26 December 1975

colombus-milky-ways

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

colombus-milky-ways

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

colombus-milky-ways

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

colombus-milky-ways

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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28 November 1975

colombus-milky-ways

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

We seemed to be going even further afield to find our number 1s as we moved from ‘Barbados’ which had been there for 4 weeks, to the ‘Milky Ways’ (far out man). The latter by Colombus was the first by a French act to top our charts.

We had 3 star raters this week that were not the biggest climber and those were ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ by Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner and John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ which both climbed 4 as well as George McCrae’s ‘It’s Been So Long’ which climbed 5. But it was the 6 place climb by Leo Sayer’s ‘Moonlighting’ and Jonathan Butler’s ‘I Love How You Love Me’ that earned them both a second biggest climber in the week title.

Andy Williams experienced his 3rd biggest faller in a week as ‘You Lay So Easy On My Mind’ dropped 6 to 13 and joined the 2 times that Williams’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ managed.

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ on 13 weeks enjoyed a 3rd week as oldest on the chart, but this was the first where he didn’t share that with another song. The song that was the oldest alongside Gilbert’s last week, Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty’ left the chart after 12 weeks and a peak of 5. This was the end of his SA chart run and he had had 2 hits which spent a total of 16 weeks on the charts. His best peak was the 5 he managed with ‘Misty’.

Also going was Gloria Gaynor’s version of ‘Walk On By’ which had spent 6 weeks on the chart and peaked at 12, her lowest weeks and peak to date of the 3 songs she had charted with. However, there was more to come from her.

Tamaletjie’s ‘My Klein Witte Duifie’ ended its chart run and this was the group’s only hit. The song managed 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9. This was the 19th song to have and equal week and peak stat and meant that 9 was now the most popular number for having the weeks on the charts equal the peak position, this having occurred 7 times, 1 more time than having a week and peak of 7. To date this was the 5th best performing Afrikaans song based on the points system of 20 for a week spent at number 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc. The English version of the song (except for when they sang the title) by The George Baker Selection entitled ‘Paloma Blanca’ had managed 13 weeks, giving the song in its 2 versions a total of 22 weeks on the chart, placing it tied 7th on the list of weeks on the chart by a song charting with more than one version.

Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’ also left the charts after a run of 10 weeks and a peak of 6. This would be her only hit in SA and was the 50th song to date by a female artist to manage a run of 10 or more weeks on the charts.

This week we saw the 5th occasion when there were 3 or more new entries by local acts and the highest of these was Lionel Petersen’s 5th hit, Bouncy Bouncy Bounce’. The song was the 3rd written by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange to chart. One of the previous 2 had also been a hit for Petersen. Lange also produced the single.

Bobby Angel enjoyed a 3rd hit as ‘Don Junior’ joined the top 20 this week. This was the 98th song by a local male to chart.

The last of the local new entries was Barbara Ray’s ‘The Last One To Touch Me’ and this was her 7th song to chart. This moved her to tied 8th overall for number of hits and Billy Forrest was the only local act to have had more hits (he was on 10). 3 other local acts (Dave Mills, John Edmond and Jody Wayne) were also on 7 hits. The song was produced by fellow 7 hits artist Jody Wayne and arranged by Hennie Bekker who also produced Bobby Angels’ ‘Don Junior’. It was written by Dolly Parton and was the first one she had penned to chart where she was not the artist. Parton’s version was not released as a single, but did appear on her 1971 album ‘Joshua’.

The non-local new entry this was Billie Jo Spears’ ‘Blanket On The Ground’. The song topped the US Country Singles charts and made number 2 on the same chart in Canada. It made 78 on the main US charts (where it would be her second and last song to make that chart). In the UK it got a far better reception, climbing to number 6 there. It also managed to chart in New Zealand (11), Austria (15), Holland (15), Belgium (31) and Germany (39). Spears died in December 2011.

