|1||1||7||Fox on the Run||–||Sweet|
|2||2||8||Don’t You Know||–||Della Reese|
|3||4||12||As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone||–||Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty|
|4||3||11||I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do||–||ABBA|
|5||5||6||Before the Next Teardrop Falls||–||Bobby Angel|
|6||6||10||Bye Bye Baby||–||Bay City Rollers|
|7||15||3||Another Love to Come||–||Cornelia|
|9||18||3||Baby Love Affair||–||Buttercup|
|10||14||5||Jackie Blue||–||Ozark Mountain Daredevils|
|11||13||7||Reach Out, I’ll be There||–||Gloria Gaynor|
|12||New||1||Stand by Me||–||John Lennon|
|13||19||2||Hurt so Good||–||Susan Cadogan|
|14||16||5||Rock And Roll Souljer||–||Donovan|
|15||12||6||Goodbye is the Saddest Song||–||John Edmond|
|17||8||11||Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)||–||Boones|
|18||17||5||Help Me Make it Through the Night||–||John Holt|
|19||New||1||Hey You||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|20||20||2||Live for You||–||Richard Jon Smith|
‘Fox On The Run’ by The Sweet enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts while Della Reese continued to apply pressure with ‘Don’t You Know’ which sat at number 2 for a second week. The previous number 1, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’, moved back up the chart. It had been at 4 for the last 2 weeks, but now climbed one to position 3.
The British were back on level terms with the Americans for weeks at 1 as The Sweet’s hit clocked up the 197th week at 1 for them. And The Sweet were now within touching distance of Tom Jones who led the way for total weeks at 1. The Sweet had 17 to their name while Tom was on 18.
Buttercup’s ‘Baby Love Affair’ became the 10th local song to have a climb of 9 weeks or more as it moved up 9 from 18 to 9 to take the climber of the week award.
Cornelia’s ‘Another Love To Come’ just missed out on being the climber as it managed an 8 place jump, moving up from 15 to 7. This was the 10th time a local woman had seen a climb of this magnitude and sadly, would be the last. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ ‘Jackie Blue’ and Susan Cadogan’s ‘Hurt So Good’ were also star raters with the former climbing 4 from 14 to 10 and the latter moving up 6 from 19 to 13.
The Boones suffered the fall of the week, dropping 9 from 8 to 17 with ‘Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)’. This was only the second time that we had seen the climber and faller move 9 places in a week. The record we had seen so far was when the climber and the faller both moved 10 places and that had only happened once.
Sitting at 10 and 11 on the chart would probably make one feel that you had at least another week or so of chart life, but it was not the case for last week’s number 10 and 11 as they were the 2 songs that left the chart this week. Last week’s number11, ‘Love Hurts’ by Nazareth had been in the top 20 for 18 weeks and spent 5 of those at the number 1 spot. It had been the oldest on the charts for 7 weeks. The new oldest on the charts was now Styx’s ‘Lady’ which sat on 13 weeks. There would be further hits from Nazareth.
Heintje’s ‘Jou Hart Is Weer Myne’ became the 35th song to fall out of the charts from within the top 20. It managed 10 weeks and peaked at 6, a far better showing than his only other hit, ‘Leise Rieselt Der Schnee’ which only managed 1 week at 19 (to be fair to it, it was a Christmas themed song). These 2 songs would be his only SA chart entries giving him a total of 11 weeks and a best peak of 6.
John Lennon produced the second highest placed new entry that we would see from an ex-Beatle, coming in at 12 with ‘Stand By Me’. Only George’s ‘My Sweet Lord’, which debut at 11, would beat this. ‘Stand By Me’ was a version of the Leiber & Stoller composition made famous by Ben E. King and was taken from Lennon’s covers album, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. King’s version went to number 4 in the US and 27 in the UK on its original release, but had a second outing in 1987 when it topped the UK charts following its use in a Levi Jeans ad. Lennon was not as successful with it, doing a 10, 20, 30 set of peaks on the Canadian, US and UK charts respectively.
Joining John was Bachman-Turner Overdrive with their second hit, ‘Hey You’. It had a big act to follow as their previous hit, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ had topped our charts for 5 weeks. In their native Canada, ‘Hey You’ equalled the number 1 peak that ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ managed there, but in the US it fell way short of its predecessor’s chart topping achievement as it only made it to number 21 there while in the UK it didn’t even chart where ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ had made number 2. ‘Hey You’ was the 5th song to chart where the title would be the same as the name of a group that chart. In this case we would have to wait till the 80s for Hey You, the group to chart. This was the 24th song by a Canadian act to chart and Canada sat unmoved at 4th on the list of hits by a nation with the big 3, SA, the UK and the US above them.
Richard Jon Smith sneaked into the top 20 of the local weeks count list. His 33 weeks to date put him tied 20th with Murray Campbell.