12 April 1974

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

It was now 2 weeks at 1 for Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ which was coming under pressure from Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ which climbed 3 from 5 to 2. ‘Hello Girl’ was 1 of 4 songs that had the biggest climb this week and it was only the 3rd song to manage 2 biggest climbs with a jump of 3 or less places. The previous 2 to manage this were We Five’s ‘You Were on My Mind’ and Barabra Ray’s ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles’.

Joining ‘Hello Girl’ in the biggest climb were Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ (up 3 to 12), Maria’s ‘Hurry On Home’ (up 3 to 13) and Marvin Hamlisch’s ‘The Entertainer’ (up 3 to 17). There were no star raters this week.

Dolly Parton’s duet with Porter Wagoner, ‘If Teardrops Were Pennies’ was the faller of the week with a 6 place drop from 14 to 20. Parton was the 7th act so far to see a biggest climber and biggest faller in the same week with The Troggs being the only 1 of those 7 to do so twice.

‘The Peacemaker’ by Albert Hammond moved on to 17 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest in the top 20.

‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ by Vicky Leandros became the 69th song to have a run of just 1 week in the chart. It spent that week at 19. Of those 69 there had been 22 which had seen other chart runs.

Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ also left the top 20 after a run of 15 weeks and a peak of 2. This was the best weeks count a song by an ex-Beatle had seen to date. This ended Starr’s run with 2 in the charts. This run had lasted 5 weeks.

Last to go was Abba’s ‘Ring Ring’ which had spent 15 weeks on the charts. Abba were the 14th act of those who would ultimately have 5 or more hits chart see their first hit spend 15 or more weeks in the chart with Tommy Roe’s 24 weeks with ‘Sweet Pea’ being the best effort to date for a first of at least 5 hits run.

Terry Jack’s ‘Seasons In The Sun’ became the 19th song by a Canadian act to chart as it crashed into the charts at number 11. To date, only 14 songs had debuted higher, and 6 others had equalled the 11 new entry position. The last one to enter at 11 or higher was ‘Amazing Grace’ which came in at 7 on 5 May 1972. ‘Seasons In The Sun’ was an English version of a song written by Jacques Brel called ‘Le Moribond’. The translation was done by Rod McKeun. Jacks took his version into US charts where it spent 3 weeks at number 1. It also topped the charts in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Norway and Zimbabwe, but faltered at 3 on the LM Radio charts. A version of the song by Westlife was the last number 1 of the previous millennium in the UK and also the first number 1 of the new millennium.

Andy Williams returned to the charts with his 4th hit, ‘Solitaire’. This was the 400th song by a solo male artist to chart. The song was written by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody. Sedaka recorded a version with members of 10cc. Williams’ version failed to chart in the US but gave him a number 4 hit in the UK. However, it was The Carpenters who really took the song places in the US as they got to 17 there and topped the Billboard Easy Listening charts. In the UK, they managed to get to number 32. The Carpenter’s version would fail to chart in SA.

The last of the new entries was another version of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ making it the 34th song to chart in more than 1 version. This second version was by Bobby Wright. Wright was a country music singer with 13 hits on the US Country Singles charts under his belt, but none had made the top 10 on that chart and ‘Seasons In The Sun’ would not change that for him as it only managed to get to 24.

Maria moved ahead of The Rising Sons for weeks on the charts, her 43 giving her position 14 on the local weeks count list to herself while The Rising Sons dropped to 15th.

Alan Garrity saw his points tally move past the 900 mark. He was the 19th act to manage this and it moved him into the top spot for points by a local act as his 903 overtook the 901 that Four Jacks & A Jill had managed so far.

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