|1||1||10||I Can See Clearly Now||–||Johnny Nash|
|2||5||18||Sylvia’s Mother||–||Dr. Hook|
|3||3||22||I Need Someone||–||Alan Garrity|
|4||2||11||It’s too Late Now||–||Lauren Copley|
|5||8||8||A Shoulder to Cry On||–||Denise Freeman|
|6||6||20||Nice to be with You||–||Gallery|
|7||10||8||Burning Love||–||Elvis Presley|
|8||4||10||Sunshine Lover||–||Daniel Boone|
|9||7||19||Sunday, Monday, Tuesday||–||Jessica Jones|
|10||9||14||Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)||–||Cyan|
|12||11||3||Hello-A||–||Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest|
|13||15||4||Run to Me||–||Bee Gees|
|14||18||4||Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from “The Godfather”)||–||Andy Williams|
|15||14||13||Every Day Every Night||–||John Edmond|
|16||19||2||Mouldy Old Dough||–||Lieutenant Pigeon|
|17||17||7||Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)||–||Looking Glass|
|18||20||2||Living in Harmony||–||Cliff Richard|
|20||New||1||You Wear it Well||–||Rod Stewart|
‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash entered its 5th week at 1 while Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ moved back into the number 2 spot after dropping to 5 last week.
The climber of the week was Andy Williams’ ‘Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From “The Godfather”) which moved up 4 from 18 to 14. This was Williams’ 3rd time with the award and it gave him a 100% record of having had all 3 of his hits to date be the biggest climber. There were no other star raters as the biggest climb was 4 places.
Faller of the week was Daniel Boone’s ‘Sunshine Lover’ which dropped 4 from 4 to 8 to give Boone his 4th time with the award.
There were 2 songs which left the chart this week, the first of which was Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ which had managed a record to date run in the charts for a song by a solo female artists, lasting 23 weeks in the top 20. 4 of those were spent at number 1. ‘Come What May’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and that mantle now fell to Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ which was sitting on 22 weeks.
We also bid farewell to The Popcorn Makers’ ‘Popcorn’. This had managed 10 weeks and peaked at 6. Unlike Vicky Leandros, we would not see The Popcorn Makers on our charts as this would be their only SA chart hit. The song had totalled 19 weeks in the chart with the other 9 coming from the version by Hot Butter. This was the tied 15th highest week count for a song charting in more than 1 version, equalling that of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (Mindbenders and Petula Clark) and ‘For Your Precious Love’ (The Flames and Oscar Toney Jr.).
Jody Wayne returned to the charts with his 7th hit, ‘Louanne’. Wayne joined Four Jacks & A Jill and Billy Forrest at the top of the list of number of hits by local artists. Both Wayne and Forrest included collaborative hits in their total while Four Jacks & A Jill did not. Interestingly, Wayne’s collaborative hit was with Four Jacks & A Jill’s Glenys Lynne. ‘Louanne’ was the first of his hits that he wrote himself. He had previous had song writing success with ‘Sing Out Glory’ and ‘Carnival Candyman’ by Bernie Brown and Beat Unit respectively. He had been a member of Beat Unit, but this was his first charting as solo artist with him as songwriter.
Rod Stewart made his debut on our charts this week with ‘You Wear It Well.’ This was his second song to chart in the UK after the doubled a-sided number 1 hit ‘Maggie Mae/Reason To Believe’, the latter did not make a dent on our top 20, but ‘Reason To Believe’ did get to 6 on the LM Radio charts. ‘You Wear It Well’ emulated the success of ‘Maggie Mae’ and topped the UK charts on 2 September 1972, knocking Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’ from the number 1 spot there. Alice’s hit didn’t chart in SA. In the US, ‘You Wear It Well’ made it to number 13.
This week saw the 30th time that the local acts had more hits in the top 20 than any other nation as they accounted for 7 of the top 20 with the Brits and Yanks contributing 6 apiece with Italy’s Cyan being the only ‘rest of the worlder’ in the charts. Overall though, the British acts led the way with 328 hits to date, 2 more than the Americans on 326.
Gallery celebrated 20 weeks in the charts with ‘Nice To Be With You’. This was the 16th song to manage this many weeks in the top 20.
Elvis Presley’s 93 weeks in total to date moved him level with The Rolling Stones and the 2 acts sat tied 9th overall for weeks. Cliff Richard’s total ticked over to 81 which put him tied 15th with Manfred Mann. On the local list, Billy Forrest climbed into tied 5th place alongside The Bats with both acts on 45 weeks.
This week saw 2 songs go past the 300 points mark with Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ moving on to 315 and Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moving on to 302. They were the 11th and 12th songs respectively to reach this milestone and Garrity’s hit was the 5th local song to manage this.
Jessica Jones had been in the charts for 19 consecutive weeks and this equalled Hilary’s record for consecutive weeks by a local solo female.