14 June 1974

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

Fortunately for Andy Williams’ last week’s chart topping effort with ‘Solitaire’ would not be a solitary week at 1 as the song was unmoved in pole position giving it 2 weeks at the 1. The previous chart topper, Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’, had spent those 2 weeks sitting at number 2 and the number 1 song that broken ‘Seasons In The Sun’s run at 1 into 2, Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’, was also unmoved at 3. ‘Solitaire’ accounted for the 170th week with an American act at number 1.

‘Emma’ was Hot Chocolate’s 3rd SA chart hit, but it was the first to provide them with a biggest climber award as it moved up 8 from 17 to 9 to take the honours this week. This would be the biggest climb the band would ever see. Also seeing his first biggest climber award was Charlie Rich whose ‘There Won’t Be Anymore’ (his first SA chart hit) moved up 8 from 19 to 11. Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ which climbed 6 from 14 to 8 was the only other star rater this week.

Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ took the faller award with a 7 place drop from 10 to 17. This would be the biggest fall Parton would ever see, either as a solo artist or as part of a duet.

‘Love’s Theme’ by Love Unlimited was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts. It had enjoyed a run of 17 weeks in the charts and spent 2 of those at 1. This would be their only SA chart hit. The song had been the oldest on the chart for the past 5 weeks and the song that had taken over from it as the number 1 hit now took over as the oldest and that was Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ which was in its 14th week on the charts.

We also bid farewell to Diana Ross’ ‘Behind Closed Doors’ which lasted 8 weeks in the charts and peaked at 14. This was a better performance that her duet with Marvin Gaye, but it hadn’t fared as well as the one where she had separate billing on a Supremes track. There was plenty more to come from her.

Both new entries were local this week, boosting the total number of South African artists on the chart to 4. The first was Dan Hill (not to be confused with the Canadian artist of the same name) and his version of ‘The Birdie Sing’ which he entitled ‘Tchip Tchip’. This was the 37th instrumental song to chart in SA and the first song by Dan Hill to chart. ‘The Birdie Song’ was originally called “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance) and was written by Swiss accordion player Werner Thomas. It has been recorded by numerous artists all over the world, but in the UK it was a band calling themselves The Tweets that took it to number 2 there. The song has been voted as the most annoying song of all time, but still fills wedding dancefloors with people waggling their elbows and wiggling their butts (you know the moves).

The second new entry was ‘Little Soldier Blue’, the second hit by Gwynneth Ashley-Robin and made her the third artist to chart with 2 different songs both containing the word ‘little’ in their title. Her previous hit had been ‘Little Jimmy’. The previous 2 acts to see 2 hits with ‘Little’ in the song title were The Troggs (‘Little Girl’ and ‘Little Red Donkey’) and Leapy Lee (‘Little Arrows’ and ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’). ‘Little Soldier Blue’ was the 4th (and final) song to chart that was written by but not performed by Jody Wayne. Gwynneth was the 12th local female to date to have managed 2 or more hits out of a total of 22 local women who had managed to chart. Virginia Lee still led the way with 6.

Sweden pulled ahead of Spain for weeks in the charts by acts from those nations. Sweden was on 23 and Spain on 21. They sat 14th and 15th on the list of weeks by acts from a nation.

Carly Simon and Dolly Parton both celebrated their 20th week in the charts. Both had accumulated some of their weeks as part of a duet (Simon with James Taylor and Parton with Porter Wagoner). They were the 20th and 21st women to reach this milestone.

Much higher up the weeks count list we saw The Hollies move into tied 2nd place as their 125 weeks to date put them level with The Bee Gees. Only Tom Jones on 184 was higher. It had been 75 weeks since The Hollies were last in 2nd place on the weeks count list.

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