21 November 1975

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

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.

Youtube playlist:

Advertisements

14 November 1975

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

‘Barbados’ by Typically Tropical enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of our charts while the previous number 1, Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ dropped to 3 after spending 2 weeks at 2. The new number 2 was Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’. This beat Campbell’s previous highest placing in our charts by 1 place. His previous best was a peak of 3 with his duet with Bobbie Gentry, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’.

Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ was, er, sailing up the charts. It took the climber of the week award as it moved up 11 from 20 to 9. This was only the second time that we had seen a climb of 11 places or more 2 weeks running as Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ had climbed 11 last week. The only other time we had seen this was when Mary Hopkin’s ‘Those Were The Days’ climbed 12 places the week after The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘1-2-3 Red Light’ had also climbed 12.

The song that made the 11 place climb last week, Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’, was the only other star rater this week. It moved up a further 4 places from 8 to 4.

Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’ was the faller of the week. It dropped 4 from 7 to 11.

Four songs left the chart this week, the first of which was the one that was the oldest on last week’s top 20, Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’, which managed 15 weeks and peaked at 5. This brought to an end Nash’s SA chart career. He had seen 3 songs chart, spent a total of 52 weeks in the chart and 13 of those were at number 1 with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, the all time record run at 1 for a song.

The new oldest on the charts was Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ and Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty’ which were on 11 weeks.

We also bid farewell to The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’. After an initial false start of a run of 3 weeks and a peak of 18, it returned to the chart to add a further 5 weeks (making a total of 8) and a peak of 11. There was still another hit to come from them.

Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ left the charts after 5 weeks and a peak of 15. Like The Ritchie Family, they would return to the chart at a later date.

Last to go was The George Baker Selection’s ‘Paloma Blanca’. It spent 13 weeks on the charts and 4 of those were at number 1. This brought the curtain down on the most successful Dutch act to date. They had seen 5 hits chart, spent 53 weeks in the charts in total and apart from the 4 weeks at 1 that ‘Paloma Blanca’ managed, they also had managed a further 3 weeks at 1 with ‘Baby Blue’. They would ultimately be the second best performing act from the Netherlands based on the points system.

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 tied 15th on the list of number of hits by a songwriter, still quite a way off Terry Dempsey’s 24 which topped that list. ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ 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 third duet to have 2 hits make the charts as ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ entered at 14. The other duets to manage more than 1 hit were local duo, Geli & Billy (Angelika Illman & Billy Forrest) who had managed 2 and Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood who led the way with 3. ‘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 nor in Europe, but did manage a number 33 peak in New Zealand.

Leo Sayer made his 4th appearance on our charts, this time with ‘Moonlighting’. 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. This was the 400th song by a British act to make our charts.

Sweden pulled ahead of Jamaica for weeks by acts from a nation. They were now on 78 and held 9th spot overall on their own while Jamaica dropped into 10th place.

John Denver saw his weeks count figure move on to 20 and he was the 166th act, 73rd male, 56th American act and 25th American male to reach this milestone.

On the local weeks count list we saw Gene Rockwell move 1 ahead of The Rising Sons with his total on 43. This meant he had 15th place to himself and The Rising Sons dropped to 16th.

Youtube playlist:

7 November 1975

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

Having gained the top spot last week, Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ hung on to it to move its weeks at 1 count on to 2. The previous chart topper, Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ was unmoved at 2 while Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ climbed 1 place to sit 3rd.

Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ became the 26th song to climb 11 or more place in a week as it jumped from 19 to 8 and in doing so took the climber of the week award. This was only the 4th time a French act had taken the award, but the second time a song by a French act had climbed 11 or more in a week as The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ had managed a 12 place climb back in the March of 1968.

Both the collaborative hits on the chart this week saw star rater climbs of 6 places with Paul Anka & Odia Coates’ ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ moving up from 12 to 6 and Justin Hayward & John Lodge’s ‘I Dreamed Last Night’ jumping from 20 to 14. Showaddywaddy’s ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ was the only other star rater this week. It moved up 5 from 14 to 9.

