2 August 1974

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

We had to wait 465 weeks from the start of the charts till we had our first number 1 by a Canadian artist and that was when Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ took the top spot back on 3 May 1974. There was then only a gap of 9 weeks after ‘Seasons In The Sun’ vacated the top spot (after 2 runs of 2 weeks at number 1) before we saw our second Canadian chart topper as Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ took over the number 1 spot from Abba’s ‘Waterloo’. This was the first time that we saw an act not from the UK, the US or SA take over the number 1 spot from another ‘non-big 3’ act.

‘Band On The Run’ by Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings, had been a star rater last week, but this week it took the climber award with a 4 place jump from 15 to 11. This would be the only star rater this week. McCartney moved into second place for number of biggest climbers by a post-Beatles Beatle as this was his 3rd time with the award (once as a solo artist and twice now with Wings). He was now 1 ahead of John Lennon and George Harrison who both sat on 2 and 1 behind Ringo Starr who led the way with 4.

The fallers this week only needed a 3 place drop to take the award and there 4 songs that did this. They were MFSB’s ‘TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’ which fell to 19, Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ which fell to 15, Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Soldier Blue’ which fell to 13 and Hot Chocolate’s ‘Emma’ which fell to 10. Hot Chocolate were the 27th act to reach 5 biggest fallers.

Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ became the 33rd song to spend 20 weeks in the top 20. It was also the song’s 5th week as the oldest in the charts.

The first song by Canadian act to reach number 1, as mentioned above, was Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’, but while the Canadians were celebrating their second chart topper this week, they may have failed to notice that their original hero was disappearing off the top 20. ‘Seasons In The Sun’ had lasted 16 weeks with us and spent 4 as mentioned above. The song itself had spent a further 7 weeks in the charts with Bobby Wright’s version making its weeks total 23, the tied 12th highest for a song charting in more than 1 version.

The newcomer to the chart this week was already in the charts. Confused? Well the new entry was ‘Let Me Roll It’ by Wings and they were already in the charts at 11 with ‘Band On The Run’, which meant that Paul McCartney finally joined his 3 fellow ex-Beatles in having had 2 hits in the chart in the same week. This was Wings 3rd hit and a 5th for McCartney as he had had 2 solo ones already. McCartney extended his lead for hits by ex-Beatles as he was now on 5 while next best was Ringo on 3. ‘Let Me Roll It’ was the 3rd single from the ‘Band On The Run’ album, but unlike the previous 2 (‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Jet’), ‘Let Me Roll It’ did not chart in either the UK or the US.

With the leaver this week being by a solo male and the new entry being by a group, we saw the end of a 41 week run where solo males dominated the charts. There were now an equal number of males and groups in the top 20 with both contribution 8 hits each. The other 4 were by solo female artists. The previous 41 weeks had seen the males as having the outright most on the charts.

Andy Williams reached the 30 weeks in the chart mark while Dobie Gray was celebrating his 20th week with us. The Hollies also saw a landmark, but theirs was a points one as opposed to weeks as their total points moved past the 1,600 mark to 1,606. They still sat second overall for points, 563 points behind Tom Jones. Based on the average points per song that we had seen so far, this gap worked out at nearly 6 songs worth.

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