7 June 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 9 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
2 1 9 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
3 3 12 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
4 4 6 Dark Lady  – Cher
5 5 8 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
6 12 4 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
7 11 5 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
8 6 10 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
9 10 7 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
10 9 11 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
11 7 13 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
12 8 6 Jet  – Wings
13 14 3 Haai Casanova  – Glenys Lynne
14 19 2 Waterloo  – ABBA
15 18 2 The Show Must Go On  – Leo Sayer
16 13 5 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor
17 17 2 Emma  – Hot Chocolate
18 16 8 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
19 20 2 There Won’t be Anymore  – Charlie Rich
20 15 17 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited

Before ‘Solitaire’, Andy William’s best peak had been number 9 with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, but with ‘Solitaire’, his 4th hit on our charts, he joined 120 other artists to date who could claim a South African number 1 hit as his song took over the top spot from Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ after the latter had had 2 runs of 2 weeks each at the top.

The Hollies became the 4th of only 10 acts who would ultimately manage 10 or more biggest climbers. They picked up the award with a 6 place climb by ‘The Air That I Breathe’ which moved up from 12 to 6 this week. All of the previous 3 acts to get to 10 biggest climbers were also from the UK and they were Tom Jones, The Bee Gees and The Sweet.

There were 2 other star raters this week and they were both by Swedish acts. Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ climbed 4 from 11 to 7 and Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ moved up 5 from 19 to 14. This would be the only time we would see 2 songs by Swedish acts be star raters in the same week.

The faller of the week was Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ which fell 5 from 15 to 20. This was the second week running that it had taken the award. It was still the oldest on the chart, clocking up its 17th week in the top 20 and its 5th as the oldest.

This week was the 11th time we saw no movement on or off the charts.

Sweden caught up with Spain for weeks spent in the charts by acts from a nation. The 2 nations had totalled 21 each and they sat tied 14th for weeks by a nation.

The 2 versions of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ that had charted so far had a combined total of 16 weeks in the charts. This moved the song into tied 22nd place on the list of weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. It shared the spot with Bob Lind & Judy Page’s ‘Butterfly’ and Petula Clark and Harry Secombe’s ‘This Is My Song’.

This week’s chart had 4 US number 1s on it but only 2 that had had topped the UK charts, 1 of those topped both charts. There were 6 songs that never made the US charts and 7 that did not chart in the UK. The 6 that did not make the US charts were included in the 7 that did not chart in the UK. It was only Charlie Rich’s ‘There Won’t Be Anymore’ that made the US charts but not the UK ones.

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