11 July 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
2 3 7 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
3 2 10 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
4 4 11 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
5 9 5 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
6 6 9 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
7 5 12 Lady  – Styx
8 11 10 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
9 7 11 If  – Telly Savalas
10 12 10 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
11 8 18 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
12 10 5 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
13 13 6 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
14 17 4 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
15 18 2 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
16 14 4 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
17 16 4 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – John Holt
18 20 2 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
19 New 1 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
20 New 1 Live for You  – Richard Jon Smith

The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ moved up from 3 to 2 to put some pressure on it.

Bobby Angel’s ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ had been the biggest climber in its 2nd and 3rd weeks on the charts, then last week, its 4th in the top 20, it dropped 1 place, but this week it climbed again, moving up 4 from 9 to 5 to take the climber of the week for a 3rd time. This was the 8th song to manage a biggest climber 3 times, the record to date, and the second local song after Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ to manage this. Being the biggest climber with a 4 place climb meant this was the only star rater this week.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ was the faller of the week, dropping 3 places from 8 to 11. It was, however, the songs 7th week as’ the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 18 weeks.

‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’ by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts this week. It had seen a run of 6 weeks and peaked at 15. This would be their only SA chart hit.

Also going was Barry Manilow’s ‘Mandy’ which spent 13 weeks in the chart and peaked at 3. This was the first of a number of SA chart hits that Manilow would manage.

Manilow’s hit had topped the US charts while Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s had reached number 1 in the UK. This meant that the number of songs in the top 20 that had topped the chart in either or both of those 2 nations was down to 2 (‘Bye Bye Baby’ by The Bay City Rollers and Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ both of which topped the UK charts). This was the lowest level of UK or US chart toppers that we had seen since the December of 1973, a year and a half earlier.

Our first new entry was a reggae tune by a Jamaican born librarian. ‘Hurt So Good’ by Susan Cadogan became the 11th song by a Jamaican artist to chart and with John Holt at number 17 this was the 3rd run where we had had 2 Jamaicans in the charts. We had seen Jimmy Cliff share the charts with Harry J All Stars for 1 week and James Lloyd and Nicky Thomas in the same charts for 8 weeks. Jamaica sat 8th on the list of hits by a nation, 1 behind Australia who were on 12. Boris Gardiner, who we had seen in the charts in 1970 with his instrumental hit ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ played bass on ‘Hurt So Good’ and the song was produced by legendary reggae producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. It went to number 4 in the UK.

Also new on the charts was Richard Jon Smith’s 4th top 20 hit, ‘Live For You’. We had last seen Smith on our charts on 1 February 1974 with ‘Sweet Mama’ and his new entry meant that we had 5 songs by local acts on the chart for the first time since 25 October 1974. The song was penned by Smith and produced by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange. It was Smith’s 4th hit as songwriter, but not all 4 of these had been where he was artist as he had not penned his first hit ‘Candlelight’ but he did score a top 20 hit as writer of Little Ronnie Joyce’s ‘Give A Little Love’.

The Sweet became the 9th act to reach 100 weeks in the charts. Of those 9 there were 6 that were British while the other 3 were American. The Sweet also celebrated passing the 1,100 points mark and sat 10th on the overall points listing.

Abba also reached a points landmark as their total moved past the 800 mark. They were the 25th act to manage this level of points.

This week was the 20th one where we had seen 4 or more song titles start with the same first letter of the artist name (this excludes the word ‘The’ at the start of either name). This week we had ‘Don’t You Know’ by Della Reese, ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ by Bobby Angel, ‘Bye Bye Baby’ by Bay City Rollers and ‘Baby Love Affair’ by Buttercup. The record to date for this phenomena was when we had 6 such songs/artists for 2 weeks back in the May of 1973.

