|1||3||6||Sunday, Monday, Tuesday||–||Jessica Jones|
|2||1||11||Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)||–||Vicky Leandros|
|3||2||5||Sylvia’s Mother||–||Dr. Hook|
|4||4||9||I Need Someone||–||Alan Garrity|
|5||9||8||Song Sung Blue||–||Neil Diamond|
|6||5||7||Nice to be with You||–||Gallery|
|7||6||13||Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress||–||Hollies|
|10||14||8||Someday Never Comes||–||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|11||7||7||Morning Has Broken||–||Cat Stevens|
|12||8||20||Beautiful Sunday||–||Daniel Boone|
|13||15||8||Feels Like a Woman||–||Troggs|
|14||18||5||Metal Guru||–||T. Rex|
|15||11||12||The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face||–||Roberta Flack|
|16||12||11||Samson and Delilah||–||Middle of the Road|
|18||20||2||Talk of All The U.S.A.||–||Middle of the Road|
|20||New||1||Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)||–||Cyan|
This week we saw the 5th occasion where a solo female artist would knock another solo female artist off the top spot as local lass, Jessica Jones’, moved into the number 1 spot with ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’, while Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ fell from 1 to 2. This was also the 7th time we had seen the top 2 positions being held by solo female artists. Jessica Jones’ hit was the 18th local song to top the charts and the 4th by a local woman.
The Sweet’s ‘Little Willy’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 places from 16 to 9 to give the band their 4th such award. This was the 3rd time they had seen a climb of 7 or more places with the previous 2 times being a 17 place climb with ‘Co-Co’ and a 9 place climb with ‘Funny Funny’. Overall they would see a total of 5 times with a climb of 7 or more.
Neil Diamond’s ‘Song Sung Blue’, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Someday Never Comes’ and T. Rex’s ‘Metal Guru’ all managed star rater climbs as they all moved up 4 places to land at 5,10 and 14 respectively. Creedence were in second place for number of star raters, this being their 18th to date with Tom Jones way out in front with 23 to his name. For Diamond it was a 12th star rater and he was the 13th act to reach this total.
This week was the 3rd time we saw 5 songs take the biggest faller award. This was the second highest number of fallers in a week that we had seen with 2 previous weeks having 6 fallers. The ones that took the award this week were Cat Stevens’ ‘Morning Has Broken’, Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’, Roberta Flack’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw your Face’, Middle Of The Road’s ‘Samson And Delilah’ and Marmalade’s ‘Radancer’ which all dropped 4 to land at 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 respectively.
Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ became the 12th song to reach the magical 20 weeks in the chart mark. He was only the second UK act to see a song reach this level of weeks. It was the second week that the song was the oldest in the charts.
Tony Marshall’s ‘Pretty Maid’ lasted just 5 weeks in the charts during which time it peaked at 17. Only 1 song so far that had spent 5 weeks in the chart had a lower peak and that was The Carpenters’ ‘Hurting Each Other’ which peaked at 18 during its 5 week run. Two other songs (John Edmond’s ‘Pasadena’ and Steve Lonsdale’s ‘Both Sides Now’) had also peaked at 17.
Stone Jug’s ‘Chicken Heart’ which also lasted 5 weeks in the charts was the only other song to leave the top 20 this week. It had peaked at 15. For both acts leaving the charts this week, the song that was going would be their only SA Chart hit.
Badfinger’s 3rd hit, ‘Baby Blue’ was our first new entry this week. As with their previous hits, the song was written by band member Peter Ham. He was now responsible for 4 songs that had made our charts (the others being the 2 previous Badfinger hits as well as Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ which he had written with Tom Evans). Todd Rundgren produced ‘Baby Blue’ and it was recently used in the closing scene of the final episode of the US hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ which gave it its only UK chart run on 12 October 2013 when it spent a week at 73. In the US it made number 14 in 1972 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in 2013 made number 32 of the Hot Digital Songs chart there.
‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ by Cyan was the 3rd song by a Italian act to chart in SA (The band were actually British musicians who were living and working in Italy, so I have treated them as Italian in the same way I have treated UK born artist who were living and recording in SA as local). Italy now sat 11th for number of hits by artists from a nation. ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ was written by Fernando Arbex who had had a hand in writing Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ and Hans van Hemert who had co-written The Rising Sons hit ‘How Do You Do’. Another Italian band called Cardinal Point managed to take the song to number 6 on the Dutch Charts and 23 in Belgium.
Neil Diamond celebrated his 70th week on the chart and he was the 21st act to reach this total. This meant he moved into the top 20 of the weeks count list for the first time as he now tied with Donovan who was also at 20. Marmalade were 10 places behind him on the list as they hit the half century mark this week and sat 31st.
Of the 8 songs that would chart that had the word ‘Sunday’ in the title, only Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ and Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ would be in the chart at the same time. They would also be the only 2 that would top the chart.