There were 2 songs this week that had the biggest fall and they were David Cassidy’s ‘Get It Up For Love’ which fell 6 places from 7 to 13 and The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’ which dropped 6 from 11 to 17. This was Cassidy’s second time with the award having picked it up once with ‘Daydreamer’ while it was a first time for The Ritchie Family.

Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love will Keep Us Together’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 14 weeks and peaked at 2. There would be a few more hits from this duo.

‘Love will Keep Us Together’ had shared the oldest on the chart title with Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’, and those 2 had also had to share the title with Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ a few weeks back, but now ‘The Look in Your Eyes’ was the sole oldest sitting on 15 weeks.

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. Stewart’s song (his second SA chart hit) was a cover, 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. It had been 155 weeks since we last saw Rod on our charts and this was the 77th time we had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more on the charts. So far 5 acts had managed a gap of 100 weeks or more twice.

Sweden caught up with Jamaica for weeks on the charts as Abba boosted the former’s total to 77 and the 2 nations sat tied 9th on the list of weeks by acts from a nation. They were 6 behind Ireland who was next above them on the list.

On the local weeks count list we saw Gene Rockwell move into tied 15th place with The Rising Sons. The 2 acts were on 42 weeks and were 3 behind The Bats who were in 14th place above them. Alan Garrity still led the way with 84.

Andy Williams became the 56th act to reach 500 points as his total move on to 508. He actually sat 55th overall as he leapfrogged The Marmalade who were on exactly 500.

‘Paloma Blanca’ and its Afrikaans cover version, ‘My Klein Witte Duifie’ had clocked up a total of 20 weeks between them (13 for the former and 7 for the latter), moving the song into the top 20 of the weeks by a song charting in more than one version list. It now in 19th place on that list.

Youtube playlist:

31 October 1975

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’ emulated it UK chart topping success and ousted Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ to be the top song on the SA charts this week. Abba’s hit had lasted 4 weeks at 1 and it dropped to 2 this week.

The climb of the week was 4 places and 3 songs managed this. The first was the duet between Andy Williams and Odia Coates, ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’, which moved up to 12. Gloria Gaynor’s ‘Walk On By’ climbed to 13 and Showaddywaddy’s ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ jumped up to 14, meaning the 3 climbers this week all sat next to each other on the charts. There had only been 2 previous occasions where we had 2 woman share the climber of the week award and that was when Dolly Parton and Maria managed on 12 April 1974 and then we saw Gigliola Cinquetti and Margaret Singana do it on 27 December 1974. This week we had Odia Coates and Gloria Gaynor share the award, although Odia’s hit was as part of a duet.

The above mentioned 3 songs were not only the climbers of the week but were also the only star raters that we saw.

Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ was the faller of the week, dropping 6 places from 12 to 18. It was the second time the song had picked up the award, but it was the oldest on the charts alongside Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ which were both on 14 weeks and this was the 3rd week they had been the oldest.

The song that had shared the oldest in the chart title last week with the aforementioned 2, Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’, was the only one to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted 13 weeks in the charts and peaked at 2. We would see Butler grace our charts again at a later date.

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 (wrongly spelt as Columbus on some pressings of the single) became the 8th 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.

The arrival of a French act onto the charts pushed the nation count in the top 20 up to the record to date 9. We had acts from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, SA, Sweden, the US and the UK gracing our charts this week. France moved closer to Ireland on the list of number of hits by a nation, their 8 putting them just 1 behind Ireland who sat 9th overall.

Glen Campbell and Gloria Gaynor celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart milestone while Gilbert O’Sullivan was enjoying his 40th. He was the 65th act to reach this level and the first Irishman.

