1 March 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
2 7 5 If You Need Me  – After All
3 3 10 Ring, Ring  – Abba
4 4 6 Little Jimmy  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
5 8 5 Charly  – Sean Rennie
6 2 10 Photograph  – Ringo Starr
7 5 12 The Wonder of Your Love  – Jody Wayne
8 11 4 Dyna-mite  – Mud
9 13 4 I Shall Sing  – Art Garfunkel
10 9 8 The Tips of My Fingers  – Peter Vee
11 6 14 Sorrow  – David Bowie
12 10 7 Nutbush City Limits  – Ike and Tina Turner
13 16 3 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
14 18 3 Paper Roses  – Marie Osmond
15 12 19 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man  – Johnny Gibson
16 20 2 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
17 15 7 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  – Elton John
18 New 1 Give Me Back My Woman  – Alan Garrity
19 14 16 Angie  – Rolling Stones
20 New 1 If Teardrops were Pennies  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

‘The Peacemaker’ by Albert Hammond enjoyed a 6th week at the top of the charts and for the first time in that run it had a different number 2 to contend with as After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ moved up 5 from 7 to 2, ending Ringo Starr’s 5 week run at 2 with ‘Photograph’ which dropped to 6.

The aforementioned 5 place jump of After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ took the biggest climber award this week. This was the 6th time a song by an act from The Netherlands had been the biggest climber with 3 of the previous times being when songs by The George Baker Selection managed it. One of the previous times it had been with an After All song. The Shuffles effort with ‘Cha La La, I Need You’ back in 1970 making up the numbers.

There were 3 other songs that climbed 4 places to be star raters and they were Art Garfunkel’s ‘I Shall Sing’ (up to 9), Marie Osmond’s ‘Paper Roses’ (up to 14) and Crocodile Harris’ ‘Miss Eva Goodnight’ (up to 16).

David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’ were the fallers of the week with both songs dropping 5 places to land at 11 and 19 respectively. It was The Stones’ 9th time with the award and they were the 5th act to have seen this many so far. In total 18 acts would see 9 or more biggest fallers.

Johnny Gibson’s ‘My Daddy Was A Rock ‘n’ Roll Man’ was still the oldest on the charts. It was enjoying its 19th week with us and its second as the oldest.

Billy Forrest’s ‘Liefde Is My Nooi Se Naam’ ended a 3 week run in the chart. It spent the first of those 2 weeks at 20 and then managed a 1 place climb to 19. Forrest had seen 10 songs chart under his various guises so far and of those this was the 3rd to not get any higher than 19 with his ‘We’re All Playing in The Same Band’ (under the name Quentin E Klopjaeger) making it to 19 and ‘Lovely Lorraine’ (as William E.) peaking at 20. Of the 21 acts who would see 10 or more hits make the top 20 (i.e. excluding songs peaking at 21 to 30 once the charts were extended) only 1 other act would see at least 3 peak no higher than 19 and that was Cliff Richard who had already seen 4 songs do this. ‘Liefde Is My Nooi Se Naam’ was an Afrikaan version of Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ which had recently departed from the charts. In total the 2 versions of the song had clocked up 23 weeks which put it tied 12th for weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version, alongside ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Boxtops and Trini Lopez).

We also said goodbye to David Cassidy’s ‘Daydreamer’ which managed 14 weeks and peaked at 3. This was a big improvement on the 1 week at 18 that his only other hit to date, ‘Could It Be Forever’ had managed. There was more to come from young Mr Cassidy.

Alan Garrity clocked up his 5th hit as ‘Give Me Back My Woman’ entered the charts at 18. This was Garrity’s 3rd hit where he was the songwriter. He now joined The Dealians and Barbara Ray as local acts on 5 hits and they all sat tied 10th for number of hits by a local act. ‘Give Me Back My Woman’ was the 11th song in total that had listed Peter Lotis as the producer and Lotis had produced all of Garrity’s hits so far.

The second new entry was by a duet between Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, ‘If Teardrops Were Pennies’. The song was a cover of a 1951 hit by Carl Smith (and written by Carl Butler) which reached number 8 in the US. The song was also covered by Loretta Lynn and Rosemary Clooney. Parton & Wagoner’s version made number 3 on the US Country Songs chart. Of those for whom birth dates are readily available, Wagoner (who was born on 12 August 1927 making him 40 years, 5 months and 19 days) was the 9th oldest to make the charts so far (including Ray Conniff who actually charted as the Ray Conniff singers). All the top 9 were males with the exception of Virginia Lee who was 40 years 6 months and 2 days old when her final hit, ‘Wish Me A Rainbow’ charted. It had been 156 weeks since Parton was last in our charts and this was the 20th biggest gap between hits to date and the second biggest by a woman with Nancy Sinatra’s 207 weeks being the only one in excess of this.

The gap between the number of hits by US acts and those by UK acts opened to 4, the highest it had been in 14 weeks with the Americans having brought us 357 and the Brits 353. Abba had accounted for all the weeks by Swedish acts on the charts so far and their 10 to date moved Sweden ahead of Kenya (Roger Whittaker in case you were wondering) on the list of weeks on the charts by acts from a nation. Sweden sat 16th overall.

Not only was Albert Hammond enjoying his 6th week at 1, but he was also celebrating his 20th week in the chart as an artist (he also had 34 under his belt as writer of other people’s songs). He was the 135th act to reach 20 weeks. Alan Garrity meanwhile was enjoying his 70th week on the charts and was the 27th act to reach this milestone. He sat 5th on the local weeks count list, 3 behind 4th places Dave Mills.

Jody Wayne became the 38th and 9th local act to accumulate 600 or more points as his total moved on to 601.

With Sweden’s Abba and The Netherlands’ After All both being in the top 5, this was the 34th time we had seen 2 acts from outside of the US, the UK and SA in the top 5. So far we had not seen more than 2 such acts in the top 5.

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