26 April 1974

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

‘Hello Girl’ by Dr. Marigold’s enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts and still fended of Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which had seen a massive jump to 2 last week. The latter was still at number 2 while numbers 3 (Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’) and 4 (Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’) were also unmoved.

Last week Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’ looked like it was heading off the charts as it took the faller of the week award with a massive 10 place drop to 13, but it regained some of its lost ground by being climber of the week with a 6 place jump back up to 13. This was Starr’s 4th time with the climber award and this equalled the number his old band, The Beatles, had managed. It was the 18th time a song had been the biggest climber after having been the biggest faller.

Another song which had dropped in previous weeks, in fact it had dropped right off the charts, was the only other star rater this week and that was Vicky Leandros’ ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ which climbed 5 from 19 to 14. It was Leandros’ 7th time with a star rater and she was the 5th woman to reach this total.

Two local acts gave us the fallers of the week with Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Jimmy’ falling 5 from 12 to 17 and Crocodile Harris’ ‘Miss Eva Goodnight’ dropping 5 from 5 to 10.

Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’ remained the oldest song on the chart. It sat on 19 weeks and had been the oldest for 5 weeks.

Elvis Presley’s ‘Take Good Care Of Her’ ended its run in the charts this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks but never managed to get higher than position 18. Only 1 other song that had spent 5 weeks in the charts had such a low peak and that was The Carpenter’s ‘Hurting Each Other’. The difference between the 2 songs was that The Carpenter’s one had left the charts and returned while Presley’s effort was with a consecutive week run. There would be 2 more songs in the top 20 era that would manage to peak as low as 18 with a 5 week run.

Back in December 1973, Albert Hammond narrowly missed out on having 2 songs on the chart in the same week as ‘The Free Electric Band’ fell off the charts the same week the ‘The Peacemaker’ entered. Had ‘The Free Electric Band’ lasted another week on the chart, or ‘The Peacemaker’ charted a week earlier, then Hammond would now join 15 other artists who had had 2 songs on the charts in the same week with 2 or more different pairings. However ‘The Free Electric Band’ did not cross paths with ‘The Peacemaker’, so the entry of ‘Everything I Want To Do’ on the charts while ‘The Peacemaker’ was still there was only Hammond’s first time with 2 hits on the charts. He was the 47th act to see two or more in the charts in the same week. ‘Everything I Want To Do’ did not chart in either the US or the UK but did make 6 in Austria and Norway and 7 in Germany as well as getting to number 5 in Zimbabwe.

Alan Garrity moved up from tied 3rd on the local weeks count list to tied second as his 78 weeks to date matched that of Four Jacks & A Jill. Billy Forrest dropped into 4th place with 77 weeks. Garrity’s 78 also put him tied 19th on the overall list alongside Four Jacks & A Jill and The Archies. With The Staccatos sitting at 14 on the overall list, we now had 3 local acts in the top 20 of the overall weeks count list for the first time since 19 January 1968.

Vicky Leandros’ saw her points total reach the 700 mark. She was the 29th act to reach this total but only the second woman with Barbara Ray who was just 1 short of 800, led the way.

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5 thoughts on “26 April 1974

  1. The last week and this week positions does not correspond as well. It seems as if ‘Hello Girl’ only reached number one on this chart. Same applies to the rest of the top 4. I haven’t checked the rest of the chart.

  2. This chart is obviously wrong. It appears as if you again presented the (incorrect) chart of 19 April 1974, but the correct comments of 26 April 1974.

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