28 June 1974

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

Andy Williams enjoyed a 4th week at number 1 with ‘Solitaire’, but still had to worry about The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’ which sat at number 2 for a second week running.

MFSB took the climber of the week award with ‘TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)’ which moved up 5 from 20 to 15. This was the 22nd time an instrumental track had been the biggest climber and of the 38 instrumental hits we had seen on the charts to date, 19 (exactly half) of them had been the biggest climber at least once in their chart career. The only other star rater climb this week was Dan Hill’s ‘Tchip Tchip’ which moved up 4 from 17 to 13.

Falling honours went to Dr Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ which dropped 5 from 15 to 20 which was a swap of places with the climber of the week. The song was the oldest in the top 20 sitting on 16 weeks. It had been the oldest now for 3 weeks.

Wings’ ‘Jet’ became the 31st song to have its weeks figure match its highest position as it left the charts after 8 weeks and a peak of 8. This would be the only song by an ex-Beatle that would manage this. There was more to come from Paul McCartney’s post Beatles band.

Lena Zavaroni was a mere 10 years, 7 months and 24 days old when her song ‘Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)’ made it on to our top 20, however she was nearly 7 months older than Little Jimmy Osmond when he first charted the previous year. Lena was the second youngest person to chart of those whose birthdates are readily available. She was just over 3 years younger than the previous second youngest, Gwynneth Ashley-Robin. Despite her Italian name, Lena was actually born in Scotland (her grandfather had emigrated to the UK from Italy). ‘Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)’made it to number 10 in the UK, 91 in the US, 5 in Austria and 30 in Belgium. Sadly Lena died in 1999 at the age of 35.

Hot Chocolate were enjoying their highest position in the charts to date as ‘Emma’ moved into 6th place. Their 2 previous hits had peaked at 10 and 8.

Abba joined the 20 weeks in the chart club. There were 140 members of the club so far of which 13 were not from the big 3 nations (UK, US or SA). Over on the points front, The Hollies became the 3rd act so far to pass the 1,500 mark as their total ticked over to 1,510. Ahead of them were The Bee Gees on 1,548 and Tom Jones on 2,169.

Albert Hammond had had at least one hit in the charts for 37 consecutive weeks. He was the 5th act to manage this with the previous one being Alan Garrity.

Ten of the top 20 songs this week had charted on both the UK and US chart while 1 had charted only on the UK charts and another one had charted only in the US. There were 8 that had not made either of those charts and of those 8 only 4 were by local acts.

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