10 May 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
2 4 8 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
3 2 9 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
4 3 7 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
5 7 5 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
6 8 6 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
7 5 5 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
8 13 3 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
9 6 13 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
10 17 2 Jet  – Wings
11 10 7 Hurry on Home  – Maria
12 14 5 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
13 9 10 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
14 15 4 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
15 18 4 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
16 20 2 Dark Lady  – Cher
17 12 12 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
18 19 3 Take Good Care of Her  – Elvis Presley
19 New 1 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor
20 New 1 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede

‘Seasons In The Sun’ by Terry Jacks enjoyed a second week at number 1 with Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ moving up 2 to number 2 to challenge for top honours. Previous chart topper, Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ dropped to 3.

Wing’s ‘Jet’ was taking off in the charts and its 7 place climb from 17 to 10 earned them the climber of the week award. This was the 14th time we had seen The Beatles or ex-Beatles have the biggest climber with The Beatles and Ringo Starr managing it 4 times each, John Lennon and George Harrison doing so twice and Paul McCartney doing so once as a solo artists and now once as part of Wings.

Albert Hammond’s ‘Everything I Want to Do’ followed up last week’s star rater climb with another one this week as it moved up a further 5 from13 to 8. Also earning a star rater was Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’ which climbed 4 from 20 to 16. Hammond was the 59th act so far to see 5 or more star raters.

‘Miss Eva Goodnight’ by Crocodile Harris picked up its second biggest faller award with a 5 place drop from 12 to 17.

Alan Garrity’s ‘Give Me back My Woman’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had seen a run of 10 weeks and peak of 9. Of his 5 hits to date, only 1 had failed to reach the top 10 or make 10 weeks and that was his previous hit, ‘Good-bye Mama’. So it was a return to form for Garrity. He still had more to come.

After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ became the 58th hit to fall out of the top 20 from position 11 or higher. It had lasted 14 weeks in the charts and spent 3 weeks in total at 1 in a broken run of 2 weeks and then one further week after being dethroned for a week. There would be more from this Dutch group to feature on our charts. The song had been the oldest on last week’s chart and we now looked to Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ as the oldest. It was only on 13 weeks which was the lowest we had seen for the oldest in the chart in 134 weeks.

Carly Simon & James Taylor’s cover of the Inez & Charlie Fox 1963 hit ‘Mockingbird’ was the first of the new entries this week. Inez & Charlie’s version had made it to number 7 in the US and 33 in the UK. Carly & James (with the help of Dr. John on keyboards and The Band’s Robbie Robertson on guitar) took the song 2 places higher in the US (to number 5 for those who can’t count) but fell 1 place short of equalling the Fox’s UK peak, stalling at number 34 there.

The second new entry was the 2nd hit by a Swedish act to chart in SA (the first being Abba’s ‘Ring Ring’). Blue Swede were only 1 of 2 Swedish acts who were not Abba or ex-Abba going solo to chart in SA (the other was still to come). Their hit ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ was written by Mark James who had already been responsible for writing 2 SA hits so far – Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ and The Box Tops’ ‘Turn On A Dream’. ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ was originally recorded in 1968 by B.J. Thomas and this version made it to number 5 in the US. In the UK it was Jonathan King’s 1971 version that charted there and it made it to 23. Blue Swede’s version did not make the UK charts, but topped the US charts for 1 week on 5 April 1974 and also made 18 in Belgium, 22 in Germany and 26 in Holland.

The SA acts hit count was down to just 3 in the chart and it had been just under a year since it was last that low

Albert Hammond had now clocked up 30 straight weeks on the charts, 8 with ‘The Free Electric Band’, 18 with ‘The Peacemaker’ which entered the top 20 the week ‘The Free Electric Band’ fell off, 1 with both ‘The Peacemaker’ and ‘Everything I Want To Do’ and then 2, so far, with just ‘Everything I Want To Do’. Ringo Starr was enjoying his 20th week with at least 1 in the chart. He also had an overlap of songs.

Vickly Leandros also celebrated a milestone as she had now clocked up 60 weeks in the charts. She was the 31st act and 3rd woman to manage this.

Elvis Presley saw his week count move on to 105 and this moved him into tied 7th place on the weeks count list, sharing that spot with Percy Sledge.

The 2 versions of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ (by Terry Jacks and Bobby Wright) had both been in the charts for 5 weeks which brought the song’s total to 10. It was tied 28th on the list of weeks in the chart by songs charting in more than 1 version.

There were 5 songs on this week’s chart that had topped the US charts and these were Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’, Love Unlimited’s ‘Love Theme’, Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’, Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’ and Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ while only 1 (Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’) had topped the UK charts.

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