15 March 1974

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

‘If You Need Me’ by Dutch band After All, enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous chart topper, Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’ loitered at 2 for a second week. After All’s effort brought the weeks at 1 total for Dutch acts to 12 and they were now 5 ahead of the next highest of the non-big 3 nations (UK, US & SA) which was Germany who were on 7.

Ringo Starr moved into the lead for number of biggest climbers by an ex-Beatle as his hit, ‘You’re Sixteen’, took the award this week with a 7 place climb from 20 to 13. Ringo now had 3 biggest climbers to his name while John Lennon and George Harrison sat on 2 and Paul McCartney only had 1. Ringo was 1 away from equalling the 4 that The Beatles themselves had managed.

Apart from Ringo Starr’s biggest climber, we had one other star rater and it was the 200th star rater for a local act. Alan Garrity’s ‘Give Me Back My Woman’ took this honour with a 5 place climb from 16 to 11. It was his 9th time with a star rater and he was the 3rd local act to reach this many with Jody Wayne and The Staccatos both on 10 leading the way.

A 4 place drop in the charts this week got you a faller of the week award and 3 songs were up for this. Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wonder Of Your Love’ fell from 11 to 15, David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ dropped from 12 to 16 while Peter Vee’s ‘The Tips Of My Fingers’ nosedived from 14 to 18. For both Bowie and Vee it was the second time with the award, while Wayne was suffering his 5th time and he was the 6th local act to reach this total. While celebrating their 200th star rater, the local acts had in fact seen more biggest faller awards than biggest climber awards with Wayne and Vee bringing the total biggest faller total for local act to 128 compared to the 111 biggest climber awards they had.

Despite having one of the biggest fallers this week, David Bowie would not have been completely overcome with sorrow as his hit was the oldest on the charts on 16 week. This came about by the departure of Johnny Gibson’s ‘My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man’, last week’s oldest, which fell off the charts after a run of 20 weeks and a peak of 3. This brought Gibson’s SA chart career to an end with 2 hits to his name (the other being ‘Silver And Blue’). He spent a total of 26 weeks in the charts and his peak of 3 with ‘My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man’ was the best he managed. At the time of his departure he held second place for gaps between hits by a local act as there had been a 275 week gap between ‘Silver And Blue’ leaving the charts and ‘My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man’ entering. It had been the biggest gap for a local act, till it was subsequently beaten by the 285 week gap Four Jacks & A Jill had between their hits. ‘My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man’ was the only song to leave the chart this week.

The newcomer was by a British group called Dr. Marigold’s (aka Dr. Marigold’s Prescription) with a song called ‘Hello Girl’. The band hailed from north London and comprised Fred Radley, Bill Friend, Alan French and Dave Morris. They evolved from a band called The Followers and played backing for Billy Fury, John Walker (of the Walker Brothers) and The Flirtations. Billy Forrest recorded a cover version of ‘Hello Girl’ in Afrikaans called ‘Hello Lief’. This appeared on his album ‘Roza Lief’.

Sean Rennie was enjoying his highest placing in the charts to date as ‘Charly’ moved into 4th place which was 1 better than his only other hit to date, ‘I’ll Walk With You’, had managed.

This week also saw acts from the US, the UK and SA all contribute 6 hits to the top 20. This is the 5th and final time we would see the big 3 nations all being equal for number of hits in the charts.

Jody Wayne pulled 1 week ahead of Lauren Copley and held on to 8th place on the local weeks count list while Copley dropped into 9th place.

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