17 May 1974

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

After just 2 weeks at 1, Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ was knocked off the top spot by Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’. ‘Seasons In The Sun’ dropped to 2 while Andy Williams’ ‘Solitaire’ moved up 2 to 3 to put pressure on the top 2.

Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 places from 16 to 9. This was her first time with the biggest climber award a feat she had not even managed as one half of Sonny & Cher.

Since arriving at 17 in the chart 5 weeks back, Lionel Petersen’s ‘I Need A Little Love’ had moved up 1 place in each of the last 4 weeks, but this week, the song failed to join 4 songs which had seen a 5 consecutive week run climbing 1 place each week as it had a star rater jump of 4 from 14 to 10. Of those 4 which managed 5 weeks in a row with a 1 place climb each week, only 1 so far had managed 6 weeks and that was John Edmond’s ‘Boom Sha La La Lo’. This would be the only song to manage this the top 20 era and we would see 2 more manage this in the top 30 era with 1 seeing the entire run in positions 21 to 30, while the other would start its run at 21.

Apart from ‘Dark Lady’ and ‘I Need A Little Love’ there were no other star raters this week.

Falling honours went to Bobby Wright’s version of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which dropped 5 from 7 to 12.

Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ was still the oldest on the charts. It was on 14 weeks and was enjoying its 2nd week as the oldest.

We lost one song off the chart and that was local act Crocodile Harris and his hit ‘Miss Eva Goodnight’. It had managed 12 weeks and a peak of 5 which was the mirror opposite of the previous hit which Tully McCully had a hand in writing – ‘Why Does It Rain’ by McCully Workshop – which had managed 5 weeks and a peak of 12. The departure of Crocodile Harris meant that the local content was down to only 2 hits which was the lowest local count since 11 August 1972 when Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ and Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ were the only South African representatives in the top 20. That was 92 weeks back.

The newcomer was the 8th song that Albert Hammond had a hand in writing. ‘The Air That I Breathe’, which he co-wrote with Mike Hazlewood, was included on Hammond’s ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’ album, but it was The Hollies version that was the big hit, getting to number 2 in the UK and 6 in the US and becoming their 14th SA top 20 hit. The Hollies sat 3rd for number of hits to date with only Cliff Richard on 15 and Tom Jones on 17 above them. Alan Parsons (he of the Alan Parsons Project fame) was the audio engineer on The Hollies version and Radiohead had to include a songwriting credit for Hammond and Hazlewood after it was discovered that their hit ‘Creep’ used the same chord sequence. In 1998 Simply Red took a version to number 6 in the UK.

With the word ‘air’ in the title of the new entry, we had now seen songs which had 3 of the 4 classic elements in the title as we had seen 3 with the word ‘fire’ in the title and 3 with ‘water’ in the title. We now only needed the word ‘earth’ to appear to complete the set.

Vicky Leandros’ continued presence in the charts brought the weeks count for acts from Greece (Leandros being the only one so far) to 61 which meant that Greece moved into tied 10th place with Jamaica for weeks on the charts by a nation.

Elvis moved 1 week ahead of Percy Sledge with 106 to his name. He sat at 7 on the weeks count list while Sledge dropped to 8. On the local list we saw Maria move into tied 11th place with Jessica Jones and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy with all 3 acts on 48.

As a final note on this week’s chart, we saw Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’ at sixteen.

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