11 July 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
2 3 7 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
3 2 10 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
4 4 11 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
5 9 5 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
6 6 9 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
7 5 12 Lady  – Styx
8 11 10 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
9 7 11 If  – Telly Savalas
10 12 10 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
11 8 18 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
12 10 5 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
13 13 6 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
14 17 4 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
15 18 2 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
16 14 4 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
17 16 4 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – John Holt
18 20 2 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
19 New 1 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
20 New 1 Live for You  – Richard Jon Smith

The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ moved up from 3 to 2 to put some pressure on it.

Bobby Angel’s ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ had been the biggest climber in its 2nd and 3rd weeks on the charts, then last week, its 4th in the top 20, it dropped 1 place, but this week it climbed again, moving up 4 from 9 to 5 to take the climber of the week for a 3rd time. This was the 8th song to manage a biggest climber 3 times, the record to date, and the second local song after Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ to manage this. Being the biggest climber with a 4 place climb meant this was the only star rater this week.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ was the faller of the week, dropping 3 places from 8 to 11. It was, however, the songs 7th week as’ the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 18 weeks.

‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’ by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts this week. It had seen a run of 6 weeks and peaked at 15. This would be their only SA chart hit.

Also going was Barry Manilow’s ‘Mandy’ which spent 13 weeks in the chart and peaked at 3. This was the first of a number of SA chart hits that Manilow would manage.

Manilow’s hit had topped the US charts while Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s had reached number 1 in the UK. This meant that the number of songs in the top 20 that had topped the chart in either or both of those 2 nations was down to 2 (‘Bye Bye Baby’ by The Bay City Rollers and Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ both of which topped the UK charts). This was the lowest level of UK or US chart toppers that we had seen since the December of 1973, a year and a half earlier.

Our first new entry was a reggae tune by a Jamaican born librarian. ‘Hurt So Good’ by Susan Cadogan became the 11th song by a Jamaican artist to chart and with John Holt at number 17 this was the 3rd run where we had had 2 Jamaicans in the charts. We had seen Jimmy Cliff share the charts with Harry J All Stars for 1 week and James Lloyd and Nicky Thomas in the same charts for 8 weeks. Jamaica sat 8th on the list of hits by a nation, 1 behind Australia who were on 12. Boris Gardiner, who we had seen in the charts in 1970 with his instrumental hit ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ played bass on ‘Hurt So Good’ and the song was produced by legendary reggae producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. It went to number 4 in the UK.

Also new on the charts was Richard Jon Smith’s 4th top 20 hit, ‘Live For You’. We had last seen Smith on our charts on 1 February 1974 with ‘Sweet Mama’ and his new entry meant that we had 5 songs by local acts on the chart for the first time since 25 October 1974. The song was penned by Smith and produced by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange. It was Smith’s 4th hit as songwriter, but not all 4 of these had been where he was artist as he had not penned his first hit ‘Candlelight’ but he did score a top 20 hit as writer of Little Ronnie Joyce’s ‘Give A Little Love’.

The Sweet became the 9th act to reach 100 weeks in the charts. Of those 9 there were 6 that were British while the other 3 were American. The Sweet also celebrated passing the 1,100 points mark and sat 10th on the overall points listing.

Abba also reached a points landmark as their total moved past the 800 mark. They were the 25th act to manage this level of points.

This week was the 20th one where we had seen 4 or more song titles start with the same first letter of the artist name (this excludes the word ‘The’ at the start of either name). This week we had ‘Don’t You Know’ by Della Reese, ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ by Bobby Angel, ‘Bye Bye Baby’ by Bay City Rollers and ‘Baby Love Affair’ by Buttercup. The record to date for this phenomena was when we had 6 such songs/artists for 2 weeks back in the May of 1973.

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