|1||2||6||Longfellow Serenade||–||Neil Diamond|
|2||1||14||Kung Fu Fighting||–||Carl Douglas|
|3||4||15||When Will I See You Again||–||Three Degrees|
|5||6||6||She’s a Woman||–||Neil Herbert|
|6||8||12||Mama Tembu’s Wedding||–||Margaret Singana|
|7||10||4||You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|8||7||9||The Way I Am||–||Lovelace Watkins|
|9||9||6||To the Door of the Sun||–||Gigliola Cinquetti|
|10||5||7||I Honestly Love You||–||Olivia Newton-John|
|11||16||21||Rock Your Baby||–||George McCrae|
|12||18||6||Help Me My Love||–||After All|
|13||17||8||Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe||–||Barry White|
|14||12||19||If You Love Me (Let Me Know)||–||Olivia Newton-John|
|15||11||9||I Shot the Sheriff||–||Eric Clapton|
|16||14||5||Clap for the Wolfman||–||Guess Who|
|17||13||13||Kissin’ in the Back Row of the Movies||–||Drifters|
|18||15||3||Another Saturday Night||–||Cat Stevens|
|19||19||4||Whatever Gets You Thru the Night||–||John Lennon|
|20||New||1||Junior’s Farm||–||Paul McCartney|
After 7 weeks at the top of our charts, Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ was finally dislodged from the number 1 spot as Neil Diamond’s ‘Longfellow Serenade’ took over as the nation’s favourite. It was Diamond’s second chart topper as an artist as he had reached number 1 with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ back in 1970. He had composed both his chart toppers and he had also seen 2 other hits reach number 1 where he had song writing credits, but was not the artist and they were The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ and The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’. This moved him to the top of the list of number 1s by song writers, joining Chris Andrews, Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, Geoff Stephens and Les Reed there, all of whom had managed 4 so far.
‘Longfellow Serenade’ was the 60th song by an American Artist to top the charts. The Americans were still 7 behind the Brits for number of number 1s as the latter had 67. The local acts were sitting third on 22 while the Dutch on 4 were 4th.
After All’s ‘Help Me My Love’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 6 from 18 to 12. It was the 7th song so far to see a biggest climber after re-entering the charts. It was After All’s 3rd time with the award as they had picked up 2 with their previous hit, ‘If You Need Me’ and was the 9th time a Dutch act had taken the biggest climber award. After All now equalled The George Baker Selection for number of biggest climbers by a Dutch act. The Walkers had seen 2 and The Shuffles made up the numbers with their single one.
George McRae’s ‘Rock Your Baby’ which fell from 11 to 16 last week, made up its lost ground, climbing 5 from 16 to 11 to be 1 of 2 other star raters this week. It was joined by Barry White’s ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’ which moved up 4 from 17 to 13.
Olivia Newton-John picked up her 3rd biggest faller award as ‘I Honestly Love You’ fell 5 from 5 to 10.
‘Rock Your Baby’ by George McRae was still the oldest on the charts as it entered its 21st week with us. It had been the oldest for 4 weeks.
Andy Kim’s ‘Rock Me Gently’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had been his best performer to date, spending 15 weeks in the top 20 and peaking at 3. His previous best peak (of 2 previous hits) was 7 which ‘So Good Together’ managed. This would not be the last we would see from Kim.
In ‘Rock Me Gently’s place we saw the 14th hit by an ex-Beatle. ‘Junior’s Farm’ was written by Paul and Linda and gave them a number 16 hit in the UK and 3 in the US as well as grabbing them a number 9 hit in Norway. This was McCartney’s 6th SA hit (3 solo and 3 with Wings) which meant he had had as many hits as John and Ringo combined (they had had 3 each so far). Poor George was lagging way behind now on 2. With John Lennon’s ‘Whatever Gets you Thru The Night’ one place above the new comer to the chart, we saw the 5th time we had ex-Beatles in adjacent positions and the first time it had been John and Paul sitting so close together.
Abba became the 4th act to spend 40 weeks in the charts and not see a single biggest faller in that time. The Seekers, The Tremeloes and Simon & Garfunkel were the previous 3 to manage this. Another act seeing a weeks milestone was After All who ticked over to 20 weeks. Like Abba, they had also not seen a biggest faller.
For the first time in 15 weeks we saw some movement on the top 20 of the total weeks count list as Neil Diamond moved into tied 15th place with Chris Andrews on 82 weeks. Billy Forrest, Cliff Richard, Manfred Mann and Middle Of The Road whom Diamond had shared 16th place with last week all dropped into tied 17th place. The top 20 of the local weeks count list remained unchanged for the 17th week running.
Olivia Newton-John set a new record for weeks with more than 1 in the chart for a female artist as she had now seen 7 weeks with ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’ and ‘I Honestly Love You’ both in the charts. She moved ahead of Lucille Starr who had managed 6 weeks with 2 in the charts.