19 April 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
2 11 2 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
3 7 5 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
4 1 10 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
5 6 9 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
6 4 12 If You Need Me  – After All
7 19 2 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
8 12 4 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
9 13 4 Hurry on Home  – Maria
10 9 8 Give Me Back My Woman  – Alan Garrity
11 8 18 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
12 5 13 Little Jimmy  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
13 3 7 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
14 16 2 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
15 17 3 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
16 10 12 Charly  – Sean Rennie
17 New 1 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
18 New 1 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
19 RE 2 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
20 New 1 Take Good Care of Her  – Elvis Presley

Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ was one of those rare songs that seemed to have made no impact anywhere else in the world, but was hugely popular in Southern Africa (it made number 2 in what was then Rhodesia). This week it became the nation’s favourite song as it knocked Love Unlimited’s ‘Love Theme’ from the top spot. The latter had lasted just 2 weeks at 1 and this week it dropped to 4. We had to go back 23 number 1’s to see such a fall from grace when Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ fell to 4 from number 1 (that was after its 3rd run at 1 and a total of 10 weeks at the top). In total we would see 31 songs fall to 4 or lower from the number 1 spot and ‘Love’s Theme’ was the 16th of these.

Terry Jack’s version of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ moved up 9 places to get to number 2, but that was not enough to take the climber of the week award. That honour went to the other version of the song by Bobby Wright, which moved up 12 from 19 to 7. This was the 15th time a song had climbed 12 or more in a week and Terry Jack’s effort was the 13th occasion when a song had climbed 9 or more places but not been the climber of the week.

Aside from the 2 ‘Seasons In The Sun’s, there were 3 other songs that made a star rater climb, all of them moving up 4 places. These were Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ up to 3, Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, up to 8 and Maria’s ‘Hurry On Home’ up to 9. Maria was the 11th local act and the second local woman (after Barbara Ray) to now have 5 or more star raters to their name.

Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’ was the faller of the week as it plummeted 10 places from 3 to 13. This was the 12th song to have a fall of 10 or more places in a week and Ringo would be the only ex-Beatle who would experience such a drop (even The Beatles themselves never saw a fall of this magnitude).

‘The Peacemaker’ by Albert Hammond moved closer to the magical 20 weeks in the charts mark. It was enjoying its 18th with us and its 4th as the oldest in the top 20.

Of the 463 weeks we have covered so far, there had been only 44 times (less than 10%) when we saw 4 or more songs leave the chart. This week was that 44th time and the first of the leavers was Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner’s ‘If Teardrops were Pennies’. It spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 14. This was the first of 3 songs that this particular duet would bring us.

Another song by a duet also saw the end of its chart life as Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye’s ‘Pledging My Love’ left the top 20 after 3 weeks and a peak of 18. We had a good number more hits to come from Diana Ross, but for Marvin it was the end of the SA chart road. He had seen 1 other hit chart in the form of his classic ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’. His weeks count totalled 12 and it was his previous hit that had his best peak of 3.

Mud’s ‘Dyna-mite’ had lasted 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 5. This would be their only SA chart hit. And the last leaver was a song that entered the charts at the same time as ‘Dyna-mite’ and that was Art Garfunkel’s ‘I Shall Sing’ which also lasted 10 weeks, but it peaked 3 places lower than ‘Dyn-mite’, only getting to 8. This would be the lowest peak so far for Simon & Garfunkel or either of the 2 in their solo capacity. Paul Simon had seen both his solo hits so far top the charts while Simon & Garfunkel lowest peak of their 4 hits was 6 with ‘Homeward Bound’.

Lionel Petersen followed up the 1973 success of ‘Come Back Liza’ with ‘I Need A Little Love’, his second solo SA hit. This was the first song to chart that featured a certain Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange as songwriter. Lange also produced the single and this was the 9th time his name had appeared as producer, although it should be noted that producers were not always listed on singles, especially back in the 60s and 70s.

Both of the 2 collaborative hits that we lost this week still had at least 1 representative on the chart as Dolly Parton was at 8 as a solo artist and Diana Ross’ ‘Behind Closed Doors’ entered at 18. Ross had already charted as part of the Supremes and in the recently departed duet with Marvin Gaye, but ‘Behind Closed Doors’ was her first solo hit in SA. The song was written by Kenny O’Dell and recorded by Charlie Rich. Rich’s version made number 15 in the US and 16 the UK. It topped the US Country Singles chart and went on to win the 1973 Grammy for Best Country & Western Recording. We had seen 2 winners of this Grammy on our charts before in the form of Johnny Cash’ ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and Sammi Smith’s ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’, but this was the first where it was a cover of the Grammy award winning song that charted. Ross’ version did not chart in either the UK or US. Ross was also the 16th act to replace themselves on the chart with Cliff Richard still being the only one to manage this twice.

At 19, we had a re-entry. Vicky Leandros’ ‘Dreams Are Good Friend’ which had been AWOL from the charts for a week. This was the 44th time we had seen a song re-enter the charts which includes 5 occasions where a song was re-entering the charts for a second time.

At 20, Elvis Presley joined Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark on 11 hits as ‘Take Good Care Of Her’ entered the charts. 5 acts had seen more than 11 hits so far. ‘Take Good Care Of Her’ had been a number 7 hit in the US and a number 38 hit in the UK for Adam Wade in 1961. Elvis’ version only managed to get to 39 in the US and didn’t chart in the UK.

This week marked the 100th consecutive week with a solo female artist in the chart. The best run before this had been 74 weeks. The women celebrated the occasion with 5 hits in the charts, their highest count in 40 weeks.

The US acts were now 11 ahead of the British ones for total number of hits to date with them having brought us 366 hits to the Brits 355. This was the first time the gap had been in double figures since December 1971, 124 weeks earlier. The US acts were leading the way back then too.

Alan Garrity caught up with Billy Forrest in 3rd place on the local weeks count list. Both acts had accumulated 77 weeks. Four Jacks & A Jill on 78 and The Staccatos on 83 were the only 2 acts above them on that list.

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