1975 THE FACTS AND FIGURES

We’ve now finished with the 1975 charts and all that’s left is for us to wrap up the year by letting you know who the shakers and movers were back then.

There were 128 songs that spent at least 1 week in the charts during the year and this was the highest number we had seen since the 135 we saw in 1971. The most we saw in the intervening years was 117 in 1972. 1969 still held the record for the most hits as we saw 153 that year and 1975 was the 7th highest of the 10 full years we had had so far. The 111 acts that brought us these songs was the 3rd highest in value we had seen so far although 1970 and 1971 shared the highest number of 114 and the 112 that 1969 gave us were above it so it was the 4th best year overall. The figure of 111 counts the acts who charted as duets separately, however, if we count a duet as a single act, then this figure would be 108. The hits per artist ratio equalled the lowest we had seen to date of 1.15 which we had also seen in 1974. Taking this to one more decimal place, then 1974 was the lowest on 1.150 with 1975 coming in at 1.153. The table below sets out the figures for these stats by years:

Year No Of Hits No Of acts Hits/Act
1965 79 55 1.44
1966 136 97 1.40
1967 146 98 1.49
1968 142 97 1.46
1969 153 112 1.37
1970 141 114 1.24
1971 135 114 1.18
1972 117 97 1.21
1973 103 87 1.18
1974 115 100 1.15
1975 128 111 1.15

The local acts brought us 26 of the 128 songs and this was the lowest we had seen from them since the 14 that 1969 brought us. 1971’s 41 was still the record to date. There were 21 acts needed to bring us the 28 hits.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 40 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 299
2 Love Hurts Nazareth 292
3 She’s a Woman Neil Herbert 266
4 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty 264
5 You Ask Me To Bobby Angel 227
6 Fox on the Run Sweet 215
7 Stand by Me John Lennon 207
8 Don’t You Know Della Reese 206
9 Barbados Typically Tropical 204
10 I Can Help Billy Swan 202
11 S.O.S. ABBA 201
12 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA 200
13 Paloma Blanca George Baker Selection 197
=14 Please Mr. Postman Carpenters 194
=14 Lady Styx 194
16 Longfellow Serenade Neil Diamond 188
17 You’re the First, the Last, My Everything Barry White 187
18 Please Stay Jonathan Butler 183
=19 Love will Keep Us Together Captain & Tennille 180
=19 Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell 180
21 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You Gilbert O’ Sullivan 175
22 You Lay so Easy on My Mind Andy Williams 169
23 The Look in Your Eyes Johnny Nash 158
24 Ms Grace Tymes 154
25 Shame, Shame, Shame Shirley & Company 153
=26 Mandy Barry Manilow 151
=26 Milky Ways Colombus 151
28 You Make Me Feel Brand New Stylistics 146
29 Help Me My Love After All 141
30 If Telly Savalas 140
31 Misty Ray Stevens 138
32 Hey You Bachman-Turner Overdrive 136
33 Hurt so Good Susan Cadogan 132
34 Junior’s Farm Paul McCartney 127
35 Before the Next Teardrop Falls Bobby Angel 123
36 Bye Bye Baby Bay City Rollers 121
37 Sailing Rod Stewart 118
38 Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas 116
39 When Will I See You Again Three Degrees 115
40 In the Summernight Teach In 111

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:

Top 40 Magazine 1975 List

Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ was the 3rd song by an act not from the US, the UK or SA to be the top song of the year and it was the first such song to not be by a German act. The previous 2 non big 3 songs which had topped the list for the year were Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ in 1971 and Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe in Tomorrow’ in 1973. Both of these acts were German. So far we had seen 4 songs of the year be by local acts, 3 by American acts and 1 by British acts with the aforementioned Germans and Canadian act making up the balance. The 299 points that ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ was the 6th highest we had seen for a winning song and the 17th best in a calendar year overall.

The cumulative points to date gave the following top 10 which was unchanged from the end of 1974:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 464
2 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash 448
3 Cry to Me Staccatos 447
4 You Peter Maffay 399
5 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
5 We Believe in Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376
7 Woman (Beautiful Woman) Don Gibson 373
=8 Sylvia’s Mother Dr. Hook 363
=8 Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone 363
10 Nice to be with You Gallery 359

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1975 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 She’s a Woman Neil Herbert 266
2 You Ask Me To Bobby Angel 227
3 Please Stay Jonathan Butler 183
4 Before the Next Teardrop Falls Bobby Angel 123
5 Private Number Lionel Petersen 109

The previous 2 years had seen the first and second local woman have the top hit for the year. 1975 saw the 6th time the top local song was by a male artist. We had seen 3 years where a group had taken the honours.

Cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965, the top 5 local songs were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 464
2 Cry to Me Staccatos 447
3 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
4 Mammy Blue Charisma 347
5 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336

NUMBER OF HITS

We had seen local acts top the list for number of hits to spend time in the charts in a calendar year (Alan Garrity in 1973 and Lionel Petersen and Billy Forrest in 1974) but they had all shared the top spot with other, international acts. This year Bobby Angel saw more hits spend time in the charts than any other act, taking top spot all by himself with 4 of his hits spending time in the top 20 during 1975. ‘You Asked Me To’ entered the charts on 17 January followed by ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ which was a new entry in June. Then in November his hit ‘Don Junior’ came along and in December we saw ‘The Greatest Christmas Gift’, his duet with Barbara Ray managed to sneak onto the final chart of the year. The best in a year was still 5 hits which 5 acts (Engelbert Humperdinck, The Bee Gees, Archies, Percy Sledge, Neil Diamond & Middle of the Road) had managed. The Bee Gees being the only ones on that list which had managed 5 in a year twice. Abba, George McCrae and Gloria Gaynor all managed 3 hits in 1975.