‘My Klein Witte Duifie’ and ‘Paloma Blanca’ sat next to each other at 10 and 11 respectively and together they had clocked up 18 weeks, putting the song (the former being an Afrikaans version of the latter) tied 22nd for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than one version.

Youtube playlist:

24 October 1975

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’s ‘S.O.S.’ spent a 4th week at number 1 and moved into tied 13th spot with Kris Kristofferson and Tommy Roe for total weeks at 1 as their overall total moved on to 8. This also meant that Sweden moved 1 ahead of Germany for weeks at 1 by acts from those nations with Abba accounting for all 8 of Sweden’s chart topping weeks. Sweden was now the 3rd highest nation excluding the UK, the US and SA. The Netherlands on 17 and Canada on 14 were the 2 above them.

Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ moved up a further 2 places to take second spot while Andy Williams, who had already scored a number1 hit with ‘Solitaire’, also moved up 2 to put real pressure on the current number 1.

The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’ became the 8th song to be the biggest climber after re-entering the charts. It moved up 5 from 16 to 11. The other star rater this week was Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ which climbed 4 from 19 to 15.

There were 3 songs that shared the faller of the week award this week. The first of these was Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ which dropped 3 from 11 to 14. Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ also dropped 3 from 9 to 12 and The George Baker Selection’s ‘Paloma Blanca’ fell from 3 to 6. It was a first time with the faller for Jonathan Butler and Captain & Tennille and a 3rd time for The George Baker Selection. The Jonathan Butler and Captain & Tennille hits were the oldest on the charts for a second week along with Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’. They were all on 13 weeks.

This week saw the 8th time when we would lose 3 local songs from the charts and they were Don Stanton’s ‘Don’t Play It No More’, Jody Wayne’s ‘A Picture Of Patches’ and Geoff St. John’s ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby’. Stanton’s hit had lasted 4 weeks in the charts and peaked at 17. This would be his only SA chart hit.

‘A Picture Of Patches’ by Jody Wayne lasted 11 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 6. This would be his last showing on the charts as an artist, but we would see his name on 1 more hit but that would be as producer. Of his 10 hits, ‘A Picture Of Patches’ would be his 4th to spend 10 or more weeks in the charts and his 5th to go top 10. He had clocked up a total of 72 weeks and at this point sat 6th on the local list and 27th overall for weeks on the charts. By the time the charts ended in 1989 he would have fallen to 10th on the local list and tied 69th overall. He saw 1 song top the charts and that was ‘The Wedding’ which spent a total of 3 weeks at 1 in a broken run of 2 weeks and then a further week after dropping off the top spot for 2 weeks.

Geoff St. John’s ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby’ managed 8 weeks with us and peaked at 10. This was his first of 2 hits that he would have.

Aside from the 3 local hits going, we also said goodbye to Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony’s ‘The Hustle’ which managed 8 weeks and peaked at 5. This would be their only chart hit, but McCoy himself had also seen a further 8 weeks and a peak of 3 as the writer of The Bats’ 1965 hit, ‘A Shabby Little Hut’.

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 (with ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe’ and ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’) into second place. The gap of 335 weeks between this and Anka’s previous hit was the 5th biggest gap we had seen to date and would be the all time biggest gap for a Canadian act.

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. The song was a cover of one 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. Rockwell became the 6th local act to reach 7 hits and of the other 5 only Four acks & A Jill were not male artists. ‘Wasted Days And Wasted Nights’ helped Rockwell to equal the record to date gap between hits of 411 weeks, his previous hit, ‘Cold Cold Heart’, was last seen on the charts on 8 December 1967. Rockwell shared the record with Cher.

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.

After 7 weeks with at least 10 of the top 20 songs being by solo male artists, we saw the men’s figure drop to 8. There were also 8 songs by groups on the charts and 2 apiece for solo female artists and collaborations.

Our nation count on the top 20 edged ever closer to the record to date of 9 as we now had 8 represented in the top 20. These were the UK, the US, SA, Canada, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Sweden.

