|1||1||10||You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|2||6||4||You’re the First, the Last, My Everything||–||Barry White|
|3||2||12||She’s a Woman||–||Neil Herbert|
|4||3||12||Longfellow Serenade||–||Neil Diamond|
|5||5||6||You Ask Me To||–||Bobby Angel|
|6||7||7||Junior’s Farm||–||Paul McCartney|
|7||16||3||You Make Me Feel Brand New||–||Stylistics|
|8||8||5||Beach Baby||–||First Class|
|9||4||12||Help Me My Love||–||After All|
|10||18||2||I Can Help||–||Billy Swan|
|11||13||3||Please Mr. Postman||–||Carpenters|
|12||14||5||Back Home Again||–||John Denver|
|13||10||6||I Can’t Leave You Alone||–||George McCrae|
|14||19||2||Sad Sweet Dreamer||–||Sweet Sensation|
|15||9||21||When Will I See You Again||–||Three Degrees|
|16||12||12||To the Door of the Sun||–||Gigliola Cinquetti|
|17||New||1||Dance the Kung Fu||–||Carl Douglas|
|18||New||1||Only You (And You Alone)||–||Ringo Starr|
|20||New||1||Down on the Beach Tonight||–||Drifters|
It was now 3 weeks at 1 for Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ and while for the past 2 weeks it had had the previous chart topper, Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ sitting at 2, it now had a new challenger in the form of Barry white’s’ ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’ which had a 3rd week as a star rater (the first of which was the biggest climber that week), climbing a further 4 from 6 to 2.
The Stylistics took the climber award with a 9 place climb by ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’. It moved up from 16 to 7. Apart from this and the Barry White hit mentioned above we saw 2 other star raters. Billy Swan’s ‘I Can Help’ just missed out on also being the biggest climber as it moved up 8 from 18 to 10 while Sweet Sensation’s ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’ climbed 5 from 19 to 14.
The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 9 to 15. It was still the oldest in the top 20 with 21 weeks to its name. It had been the oldest for 4 weeks.
It had been 30 weeks since we had last seen as many as 4 songs leave the chart in a week, but that drought was now broken as Margaret Singana’s ‘Mama Tembu’s Wedding’, Lovelace Watkins’ ‘The Way I Am’, Abba’s ‘Hasta Mañana’ and Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ all fell off the top 20 this week.
Singana’s hit lasted 17 weeks and peaked at 6. The only other local black woman who would chart, Letta Mbulu, also saw her first hit last 17 weeks, but her ‘I Need Your Love’ went as high as number 3. Like Mbulu, Singana would have more than 1 hit make our charts.
This was not the case for Lovelace Watkins for whom ‘The Way I Am’ would be his only hit. It spent 14 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4. Still he could claim that he had better chart success in South Africa than he did in his native US where he failed to make the Hot 100 with any of his hits.
Abba had now had 3 hits make our chart so far and all 3 of them had spent exactly 15 weeks in the top 20. The peaks for the 3 were different with their first hit, ‘Ring, Ring’ making it to 3, then ‘Waterloo’ topped the charts and now ‘Hasta Mañana’ gave them the missing peak of 2 to have the top 3 places covered for peaks. There was, of course, plenty more to come from the Swedish Fab Four.
Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ was the only ex-chart topper that left the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 19 weeks and spent 7 of those at 1. Despite the disappointment of not making the 20 week milestone, Douglas could take some comfort from the fact that he gave us the 18th occasion where an act replaced themselves in the charts as his ‘Dance The Kung Fu’ was the first of the new entries. Of the 18 previous times an act had replaced themselves, only 1 act (Cliff Richard) had managed it twice. Like Douglas’ previous hit, this new Kung Fu themed song was penned by Douglas and Biddu with the latter producing once again. The follow up was not nearly as successful, only peaking at 35 in the UK and 48 in the US. It also made 5 in Germany, 7 in Holland, 8 in Belgium and 19 in Austria. ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ had topped the charts in at least 10 countries.
Ringo Starr gave us the 15th hit by an ex-Beatle as ‘Only You (And You Alone)’ entered the charts at 18. This was Ringo’s 4th hit in SA and he pulled 1 clear of John who had had 3. Paul was still in the lead with 6 (4 with Wings and 2 solo) while George was only on 2. The song was a cover of a Buck Ram composition which was made famous in 1955 by The Platters who scored a number 5 hit with it in the US. Starr came close to emulating that success as his version made it to 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it made 28, a peak that the UK shared with the German charts. In Belgium, it made 29. John Lennon played guitar on this single.
Despite lagging behind on the ex-Beatle hit front, George was back in the charts this week but this time with a production credit on ‘Costafine Town’ by Splinter which was a new entry at 19 this week. This meant that, with Wings at 6 this week, we had a full complement of the Fab Four on the chart, Paul and Ringo as artists, John as a musician on a track and George as producer. Splinter were a UK band consisting of Bill Elliott and Bob Purvis. ‘Costafine Town’ was their only hit on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at 77 in the US and 17 in the UK. In New Zealand, they had a number 8 hit with it.
Last of the new entries was the second hit for the Drifters ‘Down On The Beach Tonight’. As with their previous hit, ‘Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies’, the song was written by Roger Greenaway and Tony Macaulay. This moved Greenaway into tied 3rd place for hits by a songwriter alongside Jeff Barry as this was his 17th hit. Les Reed on 18 and Terry Dempsey on 24 were above him. For Macaulay, this was his 12th hit, placing him tied 14th for hits by a songwriter. The song failed to chart in the US, but gave The Drifters a number 7 hit in the UK.
Gigliola Cinquetti’s ‘To The Door Of The Sun’ clocked up the 61st week in the chart for acts from Italy. So what you may say, it’s not really a milestone now is it. Why it is significant is because it put the Italians level with the Jamaicans for weeks in the charts and the 2 nations shared 11th spot for weeks by a nation. And talking of weeks by a nation, the Americans, who led the way, celebrated their 3,500th week and counting the weeks from the top of the chart down, it was Neil Diamond’s ‘Longfellow Serenade’ which bagged that milestone for them. Their total actually ticked over to 3,508 while the Brits were lagging behind on 3,467.
Carl Douglas reached 20 weeks in the chart and was the 153rd act to reach this total.
The average weeks in the chart for the top 20 songs fell from 8.55 to 6.3, a drop of 2.25 which was the 4th biggest drop we had seen to date. Essentially a big drop in this average would require a high number of songs to fall off the charts and for them to have high weeks count. This week saw 4 hits leave with the lowest weeks count for them being the 14 that Lovelace Watkins’ hit managed. In total the 4 songs accounted for a total of 65 weeks.