|1||1||6||Don’t Cry for Me Argentina||–||Julie Covington|
|2||2||12||Don’t Leave Me This Way||–||Thelma Houston|
|3||5||4||When I Need You||–||Leo Sayer|
|4||3||10||Living Next Door to Alice||–||Smokie|
|5||10||4||Every Face Tells a Story||–||Olivia Newton-John|
|6||7||6||Hey Mister Dream Maker||–||Cliff Richard|
|7||9||4||Sand in Your Shoes||–||Al Stewart|
|8||4||9||Rock ‘n Me||–||Steve Miller Band|
|9||6||8||I Recall a Gypsy Woman||–||Don Williams|
|10||15||3||Yesterday’s Hero||–||John Paul Young|
|11||11||7||Who’s Gonna Tie My Shoes||–||Barbara Ray|
|12||8||11||Love Me||–||Yvonne Elliman|
|13||18||4||I Don’t Want to Go on Without You||–||Nazareth|
|14||19||2||Stand Tall||–||Burton Cummings|
|15||20||2||Slow Down||–||Shabby Tiger|
|16||12||5||Isn’t She Lovely||–||Leslie Kleinsmith|
|17||13||15||Lost in France||–||Bonnie Tyler|
|18||New||1||Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon||–||Biddu Orchestra|
|19||New||1||Torn Between Two Lovers||–||Mary MacGregor|
‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ by Julie Covington enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts with Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ still siting at 2 where it had been since vacating the top spot to make way for Covington’s hit. This was the 4th week in a row that the top 2 songs had the same first 4 letters in their title and this was an all time record run for such songs.
For only the 3rd time we saw 5 or more songs share the biggest climber. The previous occasions were when we saw 6 songs take the award with a climb of 3 places on 10 December 1965, then we saw 5 songs do so with a 2 place climb on 27 July 1973. This week we had 5 songs climb 5 places to be the climbers of the week. Multiplying the number of climbers by the positions climbed this 25 was the best to date, beating the previous score of 24 we had when 3 songs climbed 8 in a week to take the climber award.
The songs which moved up 5 this week were Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Every Face Tells a Story’ (up from 10 to 5), John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ (up from 15 to 10), Nazareth’s ‘I Don’t Want to Go on Without You’ (up from 18 to 13), Burton Cummings’ ‘Stand Tall’ (up from 19 to 14) and Shabby Tiger’s ‘Slow Down’ (up from 20 to 15). It was John Paul Young’s 5th time with the award and he was 1 behind the leaders for Australian acts, The Seekers, who were on 6. Olivia Newton-John was enjoying her 4th and Nazareth their 3rd while it was a first for Burton Cummings and Shabby Tiger. There were no other star raters this week.
Pussycat’s ‘Smile’ was the faller of the week for a second week running. It dropped 6 from 14 to 20.
‘Lost In France’ by Bonnie Tyler was the oldest on the charts for a second week running. It now sat on 15 weeks.
The first of 2 songs to leave our charts this week was The Climax Blues Band’s ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’ which had enjoyed a run of 8 weeks and a peak of 9. They would have 1 further hit make the charts.
‘Chanson D’Amour’ would prove to be Manhattan Transfer’s only SA chart hit. It left the top 20 this week after a 6 week run and it peaked at 14.
Our first new entrant was no stranger to our charts, but this was his first hit as part of a band. The Biddu Orchestra featured Biddu Appaiah who had production and song writing credits on a few of the hits that had already made our charts, the most successful being Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ where he co-wrote and produced. Ironically the song that the Biddu Orchestra charted with did not feature Biddu in the song writing credits as it was with a cover of the Neil Diamond penned ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’ that they entered the charts this week. This was the 5th song that Diamond had penned that would chart where he was not the artist having previous seen his compositions chart for Cliff Richard, The Monkees (2 times) and The Dealians. Diamond took his own version of ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’ to number 10 in the US in 1967, but Biddu failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic with his cover. In 1994 a version by Urge Overkill was included on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, propelling that version of the song to number 37 in the UK and 59 in the US.
The second new entry belonged to Mary MacGregor. ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’ was written by Peter Yarrow and Phillip Jarrell, the former being the Peter in Peter, Paul And Mary and who had ‘discovered’ MacGregor (who was not the Mary in the aforementioned trio). The song was inspired by the novel ‘Dr Zhivago’ and took MacGregor to the top of the charts in the US and Canada, spending 2 weeks at number 1 in former. In the UK the song went to number 4 and also charted in Germany (#40), Holland (#11), Belgium (#14) and New Zealand (#4).
We now had 7 songs by women in the charts and this was the second highest total they had seen to date. It was 191 weeks since their count had been this high. Their record to date was 8 in the charts. What was more significant though was this was the first time they share the lead for number of hits in the top 20 as we had 7 hits by solo male artists and only 6 by groups. There would only be 3 times that the women had the top spot and the other 2 would be where they had the outright lead.
Cliff Richard made 6th place on the weeks count list his own as his 115 took him 1 ahead of The Troggs who dropped from tied 6th last week to 7th. He also became the 11 act to see their points total reach the 1,200 mark as he ticked over to 1,208 and was only the 3rd male artist to do this with Tom Jones on 2,170 (and top overall) and Elvis Presley on 1,291 above him.