18 January 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Sorrow  – David Bowie
2 3 5 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
3 2 10 Angie  – Rolling Stones
4 4 4 Photograph  – Ringo Starr
5 8 6 The Wonder of Your Love  – Jody Wayne
6 7 9 Daydreamer  – David Cassidy
7 6 13 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man  – Johnny Gibson
8 5 16 Heaven is My Woman’s Love  – Tommy Overstreet
9 10 4 Ring, Ring  – Abba
10 9 9 My Maria  – B.W. Stevenson
11 11 13 The Ballroom Blitz  – Sweet
12 18 2 The Tips of My Fingers  – Peter Vee
13 12 16 Do You Love Me  – Geli & Billy
14 16 5 One More Night  – Ken J. Larkin
15 19 4 Good-bye Mama  – Alan Garrity
16 15 15 Going Down Jordan  – Rising Sons
17 New 1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  – Elton John
18 New 1 Nutbush City Limits  – Ike and Tina Turner
19 13 3 Sweet Mama  – Richard Jon Smith
20 14 11 Waikiki Man  – Jessica Jones

David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ became the 2nd of 7 songs that would straddle a year end at number 1 and go on to spend at least 3 or more weeks at the top of the charts in the second year of its run as it extended its total weeks at 1 total to 5 (2 of which were in 1973). The Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’ gave up waiting to take over the top spot from Bowie’s hit and dropped to 3 after 4 weeks at 2, the new number 2 was Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’.

Last week’s new entry, Peter Vee’s ‘The Tips Of My Fingers’ was the climber of the week and, if you exclude Jody Wayne’s effort as one half of a duet, was the 50th time a solo local male artist had taken the climber of the week award.

The only other star rater this week was also by a solo local male and that was Alan Garrity and his hit, ‘Good-Bye Mama’ which moved up 4 from 19 to 15. This was Garrity’s 8th time with a star rater and this was the 3rd highest total to date for a local act with Jody Wayne and The Staccatos sharing top honours with 10 each.

There were 2 songs which tied for the faller of the week award and both were by local acts. Jessica Jones’ ‘Waikiki Man’ fell 6 from 14 to 20 while Richard John Smith’s ‘Sweet Mama’ fell 6 from 13 to 19. It was the 3rd time with a biggest faller for both acts.

Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ and Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ continued on as the oldest songs on the charts as they enjoyed their 16th week with us.

For the first time this year we saw more than 1 new entry in a week and also the first new entries that were not by local acts (okay so the year was only into its 3rd week). However, we hadn’t seen any songs that were not by local acts leave the chart and this week continued this trend as the 2 leavers this week were Lorne Shields’ ‘Turn Back The Clock’ and Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Universal Feeling’. The former had spent 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 14. This would be Shields’ only SA chart hit.

‘Universal Feeling’ spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 11. Its departure from the top 20 brought an end to the illustrious SA chart career of Four Jacks & A Jill. They had seen 8 songs chart, 2 of which had gone to number 1, ‘Timothy’ (2 weeks) and ‘Master Jack’ (5 weeks). They would be the only local act who would manage more than 1 number 1 in the history of the charts.  They spent a total of 78 weeks in the charts and currently sat 19th overall on the weeks count list. They had peaked at 6 on the overall weeks count list, sitting there for a total of 27 weeks as well as managing 98 weeks at the top of the local weeks count list.

The first of the new entries was the title track from Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. The song was co-written by Elton and Bernie Taupin and was their 3rd hit as a song writing team. The ‘yellow brick road’ referred to the one that Dorothy in ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ was told to follow. The song topped the Canadian charts as well as the Cashbox charts in the US, but only made it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, the latter generally being acknowledged as the official US charts. In the UK it was his 7th song to chart and joined 5 of the previous 6 in going top 10 there, peaking as it did at 6. It was only 1972’s  ‘Honky Cat’ which missed the top 10, peaking as it did at 31. ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ marked the end of his UK top 10 hit run and he would not have another one for the next 8 hits. He would have to wait for the 9th one after ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, ‘Pinball Wizard’ before he would return to the top 10 there.

The other new entry was the (then) husband and wife team of Ike & Tina Turner with their hit ‘Nutbush City Limits’. This would be the last song they would record together and it refers to Tina’s (real name Annie Mae Bullock) hometown of Nutbush, Tennessee. The song topped the charts in Austria, made 2 in Germany and Switzerland, 4 in the UK, 5 in Italy, 18 in Ireland and 22 in the US. It had been 8 weeks since we had last seen a new entry by a US act and this was the second longest period to date that we had seen with no new entries by US acts.

Despite the local content of the charts dropping from 11 to 9, they still led the way for any nation in the top 20 and this was their 15th consecutive week having more songs in the top 20 than any other nation. Elton John brought the UK acts’ total to 6 and Ike & Tina made the American’s total 4. Sweden’s Abba made up the top 20. The gap between the American and British acts on the overall hit count remained at 1 with the Yanks accounting for 353 and the Poms 352.

Abba’s 4 weeks in the chart so far brought Sweden’s total week in the chart up to the same level that acts from Israel had managed and the 2 nations sat tied bottom of the list of weeks on the chart by a nation. Acts from 19 nations had charted so far.

Ken J. Larkin reached the 30 weeks in the charts milestone and was the 80th overall and 23rd local act to do so.

The Rolling Stones moved 1 week ahead of Elvis Presley and held 7th place on their own while Presley fell to 8th. The Stones were on 103 and Elvis 102. The Sweet drew level with Tommy Roe on 92 weeks and the 2 acts sat tied 11th. On the local weeks count list Billy Forrest attained his highest position so far as his 73 weeks put him level 3rd with Dave Mills. Alan Garrity caught up with Barbara Ray and the 2 sat tied 5th with 66 weeks each.  Further down the list Jessica Jones’ 48 weeks put her tied 10th with the Peanut Butter Conspiracy. And at 14 The Rising Sons shook off Maria to hold the spot on their own with 41 weeks while Maria dropped to 15th.

The Sweet became the 13th act to see their points total reach 4 figures as they ticked over to 1,001 points. Ahead of them, and 6th overall, The Rolling Stones saw their points total move past the 1,300 mark as they were now of 1,307. Jody Wayne became the 50th act to reach 500 points as his total moved on to 504.

Obscure observation of the week: the number 1 song was by David Bowie whose real surname was Jones which happened to be the same as that of the artist sitting at the bottom of the charts, Jessica Jones.

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