15 February 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
2 2 8 Photograph  – Ringo Starr
3 3 12 Sorrow  – David Bowie
4 4 10 The Wonder of Your Love  – Jody Wayne
5 5 8 Ring, Ring  – Abba
6 15 3 If You Need Me  – After All
7 9 4 Little Jimmy  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
8 8 6 The Tips of My Fingers  – Peter Vee
9 6 14 Angie  – Rolling Stones
10 11 17 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man  – Johnny Gibson
11 14 3 Charly  – Sean Rennie
12 7 5 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  – Elton John
13 10 5 Nutbush City Limits  – Ike and Tina Turner
14 12 13 Daydreamer  – David Cassidy
15 18 2 Dyna-mite  – Mud
16 13 20 Heaven is My Woman’s Love  – Tommy Overstreet
17 17 2 I Shall Sing  – Art Garfunkel
18 New 1 Paper Roses  – Marie Osmond
19 New 1 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
20 20 2 Liefde is My Nooi se Naam  – Billy Forrest

For a 4th week running the top 3 were unchanged with Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’ at 1, Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ at 2 and David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ at 3. This was the first time we had seen the top 3 songs remain unchanged for 4 straight weeks, in fact before this run we had not even seen a 3 week run with an unchanged top 3. With ‘The Peacemaker’ enjoying its 4th week at the top, it also accounted for the 180th week that the number 1 slot was occupied by a British act.

After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ was the climber of the week with a 9 place jump from 15 to 6. This was the 5th time an act from The Netherlands had taken this award and of the previous 4, The George Baker selection accounted for 3. The Shuffles were the only other Dutch act so far to take biggest climber award. No other song managed a star rater climb of 4 or more places and this was the 5th time that the biggest climber was 9 or more with no other star raters. 2 of the previous occasions when this happened, the biggest climb was 10 places while the other 2, the climber had been 9 places like it was this week.

On the falling front it was Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ that took the honours with a 5 place fall from 7 to 12. This was Elton’s 5th time with the award with ‘Crocodile Rock’ managing it once and ‘Daniel’ picking up the award 3 times. He was the 5th act so far who had managed to get to 5 biggest fallers with his first 3 hits with The Sweet managing it with their first 2 and going to 7 with their 3rd hit. Alan Garrity also managed a total of 7 with his first 3 hits, the record to date.

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ was still the oldest on the charts. It was the 31st song so far to reach 20 weeks in the charts and it was enjoying its 7th week as the oldest.

‘Good-bye Mama’ by Alan Garrity was aptly named as we said cheerio to the song from the charts. It managed a run of 7 weeks and a peak of 15 making it the first of his 4 hits to date to not make the top 10 or spend 10 weeks in the top 20. A peak of 15 for a song spending 7 weeks in the charts was the lowest we had seen to date and ‘Good-bye Mama’ joined The Troggs’ ‘Little Girl’, Tom Jones’ ‘A Minute Of Your Time’ and Robert John’s ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ in having this lowest peak.

B.W. Stevenson’s ‘My Maria’ was the only other song to depart the chart. It lasted 12 weeks and peaked at 7 which was 1 place higher than his only other hit to date, ‘Shambala’ although it spent 2 less weeks in the top 20. This brought the curtain down on Stevenson’s SA chart career with just the 2 aforementioned hits to his name, 26 weeks under his belt and the best peak of 7 with ‘My Maria’.

The first of our new entries was the 3rd of the Osmond siblings to chart. We had had 2 hits from Donny and one by Little Jimmy and now we had Maria with ‘Paper Roses’. The song was written by Fred Spielman and Janice Torre and was a number 5 hit in the US and a number 24 hit in the UK for Anita Bryant. Maria’s version gave her a number 5 hit in the US and 2 in the UK as well as topping the country singles charts in the US and Canada. It is interesting to note though that while Donny, Marie and Little Jimmy all charted, The Osmonds (which included the aforementioned 3 plus their other siblings) never charted in SA despite their worldwide hits such as ‘Crazy Horses’ and ‘Love Me For A Reason’.

Joining Marie as a new entry was Love Unlimited Orchestra’s ‘Love’s Theme’. The ‘group’ was a 40-piece orchestra that did backing working for Barry White. ‘Love’s Theme’ was the 35th instrumental hit to chart. It had been 9 month since we last saw an instrumental in the charts (‘Duelling Banjo’s’ by Deliverance). ‘Love’s Theme’ spent the week of 9 February 1974 at number 1 in the US and was one of the few orchestral pieces to manage this. A version with lyrics and vocals was released by Love Unlimited (a female vocal trio backed by the Love Unlimited Orchestra – confusing, I know) in 1974 as well. The orchestral version made number 10 in the UK as well as making 7 in Holland and Belgium and 22 in Germany. Barry White, who wrote the piece, was yet to chart in his own right.

The number of solo males in the chart dropped from their record to date 14 which it had been for the last 2 weeks to the lesser, but still very respectable total of 12 while the local acts supremacy in the charts came to an end after a record to date 18 weeks with more hits in the top 20 than any other nation. They still had the most by a nation (6), but now were equalled by both the British and American acts. Sweden and The Netherlands supplied the other 2 hits. The gap between the total number of hits to date by American acts and British acts had been just 1 for the last 7 weeks, but with both new entries being by Americans, the gap increased to 3 with the Americans’ total moving on to 356 while the Brits trailed them with 353.

In terms of weeks spent on the charts by acts from a nation, we saw those from The Netherlands catch up with those from Ireland with both nations’ totals on 73. They sat tied 7th for this stat.

Both Tommy Overstreet and Ringo Starr reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark. Ringo was the 3rd of the ex-Beatles to reach this milestone and it was only Paul McCartney whose solo career was yet to take off to the same degree as his fellow ex-bandmates. He was lingering behind on 11 weeks. Elton John, meanwhile was 10 weeks ahead of Starr and Overstreet as his total reached 30, He was the 82nd act to get to this milestone.

On the local weeks count list we saw Jody Wayne move 1 weeks ahead of The Dealians. This left him in 9th place on his own while The Dealians fell to 10th.

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