|1||1||4||As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone||–||Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty|
|4||8||3||I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do||–||ABBA|
|6||13||3||Jou Hart is Weer Myne||–||Heintje|
|8||4||10||Shame, Shame, Shame||–||Shirley & Company|
|9||5||6||Private Number||–||Lionel Petersen|
|10||9||9||I’ll Take You There||–||Staple Singers|
|12||16||3||Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)||–||Boones|
|13||7||9||In the Summernight||–||Teach In|
|14||12||6||You Can Have Her||–||Sam Neely|
|15||17||2||Bye Bye Baby||–||Bay City Rollers|
|16||14||7||Never Can Say Goodbye||–||Gloria Gaynor|
|17||New||1||There’s a Whole Lot of Loving||–||Guys & Dolls|
|18||New||1||Sing a Song of Love||–||George Baker Selection|
|19||19||5||Down Down||–||Status Quo|
|20||18||4||Storybook Children||–||Sammy Brown|
‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty enjoyed a second week at number 1. This put the Americans level with the Brits for weeks at 1 as both nations had now seen 194 weeks with a chart topper. The previous chart topper, Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurt’s was unmoved at 2 while Barry Manilow’s ‘Mandy’ spent a 3rd consecutive week at number 3.
Heintje’s ‘Jou Hart Is Weer Myne’ was the climber of the week for a second week running. It gained a further 7 places as it moved from 13 to 6. This meant that off all the 7 acts from the Netherlands that had managed to see a biggest climber so far, only 2 had failed to manage more than 1 and they were The Shuffles and Teach In. Teach In’s chances of picking up a second biggest climber were looking slim as they picked up the faller of the week award with ‘In The Summernight’ falling 6 from 7 to 13. This meant that we had the 4th occasion where the climber and faller were from the same non big 3 nation. The previous 3 occasions had all been when we had a Canadian act as climber and faller in the same week.
There were 4 other star raters this week, Styx’s ‘Lady’ once again missed out on a biggest climber award as it made another 5 place jump to follow up on last week’s 5 place jump. It moved up from 10 to 5. Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ was also a star rater for a second week running, but only managed a 4 place climb from 8 to 4 compared to the 5 place climb it managed last week. The final 2 star raters were Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ which moved up 4 from 11 to 7 and The Boones’ ‘Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)’which moved up 4 from 16 to 12.
For the 3rd week running, the oldest song on the charts was one of those to leave the top 20 as The Carpenters’ ‘Please Mr Postman’ ended its run after 15 weeks and 2 weeks at 1. This also brought to an end The Carpenters’ time in our charts. They had managed 2 hits (the other being ‘Hurting Each Other’) spent a total of 20 weeks in the charts with the 2 weeks at 1 by ‘Please Mr Postman’ being their best effort. ‘Please Mr Postman’ had managed a total of 16 weeks between the 2 versions that had charted with The Pat Boone Family’s version adding 1 to the song’s total. It sat tied 23rd for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. It shared the spot with ‘Elusive Butterfly’ (Judy Page and Bob Lind) and ‘This Is My Song’ (Harry Secombe and Petula Clark).
With ‘Please Mr Postman’ having gone we had to look to The Tymes’ ‘Ms Grace’ as the oldest. It was on 12 weeks. The last time we had seen a oldest song with just 12 weeks to its name was when ‘Band On The Run’ by Wings became the oldest in October 1974.
Also leaving the top 20 was Billy Swan’s ‘I Can Help’ which spent 14 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3. There would be more to come from him.
The first new entry this week was by The George Baker Selection. ‘Sing A Song Of Love’ was their 4th song to chart in SA and the 13th by a Dutch act. The George Baker Selection led the way in terms of number of hits by a Dutch act with After All and Heintje next, both on 2 hits. This was the first time we had seen 3 songs by Ducth acts in the charts in the same week with Heintje’s ‘Jou Hart Is Weer Myne’ and Teach In’s ‘In The Summernight’ being the other two. We would see this happen a few more times, but we would never see as many as 4. The Netherlands moved ahead of Australia for number of hits on the charts and they now had 6th place to themselves on that list as Australia dropped to 7th. ‘Sing A Song Of Love’ knocked Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ off the top of the Dutch charts to be the number 1 there for 3 weeks from 1 November 1974. It also spent a week at the top of the Belgian charts.
Our other new entry this week was Guys And Dolls’ ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’. Guys & Dolls were a British group whose members included David van Day and Thereza Bazar – who went on to form the group Dollar which had a couple of hits in the UK in the early 80s – and Julie Forsythe, the daughter of British TV presenter, Bruce Forsythe. ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ made it to number 2 in the UK and was the first (and highest charting) of 5 hits they would go on to have. The song also made number 7 in Holland, 5 in Zimbabwe and 19 in Belgium.
Lionel Petersen saw his weeks count reach the 30 mark and was the 26th local act (97th overall) to manage this. Status Quo reached the 20 weeks mark and was the 160th act to do so.
Both of the leavers this week had been a chart toppers in US so the number of hits in the top 20 that had topped the charts in the US, UK or both countries dropped down from 1 off the record 8 to 3 off the record 6.
For the last 3 weeks we had had 3 songs on the charts where the title was made up of the same word or phrase repeated as we had Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’, Shirley & Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ and Status Quo’s ‘Down Down’. The Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ had a repeated word, but the whole title was not repetition.