1 February 1974

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

Albert Hammond held on to the top spot with his hit ‘The Peacemaker’ enjoying its second week there. Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ was still applying pressure as it spent a second week at 2.

Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Jimmy’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 from 20 to 13. This was the 13th time a local woman had seen a climb of 7 or more places and there would only be 2 more such climbs. It was the second week running that a 7 place climb had been the only star rater climb in the week as Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ had managed this the previous week.

B.W. Stevenson’s ‘Shambala’ had picked up 2 biggest fallers during its chart run and now Stevens picked up a 3rd, this time with ‘My Maria’ which fell 4 from 12 to 16 to take the award this week.

We continued the year with only local songs being the ones to leave the chart as a further 2 dropped off the top 20. The Rising Sons’ ‘Going Down Jordan’ was the first of these. It had spent 16 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7. This brought to an end their SA chart career with 4 hits to their name, a total of 38 weeks and a best peak of 4 with ‘How Do You Do’. An interesting feature of their chart career was that their first 2 hits spent 5 weeks on the charts each while their second 2 both spent 16 weeks. They would be the only act having 4 hits who would see this pattern to their weeks count.

Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ was the other song to leave. It had been with us for 17 weeks and spent a frustrating 5 straight weeks at 2 while Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ hogged the top spot. ‘Do You Love Me’ had spent 4 weeks as the oldest on the charts and had shared that title with the aforementioned Tommy Overstreet song. The latter was now the oldest on its own and enjoying its 5th week as the oldest.

The first of the new entries was by a band who are very difficult to Google as they named themselves After All. From what I can find out, they were a Dutch band and a guy called Gerrit Trip was the lead singer. Trip spent some time in the band Teach-In who would have a hit in SA in 1975. ‘If You Need Me’ was a cover of a 1963 song written and recorded by Wilson Pickett. Pickett’s version vied for top honours in a US Hot 100 battle with one recorded by Solomon Burke, a battle that Burke won, peaking at 37 compared to Pickett’s 64. The song was also recorded by The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones. Recently After All’s lead singer Gerrit Trip re-recorded the song, which has proved surprisingly popular. This version can be found on Youtube. This was the 7th song by an act from The Netherlands and this put the country level 9th with France on the list of number of hits by a nation.

The second new entry was Irish born local lad Sean Rennie with his song ‘Charly’ (not a mis-spelt cover of the Rabbitt hit ‘Charlie’ as that hadn’t been written yet). This was Rennie’s second hit, following up his 1970 number 13 hit ‘I’ll Walk With You’. ‘Charly’ was a cover of a song by Spanish band Santabarbara who took the song to number 2 in Switzerland, 5 in Germany, 9 in Holland, 18 in Austria and 22 in Belgium. The gap of 181 weeks between Rennie’s hits was the 14th biggest gap to date and the 6th biggest for a local act. We had now seen 51 gaps of 100 weeks or more by artists.

This week’s chart featured 14 solo male artists which equalled the highest we had seen to date. It had last been this high back in the September of 1970. We would not see this record broken in the top 20 era.

The Rolling Stones moved into tied 6th place on the overall weeks count list, their 105 putting them level with Percy Sledge. The Stones had led the way for weeks count for the first 131 weeks of the charts, but had slowly dropped after that to as low as 10 on the list. The last time they were as high as 6th was 185 weeks previously on 17 July 1970.

On the local weeks count list we saw Jody Wayne take 10th place for himself as his 49 weeks moved him 1 ahead of Jessica Jones and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy.

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