|3||2||9||Rhinestone Cowboy||–||Glen Campbell|
|5||6||5||(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love||–||Paul Anka & Odia Coates|
|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|
|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|
|19||New||1||I’m Not in Love||–||10cc|
|20||New||1||I Love How You Love Me||–||Jonathan Butler|
It was now 4 weeks at 1 for Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ and it had a new challenger to contend with in the shape of Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ which climbed 2 from 4 to 2.
John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ picked up the climber of the week award with a 6 place jump from 18 to 12. This was Denver’s second time with the award having picked up 1 with ‘Annie’s Song’. This would be the only star rater climb this week.
The fall of the week was a mere 3 places and there were 3 songs than managed this. They were Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’ (down to 14), Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty (down to 13) and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’. It was a second time for both Colter and O’Sullivan and a first for Stevens. The Gilbert O’Sullivan and Ray Stevens hits shared the oldest on the chart title as they moved on to 12 weeks each and enjoyed a second week as the oldest.
The first of the 3 songs that left the charts this week was Gene Rockwell’s ‘Wasted Days and Wasted Nights’ which had enjoyed a run of 4 weeks and peaked at 16, the second worst performer of his 7 hits to date with only his previous hit, ‘Cold Cold Heart’ (2 weeks and a peak of 20) having a less successful chart run. We were not done with Rockwell just yet.
Justin Hayward & John Lodge saw their SA chart run come to an end when their only chart hit, ‘I Dreamed Last Night’ fell off the charts after 4 weeks and a peak of 14. We wouldn’t see them in the charts in this guise again or as solo artists, but as members of The Moody Blues they would return to the top 20.
Last of the leavers was David Cassidy’s ‘Get It Up For Love’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 7. This had been his 3rd hit to date it had the second best weeks and peak, not faring as well as ‘Daydreamer’ which made it to 3 during a 14 week run. Cassidy would find his way back onto the charts at a later 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 of 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 that version 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 seen 4 solo hits make our charts, and was the only other local song in the charts alongside Tamaletjie’s ‘My Klein Witte Duifie’.
Abba became the 15th act to see their points total move past the 1,000 mark as it ticked over to 1,009. They were the first act not from the UK, the US or SA to reach this milestone.
‘Paloma Blanca’ moved into tied 16th place for songs charting in more than 1 version as the George Baker Selection and Tamaltjie’s Afrikaan version (‘My Klein Witte Duifie’) had clocked up a total of 22 weeks, putting the song level with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ (Herman’s Hermit’s and New Vaudeville Band) and ‘Amazing Grace’ (Judy Collins & Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards).
The arrival of 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ move the US/UK number 1 hit count in our top 20 onto 4.