|1||2||5||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||-||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|3||4||6||Woogie Boogie||-||Platform 6|
|4||8||4||Devil Woman||-||Cliff Richard|
|5||6||8||Sonder Jou||-||Ian & Dix|
|6||3||8||Wedding Bells||-||Billy Swan|
|7||7||10||Green Eyed Angel||-||Bobby Angel|
|9||12||6||When I’m Dead And Gone||-||Bruce Millar|
|10||11||3||Candy||-||Geoff St. John|
|11||9||11||That’s The Way||-||Lionel Petersen|
|12||16||3||Golden Ring||-||Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell|
|13||15||6||Rock Me To Sleep||-||Mike Eager|
|14||19||2||Arms Of Mary||-||Sutherland Brothers & Quiver|
|15||13||8||Misty Blue||-||Dorothy Moore|
|16||New||1||In Zaire||-||Johnny Wakelin|
|17||10||15||No Charge||-||J.J. Barrie|
|18||18||3||Too Late To Say Goodbye||-||Cornelia|
|19||20||2||Don’t Worry About Me||-||Tommy Dell|
|20||New||1||The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore||-||Roy Bulkin|
We had our second number 1 by a duet as Elton John & Kiki Dee snatched the top spot from Glenys Lynne. The previous one had been Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn’s ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’. Gleyns dropped to second place and the bad news was that her run at the top would be the last chart topper we saw from a local woman. On a happier note, this week did give us a record equalling 6 local songs in the top 10 and the third week where we would see 12 of the top 20 being local.
The biggest climber this week was one of last week’s new entries, ‘The Arms Of Mary’ by The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver which climbed 5 places from 19 to 14. Other star raters were Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’ which moved up 4 to 4 and Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell’s ‘Golden Ring’ which also climbed 4 moving it up to 12.
J.J. Barrie’s ‘No Charge’ was the biggest faller this week as it dropped 7 from 10 to 17.
Two songs left the charts, the first being Cliff Richard’s ‘Miss you Nights’ which brought to an end his 3 week run with 2 hits in the top 20. He would not manage this again. ‘Miss You Nights’ lasted 15 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2, his only song so far to make double figures for weeks but the peak of 2 only equalled the accomplishment of ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’.
Joining Cliff in the departure lounge was The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Let Your Love Flow’ which had spent 16 weeks on the charts, 1 of which was at the top spot. This opened the way for J.J. Barrie’s ‘No Charge’ to become the oldest on the charts as it was on 15 weeks.
The first new entry was ‘In Zaire’ by Johnny Wakelin. The song was the second that Wakelin had written about the famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman that took place in Kinshasa in what was then known as Zaire (now the Democratic Republic Of Congo aka DRC). Wakelin’s first song about what became known as ‘The Rumble In The Jungle’ was ‘Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)’ which gave him a number 7 hit in the UK. ‘In Zaire’, released a year and a half later went 3 places higher. The song also went to number 2 in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium and made number 8 in Sweden. In 2010 Wakelin changed the lyrics and re-recorded it as a World Cup song for England, calling it ‘Bring Back The Glory (In South Africa)’. The England team did slightly better in the world cup (being knocked out in a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the ‘Round Of 16’) than the song did as it failed to chart in the UK.
The second new entry (which gave us our 12 out of 20 for local acts) was Roy Bulkin’s cover of the Walker Brother’s 1966 classic track, ‘The Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’. The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio who, as a song writing pair, had brought us The Bay City Roller’s ‘Bye Bye Baby’. Gaudio was a member of The Four Seasons and the first recording of the song was by Four Seasons’ lead singer Frankie Valli in 1965. Robert Schroeder produced Roy Bulkin’s version. The Walker Brother’s version topped the UK charts and got to 13 in the US. Cher and David Essex have also charted with it in the UK going to 26 and 90 respectively.