8 March 1974

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

After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ became the 4th song by a Dutch act and the 10th act not from SA, the US or the UK to top the chart as it took over the number 1 spot from Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’. The latter dropped to 2nd place after having enjoyed a run of 6 weeks at the top spot.

The climber of the week was Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ which moved up 5 from 13 to 8. This was the 20th time we had seen an instrumental track take the climber of the week award with 3 songs appearing twice in that list. There were no other star raters this week.

Faller awards went to 2 local songs. Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wonder Of Your Love’ fell 4 from 7 to 11 while Peter Vee’s ‘The Tips Of My Fingers’ dropped from 10 to 14 to share the award.

And while the fallers were local, we also saw that the oldest on the chart, Johnny Gibson’s ‘My Daddy Was A Rock ‘n’ Roll Man’, was also a by a local male. It was the 32nd song to reach 20 weeks in the charts and the 11th local one. It had been the oldest in the chart for 3 weeks.

We had 2 songs leave the charts this week. The first was The Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’. After having their previous 2 songs only stay for a week each, they would have been pleased to see their latest one last 16 weeks on the charts, their best performance to date for weeks. It spent 4 frustrating weeks at 2 while David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ occupied the top spot, so they were unable to add to their total of 3 chart toppers to date. They had more hits to come.

Also going was Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. It was the 30th song that we would see have an equal weeks and peak figure as it spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7. There was plenty more to come from him.

Perry Como scored his third top 20 hit as ‘Walk Right Back’ entered the charts at 19 this week. The song was written by Sonny Curtis and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1961. Their version made it to number 7 in the US and Anne Murray took a version to number 4 in the Country Singles charts in 1978. Como’s version did not chart in the US, but did make number 33 in the UK. At 61 years, 9 months and 18 days old, Como was the second oldest (of those whose birthdates are readily available) to chart with only Louis Armstrong having been older at the time he charted.

Ringo Starr became the 3rd ex-Beatle to have 2 hits in the chart in the same week as ‘You’re Sixteen’ entered at number 20, joining ‘Photograph’ which was at 5. It was now only Paul who had not managed to have 2 hits in the same week’s charts and he would not manage this as a solo artist, but his post Beatles band Wings did. ‘You’re Sixteen’ was a cover of a 1960 hit by Johnny Burnette who took his version to number 8 in the US and 3 in the UK. Ringo’s version went to number 4 in the UK and topped the US charts. Paul McCartney did help out on the recording.

On the local weeks count list we saw Jody Wayne catch up with Lauren Copley with 54 weeks to their respective names. They sat tied 8th on the list.

Using artists’ first names, this was the 3rd week we had seen where we had a record to date 5 acts that started with the letter ‘A’ (After All, Albert Hammond, Abba, Art Garfunkel and Alan Garrity). We had seen this 2 times before, the previous week and 4 weeks back.

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