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21 November 1975

barbardos-typically-tropical

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
2 4 4 Milky Ways  - Colombus
3 2 9 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
4 3 11 S.O.S.  - Abba
5 6 5 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
6 9 3 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
7 5 11 You Lay So Easy On My Mind  - Andy Williams
8 8 5 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
9 12 2 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
10 7 12 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  - Gilbert O’ Sullivan
11 14 2 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
12 18 2 I’m Sorry  - John Denver
13 10 12 Misty  - Ray Stevens
14 11 10 I’m Not Lisa  - Jessi Colter
15 13 9 My Klein Witte Duifie  - Tamaletjie
16 New 1 It’s Been So Long  - George McCrae
17 15 6 Walk On By  - Gloria Gaynor
18 20 2 Moonlighting  - Leo Sayer
19 New 1 I’m Not In Love  - 10cc
20 New 1 I Love How You Love Me  - Jonathan Butler

‘Barbados’ was still at the top of our charts and enjoying a 4th week there while Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ fell from 2 to 3 and the new challenger to the top was Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ which climbed 2 places to take over at 2.

John Denver had his second biggest climber in a week as ‘I’m Sorry’ joined ‘Annie’s Song’ in getting that title. ‘I’m Sorry’ climbed 6 places to 12 this week and not only was it the biggest climber, but also the only star rater.

On the falling front there were 3 songs whose 3 place drop qualified them as biggest faller in the week. These were Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’, Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty’ and Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’. For Colter and O’Sullivan it was their second time with this accolade, while Ray Stevens had not suffered this fate before. However, Stevens and O’Sullivan could take some comfort from the fact that their respective songs were the oldest on this week’s chart, both having now spent 12 weeks in the top 20.

Three songs left the chart, the first of which was by local lad, Gene Rockwell. His song ‘Wasted Days And Wasted Nights’ which lasted 4 weeks and peaked at 16. This was the first of 4 songs that would chart for Rockwell (Gene Rockwell that is, an act just called ‘Rockwell’ would also chart).

Also going was the duet by Moody Blues members Justin Haywood & John Lodge, ‘I Dreamed Last Night’. The song had spent 4 weeks on the charts and peaked at 14. This would be the only song by this pair to chart. If you add in the 2 Moody Blues songs to reach our top 20, then they had had 3 songs (2 as Moody Blues and 1 as the Haywood/Lodge duet), spent 11 weeks on the charts and had a best peak of 7 with ‘Question’.

David Cassidy had also now had 3 songs chart, but this week was the end of the line for his 3rd, ‘Get It Up For Love’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 7, his second best effort to date.

The highest of the 3 new entries was George McCrae’s 3rd SA hit, ‘It’s Been So Long’ which entered the charts at 16. As with his previous 2 hits, the song was written by KC & The Sunshine Band’s Harry Wayne ‘KC’ Casey and Richard Finch. It gave McCrae a number 4 hit in the UK and in Germany it peaked at 27.

Also new was 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ which had spent 2 weeks at the top of the UK charts earlier in the year and narrowly missed out on a top spot in the US, peaking at number 2 there. It also made 4 in New Zealand, 5 in Holland and Belgium, 6 in Norway and 8 in Germany and Switzerland. It was written by band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman with lots of suggestions for the arrangement coming from Kevin Godley and Lol Creme who along with Stewart had brought us Hotlegs’ hit ‘Neanderthal Man’ back in 1970.

Last on the new entries was Jonathan Butler’s second SA hit, ‘I Love How You Love Me’. The song, written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber was first recorded in 1961 by The Paris Sisters and was produced by Phil Spector. It made number 5 in the US. In the UK it was a version by Jimmy Crawford that made number 18 in 1961. Numerous others have subsequently recorded it, including Bobby Vinton, The Lettermen, Bryan Ferry, Lynn Anderson and Glen Campbell. There is also a version floating around by one time Charlie’s Angel, Cheryl Ladd. Butler’s version was produced by Peter Vee who had 4 solo hits on our charts and was the only other local song in the charts alongside Tamaletjie’s ‘My Klein Witte Duifie’.

