21 March 1975

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

Bobby Angel spent a second week at the top of the charts with ‘You Ask Me To’ but was coming under pressure from The Carpenters’ ‘Please Mr Postman’, a recent US number 1 and UK number 2. ‘Please Mr Postman’ moved up 2 to 2.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ was the climber of the week, moving up a large 9 places from 17 to 8. This was the 108th time that a song had climbed 9 places or more in a week. The Tymes’ ‘Ms Grace’ was the only other star rater this week and it moved up 6 from 18 to 12.

The fall of the week was only 3 places and there were 5 songs that did this. ‘Beach Baby’ by First Class fell to 18, ‘Only You (and You Alone)’ by Ringo Starr fell to 17, ‘Longfellow Serenade’ by Neil Diamond fell to 16, ‘Junior’s Farm’ by Paul McCartney fell to 14 and ‘Back Home Again’ by John Denver dropped to 13. Neil Diamond became the 13th act to have had 7 or more biggest fallers while Ringo Starr became the second ex-Beatle to reach 5. Paul was ahead of him on 7. With Paul and Ringo having fallers in the same week, this was the 3rd and would be the final time that we had 2 ex-Beatles having the biggest fallers in the same week.

And while we were having 2 of the Fab Four as our fallers we also had one of them as a faller off as George Harrison’s ‘Ding Dong’ left the top 20 this week. It was the 35th song to have a run of just 1 week at 20 and the 28th that would not have other runs in the charts. There would only be 1 other ex-Beatle who would see such a chart run. George would see further SA chart action.

George McCrae’s run in the charts came to end as ‘I Can’t Leave You Alone’ dropped off the top 20. He had had at least 1 in the top 20 for 30 weeks as ‘I Can’t Leave You Alone’ overlapped with ‘Rock Your Baby’ for 2 weeks. ‘I Can’t Leave You Alone’ lasted 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at 10. Like the other George leaving the charts, McCrae would have further SA charts hits. This was the first time that 2 acts with the same first name had dropped off the charts in the same week. We had seen 2 songs by Connie Francis fall off the charts in the same week as well as the New Vaudeville Band and the New Christy Minstrels (both starting with ‘New’) and Four Jacks & A Jill saw 2 go in the same week making these the 4 occasions we had seen 2 acts with the same first word in the name have songs leave the chart.

After All’s ‘Help Me My Love’, Neil Diamond’s ‘Longfellow Serenade’ and Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ were still the oldest on the charts on 16 weeks. This was the 4th week running that the 3 songs had been the oldest on the charts. Previously we had seen a 2 week run with 4 songs as the oldest, but this was the first time we had seen a run of 4 weeks with more than 2 as the oldest.

Our first new entry was the 15th song to chart that contained none of the letters from the phrase ‘Top Twenty’. ‘Magic’ was Pilot’s first hit on our charts and it dislodged Wings’ ‘Listen To What The Man Said’ from the number 1 spot in Canada. Elsewhere it made 11 in the UK, 5 in the US, 4 in Norway, 11 in both Belgium and Holland and 39 in Germany. The song was produced by Alan Parsons (the man behind the Alan Parsons Project). In 2009 Selena Gomez covered it and took her version to 61 in the US and 90 in the UK.

The second new entry was ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ by Shirley & Company. Shirley was Shirley Goodman who had been part of Shirley & Lee who had a number of hits in the US in the second half of the 1950s. She was 38 and three quarter years old when ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ hit our charts. The song made it to number 12 in the US as well as topping the Soul Singles and Disco/Dance charts there. In the UK it made it to number 6. Further afield it topped the charts in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Holland and made number 2 in Switzerland. In neighbouring Zimbabwe, it made number 16. Ike and Tina Turner took a version of it to number 47 in Holland in 1982 and Sinitta’s cover in 1992 went to number 28 in the UK.

For the last 12 weeks the solo male artists had had over half the charts with between 10 and 12 songs in the charts. This figure dropped below 10 this week as it fell to 9.

Barry White reached the 20 weeks in the charts mark while After All became the 9th non big 3 act and second Dutch act to reach the 30 weeks mark.

Neil Diamond moved into tied 12th place on the overall weeks count list as his 92 weeks equalled that of Tommy Roe.

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