|1||1||9||Why Me||–||Kris Kristofferson|
|2||2||8||If You Love Me (Let Me Know)||–||Olivia Newton-John|
|3||4||10||Rock Your Baby||–||George McCrae|
|4||3||11||The Night Chicago Died||–||Paper Lace|
|5||6||7||Rock the Boat||–||Hues Corporation|
|6||7||5||Rock Me Gently||–||Andy Kim|
|7||5||11||Touch too Much||–||Arrows|
|8||18||2||Kissin’ in the Back Row of the Movies||–||Drifters|
|9||8||13||Let Me Roll It||–||Wings|
|10||15||3||Kung Fu Fighting||–||Carl Douglas|
|11||11||5||Annie’s Song||–||John Denver|
|12||10||10||A Rose Has to Die||–||Dennis East|
|13||9||8||Jack o’ Diamond||–||Walkers|
|14||20||4||When Will I See You Again||–||Three Degrees|
|15||16||3||Try a Little Love||–||Lionel Petersen|
|16||12||9||Just an Ever Lovin’ Woman||–||Tommy Oliver|
|17||14||11||Apple of My Eye||–||Badfinger|
|18||13||7||Don’t Break This Heart||–||Gerry Grayson|
|19||19||2||Rub it In||–||Billy “Crash” Craddock|
|20||New||1||Mama Tembu’s Wedding||–||Margaret Singana|
‘Why Me’ by Kris Kristofferson joined 4 other songs that had managed to spend 8 or more weeks at number 1 as it clung on to the top spot despite the pressure from Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’ which spent a 3rd straight week at 2. This accounted for the 180th week with a US act at the top of our charts. George McCrae’s ‘Rock Your Baby’ was also making a bid for the top spot as regained some lost ground. It had spent 2 weeks at 3 before dropping to 4 last week, but now it jumped back up to 3.
The Drifters picked up their first biggest climber award with a 10 place jump from 18 to 8. This was the 54th time we had seen a climb of 10 or more places in a week.
Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ was 1 of 2 other star raters as it moved up 5 from 15 to 10 while The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’ moved up 6 from 20 to 14 to be the other one.
The faller of the week award went to Gerry Greyson’s ‘Don’t Break This Heart’ which dropped 5 from 13 to 18. This was the 144th time a local song had taken the award with exactly half of those times now being by solo males (72 times in case you’re too lazy to reach for a calculator).
The week previous to this was the last time we would ever see a song with the word ‘band’ in the title on our charts as Wings’ ‘Band On The Run’ fell off the Top 20 after a run of 14 weeks and a peak of 2. This had been the oldest song on last week’s chart and the new oldest on the chart was another Wings song, ‘Let Me Roll It’ which was on 13 weeks. This was only the second occasion where we had seen an act take over from themselves as the oldest on the chart. The previous time we had seen this was when The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ became the oldest on the chart after their ‘Carrie-Ann’ fell off the top 20. With 2 oldest songs to Wings’ name, Paul McCartney was the first Beatle post the break up of the band to manage this. Only 1 other would see 2 oldest songs.
The solitary new entry was the 40th song by a local female to chart. Taken from the musical ‘Ipi ‘Ntombi’, ‘Mama Tembu’s Wedding’ by Margaret Singana was only the 3rd to chart by a local black woman, following 2 hits by Letta Mbulu. Singana was ‘discovered’ by her employers when working as their domestic. They sent a tape of her singing to a record company and the rest, as they say, is history. Despite having a stroke in 1980, she still went on to sing ‘We Are Growing’, the memorable theme to the ‘Shaka Zulu’ TV series. She passed away on 22 April 2000 at the age of 63.
Andy Kim saw his highest placing in the chart so far. He had seen 3 hits chart and his latest, ‘Rock Me Gently’ moved up to 6, 1 higher than his previous best which ‘So Good Together’ had managed.
This week’s chart featured 10 songs that had charted in the US and 9 that had made the UK charts. It also saw 3 of the top 6 songs with titles that started with the word ‘Rock’.