7 February 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 1 10 She’s a Woman  – Neil Herbert
3 3 10 Longfellow Serenade  – Neil Diamond
4 6 10 Help Me My Love  – After All
5 4 18 Kung Fu Fighting  – Carl Douglas
6 11 4 You Ask Me To  – Bobby Angel
7 5 19 When Will I See You Again  – Three Degrees
8 9 5 Junior’s Farm  – Paul McCartney
9 7 10 To the Door of the Sun  – Gigliola Cinquetti
10 20 2 You’re the First, the Last, My Everything  – Barry White
11 12 3 Beach Baby  – First Class
12 14 4 I Can’t Leave You Alone  – George McCrae
13 10 13 The Way I Am  – Lovelace Watkins
14 8 14 Hasta Mañana  – ABBA
15 18 3 Back Home Again  – John Denver
16 13 16 Mama Tembu’s Wedding  – Margaret Singana
17 New 1 You Make Me Feel Brand New  – Stylistics
18 New 1 Please Mr. Postman  – Carpenters
19 15 12 Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe  – Barry White
20 16 8 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night  – John Lennon

This week saw the 3rd song by a Canadian act to top the charts as Barchman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ took over the top spot from local lad Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ after the latter had been there for just a single week. The previous 2 Canadian chart toppers had both had the word ‘Sun’ in their titles – ‘Seasons In The Sun’ by Terry Jacks and ‘Sundown’ by Gordon Lightfoot’. This also accounted for the 10th week we had seen a Canadian act at 1 and they sat second for a non-big 3 nation for weeks at 1, 3 behind the Dutch who were on 13.

Climber of the week was Barry White’s ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’ which moved up 10 from 20 to 10. This was the 56th time we had seen a climb of 10 or more places and the 24th time it had been by an American act (11th time by a solo male American).

Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’ was the only other star rater this week. It moved up 5 from 11 to 6 while Abba’s ‘Hasta Mañana’ dropped 6 from 8 to 14 to give them their first biggest faller to date. Abba had managed 44 weeks in the chart before they saw their first biggest faller and this was the tied second best we had seen as they equalled the run that The Tremeloes had seen, but were a bit of a way off the best we had seen to date which was The Seekers’ 58 weeks.

The Three Degrees enjoyed a second week with the oldest in the charts as ‘When Will I See You Again’ ticked over to 19 weeks.

Cat Stevens’ ‘Another Saturday Night’ became his first song not to go top 5 as it dropped off the charts with a peak of 13. It was also his only song not to make double figures for weeks as it only managed 6. His first 3 songs had all managed 10, while his 4th hit, ‘Can’t Keep It In’ had managed 21. As this brought down the curtain on his SA chart career, his weeks count was 57 and he sat 33rd overall for weeks. ‘Can’t Keep It In’ was his only chart topper and it spent 5 weeks at number 1.

We also bid farewell to Olivia Newton-John’s ‘I Honestly Love You’ which had lasted 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 5. This was half the weeks that her previous hit, ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’ had managed. There was plenty more to come from her.

The first of the new entries was The Sylistics ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’. The song gave them a number 5 hit in the US while in the UK it made number 2 and was kept off the number 1 spot by The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’. It also made number 11 in Holland and 29 in Belgium. In 2003 Simply Red took a version of the song to number 7 in the UK.

The second new entry was the second SA hit for The Carpenters. ‘Please Mr. Postman’. The song was originally recorded by The Marvelettes in 1961 and was the first Motown single to top the US Charts. The Carpenter’s version emulated the success of that early version, and apart from topping the US charts also managed to get to number 1 in Australia and Canada and number 2 in the UK. There had been 141 weeks since The Carpenters had graced our charts and this was the 65th time we had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits. In their early days The Beatles used to perform ‘Please Mr Postman’ regularly and a version of it made it on to their ‘With The Beatles’ album. Robert Bateman, who was one of 5 people listed in the song writing credits had already had a number 1 hit in SA as songwriter with After All’s version of ‘If you Need Me’ while Brian Holland another listed as song writer had seen SA hits with ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ and Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’.

While the song writer on After All’s previous hit was enjoying having a new entry, the band themselves were enjoying being at the 2nd highest position to date for a re-entry as ‘Help me My Love’ made it to number 4. The best to date was ‘Cry To Me’ by The Staccatos which got to number 3.

This week was the 11th time we had seen 4 of the top 5 having been chart toppers as apart from the current number 1, ‘She’s A Woman’ at 2, ‘Longfellow Serenade’ at 3 and ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ at 5 had all been previous number 1s.

The American acts moved 8 ahead of the Brits for total number of hits with the former on 387 and the latter 379. This was the first time the gap had been this big since the beginning of November 1974.

Neil Diamond became the 14th act to clock up 1,000 points and the 6th American act to do so. Tom Jones was still miles ahead of everyone else with 2,169 points to his name while second placed The Hollies only had 1,647.

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