28 March 1975

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

We had a new number one this week and it was The Carpenters’ ‘Please Mr Postman’ which moved up 1 to take the top spot from Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’. The latter had spent 2 weeks at 1 and was the 6th song to be the biggest faller of the week as it dropped from number 1. It fell 3 places to number 4. Of these 6, there were 4 of them that fell to 4. ‘You Ask Me To’ was the 2nd local song to be the biggest faller from number 1, the last one being Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ which also fell to 4.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ and Shirley & Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ were the climbers of the week as they both moved up 6 with the former landing at 2 and the latter ending up at 14. ‘Love Hurts’ had been the biggest climber last week.

The Tymes’ ‘Ms Grace’ was a star rater for a second week running as it climbed another 4 from 12 to 8.

Apart from the Bobby Angel falling from number 1, Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ also fell 3 places to be a joint faller of the week. It dropped from 6 to 9 but was still the oldest on the chart, sharing that title with After All’s ‘Help Me My Love’. Both songs were on 17 weeks and had shared oldest status for 5 weeks now.

The song that shared the oldest title with the 2 songs just mentioned was Neil Diamond’s ‘Longfellow Serenade’, but it was 1 of 2 songs that fell off the charts this week. It spent 3 weeks at number 1, 1 less than ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, his only other number 1 so far, and lasted 16 weeks in the charts, also 1 less than ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, his best week scoring hit to date. There was plenty more to come from Diamond.

Also going was First Class’ ‘Beach Baby’. It lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 8. It would be their only SA chart hit, but Tony Burrows, who was the lead singer on the First Class hit, had also been the singer on the one hit wonders Edison Lighthouse, The Pipkins and White Plains.

The first of our new entries was by the 8th Dutch act to chart and was the 11th hit by a Dutch act. Teach-In won the Eurovision song contest in 1975 with a song called ‘Ding-A-Dong’ which made the charts in numerous European countries, but that did not chart in SA. Rather it was ‘In The Summernight’ that they made our charts. The song would make number 3 in their native Holland and also in Belgium.

The second new entry was the 38th song to chart that had made Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Singles list of 2010. The Staple Singers’ ‘I’ll Take You There’ made number 281 on that list. The song was written by vice-president of Stax records, Al Bell and gave The Staple Singers their first of 2 US number 1’s back in 1972. For some reason, South Africa was a bit late on picking up on this song. The intro to the song was based heavily on ‘The Liquidator’ by Harry J Allstars which had been a number 7 hit in SA back in 1970.

With Nazareth moving up to number 2, we ended a 12 week run with no UK act in the top 5. This was the 2nd longest such run with the longest having been 14 weeks. We also had the second time we had seen 4 songs sitting together that all started with the same letter as at 4 we had ‘You Ask Me To’, at 5 was ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’, 6 was ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ and ‘You Make Fe Feel Brand New’ was at 7, all 4 songs not only starting with ‘Y’ but the first 3 letters were the same.

Acts from the UK saw their total weeks count moved past the 3,500 mark as it moved on to 3,502. Counting from the top of the chart down, it would have been Paul McCartney’s ‘Junior’s Farm’ that clocked up the 3,500th week for the Brits.

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