5000 Volts manage to repeat this achievement?

Last week’s biggest faller, Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ managed to repeat this achievement this week as it fell 6 places from 14 to 20. This was the 37th time that a biggest faller in the week had ended up in the bottom place on the charts.

Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ didn’t make cross the border between 1975 and 1976 as the song left the charts after a 14 week run and a peak of 2. This ended Campbell’s SA chart run. He had had 3 hits (including 1 as part of a duet with Bobbie Gentry), spent 28 weeks on the charts and had a best peak of 2 with ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’.

The departure of ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ from the chart meant that we had a new oldest song on the charts and that was Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ which was sitting on 14 weeks.

The new entry this week was local band Buttercup with their second hit ‘Sha La La La’ which followed up the success of ‘Baby Love Affair’. Like their previous hit, it was also written by Ken Levine and Ernie Schroder, but it also included Ernie’s brother Robert on the writing credits this time. Robert had produced ‘Baby Love Affair’. Ken Levine has said that he thinks the voice used for the spoken parts of the song was that of LM Radio DJ John Novick. This was the 13th song to chart that contained no letters from the phrase ‘Top twenty’.

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1975 The Facts And Figures

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Well that’s 1975 done with and time to reflect on the songs and artists (and songwriters) that made the musical memories for us for that year.

In 1974 we saw the first increase year on year in the number of songs to appear in the top 20 during the year. Up until then the number of hits had been dropping each year. 1975 continued the trend started in 1974 and we saw the number increase again. During 1975 we saw 128 songs spend time on the charts, 14 more than in 1974, but still a distance short of the 150 we saw in 1969. The number of hits that appeared in the chart per year to date were as follows (note: these numbers include songs that were in the chart at the end of a previous year and still there for the first week of the new year):

Year No. Of Hits
1969 150
1970 141
1971 134
1972 117
1973 104
1974 115
1975 129

The local artists were not nearly as successful this year as they only managed to account for 26 of the 128 hits. This was their second lowest count, beating only 1969’s 14 hits. 22 acts accounted for these 26 hits.The 128 hits of 1975 were brought to you courtesy of 108 different acts (duets/collaborations counting as a separate acts to the individuals making them up). This was up 10 on 1974’s effort.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 20 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 299
2 Love Hurts Nazareth 292
3 She’s A Woman Neil Herbert 266
4 As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty 264
5 You Ask Me To Bobby Angel 227
6 Fox On The Run Sweet 215
7 Don’t You Know Della Reese 208
8 Stand By Me John Lennon 207
9 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Abba 205
10 Barbados Typically Tropical 204
11 I Can Help Billy Swan 202
12 S.O.S. Abba 201
13 Paloma Blanca George Baker Selection 197
14 Please Mr. Postman Carpenters 194
15 Lady Styx 194
16 Longfellow Serenade Neil Diamond 188
17 You’Re The First The Last, My Everything Barry White 187
18 Please Stay Jonathan Butler 183
19 Love Will Keep Us Together Captain & Tennille 180
20 Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell 180

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:

http://www.rock.co.za/files/sahits_1975.html

The cumulative points from the beginning of 1969 to the end of 1975 gave the following top 5:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 464
2 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash 448
3 Cry To Me Staccatos 447
4 You Peter Maffay 399
5 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391

This top 5 had not changed since 1973, in fact the highest placed song on the cumulative list of points that spent time in the charts in 1975 was George McCrae’s ‘Rock Your Baby’ which was 17th on the list. 4 of its 23 week run in the charts was in 1975 where it accumulated 24 of its 306 points.

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1974 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 She’s A Woman Neil Herbert 266
2 You Ask Me To Bobby Angel 227
3 Please Stay Jonathan Butler 183
4 Before The Next Teardrop Falls Bobby Angel 123
5 Private Number Lionel Petersen 109

NUMBER OF HITS

Bobby Angel was the only act to manage 4 hits during the year as ‘You Ask Me To’, ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’, ‘Don Junior’ and his duet with Barabra Ray ‘The Greatest Christmas Gift’ all featured on the top 20 during the year. Abba, George McCrae and Gloria Gaynor managed 3 hits apiece. The record in a year was still 5 which The Archies and The Bee Gees had managed in 1969, Neil Diamond had managed in 1971 and Middle Of The Road managed in 1972.

