|1||1||8||Lady in Blue||–||Joe Dolan|
|3||2||9||Fattie Bum-Bum||–||Carl Malcolm|
|4||4||7||You and Me – Me and You||–||Main Ingredient|
|6||13||3||That’s the Way (I Like It)||–||KC & The Sunshine Band|
|7||5||13||If You Think You Know How to Love Me||–||Smokie|
|9||19||2||I’ll Return||–||Michael Holm|
|10||11||7||I’m on Fire||–||5000 Volts|
|13||10||5||Hold Me Close||–||David Essex|
|14||12||5||I Only Have Eyes for You||–||Art Garfunkel|
|15||6||12||It’s Been so Long||–||George McCrae|
|17||New||1||Gimme Some||–||Jimmy “Bo” Horne|
|18||New||1||Let Me Into Your Life||–||Flood|
|19||New||1||Who Loves You||–||Four Seasons|
|20||New||1||Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me||–||Smokie|
Joe Dolan saw his ‘Lady In Blue’ clock up another week at 1 which brought its total weeks at the top to 6. Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ which had been at 2 for the past 3 weeks dropped a place to 3 while David Cassidy’s ‘Darlin’ made a star rater 7 place climb to 2.
‘Darlin’ was, however, not the climber of the week as it was upstaged by a 10 place jump by Michael Holm’s ‘I’ll Return’ from 19 to 9. This was the 63rd time a song had climbed 10 or more in a week and the 6th time it had been by an act who was not from SA, the UK or the US. Other star raters this week were KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’ which, like the new number 2, also moved up 7 and Austin Robert’s ‘Rocky’ which climbed 9 from 20 to 11. The combined total of places that songs moved up in this week’s chart was 36 which was the tied 19th highest we had seen to date.
George McCrae picked up his 4th biggest faller award with a 9 place fall from 6 to 15. This was the 32nd time we had seen a song fall 9 or more places in a week.
The oldest on the chart was still Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ which ticked over to 15 weeks with us and this was its 4th week as the oldest.
Lionel Petersen’s ‘Bouncy Bouncy Bounce’ was the first of 4 songs that would leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 9. This was the 3rd of his 5 hits to date to reach double figures for weeks and those 3 had also been the 3 that went top 10. We still had more to come from Petersen.
‘Sailing’ by Rod Stewart was the second to go and that lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 2, a far better performance than his only other hit to date, ‘You Wear It Well’ which only managed 2 weeks and a peak of 19. We were not done with Rod Stewart by a long way.
Jonathan Butler’s ‘I Love How You Love Me’ also left the top 20. It managed 11 weeks and a peak of 4 which was not quite as good as his only other hit to date, ‘Please Stay’, which managed 13 weeks and peaked at 2, both figures being 2 better than his 2nd hit.
Last to go was the duet between Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner, ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ which spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4. There were now no women in the charts as either solo artists or part of a duet. In fact, only 3 songs featured women on lead vocals (Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’, 5000 Volts’ ‘I’m On Fire’ and Reparata’s ‘Shoes’).
Jimmy “Bo” Horne (born Jimmie Horace Horne, Jr) brought us our first new entry in the form of ‘Gimme Some’. Other than a number 7 peak in what was then Rhodesia, Horne’s version would not trouble the charts around the world, however a cover version by Brendon (born Brendon Dunning) went to number 14 in the UK in 1977 and another cover by Pat & Mick would reach 53 in 1991.
There would have been no local song on the chart following the departure of Lionel Petersen and Jonathan Butler’s hits had it not been for Flood’s ‘Let Me Into Your Life’ coming into the chart at 18. Flood was a Pretoria band fronted by Krishna Naidoo and ‘Let Me Into Your Life’ was a cover of an Engelbert Humperdinck song. The song did not chart for Engelbert.
It had been almost 10 years since we last saw the Four Seasons in the charts (9 years, 5 months and 4 days to be exact), but with their 3rd SA chart hit and the second new entry this week, ‘Who Loves You’, they set a new record for gaps between hits, their 492 weeks gap beating the previous best of 411 weeks, which Cher and Gene Rockwell had managed, by quite some distance. The band had been having hits in the US since 1962 and already had 35 Hot 100 hits under their belt before ‘Who Loves You’ charted there (between these 35 hits, they had at least 1 peak at every position from 1 to 15). ‘Who Loves You’ managed to get to 20 in the US and 6 in the UK. It also made it to 12 in New Zealand.
The last of the new entries was Smokie’s second hit to date, ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘N Roll To Me’. With their first hit, ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ still in the charts (at number 7 this week), Smokie became the 53rd act to have more than 1 song in the chart in a week. This would be the 12th hit for the songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and they moved into tied 14th place on the list of hits by a songwriter. They were still a long way off the 24 that Terry Dempsey had managed. ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘N Roll To Me’ got to number 8 in the UK.
This week saw the 14th time the chart was split equally between male solo artists and groups as there were 10 songs by each.
Brazil held 17th place on its own for weeks by acts from a nation, their 10 moving them ahead of Kenya which dropped to 18th place.