5 April 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
2 1 10 If You Need Me  – After All
3 7 5 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
4 3 11 Little Jimmy  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
5 9 4 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
6 6 7 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
7 4 16 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
8 14 3 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
9 5 10 Charly  – Sean Rennie
10 12 6 Give Me Back My Woman  – Alan Garrity
11 8 9 Dyna-mite  – Mud
12 11 9 I Shall Sing  – Art Garfunkel
13 10 15 Ring, Ring  – Abba
14 16 6 If Teardrops were Pennies  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
15 20 2 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
16 17 2 Hurry on Home  – Maria
17 13 15 Photograph  – Ringo Starr
18 19 2 Pledging My Love  – Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
19 New 1 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
20 New 1 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch

Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ became the 6th instrumental to make it to the top of the charts as it replaced After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ at 1 after the latter had only managed 1 week there in its second run at the top. In total ‘If You Need Me’ had spent 3 weeks at number 1 so far.

‘Loving Arms’ by Dobie Gray followed up its star rater climb of 4 last week with a biggest climb of the week 6 place jump from 14 to 8. Ringo Starr picked up his 6th star rater as ‘You’re Sixteen’ climbed 4 from 7 to 3. He now had just 1 less star rater to his name than the combined total of his 3 ex-bandmates as John Lennon and Paul McCartney had 2 each and George Harrison 3, giving them a total of 7 despite them usually being regarded as the more successful 3 of the Fab Four. Dr Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ had been the climber of the week for the past 2 weeks, but had to be satisfied with just a star rater this week as it moved up 4 from 9 to 5. The last of the star raters this week was Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ which moved up 5 from 20 to 15.

Sean Rennie’s ‘Charly’ and Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ were the fallers of the week, both dropping 4 places to land at 9 and 17 respectively.

Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’ continued as the oldest on the chart as it ticked over to 16 weeks in total and enjoyed its second with the oldest title.

There were 2 songs which fell off the charts this week and the first of these was Ike & Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’. It lasted 11 weeks in the charts and peaked at 9. It was the 4th song so far to have these weeks and peaks figures which made it a very average song in terms of chart performance as 11 weeks represented the closest to the average number of weeks songs would spend on the charts and 9 was the average position songs got to. Tina Turner would be seen on our charts again in a solo capacity but for Ike this would be his only venture into our top 20.

We also bid farewell to Marie Osmond’s ‘Paper Roses’ which managed a run of 7 weeks and a peak of 10. This would be her only SA chart hit which did not fare as well as Little Jimmy Osmond’s only SA chart hit ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’, but outdid both of Donny’s hits in terms of weeks and peak. This ended the Osmond family’s involvement in our charts. There had been 4 hits between the 3 siblings which spent a total of 32 weeks in the charts. ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’s peak of 7 was the best the 4 songs managed.

Vicky Leandros’ 4th hit was the first of the new entries this week as ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ entered at 19. This song was penned by the same team that wrote her previous hit ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ and this consisted of Jack Lloyd, Klaus Munro and Ralf Arnie, but ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ also included Leandros’ father, Leo Leandros, in the songwriting credits. The song was an English version of her German language hit ‘Meine Freunde Sind Die Träume’ which got to number 13 in Germany, 10 in Austria and 22 in Holland. So far Leandros had been the only Greek artist to chart and her 4 meant that Greece joined Italy in tied 11th place for number of hits by acts from a nation.

The second new entry came from the film ‘The Sting’ and was the 36th instrumental song to hit our charts. ‘The Entertainer’ was by Marvin Hamlisch and was written and originally performed by Scott Joplin in 1902. Hamlisch’s version made it to number 3 in the US and 25 in the UK. The song was actually a little at odds with the time portrayed in the film (which starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford) as the music was from the early 1900’s while the film was set in the 1930’s.

On the weeks by acts from a nation list we saw acts from The Netherlands, clock up their 80th week in total with us. They were the 7th highest placed nation on the list. Further down the list we saw Sweden pull 1 ahead of Argentina with the former in15th place while the latter dropped to 16th.

On the local weeks count list we saw Maria move into tied 14th place as her 42 weeks to date equalled that of The Rising Sons.

Dolly Parton accounted for the 19th occasion where an act saw 2 hits side by side in the charts as her duet with Porter Wagoner, ‘If Teardrops Were Pennies’ was at 14 and her solo hit, ‘Jolene’ was at 15. Donovan, Four Jacks & A Jill and Middle Of The Road all appeared twice on that list with Donovan managing it twice with the same pair of songs while the other 2 acts did so with 2 different pairs.

This week saw the second time that we had an instrumental hit at the top and the bottom of the charts with ‘Love’s Theme’ at 1 and ‘The Entertainer’ at 20. The last time this had happened was on 26 August 1966 when Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ was at 1 and MGM Singing Strings’ version of the same song going under the name ‘Lara’s Theme’ was at 20. There would only be 1 more time when we would see this phenomenon.

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