Aside from Bobby Angel’s 4, of the other local acts to chart, Barbara Ray, Jonathan Butler and Lionel Petersen all managed 2.

To date Creedence Clearwater Revival (who we had last seen in the charts in 1972) held the record for most songs to chart with 11 hits under their belt. Billy Forrest was second on 10 (scored under a number of different names and some as part of a duet). Neil Diamond was third on 9. Percy Sledge, The Archies and Elvis Presley who were all on 8 at the end of 1974 did not chart in 1975, but they were joined by Barbara Ray and The Sweet on that count, with Barbara Ray moving into second place for a local act.

WEEKS ON THE CHARTS

Local lad Bobby Angel was just pipped for top spot on the list of weeks spent on the chart by an artist in 1975 as he managed 32, 1 less than Abba’s 33. This was the second year running that Abba had had the most weeks in the charts during the year, however in 1974 they shared top honours with Wings (who didn’t chart at all this year). The total 0f 33 weeks spent on the charts was the lowest total we had seen to date, 5 less than the previous lowest that Wings and Abba managed in 1974. The best effort to date was Middle Of The Road’s 58 weeks in 1972. Bachman-Turner Overdrive came in 3rd for 1975 with 28 weeks while Jonathan Butler shared 5th spot (with 4 other artists) on 19 weeks, but was the second highest local act.

The top 3 artists for cumulative weeks were unchanged from last year with Creedence Clearwater Revival leading the way on 119. The Sweet were still second, but had moved up from 95 to 109 weeks. Neil Diamond was still third, adding 12 weeks to his 81 at the end of 1974 to bring him to a total of 93. Alan Garrity had moved on to 84 and was in 4th place overall and still the top local act, but we had had a change in second place for local artist as Barbara Ray’s 77 weeks to date overtook Dave Mills who hadn’t added to the 74 weeks he had at the end of 1974. Ray was 6th overall and Mills 7th.

We saw 4 songs get to 20 weeks during 1975, but none of them managed all those 20 weeks during that year. In fact the most number of weeks a song spent in the charts in 1975 was 18 and that was managed by Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’, Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ (which was one of managed to get to 20 weeks, but 2 of them were spent in the charts in 1974) and Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ (managed a total of 22 weeks, but 4 were spent in the charts in 1974). Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’ managed the second highest number of week in the year as it lasted 17 on the charts. This was the best by a local song.

NUMBER 1’s

We had 17 songs spend time at the top of the charts in 1975 and only Abba managed to have more than 1, getting to the top with ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ (2 weeks) and ‘S.O.S.’ (4 weeks). They were the first act since The Sweet in 1971 to have more than 1 number 1 in the year. Neil Herbert (‘She’s A Woman’) and Bobby Angel (‘You Ask me To’) were the only local acts to top the charts.

The Hollies still led the way in terms of total number 1’s to date as they had managed 4. Abba, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Andrews and The Sweet were all on 3 while we had still not seen a local act find a second chart topper.

In terms of most weeks spent at 1 by a song in 1975, there were 5 songs that spent 5 weeks at the top and these were ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, ‘Love Hurts’ by Nazareth, ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, ‘Fox On The Run’ by The Sweet and ‘Milky Ways’ by Colombus’. Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’ managed 2 to be the top local song while Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ only spent 1 week at the top.

FEMALE ACTS

The woman went one better than the record they set last year by having 20 songs spend time in the charts during the year, 5 of these were as one half of a duet. Gloria Gaynor became the first woman to mange 3 hits in a year as she charted with ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’, Reach Out, I’ll be There’ and ‘Walk On By’. Barbara Ray and Olivia Newton-John managed to have 2. For Barbara it was a 4th time doing this while it was Olivia’s second time. Caroline du Preez, Cornelia, Margaret Singana and Sonja Herholdt were the other local women to chart.

There were no chart toppers by solo female acts, but Loretta Lynn did top the chart with ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ as part of a duet with Conway Twitty. This was less than last year where 2 woman managed to get to number 1 and fell well short of the record to date of 4 which occurred in 1973.

Barbara Ray led the way in terms of number of hits to date by a woman as she had now accumulated 8. Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton & Vicky Leandros were tied second on 4 hits. Maria, Jessica Jones and Lauren Copley, all on 3 were the next highest local woman after Barbara Ray.

