|3||5||5||Wedding Bells||–||Billy Swan|
|4||2||11||No Charge||–||J.J. Barrie|
|5||8||6||Green eyed Angel||–||Bobby Angel|
|6||3||11||Miss You Nights||–||Cliff Richard|
|7||6||13||Let Your Love Flow||–||Bellamy Brothers|
|8||15||4||Sonder Jou||–||Ian & Dix|
|9||7||9||Take My Heart||–||Pendulum|
|11||12||7||That’s the Way||–||Lionel Petersen|
|12||10||7||Celebrate The Rain||–||Julian Laxton Band|
|13||17||3||Time Warp||–||Richard O’ Brien|
|14||11||12||Happy to be on an Island in the Sun||–||Demis Roussos|
|15||16||4||Misty Blue||–||Dorothy Moore|
|16||19||2||Woogie Boogie||–||Platform 6|
|17||18||2||When I’m Dead and Gone||–||Bruce Millar|
|18||20||2||Rock Me to Sleep||–||Mike Eager|
|19||New||1||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||–||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|20||13||19||One Day at a Time||–||Marie Gibson|
‘Fernando’ by Abba moved on to 6 weeks at the top of the charts a total that 23 songs had manged to reach or pass so far. J.J. Barrie’s time at 2 with ‘No Charge’ was short lived as it dropped to 4 after just 1 week in second place. It was replaced by Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ which moved up from 4.
Abba were now tied 3rd overall for weeks at 1 as their total ticked over to 14. They shared 3rd spot with The Bee Gees and were 4 behind 2nd placed Tom Jones and 5 behind leaders The Sweet. This extra week at 1 for the Swedish band put Sweden tied with Canada and the 2 nations were 3 behind The Netherlands who led the way for weeks at 1 by a nation excluding the big 3 of SA, the UK and the US.
Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’ took the climber of the week award with a 7 place climb from 15 to 8. This was the 12th time that an Afrikaans song had taken the award. It was the 4th Afrikaans song to climb 7 places in a week with 1 song, Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem van die Bye’, managing an 8 place jump and Al Debbo’s ‘Baas Jack’ making a record to date for an Afrikaans song, 10 place leap in a week.
Richard O’Brien’s ‘Time Warp’ was the only other star rater this week. It climbed 4 from 17 to 13 while Marie Gibson’s ‘One Day At A Time’ was the song heading down the charts the quickest this week. It dropped 7 from 13 to 20. On the plus side for Marie, her song was the oldest in the charts for a 5th week and was on 19 weeks. However, dropping to 20 this week, it was doubtful that the song would make 20 weeks in the chart. It had now been 67 weeks since we last had a song in the charts for 20 weeks or more and that was when Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ got to 22.
Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Save Your Kisses for Me’ was the only leaver this week. It lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4. There were still a couple more to come from them.
The new entry was the 39th song to chart by a duet or collaboration of acts. Elton John teamed up with Kiki Dee to bring us ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ which joined our charts at number 19 this week. This collaboration between Reginald Dwight and Pauline Matthews (their real names) proved successful as it gave Elton his first UK chart topper and would be his 7th song to get to number 1 in the US. Aside from cracking the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, the song also went to the top of the Australian, Canadian, French, Irish, Italian, New Zealand and Rhodesian (as they were then) charts. This was John’s 4th song to enter our charts and a first for Dee. In 1994 Elton would team up with American drag queen RuPaul to give the song another outing, that version would get to 7 on the UK charts. Kiki Dee was born 19 days before Elton John. She arrived in this world on 6 March 1947 while Elton appeared on 25 March 1947. It had been 128 weeks since we had last seen Elton on the charts and he became the 82nd act to see a gap of 100 weeks or more with 6 of those 82 seeing such a gap twice.
The local acts accounted for half the chart for a second week running as they had 10 hits in the top 20. Sweden meanwhile were clocking up the weeks and this week they reached the 100 milestone. This put them tied 8th overall on the nation’s weeks list, sitting alongside Ireland.
Elvis Presley moved back in to 5th place on the overall weeks count list. It had been 405 weeks since he was last this high on the list. He shared the spot with The Troggs. Over on the local list we saw Bobby Angel move into tied 14th place alongside Jessica Jones and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. All 3 acts were on 48 weeks.