4 January 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Sorrow  – David Bowie
2 2 8 Angie  – Rolling Stones
3 5 7 Daydreamer  – David Cassidy
4 4 14 Heaven is My Woman’s Love  – Tommy Overstreet
5 3 11 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man  – Johnny Gibson
6 8 4 The Wonder of Your Love  – Jody Wayne
7 10 3 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
8 7 7 My Maria  – B.W. Stevenson
9 6 14 Do You Love Me  – Geli & Billy
10 19 2 Photograph  – Ringo Starr
11 9 11 The Ballroom Blitz  – Sweet
12 16 2 Ring, Ring  – Abba
13 11 9 Universal Feeling  – Four Jacks & a Jill
14 13 9 Waikiki Man  – Jessica Jones
15 12 13 Going Down Jordan  – Rising Sons
16 20 2 Good-bye Mama  – Alan Garrity
17 17 5 What’s Your Mama’s Name Child  – Lance James
18 14 5 Turn Back the Clock  – Lorne Shields
19 New 1 Sweet Mama  – Richard Jon Smith
20 18 3 One More Night  – Ken J. Larkin

David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ became the 6th song to straddle a year end at number 1 as it continued its run at the top spot, extending it to 3 weeks. The song that shared a name with David Bowie’s wife at that time, ‘Angie’ had been sitting patiently at number 2, tempting me to make a comment along the lines that behind every great man, there is a great woman, but I won’t do that.

Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ was the climber of the week as it jumped up 9 places from 19 to 10. This was his first time with the award, but in climbing 9 places he did something the The Beatles themselves never managed and that only 1 fellow band mate would equal, but no solo Beatle would have a bigger climb in a week.

Artists whose name started with an ‘A’ were the other star raters this week with Abba’s ‘Ring, Ring’ and Alan Garrity’s ‘Good-bye Mama’ both moving up 4 places to land at 12 and 16 respectively. The big question was what happened to Albert Hammond as his ‘The Peacemaker’ only climbed 3 thus denying us from saying that all acts whose name started with ‘A’ on the charts had a star rater climb.

Lorne Shields ‘Turn Back The Clock’ was almost true in the sense that its biggest faller fall this week of 4 places from 14 to 18 meant that the song was sitting in the same position it had been 3 weeks previously.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, ‘I Wanna Live’ by Tommy Oliver, was the only one to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 17 weeks and peaked at 3. The good news for Tommy was that he would be seen again on the charts. Another local song, Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ took over as the oldest and shared this honour with another Tommy, Tommy Overstreet who’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ was on 14 weeks alongside ‘Do You Love Me’. This would be the only time where we would the song taking over as the oldest on the chart be by an artist with the same first name as the one leaving the charts. We would see an occasion where 2 artists with the same first name shared the oldest in the chart title.

In the place of Tommy Oliver, we had a new entry by a local act which kept the local content of the chart at 11 hits. ‘Sweet Mama’ was Richard Jon Smith’s 3rd hit, following up the success of his number 2 hit, ‘That’s Why I Love You’. As with ‘That’s Why I Love You’, ‘Sweet Mama’ was also penned by Smith himself and both used the production talents of Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange. This was the 7th time Lange’s name had appeared as producer on a song making the charts although this always comes with the disclaimer that the producer’s name is not always noted on the singles, so he may have had more.

We now had 3 local songs in the chart with the word ‘mama’ in their title (Smith’s ‘Sweet Mama’, Alan Garrity’s ‘Good-bye Mama’ and Lance James’ ‘What’s Your Mama’s Name Child’). We also had the second highest level of local songs sitting in adjacent positions as local acts accounted for positions 13 to 20, a total of 8 songs sitting next to each other.

David Cassidy and Albert Hammond were all experiencing their highest placings in the charts so far as they sat at 3 and 7.

Local acts were also enjoying a new record to date 13 consecutive weeks with having more songs in the top 20 than any other nations. Their 11 far outstripped the 5 the British acts offered and the Americans only had 3. Sweden’s Abba provided the other song for those mentally adding up the numbers trying to get to 20.

The Sweet celebrated making it to the 90 weeks in the chart mark. They were the 12th act to manage this and the first to do so with as few as 7 hits. The previous best had been 8 hits which The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Tommy Roe and The Troggs had done. Herman’s Hermits, Percy Sledge and The Hollies had needed the most number of hits with them seeing the 90 weeks mark with their 11th hit.

Alan Garrity moved 1 week ahead of John Edmond and sat 6th on the local weeks count list with 64 weeks. Edmond dropped into 7th place. Jessica Jones was at 12 with 46 weeks and this caused The Bats to drop into 13th place while The Rising Sons moved up into tied 15th alongside Gene Rockwell with 39 weeks to their name.

The Rising Sons had now spent at least a week in the charts every year since 1970, a run of 5 consecutive years. Alan Garrity and Billy Forrest were enjoying a run of 4 years featuring in the charts while Jody Wayne and Jessica Jones now had 3 straight years under their belts.

This week was the 4th time we had seen the top 3 songs all have 1 word titles (‘Sorrow’, ‘Angie’ and ‘Daydreamer’).  The previous 3 times had all involved the same 3 songs in differing orders (The Bee Gees’ ‘Massachusetts’ and Carike Keuzenkamp and Four Jacks & A Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’.)

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