The top solo female songs for 1975 based on the points system described above were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Don’t You Know Della Reese 208
2 Hurt So Good Susan Cadogan 132
3 Ek Verlang Na Jou Sonja Herholdt 95
4 I’m Not Lisa Jessi Colter 95
5 To The Door Of The Sun Gigliola Cinquetti 90

To date, the top 5 songs by females based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
2 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336
3 Come What May (Aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
4 It’s Too Late Now Lauren Copley 303
5 Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet Maria 302

This was the third year in a row that this top 5 had not changed.

REST OF THE WORLD

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationaility
1 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 299 Canada
2 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Abba 205 Sweden
3 S.O.S. Abba 201 Sweden
4 Paloma Blanca George Baker Selection 197 Netherlands
5 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You Gilbert O’ Sullivan 175 Ireland

To date the rest of the world top hits were:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationaility
1 You Peter Maffay 399 Germany
2 We Believe In Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376 Germany
3 Come What May (Aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321 Greece
4 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 305 Canada
5 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 276 France

The US led the way for number of hits in ’69 and ’70, then the UK took over for ’71 and ’72. For ,73 and ’74 it was the local acts that topped the table, so with two apiece for the 3 leading nations to chart on our fair shores, who would take the lead in 1975. The answer was that it was the Yanks who took the honours with 48 hits. The UK was second with 30 and the locals were beaten into 3rd place only managing 26. The Netherlands were next on 6 followed by Canada on 5, Jamaica and Sweden on 3, France and Ireland on 2 and Brazil, Germany and Italy all scoring 1.

Last year we noted that so far hits by artists from 19 different countries had charted in SA. This year we added Brazil to that list to make it 20 nations that had been represented. The US still led the way overall with 260 hits, followed by the UK on 237, then locals on 183. The Canadians were still 4th with 18 under their belt while the Dutch moved up to 5th with 17, knocking the Germans into 6th place as the latter were only on 15. Jamaica (10), Ireland (9) and Sweden (6) followed.

WHAT DIDN’T CHART

To date, the most number of songs that made number 1 in the US or UK or both that didn’t make our top 20 was 30. This year a new record of 41 songs that topped either the US or UK or both charts in 1975 never made our charts in 1975. These were as follows:

Sister Gold Hair America
I Only Have Eyes For You Art Garfunkel
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song B.J. Thomas
Give A Little Love Bay City Rollers
Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees
D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Billy Connolly
Fame David Bowie
Space Oddity David Bowie
Hold Me Close David Essex
Black Water Doobie Brothers
Best Of My Love Eagles
One Of These Nights Eagles
Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire
Island Girl Elton John
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Elton John
Philadelphia Freedom Elton John Band
My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli
Before The Next Teardrop Falls Freddy Fender
Fallng In Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynold
Thank God I’m A Country Boy John Denver
Tears On My Pillow Johnny Nash
Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band
That’s The Way (I Like It) KC & The Sunshine Band
Lady Marmalade Labelle
You’re No Good Linda Ronstadt
Lovin’ You Minnie Ripperton
Oh Boy Mud
Bad Blood Neil Sedaka
Laughter In The Rain Neil Sedaka
Fire Ohio Players
Have You Ever Been Mellow Olivia Newton-John
Listen To What The Ma Said Paul McCartney & Wings
January Pilot
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
Fly, Robin, Fly Silver Convention
Let’s Do It Again Staple Singers
Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) Stylistics
Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) Tony Orlando & Dawn
Whispering Grass Windsor Davies & Don Estelle

Of these listed above, Art Garfunkel’s ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, David Essex’s ‘Hold Me Close’, KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ would eventually get on to our charts. Also worth noting is that ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ by Freddy Fender which topped the US charts, made our top 20, but it was Bobby Angel’s version that made it in SA.

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

Last year, local band The Rising Sons were the only act to have spent at least 1 week in the chart every year from 1970 to 1974, but they failed to extend that run into 1975. The Bee Gees were the only other act who, up to the end of 1974 had managed to spend at least 1 week in the chart for 5 consecutive weeks as they managed to do this from 1969 to 1973. The Sweet were now added to those ranks as they had managed to chart every year from 1971 to 1975.

Cat Stevens, Jody Wayne and David Cassidy had all spent at least 1 week in the chart every year from 1972 to 1975 (4 consecutive years) with Stevens and Wayne both charting in 1970, but missed out on 1971 to deny them a 6 year run.