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14 November 1975

barbardos-typically-tropical

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
2 3 8 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
3 2 10 S.O.S.  - Abba
4 8 3 Milky Ways  - Colombus
5 4 10 You Lay So Easy On My Mind  - Andy Williams
6 6 4 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
7 5 11 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  - Gilbert O’ Sullivan
8 9 4 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
9 20 2 Sailing  - Rod Stewart
10 11 11 Misty  - Ray Stevens
11 7 9 I’m Not Lisa  - Jessi Colter
12 New 1 If You Think You Know How To Love Me  - Smokie
13 10 8 My Klein Witte Duifie  - Tamaletjie
14 New 1 Say Forever You’ll Be Mine  - Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
15 12 5 Walk On By  - Gloria Gaynor
16 13 8 Get It Up For Love  - David Cassidy
17 14 4 I Dreamed Last Night  - Justin Hayward & John Lodge
18 New 1 I’m Sorry  - John Denver
19 18 4 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights  - Gene Rockwell
20 New 1 Moonlighting  - Leo Sayer

Typically Tropical enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts with ‘Barbados’ while Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ moved up 1 into second place.

Last week’s biggest climber (11 place jump), ‘Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ was star rater again this week as it moved up 4 from 8 to 4. However we had another 11 place climber this week as Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ was, erm, sailing up the charts as it moved from 20 to 9. This was the 7th time we had seen a climb of 10 or more places in 1975 and to date this was the second highest number of times we had seen this in a year, second only to the 8 time we saw it happen in 1971. Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’ was the biggest faller, dropping 4 to 11.

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ and Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty’ were the oldest on the charts on 11 weeks, last week’s oldest being one of the songs to depart the chart this week. That was Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ which had spent 15 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 5. This ended Nash’s SA chart career. He had had 3 hits, spent 52 weeks in total on the charts and his best peak was the all- time record run at number 1 of 13 weeks with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’.

Joining Johnny in leaving the charts was The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’ which, in its two runs in the chart, had managed 8 weeks and a peak of 11. There would be more to come from them.

Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ also left the chart after a 5 week run and a peak of 15. Like The Ritchie Family, this would not be their only hit.

The George Baker Selection, however, did end their SA chart career this week as ‘Paloma Blanca’ exited the chart. It had lasted 13 weeks and spent 4 of those at number 1. The band had had 5 hits in total, and spent the same number of weeks on the charts as Johnny Nash (52 that is). They had managed 1 more number 1 than Johnny Nash as ‘Baby Blue’ had also topped the chart, but had only managed a total of 7 weeks at the top compared to Nash’s 13.

The highest of the new entries was the first SA hit for UK band Smokie, ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’, giving Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn their 11th hit as songwriters. They were now 5th on the list of number of hits by a songwriter, still quite a way off Terry Dempsey’s 23 which topped that list. The song went to number 3 in the UK and scraped a 96 peak in the US, their first of 3 songs to chart there. It also made 3 in Sweden, 6 in Norway, 8 in Germany and 15 in the Netherlands.

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner became the second duet to have 2 hits on the charts as ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ entered at 14. Only local duet Geli & Billy (Angelika Illman & Billy Forrest) had managed more than 1 hit until now. ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ was written by Parton and the song made number 5 on the US Country Singles charts and topped the Country Singles chart in Canada. However, none of this success moved it into the main charts in either country. This was Parton’s 4th hit (2 solo and 2 as part of this duet) on our charts while Wagoner had only managed to chart alongside Dolly.

John Denver returned with his 3rd hit in SA, ‘I’m Sorry’. The song which he penned would be his 4th and final US number 1 where it knocked David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ off the top spot and then was knocked off the top spot by David Bowie’s ‘Fame’. It would not chart in the UK or in Europe, but did manage a number 33 peak in New Zealand.

Leo Sayer made his 4th appearance on our charts, this time with ‘Moonlightling’. This was not the theme tune to the TV show starring Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard, that came 10 years later and the theme tune was sung by Al Jarreau. Sayer’s song earned him a number 2 hit in the UK and also managed to get to 6 in Norway, 7 in Sweden and 14 in New Zealand. In neighbouring Rhodesia as it was then, it made it to number 3.