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4 July 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
2 1 9 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
3 3 6 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
4 2 10 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
5 5 11 Lady  – Styx
6 7 8 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
7 6 10 If  – Telly Savalas
8 9 17 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
9 8 4 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
10 12 4 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
11 10 9 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
12 11 9 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
13 14 5 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
14 16 3 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
15 13 13 Mandy  – Barry Manilow
16 17 3 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – John Holt
17 18 3 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
18 New 1 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
19 15 6 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)  – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
20 New 1 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup

The Sweet became the 10th act to manage 3 chart toppers in SA as ‘Fox On The Run’ climbed 3 to reach the top spot and knocked Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ from number 1 after the latter had been there for 2 weeks. ‘Fox On The Run’ was the 170th song to top our charts. The Sweet pulled 1 clear of The Bee Gees on the list of weeks at 1 as their total moved on to 15 and they sat second on the list with Tom Jones on 18 above them and The Bee Gees on 14 dropped into 3rd place.

The climber of the week was the new number 1 hit and this was the 8th time a song had reached number 1 by being the climber of the week, however, the 3 place climb it took for ‘Fox On The Run’ to get to number 1 was the lowest of all these biggest climbers to jump to number 1. With the biggest climb only being 3 places, there were no star raters this week and this was the 26th time we had a week where no song climbed 4 or more positions.

Falling honours went to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’ which fell 4 from 15 to 19.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ continued as the oldest on the charts enjoying its 6th week as such as its total moved on to 17 weeks.

We lost 2 songs from the charts as Guys & Dolls’ ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ and Lionel Petersen’s ‘Private Number’ fell off the top 20. The former had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 12. It would be the only song from Guys & Dolls to feature on our top 20.

‘Private Number’ managed 11 weeks and peaked at 5 equalling Petersen’s best peak to date of his 4 hits. ‘I Need A Little Love’ by him had also reached 5, but it managed 13 weeks, making ‘Private Number’ his second best performer based on weeks.

The first of the new entries was Cornelia (Moller) and her 2nd song to chart, ‘Another Love To Come’. Cornelia was actually born in Hamburg in Germany, but came to South Africa in 1953, so has been classified as local. ‘Another Love To Come’ was written by Martin Duiser and was a hit under the title ‘100 Years’ for Dutch artist Joey Dyser who took it to the top of the Dutch and Belgian charts. Duiser would appear as songwriter of a few more songs to chart in SA. Cornelia was the 14th local woman to have at least 2 songs chart. She had last been seen on the charts 342 weeks previously with ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ and this was the 4th biggest gap between hits we had seen to date and the 2nd biggest gap between local hits, 16 weeks less than the local record to date of 358 weeks which Glenys Lynne had managed. The overall record so far was 411 which Cher had seen.

The second new entry was also by a local act and was their first song to hit the Top 20. ‘Baby Love Affair’ was by Buttercup and featured the falsetto vocal of Eugene Havenga who would later be heard on hits by The Julian Laxton Band such as ‘Blue Water’. Buttercup were a Pretoria based group and ‘Baby Love Affair’ was the first hit for the local songwriting team of Ken Levine and Ernest Schroder. The song was written during a lunch time at EMI’s offices and promoted by sending out little red cardboard hearts to all retail stores and DJs. The heart contained a lollipop and a message saying, “Have You Heard Buttercup sing Baby Love Affair”. Ernie’s brother Robert produced the song at the Superdiscs studio in Doornfontein. As a matter of interest, the album that the song would appear on (also called ‘Baby Love Affair’) would contain covers of the current number 1 song, ‘Fox On The Run’ and the number 15 song this week, ‘Mandy’.

Jamaica pulled 1 week clear of France for weeks on the charts by acts from a nation. They were now on 64 and they took position 10 on that list to themselves and France dropped to 11th.

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Apologies

Apologies if you got the charts for 30 April 1976 in your inbox. I was busy drafting the page for this and accidentally hit the ‘publish’ button. This one will be completely out of order. I have recalled the post and it will come up again in the correct order early in January next year. Hope I didn’t cause too much confusion.