SONGWRITERS

Conway Twitty, Hans Bowens and Brian Holland all managed to chart with 3 hits to be the most successful songwriters of 1975, however, all 3 of them only managed this with 2 hits. Twitty was credited on the duet he did with Loretta Lynn ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ which also charted in Afrikaans as ‘Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ by Caroline du Plesez. He also wrote his solo hit, ‘Touch The Hand’. Hans Bowens (better known as George Baker), hit the top 20 as a songwriter with ‘Sing A Song Of Love’ and ‘Paloma Blanca’ both by The George Baker Selection as well as having a credit on the Afrikaans version of ‘Paloma Blanca’ by Tamaletjie entitled ‘My Klein Witte Duifie’. Brian Holland gave us ‘Please Mr Postman’ which charted by The Pat Boone Family as well as by The Carpenters. He also penned ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ which Gloria Gaynor charted with. Terry Dempsey’s 8 hits in 1971 was still the best any songwriter had managed in a year.

Dempsey also still led the way for number of hits to date with 23 under his belt. Roger Greenaway was next on the list with 15 with Jeff Barry on 14, Roger Cook on 13 and John Fogerty, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn were next on 11.

The 244 weeks that songs by Terry Dempsey had spent on the charts to date was still the record and was unchanged from 1974. Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn were on 139 weeks and were still tied second, but had closed the gap between them and Dempsey by 7 weeks. John Fogerty was unchanged on 119 and still in 4th place.

Only Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson managed 2 number 1’s as song writers in 1975. They were responsible for the 2 Abba chart toppers, ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ and ‘S.O.S.’.

John Fogerty, Chris Andrews, Geoff Stephens and Terry Dempsey, were joined by the 3 writers above as well as Neil Diamond in having had songwriting credits on 3 number 1 hits to date. Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn still led the way for weeks spent at number 1 by songs they wrote as their 2 chart toppers by The Sweet (‘Co-Co’ and ‘Funny Funny’) had accumulated 14 weeks at the top of the charts.

Well, that’s it for 1975, onwards then to 1976.

26 December 1975

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Milky Ways  - Colombus
2 2 7 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
3 7 2 Lady In Blue  - Joe Dolan
4 5 6 I Love How You Love Me  - Jonathan Butler
5 3 8 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
6 4 7 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
7 6 6 It’s Been So Long  - George McCrae
8 8 4 Feelings  - Morris Albert
9 12 5 The Last One To Touch Me  - Barbara Ray
10 11 5 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  - Lionel Petersen
11 16 2 Somewhere Between  - Tumbleweeds
12 10 10 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
13 15 3 Fattie Bum-Bum  - Carl Malcolm
14 9 13 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
15 19 5 Blanket On The Ground  - Billie Jo Spears
16 New 1 You And Me – Me And You  - Main Ingredient
17 13 14 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
18 14 7 I’m Sorry  - John Denver
19 New 1 I’m On Fire  - 5000 Volts
20 New 1 The Greatest Christmas Gift  - Bobby Angel & Barbara Ray

‘Milky Ways’ by Colombus spent a 5th straight week at the top of the charts, seeing off the challenge of Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ which spent a second week at number 2.

We had 2 songs climb 4 places to be star raters and those were Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ which moved up 4 to number 3 and Billie Jo Spears’ ‘Blanket On The Ground’ which climbed to 15, but it was the Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’ that had the biggest climb this week, jumping up 5 places from 16 to 11. This was the 16th time the biggest climb had been by a Dutch act.

On the falling front it was Typically Tropical’s 5 place drop from 9 to 14 with ‘Barbados’ that was the biggest fall.

Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy on 14 weeks was the oldest on the charts.

Three songs left the top 20 this week, the first being 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ which had lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 17. This would be 10cc’s only SA hit. Sorted alphabetically where numbers are placed before letters, the band would be the first on the list of all artists who would chart in SA (the first to start with a letter would be A Flock Of Seagulls, but some like to drop the article ‘A’ in front of a name and for those that do, then Abba would be first).

Paul Anka & Odia Coates’ ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ also left the top 20. It spent 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 4. For Coates, this would be her only SA hit while for Anka it was his second and last hit. He had spent a total of 11 weeks on the charts with his 2 hits and his best peak was the number 4 position this song’s achieved.

Last to go was Conway Twitty’s ‘Touch The Hand’ which lasted only 2 weeks and peaked at 17. There would be one more hit to come from Twitty.

