14 March 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 9 You Ask Me To  – Bobby Angel
2 1 13 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
3 2 7 You’re the First, the Last, My Everything  – Barry White
4 7 6 Please Mr. Postman  – Carpenters
5 5 15 She’s a Woman  – Neil Herbert
6 4 5 I Can Help  – Billy Swan
7 6 6 You Make Me Feel Brand New  – Stylistics
8 11 5 Sad Sweet Dreamer  – Sweet Sensation
9 13 3 Long Tall Glasses  – Leo Sayer
10 15 8 Back Home Again  – John Denver
11 8 10 Junior’s Farm  – Paul McCartney
12 18 4 Costafine Town  – Splinter
13 9 15 Longfellow Serenade  – Neil Diamond
14 17 4 Only You (And You Alone)  – Ringo Starr
15 12 8 Beach Baby  – First Class
16 10 15 Help Me My Love  – After All
17 New 1 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
18 20 2 Ms Grace  – Tymes
19 14 9 I Can’t Leave You Alone  – George McCrae
20 New 1 Ding Dong  – George Harrison

Bobby Angel equalled the record to date slowest climb to number 1 by a local song as it was in its 9th week in the top 20 when ‘You Ask Me To’ finally made the top spot. There had been 3 local songs previously that had taken 9 weeks to get to number 1 and they were Tidal Waves’ ‘Spider Spider’, Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Jimmy’ and Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’. Of the acts who would have 5 or more hits make the charts, Bobby Angel was the 23rd act overall and the 4th local one who would see their first one make number 1. He would be the last of the local acts to do this.

The previous number 1, Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ dropped to number 2 after 5 weeks at 1.

Splinter’s ‘Costafine Town’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 6 from 18 to 12. Other climbers that made star rater jumps were John Denver’s ‘Back Home Again’ which climbed 5 from 15 to 10 and Leo Sayer’s ‘Long Tall Glasses’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9. This gave Sayer his highest placing in the charts to date. His other hits had peaked at 11 and 15.

Faller honours went to After All’s ‘Help Me My Love’ which fell 6 from 10 to 16. It was still the oldest in the charts alongside Neil Diamond’s ‘Longfellow Serenade’ and Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’. All 3 songs were on 15 weeks and this was their 3rd week as the oldest.

The Drifters’ ‘Down on the Beach Tonight’ failed to perform as well as their previous hit, ‘Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies’ as it spent just 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 19 compared to the peak of 3 and 13 weeks its predecessor had managed. These would be the only 2 that they would see on our charts which gave them a total of 16 weeks and a best peak of 3.

Similarly, Carl Douglas’ new one failed to reach the dizzy heights his previous hit, ‘Kung Fu Fighting’, had managed as it also only lasted 3 weeks and peaked at 16. ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ had topped the charts in a 19 week run. Unlike The Drifters though, Douglas would see further SA chart action.

The first of our new entries was Nazareth’s version of a 1960 song recorded by the Everly Brothers, ‘Love Hurts’. The Everly’s did not released their version as a single but in 1961 Roy Orbison had the first ‘single’ success with it, taking his version to number 5 in Australia. But it was this version by Nazareth that really took the song to new heights, topping the charts in Belgium, Canada, Holland, Norway and Zimbabwe. It also made number 15 in the UK and 8 in the US. Three weeks after Nazareth’s version made the Billboard Hot 100, a version by Jim Capaldi (ex of the band Traffic) entered the charts there, but only managed a peak of 97. However, in the UK, Capaldi’s version outperformed Nazareth’s, getting to number 4 there.

The other new entry was George Harrison’s ‘Ding Dong’ and this gave us the 2nd occurrence of 3 ex-Beatles being on the chart in the same week. Once again it was John who was missing, although as mentioned a few weeks ago he did play guitar on Ringo’s ‘Only You’ which was at 14 this week. In a similar arrangement, George’s hit included Ringo on drums. It also featured a certain Mick Jones on acoustic guitar. Jones would go on to have success as a member of Foreigner. ‘Ding Dong’ was essentially a New Year’s celebratory song and made it to number 38 in the UK and 36 in the US. One of its best performances chartwise was in Holland where it managed to make number 10. It had been 195 weeks since Harrison was in the charts as an artist and this was the 17th biggest gap between hits to date that we had seen and the biggest for an ex-Beatle with John have seen a gap of 136 weeks, Ringo 122 weeks and Paul 110.

For the last 5 weeks we had seen the American acts hog half the chart as they had been responsible for 10 of the top 20 hits, but this week that figure fell to 9 with The Drifters leaving the charts and both new entries being by British acts.

At number 19, George McCrae enjoyed a 30th consecutive week with at least 1 song on the charts. This run was made up of 21 weeks with ‘Rock Your Baby’, 2 with both ‘Rock Your Baby’ and ‘I Can’t Leave You Alone’ and then 7 with just ‘I Can’t Leave You Alone’. He was the 13th act to manage this. Alan Garrity’s 45 week run with at least 1 song in the chart was the record to date.

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