|1||1||5||Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet||–||Maria|
|2||3||5||Take Me to the Mardi Gras||–||Paul Simon|
|3||2||15||Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree||–||Dawn & Tony Orlando|
|4||6||12||And I Love You So||–||Perry Como|
|6||4||14||That’s Why I Love You||–||Richard Jon Smith|
|7||7||8||Ashes of Love||–||Dickey Lee|
|8||5||16||Kentucky Blues||–||Lauren Copley|
|9||11||4||One & One is One||–||Medicine Head|
|10||14||4||When Bouzoukis Played||–||Vicky Leandros|
|11||9||13||Maori Love Song||–||Double Vision|
|13||13||19||Never Never Never||–||Shirley Bassey|
|14||10||12||Sunday Girl||–||Peter Lotis|
|15||18||2||Baby Blue||–||George Baker Selection|
|16||15||6||Shambala||–||Three Dog Night|
|17||19||2||Long Train Runnin’||–||Doobie Brothers|
|18||17||10||Hearts of Stone||–||Blue Ridge Rangers|
|19||16||18||Stuck in the Middle with You||–||Stealers Wheel|
|20||New||1||I Wanna Live||–||Tommy Oliver|
‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’ by Maria spent a second week at the top of the charts but it had Paul Simon breathing down its neck as his ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ climbed 1 from 3 to 2. Previous chart topper, Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ dropped to 3.
Vicky Leadros became the 5th act not from one of the big 3 nations (UK,US and SA) to have 3 biggest climbers under her belt as ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ picked up her 3rd such award with a 4 place climb from 14 to 10. Michael Holm (Germany) was equal with Leadros (who was from Greece) on 3 while Gilbert O’Sullivan (Ireland) and Lucille Starr (Canada) were on 4 and The Seekers from Australia led the way with 6. Leandros’ 4 place climb was the only star rater this week.
Peter Lotis’ first 2 hits (‘Walking In The Sunshine’ and ‘Honey’) had both experienced being the biggest faller of the week so it was no big surprise when his 3rd hit, ‘Sunday Girl’ also picked up the award. It fell 4 from 10 to 14 in a straight place swap with the climber of the week.
Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ crept closer to the magical 20 weeks in the chart milestone as it ticked over to 19 weeks with us. It was also the song’s 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.
The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. This would not be the group’s only top 20 hit.
The new song on the charts was by a South African, bringing the local content on the charts to 6 hits. Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ was written by Oliver himself and was actually the b-side of the single (the a-side being ‘The World Needs Country Music’). This was Oliver’s first hit in SA. Oliver was born in Rustenburg in 1950. Rustenburg experienced the second biggest growth by a South African city from 1950 to 2015, second only to Soshanguve (a township north of Pretoria). This is not attributable to Tommy Oliver as far as I know, but I just thought it was an interesting stat.
New Zealand drew level with Spain for weeks in the chart by acts coming from there. Both nations had seen hits by their artists spent a total of 21 weeks in the chart.
Peter Lotis returned to the top 20 of the local weeks count list as his 28 weeks to date put him level with Tidal Wave. Lotis had been absent from the top 20 of this list for 119 weeks.
Dawn celebrated going past the 700 points mark. They were the 26th act to reach this total. A bit behind them were The Dealians who moved past the 500 points mark. They were the 46th act and 9th local act to do so.
With Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Fee’ at 1 and Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ at 20 we saw the 19th time when local acts held the top and bottom spot on the charts. There had been 1 occasion (31 December 1971) when we saw local acts in the top 2 and bottom 2 places on the charts.