|1||1||10||Kentucky Blues||–||Lauren Copley|
|2||2||13||Never Never Never||–||Shirley Bassey|
|3||3||9||Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree||–||Dawn & Tony Orlando|
|4||4||8||That’s Why I Love You||–||Richard Jon Smith|
|5||7||12||Stuck in the Middle with You||–||Stealers Wheel|
|6||5||12||Get Down||–||Gilbert O’ Sullivan|
|7||6||6||And I Love You So||–||Perry Como|
|9||9||7||Papa was a Rollin’ Stone||–||Temptations|
|10||12||7||Maori Love Song||–||Double Vision|
|11||13||14||Long Haired Lover from Liverpool||–||Little Jimmy Osmond|
|12||14||6||Sunday Girl||–||Peter Lotis|
|13||11||16||Toy Train||–||John Edmond|
|14||10||19||Can’t Keep it In||–||Cat Stevens|
|15||17||4||Hearts of Stone||–||Blue Ridge Rangers|
|16||15||25||We Believe in Tomorrow||–||Freddy Breck|
|17||16||2||Ashes of Love||–||Dickey Lee|
|18||19||2||My Children, My Wife||–||Gus Whyburd|
|19||New||1||My Love||–||Paul McCartney|
|20||New||1||He (Can Build a Mountain)||–||Peter Vee|
We saw the 12th week so far where the top 2 songs were by solo female artists as Lauren Copey’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ held on to the top spot to bring its weeks at 1 up to 4. Previous chart topper, Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ was unmoved at 2. As Bassey’s hit had spent 4 weeks at 1 immediately prior to Copley taking the top spot, we had now seen a new record to date 8 straight weeks with a woman at the top of the charts.
It took just a 2 place climb to be the climber of the week and we saw 5 songs manage this. They were ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ by Stealers Wheel (up to 5), ‘Maori Love Song’ by Double Vision (up to 10), ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ by Little Jimmy Osmond (up to 11), ‘Sunday Girl’ by Peter Lotis (Up to 12) and ‘Hearts Of Stone’ by the Blue Ridge Rangers (up to 15). With the Stealers Wheel and Little Jimmy Osmond hits both having been with us for more than 10 weeks, it was the second occasion where 2 songs in double figures for weeks had been the climber of the week. Little Jimmy’s hit was also the 16th song to be a biggest climber after having been the biggest faller which it had been the previous week. Double Vision’s hit was the 6th one that took a biggest climber after re-entering the charts.
With the biggest climb only being 2 places, there were no star raters this week.
The faller of the week was Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ which fell 4 places from 10 to 14 to give Stevens his 3rd such award.
Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ moved on to 25 weeks in the charts and was the 8th song to manage this long in the top 20. It was its 6th weeks as the oldest in the top 20.
Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts. It spent 14 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7. This was 3 weeks better than his only other hit to date, ‘Crocodile Rock’, but peaked 1 place lower. There was plenty more to come from him.
We also bid farewell to Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ which managed a run of 18 weeks and a peak of 4. This would be her only SA chart hit. She would see a total of 6 hits make the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, but only apart from topping the charts with ‘The Morning After’, the only other top 50 action she would see would be when ‘Different Worlds’ made it to 18, the other 4 hits would peak outside the top 50.
Paul McCartney joined John and George as ex-Beatles having 2 songs chart in SA as ‘My Love’ entered at 19. Ringo was lagging behind on 1. ‘My Love’, which was written by Paul and Linda McCartney, gave him his second US number 1 as it knocked The Edgar Winter Group’s ‘Frankenstein’ off the top spot there on 2 June 1973. After a 4 week stint at the top, it would be knocked off the number 1 position by George Harrison’s ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’. George’s song would not chart in SA. (In further Beatles related chart topping in the US, it is interesting to note that George was subsequently knocked off the top by Billy Preston’s ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’. Preston has sometimes been referred to as the 5th Beatle and their single ‘Get Back’ lists the artist as The Beatles with Billy Preston). McCartney’s new entry was the first new entry by a British act in 11 week which would be the longest gap without a new entry that the Brits would ever see. They would experience such a drought 1 more time. It had been 110 weeks since McCartney was on the charts as a solo artist and this was the 41st time we had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits. He was also the first of the ex-Beatles to see this gap. The other 3 would all manage a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits.
The second new entry was Peter Vee’s second hit to chart, ‘He (Can Build A Mountain)’. The song was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange who would go on to produce international acts such as AC/DC, Def Leppard and The Boomtown Rats. This was the 5th song to chart where Lange was noted as the produced, although it has to be said that producers did not always get a mention on the record label, so there may have been more. Billy Forrest and Joanna Fields recorded a cover of ‘He (Can Build A Mountain)’ as a duet.
The departure of Maureen McGovern from the charts brought the total number of hits by solo women down to 2 which was the lowest it had been in the last 48 weeks. The locals meanwhile were celebrating their 80th week having more in the charts than any other nation as they had 7 with the Americans providing 6, the British 4 and Germany, Ireland and New Zealand adding the other 3. To date it meant that just under 19% of the weeks we have covered saw the local acts having the outright highest number of hits.
New Zealand went 1 ahead of Argentina for weeks spent in the charts by acts coming from those nations. The New Zealanders were now in 14th place by themselves for weeks while Argentina dropped to 15th.
The Dealians became the 53rd act to reach the 40 weeks in the chart total and they were the 12th local act to do so. They took 12th place on their own on the local weeks count list as Gene Rockwell whom they had shared the spot with the previous week, dropped to 13th. Lauren Copley moved into tied 9th place with The Bats with both acts on 45 weeks.
A final note on this week’s chart is that we had a record to date 6 songs which had the word ‘Love’ in the title.