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|
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.
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):
|1||You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet||Bachman-Turner Overdrive||299|
|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|
|10||I Can Help||Billy Swan||202|
|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|
|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|
|25||Shame, Shame, Shame||Shirley & Company||153|
|28||You Make Me Feel Brand New||Stylistics||146|
|29||Help Me My Love||After All||141|
|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|
|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:
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:
|1||I Need Someone||Alan Garrity||464|
|2||I Can See Clearly Now||Johnny Nash||448|
|3||Cry to Me||Staccatos||447|
|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:
|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:
|1||I Need Someone||Alan Garrity||464|
|2||Cry to Me||Staccatos||447|
|3||Sunday, Monday, Tuesday||Jessica Jones||391|
|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.
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:
|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:
|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|
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:
|1||You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet||Bachman-Turner Overdrive||299||Canada|
|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:
|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|
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|
|Fallng In Love||Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynold|
|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|
|Jive Talkin’||Bee Gees|
|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|
|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.
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.