Bobby Angel obviously was the top local act for number of hits since he was the top act overall. No local act managed 3 hits, but Lionel Petersen, Jonathan Butler and Barbara Ray all managed 2. Bobby Angel joined Four Jacks & A Jill and Dave Mills for most hits in a calendar year by a local act with Four Jacks & A Jill managing it in 1968 and Dave Mills doing so in 1971.

The top 3 acts for total hits to date was unchanged from what it was at the end of 1974 with Tom Jones leading the way with 17, Cliff Richard in second place with 15 and The Hollies in 3rd place with 14.

Billy Forrest still led the way for local acts with 11 (unchanged from the end of 1974), Jody Wayne was still in second place and he saw his total move up from 9 to 10 during the year. Barbara Ray joined Four Jacks & A Jill in tied 3rd place with 8.

WEEKS ON THE CHARTS

Abba and Bobby Angel shared the top spot for number of weeks spent on the chart in the year with both acts managing 32. They were followed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive on 28 and Gloria Gaynor on 23. This was the lowest number of week we had ever seen for the top act(s) of the year. The previous lowest had been 37 which we saw in 1967 and which Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones all managed. Abba had become the first non big 3 act to top this list when they did so in 1974 so were now also the only non big 3 act to top this list twice. Middle Of The Road’s 59 in 1972 was still the best we had seen in a year so far. Bobby Angel was obviously the top local act for 1975.

The top 3 overall on a cumulative basis was unchanged from the end of 1974 with Tom Jones on 194 leading the way, The Hollies on 136 in second place and The Bee Gees in 3rd place on 125.

The highest place local act was Alan Garrity who sat tied 14th overall. Sitting on 84 weeks, he overtook The Staccatos who led the way for locals at the end of 1974. The Staccatos were the second highest local act on 83 and Billy Forrest was 3rd on 81.

NUMBER 1’s

After 3 years of not seeing any act have more than 1 number 1, Abba finally broke the drought and managed 2 in 1975, spending 4 weeks at the top of the charts with ‘S.O.S.’ and 2 weeks with ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’. There were 15 songs that spent time at number 1 during the year and this was the same number that managed it the previous year (1974) as well as in 1972. There had only been 3 years with less and those were 1965 (14 during 6 months), 1971 (14) and 1973 (13 – the lowest to date). 1969 still held the record when we saw 21 different songs manage to spend at least a week at 1.

There were 5 songs that spent 5 weeks at 1 during 1975 and this was the most any song managed. Those 5 songs were Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’, Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s ‘As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone’, The Sweet’s ‘Fox on the Run’ and Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’. It should be noted that ‘Milky Ways was at number 1 for the last week of the year so was the only one likely to manage further weeks at 1.

Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’ and Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ were the only local songs to top the charts in the year with the former managing 2 weeks and the latter just 1. 1968 was still the best year for local chart toppers as we had seen 5 that year.

Tom Jones on 6, The Hollies on 5 and Chris Andrews on 4 still led the overall list for number 1 and this had not changed since the end of 1974. Four Jacks & A Jill remained the only local act so far to manage more than 1 chart topper as they had managed 2.

During 1975 we noted that The Sweet took over the lead for total weeks at 1 as their 19 took them past the 18 Tom Jones had managed. Jones had led the way since 20 January 1967 when he overtook The Beach Boys. He held the lead for 446 weeks and he was now in second place with The Bee Gees on 14 weeks in 3rd place. In terms of weeks at 1 by a song, we had already seen the all time record of 13 which Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ had managed and the second highest of 12 weeks which Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ managed.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS

We saw 16 hits from female artists chart this year with a further 5 where a woman was part of a collaboration, giving them a total of 21 which was the tied 3rd highest they had managed. Without the help of the collaborative hits, it would be only their 5th best year to date. 1967’s 23 or 27 including collaborative hits was still the best we had seen. There were 13 acts that brought us these 16 hits (17 that brought us the 21 including collaborations).

Gloria Gaynor saw 3 hits spend time in the charts in the year and this was the best any woman managed. Olivia Newton-John and Barbara Ray managed 2 while the rest only managed 1 each. Petula Clark still held the record which was 4 in a calendar year and that was in 1967.

Cumulatively, Petula Clark still led the way with 11 hits to date despite us not seeing her on the charts since 1971. Barbara Ray on 8 was second overall and the top local woman. Nancy Sinatra, who also hadn’t been seen in the charts since 1971, was 3rd with 7. Virginia Lee on 6 was 4th overall and the second highest ranking local woman.

Gloria Gaynor won the weeks in the chart by a woman in 1975 award spending a total of 23 with us. She was followed by Loretta Lynn on 16 and Della Reese on 14. Cornelia managed 10 and was the top local woman with Sonja Herholdt on 8 and Margaret Singana with 7 in second and third places.

Petula Clark had led the way for total weeks to date at the end of 1974, but during 1975 she was overtaken by Barbara Ray who now led the way with 77. Clark was 2nd with 73 while Vicky Leandros was unmoved in 3rd place with 62. Ray was obviously the leading lady for locals with Lauren Copley in 2nd place on 54 and Maria on 49 coming 3rd. The order of the 3 local ladies had not changed since the end of 1974, the only thing that did change was Barbara Ray’s weeks count.

1975 was only the second year, after 1970 where there were no chart toppers by solo female artists but, like 1970, we did see a woman get to number 1 as part of a duet and that was Loretta Lynn who topped the charts for 5 week with her duet with Conway Twitty, ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’. So far Olivia Newton-John was the only woman to manage 2 solo number 1’s while Nancy Sinatra had managed 1 solo and 1 as part of a duet with her dad, Frank.