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7 November 1975

barbardos-typically-tropical

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
2 2 9 S.O.S.  - Abba
3 4 7 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
4 3 9 You Lay So Easy On My Mind  - Andy Williams
5 5 10 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  - Gilbert O’ Sullivan
6 12 3 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
7 6 8 I’m Not Lisa  - Jessi Colter
8 19 2 Milky Ways  - Colombus
9 14 3 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
10 9 7 My Klein Witte Duifie  - Tamaletjie
11 8 10 Misty  - Ray Stevens
12 13 4 Walk On By  - Gloria Gaynor
13 7 7 Get It Up For Love  - David Cassidy
14 20 3 I Dreamed Last Night  - Justin Hayward & John Lodge
15 10 13 Paloma Blanca  - George Baker Selection
16 15 5 Autobahn  - Kraftwerk
17 11 8 Brazil  - Ritchie Family
18 16 3 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights  - Gene Rockwell
19 17 15 The Look In Your Eyes  - Johnny Nash
20 New 1 Sailing  - Rod Stewart

 

‘Barbados’ was a popular destination for music lovers in SA this week as the song by Typically Tropical stayed at number one for a second week running. The previous number 1, ‘S.O.S.’ by Abba was also unmoved at 2.

There were 4 star raters this week as Showaddywaddy’s ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ moved up 5 to 9, Paul Anka & Odia Coates’ ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ moved up 6 to 6 and Justin Hayward & John Lodge’s ‘I Dreamed Last Night’ also moved up 6 to 14, but the biggest climber in the weeks was Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ which leapt a massive 11 places from 19 to 8. This was the 17th song to date to manage a climb of 11 or more places in a week and it followed hot on the heels of this week’s number 1 (‘Barbados’ in case you’ve forgotten already) which had jumped 12 places 4 weeks previously giving us the tied shortest gap between climbs of 11 places or more (previous time there was a 4 week gap was in April/May of 1971 when Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’s 14 place jump followed up the 12 place leap of Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’).

On the falling front, David Cassidy and The Ritchie Family shared the honours for biggest faller in a week as ‘Get It Up For Love’ and ‘Brazil’ both fell 6 places down the chart, the former ending up at 13 while the latter dropped to 17.

Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ was the oldest song on the chart as it ticked over to 15 weeks. Nash was the 10th act to reach 10 weeks of having an oldest song in the chart as ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ was the oldest for 6 weeks and ‘The Look In You Eyes’ had just moved onto 4.

Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ which had shared the ‘oldest’ title with Johnny Nash last week, was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had spent 14 weeks on the top 20 and peaked at number 2. This was the first of 3 hits they would ultimately have in SA.

The new entry was Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’. We had had a song called ‘Sailing’ chart in 1971, but that one by local band Fuzz was not the same song. However, Stewart’s song (his second SA chart hit) was a cover, but of one written by Gavin Sutherland and originally recorded in 1972 by The Sutherland Brothers Band. The original was not released as a single, but when Rod released his cover version, it shot to the top of the charts in Belgium, Ireland, Holland, Norway and the UK. In the US it was his 9th Hot 100 hit, but only peaked at 58, his 4th worst peaked of those 9 hits.

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31 October 1975

barbardos-typically-tropical

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
2 1 8 S.O.S.  - Abba
3 3 8 You Lay So Easy On My Mind  - Andy Williams
4 5 6 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
5 4 9 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  - Gilbert O’ Sullivan
6 8 7 I’m Not Lisa  - Jessi Colter
7 9 6 Get It Up For Love  - David Cassidy
8 7 9 Misty  - Ray Stevens
9 10 6 My Klein Witte Duifie  - Tamaletjie
10 6 12 Paloma Blanca  - George Baker Selection
11 11 7 Brazil  - Ritchie Family
12 16 2 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
13 17 3 Walk On By  - Gloria Gaynor
14 18 2 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
15 15 4 Autobahn  - Kraftwerk
16 19 2 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights  - Gene Rockwell
17 13 14 The Look In Your Eyes  - Johnny Nash
18 12 14 Love Will Keep Us Together  - Captain & Tennille
19 New 1 Milky Ways  - Colombus
20 20 2 I Dreamed Last Night  - Justin Hayward & John Lodge

Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ took over the top spot from Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ after the latter had spent 4 weeks there. This emulated Typically Tropical’s feat in the UK where they knocked the Bay City Rollers’ ‘Give A Little Love’ off the number 1 spot.

