|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|
|6||4||7||Say Forever You’ll Be Mine||-||Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner|
|7||6||6||It’s Been So Long||-||George McCrae|
|9||12||5||The Last One To Touch Me||-||Barbara Ray|
|10||11||5||Bouncy Bouncy Bounce||-||Lionel Petersen|
|12||10||10||Three Steps To Heaven||-||Showaddywaddy|
|13||15||3||Fattie Bum-Bum||-||Carl Malcolm|
|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.