22 March 1974

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

Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Jimmy’ marked a couple of milestones and equalled a record as it took over the top spot from After All’s ‘If You Need Me. ‘Little Jimmy’ was the 150th song to make the number 1 spot and it brought up the 30 weeks at 1 for local women milestone. It also equalled Tidal Wave’s ‘Spider Spider’ in having the slowest climb to number 1 by a local song as it had taken 9 weeks to get to the top spot. There were 3 other (non-local) songs that had been in their 9th week when they first gained pole position and a further 3 were in a record to date 10th week.

The climber of the week award went to Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner’s ‘If Teardrops Were Pennies’ and Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ with both songs moving up 3 places to land at 14 and 16 respectively.

‘The Wonder Of Your Love’ by Jody Wayne became the 3rd song to pick up the biggest faller award 3 weeks running as it dropped 5 from 15 to 20 to take the honours again. The previous songs to manage this were The Cowsill’s ‘Indian Lake’ and The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ with the latter going on to manage a record to date 4th week.

David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ ticked over to 17 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its second as the oldest in the top 20.

The only song to leave the charts this week was Perry Como’s ‘Walk Right Back’ which had enjoyed a run of 2 weeks and a peak of 19. This brought to an end Como’s SA chart career and of his 3 hits, the performance by ‘Walk Right Back’ was by far his worst with both of his previous 2 hits spending 16 weeks on the charts and both peaking at 2. His total week count was 34.

The newcomer to the charts was Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’. Gray (real name Lawrence Darrow Brown) had had 4 US Hot 100 hits (and 1 that made it to 119) before ‘Loving Arms’ made the charts there. ‘Drift Away’ had been his biggest US hit, peaking at 5. ‘Loving Arms’, the follow up to ‘Drift Away’ only managed to peak at 61 in the US, however in SA, it charted where ‘Drift Away’ didn’t. ‘Loving Arms’ made number 70 in Canada.

Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ equalled John Lennon’s ‘Mother’ for most weeks on the charts by a song by an ex-Beatle as it ticked over to 13 weeks in the top 20. The difference between the 2 songs was that Starr’s effort had been in consecutive weeks while Lennon’s ‘Mother’ ended up re-entering the charts for its 13 week.

We still had 6 songs each by acts from the US, the UK and SA in the charts and this was the 6th week where we had seen the big 3 nations all contributing the same number of hits.

Alan Garrity moved into tied 4th place on the local weeks count list as his 73 to date equalled that of Dave Mills.

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