27 June 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
2 2 9 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
3 3 5 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
4 6 4 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
5 4 10 Lady  – Styx
6 5 9 If  – Telly Savalas
7 10 7 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
8 12 3 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
9 8 16 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
10 7 8 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
11 9 8 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
12 13 3 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
13 11 12 Mandy  – Barry Manilow
14 17 4 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
15 16 5 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)  – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
16 19 2 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
17 18 2 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – John Holt
18 20 2 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
19 14 11 Private Number  – Lionel Petersen
20 15 6 There’s a Whole Lot of Loving  – Guys & Dolls

Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ was unmoved at 2.

Bobby Angel’s ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ was the climber of the week for a second week running. It only had to climb half as many places as it managed last week to take the award as it followed up last week’s 8 place climb with a further 4 place jump from 12 to 8. It was Angel’s 4 time with a star rater climb and this was the only star rater this week.

After 3 weeks of 3 places being the faller of the week, we saw a change to this as it was the 5 place falls that Lionel Petersen’s ‘Private Number’ and Guys & Dolls’ ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ had that took the award this week as the 2 songs dropped to 19 and 20 respectively. Petersen became the 7th local act to manage 5 or more biggest faller awards. Alan Garrity on 9 led the way for the local acts.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ moved on to 16 weeks in the chart and enjoyed its 5th week as the oldest in the top 20.

This week saw the 14th time when there was no movement on or off the charts. This was the 3rd time we had seen this happen in 1975, but we still needed 2 more such weeks in order to equal the record in a year 5 that we saw in 1973.

Acts from The Netherlands moved ahead of those from Germany for weeks in the chart as they ticked over to 147 compared to Germany’s 146. The Netherlands were still in 5th place on the list of weeks by a nation while Germany dropped into 6th place. Sweden pulled 1 clear of France and held 9th place on its own with 64 weeks while France was joined in tied 10th place by Jamaica who ticked over to 63. Greece, who had shared 11th place with Jamaica last week dropped into 12th place.

Bobby Angel became the 43rd local act to reach the 20 weeks in the chart milestone. Of those 43 there had been 11 that had seen at least 1 song manage 20 weeks on its own.

The Sweet moved 1 ahead of The Beach Boys for weeks on the charts so they sat 9th on their own with 98 weeks while The Beach Boys dropped into 10th place. The Sweet now had their sights on Percy Sledge who, on 105 weeks, was the one just above them in 8th place.

Lionel Petersen pulled 1 weeks ahead of Groep Twee on the local weeks count list, meaning he was 18th on his own while Groep Twee dropped into 19th place.

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20 June 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
2 1 8 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
3 4 4 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
4 3 9 Lady  – Styx
5 6 8 If  – Telly Savalas
6 10 3 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
7 8 7 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
8 5 15 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
9 7 7 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
10 13 6 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
11 9 11 Mandy  – Barry Manilow
12 20 2 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
13 14 2 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
14 11 10 Private Number  – Lionel Petersen
15 12 5 There’s a Whole Lot of Loving  – Guys & Dolls
16 17 4 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)  – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
17 18 3 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
18 New 1 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – John Holt
19 New 1 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
20 New 1 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Abba clocked up their second number 1 as ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ took over the top spot from ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty after the latter had been the nation’s favourite for 5 weeks. Abba were the 27th act so far to see a second chart topper but still had a long way to go to catch Tom Jones who led the way with 6. ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ dropped to 2.

Bobby Angel’s ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ took the climber of the week award with an 8 place jump from 20 to 12. This was the 23rd time a local song had climbed 8 or more places in a week. In total we would see 38 times where a local song would manage a climb of at least this magnitude. Last week’s climber, The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ was the only other star rater this week as it moved up 4 from 10 to 6.

