|1||4||5||Fox on the Run||–||Sweet|
|2||1||9||I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do||–||ABBA|
|3||3||6||Don’t You Know||–||Della Reese|
|4||2||10||As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone||–||Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty|
|6||7||8||Bye Bye Baby||–||Bay City Rollers|
|9||8||4||Before the Next Teardrop Falls||–||Bobby Angel|
|10||12||4||Goodbye is the Saddest Song||–||John Edmond|
|11||10||9||Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)||–||Boones|
|12||11||9||Jou Hart is Weer Myne||–||Heintje|
|13||14||5||Reach Out, I’ll be There||–||Gloria Gaynor|
|14||16||3||Rock And Roll Souljer||–||Donovan|
|16||17||3||Help Me Make it Through the Night||–||John Holt|
|17||18||3||Jackie Blue||–||Ozark Mountain Daredevils|
|18||New||1||Another Love to Come||–||Cornelia|
|19||15||6||Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)||–||Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel|
|20||New||1||Baby Love Affair||–||Buttercup|
The Sweet became the 10th act to manage 3 chart toppers in SA as ‘Fox On The Run’ climbed 3 to reach the top spot and knocked Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ from number 1 after the latter had been there for 2 weeks. ‘Fox On The Run’ was the 170th song to top our charts. The Sweet pulled 1 clear of The Bee Gees on the list of weeks at 1 as their total moved on to 15 and they sat second on the list with Tom Jones on 18 above them and The Bee Gees on 14 dropped into 3rd place.
The climber of the week was the new number 1 hit and this was the 8th time a song had reached number 1 by being the climber of the week, however, the 3 place climb it took for ‘Fox On The Run’ to get to number 1 was the lowest of all these biggest climbers to jump to number 1. With the biggest climb only being 3 places, there were no star raters this week and this was the 26th time we had a week where no song climbed 4 or more positions.
Falling honours went to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’ which fell 4 from 15 to 19.
Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ continued as the oldest on the charts enjoying its 6th week as such as its total moved on to 17 weeks.
We lost 2 songs from the charts as Guys & Dolls’ ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ and Lionel Petersen’s ‘Private Number’ fell off the top 20. The former had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 12. It would be the only song from Guys & Dolls to feature on our top 20.
‘Private Number’ managed 11 weeks and peaked at 5 equalling Petersen’s best peak to date of his 4 hits. ‘I Need A Little Love’ by him had also reached 5, but it managed 13 weeks, making ‘Private Number’ his second best performer based on weeks.
The first of the new entries was Cornelia (Moller) and her 2nd song to chart, ‘Another Love To Come’. Cornelia was actually born in Hamburg in Germany, but came to South Africa in 1953, so has been classified as local. ‘Another Love To Come’ was written by Martin Duiser and was a hit under the title ‘100 Years’ for Dutch artist Joey Dyser who took it to the top of the Dutch and Belgian charts. Duiser would appear as songwriter of a few more songs to chart in SA. Cornelia was the 14th local woman to have at least 2 songs chart. She had last been seen on the charts 342 weeks previously with ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ and this was the 4th biggest gap between hits we had seen to date and the 2nd biggest gap between local hits, 16 weeks less than the local record to date of 358 weeks which Glenys Lynne had managed. The overall record so far was 411 which Cher had seen.
The second new entry was also by a local act and was their first song to hit the Top 20. ‘Baby Love Affair’ was by Buttercup and featured the falsetto vocal of Eugene Havenga who would later be heard on hits by The Julian Laxton Band such as ‘Blue Water’. Buttercup were a Pretoria based group and ‘Baby Love Affair’ was the first hit for the local songwriting team of Ken Levine and Ernest Schroder. The song was written during a lunch time at EMI’s offices and promoted by sending out little red cardboard hearts to all retail stores and DJs. The heart contained a lollipop and a message saying, “Have You Heard Buttercup sing Baby Love Affair”. Ernie’s brother Robert produced the song at the Superdiscs studio in Doornfontein. As a matter of interest, the album that the song would appear on (also called ‘Baby Love Affair’) would contain covers of the current number 1 song, ‘Fox On The Run’ and the number 15 song this week, ‘Mandy’.
Jamaica pulled 1 week clear of France for weeks on the charts by acts from a nation. They were now on 64 and they took position 10 on that list to themselves and France dropped to 11th.