26 July 1974

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

Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 while the previous chart topper, The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’ was unmoved at 2 where it fell to after vacating the top spot.

Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ enjoyed biggest climber status for the second week running as it followed up last week’s 9 place climb with a jump of 7 places from 10 to 3 this week. ‘Sundown’ was the 9th song to manage to climb 16 places over 2 weeks, but we had seen 5 climb 17 places over a 2 week period and 1 (Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’) move up 18 in a 2 week period. ‘Sundown’ shared the biggest climber award with Mungo Jerry’s ‘Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black’ which climbed 7 from 18 to 11. This was only their second time with a biggest climber despite having had 4 hits (2 of which went top 10).

The only other star rater climb this week was by Wings’ ‘Band On The Run’ which moved up 4 from 19 to 15.

Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ took the falling honours with a 6 place drop from 12 to 18. This was the second week running the song had taken the biggest tumble. Having waited so long to see acts from a non-big 3 nation take climber and faller in the same week, we finally saw it happen last week and as the Gordon Lightfoot and Terry Jacks hits were climber and faller respectively this week, we now had the second time this happened, just 1 week after it first happened.

‘Loving Arms’ by Dobie Gray edged closer to the 20 weeks in the chart mark as it enjoyed its 19th week with us. It had been the oldest in the top 20 for 4 weeks now.

Our time with 2 songs by Swedish acts in the charts came to an end as Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ ended its chart run after 11 weeks with us. It peaked at 7 during that time and would be their only SA chart hit. We had seen 8 weeks with 2 songs by Swedish acts in the charts. There would be further occasions when we would have 2 Swedish songs in the top 20, but the run that had just ended would be the only time that the 2 songs were by different Swedish acts.

We also said farewell to Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’. It had spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4. This brought to an end her SA chart career. She had seen 2 solo hits make the chart which spent a total of 18 weeks in the top 20. ‘Dark Lady’s peak of 4 was the best of the 2. She also saw 2 hits chart as one half of Sonny & Cher. Adding in these 2 hits would make her hit count 4, her weeks count 30 and her best peak would still be the 4 that ‘Dark Lady’ managed.

Jody Wayne’s ‘Heartbeat’ become his 9th hit as an artist and he was the 16th act overall to reach this many hits. The only local act above him was Billy Forrest who sat on 10. Self-produced and penned, this was his 7th hit as songwriter and 12th as producer (where the producer was named).

The second of the new entries was the Rubette’s ‘Sugar Baby Love’. The song would dislodge our current number 1 (Abba’s ‘Waterloo’) from the top spot in the UK charts and would go on to have a 4 week run at the top there. It made it to number 37 in the US and would top the charts in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Austria, Belgium and Australia.

There were 3 acts which celebrated reaching their 30 weeks in the charts milestones and they were Hot Chocolate, Mungo Jerry and Peter Vee. 87 acts so far had managed this many weeks of which Peter Vee was the 25th local one to do so.

‘Seasons In The Sun’ had now spent a total of 23 weeks in the charts which was the tied 12th best by a song charting in more than 1 version. There were 3 other songs that ‘Seasons In The Sun’ shared 12th spot with and they were ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg & We Three), ‘The Letter’ (Boxtops & Trini Lopez) and ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love/Liefde Is My Nooi Se Naam’ (Tommy Overstreet & Billy Forrest).

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