Hilary’s 8 weeks at 1 was still the most that a woman had managed with Barbara Ray having 6 to her name and Loretta Lynn joined Sandy Posey and Nancy Sinatra in 3rd place with 5.

The top 5 hits by woman in 1975 based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty 264
2 Don’t You Know Della Reese 206
3 Hurt so Good Susan Cadogan 132
4 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love Paul Anka & Odia Coates 107
5 Another Love To Come Cornelia 98

On a cumulative basis, the top 5 read:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
2 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336
3 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
4 It’s too Late Now Lauren Copley 303
5 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet Maria 302

NATIONALITIES

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 299 Canada
2 S.O.S. ABBA 201 Sweden
3 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA 200 Sweden
4 Paloma Blanca George Baker Selection 197 Netherlands
5 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You Gilbert O’ Sullivan 175 Ireland

With Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ taking the top honours overall for 1975, it was obviously the top song for acts that were not from the US, the UK or SA. This was the 3rd time that a Canadian act had topped this list and Canada moved ahead of Germany and Australia who had both topped the list twice. It was also the first time since Aussie band, The Seekers, had topped this list in 1965 and 1966 that we had the same nation take the honours 2 years running as it had been Canadian Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ that was top of the list in 1974.

We saw 24 songs by acts from the non big 3 nations spend time in the charts in 1975 which was by far their best effort to date as it smashed the previous high of 19 which we saw in 1970. Abba had seen 3 songs spend time in the charts last year and they managed this again in 1975 with ‘Hasta Mañana’ (which had been a new entry in 1974), ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ and ‘S.O.S.’ all clocking up the weeks in 1975. Three hits was still the best that ‘Rest of the World’ acts had managed in a year with The Seekers managing it in 1965, 1966 and 1967, Lucille Starr doing so in 1967 and 1968 and now Abba in 1974 and 1975. On the overall hits count list, The Seekers still led the way with 7. Lucille Starr, The George Baker Selection and Abba all sat tied 2nd on 5.

There were more songs by acts from the US than from another nation to chart this year as they managed 48. British acts managed 30 while local acts managed 26. This was the 6th time the Americans had come out on top of this list with the Brits managing it 3 time and the locals twice. Canada and The Netherlands shared top spot for the rest of the world with both nations supplying us with 5 hits. Canada had now topped this list 5 times, sharing the top spot twice. Australia had been top 3 times while Germany had managed it twice.

There were 12 different nations represented across the 128 hits we saw spend time in the charts this year. This was tied second highest, beaten only by the 13 we saw in 1971. We had seen 12 in 1972 and 1973.

In terms of total hit count, the Americans were on top with 423 followed by the Brits on 402. Local acts had managed 260. The top for the rest of the world was Canada with 25 then Germany on 16 and The Netherlands on 15.

The cumulative best hits for ‘rest of the world’ artists was as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 You Peter Maffay 399 Germany
2 We Believe in Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376 Germany
3 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321 Greece
4 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 299 Canada
5 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 276 France

WHAT DIDN’T CHART

In 1975 we certainly shunned the US and UK chart toppers in a big way as there were 41 song that topped the chart in either of both of those countries in 1975 that did not make our top 20. Of those 41, there were 3 that would eventually chart in SA. This smashed the previous record of 32 UK/US chart toppers not making our charts in the same year, 29 of which would never make our charts. 1974 was the previous record holder.

The 41 chart toppers in the US or UK or both that didn’t make our charts in 1975 were as follows:

(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song B.J. Thomas
Bad Blood Neil Sedaka
Before The Next Teardrop Falls Freddy Fender
Best Of My Love Eagles
Black Water Doobie Brothers
Divorce Billy Connolly
Fallng In Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynold
Fame David Bowie
Fire Ohio Players
Fly, Robin, Fly Silver Convention
Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band
Give A Little Love Bay City Rollers
Have You Ever Been Mellow Olivia Newton-John
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) Tony Orlando & Dawn
Hold Me Close* David Essex
I Can’t Give You Anything (But Mylove) Stylistics
I Only Have Eyes For You* Art Garfunkel
Island Girl Elton John
January Pilot
Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees
Lady Marmalade Labelle
Laughter In The Rain Neil Sedaka
Let’s Do It Again Staple Singers
Listen To What The Man Said Paul McCartney & Wings
Lonely This Christmas Mud
Lovin’ You Minnie Ripperton
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Elton John
My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli
Oh Boy Mud
One Of These Nights Eagles
Philadelphia Freedom Elton John
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band
Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire
Sister Gold Hair America
Space Oddity David Bowie
Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette
Tears On My Pillow Johnny Nash
Thank God I’m A Country Boy John Denver
That’S The Way (I Like It)* KC & The Sunshine Band
Whispering Grass Windsor Davies And Don Estelle
You’re No Good Linda Ronstadt
* Would chart in SA in later years

I WRITE THE SONGS

There were 180 song writers whose names appeared on the songs that spent time in the charts this year. This was the 5th highest total we had seen to date. 1967 still led the way with 206 writers needed to bring us the songs that year. The most any one song writer accounted for was 3 hits and there were 8 that managed this. They were Bjorn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson and Benny Andersson who brought us the Abba hits, Harry Wayne ‘KC’ Casey and Richard Finch (both of KC & The Sunshine band) who wrote George McCrae’s hits, Brian Holland (2 versions of ‘Please Mr Postman and Gloria Gaynor’s ‘Reach Out, I’ll be There’), Conway Twitty (the English and Afrikaans versions of ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ and his own ‘Touch The Hand’) and Hans Bouwens who brought us all the George Baker Selection hits. The best a song writer had managed in a calendar year was 9 which Terry Dempsey who managed this in 1971.

Dempsey also led the way overall with 24 hits to his credit. Les Reed on 18 was second and Roger Greenaway and Jeff Barry were tied 3rd on 17.

