|1||1||9||Please Mr. Postman||–||Carpenters|
|3||3||8||I Can Help||–||Billy Swan|
|4||6||16||You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|5||4||12||You Ask Me To||–||Bobby Angel|
|7||7||9||You Make Me Feel Brand New||–||Stylistics|
|8||5||10||You’re the First, the Last, My Everything||–||Barry White|
|9||9||18||She’s a Woman||–||Neil Herbert|
|11||14||3||Shame, Shame, Shame||–||Shirley & Company|
|12||11||8||Sad Sweet Dreamer||–||Sweet Sensation|
|13||12||6||Long Tall Glasses||–||Leo Sayer|
|15||20||2||I’ll Take You There||–||Staple Singers|
|16||15||13||Junior’s Farm||–||Paul McCartney|
|17||19||2||In the Summernight||–||Teach In|
|18||13||11||Back Home Again||–||John Denver|
|19||16||18||Help Me My Love||–||After All|
|20||17||7||Only You (And You Alone)||–||Ringo Starr|
‘Please Mr Postman’ by The Carpenters enjoyed a second week at 1 while Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ was unmoved at 2 for a second week.
The Staple Singers’ ‘I’ll Take You There’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 20 to 15. Pilot’s ‘Magic’ was the only other star rater this week. It climbed 4 from 18 to 14.
John Denver took faller of the week as his ‘Back Home Again’ dropped 5 from 13 to 18 to take the award. This was the 15th song so far to have been biggest faller at least 3 times with 2 of those 15 having gone on to have a record to date 4 times as biggest faller. Denver had also seen his ‘Annie’s Song’ take faller of the week once, so this was his 4th time overall with the award.
This week was the 13th time we had seen no movement on or off the charts. One of those previous occasions had been when the chart was ‘frozen’ over the Easter weekend. This had the implication that the 2 oldest songs on last week’s chart, After All’s ‘Help Me My Love’ and Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ enjoyed their 6th week as the oldest and both songs had been in the charts for 18 weeks now.
Barry White celebrated 20 consecutive weeks with at least 1 hit in the chart. This run started with 10 weeks where ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’ was in the charts on its own, then it was joined for 2 weeks by ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’ and there had now been 8 weeks with just the latter in the charts. Barry was the 31st act to manage this having to rely on more than 1 song to do so.
‘Please Mr, Postman’ had now spent a total of 10 weeks in the charts, 9 of which were courtesy of the current number 1 while 1 had been with the Pat Boone Family’s version. This moved the song into the top 30 of weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. It shared 29th place on that list with ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ (Bee Gees and The Staccatos), ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ (Brook Benton and Frankie Laine) and ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ (Engelbert Humperdinck and Jim Reeves).
The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us moved back over the 8 mark as it climbed to 8.55. It had been 7 weeks since it was last above 8.
Last week we had seen 4 songs sitting next to each other that all started with the same letter. This week we had 3 acts sitting next to each other whose names all started with the same letter and they were Billy Swan, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Bobby Angel. This was, however, a little way off the record to date of 6 which we saw on 5 October 1973 when acts starting with ‘D’ took positions 9 to 14.