For a 3rd week running, the biggest faller was only 3 places and like last week, there were 3 of them again. This week it was Guys & Dolls’ ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ (down to 15), Lionel Petersen’s ‘Private Number’ (down to 14) and Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ (down to 8) that took the honours.

‘Love Hurts’ was still the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 15 weeks and enjoyed its 4th week as the oldest.

Three songs left the top 20 this week, the first being The Staple Singers’ ‘I’ll Take You There’ which had a run of 12 weeks and peaked at 7. This would be their only SA chart hit although they would have 2 other songs make the UK charts in the form of 1974’s ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)’ and 1984’s cover of the Talking Heads’ ‘Slippery People’. ‘I’ll Take You There’ had topped the US charts and as none of the new entries discussed below had topped either the US or UK charts, it meant we were down to just 4 songs in the top 20 that had topped the chart in either or both of those nations.

Shirley & Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This would be their only SA chart hit.

Last to go was Teach In’s ‘In The Summernight’ which managed 12 weeks and peaked at 5. As with the other 2 leavers, this would be their only SA Chart hit. It also meant that we were now down to just 1 hit by an act from The Netherlands in out charts.

Kris Kristofferson’s composition ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ made a reappearance on our charts. We had previously seen versions by Sammi Smith and Percy Sledge on the top 20. This time it was a reggae version by John Holt that made it into the charts. This was the 4th song so far that had seen 3 different versions chart with ‘Love Is Blue’ being the only one of those to have 4 versions chart although it should be added that 1 of those 4 versions was as part of a medley. Holt hailed from Jamaica and ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ was the 10th by a Jamaican to make our top 20. It gave him a number 6 hit in the UK and moved Jamaica in to 8th place on the hits by a nation list, 1 ahead of Ireland which dropped into 9th place.

Donovan became the 24th act to reach 8 hits as ‘Rock And Roll Souljer’ arrived in the top 20.  His previous hit, ‘Atlantis’, was last seen on the charts on 2 May 1969, 6 years, 1 month and 18 days (320 weeks) previously, giving Donovan the largest gap between hits to date for a British act and the 5th biggest gap overall. The previous biggest gap by a British act had been 278 weeks which Hedgehoppers Anonymous had seen. So far there had been 5 acts who had experienced gaps of 300 weeks or more. Despite this gap, we had only missed out on one Donovan hit as his previous UK hit, ‘Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)’ which spent its last week on the UK charts on 13 September 1969 was his only hit there after ‘Atlantis’ until ’Sunshine Superman’ re-entered the top 100 there in 1989.

The last of the 3 new entries was The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ song ‘Jackie Blue’. The Daredevils hailed from Springfield, Missouri in the US and managed 5 Hot 100 hits on the Billboard main charts of which ‘Jackie Blue’ was by far the best performer, making it to number 3 there.

The Netherlands caught up to Germany for weeks in the charts by acts from there. The 2 nations now had 146 weeks each and shared 5th place for weeks by a nation. Of the non big 3 nations, only Canada sat above them on 211. Sweden moved into tied 9th place alongside France with both having 63 weeks. They were 10 behind 8th placed Ireland who sat on 73.

On the overall weeks count list, we saw The Sweet move into tied 9th place with The Beach Boys. Both acts sat on 97 weeks while on the local list, Lionel Petersen moved into tied 18th place with Groep Twee on 34 weeks.

John Edmond became the 53rd act overall and the 13th local act to reach the 500 points mark as his total moved on to 501.

‘Jackie Blue’ was the 17th song to chart that had the word ‘Blue’ in the title which was proving the most popular of the primary colours as we had only had 6 with ‘Red’ in the title and 6 with ‘Yellow’. We had also only seen 6 ‘Black’ and 3 ‘White’.

