21 June 1974

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

Andy Williams’ ‘Solitaire’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts but had to contend with The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’, er, breathing down its neck as the latter moved up 2 from 4 to 2. Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’, which had been at 2 for the last 2 weeks, fell to 3.

There were 2 biggest climbers this week and as that climb was 4 places, they were also the only star raters. The 2 songs that took the honours were Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ and Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Soldier Blue’. The former moved up to 4 while the latter climbed to 16. It was Abba’s first time with the climber of the week while for Ashley-Robin, it was her second time.

Lionel Petersen’s ‘I Need A Little Love’ picked up the faller of the week award with a 4 place drop from 6 to 10. This was Petersen’s second time with the award having picked up one with ‘Come Back Liza’. With Gwynneth Ashley-Robin picking up the climber award, this was the 32nd time we had seen local acts as biggest climber and faller in the same week.

Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ was still the oldest on the charts, enjoying its 15th week with us and its second as the oldest.

There was only 1 song that left the charts this week and that was Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’. It had been with us for 12 weeks and peaked at 3, the best performance of her 3 hits to date with neither of her previous 2 making top 10. There was more to come from Dolly.

The new comer to the charts was the acronym crazy MFSB with their song ‘TSOP’. MFSB stood for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, but wasn’t a family band, rather a grouping of session musicians that could number over 30 at times. ‘TSOP’ stood for ‘The Sound Of Philadelphia’ which was pretty apt as the session musos making up the band were Philly based. ‘TSOP’ was used as the theme tune for the US music show ‘Soul Train’ and it knocked Elton John’s ‘Bennie And The Jets’ (which didn’t chart in SA) off the top spot in the US and went on to spend 2 weeks there. It also made number 22 in the UK, 3 in Switzerland, 5 in Germany, 17 in Austria and 18 in Holland. This was the 38th instrumental hit to chart and as Marvin Hamlisch’s ‘The Entertainer’ and Dan Hill’s ‘Tchip Tchip’ were also on this week’s chart, this was the 9th week where we had seen 3 or more instrumentals in the charts. Two of the previous 8 times we had seen an all-time record 4.

The Hollies were in clear second place on the weeks count list as they moved 1 ahead of The Bee Gees. The former were now on 126 weeks while the latter were on 125 and they dropped to 3rd. The top 3 on the weeks count list were all British acts as Tom Jones sat at 1. Creedence Clearwater Revival in 4th place was the highest ranking American act on the list while The Staccatos led the way for the locals. They sat 14th.

‘Seasons In The Sun’ moved into the top 20 for weeks in the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had seen 7 weeks with the Bobby Wright version and the Terry Jacks version had managed 11 bringing its total to 18. It shared 20th place with ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (Neil Diamond and The Monkees).

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