|1||4||7||Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress||–||Hollies|
|2||3||6||The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face||–||Roberta Flack|
|3||7||5||Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)||–||Vicky Leandros|
|4||1||14||Beautiful Sunday||–||Daniel Boone|
|5||5||5||Samson and Delilah||–||Middle of the Road|
|6||2||9||Amazing Grace||–||Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards|
|7||6||17||Mother and Child Reunion||–||Paul Simon|
|8||8||17||Son of My Father||–||Chicory Tip|
|9||13||2||Feels Like a Woman||–||Troggs|
|11||9||7||Too Beautiful to Last||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|12||10||16||Sacramento||–||Middle of the Road|
|13||New||1||Morning Has Broken||–||Cat Stevens|
|14||11||5||Puppy Love||–||Donny Osmond|
|15||15||3||I Need Someone||–||Alan Garrity|
|16||19||2||Someday Never Comes||–||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|17||20||2||Song Sung Blue||–||Neil Diamond|
|18||New||1||Nice to be with You||–||Gallery|
|19||New||1||Metal Guru||–||T. Rex|
|20||17||3||Pretty Maid||–||Tony Marshall|
‘Beautiful Sunday’s second run at the top of the charts came to an end after it had added 4 more weeks at 1 to the 5 it managed in its first run there. The new chart topper was a 4th number 1 for The Hollies, ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’. They moved into tied second place for number of number 1s, equalling Chris Andrews and the 2 acts sat 2 behind leader Tom Jones who was on 6. The new number 1 swapped places in the chart with the outgoing chart topper as ‘Beautiful Sunday’ dropped to 4 while ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’ moved up from there. ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’ was the 60th song by a British act to get to number 1 and the Brits were 12 number 1s ahead of the Americans who had only scored 48 to date.
Two songs took the climber of the week award with a 4 place jump. Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)’ moved up to 3 while The Troggs’ ‘Feels Like A Woman’ climbed to 9. The Troggs became the 4th act to reach 9 biggest climbers. Only 12 acts in total would have at least this many biggest climber awards. There were no other star raters this week.
The Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ ‘Amazing Grace’ was the faller of the week with a 4 place drop from 2 to 6.
Two of the songs that left the charts this week had been tied for oldest in the top 20. This left us with Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and Chicory Tips’ ‘Son Of My Father’ as the oldest. They were both on 17 weeks.
Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day’ was the only song that was not one of the oldest on the charts last week to leave the chart. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 9. The week count was pretty close to the 11 that their only other hit to date, ‘No Matter What’ had managed, but the peak of 9 fell way short of the chart topping achievement of their earlier hit.
Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ was the first of the 2 oldest on the charts last week to leave the chart this week. It managed 16 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2. This brought the curtain down on his SA chart career with 2 hits to his name (the other being ‘Everybody’s Talkin’), 21 weeks in the charts and a best peak of 2 mentioned above.
The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’ ended its chart career with 16 weeks and a peak of 4 to its name, the best performance to date for one of their hits with their previous 2 both managing 5 weeks and peaking at 13 and then 14. There was still more to come from the band.
The first of our new entries was a song that ended up being on the list of inappropriate songs to play on the radio in the wake of the 9/11 World Trade Centre attack. ‘Morning Has Broken’ was a hymn written in 1931 by Eleanor Farjeon and used the tune of an old Christmas Carol, ‘Child In The Manger’. Cat Stevens’ version of ‘Morning Has Broken’ entered our charts at 13 this week and was his 3rd song to chart in SA. It gave him a number 6 hit in the US and a number 9 one in the UK as well as managing 4 in Norway, 5 in Holland and Zimbabwe and 30 in Belgium. On the LM Radio charts it got to number 3. It was 88 weeks since Stevens had been in the charts and this was the 40th biggest gap between hits to date.
Gallery politely said ‘Nice To Be With You’ when they entered our charts at 18. Fans of Rodriguez’ ‘Cold Fact’ would be interested to know that the same team that produced that seminal album, Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore, also produced and arranged this single which was written by band members Jim and Andrew Gold. This gave them a number 4 hit in the US, but it did not seem to trouble any of the European charts. Closer to home it topped the Rhodesian (as it was then) charts and made number 2 on the LM Radio ones.
T.Rex returned to the charts with ‘Metal Guru’ being their second hit after 1971’s ‘Hot Love’. The song was to be their last of 4 UK number 1’s, but unlike ‘Hot Love’, it would fail to chart in the US. In fact they never would really crack the US market. In the UK they had 26 hits, 4 of which went to number 1, while in the US they only managed 4 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and only 1 of those ‘Bang A Gong (Get it On)’ would get into the top 50 where it would peak at 10. In 1990, Wayne Hussey and the original line-up of the Goth band The Mission would record a cover version of Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ under the name Metal Gurus.
With 2 of the new entries being by UK acts and only 1 by a US act, the Brits moved into the lead again for total hits to date having given us 317 to the US’s 316.
Middle Of The Road had had at least 1 song in the charts for 30 consecutive weeks now and they were the 7th act so far to manage this. They had seen 2 in the charts for 7 of the 30 weeks. The record to date for consecutive weeks with a presence in the chart was 39 weeks which Creedence Clearwater Revival held.
The Hollies drew level with Percy Sledge on the weeks count list with both acts having spent 105 weeks in the charts. They sat tied 5th. Engelbert Humperdinck moved into tied 12th spot with The Staccatos on 83 weeks.
Neil Diamond became the 22nd act to reach the 700 points mark as his total ticked over to 702.