The 3 guys who brought us the Abba hits, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson and Benny Andersson, saw their compositions spend more time in the charts than any other song writer this year as they managed 32 weeks. Randy Bachman on 28 was second with Brian Holland and Hans Bouwens on 25 with the 3rd highest weeks count. The 32 weeks that the 3 Swedes managed was the lowest total to take top honours in a year, beating the previous lowest of 44 which we saw in 1974 (this excludes the 29 we saw in the half year of charts in 1965).

Terry Dempsey was still way out in the lead for total weeks as he had 253 to his name. Les Reed on 168 was second with Barry Gibb on 151 taking 3rd place. This top 3 was unchanged from what it was at the end of 1974.

Benny, Stig and Bjorn were the only song writers to see more than 1 of their compositions top the charts. They had song writing credits on both of Abba’s number 1’s in 1975, ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ and ‘S.O.S.’ and the 6 weeks in total that those 2 songs spent at the top of the charts was also the most weeks that a song writer managed. Neil Diamond led the way overall for weeks at 1 with 16 to his name. He was followed by Barry and Maurice Gibb on 15 and Robin Gibb, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn on 14. In terms of number of number 1’s Chris Andrews, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Les Reed, Neil Diamond and Geoff Stephens had all seen 4 of their compositions hit the number 1 spot so far and this was the record to date.

THANKS

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped along the way through through 1973. Special thanks go to Peet van Staaden, Anton ‘Eagle-Eye’ van Staden and Ian McLean for supplying invaluable information and corrections as well as Chris Kimberly, Brian Currin, Stephen Segerman and Tertius Louw for being my go-to guys when I’m stumped.

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26 December 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Milky Ways  – Colombus
2 2 7 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
3 7 2 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
4 5 6 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler
5 3 8 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
6 4 7 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
7 6 6 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
8 8 4 Feelings  – Morris Albert
9 12 5 The Last One to Touch Me  – Barbara Ray
10 11 5 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  – Lionel Petersen
11 16 2 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
12 10 10 Three Steps to Heaven  – Showaddywaddy
13 15 3 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
14 9 13 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
15 19 5 Blanket on the Ground  – Billie Jo Spears
16 New 1 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
17 13 14 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
18 14 7 I’m Sorry  – John Denver
19 New 1 I’m on Fire  – 5000 Volts
20 New 1 The Greatest Christmas Gift  – Bobby Angel & Barbara Ray

We ended the year with Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ enjoying a 5th week at number 1 (the 38th song to manage 5 weeks at the top of the charts). This was the 8th week that a French act had topped the charts. Canada on 14 and The Netherlands on 17 were the only 2 non big 3 nations above them and they sat tied on 8 with Sweden. It was also the 5th time we had seen the song that was at number 1 at the start of December still being there at the end of the month. Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’ was unmoved at 2.

Climber of the week went to The Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’ which jumped up 5 from 16 to 11. This was the 15th time we had seen a biggest climber by a Dutch act.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ and Billie Jo Spears’ ‘Blanket On The Ground’ were both star raters, moving up 4 from 7 to 3 and 19 to 15 respectively. Dolan was the 9th non big 3 nation act to reach 5 star raters.

An ex-chart topper, Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 from 9 to 14 while Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest on the charts as it clocked up 14 weeks with us.

There were 3 songs that left the charts this week. The first of these was 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ which lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 17. This would be their only SA chart hit, but we would see 10cc member Graham Gouldman’s name on another charting song where he would be credited as the song writer.

Paul Anka & Odia Coates’ ‘(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ lasted 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at 9. This would be Coates’ only SA chart hit and the last for Anka who had seen 1 other song chart (‘Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams’). Anka had managed a total of 12 weeks in the chart and the song just leaving would give him his best peak.

Last to go was Conway Twitty’s ‘Touch The Hand’ which managed just 2 weeks and peaked at 17, a far cry from the chart topping and 16 weeks of his only other hit to date, the duet with Loretta Lynn, ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’

The first of the new entries was ‘You And Me – Me And You’ by The Main Ingredient, an American soul band. They managed 11 US Hot 100 hits, the highest placed of which was their 1972 hit ‘Everybody Plays The Fool’ which got to number 3, however, ‘You And Me – Me And You’ was not amongst the 11 songs that charted in the US. The song did appear on their 1975 album ‘Rolling Down A Mountainside’ the title track of which made 92 in the US.

‘I’m On Fire’ by 5000 Volts was our second new entry this week and should not be confused with the 1973 hit by local lass, Maria as they only had a title in common. The 5000 Volts song was written by Tony Eyers (Maria’s was by Ben Findon) and it climbed to number 4 in the UK as well as topping the charts in Germany, Belgium and Sweden. In the US it made number 26. The band featured Tina Charles on vocals. She would have a couple of solo hits on our charts later on.

Last of the new entries was a local duet comprising Bobby Angel and Barbara Ray with a seasonal song called ‘The Greatest Christmas Gift’. The song was written by Dallas Frazier and Earl Montgomery and recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette as a duet, but I have been unable to ascertain when this version was recorded. For Bobby Angel it was his 4th appearance on our charts while Barbara was enjoying her 8th top 20 outing which placed her tied 3rd on the list of number of hits by a local artist behind Jody Wayne on 10 and Billy Forrest on 11. She was still 3 behind the leading lady for hit count, Petula Clark, who was on 11. Barbara Ray also became the 9th woman and 3rd local woman to have 2 hits in the charts in the same week. The other 2 local women to manage this were Hilary and Jessica Jones.

Lionel Petersen celebrated his 40th week in the charts and was the 66th act overall and the 17th local act to reach this landmark. He sat unmoved  at 17 on the local weeks count list, 2 behind 16th placed The Rising Sons.

