|1||4||15||Beautiful Sunday||–||Daniel Boone|
|2||2||7||The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face||–||Roberta Flack|
|3||1||8||Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress||–||Hollies|
|4||3||6||Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)||–||Vicky Leandros|
|5||5||6||Samson and Delilah||–||Middle of the Road|
|6||6||10||Amazing Grace||–||Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards|
|7||9||3||Feels Like a Woman||–||Troggs|
|8||7||18||Mother and Child Reunion||–||Paul Simon|
|10||17||3||Song Sung Blue||–||Neil Diamond|
|11||15||4||I Need Someone||–||Alan Garrity|
|12||8||18||Son of My Father||–||Chicory Tip|
|13||18||2||Nice to be with You||–||Gallery|
|14||13||2||Morning Has Broken||–||Cat Stevens|
|15||New||1||Sunday, Monday, Tuesday||–||Jessica Jones|
|16||16||3||Someday Never Comes||–||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|17||11||8||Too Beautiful to Last||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|18||19||2||Metal Guru||–||T. Rex|
|19||New||1||Chicken Heart||–||Stone Jug|
Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ became the 3rd song to regain the top spot twice. The Previous 2 to manage this were Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’. The jump from 4 to 1 which ‘Beautiful Sunday’ managed was the second biggest climb to date that a song regaining the top spot had made with only The Bee Gees jump from 5 to 1 to re-take the number 1 position with ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ having been bigger. It was ‘Beautiful Sunday’s 10th week at the top of the charts and it became the second song so far to reach double figures for weeks at 1. Only the 12 that Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ had managed was ahead of it. A further stat on the number 1 song was that it was the first song to be sitting at number 1 while enjoying its 15 week in the charts. No other song so far had seen such a high week count while at 1.
Neil Diamond became the 11th act to manage 7 biggest climbers as ‘Song Sung Blue’ took the award this week with a 7 place climb from 17 to 10. In total only 35 acts would see 7 or more biggest climbers. This was also the 26th time where the number of places climbed equalled the number of biggest climbers for the act.
Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ was a star rater climbing 5 from 18 to 13 and Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ also managed a star rater climb of 4 from 15 to 11.
Falling honours went to Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Too Beautiful to Last’ which dropped from 11 to 17, a fall of 6 places. Humperdinck became the 9th act to have 7 fallers to their name.
The mother, father son and child combination continued as the oldest on the charts. In more simple language it was Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’ and Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ that were the granddads (just to keep the family theme going) of the chart as they moved on to 18 weeks with us and enjoyed their 4th week as the oldest.
Tony Marshall’s ‘Pretty Maid’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 3 weeks and peaked at 17 during that time. So far this was the worst performing song by a German act as it managed just 7 points, 5 less than second lowest ‘A Walk In The Black Forest’ by Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra which managed 12.
Donny Osmond’s ‘Puppy Love’ also left the charts and this ended his SA chart career. The song lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 11. He had seen 2 hits chart (the other being ‘Go Away Little Girl’) and both had spent 5 weeks in the top 20 which (in case you calculator is malfunctioning) meant he totalled 10 weeks. ‘Puppy Love’s peak of 11 was the best he saw.
Middle Of The Road’s 5 weeks with 2 in the chart came to an end as their ‘Sacramento’ was the final song of the trio of leavers. Like their last song to leave the chart, ‘Soley Soley’, ‘Sacramento’ also spent 16 weeks in the charts but while the former had made the top spot, the latter managed to only get as high as number 3.
The first of the newcomers was adopted local lass, Jessica Jones. Like her namesake Tom, Jones was born in Wales, but moved out to SA in 1970 and stayed. She was discovered by Eric Smith (remember him, he had an instrumental hit in 1970 with ‘Sacha’) and toured with Daniel Boone (the chart topping act this week) when he visited SA. ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ was a cover of a song by a group called Nova who were apparently The Tremeloes fronted by Leapy Lee. The German release of the Nova single featured a picture of a band called Kindness instead of Nova. Kindness would eventually become Smokie. With Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ on the charts as well, this would be the only time we had 2 songs on the chart that featured the word ‘Sunday’ in the title. There would be 8 songs overall to have this day of the week in their title and the current 2 in the charts were numbers 4 and 5 to reach the charts.
The second new entry was also by a local act. Stone Jug were made up of John, Henry and Jenny Bush with Trevor Turner and Roger Sheppard. ‘Chicken Heart’ included Cedric Samson on drums and was produced by Julian Laxton. It was written by John and Hugh Bush and would be the only song to feature the word ‘chicken’ to appear on our charts. The song did not make the LM Radio charts, but ‘Head For The Water’ and ‘I’m Running Out Of Friends’ by Stone Jug, did.
The Sweet were the last of our new entrants with their 4th hit, ‘Little Willy’. It gave songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman their 5th SA hit. The song was a worldwide success giving The Sweet their highest placing in the US charts (number 3). In the UK it reached number 4, 2 in Switzerland, 6 in Holland and 7 in Belgium and Norway.
Despite losing 1 of their songs off the chart, Middle Of The Road did manage to celebrate their 50th week in the top 20. They were the 30th act to reach a half century of weeks.
Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Troggs, moved into tied 2nd place for total weeks on the chart as the 2 acts’ 108 weeks put them level with The Bee Gees. They were still 76 weeks behind the leader on the list, Tom Jones who sat on 184. The Hollies shrugged off Percy Sledge to have 5th place to themselves on 106 weeks while Sledge dropped into 6th place. Engelbert Humperdinck moved onto 84 weeks which put him 1 week ahead of The Staccatos. He was unmoved at 12 with The Staccatos dropping to 13.
The Pipes And Drums etc’s version of ‘Amazing Grace’ moved on to 10 weeks and this equalled the run that Judy Collins’ version had managed. The total of 20 weeks in the charts for the song meant it sat 14th on the list of weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version.