David Cassidy became the 162nd act to reach 20 weeks in the charts while Andy Williams and Gene Rockwell both celebrated reaching the 40 week mark. There had now been 64 act who had managed to accumulate this many weeks. Johnny Nash was celebrating his half century of weeks as his total hit 50 and he became the 46th act to manage this.

The George Baker Selection became the 43rd act to manage 600 or more points. They were the first Dutch act to do this and the 4th act from a non big 3 nation to do so.

Youtube playlist:

17 October 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 S.O.S.  – ABBA
2 4 10 Paloma Blanca  – George Baker Selection
3 2 7 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
4 8 3 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
5 3 6 You Lay so Easy on My Mind  – Andy Williams
6 5 7 Misty  – Ray Stevens
7 7 4 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
8 6 12 Love will Keep Us Together  – Captain & Tennille
9 12 5 I’m Not Lisa  – Jessi Colter
10 10 12 Please Stay  – Jonathan Butler
11 9 12 The Look in Your Eyes  – Johnny Nash
12 13 4 Get it Up for Love  – David Cassidy
13 16 4 My Klein Witte Duifie  – Tamaletjie
14 11 8 Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby  – Geoff St. John
15 14 11 A Picture of Patches  – Jody Wayne
16 19 5 Brazil  – Ritchie Family
17 18 4 Don’t Play it No More  – Don Stanton
18 15 8 The Hustle  – Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony
19 20 2 Autobahn  – Kraftwerk
20 New 1 Walk on By  – Gloria Gaynor

Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts and with The George Baker Selection’s ‘Paloma Blanca’ moving back up the charts to 3 and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ sitting at 2, we had a 3rd straight week with 3 of the top 5 being by acts who were not from the big 3 nations (i.e. the UK, the US or SA). Abba joined 10 other acts who were sitting on 7 weeks at 1 and who all shared 15th place on the list of weeks at 1 by an act.

Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ took the climber of the week award for a second week running as it followed up last week’s 12 place climb with a further 4 place jump from 8 to 4. This was only the 3rd time a song had climbed 4 or more the week after climbing 12 or more. Of the previous 2 times Alan Garrity’s 6 place jump after a 12 place jump was the biggest climber for those 2 weeks. The other time was when Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ followed up a 12 place climb with a further 4 place jump, but the 4 place climb was not the biggest that week. As with last week, ‘Barbados’ was the only star rater climb we saw this week.

There were 2 songs sharing the faller of the week award and they were Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony’s ‘The Hustle’ and Geoff St. John’s ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby’ which both fell 3 places to land at 18 and 14 respectively.

The only song to leave the chart this week was John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ which had spent 13 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 1, spending a total of 4 week there, 2 more than his previous chart topper, ‘Imagine’. Lennon’s departure meant that we were back to just 1 song by a British act in the top 20, the equal all-time low. ‘Stand By Me’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart. The new oldest were Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’, Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ and Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ all of which sat on 12 weeks.

Gloria Gaynor provided our only new entry this week and, as with her 2 previous hits, ‘Walk On By’ was also a cover version of a song that had previously gone top 10 in the US. ‘Walk On By’ was written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David (giving them their 9th and 8th SA hits respectively as songwriters) and was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick whose version went to number 6 in the US and 9 in the UK. Gloria was not as successful as Dionne as her version only managed to get to 98 in the US and didn’t chart in the UK. In the rest of Europe it made 12 in Austria, 14 in Belgium, 17 in Germany and 19 in Holland. This new entry brought the number of hits by US acts in the top 20 back up to 10 after having dropped below this level for the last 2 weeks.

The George Baker Selection became the 45th act to reach 50 weeks in the charts. They were the first Dutch act to manage this and the 5th act not from the US, the UK or SA to do so.

On the local weeks count list, Jody Wayne took 6th place for himself as his 72 weeks put him 1 ahead of Barbara Ray who fell into 7th place.