This was the last chart of the year and the 7th time we had not seen the Grammy Song of the year on our charts. The award for 1975 went to Judy Collins ‘Send In The Clowns’.

George McCrae was the only act to feature on the first and last charts of the year. He started the year with ‘Rock Your Baby’ sitting at number 16 and ended it with ‘It’s Been so Long’ at number 7. So far we had only seen 2 years (1971 and 1972) where there were no acts to feature on the first and last chart of the year.

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19 December 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Milky Ways  – Colombus
2 5 6 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
3 2 7 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
4 4 6 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
5 7 5 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler
6 8 5 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
7 New 1 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
8 10 3 Feelings  – Morris Albert
9 3 12 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
10 6 9 Three Steps to Heaven  – Showaddywaddy
11 14 4 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  – Lionel Petersen
12 13 4 The Last One to Touch Me  – Barbara Ray
13 11 13 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
14 12 6 I’m Sorry  – John Denver
15 19 2 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
16 New 1 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
17 20 2 Touch the Hand  – Conway Twitty
18 9 9 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  – Paul Anka & Odia Coates
19 16 4 Blanket on the Ground  – Billie Jo Spears
20 17 5 I’m Not in Love  – 10cc

‘Milky Ways’ by Colombus moved on to 4 weeks at 1 and now held the record for weeks at 1 by a French act, going 1 past the 3 that the only other number 1 song by a French act, The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’, had managed. Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’ moved up 3 from 5 last week to occupy 2nd place and apply pressure on the number 1 hit.

Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum Bum’ was the climber of the week, moving up 4 from 19 to 15. This was the 6th time a song by a Jamaican artist had taken the award with Desmond Dekker and Boris Gardiner both having taken it twice while James Lloyd’s single time with the award made up the numbers. This was also the only star rater climb this week.

Paul Anka & Odia Coates picked up the faller of the week award for the second week running as ‘(I Believe) There Is Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ fell 9 from 9 to 18 to pick up its second such award. This was the 31st time we had seen a fall of 9 or more in a week, but only the second time it had been by an act from a non big 3 nation. Susan Cadogan from Jamaica was the only other non big 3 act to see a fall of this magnitude.

Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest, something the last 2 oldest in the charts hadn’t managed to do. The song was on 13 weeks in the charts.

We bid farewell to 2 songs this week, the first of which was Bobby Angel’s ‘Don Junior’ which had spent 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 16, his worst performance to date with his other 2 hits both going top 5 (‘You Ask Me To’ actually making number 1) and spending more than 10 weeks in the charts. There were more hits to come from Angel.

Leo Sayer’s ‘Moonlighting’ lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 12. This equalled his worst week count for his 4 hits so far, but his other 5 weeker, ‘One Man Band’ only peaked at 15. Sayer still had a number of hits to bring us.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ was the 14th song to enter the charts at 7 or higher and would be the last to debut at such a high position. We had last seen Dolan on our charts in April of 1971 and the gap of 4 years, 8 months and 3 days since his ‘You And The looking Glass’ was in the charts was the 19th biggest gap between hits to date and the biggest we had seen so far for hits by an Irish act. ‘Lady In Blue’ was written by Peter Yellowstone and Robert Danova who were responsible for the 1973 hit by Shuki & Aviva, ‘Signorina Concertina’. This was Dolan’s 3rd hit to chart in SA and the 11th by an Irish artist. Only 6 acts had brought us these 11 hits. This was the first of 3 songs that would chart where the title started with ‘Lady In…’. Can you guess what the other 2 would be?

Joining Dolan as a new entry on the charts was The Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’. Despite sounding like an American Country music band, they were in fact a Dutch County music band. ‘Somewhere Between’ was a cover of a Merle Haggard album track and it spent a week at the top of the charts in Holland and made it to number 10 in Belgium.

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12 December 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Milky Ways  – Colombus
2 2 6 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
3 3 11 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
4 5 5 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
5 9 5 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
6 6 8 Three Steps to Heaven  – Showaddywaddy
7 11 4 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler
8 7 4 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
9 4 8 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  – Paul Anka & Odia Coates
10 19 2 Feelings  – Morris Albert
11 10 12 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
12 8 5 I’m Sorry  – John Denver
13 14 3 The Last One to Touch Me  – Barbara Ray
14 13 3 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  – Lionel Petersen
15 15 5 Moonlighting  – Leo Sayer
16 17 3 Blanket on the Ground  – Billie Jo Spears
17 18 4 I’m Not in Love  – 10cc
18 16 3 Don Junior  – Bobby Angel
19 New 1 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
20 New 1 Touch the Hand  – Conway Twitty

‘Milky Ways’ by Colombus enjoyed a 3rd week at 1 and equalled the record to date run at the top of the charts by a song by a French act as the only other French song to top our charts was The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ which lasted 3 weeks at the top spot.

Last week’s new entry, Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 9 from 19 to 10. We had seen 55 songs make a climb of 9 places in a week and of those 13 have done so from 19 to 10. The next most popular for a 9 place climb were the jumps from 20 to 11 and 17 to 8, both of which had occurred 8 times. Of all the biggest climbers we had seen so far, 46.4% of them had picked up the award the week after the entered the charts.

There were 2 other star raters this week and they were Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ and Jonathan Butler’s ‘I Love How You Love Me’ (definitely a ‘Love Me’ theme going on there. By the way they were the 5th and 6th songs so far to chart where the title contained that phrase) which both climbed 4 to land at 5 and 7 respectively.

Falling honours went to Paul Anka & Odia Coates’ ‘(I Believe) There Is Nothing Stronger Than Our Love’ which dropped 5 from 4 to 9.

