|2||2||11||Please Mr. Postman||–||Carpenters|
|3||3||10||I Can Help||–||Billy Swan|
|5||8||5||Shame, Shame, Shame||–||Shirley & Company|
|6||6||14||You Ask Me To||–||Bobby Angel|
|7||5||18||You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|8||7||12||You’re the First, the Last, My Everything||–||Barry White|
|9||9||11||You Make Me Feel Brand New||–||Stylistics|
|10||10||20||She’s a Woman||–||Neil Herbert|
|12||12||4||In the Summernight||–||Teach In|
|13||16||4||I’ll Take You There||–||Staple Singers|
|14||19||2||Never Can Say Goodbye||–||Gloria Gaynor|
|16||14||8||Long Tall Glasses||–||Leo Sayer|
|17||15||10||Sad Sweet Dreamer||–||Sweet Sensation|
|19||New||1||Private Number||–||Lionel Petersen|
|20||New||1||You Can Have Her||–||Sam Neely|
‘Love Hurts’ held on to the top spot to make it 2 weeks at the top while the previous incumbent on the number 1 place, The Carpenters’ ‘Please Mr Postman’, spent a second week at 2. Positions 3 and 4 (Billy Swan’s ‘I Can Help’ and The Tymes ‘Ms Grace’) were also unmoved.
Last week’s new entry, Gloria Gaynor’s ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 19 to 14. This was the 75th time a solo female artist had been the biggest climber. We had also seen 8 other occasions where a woman as one half of a duet had been the biggest climber. ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ was the only star rater this week.
Splinter’s ‘Costafine Town’ dropped 7 from 11 to 18 to take the faller of the week award. It had been 19 weeks since we had last seen a fall of at least this magnitude.
After All’s ‘Help Me My Love’ was the first of 2 songs to drop off the top 20. It just missed out on the magical 20 weeks in the chart as it managed 19 with a peak of 4. It outdid their only other hit, ‘If You Need Me’ for weeks as the latter only managed 14, but their previous hit had topped the charts. This ended their SA chart run with 2 hits, 33 weeks and 3 weeks at 1. At this stage they had the 8th highest weeks count for an act from the non big 3 nations (UK, US & SA), and were the second highest Dutch act, sitting 4 weeks behind the George Baker Selection who were on 37.
John Denver’s ‘Back Home Again’ was the other song to go. It spent 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 10 which was 1 place higher than his only other hit to date (‘Annie’s Song’) and 5 weeks more. Denver would make it back in to the charts again.
The departure of After All’s hit from the chart meant that Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ was the oldest in the charts on its own. It had shared that title with ‘Help Me My Love’ for 3 weeks and the 5 weeks before that Neil Diamond’s ‘Longfellow Serenade’ had accompanied the other 2. ‘She’s A Woman’ was the 38th song to make 20 weeks in the charts and the 12th local one to do so. There would only be 7 more local hits that would manage this.
The first of the new entries was local lad Lionel Petersen with his 4th hit, ‘Private Number’. This was the first of his hits not to be produced by Mutt Lange, but the man who did produce it was no stranger to our charts – Peter Vee who had had 4 solo top 20 hits already. The female vocals on this recording were by Sofia Foster. ‘Private Number’ was penned by Booker T Jones (of Booker T & The MGs fame) and recorded in 1968 by William Bell & Judy Clay, however, other than this success by Lionel Petersen in SA, the song didn’t really have an impact on the world’s music charts till 1999 when UK boy band 911 took a version to number 3 in the UK.
The second new entry was Sam Neely’s ‘You Can Have Her’. Neely was an American country singer and he had a minor US hit with this song, taking it to number 34 in the main Hot 100 charts there and only peaking at 49 on the Country Singles charts (don’t ask me how that works). Neely died suddenly in 2006 at the age of 58.
Both Leo Sayer and Neil Herbert celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart milestone but while Herbert had only needed 1 song to reach this total, Sayer was already on his 3rd hit. 157 acts had reached this milestone so far.
3 weeks previously we had seen 4 songs starting with ‘Y’ sitting next to each other on the charts. This week those same 4, ‘You Ask Me To’, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’, ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’ and ‘You Make Fe Feel Brand New’ were at positions 6 to 9 giving us the 3rd time we had seen 4 songs starting with the same letter sitting together. And with ‘You Can Have Her’ sitting at 20, this was the first time we had seen 5 songs starting with the same first 3 letters (‘You’) in the charts after 22 times with 4 songs being the most.