|1||1||9||Fox on the Run||–||Sweet|
|2||3||3||Stand by Me||–||John Lennon|
|3||2||10||Don’t You Know||–||Della Reese|
|4||6||4||Hurt so Good||–||Susan Cadogan|
|5||8||3||Hey You||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|6||5||8||Before the Next Teardrop Falls||–||Bobby Angel|
|7||4||14||As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone||–||Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty|
|8||14||2||Ek Verlang Na Jou||–||Sonja Herholdt|
|9||9||5||Another Love to Come||–||Cornelia|
|10||7||5||Baby Love Affair||–||Buttercup|
|11||18||2||Only You Can||–||Fox|
|12||13||7||Jackie Blue||–||Ozark Mountain Daredevils|
|13||New||1||Please Stay||–||Jonathan Butler|
|14||16||7||Rock And Roll Souljer||–||Donovan|
|16||12||12||Bye Bye Baby||–||Bay City Rollers|
|17||20||2||Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit||–||Caroline du Preez|
|18||New||1||The Look in Your Eyes||–||Johnny Nash|
|19||New||1||Love will Keep Us Together||–||Captain & Tennille|
|20||15||9||Reach Out, I’ll be There||–||Gloria Gaynor|
With The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ enjoying a 5th week at the top of the chart, the band took the outright lead for total number of weeks at 1 as their 19 moved them 1 ahead of Tom Jones. They were the 6th act to have the outright lead for weeks at 1, the previous 5 being Rick Nelson, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Murray Campbell and The Beach Boys.
Della Reese’s run at number 2 which had lasted 3 weeks, ended this week as ‘Don’t You Know’ dropped to 3 while John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ moved up 1 into second place.
Fox’s ‘Only You Can’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 from 18 to 11. The only other star rater was Sonja Herholdt’s ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou’ which climbed 6 from 14 to 8. This was the 14th time an Afrikaans song had been a star rater and the 10th Afrikaans song to manage this with 2 of them managing it twice and 1 (Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’) doing so three times.
Gloria Gaynor took the faller of the week award with a 5 place drop from 15 to 20 with ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’. This was her first time with the award.
Styx’s ‘Lady’ continued as the oldest on the charts. It was on 15 weeks and had been the oldest for 3 weeks.
There were 3 songs that left the chart this week. The first of these was Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Live For You’ which lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 19, the worst performing of his 4 hits to date both in terms of weeks and peak. There would be more to come from him.
Another local act, John Edmond, also saw his hit, ‘Goodbye Is The Saddest Song’, leave the top 20. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 10. This ended an illustrious chart career for Edmond. He had seen 7 songs chart, spent 70 weeks in the charts and had a best peak of 6 with ‘Toy Train’. He had also seen 2 further weeks as a song writer where he was not the artist when his composition, ‘Hey Mr Dreamer’ by Pat Gregory managed to chart.
Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ became the 36th song to leave the charts from within the top 10 as it fell off the top 20 from position 10 last week. Their first 3 hits had all spent 15 weeks in the charts, but ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ let the side down a bit by only managing 12. It did, however, spend 2 weeks at number 1 which equalled that of their only other chart topper, ‘Waterloo’. Their other 2 songs had peaked at 2 and 3.
Jonathan Butler managed to fill some of the gap left by the 2 locals who left the chart as his song, ‘Please Stay’ entered the top 20 at number 13 this week and he was the 5th youngest and 2nd youngest local (of those whose birth dates are available) to chart, being 14 years, 6 months and 22 days old. Gwynneth Ashley-Robin and Little Jimmy Osmond respectively were the youngest local and youngest overall to chart. ‘Please Stay’ was a cover of a Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard composition that was first recorded by The Drifters in 1961 and gave them a number 14 hit in the US. In 1966 The Cryin’ Shames took it to number 26 in the UK. This was Bacharach’s 8th songwriting credit to chart in SA.
Our second new entry was Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’. It was Nash’s 3rd SA hit and was written by Emmanuel Rentzos who had been a member of Osibisa as well has having played on Nash’s version of ‘Tears On My Pillow’. Rentzos did record a version of the song himself, but I have been unable to establish if this was before or after Nash recorded his version. There was a gap of 119 weeks between this and Nash’s previous hit, ‘There Are More Questions Than Answers’ which made Nash the 66th act to have a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits.
The last of the new entries was the first hit in SA for Captain & Tennille, ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. The song was a Neil Sedaka composition (along with Howard Greenfield) and was his 6th to chart in SA. Sedaka had recorded a version of the song himself, but it was Captain & Tennille’s version that went places, topping the charts in the US, Australia and Canada as well as getting to 3 in Zimbabwe, 6 in France, 8 in New Zealand and 32 in the UK. Mac and Katie Kissoon had taken a version of it to number 12 in Holland in 1973.
Captain & Tennille’s hit had topped the US charts which brought the total of songs in the top 20 that had topped the charts in either the US, the UK or both nations, to 2.