The 2 songs that had been the oldest on last weeks’ chart were the 2 songs that left the top 20 this week. Andy Williams’ ‘You Lay So Easy on My Mind’ lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 3, his second best weeks and peak figures, but this would be his swansong on our charts. He had managed 5 hits in total, spent 46 week in the charts and enjoyed 4 weeks at 1 with ‘Solitaire’, his best peaking song. At this point he sat tied 54th overall on the weeks count list and 50th on the points list with 547 to his name.

Abba became the 4th act to have their first 5 hits go top 10 and spend 10 or more weeks in the chart, but this week we bid farewell to their latest offering ‘S.O.S’ which lasted 13 weeks in the chart and spent 4 of those at number 1. Abba had the second highest average leaving place for their first 5 songs which had left the top 20 from 13, 14, 15, 10 and 12 (average of 12.8) in that order. Only The Archies had seen a higher average last week place for their first 5 hits which had left the top 20 from 9, 9, 16, 10, 18 in that order which gave them an average of 12.4. Third placed for this was Tommy Roe who averaged 13.4 and 4th was Englebert Humperdinck on 13.6. These would be the overall top 4 by the time the charts ended in 1989. Abba would have further chart success.

The new oldest on the chart was now Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ which sat on 12 weeks.

Carl Malcolm gave us the 12th song to chart by a Jamaican artist as ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ entered the top 20 at 19. Jamaica now sat tied 7th overall for hits alongside Australia. Due to political correctness not having been invented yet, the song was able to climb to number 8 in the UK. Of the 12 Jamaican hits to chart so far, only Desmond Dekker and James Lloyd had seen more than 1, with the former having had 3 hits and the latter having seen 2.

The other new entry for the week was Conway Twitty’s ‘Touch The Hand’. Twitty had been in the charts recently with his chart topping duet with Loretta Lynn, ‘As Soon As I Hang up The Phone’. ‘Touch The Hand’ topped the US country singles charts. It was part of a double a-sided single, the other side being ‘Don’t Cry Joni’. Strangely ‘Touch The Hand’ is the song noted as topping the Country singles charts while ‘Don’t Cry Joni’ is shown as making 63 on the main Billboard Hot 100 the following year. If you don’t want to know what happened in South Africa, look away now… ‘Don’t Cry Joni’ would chart in SA separately in1976.

Barbara Ray took 5th place on the local weeks count list for herself as she added 1 more to her total and moved on to 74, 1 ahead of Dave Mills who dropped into 6th place.

This week also saw the 24th time where the artist on the song at the top and the bottom of the chart had a name starting with the same letter as we saw Colombus at 1 and Conway Twitty at 20.

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5 December 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Milky Ways  – Colombus
2 3 5 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
3 2 10 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
4 6 7 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  – Paul Anka & Odia Coates
5 7 4 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
6 9 7 Three Steps to Heaven  – Showaddywaddy
7 11 3 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
8 8 4 I’m Sorry  – John Denver
9 10 4 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
10 4 11 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
11 14 3 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler
12 5 13 S.O.S.  – ABBA
13 16 2 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  – Lionel Petersen
14 20 2 The Last One to Touch Me  – Barbara Ray
15 12 4 Moonlighting  – Leo Sayer
16 19 2 Don Junior  – Bobby Angel
17 18 2 Blanket on the Ground  – Billie Jo Spears
18 17 3 I’m Not in Love  – 10cc
19 New 1 Feelings  – Morris Albert
20 13 13 You Lay so Easy on My Mind  – Andy Williams

Having gained the top spot last week, Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ enjoyed a second week at 1 while Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ moved into 2nd place which had been vacated by the previous chart topper, Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ which fell to 3.

Barbara Ray joined Billy Forrest at the top of the list for most biggest climber awards as ‘The Last One to Touch Me’ gave her her 7th such award with a 6 place climb from 20 to 14. South Africa was one of only 7 nations that would see acts produce 7 or more biggest climbers. So far it had only been the UK, the US and SA that had managed this.

The only other song to manage a star rater climb was George McCrae’s ‘It’s Been So Long’ which moved up 4 from 11 to 7 to give him his 6th star rater climb.

Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ and Andy Williams’ ‘You Lay So Easy On My Mind’ shared the faller of the week award as both dropped 7 places and landed at 12 and 20 respectively. Some news to cheers them up though was that they were the oldest on the chart, sitting on 13 weeks each.

The only song to leave the chart was the one that was the oldest on last week’s top 20, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’. It had seen a run of 13 weeks and peaked at 2, the best peak and worst weeks of his 3 hits that he had seen. This was the end of the road for him in terms of SA chart hits. He had spent a total of 44 weeks on the charts and his best peak was, as mentioned, the song leaving the charts this week. He led the way by quite a distance for weeks in the charts by an Irish act, being 28 weeks ahead of second placed Joe Dolan. He would drop to 3rd by the time the charts ended in 1989.

The new entry was Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ and was the first song by a Brazilian artist to chart in SA. Albert was born Maurício Alberto Kaisermann on 7 September 1951 in Sao Paulo. ‘Feelings’ gave him a number 6 hit in the US and a number 4 in the UK. It also made 4 in New Zealand, 13 in Belgium, 16 in Holland and 41 in Germany. The song was based on a melody composed by Loulou Gasté and would go on to sell over a million copies.

John Denver reached his highest placing in the chart so far as ‘I’m Sorry’ got to number 8, His previous hits, ‘Back Home’ and ‘Annie’s ‘Song’ made 10 and 11 respectively.

France caught up with Jamaica for weeks in the charts by acts from those nations. They sat tied 10th on the list with 77 weeks each.

