|1||1||7||Why Me||–||Kris Kristofferson|
|2||5||6||If You Love Me (Let Me Know)||–||Olivia Newton-John|
|3||3||8||Rock Your Baby||–||George McCrae|
|4||4||9||The Night Chicago Died||–||Paper Lace|
|5||2||9||Touch too Much||–||Arrows|
|6||6||11||Let Me Roll It||–||Wings|
|7||9||5||Rock the Boat||–||Hues Corporation|
|8||7||6||Jack o’ Diamond||–||Walkers|
|9||8||8||A Rose Has to Die||–||Dennis East|
|10||14||3||Rock Me Gently||–||Andy Kim|
|11||12||7||Just an Ever Lovin’ Woman||–||Tommy Oliver|
|12||11||13||Band on the Run||–||Wings|
|13||15||9||Apple of My Eye||–||Badfinger|
|14||13||10||Over and Over||–||George Baker Selection|
|15||10||12||Sugar Baby Love||–||Rubettes|
|16||18||3||Annie’s Song||–||John Denver|
|17||16||5||Don’t Break This Heart||–||Gerry Grayson|
|18||New||1||Kung Fu Fighting||–||Carl Douglas|
|19||19||2||When Will I See You Again||–||Three Degrees|
|20||New||1||Try a Little Love||–||Lionel Petersen|
‘Why Me’ by Kris Kristofferson clocked up its 6th week at the top of the charts and had a new challenger to contend with as the song that had been at number 2 for the last 3 weeks, The Arrows ‘Touch Too Much’, fell to 5 while Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’ switched places with The Arrows’ hit, climbing up 3 from 5 to 2. Newton-John had already had a chart topper in the form of ‘If Not For You’, but so far none of the 19 women who had managed a number 1 hit had been able to go on and have a second.
Andy Kim’s ‘Rock Me Gently’ which had to be satisfied by just a star rater award last week (The Walkers’ ‘Jack O’ Diamond’ just beating it to be climber of the week), was the king of the climbers this week as it moved up 4 from 14 to 10 to be the climber and only star rater this week.
The Rubettes’ ‘Sugar Baby Love’ took the faller award with a 5 place drop from 10 to 15.
‘Band On The Run’ by Wings enjoyed its second week at the oldest in the charts. It was on its 13th week in the charts overall.
Glenys Lynne’s ‘My Hart Het ‘n Kleine Venster’ became her worst performing hit to date as it left the charts after just 2 weeks and a peak of 19. Her previous 2 hits (one of which was her duet with Jody Wayne) had both peaked at 7. One had to go back to June 1967 when, as a member of Four Jacks & A Jill, Glenys put in a worse chart performance as ‘The House With The White Washed Gables’ spent a single week in the charts at number 20. This, however, was not the end of the SA chart road for her.
For the past 5 weeks we had been enjoying the only time we would see 2 songs in the charts with the word ‘Band’ in the title. The one was Wings’ hit mentioned earlier as the oldest on the charts, the other was Leo Sayer’s ‘One Man Band’ which left the charts this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 15. It had been the 7th song with ‘Band’ in the title to chart and would also be the last. The previous ‘Band’ songs for those interested were The Monkees’ ‘Listen To The Band’, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘ Travellin’ Band’, Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’, Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘We’re All Playing In The Same Band’, Albert Hammond’s ‘The Free Electric Band’ and Wings’ ‘Band On The Run’.
The first of the new entries was Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’. The song, written by Douglas and Biddu Appaiah (he of Biddu Orchestra fame) and produced by Biddu, went to number 1 in the US, UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and Holland (that’s 10 countries!). In Switzerland it fell 1 short of making it to the top and in Italy and Norway only got to number 3. Not a bad performance for a song that started out life being planned as a b-side and recorded in 10 minutes. It was originally meant to accompany ‘I Want to Give You My Everything’ which had taken the other 2 hours and 50 minutes of allotted studio time to record. ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ would eventually go on to sell over 11 million copies worldwide.
Our second new entry was the 4th and final act to chart with 2 songs containing the word ‘little’ in the title. The Troggs had been the first to manage this having hits with ‘Little Girl’ and ‘Little Red Donkey’. Leapy Lee had done it with ‘Little Arrows’ and ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ and Gwynneth Ashley-Robin did so with ‘Little Jimmy’ and ‘Little Soldier Blue’. Now Lionel Petersen added ‘Try A Little Love’ to his previous hit ‘I Need A Little Love’ to be part of this elite group. ‘Try A Little Love’ was a cover of a somewhat obscure song by Oscar Harris & The Twinkle Stars which had been a number 3 hit for them in Holland and a number 13 hit in Belgium. As with Petersen’s previous 2 hits, the production was handled by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange.
Acts from the Netherlands celebrated their 100th week on the charts. They sat behind Germany on 146 and Canada on 175 as well as the big 3 nations of South Africa, The US and The UK.
Wings now equalled Tommy Roe and Murray Campbell for the best run of consecutive weeks with 2 or more songs in the chart. Wings had seen ‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Let Me Roll It’ share the charts for 11 straight weeks now. Campbell had seen such a run with his solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ and the version he did as a duet with Virginia Lee while Tommy Roe’s chart mates were ‘Hooray For Hazel’ and ‘Sweet Pea’.
We now had 5 UK chart toppers in the top 20 with ‘Rock Your Baby’, ‘Sugar Baby Love’, Annie’s Song’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ and ‘When Will I See you Again’ all having made number 1 in Britain. It had been 314 weeks (last time was 4 October 1968) since we had seen this many UK chart toppers in the top 20. This still fell 2 short of the record to date 7 we had managed.