23 August 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Sundown  – Gordon Lightfoot
2 2 6 Band on the Run  – Wings
3 5 5 Sugar Baby Love  – Rubettes
4 6 6 Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black  – Mungo Jerry
5 3 9 Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)  – Lena Zavaroni
6 10 4 Let Me Roll It  – Wings
7 4 13 Waterloo  – ABBA
8 12 2 The Night Chicago Died  – Paper Lace
9 16 2 Touch too Much  – Arrows
10 14 6 Shlick Shlack Boom Boom  – Lee Reed
11 8 13 There Won’t be Anymore  – Charlie Rich
12 20 2 Apple of My Eye  – Badfinger
13 9 15 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
14 19 3 Over and Over  – George Baker Selection
15 7 11 Tchip Tchip  – Dan Hill
16 18 3 Doctor’s Orders  – Sunny
17 15 5 Heartbeat  – Jody Wayne
18 11 20 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
19 New 1 Rock Your Baby  – George McCrae
20 New 1 A Rose Has to Die  – Dennis East

The Canadians went 1 ahead of the Germans for weeks at 1 as Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ enjoyed a 4th week at the top of the charts and moved the weeks at 1 by Canadian acts to 8 while the Germans sat on 7. Other than acts from the UK, the US and SA, only acts from The Netherlands had seen more weeks at 1 as they sat on 13. Wings’ ‘Band On The Run’ was unmoved at 2.

For a 3rd week running the biggest climb was 8 places and this week Badfinger’s ‘Apple Of My Eye’ followed The Rubettes’ ‘Sugar Baby Love’ and Wings’ ‘Let Me Roll It’ which had respectively managed such climbs in the previous 2 weeks. ‘Apple Of My Eye’ moved up from 20 to 12 and was Badfinger’s first biggest climber. So far Badfinger had spent 25 weeks in the charts and this was the second highest number of weeks before having a first biggest climber. Engelbert Humperdinck’s 42 weeks before he saw his first biggest climber was the record to date.

Apart from Badfinger’s biggest climb this week, there were 5 other star raters which equalled the highest number of star raters we had seen in a week so far. The last time we had seen 6 star raters in a week was on 6 November 1970. The other star raters this week were Wings ‘Let Me Roll It’ (up 4 to 10), Paper Lace’s ‘The Night Chicago Died’ (up 4 to 8), The Arrows’ ‘Touch Too Much’ (up 7 to 9), Lee Reed’s ‘Shlick Shlack Boom Boom’ (up 4 to 10) and The George Baker Selection’s ‘Over And Over’ (up 5 to 14).

For the 5th week running we had a local song as the faller of the week as Dan Hill’s ‘Tchip Tchip’ fell 8 from 7 to 15 to take the honours. This equalled the second longest run to date that we had seen with a local act as faller of the week.

Andy Williams’ ‘Solitaire’ became the 34th song to reach the magical 20 weeks in the chart mark. It was the 13th by an American act to manage this. The South African acts were second with 11 hits while the Brits lagged behind a bit with only 5 (2 German, 2 Greek and 1 New Zealand hit made up the balance). ‘Solitaire’ was enjoying its 3rd week as the oldest on the chart.

Both of the songs that left the charts this week were by local women. The first was Glenys Lynne’s ‘Haai Casanova’. It spent 13 weeks on the charts and peaked at 7. This peak equalled that managed by ‘Cookie’, Glenys’ only other hit to date. That one was a duet with Jody Wayne and only managed 6 weeks in the charts. Glenys had, of course, seen other chart action as the Jill in Four Jacks & A Jill.

‘Joey’ was Barbara Ray’s 6th SA chart hit and as it left the chart this week, was her lowest peaking song to date as it only managed to get to 12 in its 5 week run. All of her previous 5 hits had gone top 10.

The first new entry, ‘Rock Your Baby’, was by Florida born George McCrae. The song was written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band fame and went to number 1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe. That’s at least 14 countries where it topped the charts!  Casey and Finch would see 3 songs chart where they were the song writers before KC & The Sunshine Band would make it onto our top 20.

Dennis East helped prevent the local content of the charts dropping by the 2 that left the top 20 as his ‘A Rose Has To Die’ entered the charts at 20. The song was later recorded by UK Band The Dooleys and they took it to number 11 in the UK and 9 in Ireland. Aussie band Jigsaw made number 19 with a version of it in their home country. A little South African connection is that 3 members of the Dooleys decided to relocate to SA when the fortunes of the band started to flag. They have a band called Shiraz.

The George Baker Selection celebrated reaching the 30 weeks in the chart mark and they were the 7th act not from the UK, the US or SA to manage this. They led the way for weeks in the chart by acts from the Netherlands with Tee Set’s 16 being second highest.

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