The first of the new entries was ‘You And Me – Me And You’ by The Main Ingredient, an American soul band. They had 11 US Hot 100 hits, the highest placed of which was their 1972 hit ‘Everybody Plays The Fool’ which got to number 3, however, ‘You And Me – Me And You’ was not amongst the 11 songs that charted in the US. The song did appear on their 1975 album ‘Rolling Down A Mountainside’ the title track of which made 92 in the US.

‘I’m On Fire’ by 5000 Volts was our second new entry this week and should not be confused with the 1973 hit by local lass, Maria as they only had a title in common. 5000 Volts song was written by Tony Eyers (Maria’s was by Ben Findon) and it climbed to number 4 in the UK as well as topping the charts in Germany, Belgium and Sweden. In the US it made number 26. The band featured Tina Charles on vocals. She would have a couple of solo hits on our charts later on.

Last of the new entries was a local duet comprising Bobby Angel and Barbara Ray with a seasonal song called ‘The Greatest Christmas Gift’. The song was written by Dallas Frazier and Earl Montgomery and recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette as a duet, but I have been unable to ascertain when this version was recorded. For Bobby Angel it was his 4th appearance on our charts while Barbara was enjoying her 8th top 20 outing which placed her tie 4th on the list of number of hits by an artist. She was the 2nd highest local act on the list (2 hits behind Billy Forrest) and the top female, 4 hits ahead of nearest rivals Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton and Vicky Leandros who were all on 4 hits. Barbara Ray also became the 5th woman to have 2 hits in the charts in the same week and the 6th local act to do so.

This was the last chart of the year and the 3rd time we had not seen the Grammy Song of the year on our charts. The award for 1975 went to Judy Collins ‘Send In The Clowns’. We also missed 1974’s ‘The Way We Were’ by Barbra Streisand which made this the only time we missed 2 consecutive years with the Grammy Song Of The Year not charting. The only other one we had not seen chart was James Taylor & Carly Simon’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ from 1971.

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19 December 1975

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Milky Ways  - Colombus
2 5 6 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
3 2 7 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
4 4 6 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
5 7 5 I Love How You Love Me  - Jonathan Butler
6 8 5 It’s Been So Long  - George McCrae
7 New 1 Lady In Blue  - Joe Dolan
8 10 3 Feelings  - Morris Albert
9 3 12 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
10 6 9 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
11 14 4 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  - Lionel Petersen
12 13 4 The Last One To Touch Me  - Barbara Ray
13 11 13 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
14 12 6 I’m Sorry  - John Denver
15 19 2 Fattie Bum-Bum  - Carl Malcolm
16 New 1 Somewhere Between  - Tumbleweeds
17 20 2 Touch The Hand  - Conway Twitty
18 9 9 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
19 16 4 Blanket On The Ground  - Billie Jo Spears
20 17 5 I’m Not In Love  - 10cc

For a song that the rest of the world didn’t seem to take any notice of, ‘Milky Ways’ was doing pretty well, enjoying a 4th week atop of our charts and it looked like it had seen off the challenge from Rod Stewart, an international star, as his UK chart topping hit ‘Sailing’ dropped from 2 to 3 after spending a couple of weeks in second place. Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ took over as the main challenger to Colombus.

It may have been fat, but Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ was moving up the charts at pace as its 4 place climb from 19 to 15 was the biggest climber this week and accounted for the 5th time the biggest climber was by a Jamaican act.

Paul Anka & Odia Coates’ ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ was the biggest faller for a second week running, following up last week’s 5 place drop with a large fall of 9 places from 9 to 18. This was the 12th time the biggest faller had been by a duet or collaboration act and the 14th time the faller was by a Canadian act.

Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ was the oldest on the charts for a second week as it had accumulated 13 weeks in the top 20. This was the 96th week where the oldest song was by an American male artist. Interestingly, we were exactly 100 weeks away from the 100th week with a song by a US male artist as the oldest on the charts.

We lost 2 songs from the charts this week, the first being Bobby Angel’s ‘Don Junior’ which had only lasted 3 weeks and peaked at 16 to be by far his worst performing hit to date as his previous 2 had got to 1 and 5 respectively and both had managed to stay for over 10 weeks.

Leo Sayer’s ‘Moonlighting’ which also departed from the top 20 did slightly better, lasting 5 weeks and peaking at 12, and only just missed out on being his worst performer to date as that honour went to ‘One Man Band’ which also lasted 5 weeks but only managed to get to 15.