Three songs were the biggest climbers this week as they all jumped up 4 places. Of these 3, only Gloria Gaynor had managed this before (twice with ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’). This time it was with ‘Walk On By’s 4 place rise that gave her her third title. Paul Anka & Odia Coates provided the 8th song by a duet to be the biggest climber in a week as ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ moved up 4 to 12. The final song making the 4 place climb was Showaddywaddy’s ‘Three Steps To Heaven’.

The biggest dropper was one of the 3 that took that title last week and that was Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ which fell 6 places from 12 to 18. One consolation for the husband and wife team (well they were back then, they divorced in 2014 after 39 years of marriage), was that their song was, alongside Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’, the oldest songs on the charts, both of them having clocked up 14 weeks.

The other song that had shared the oldest status with these 2 songs last week, was no longer in the charts this week. Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ didn’t. It had spent 13 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2. The previous local song to make it into the top 2 was in March of 1975 when Bobby Angels’ ‘You Ask Me To’ topped the charts.

The new entry was an obscure song called ‘Milky Ways’ by a French act known as Colombus. The ‘group’ was apparently a guy called Moshe Naim and Colombus (wrong spelt as Columbus on some pressings of the single) became the 4th French act to chart in SA. The song was covered by the Israeli duo of Shuki & Aviva (who we had seen on our charts in 1973 with ‘Signoria Concertina’) with French lyrics and went under the title of ‘Bye Bye à Bientôt’. Despite being French, Colombus’ version was recorded in English, however as far as I can tell, the song (both Colombus and Shuki & Aviva’s version) did not disturb the charts in Europe, but Colombus did score a number 2 hit in Rhodesia with theirs. Another song called ‘Milky Way’ (singular not plural) charted in the UK for a group called Sheer Elegance later in 1975, but this was a different song.

This week’s chart was the most diverse to date in terms of the nationalities of the artists as 9 different countries were represented by the 20 songs. The US led the way with 9 of the 20 being from there. Typically Tropical, Showaddywaddy and the duet of Justin Hayward & John Lodge represented the 3 UK entries while Tameltjie and Gene Rockwell flew the local flag. There were 1 apiece for Sweden (Abba), Netherlands (George Baker Selection), Ireland (Gilbert O’Sullivan), Germany (Kraftwerk), France (Colombus) and Canada (Paul Anka & Odia Coates).

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24 October 1975

abba-sos

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 S.O.S.  - Abba
2 4 4 Barbados  - Typically Tropical
3 5 7 You Lay So Easy On My Mind  - Andy Williams
4 3 8 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  - Gilbert O’ Sullivan
5 7 5 Rhinestone Cowboy  - Glen Campbell
6 2 11 Paloma Blanca  - George Baker Selection
7 6 8 Misty  - Ray Stevens
8 9 6 I’m Not Lisa  - Jessi Colter
9 12 5 Get It Up For Love  - David Cassidy
10 13 5 My Klein Witte Duifie  - Tamaletjie
11 16 6 Brazil  - Ritchie Family
12 8 13 Love Will Keep Us Together  - Captain & Tennille
13 11 13 The Look In Your Eyes  - Johnny Nash
14 10 13 Please Stay  - Jonathan Butler
15 19 3 Autobahn  - Kraftwerk
16 New 1 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
17 20 2 Walk On By  - Gloria Gaynor
18 New 1 Three Steps To Heaven  - Showaddywaddy
19 New 1 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights  - Gene Rockwell
20 New 1 I Dreamed Last Night  - Justin Hayward & John Lodge

Abba were slowly creeping up the list of weeks at 1 by an artist as ‘S.O.S’ moved on to 4 weeks at the top and accounted for half of the 8 weeks in total that the group had spent there. They shared 7th place on this list with Kris Kristofferson but were a long way off The Sweet who, on 19 weeks, led the way.

Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ was the biggest threat to Abba’s moving further up that list as it moved up 2 to second place.

The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’ became the 9th song to re-enter the charts and then go on to be the biggest mover up in a week as it climbed 5 from 16 to 11. Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ was also a star rater, climbing 4 from 19 to 15.

On the falling front, 3 songs fell 4 places to be the biggest droppers of the week, The George Baker Selection’s ‘Palmoa Blanca’, Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ and Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’. For George Baker it was his 3rd (and last) time having the biggest faller while for the other 2 it was their first time (and they would both go on to equal George Baker’s total of 3 times).

The 3 oldest songs on the chart were bunched together at 12, 13 and 14 and these comprised the 2 first time biggest fallers mentioned above along with Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’. This would be the 9th and last week we would have 3 songs sharing the ‘oldest on the charts’ title.

This week also saw the 8th and final time we would see 3 local songs exit the chart in the same week. The first of these was Don Stanton’s ‘Don’t Play It No More’ which had spent 4 weeks on the charts and peaked at 17. This would be Don’s only SA hit.

The second to go was by Jody Wayne who had had a good number of hits, but ‘A Picture Of Patches’ would be the last of the 7 he would have in total. It managed a run of 11 weeks and peaked at 6, his 3rd best effort both in terms of weeks and peaks. In total he had spent 54 weeks on the chart with his best peak being the chart topping ‘The Wedding’ which spent 3 weeks at 1. He stood tied 20th on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist and was the 6th local act on that list.

Last of the local leavers was Geoff St. John and his ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby’. It had lasted 8 weeks on the chart and peaked at 10. He had one more hit to come.

The non-local leaver was Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony’s ‘The Hustle’ which had also spent 8 in the top 20, but had gone 5 places higher than Geoff St. John’s hits, peaking as it did at 5.

The first of the new entries was a duet by Paul Anka and Odia Coates called ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’. This was Anka’s second excursion into our top 20, but was a first for Odia. The song gave the duo a number 15 hit in the US. Anka took over the lead for the highest average number of characters in song titles for artists having 2 or more hits as his previous hit ‘Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams’ combined with this new entry to give him an average of 34.5 characters per song (punctuation and spaces excluded), beating Barry White’s 29.5 into second place. Anka also took over the biggest gap between hits record as it was 6 years, 7 months and 3 days since ‘Goodnight My Love…’ was last seen in the charts. The previous record gap was Heintje’s 6 years, 2 months and 11 days between his hits.

Also new to the charts was Showaddywaddy’s cover of the Eddie Cochran song ‘Three Steps To Heaven’. It was the band’s first SA hit, but their 5th to chart in the UK where it went to number 2. Cochran’s 1960 version was the second song to top the UK charts posthumously for an artist (the first was Buddy Holly’s ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’).

Gene Rockwell managed to plug a little of the hole left by the departure of the 3 locals songs mentioned above as his ‘Wasted Days And Wasted Nights’ entered the charts at 19. Gene had already been around the SA Music scene for a while, but this was his first song to chart (on the charts since the beginning of 1969). ‘Wasted Days…’ was a cover of a song originally recorded by Freddy Fender in 1959. In 1975, Fender re-recorded it and it then went to number 8 in the US and topped the New Zealand charts, spending 12 weeks at the top there in what is the 3rd longest run at the top of the NZ charts to date.

The last of the new entries was Justin Hayward & John Lodge’s hit ‘I Dreamed Last Night’. Sometimes referred to as The Blue Jays, Hayward & Lodge were member of The Moody Blues and recorded this song (which appeared on the album ‘Blue Jays’) while The Moody Blues had a bit of a break. The song gave them a number 47 hit in the US.

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