|1||2||4||Stand by Me||–||John Lennon|
|2||1||10||Fox on the Run||–||Sweet|
|3||5||4||Hey You||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|4||4||5||Hurt so Good||–||Susan Cadogan|
|5||3||11||Don’t You Know||–||Della Reese|
|6||8||3||Ek Verlang Na Jou||–||Sonja Herholdt|
|7||9||6||Another Love to Come||–||Cornelia|
|8||6||9||Before the Next Teardrop Falls||–||Bobby Angel|
|9||10||6||Baby Love Affair||–||Buttercup|
|10||11||3||Only You Can||–||Fox|
|11||13||2||Please Stay||–||Jonathan Butler|
|12||7||15||As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone||–||Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty|
|13||19||2||Love will Keep Us Together||–||Captain & Tennille|
|14||18||2||The Look in Your Eyes||–||Johnny Nash|
|16||14||8||Rock And Roll Souljer||–||Donovan|
|17||17||3||Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit||–||Caroline du Preez|
|18||12||8||Jackie Blue||–||Ozark Mountain Daredevils|
|19||New||1||A Picture of Patches||–||Jody Wayne|
|20||New||1||Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer||–||Copperfield|
Despite being the last of the Fab Four to have a solo hit, John Lennon was certainly not slacking on the number 1 front. In fact this week he scored his second solo chart topper with ‘Stand By Me’ while the other 3 of his ex-band mates were yet to score 1. ‘Stand By Me’ knocked The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ off of the top spot after the latter had been there for 5 weeks and became the 70th number 1 by a British act. They were 8 ahead of the Americans for chart toppers as the latter were on 62. Local acts had seen 24. A further milestone that ‘Stand By Me’ managed was that it clocked up the 200th week at 1 for British acts.
Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 6 from 19 to 13. While 13 might be regarded as an unlucky number, a 6 place climb from 19 to 13 had been the most popular way to pick up a biggest climber so far. This was the 22nd time a song had made this climb to take the biggest climber award. The second most popular was a 5 place climb from 18 to 13 with this having occurred 20 times, so 13 wasn’t so unlucky for some.
Johnny Nash became the 69th act to have 5 star rater climbs to their name as ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ moved up 4 from 18 to 14.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ ‘Jackie Blue’ was the faller of the week with a 6 place drop from 12 to 18. For those interested, a 6 place drop from 9 to 15 had been the most popular for a biggest fall so far. Dropping from 12 to 18 and being the faller of the week had only occurred 8 times. There had been 44 combinations that had taken the biggest faller 8 or more times.
Styx’s ‘Lady’ was on 16 weeks and enjoyed its 4th as the oldest on the charts.
Gloria Gaynor had enjoyed a 17 week run with at least 1 song in the charts but that came to an end as ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ dropped out of the top 20. Her 17 weeks had consisted of 8 weeks with ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and then 9 weeks with ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ which entered the charts the same week that ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ left. ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ peaked at 11, 3 places lower than ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’. These had been Gloria’s only SA hits so far, but there was more to come from her.
Also going was The Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ which 12 weeks and peaked at 6. They still had another hit to come.
Last week we had had 5 local songs on the chart. This week it rose to 7 as none of the 5 left the charts, but both new entries were by local acts. The highest of these new entries was Jody Wayne’s ‘A Picture Of Patches’. This was his 10th hit to chart and he was the 13th of 25 acts (and second local) who would ultimately see their hits count reach double figures. Billy Forrest was the only other local act to reach this total. He was on 11. ‘A Picture Of Patches’ was written by Wayne himself and gave him his 8th hit as songwriter. It was a follow on from the song which Dickey Lee had had a hit with called ‘Patches’ and which Jody Wayne covered. The original ‘Patches’ told the story of a forbidden love between a boy and girl of different social standing which ends with the girl ‘Patches’ committing suicide by drowning herself in the river. The narrator of the song promises to join her. However, in Wayne’s ‘A Picture Of Patches’ he didn’t follow her and wonders down to the coal yard where she lived and finds a picture of the girl.
Copperfield had their first SA hit this week as ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer’ entered at 20. The band was a British group who had made South Africa their home and have therefore been adopted as one of our own. ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer’ was written by band member Terry Meredith and produced by John Gooderson of Big John’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus who had recently had a hit in SA with ‘Rocking In The USA’.
‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’/‘Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ had clocked up 18 weeks in its English and Afrikaans version (15 for the English version and 3 for the Afrikaans) and sat just outside the top 20 for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than one version. It shared 21st spot with ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound/ Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).