6 September 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 10 2 Why Me  – Kris Kristofferson
2 3 7 Sugar Baby Love  – Rubettes
3 7 4 Touch too Much  – Arrows
4 4 4 The Night Chicago Died  – Paper Lace
5 5 6 Let Me Roll It  – Wings
6 1 9 Sundown  – Gordon Lightfoot
7 2 8 Band on the Run  – Wings
8 12 3 Rock Your Baby  – George McCrae
9 19 2 Just an Ever Lovin’ Woman  – Tommy Oliver
10 6 8 Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black  – Mungo Jerry
11 14 3 A Rose Has to Die  – Dennis East
12 11 4 Apple of My Eye  – Badfinger
13 16 5 Over and Over  – George Baker Selection
14 8 15 Waterloo  – ABBA
15 13 8 Shlick Shlack Boom Boom  – Lee Reed
16 New 1 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)  – Olivia Newton-John
17 9 11 Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)  – Lena Zavaroni
18 20 2 Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)  – Geli & Billy
19 New 1 One Man Band  – Leo Sayer
20 New 1 Jack o’ Diamond  – Walkers

‘Why Me’ by Kris Kristofferson became the 3rd song to get to number 1 in its second week on the chart as it jumped 9 places from number 10 last week to number 1 this week. The previous 2 songs to get to number 1 in just 2 weeks were Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ and Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’. These would be the only 3 songs that would manage such a feat. The 9 place jump was the biggest we would ever see a song make to take the top spot.

And while the new number 1 was seeing the biggest jump to get there, the previous chart topper, Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’, was seeing the tied all-time biggest fall from grace as it dropped 5 places to number 6. The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ was the only other song to date to see such a fall from the top spot. There would be 1 more song to have such a fall.

Despite ‘Why Me’s large jump to get to the top spot, it was not the climber of the week. That award went to Tommy Oliver’s ‘Just An Everlovin’ Woman’ which moved up 10 from 19 to 9. This was the 53rd time a song had climbed 10 or more places in a week, but only the 6th song by a local act to manage this. There would only be 1 more local song to manage a climb of this magnitude.

Apart from the biggest climber and the new number 1, there were 2 other songs that managed star rater climbs. These were The Arrows’ ‘Touch Too Much’ which moved up 4 from 7 to 3 and George McCrae’s ‘Rock Your Baby’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8.

Lena Zavaroni’s ‘Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 8 from 9 to 17. In contrast, Abba celebrated 30 weeks in the charts without seeing a single faller of the week. They were the 14th act to manage this. Not only that, they also saw ‘Waterloo’ become the oldest in the top 20 as the previous oldest fell off the chart (more on that in a minute), ‘Waterloo’ was on 15 weeks in the top 20.

Sunny’s ‘Doctor’s Orders’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts. It had been with us for 4 weeks and peaked at 16. This would be the only SA chart we would see from her.

The oldest on last week’s chart, The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’, left the top 20 after 16 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the top spot. We had not finished with The Hollies just yet.

Charlie Rich was right when he sang ‘There Won’t Be Anymore’ as when his song left the charts this week, it was the end of his 1 hit SA Chart career. His only hit lasted 14 weeks and peaked at 5.

The first of the new entries was Olivia Newton-John’s 3rd hit, ‘If you Love Me (Let Me Know)’. This would be her second top 10 hit in the US where it got to number 5 and also went to number 2 on the Country Singles charts.  It went to number 1 in Canada, 2 in Australia, 10 in New Zealand and 37 in Germany. The song was written by John Rostill who had also brought us Cliff Richard’s ‘In The Country’ and Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’. Olivia had last been seen on the charts 127 weeks back and she was the 60th act to have a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits. 127 weeks was the 6th biggest gap for a female artist.

Leo Sayer followed up ‘The Show Must Go On’ with ‘One Man Band’, our second new entry this week, coming into the charts at 19. It made number 6 in the UK and gave him his first US hit as it scraped a peak of 96 on the Hot 100 there. In Germany the song got to number 12 while in Austria it peaked at 20. It was written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney (who also wrote ‘The Show Must Go On’) and was originally recorded by The Who’s Roger Daltry.

The last newcomer was The Walkers’ ‘Jack O’Diamond’. Not to be confused with the old song made popular by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Tex Ritter, this was a song written by band members Conny Peters and Jean and Rene Innemee and it became the 9th song by a Dutch act to chart. In their native Holland, the song made it to number 17 on the charts there. Acts from The Netherlands joined Jamaica and Ireland in 7th place for number of hits and they sat 3 behind Australia which was in 6th place.

For our 3 new entrants this week it was a first (The Walkers) a second (Leo Sayer) and a third (Olivia Newton-John) hit.

Apart from Abba celebrating 30 weeks in the charts (see above), we also saw Olivia Newton-John hit the 20 week mark. She was the 23rd woman to reach this milestone.

Billy Forrest moved into tied 19th place on the overall weeks count list with 79 weeks to his name. He shared the spot with another local act, Alan Garrity. It did mean that Four Jacks & A Jill (yet another local act) fell off the overall top 20 of the list along with The Archies. The latter had been in the top 20 of the list for 180 consecutive weeks and a total of 210 weeks. Four Jacks & A Jill could only claim the previous 35 weeks as their latest consecutive run in the overall top 20, but outdid The Archies for total weeks in the top 20 as they had managed 215 weeks. Both The Archies and Four Jacks & A Jill had finished their SA chart careers. On the local list Billy Forrest moved into tied second place alongside Alan Garrity.

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2 thoughts on “6 September 1974

  1. Hi,
    Are you sure there wasn’t one more song to make number one in 2 weeks. I seem to remember one more towards the end of 1975 or beginning of 1976 also entering at 7 then moving to 1. I don’t want to be a spoiler alert so won’t mention the songs name (and I might even be wrong).

    • Just double checked and I can’t see any others managing this. I can check the song you are thinking of if you like. In order not to be a spoiler, you can email me using the contact button at the top of the screen.

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