27 September 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Why Me  – Kris Kristofferson
2 2 7 Touch too Much  – Arrows
3 4 9 Let Me Roll It  – Wings
4 6 6 Rock Your Baby  – George McCrae
5 3 7 The Night Chicago Died  – Paper Lace
6 8 6 A Rose Has to Die  – Dennis East
7 11 4 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)  – Olivia Newton-John
8 5 10 Sugar Baby Love  – Rubettes
9 7 5 Just an Ever Lovin’ Woman  – Tommy Oliver
10 9 11 Band on the Run  – Wings
11 13 8 Over and Over  – George Baker Selection
12 12 4 Jack o’ Diamond  – Walkers
13 18 3 Rock the Boat  – Hues Corporation
14 10 12 Sundown  – Gordon Lightfoot
15 14 7 Apple of My Eye  – Badfinger
16 17 3 Don’t Break This Heart  – Gerry Grayson
17 15 4 One Man Band  – Leo Sayer
18 New 1 Rock Me Gently  – Andy Kim
19 19 2 My Hart Het ‘n Kleine Venster  – Glenys Lynne
20 New 1 Annie’s Song  – John Denver

Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Why Me’ entered its 4th week as the nation’s favourite song. It was still under pressure from The Arrow’s ‘Touch Too Much’ which was unmoved at 2.

The Hues Corporation took the climber of the week award as their hit, ‘Rock The Boat’, climbed 5 from 18 to 13. It was their first time with the award. The only other star rater was Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’ which climbed 4 from 11 to 7. This was her 3rd star rater climb.

A couple of weeks back, Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ became the 6th song containing the word ‘down’ in the title to be the faller of the week. This week it became the second such song to be the faller of the week twice as it picked up the award again with a 4 place drop from 10 to 14. The previous ‘down’ song to be the faller twice was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Down On The Corner’. ‘Sundown’ was still the oldest on the chart. It was enjoying its 12th week with us and its 3rd as the oldest.

Geli & Billy’s ‘Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It spent 4 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 18. This was 13 weeks less and 16 places lower than the duet’s previous hit, ‘Do You Love Me’. Billy (Forrest) would still see further chart action, but for Geli (Angelika Illman) it was the end of the SA chart road. Her only 2 hits were as one half of Geli & Billy. Her weeks total was 21 and the peak of 2 for ‘Do You Love Me’ was the best she manged.

We also bid farewell to Mungo Jerry’s ‘Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black’. It spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4. Their previous hit, ‘Lady Rose’ also spent 10 weeks in the top 20, but peaked 2 places lower at 6. Their only chart topper to date, ‘In The Summertime’ also had their best weeks count for a song of 15. They had one more hit to come.

Both of the new entries this week were US chart toppers, although the first of these, Andy Kim’s ‘Rock Me Gently’ would only get to number 1 in the US the day after it entered our charts. We had last seen Andy Kim on our charts on 2 January 1970 when his ‘So Good Together’ ended a 6 week run. The gap of 247 weeks between his previous hit and ‘Rock Me Gently’ was the 10th biggest gap we had seen to date and was the biggest gap to date for a Canadian artist. ‘Rock Me Gently’ gave Andy Kim his only US chart topper and the song went to number 2 in the UK. It was the 21st song by a Canadian act to chart and Canada sat 4th for number of hits, 6 ahead of 5th placed Germany.

John Denver had his first SA hit with ‘Annie’s Song’ this week. The song is one of the few non-instrumental hits where the title of the song does not appear in the lyrics. The song was a tribute to Denver’s mother and it topped both the US and UK charts. In the US it knocked the song that was at number 4 in our charts this week, ‘Rock Your Baby’ by George McCrae, off pole position. ‘Annie’s Song’ would be Denver’s second US number 1, following the earlier success in 1974 of ‘Sunshine On My Shoulder’ and it would be the only 1 of his 4 US chart toppers to spend more than 1 week at the top as it managed to stay there for a second week. In the UK it was his only chart topper, spending just a single week at 1 there. Denver had first seen SA chart action 246 weeks back (1 less than the gap between Andy Kim’s hits) but back then it had only been as a song writer that he charted, having composed Peter, Paul & Mary’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’.

We now had a record 7 US chart toppers in the charts, these were the songs at 4, 5, 10, 13, 14, 18 and 20. Only 3 of our top 20 had made it to number 1 in the UK and these were the songs at 4, 8 and 20 this week.

Badfinger were enjoying their 30th week in the charts. They were the 91st act to reach this milestone.

This week was the first one where we saw a record to date 3 songs with the word ‘Rock’ in the title. They were ‘Rock Your Baby’, ‘Rock The Boat’ and ‘Rock Me Gently’.

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