We saw the last of the new entries that would be tied for second place for the highest debut position on the chart. ‘Venus’ by Shocking Blue which spent its first week at number 4 was the all-time highest placed new entry while both Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ and The Pipes And Drums And The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ ‘Amazing Grace’ had debuted at 7. To the ranks of debuting at 7 we could now add Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’. We had last seen Dolan on our charts in April of 1971 and the gap of 4 years, 8 months and 3 days since his ‘You And The looking Glass’ was the 9th biggest gap between hits to date. ‘Lady In Blue’ was written by Peter Yellowstone and Robert Danova who were responsible for the 1973 hit by Shuki & Aviva, ‘Signorina Concertina’. This was Dolan’s 3rd hit to chart in SA and the 9th by an Irish artist. Only 4 acts had brought us these 9 hits with Clodagh Rodgers being the only one so far to only have 1 hit (‘Come Back And Shake Me’). This was the first of 3 songs who’s title started with ‘Lady In…’. Can you guess what the other 2 would be?

Joining Dolan as a new entry on the charts was The Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’. Despite sounding like an American Country music band, they were in fact a Dutch County music band. ‘Somewhere Between’ was a cover of a Merle Haggard album track and it spent a week at the top of the charts in Holland and made it to number 10 in Belgium.

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12 December 1975

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Milky Ways  - Colombus
2 2 6 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
3 3 11 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
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
10 19 2 Feelings  - Morris Albert
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
15 15 5 Moonlighting  - Leo Sayer
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.

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5 December 1975

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Milky Ways  - Colombus
2 3 5 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
3 2 10 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
4 6 7 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
5 7 4 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
6 9 7 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
7 11 3 It’s Been So Long  - George McCrae
8 8 4 I’m Sorry  - John Denver
9 10 4 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
10 4 11 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
11 14 3 I Love How You Love Me  - Jonathan Butler
12 5 13 S.O.S.  - Abba
13 16 2 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  - Lionel Petersen
14 20 2 The Last One To Touch Me  - Barbara Ray
15 12 4 Moonlighting  - Leo Sayer
16 19 2 Don Junior  - Bobby Angel
17 18 2 Blanket On The Ground  - Billie Jo Spears
18 17 3 I’m Not In Love  - 10cc
19 New 1 Feelings  - Morris Albert
20 13 13 You Lay So Easy On My Mind  - Andy Williams

Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while previous number 1, Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ dropped from 2 to 3 in a place swap with Rod Stewarts’ ‘Sailing’.

Barbara Ray achieved her 7th biggest mover up in the week as ‘The Last One To Touch Me’ climbed 6 places from 20 to 14. Barbara was way out in front on the local scene for this as no other local act had managed it more than 4 times so far. Alan Garrity, Bobby Angel, Dave Mills, Lionel Petersen, Maria and Richard Jon Smith were all on 4 times. George McCrae’s ‘It’s Been So Long’ was a star rater, climbing 4 from 11 to 7.

On the falling front it was Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ which lost the most ground, dropping 7 from 5 to 12. This meant that 4 of their 5 songs to chart so far (the odd one out being their first hit ‘Ring, Ring’) had been a biggest faller of the week and all of them had managed this once. They were joined in the 7 place plunge by Andy Williams’ fall of the same number of places with ‘You Lay So Easy On My Mind’ giving him his 4th biggest faller title.

These 2 biggest fallers did, however, become the oldest songs on the charts on 13 weeks as last week’s oldest, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ departed from the top 20 after a run of 13 weeks and a peak of 2. This ended his SA chart career after 3 hits, 44 weeks, and a best peak of 2 by ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’. All 3 of his songs made it into the top 10 and they all got to double figures for weeks.

The only new entry was Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ and was the only song by a Brazilian artist to chart in SA. It gave him a number 6 hit in the US and a number 4 in the UK. It also made 4 in New Zealand, 13 in Belgium, 16 in Holland and 41 in Germany.

Our chart this week had more in common with the US than the UK chart as only Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ was on the SA and UK chart this week (at number 21 on the latter). There were 3 songs on this week’s chart that also appeared on the same week’s chart in the US and these were Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ at 23 in the US, Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ at 47 and John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ at 50. The SA top 20 had no songs in common with the Dutch chart this week, although John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ was the b-side of ‘Calypso’ which sat at 7 in Holland this week.

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