Abba became the 21st act to hit the 900 points mark. Their 916 points put them 19th overall.

Youtube playlist:

10 October 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 S.O.S.  – ABBA
2 3 6 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
3 5 5 You Lay so Easy on My Mind  – Andy Williams
4 2 9 Paloma Blanca  – George Baker Selection
5 7 6 Misty  – Ray Stevens
6 4 11 Love will Keep Us Together  – Captain & Tennille
7 9 3 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
8 20 2 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
9 6 11 The Look in Your Eyes  – Johnny Nash
10 8 11 Please Stay  – Jonathan Butler
11 10 7 Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby  – Geoff St. John
12 15 4 I’m Not Lisa  – Jessi Colter
13 16 3 Get it Up for Love  – David Cassidy
14 12 10 A Picture of Patches  – Jody Wayne
15 14 7 The Hustle  – Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony
16 18 3 My Klein Witte Duifie  – Tamaletjie
17 11 13 Stand by Me  – John Lennon
18 17 3 Don’t Play it No More  – Don Stanton
19 RE 4 Brazil  – Ritchie Family
20 New 1 Autobahn  – Kraftwerk

Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Gilbert O’Sullivan was enjoying his highest ever placing on the charts as ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ moved into 2nd place. Of his 2 other hits that had charted so far, his best peak had been 3 which ‘Get Down’ managed. The George Baker Selection’s ‘Paloma Blanca’ dropped to 4 so we enjoyed a second week with 3 of the top 5 being by acts who were not from the UK, the US or SA.

Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ took the climber of the week award with a massive 12 place jump from 20 to 8. This was the 16th time we had seen a jump of at least this magnitude and we had to go back to April 1974 to see when we last had such a jump. ‘Barbados’ would be the only star rater this week as the next biggest climb was only 3 places. The difference of 9 places between the biggest and second biggest climb was the second largest we had seen to date as we had seen a gap of 10 places between the top 2 climbers on 3 separate occasions in the past.

John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 11 to 17. This was only his second time with the award, but he could take comfort from the fact that the song was enjoying its 3rd week as the oldest in the charts. It was currently on13 weeks.

The duet between Bill Anderson and Jan Howard, ‘Beyond The Sunset’, was the first of 2 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It managed 6 weeks and peaked at 8. For both Bill and Jan, this would be their only SA chart hit.

We also bid farewell to Bimbo Jet’s ‘El Bimbo’. It had spent 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9. Like Bill and Jan, this would be their only SA chart hit. It just missed out on reaching the top 20 for points by an instrumental as it sat 21st on that list, just 3 points behind 20th placed ‘Liquidator’ by Harry J. Allstars. It would have dropped to 33rd by the time the charts ended in 1989.

The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’ became the first song in 1975 to re-enter the charts as in came back into the top 20 this week after having been absent for 1 week. Overall it was the 42nd song to re-enter the charts with 5 of those 42 being re-entries twice.

The second new entry was the single version of Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’. I say the single version as the album track took up a whole side and clocked in at 22 and a half minutes, the single version took the 3 minutes 28 second highlights. This was the 16th song by a German act to chart in SA. Germany remained 5th overall for number of hits from a nation and were 8 behind 4th placed Canada. The edited single made it to 9 in their native Germany, 11 the UK, 12 in Canada, 20 in Ireland and even made it to 25 in the US where it would be the first of only 2 Kraftwerk singles that would chart there (the other being ‘Trans-Europe Express’). The song (and band) went on to influence a large number of synth based acts to come (OMD and Depeche Mode for example). A final point, the lyrics of the song were not ‘Fun Fun Fun on the Autobahn’, they were the German ‘Fahren fahren fahren’ which means ‘driving, driving, driving’, but I’m sure you all knew that already.

Jody Wayne moved into tied 6th place on the local list, his 71 weeks to date putting him level with Barbara Ray.

Youtube playlist: