7 June 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 9 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
2 1 9 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
3 3 12 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
4 4 6 Dark Lady  – Cher
5 5 8 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
6 12 4 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
7 11 5 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
8 6 10 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
9 10 7 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
10 9 11 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
11 7 13 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
12 8 6 Jet  – Wings
13 14 3 Haai Casanova  – Glenys Lynne
14 19 2 Waterloo  – ABBA
15 18 2 The Show Must Go On  – Leo Sayer
16 13 5 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor
17 17 2 Emma  – Hot Chocolate
18 16 8 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
19 20 2 There Won’t be Anymore  – Charlie Rich
20 15 17 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited

Before ‘Solitaire’, Andy William’s best peak had been number 9 with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, but with ‘Solitaire’, his 4th hit on our charts, he joined 120 other artists to date who could claim a South African number 1 hit as his song took over the top spot from Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ after the latter had had 2 runs of 2 weeks each at the top.

The Hollies became the 4th of only 10 acts who would ultimately manage 10 or more biggest climbers. They picked up the award with a 6 place climb by ‘The Air That I Breathe’ which moved up from 12 to 6 this week. All of the previous 3 acts to get to 10 biggest climbers were also from the UK and they were Tom Jones, The Bee Gees and The Sweet.

There were 2 other star raters this week and they were both by Swedish acts. Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ climbed 4 from 11 to 7 and Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ moved up 5 from 19 to 14. This would be the only time we would see 2 songs by Swedish acts be star raters in the same week.

The faller of the week was Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ which fell 5 from 15 to 20. This was the second week running that it had taken the award. It was still the oldest on the chart, clocking up its 17th week in the top 20 and its 5th as the oldest.

This week was the 11th time we saw no movement on or off the charts.

Sweden caught up with Spain for weeks spent in the charts by acts from a nation. The 2 nations had totalled 21 each and they sat tied 14th for weeks by a nation.

The 2 versions of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ that had charted so far had a combined total of 16 weeks in the charts. This moved the song into tied 22nd place on the list of weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. It shared the spot with Bob Lind & Judy Page’s ‘Butterfly’ and Petula Clark and Harry Secombe’s ‘This Is My Song’.

This week’s chart had 4 US number 1s on it but only 2 that had had topped the UK charts, 1 of those topped both charts. There were 6 songs that never made the US charts and 7 that did not chart in the UK. The 6 that did not make the US charts were included in the 7 that did not chart in the UK. It was only Charlie Rich’s ‘There Won’t Be Anymore’ that made the US charts but not the UK ones.

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31 May 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
2 3 8 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
3 2 11 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
4 6 5 Dark Lady  – Cher
5 8 7 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
6 4 9 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
7 5 12 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
8 9 5 Jet  – Wings
9 7 10 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
10 10 6 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
11 11 4 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
12 13 3 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
13 15 4 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor
14 18 2 Haai Casanova  – Glenys Lynne
15 12 16 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
16 14 7 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
17 New 1 Emma  – Hot Chocolate
18 New 1 The Show Must Go On  – Leo Sayer
19 New 1 Waterloo  – ABBA
20 New 1 There Won’t be Anymore  – Charlie Rich

‘Seasons In The Sun’ by Terry Jacks had now spent as many weeks at 1 in this, it’s second run at the top of the charts, as it managed in its first as it entered its second week at 1 in the run and brought its total weeks at the top to 4. Andy Williams’ ‘Solitaire’ crept closer to pole position as it moved up 1 to 2.

Glenys Lynne’s ‘Haai Casanova’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 4 from 18 to 14. This was the 7th of the 18 Afrikaans songs we had seen on the charts so far to take the biggest climber award with 2 of those 7 managing it twice.

On the falling front it was Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ which took the honours for biggest fall as it dropped 3 from 12 to 15. It was the oldest on the charts so I guess it was entitled to be the biggest faller. It had been with us for 16 weeks and 4 of those had been as the oldest.

We had 4 songs leave the chart this week and the first of these was Elvis Presley’s ‘Take Good Care Of Her’. It had lasted a total of 5 weeks in the charts during its 2 runs in the top 20 and managed to peak at 18, by far his lowest peak to date. His previous lowest peak of 13 was by ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ back in 1968. That song had his lowest weeks to date as it only spent 4 in the charts. His previous song to spend just 5 weeks in the charts, ‘If I Can Dream’, managed to get to 7.

The second song to go had also seen 2 runs in the charts and that was Vicky Leandros’ ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’. It spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. This brought to an end her SA chart career and ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ was the only one of her 4 hits not to make at least 10 weeks and get into the top 10. Her weeks count in total was 62 and her best peak was the 4 weeks spent at 1 by ‘Come What May’. So far Leandros was only 1 of 2 acts who had seen 2 songs spend 20 or more weeks in the charts as she managed this with ‘Come What May’ (23 weeks) and ‘The Love In Your Eyes (20 weeks). The only other act to manage this so far was Four Jacks & A Jill.

Maria’s ‘Hurry On Home’ had seen a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 8. She had come very close to being the 3rd act on the list of those who had seen 2 hits manage 20 weeks or more as her first hit, ‘I’m On Fire’ lasted 21 but her second (‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp your Feet’) fell agonisingly close, lasting 19 weeks. There was still one more hit to come from her.

Last to go was the version of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which was not at number 1 (well duh! I hear you say and you are right). Bobby Wright’s version lasted 7 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 5. This would be the only SA chart action he would see.

Hot Chocolate returned to the charts after just over a year’s absence. ‘Emma’ was their 3rd SA hit. As with their previous 2 hits, the song was written by band members Errol Brown and Tony Wilson. Production was by Mickie Most who had lived in South Africa for a good while. The song made it to number 3 in the UK and 8 in the US as well as getting to number 2 in both Holland and Belgium. One of the more bizarre covers of this was by Goth band The Sisters Of Mercy who would often perform it live.

A newcomer to the charts was Leo Sayer. ‘The Show Must Go On’ was his first hit to chart in SA as well as in the UK where it went to number 2. The song was written by Sayer and David Courtney and the latter shared production credits with 60’s singer Adam Faith. Three Dog Night took a cover of the song to number 4 in the US.

Abba’s second SA hit, ‘Waterloo’ was the 4th winner of the Eurovision Song Competition to chart in SA (following on from Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’, Dana’s ‘All Kinds Of Everything’ and Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’). It was the first single release to be credited to Abba with previous hits listing Benny & Bjorn + Anna & Frieda (sic) as the artist. This was the song that launched their illustrious career, as it flew to the top of the chart in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Norway as well as making number 2 in Austria and 6 in the US. Bizarrely the single only managed to get to number 2 in their native Sweden because at that stage Sweden had a combined singles/album chart and their album ‘Waterloo’ kept the single off the top spot.

The arrival of ‘Waterloo’ meant we saw the highest concentration of Swedish acts on the charts in a week as it teamed up with Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’. There would be a good number of weeks with 2 Swedish acts on the chart, but we would never see 3, and this run with Abba and Blue Swede would be the only time the 2 Swedish hits would not both be by Abba. A further thing about ‘Waterloo’ was it was the first time we had seen a song chart that was also the name of an act that had previously charted or vice versa. Waterloo, the band had charted in 1972 with ‘Rock & Roll Lullaby’. There would ultimately be 16 songs to chart that shared the name of a group with 3 of those being where the song was sung by a band with the same name as the song.

Last of the new entries was Charlie Rich’s ‘There Won’t Be Anymore’. We had missed out on his hit ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ which had given him a number 1 in the US and 2 in the UK charting a few months earlier in those countries. ‘There Won’t Be Anymore’ didn’t make the UK charts, but topped the US Country Singles charts and made number 18 on the main charts there and just about mirrored this success in Canada where it topped the Country singles charts there and managed to go 1 better, peaking at 17 on the main Canadian Charts. The song was produced by country guitarist Chet Atkins.

Diana Ross clocked up her 20th week in the chart having spent 10 weeks in the top 20 as part of Diana Ross & The Supremes, a further 3 with her duet with Marvin Gaye and now 7 with her solo hit, ‘Behind Closed Doors’.

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24 May 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
2 1 10 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
3 3 7 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
4 5 8 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
5 4 11 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
6 9 4 Dark Lady  – Cher
7 6 9 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
8 10 6 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
9 8 4 Jet  – Wings
10 7 5 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
11 17 3 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
12 11 15 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
13 19 2 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
14 15 6 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
15 20 3 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor
16 12 7 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
17 13 9 Hurry on Home  – Maria
18 New 1 Haai Casanova  – Glenys Lynne
19 14 7 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
20 18 5 Take Good Care of Her  – Elvis Presley

Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ became the 17th song to regain the top spot after dropping from there. Of the 17, 3 had managed to get back to number 1 twice. Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arm’ which had only spent a single week at 1 dropped to 2.

Two songs took the climber of the week award and they were Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ which moved up 6 from 17 to 11 and The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’ which climbed 6 from 19 to 13. This was The Hollies’ 9th time with the climber of the week award and they were the 6th act so far to reach this many. In total only 12 acts would see 9 or more biggest climbers.

The only other star rater this week was Carly Simon & James Taylor’s ‘Mockingbird’ which moved up 5 from 20 to 15.

Vicky Leandros took faller of the week as her ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ fell 5 from 14 to 19. This was her 5th time with the award and she was the 3rd female artist after Petula Clark and Barbara Ray to reach this total. Both Clark and Ray had moved past 5 biggest fallers already.

Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ was still the oldest in the charts, sitting on 15 weeks and enjoying its 3rd as the oldest.

Ringo Starr’s 21 week run with at least 1 hit in the chart came to an end as his ‘You’re Sixteen’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had spent 11 weeks with us and peaked at 3. Starr had now seen peaks of 2, 3 and 4 with his 3 hits to date although they weren’t in that order.

Glenys Lynne set a new record for gaps between hits for a local act as she was last seen on the charts 358 weeks back as one half of a duet with Jody Wayne. This was the 3rd biggest gap between hits overall that we had seen with Perry Como’s 384 weeks and Cher’s 411 being the 2 bigger ones. Lynne’s voice had, of course, been heard on the charts in the interim as lead singer of Four Jacks & A Jill. ‘Haai Casanova’ was the 18th Afrikaans song to chart (14 were pure Afrikaans, 3 a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 was an instrumental with an Afrikaans title). Like the previous Afrikaans song to chart, Billy Forrest’s ‘Liefde is My Nooi Se Naam’, ‘Haai Casanova’ was also an Afrikaans translation of an International hit, but unlike ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ (which ‘Liefde Is My Nooi Se Naam’ was a translation of), ‘Hey Joe McKenzie’ (which ‘Haai Casanova’ was a cover of) by Vicky Leandros did not chart in SA. Leandros appears to have recorded an English, German, Greek and French version of the song. Leandros, incidentally was sitting 1 place below ‘Haai Casanova’ this week with her hit ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’. Four Jacks & A Jill did record a version of ‘Hey Joe McKenzie’.

Working on the assumption that weeks are earned from number 1 downwards, then ‘Haai Casanova’ also had the honour of clocking up the 2,000th week in the charts for local acts. And talking of weeks by a nation, we saw act from the US overtake those from the UK for total weeks in the charts with the former on 3,239 and the latter on 3,235. This was the 3rd time that the Yanks had taken the lead for this stat.

Andy Williams became the 136th act to reach 20 weeks in the charts.

We saw Maria take 11th place on the local weeks count list for herself as her 49 weeks put her 1 ahead of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Jessica Jones and the latter 2 fell to 12th. Maria was also celebrating going past the 600 points mark. She was the 39th act and 10th local act to manage this.

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17 May 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 9 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
2 1 6 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
3 5 6 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
4 3 10 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
5 6 7 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
6 4 8 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
7 8 4 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
8 10 3 Jet  – Wings
9 16 3 Dark Lady  – Cher
10 14 5 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
11 9 14 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
12 7 6 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
13 11 8 Hurry on Home  – Maria
14 12 6 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
15 15 5 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
16 13 11 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
17 20 2 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
18 18 4 Take Good Care of Her  – Elvis Presley
19 New 1 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
20 19 2 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor

After just 2 weeks at 1, Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ was knocked off the top spot by Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’. ‘Seasons In The Sun’ dropped to 2 while Andy Williams’ ‘Solitaire’ moved up 2 to 3 to put pressure on the top 2.

Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 places from 16 to 9. This was her first time with the biggest climber award a feat she had not even managed as one half of Sonny & Cher.

Since arriving at 17 in the chart 5 weeks back, Lionel Petersen’s ‘I Need A Little Love’ had moved up 1 place in each of the last 4 weeks, but this week, the song failed to join 4 songs which had seen a 5 consecutive week run climbing 1 place each week as it had a star rater jump of 4 from 14 to 10. Of those 4 which managed 5 weeks in a row with a 1 place climb each week, only 1 so far had managed 6 weeks and that was John Edmond’s ‘Boom Sha La La Lo’. This would be the only song to manage this the top 20 era and we would see 2 more manage this in the top 30 era with 1 seeing the entire run in positions 21 to 30, while the other would start its run at 21.

Apart from ‘Dark Lady’ and ‘I Need A Little Love’ there were no other star raters this week.

Falling honours went to Bobby Wright’s version of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which dropped 5 from 7 to 12.

Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ was still the oldest on the charts. It was on 14 weeks and was enjoying its 2nd week as the oldest.

We lost one song off the chart and that was local act Crocodile Harris and his hit ‘Miss Eva Goodnight’. It had managed 12 weeks and a peak of 5 which was the mirror opposite of the previous hit which Tully McCully had a hand in writing – ‘Why Does It Rain’ by McCully Workshop – which had managed 5 weeks and a peak of 12. The departure of Crocodile Harris meant that the local content was down to only 2 hits which was the lowest local count since 11 August 1972 when Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ and Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ were the only South African representatives in the top 20. That was 92 weeks back.

The newcomer was the 8th song that Albert Hammond had a hand in writing. ‘The Air That I Breathe’, which he co-wrote with Mike Hazlewood, was included on Hammond’s ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’ album, but it was The Hollies version that was the big hit, getting to number 2 in the UK and 6 in the US and becoming their 14th SA top 20 hit. The Hollies sat 3rd for number of hits to date with only Cliff Richard on 15 and Tom Jones on 17 above them. Alan Parsons (he of the Alan Parsons Project fame) was the audio engineer on The Hollies version and Radiohead had to include a songwriting credit for Hammond and Hazlewood after it was discovered that their hit ‘Creep’ used the same chord sequence. In 1998 Simply Red took a version to number 6 in the UK.

With the word ‘air’ in the title of the new entry, we had now seen songs which had 3 of the 4 classic elements in the title as we had seen 3 with the word ‘fire’ in the title and 3 with ‘water’ in the title. We now only needed the word ‘earth’ to appear to complete the set.

Vicky Leandros’ continued presence in the charts brought the weeks count for acts from Greece (Leandros being the only one so far) to 61 which meant that Greece moved into tied 10th place with Jamaica for weeks on the charts by a nation.

Elvis moved 1 week ahead of Percy Sledge with 106 to his name. He sat at 7 on the weeks count list while Sledge dropped to 8. On the local list we saw Maria move into tied 11th place with Jessica Jones and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy with all 3 acts on 48.

As a final note on this week’s chart, we saw Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’ at sixteen.

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10 May 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
2 4 8 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
3 2 9 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
4 3 7 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
5 7 5 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
6 8 6 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
7 5 5 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
8 13 3 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
9 6 13 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
10 17 2 Jet  – Wings
11 10 7 Hurry on Home  – Maria
12 14 5 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
13 9 10 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
14 15 4 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
15 18 4 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
16 20 2 Dark Lady  – Cher
17 12 12 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
18 19 3 Take Good Care of Her  – Elvis Presley
19 New 1 Mockingbird  – Carly Simon & James Taylor
20 New 1 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede

‘Seasons In The Sun’ by Terry Jacks enjoyed a second week at number 1 with Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ moving up 2 to number 2 to challenge for top honours. Previous chart topper, Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’ dropped to 3.

Wing’s ‘Jet’ was taking off in the charts and its 7 place climb from 17 to 10 earned them the climber of the week award. This was the 14th time we had seen The Beatles or ex-Beatles have the biggest climber with The Beatles and Ringo Starr managing it 4 times each, John Lennon and George Harrison doing so twice and Paul McCartney doing so once as a solo artists and now once as part of Wings.

Albert Hammond’s ‘Everything I Want to Do’ followed up last week’s star rater climb with another one this week as it moved up a further 5 from13 to 8. Also earning a star rater was Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’ which climbed 4 from 20 to 16. Hammond was the 59th act so far to see 5 or more star raters.

‘Miss Eva Goodnight’ by Crocodile Harris picked up its second biggest faller award with a 5 place drop from 12 to 17.

Alan Garrity’s ‘Give Me back My Woman’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had seen a run of 10 weeks and peak of 9. Of his 5 hits to date, only 1 had failed to reach the top 10 or make 10 weeks and that was his previous hit, ‘Good-bye Mama’. So it was a return to form for Garrity. He still had more to come.

After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ became the 58th hit to fall out of the top 20 from position 11 or higher. It had lasted 14 weeks in the charts and spent 3 weeks in total at 1 in a broken run of 2 weeks and then one further week after being dethroned for a week. There would be more from this Dutch group to feature on our charts. The song had been the oldest on last week’s chart and we now looked to Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’ as the oldest. It was only on 13 weeks which was the lowest we had seen for the oldest in the chart in 134 weeks.

Carly Simon & James Taylor’s cover of the Inez & Charlie Fox 1963 hit ‘Mockingbird’ was the first of the new entries this week. Inez & Charlie’s version had made it to number 7 in the US and 33 in the UK. Carly & James (with the help of Dr. John on keyboards and The Band’s Robbie Robertson on guitar) took the song 2 places higher in the US (to number 5 for those who can’t count) but fell 1 place short of equalling the Fox’s UK peak, stalling at number 34 there.

The second new entry was the 2nd hit by a Swedish act to chart in SA (the first being Abba’s ‘Ring Ring’). Blue Swede were only 1 of 2 Swedish acts who were not Abba or ex-Abba going solo to chart in SA (the other was still to come). Their hit ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ was written by Mark James who had already been responsible for writing 2 SA hits so far – Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ and The Box Tops’ ‘Turn On A Dream’. ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ was originally recorded in 1968 by B.J. Thomas and this version made it to number 5 in the US. In the UK it was Jonathan King’s 1971 version that charted there and it made it to 23. Blue Swede’s version did not make the UK charts, but topped the US charts for 1 week on 5 April 1974 and also made 18 in Belgium, 22 in Germany and 26 in Holland.

The SA acts hit count was down to just 3 in the chart and it had been just under a year since it was last that low

Albert Hammond had now clocked up 30 straight weeks on the charts, 8 with ‘The Free Electric Band’, 18 with ‘The Peacemaker’ which entered the top 20 the week ‘The Free Electric Band’ fell off, 1 with both ‘The Peacemaker’ and ‘Everything I Want To Do’ and then 2, so far, with just ‘Everything I Want To Do’. Ringo Starr was enjoying his 20th week with at least 1 in the chart. He also had an overlap of songs.

Vickly Leandros also celebrated a milestone as she had now clocked up 60 weeks in the charts. She was the 31st act and 3rd woman to manage this.

Elvis Presley saw his week count move on to 105 and this moved him into tied 7th place on the weeks count list, sharing that spot with Percy Sledge.

The 2 versions of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ (by Terry Jacks and Bobby Wright) had both been in the charts for 5 weeks which brought the song’s total to 10. It was tied 28th on the list of weeks in the chart by songs charting in more than 1 version.

There were 5 songs on this week’s chart that had topped the US charts and these were Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’, Love Unlimited’s ‘Love Theme’, Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’, Cher’s ‘Dark Lady’ and Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ while only 1 (Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’) had topped the UK charts.

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3 May 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 4 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
2 1 8 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
3 5 6 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
4 3 7 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
5 6 4 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
6 4 12 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
7 11 4 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
8 12 5 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
9 7 9 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
10 8 6 Hurry on Home  – Maria
11 9 14 If You Need Me  – After All
12 10 11 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
13 18 2 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
14 14 4 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
15 16 3 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
16 13 10 Give Me Back My Woman  – Alan Garrity
17 New 1 Jet  – Wings
18 19 3 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
19 RE 2 Take Good Care of Her  – Elvis Presley
20 New 1 Dark Lady  – Cher

While being the first Canadian to top our charts, Terry Jacks also became the first act not from the US or UK that would give us a number 1 hit that had also topped the charts in both the UK and the US as ‘Seasons In The Sun’ took over the top spot from Dr. Marigold’s ‘Hello Girl’. The latter had been at number 1 for 2 weeks. ‘Seasons In The Sun’ was the 13th song so far that had topped the UK, US and SA charts. Of the previous 12, there had been 9 by American acts and only 3 by UK acts (1 by The Beatles and 2 by The Rolling Stones). Terry Jacks’ hit was the first of only 3 non US or UK acts who would see a song top the charts in all 3 nations.

The climber of the week award went to Albert Hammond’s ‘Everything I Want To Do’ which moved up 5 from 18 to 13. This was his 3rd time with the award.

Andy Williams’ Solitaire’ and Marvin Hamlisch’s ‘The Entertainer’ were the only other songs managing a star rater climb of 4 or more places with both of them moving up 4 to land at 7 and 8 respectively. This was the highest placing Williams had managed so far in our charts and this was his 4th hit to date. His previous best had been the peak of 9 that ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ had managed.

Alan Garrity extended his lead at the top of the list for number of biggest fallers by a local act as he experienced his 9th time with the award this week. It only took a mere 3 place fall for him to get the award with ‘Give Me Back My Woman’ which fell from 13 to 16. He was now 2 ahead of second placed Barbara Ray who was on 7.

Albert Hammond on the other hand had now accumulated 30 weeks in the charts without seeing a single biggest faller. He was the 13th act to manage this. Hammond had also spent 29 consecutive weeks in the charts, 1 of which was with 2 hits in the top 20 which gave him his 30 weeks without a biggest faller. That 1 week with 2 in the charts was the previous week when ‘The Peacemaker’ shared the top 20 with ‘Everything I Want To Do’. However, he was back to 1 in the chart this week as ‘The Peacemaker’ ended its run in the top 20 after 19 weeks and a run of 6 weeks at 1. The song had been the oldest on the chart last week and we had to look to After All’s ‘If You Need Me’ on 14 weeks for our new oldest on the charts.

We also bid farewell to 2 local songs, the first of which was Sean Rennie’s ‘Charly’ which lasted 13 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4. This ended his involvement in the top 20 after seeing 2 hits chart (the other was ‘I’ll Walk With You’). He spent a total of 18 weeks in the charts and his peak of 4 with ‘Charly’ was the best he managed.

Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Jimmy’ was the other song to leave the charts this week. It had lasted 14 weeks and spent 1 of those at number 1. She would grace our charts again at a later date.

The first of the new entries was the only group to chart that featured an ex-Beatle. Paul McCartney’s post Beatle band, Wings, were at 17 this week with ‘Jet’. Taken from their ‘Band On The Run’ album, it was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and made it to number 7 in both the UK and US. It also made number 6 in Germany, 9 in Norway, 10 in Holland and 26 in Belgium and spent 3 weeks at the top of the LM Radio charts.

Possibly embarrassed by its poor performance, especially when compared with his other hits, Elvis’ ‘Take Good Care Of Her’ returned to the charts after a week’s absence. The song had spent a single week at 20 two weeks previously. It had its work cut out to emulate the success of his previous 10 hits 9 of which went top 10 and the other made it to 13. ‘Take Good Care Of Her’ was the 41st song to re-enter the charts.

Last of the new entries was a certain Cherilyn Sarkisian who was 15 days away from her 28th birthday. Better known simply as Cher, ‘Dark Lady’, was her second solo hit to make our charts (she had seen 2 chart as part of Sonny & Cher) and her previous one was ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ which was last seen in the charts a record 411 weeks previously. This broke the record that Perry Como had set 45 weeks previously of a 384 week gap between chart appearances. Cher had already had 12 solo hits in the US and 5 in the UK as well as all her other hits alongside Sonny Bono. ‘Dark Lady’ knocked our current number 1 (‘Seasons In The Sun’) off the US number 1 spot and according to the Wikipedia page on the song, also topped the Swedish and New Zealand charts, however, the Wikipedia page listing the New Zealand number 1 singles does not list it as having topped the charts there, and the Swedish one only begins in 1975, so that claim is a bit doubtful. It did make number 36 in the UK and 9 in Zimbabwe. It also made number 5 on the LM Radio charts. The song was written by Johnny Durrill who was the keyboard player for The Ventures.

Alan Garrity moved 1 week ahead of Four Jacks & A Jill and The Archies to hold 19th place on the overall weeks count list by himself while the other 2 dropped into tied 20th place. Garrity was also in outright second place on the local list with Four Jacks & A Jill dropping into 3rd place. Also on the local list we saw Maria move 1 week ahead of The Bats with 46 weeks to her name. She stayed at 13 while The Bats dropped into 14th place.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been in the charts dropped below the 6 week mark for the first time in 108 weeks as it fell to 5.8.

This week was the 61st where we saw 2 or more acts going only by their first name as we had Maria and Cher represented in the top 20. It had been 47 weeks since we last saw this when we had Maria and Lobo in the charts. The best we had seen to date was 4 when we had 2 hits by Hilary and 1 each by Donovan and Cornelia for 2 weeks.

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26 April 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Hello Girl  – Dr. Marigold’s
2 2 3 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
3 3 6 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
4 4 11 Love’s Theme  – Love Unlimited
5 8 5 Jolene  – Dolly Parton
6 7 3 Seasons in the Sun  – Bobby Wright
7 13 8 You’re Sixteen  – Ringo Starr
8 9 5 Hurry on Home  – Maria
9 6 13 If You Need Me  – After All
10 5 10 Miss Eva Goodnight  – Crocodile Harris
11 14 3 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
12 15 4 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
13 10 9 Give Me Back My Woman  – Alan Garrity
14 19 3 Dreams are Good Friends  – Vicky Leandros
15 11 19 The Peacemaker  – Albert Hammond
16 17 2 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
17 12 14 Little Jimmy  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
18 New 1 Everything I Want to Do  – Albert Hammond
19 18 2 Behind Closed Doors  – Diana Ross
20 16 13 Charly  – Sean Rennie

‘Hello Girl’ by Dr. Marigold’s enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts and still fended of Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which had seen a massive jump to 2 last week. The latter was still at number 2 while numbers 3 (Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’) and 4 (Love Unlimited’s ‘Love’s Theme’) were also unmoved.

Last week Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’ looked like it was heading off the charts as it took the faller of the week award with a massive 10 place drop to 13, but it regained some of its lost ground by being climber of the week with a 6 place jump back up to 13. This was Starr’s 4th time with the climber award and this equalled the number his old band, The Beatles, had managed. It was the 18th time a song had been the biggest climber after having been the biggest faller.

Another song which had dropped in previous weeks, in fact it had dropped right off the charts, was the only other star rater this week and that was Vicky Leandros’ ‘Dreams Are Good Friends’ which climbed 5 from 19 to 14. It was Leandros’ 7th time with a star rater and she was the 5th woman to reach this total.

Two local acts gave us the fallers of the week with Gwynneth Ashley-Robin’s ‘Little Jimmy’ falling 5 from 12 to 17 and Crocodile Harris’ ‘Miss Eva Goodnight’ dropping 5 from 5 to 10.

Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’ remained the oldest song on the chart. It sat on 19 weeks and had been the oldest for 5 weeks.

Elvis Presley’s ‘Take Good Care Of Her’ ended its run in the charts this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks but never managed to get higher than position 18. Only 1 other song that had spent 5 weeks in the charts had such a low peak and that was The Carpenter’s ‘Hurting Each Other’. The difference between the 2 songs was that The Carpenter’s one had left the charts and returned while Presley’s effort was with a consecutive week run. There would be 2 more songs in the top 20 era that would manage to peak as low as 18 with a 5 week run.

Back in December 1973, Albert Hammond narrowly missed out on having 2 songs on the chart in the same week as ‘The Free Electric Band’ fell off the charts the same week the ‘The Peacemaker’ entered. Had ‘The Free Electric Band’ lasted another week on the chart, or ‘The Peacemaker’ charted a week earlier, then Hammond would now join 15 other artists who had had 2 songs on the charts in the same week with 2 or more different pairings. However ‘The Free Electric Band’ did not cross paths with ‘The Peacemaker’, so the entry of ‘Everything I Want To Do’ on the charts while ‘The Peacemaker’ was still there was only Hammond’s first time with 2 hits on the charts. He was the 47th act to see two or more in the charts in the same week. ‘Everything I Want To Do’ did not chart in either the US or the UK but did make 6 in Austria and Norway and 7 in Germany as well as getting to number 5 in Zimbabwe.

Alan Garrity moved up from tied 3rd on the local weeks count list to tied second as his 78 weeks to date matched that of Four Jacks & A Jill. Billy Forrest dropped into 4th place with 77 weeks. Garrity’s 78 also put him tied 19th on the overall list alongside Four Jacks & A Jill and The Archies. With The Staccatos sitting at 14 on the overall list, we now had 3 local acts in the top 20 of the overall weeks count list for the first time since 19 January 1968.

Vicky Leandros’ saw her points total reach the 700 mark. She was the 29th act to reach this total but only the second woman with Barbara Ray who was just 1 short of 800, led the way.

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