|1||1||6||Beautiful Sunday||–||Daniel Boone|
|2||3||9||Mother and Child Reunion||–||Paul Simon|
|3||2||9||Son of My Father||–||Chicory Tip|
|4||6||9||How Do You Do||–||Rising Sons|
|5||5||8||Sacramento||–||Middle of the Road|
|7||New||1||Amazing Grace||–||Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards|
|8||7||10||Mother of Mine||–||Neil Reid|
|9||10||6||Rock And Roll Lullaby||–||Waterloo|
|10||8||6||Heart of Gold||–||Neil Young|
|11||14||2||Beg, Steal or Borrow||–||New Seekers|
|13||9||12||Softly Whispering I Love You||–||Congregation|
|14||RE||3||Day After Day||–||Badfinger|
|15||15||8||I Will Return||–||Michael Holm|
|16||12||6||A Horse with No Name||–||America|
|18||20||4||Hurting Each Other||–||Carpenters|
|19||18||2||The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)||–||Robert John|
|20||New||1||The Rangers Waltz||–||Mom and Dads|
Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ moved on to 3 weeks at number 1 and no longer had to worry about Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’, the previous number 1, breathing down its neck, but did have to be concerned about a resurgence of the number 1 before Chicory Tips’ hit, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’, which moved back up the charts from 3 to 2.
The Sweet’s ‘Poppa Joe’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 17 to 12. This was the 13th time a song had taken biggest climber after having been the faller of the week. The song had been last week’s biggest faller. This was The Sweet’s 3rd time with the climber of the week award.
There were no other songs that made a 4 place or more star rater climb this week.
Faller of the week honours went to The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ and America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’ which both dropped 4 places to land at 13 and 16 respectively.
James Lloyd’s ‘If You Go’ lasted just 1 week on the charts and spent that week at number 19. It would not, however, be the end of his SA chart career.
Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ had spent 13 weeks in the chart and 3 of those had been in an interrupted run at number 1. This brought the curtain down on Melanie’s SA chart career. Apart from ‘Brand New Key’ she had seen one other song chart and that was her cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’. In total she spent 19 weeks in the charts with her time at 1 with ‘Brand New Key’ being her best peak. She accumulated 215 points which was the 15th highest total to date for a female artist.
We ended up saying goodbye to both versions of ‘Mother’ this week as Barbra Streisand’s and John Lennon’s versions both left the charts. Streisand had spent 15 weeks in the chart with her version and had enjoyed 1 week at 1 being the song that interrupted ‘Brand New Key’s chart topping escapades mentioned above. Lennon’s original version only made it to number 5 during its 12 week run. So far 12 weeks was the best an ex-Beatle hit had managed on our charts and aside from ‘Mother’, we had also seen George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’, Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ and John Lennon’s other hit to date, ‘Imagine’, manage this. The final position of 11 in the charts for ‘Mother’ would be the highest position that we would ever see an ex-Beatle would leave the chart from.
The Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ ‘Amazing Grace’ became the 13th song (of an eventual total of 14) that would enter the charts at 7 or higher. It was also the 30th instrumental song to chart and the 30th song to chart in more than 1 version as we had already seen Judy Collins’ vocal version chart. The artist on the new entry (whose full name I am not going to keep typing for fear of getting RSI) would have the longest name of any act to chart (and that includes duets!) coming in at 59 characters (excluding spaces). The next best would only be 30 characters, a good 29 letters shorter. ‘Amazing Grace’ by TPADATMBOTRSDG (even typing the initials can give one a sprained wrist) made number 1 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day’ became the 26th song to re-appear in the charts as it bounced back after an absence of 1 week. Its entry position for this run was a tied second highest to date for a re-entry equalling the 14th place re-entry position that Matt Monro’s ‘Wednesday’s Child’ had managed, but was outdone by Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ and Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ which both re-entered the charts at 10. We would see 1 more song re-enter at 10 and 1 more do so at 14 making 10 and 14 the overall top 2 positions for a re-entry. This was the 8th time a song had re-entered the charts this year and this was the record to date number of re-entries for a year so far. 1971 had seen 6 and now dropped into second place.
John Edmond also returned to the charts, but his return was with a new song. ‘Pasadena’ was his 4th SA top 20 hit and was a cover of a song by John Paul Young. The latter version would peak at number 16 on the Australian charts where Young lived. We would have to wait 4 years before we would see him chart on our charts. This was the 15th song to chart where Terry Dempsey was listed as the producer (producers were not always listed) and this put him 4th for hits by a producer (where they were mentioned). Mickie Most and Peter Sullivan shared first place with 21, while Jeff Barry was next with 16. There were 134 songs to charts so far where no producer is listed.
Last of the new entries went some way to make up for the loss of ‘Mothers’ as it was by a band called The Moms and Dads and featured a 67 year old woman (Doris Crow), a 60 year old man (Leslie Welch), a 53 year old man (Harold Hendren) and a youngster (Quentin Ratcliff was a mere 34 years old). There was a 44 year age gap between Doris Crow and Neil Reid at number 8 as he was a tender 13 year old. ‘The Ranger’s Waltz’ would be the 31st instrumental song to chart in SA. It just missed out on a Billboard Hot 100 placing in the US as it apparently peaked at 101 there.
The departure of Melanie and Barbra Streisand from the charts this week meant we were once again with no solo female artist in the top 20. This was the 13th time we had seen this and the run of having solo women in the charts that had just ended had lasted 15 weeks. Barbra Streisand’s departure also meant that the baton for oldest song on the chart was handed over from ‘Mother’ to The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ which sat on 12 weeks and this was the lowest weeks total for the oldest on the charts that we had seen in 32 weeks.
John Edmond moved into tied 18th place on the local weeks count list where he equalled Al Debbo’s total of 24. The Sweet led the way for total weeks for the artists who were in this week’s top 20 as they had accumulated 42 to date. Middle Of The Road were second with 36 while Michael Holm was 3rd with 34.
‘I Will Return’ moved into tied 9th position for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version as its 24 weeks in total (16 by Springwater’s version and 8 by Michael Holm’s) put it on level pegging with ‘Sugar, Sugar’ which had charted for The Archies and Sakkarin.