14 February 1975

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

‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ by Bachman-Turner Overdrive spent a second week at 1 and put the Canadians just 2 behind the Dutch for weeks at 1 with the former now being on 11 while the latter were on 13 and they led the way for the non big 3 nations. The previous chart topper, Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ spent a second week at 2.

The Carpenters’ ‘Please Mr Postman’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 18 to 13. This was their first time with the award. Barry White’s ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’ followed up last week’s biggest climber award with a star rater climb of 4 places from 10 to 6 while Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ was the faller of the week with a 6 place drop from 5 to 11.

The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’ continued its run as the oldest in the chart as it became the 37th song to make 20 weeks in the top 20. It was its 3rd week as the oldest in the charts.

‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night’ by John Lennon was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts this week. It lasted 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 15. Before this there had been 4 songs that peaked at 14 as the lowest peak for songs lasting 8 weeks in the charts, so Lennon had set a new record, peaking 1 place lower. There was more to come from Lennon.

Barry White’s 2 week run with 2 in the chart came to an end as ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe’ dropped off the charts. It managed 12 weeks and peaked at 12. This was the 35th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure and the first to have that figure being 12. It was the second lowest peak for a song spending 12 weeks in the chart with Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’, which peaked at 14 during its 12 week run beating it.

The first of our new entries this week was Billy Swan’s ‘I Can Help’. In South Africa the song, written and produced by Swan, replaced John Lennon’s ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’ in the top 20 while in the US it had replaced Lennon’s hit as the number 1 song there. It also topped the US Country Singles charts. Apart from that, it topped the charts in Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Australia, New  Zealand, Sweden, France and Zimbabwe (at least 12 countries!) as well as making top 10 in Canada (2), Spain (4) and the UK (6). Swan went on to have numerous hits on the Country charts in the US, but would only have 2 more make the main Hot 100 chart, and neither of those would get into the top 50.

Joining Billy Swan was the first hit by Manchester band Sweet Sensation. Their song ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’ knocked John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song’ from the top of the UK charts and spent a single week at the top there before being ousted by Ken Boothe’s ‘Everything I Own’. It also made number 3 in Belgium, 4 in the US, 5 in Holland and 29 in Germany.

Apart from having the number 1 hit, the Canadians were also celebrating their 200th week in the charts. They were the 4th highest nation for weeks (behind the US, UK and SA) and were 54 ahead of 5th placed Germany.

Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ became the 25th song to reach the 300 points mark. It was the 12th song by a solo male to manage this.

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2 thoughts on “14 February 1975

  1. Please check Stats for Barry White. It does not ring true. Up from 10 to 6. Check reference i.r.o Song Sad Sweet Dreamer. On the hit Parade listing the correct act is mentioned : Sweet Sensation but in the comment below you refer it to be the Stylistics (unless of course they have changed their name after producing this hit).
    Yours always
    Anton

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