19 July 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Waterloo  – ABBA
2 1 10 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
3 3 8 Emma  – Hot Chocolate
4 4 15 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
5 5 6 Tchip Tchip  – Dan Hill
6 10 4 Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)  – Lena Zavaroni
7 6 8 There Won’t be Anymore  – Charlie Rich
8 7 9 Haai Casanova  – Glenys Lynne
9 12 6 Little Soldier Blue  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
10 19 2 Sundown  – Gordon Lightfoot
11 9 18 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
12 8 15 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
13 14 5 TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)  – MFSB
14 15 3 Baby, Baby Answer Me (I’m Calling)  – Peter Vee
15 11 12 Dark Lady  – Cher
16 13 11 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
17 New 1 Joey  – Barbara Ray
18 New 1 Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black  – Mungo Jerry
19 New 1 Band on the Run  – Wings
20 New 1 Shlick Shlack Boom Boom  – Lee Reed

Abba saw their first SA number 1 hit as ‘Waterloo’ took over the top spot from The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’. The latter had spent 2 weeks at 1 while The Hollies total weeks at 1 was 9 which their 5 chart toppers had accumulated. Sweden were the 11th different nation to produce and SA chart topper with the other 10 being Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, South African, The UK and The US. In total 18 different nations would see at least 1 act reach number 1.

Climber of the week was Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ which moved up 9 from 19 to 10. This was the 100th time we had seen a song climb 9 or more places in a week, but only the 9th time this had been done by an act that was not from The UK, The US or SA and was only the second time for a Canadian act (the previous one being Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’).

The second biggest climber and only other star rater this week was Lena Zavaroni’s ‘Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)’ which moved up 4 from 10 6.

Terry Jacks and Cher shared the faller of the week award as the former’s ‘Season’s In The Sun’ fell 4 from 8 to 12 and the latter’s ‘Dark Lady’ dropped from 11 to 15. With Terry Jacks taking faller and Gordon Lightfoot taking climber, this was the first time that we had seen acts from a nations that was not the UK, the US or SA taking climber and faller in the same week.

Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest on the chart as it entered its 18th week with us.

Little Ronnie Joyce’s ‘Give A Little Love’ was the first of 4 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 2 weeks, both of which were spent at 20. This was the 11th song to manage a run of 2 weeks both spent at 20 and the 6th by a local act to do so. It’s departure from the chart ended a 2 week run with 3 songs in the top 20having the word ‘little’ in their titles. We had only seen 1 previous run with this and that time it lasted 4 weeks. We would not see this level of ‘little’ songs in the charts again. ‘Give A Little Love’ would be Joyce’s only SA chart hit.

We also bid farewell to Marvin Hamlisch’s ‘The Entertainer’. It had been with us for 15 weeks and peaked at 4. This was Hamlisch’s only SA chart hit and was the last song to chart by someone called Marvin. The only previous ‘Marvin’ hits had been the 2 Marvin Gaye had managed.

The ‘little’ hits seemed to be going for an ‘in for a penny in for a pound’ mentality as Lionel Petersen’s ‘I Need A Little Love’ also left the top 20. It had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 5, but unlike fellow countryman, Little Ronnie Joyce, Petersen would be back.

Last to go was Leo Sayer’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ which lasted 7 weeks and peaked at 11. We would have to wait a couple of month though for the show to continue for Sayer.

Barbara Ray joined Virginia Lee at the top of the list of number of hits by a local female artist as ‘Joey’ her 6th hit entered the top 20 at 17 this week. Lee and Ray (who both had surnames that are common first names for guys and were both 3 letters long) were 1 hit below Nancy Sinatra and 5 behind Petula Clark, the only other women who had seen more hits. ‘Joey’ was a cover of a song written by Don Chapel and recorded by Tammy Wynette. It appeared on her 1969 album ‘Stand By Your Man’ but was not released as a single by Wynette. Barbara’s version was produced by Jody Wayne.

Mungo Jerry had been absent from our charts for a fair while (2 years, 10 months and 2 days to be precise, the 58th time we had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits for an artist). Their last hit had been ‘Lady Rose’ back in September 1971, but they were back this week with ‘Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black’. Written by lead singer (and a man of huge sideburns) Ray Dorset, the song gave them a number 13 hit in the UK as well as getting to 2 in Zimbabwe and 25 in Belgium.

With ‘Band On The Run’ entering the charts, Paul McCartney had now had 2 solo hits and 2 as part of Wings. This was the 11th song by an ex-Beatle to chart and McCartney now led the way in terms of hits, having had 4, Ringo was in second place on 3 while George and John only had 2 apiece.

Last of the new entries was by Lee Reed and no, that is not a typo, it was not Lou Reed, but a guy called Lee who had a hit with ‘Shlick Shlack Boom Boom’. From what I can make out, Lee was from Germany and was in a group called Thanx. The song is a cover of the one by Spick And Spahn who have even less information about them on the internet, but they did write it.

This week saw the last time we would ever see acts from SA, the UK and the US have same number of hits in the top 20 and this would be the only time it would be 5 from each nation, all the previous times they had all had 6.

The Hollies saw their weeks count reach the 130 mark and they were the second act after Tom Jones to reach this total. Also reaching a milestone was Gwynneth Ashley-Robin who hit 20 weeks. She was the 9th local woman to reach this mark.

Barbara Ray’s new one this week moved her past the 800 points mark. She was the 24th act overall to managed this and the 5th local act to do so.

This week’s chart featured a record equalling 6 US number 1 hits on it with ‘Sundown’, ‘Seasons In The Sun’, ‘TSOP’, ‘Dark Lady’, ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ and ‘Band On The Run’ all making it to the top of the US charts. The last time we had seen this was for 2 weeks back in March 1966. Only 2 of this week’s top 20 had managed to get to number 1 in the UK, namely ‘Waterloo’ and ‘Seasons In The Sun’.

Mike Hazelwood & Albert Hammond reached 40 consecutive weeks in the charts as song writers. This was the new second longest run by song writers behind Terry Dempsey’s all-time record of 92 straight weeks.

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