Bobby Angel celebrated reaching the 30 weeks in the charts mark and was the 27th local act to manage this. Abba meanwhile celebrated 70 weeks in total and were the 31st act overall and the first from a non big 3 nation to do this. Barbara Ray equalled Petula Clark for weeks on the charts as her total moved on to 77 and the two of them were the tied highest for female artists. Ray also moved into tied 5th place on the local weeks count list, sharing the spot with Dave Mills. Lionel Petersen moved 1 ahead of Virginia Lee as his total ticked over to 37. He held on to 17th place while Lee dropped to 18th.

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28 November 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Milky Ways  – Colombus
2 1 9 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
3 6 4 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
4 3 10 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
5 4 12 S.O.S.  – ABBA
6 5 6 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  – Paul Anka & Odia Coates
7 11 3 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
8 12 3 I’m Sorry  – John Denver
9 8 6 Three Steps to Heaven  – Showaddywaddy
10 9 3 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
11 16 2 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
12 18 3 Moonlighting  – Leo Sayer
13 7 12 You Lay so Easy on My Mind  – Andy Williams
14 20 2 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler
15 10 13 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
16 New 1 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  – Lionel Petersen
17 19 2 I’m Not in Love  – 10cc
18 New 1 Blanket on the Ground  – Billie Jo Spears
19 New 1 Don Junior  – Bobby Angel
20 New 1 The Last One to Touch Me  – Barbara Ray

Colombus brought us our second number 1 by a French act has their ‘Milky Ways’ took over the top spot from Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ after the latter had spent 4 weeks at 1. The only other French act to top the chart so far was The Paul Maurait Orchestra with their hit ‘Love Is Blue’ which spent 3 weeks at 1 during the April of 1968. ‘Barbados’ dropped to 2.

The climber of the week award was shared between Leo Sayer’s ‘Moonlighting’ and Jonathan Butler’s ‘I Love How You Love Me’ which both climbed 6 places to land at 12 and 14 respectively. Both acts had picked up the award once before, Sayer with ‘One Man Band’ and Butler with ‘Please Stay’.

There were 3 other songs that made star rater jumps and they were Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner’s ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ which moved up 4 from 11 to 7, John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ which climbed 4 from 12 to 8 and George McCrae’s ‘It’s Been So Long’ which jumped up 5 from 16 to 11.

Andy Williams’ ‘You Lay So Easy On My Mind’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 7 to 13 to give Williams his 3rd time with the award.

We lost 4 songs from the chart this week, the first of which was Gloria Gaynor’s ‘Walk On By’ which had spent 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. Of her 3 hits to date, this was her worst performance on both the weeks and peak front, although it was only just on the latter as her previous hit, ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ had peaked at 11. Her second best/worst weeks count was 8 which her first hit, ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ managed. We still had a couple more hits to come from her.

‘My Klein Witte Duifie’ was the second to go. This Afrikaans version of ‘Paloma Blanca’ by Tamaltjie lasted 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at 9. This was the 37th song and 7th local song to have and equal weeks and peaks figure and it was the 3rd local one in a row where this figure was 9. It was also the 9th time overall that the figure had been 9 and 9 joined 7 at the top of the list for number of times it had been a weeks and peak figure for a song. ‘Paloma Blanca’ spent a total of 22 weeks in the chart between this Afrikaans version and the English version by the George Baker Selection and the song sat tied 16th on the list of weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version.

Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’ would be her only SA chart hit and it gave her a weeks count of 10 and a peak of 6.

Last to leave was Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty’. It lasted 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5. This ended Stevens’ run in our charts and he had managed 2 hits, the other being ‘Gitarzan’. The peak of 5 by ‘Misty’ was the best peak of his 2 hits and his total weeks count was 16. The departure of ‘Misty’ from the charts left Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You But I Think I Like You’ as the oldest in the charts on its own. It had shared the title with ‘Misty’ for the previous 2 weeks. It sat on 13 weeks in the charts.

This week we saw the 3rd occasion when there were 3 or more new/re-entries were by local acts and the highest of these was Lionel Petersen’s 5th hit, Bouncy Bouncy Bounce’. The song was the 3rd written by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange to chart. One of the previous 2 by Lange had also been a hit for Petersen (‘I Need A Little Love’). Lange also produced the single and was the 14th time that his name appeared as producer on a chart hit although it should be noted that producers were not always listed. Lange sat tied 8th for number of hits as a producer (where listed) but was 10 behind leader Mickie Most who had the, erm, most.

Bobby Angel enjoyed a 3rd hit as ‘Don Junior’ joined the top 20 this week. The song was written by Tony Romeo who had already brought us The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’, Lou Christie’s ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ and The Partridge Family’s ‘I Think I Love You’. It was originally recorded by a guy called Jim Ed Brown and his version went to number 63 on the US country Singles charts.

The last of the local new entries was Barbara Ray’s ‘The Last One To Touch Me’ and this was her 7th song to chart. This moved her to tied 25th overall for number of hits and tied 4th place for local acts. She did move ahead of Virginia Lee (who was on 6) to be the highest place local woman and was tied second overall for hits by women, joining Nancy Sinatra there, but still being 4 shy of the 11 that leader, Petula Clark had managed. The song was produced by Jody Wayne and arranged by Hennie Bekker who also produced Bobby Angels’ ‘Don Junior’. It was written by Dolly Parton and was the first one she had penned to chart where she was not the artist. Parton’s version was not released as a single, but did appear on her 1971 album ‘Joshua’.

The non-local new entry this was Billie Jo Spears’ ‘Blanket On The Ground’. This was the 1,200th song to chart in SA and it topped the US Country Singles charts and made number 2 on the same chart in Canada. It made 78 on the main US charts (where it would be her second and last song to make that chart). In the UK it got a far better reception, climbing to number 6 there. It also managed to chart in New Zealand (11), Austria (15), Holland (15), Belgium (31) and Germany (39). Spears died in December 2011. She was only 15 days younger than fellow new entry artists, Bobby Angel with the latter being born on 30 December 1936 and the former being born on 14 January 1937.

