|1||1||8||Fox on the Run||–||Sweet|
|2||2||9||Don’t You Know||–||Della Reese|
|3||12||2||Stand by Me||–||John Lennon|
|4||3||13||As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone||–||Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty|
|5||5||7||Before the Next Teardrop Falls||–||Bobby Angel|
|6||13||3||Hurt so Good||–||Susan Cadogan|
|7||9||4||Baby Love Affair||–||Buttercup|
|8||19||2||Hey You||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|9||7||4||Another Love to Come||–||Cornelia|
|10||4||12||I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do||–||ABBA|
|12||6||11||Bye Bye Baby||–||Bay City Rollers|
|13||10||6||Jackie Blue||–||Ozark Mountain Daredevils|
|14||New||1||Ek Verlang Na Jou||–||Sonja Herholdt|
|15||11||8||Reach Out, I’ll be There||–||Gloria Gaynor|
|16||14||6||Rock And Roll Souljer||–||Donovan|
|17||15||7||Goodbye is the Saddest Song||–||John Edmond|
|18||New||1||Only You Can||–||Fox|
|19||20||3||Live for You||–||Richard Jon Smith|
|20||New||1||Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit||–||Caroline du Preez|
The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ enjoyed a 4th week at number and this put the band level with Tom Jones for number of weeks at 1. Tom Jones took over lead for weeks at 1 from The Beach Boys on 21 January 1967 and had held the top spot on his own for 445 weeks. He was last seen at the top of the chart on 26 June 1970 which was 266 weeks previously. The Brits also took the lead again for total weeks at 1 as they moved on to 198 and knocked the Americans into second place as the latter were on 197.
Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ spent a 3rd straight week at 2. There had been 36 songs so far that had spent 3 consecutive weeks at 1 of which 11 had gone on to spend a 4th week there and 4 so far had actually seen a run of 5 straight weeks at 2.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘Hey You’ was the climber of the week with a massive 11 place jump from 19 to 8. It had been 67 weeks since we last saw a jump of at least this size. So far we had seen 24 times when a song had climbed 11 or more in a single week.
John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ was the second best climber as it moved up 9 from 12 to 3. It was Lennon’s 3rd time with a star rater climb bringing him level with George Harrison, but the 2 of them were well behind Ringo who had seen 7 and even further behind Paul who had managed 11 between his solo and Wings’ hits. The 9 place climb that ‘Stand By Me’ made was the tied best ever by an ex-Beatle and outdid anything the Beatles themselves managed. Ringo’s ‘Photograph’ was the only other one that would manage a climb of 9 places.
Susan Cadogan’s ‘Hurt So Good’ was a star rater for a second week running, moving up 7 from 13 to 6.
Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ and The Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ were the fallers of the week with both songs dropping 6 places to land at 10 and 12 respectively. Abba had clocked up 57 weeks in the charts so far and this was only the second time that they had seen a biggest faller. They also were the 8th act to see their first 4 hits go top 10 and spend 10 or more weeks in the charts.
Styx’s ‘Lady’ had been on the charts for 14 weeks and was enjoying its second as the oldest in the top 20.
John Holt’s ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted just 5 weeks and peaked at 16. This would be his only SA chart hit. The song itself had now charted in 3 versions (Holt’s, Sammi Smith’s and Percy Sledge’s). Holt’s version managed the most weeks of these 3, but it was Sledge’s version that had the best peak as it made it to number 13. Overall the song managed 10 weeks in its 3 versions.
The Boones’ ‘Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)’ left the top 20 after 11 weeks and a peak of 7. This would be their only SA chart hit although The Pat Boone Family had had a hit with ‘Please Mr Postman’ that spent a single week at 20. Pat Boone himself had managed 1 hit (‘Pearly Shells’) which had spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 3. There was still another hit to come from a member of the Boone family.
Last to go was Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ which lasted 12 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 5. The singer and actor, who had found fame as television detective Kojak, would have further success on our charts.
The first of the new entries was the 21st Afrikaans song to chart, ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou’ by Sonja Herholdt. Despite her popularity, this was her first song to chart on the top 20. It was written by Jan de Wet. In 2000, Sonja released a reworked version of the song on her ‘Reconstructing Alice’ album where she turned to Theunis Engelbrecht from Die Naaimasjiene for help in trying to create a ‘new’ more alternative sound for herself. Coming in at number 14, this was the second highest debut position for an Afrikaans song to date only beaten by 1967’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ by Groep Twee which had entered the charts at 13.
The second new entry was by a British band called Fox with a song called ‘Only you Can’. It was written by band member Kenny Young and was his 6th song as a songwriter to chart. He had already brought us hits by The Rolling Stones (‘Under The Boardwalk’), The Seekers, Reparata, Clodagh Rodgers and Mark Lindsay. Fox were fronted by Noosha Fox, an Australian singer whose real name was Susan Traynor. The song made it to number 3 in the UK as well as getting to 2 in Germany, 16 in Australia and 53 in the US.
The final new entry was the 22nd Afrikaans song to chart. ‘Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ by Caroline du Preez was an Afrikaans cover of ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty (which was at 4 this week) and was the 36th song to chart by different artists. And the 4th Afrikaans cover of an English song that had charted although 2 of those 4 were Afrikaans parodies of the English song (‘Sonbrilletjies’ and Baas Jack’ both by Al Debbo). Unlike the Twitty/Lynn version, the male voice on the other end of the ‘telefoon’ is not credited in du Preez version, but was Gert van Tonder from Groep 2. With one of the other new entries being Afrikaans this week, we had the only occurrence of having 2 Afrikaans songs entering the top 20 in the same week. It was also the second time we saw 2 local women enter the charts in the same week, the other time being on 16 June 1967 when Judy Page and Virginia Lee both had new entries. The local hit count was now 7 and it had been 72 weeks since it had last been this high.
John Edmond celebrated reaching 70 weeks in the charts. He was the 29th act overall and 7th local act to manage this.
Richard Jon Smith moved into tied 19th place on the local weeks count list as his 34 weeks so far put him level with Groep Twee. This meant that Murray Campbell on 33 weeks dropped off the top 20 of that list.
Leaver, Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ had topped the UK charts while none of the new entries had topped either the UK, the US or both charts leaving us with just 1 song (Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ which topped the UK charts) that had topped the song it either or both those nations. This was the 51st time we had just 1 song that topped the charts in the UK or US in our top 20 and the first time since 9 November 1973, 89 weeks previously. We had seen 6 weeks where there had been no UK or US number 1s in our charts.