|1||1||5||Paloma Blanca||–||George Baker Selection|
|2||4||7||Love will Keep Us Together||–||Captain & Tennille|
|3||3||7||Please Stay||–||Jonathan Butler|
|4||2||9||Stand by Me||–||John Lennon|
|5||6||7||The Look in Your Eyes||–||Johnny Nash|
|6||8||6||A Picture of Patches||–||Jody Wayne|
|7||13||3||The Hustle||–||Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony|
|8||9||3||Beyond the Sunset||–||Bill Anderson & Jan Howard|
|9||10||5||El Bimbo||–||Bimbo Jet|
|11||17||3||Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby||–||Geoff St. John|
|12||5||9||Hey You||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|13||11||8||Ek Verlang Na Jou||–||Sonja Herholdt|
|14||20||2||I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You||–||Gilbert O’ Sullivan|
|15||14||4||Swing Your Daddy||–||Jim Gilstrap|
|16||7||10||Hurt so Good||–||Susan Cadogan|
|17||15||4||She’s My Woman||–||Alan Garrity|
|19||New||1||You Lay so Easy on My Mind||–||Andy Williams|
‘Paloma Blanca’ by The George Baker Selection enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts and this moved The Netherlands into 4th place overall for weeks at 1 as this was the 15th week a Dutch act had spent at 1 and they moved 1 ahead of the Canadians who were on 14.
Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ moved up 2 into second spot while Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ spent a 3rd straight week at 3.
Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty’ took the climber of the week award with a 9 place jump from 19 to 10. This gave him his highest placing in the chart to date as his previous, and only other hit to date, ‘Gitarzan’, had peaked at 16.
There were 3 other songs that had star rater climbs this week and they all moved up 6 places. Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony’s ‘The Hustle’ moved up to 7, Geoff St. John’s ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby’ moved up to 11 and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’ climbed to 14.
Susan Cadogan’s ‘Hurt So Good’ was the faller of the week. It dropped 9 places from 7 to 16. This was the 3rd time we had seen the climber and faller in the same week move 9 places. There had only been one occasion when the climber and the faller moved the same number of weeks where that number was more than 9 and that was when we saw a climber and faller of 10 places on 14 July 1972.
The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the chart. It managed 14 weeks and spent 5 of those at the top spot. Of their 3 number 1s to date, this was the shortest run at 1 with ‘Funny Funny’ managing 6 and ‘Co-Co’ managing 8. There were still more hits to come from The Sweet. A consequence of ‘Fox On The Run’ leaving the charts was that we hit an all time low for hits by British acts on the charts as ‘Stand By Me’ became the only song by a UK act on the top 20. In total we would see 5 weeks were we only had 1 song by a British act on the chart, 3 of which would be in the next 5 weeks, but they would have at least 1 representative on every single chart that was published.
We also said farewell to Cornelia’s ‘Another Love To Come’. It spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 7. Her only other hit to date, ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ had made it to number 1. Cornelia would see further chart action in SA.
Last to leave was Billy Swan’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ which only managed 4 weeks and peaked at 12. His only other hit to date, ‘I Can Help’, had made it to number 3. Like Cornelia, Swan would see further hits on our charts.
The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ had been the oldest on the charts and the new oldest was now ‘Hurt So Good’ by Susan Cadogan which was only on 10 weeks. This was the 39th song to become the oldest on 10 weeks and it had been exactly a year since the previous time this had happened when ‘Sundown’ by Gordon Lightfoot had become the oldest. There would only be 1 more song that would become the oldest on 10 or less weeks.
A band that were clocking up the hits rather rapidly was Abba as ‘S.O.S.’ entered the charts at 18 this week to give them their 5th hit in less than 3 years. They were the 5th non big 3 nation act to reach 5 hits and the 48th overall. ‘S.O.S. topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany and New Zealand and just missed out on the top spot, getting to number 2 in Austria, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Norway and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In the US it made it to number 15 and in the UK it peaked at 6. It is also famous for being the only song to chart where both the group and the song names are palindromes (i.e. they spell the same word backwards as they do forwards). Sweden now moved 1 ahead of Italy for number of hits and they were on 6 and held 11th place overall while Italy on 5 dropped to 12th.
Andy Williams was back in the charts exactly 17 months after ‘Solitaire’, his previous hit, entered the charts. As with Abba, ‘You Lay So Easy On My Mind’ was Williams 5th hit to chart to date. The song was not a hit for him in the US, but the album of the same name managed to scrape a 150 peak on the Billboard 200 album charts. In The UK, the single did manage a peak of 32 where he would only have 1 more hit after this in the 70s and would not be seen again on the UK charts till an unlikely duet with UK TV presenter Denise van Outen climbed to 23 in 2002. After that he had a Christmas hit in 2007 with ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ (peak of 21) but has not been seen on the UK charts since.
The last of the new entries was The Ritchie Family’s ‘Brazil’. The members of The Ritchie Family were not related but were a group put together by the man credited (on Wikipedia that is) with inventing disco music, Jacques Morali, who would also go on to bring us The Village People. ‘Brazil’ was a cover of a song from 1939 called ‘Aquarela do Brasil’ which was written by Ary Barroso and has been covered by numerous artists including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Santana, Harry Belafonte and in more recent times by The Venga Boys, Arcade Fire and Placido Domingo. In 1985 a version by Kate Bush was used by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam in his film also called ‘Brazil’. The Ritchie Family’s version got to 41 in the UK and 18 in the US. It was also the 17th song to chart that contained no letters from the phrase ‘Top Twenty’.
There were now 8 nations represented on the charts and this was just 1 short of the best to date 9 that we had seen. The 8 nations were the US (8 hits), SA (5 hits), the UK (2 hits), and 1 apiece for Canada, The Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and France.
The Staccatos had been at the top of the local weeks count list on their own for 300 weeks since taking over the number 1 spot from Four Jacks And A Jill. This week however they had to share the top spot with Alan Garrity as the latter’s weeks count moved on to 83 and he drew level with The Staccatos. This also put him tied 15th on the overall list with The Staccatos.
It had been 51 weeks since the average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us had fallen below 5 as it dropped to 4.85.