The male artists were back to hogging at least half the chart as they accounted for 10 of the top 20 songs. They had been below 10 for the last 5 weeks. And the Americans were losing ground as they had been the most represented nation on the top 20 for the last 18 weeks, but this week they dropped to 6 hits and shared the most in the chart title with the Brits who sat unchanged on 6. The locals had 4 with Canada, France, Ireland and Sweden giving us the other 4.

The difference in total hit count between acts from the US and those of the UK reach 20 again. It had been at this level 4 weeks previously but dropped down to 19 for the last 3 weeks. The Americans had now provided us with 421 hits compared to the Brits who had managed 401.

Barbara Ray moved into tied 6th place with Jody Wayne on the local weeks count list with the 2 of them on 72 while further down the list, Lionel Petersen joined Virginia Lee in tied 17th place with 36, exactly half that of Ray and Wayne.

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21 November 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Barbados  – Typically Tropical
2 4 4 Milky Ways  – Colombus
3 2 9 Rhinestone Cowboy  – Glen Campbell
4 3 11 S.O.S.  – ABBA
5 6 5 (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love  – Paul Anka & Odia Coates
6 9 3 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
7 5 11 You Lay so Easy on My Mind  – Andy Williams
8 8 5 Three Steps to Heaven  – Showaddywaddy
9 12 2 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
10 7 12 I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
11 14 2 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
12 18 2 I’m Sorry  – John Denver
13 10 12 Misty  – Ray Stevens
14 11 10 I’m Not Lisa  – Jessi Colter
15 13 9 My Klein Witte Duifie  – Tamaletjie
16 New 1 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
17 15 6 Walk on By  – Gloria Gaynor
18 20 2 Moonlighting  – Leo Sayer
19 New 1 I’m Not in Love  – 10cc
20 New 1 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler

It was now 4 weeks at 1 for Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ and it had a new challenger to contend with in the shape of Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ which climbed 2 from 4 to 2.

John Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry’ picked up the climber of the week award with a 6 place jump from 18 to 12. This was Denver’s second time with the award having picked up 1 with ‘Annie’s Song’. This would be the only star rater climb this week.

The fall of the week was a mere 3 places and there were 3 songs than managed this. They were Jessi Colter’s ‘I’m Not Lisa’ (down to 14), Ray Stevens’ ‘Misty (down to 13) and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘I Don’t Love You, But I Think I Like You’. It was a second time for both Colter and O’Sullivan and a first for Stevens. The Gilbert O’Sullivan and Ray Stevens hits shared the oldest on the chart title as they moved on to 12 weeks each and enjoyed a second week as the oldest.

The first of the 3 songs that left the charts this week was Gene Rockwell’s ‘Wasted Days and Wasted Nights’ which had enjoyed a run of 4 weeks and peaked at 16, the second worst performer of his 7 hits to date with only his previous hit, ‘Cold Cold Heart’ (2 weeks and a peak of 20) having a less successful chart run. We were not done with Rockwell just yet.

Justin Hayward & John Lodge saw their SA chart run come to an end when their only chart hit, ‘I Dreamed Last Night’ fell off the charts after 4 weeks and a peak of 14. We wouldn’t see them in the charts in this guise again or as solo artists, but as members of The Moody Blues they would return to the top 20.

Last of the leavers was David Cassidy’s ‘Get It Up For Love’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 7. This had been his 3rd hit to date it had the second best weeks and peak, not faring as well as ‘Daydreamer’ which made it to 3 during a 14 week run. Cassidy would find his way back onto the charts at a later date.

The highest of the 3 new entries was George McCrae’s 3rd SA hit, ‘It’s Been So Long’ which entered the charts at 16. As with his previous 2 hits, the song was written by KC & The Sunshine Band’s Harry Wayne ‘KC’ Casey and Richard Finch. It gave McCrae a number 4 hit in the UK and in Germany it peaked at 27.

Also new was 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ which had spent 2 weeks at the top of the UK charts earlier in the year and narrowly missed out on a top spot in the US, peaking at number 2 there. It also made 4 in New Zealand, 5 in Holland and Belgium, 6 in Norway and 8 in Germany and Switzerland. It was written by band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman with lots of suggestions for the arrangement coming from Kevin Godley and Lol Creme who along with Stewart had brought us Hotlegs’ hit ‘Neanderthal Man’ back in 1970.

Last of the new entries was Jonathan Butler’s second SA hit, ‘I Love How You Love Me’. The song, written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber, was first recorded in 1961 by The Paris Sisters and that version was produced by Phil Spector. It made number 5 in the US. In the UK it was a version by Jimmy Crawford that made number 18 in 1961. Numerous others have subsequently recorded it, including Bobby Vinton, The Lettermen, Bryan Ferry, Lynn Anderson and Glen Campbell. There is also a version floating around by one time Charlie’s Angel, Cheryl Ladd. Butler’s version was produced by Peter Vee, who had seen 4 solo hits make our charts, and was the only other local song in the charts alongside Tamaletjie’s ‘My Klein Witte Duifie’.

Abba became the 15th act to see their points total move past the 1,000 mark as it ticked over to 1,009. They were the first act not from the UK, the US or SA to reach this milestone.

‘Paloma Blanca’ moved into tied 16th place for songs charting in more than 1 version as the George Baker Selection and Tamaltjie’s Afrikaan version (‘My Klein Witte Duifie’) had clocked up a total of 22 weeks, putting the song level with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ (Herman’s Hermit’s and New Vaudeville Band) and ‘Amazing Grace’ (Judy Collins & Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards).

The arrival of 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ move the US/UK number 1 hit count in our top 20 onto 4.

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