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13 June 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
2 2 6 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
3 3 8 Lady  – Styx
4 9 3 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
5 4 14 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
6 5 7 If  – Telly Savalas
7 8 6 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
8 7 6 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
9 6 10 Mandy  – Barry Manilow
10 17 2 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
11 10 9 Private Number  – Lionel Petersen
12 12 4 There’s a Whole Lot of Loving  – Guys & Dolls
13 11 5 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
14 New 1 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
15 14 12 In the Summernight  – Teach In
16 13 13 Shame, Shame, Shame  – Shirley & Company
17 15 3 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)  – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
18 19 2 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
19 16 12 I’ll Take You There  – Staple Singers
20 New 1 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel

‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty became the 36th song to clock up at least 5 weeks at number 1 as it held off the challenge from Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ which spent a 3rd straight week at number 2. Styx’s ‘Lady’ was unmoved at 3, but had only been there for 2 weeks now.

The Sweet moved ahead of The Bee Gees and The Hollies for number of biggest climbers as a 7 place climb by ‘Fox On The Run’ from 17 to 10 gave them their 11th climber to date. The Bee Gees and The Hollies were on 10. The Sweet, although in second place now, were still 5 behind Tom Jones who led the way with 16.

Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ was the only other star rater this week. It moved up 5 from 9 to 4.

For the second week running it took just a 3 place drop to claim the faller of the week award and we had 3 songs do that this week, 1 more than last week. The 3 were The Staple Singers ‘I’ll Take You There’ (down from 16 to 19), Shirley & Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ (down from 13 to 16) and Barry Manilow’s ‘Mandy’ (down from 6 to 9). It was a second time for The Staple Singers and Shirley & Company’s hits but a first for Manilow.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ moved on to 14 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 3rd as the oldest on the top 20.

Richard Loring’s ‘One More Angel In Heaven’ became the 11th song to have a chart run of 2 weeks at number 20. The previous 3 to do this had all be by local acts (Little Ronnie Joyce, Peter Vee and William E. a.ka. Billy Forrest). There would only be 4 more songs to manage this in the top 20 era. ‘One More Angel In Heaven’ would be Loring’s only SA hit.

The 3 week run with 3 hits by acts from The Netherlands in the charts came to an end this week as The George Baker Selection’s ‘Sing A Song Of Love’ fell off the charts after a 3 week run. This was by far the worst performance for a George Baker Selection song with their 3 other hits to date all having managed 10 weeks or more. The lowest peak of those previous 3 was 11 which ‘Over And Over’ managed. There was still one more hit to come from them.

With the departure of Loring from the charts, Lionel Petersen would have been the sole local act in the top 20 but for the fact that both the new entries were by local lads. The higher of the 2 was John Edmonds’ ‘Goodbye Is The Saddest Song’ which entered the charts at 14. This was the first song to chart by the local songwriting team of Fransula Roos and Patric van Blerk. The latter had had songwriting credits on 3 hits already (2 by Lincoln and 1 by Lorne Shields), but this was the first to chart that they had collaborated on. They would have success together with a further 4 top 20 hits. For Edmonds, this was his 7th hit and this put him in tied 4th place (with Dave Mills) for number of hits by a local artist. He was the 30th act overall and the 5th local one to reach 7 hits. He also just missed out on joining the 100 week gap club as his previous hit, ‘Toy Train’, had left the charts 96 weeks previously.

The other new entry was Bobby Angel’s 2nd hit, ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ which followed up his number 1 hit earlier in the year, ‘You Ask Me To’. ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ was written by Vivien Keith and Ben Peters in the late 60s with a few recorded versions having some minor success with it, but in 1975, Freddy Fender took a version to the top of the US Country Charts in March of that year, and this spurred it on to eventually top the main Hot 100 charts in May.

Sweden moved into tied 10th place for weeks in the charts as Abba boosted their total to 62 which put them tied with Greece. Italy and Jamaica, whom Sweden had shared 11th place with last week dropped into tied 12th.

The Sweet took 10th place on the overall weeks count list for themselves as they moved 1 ahead of Herman’s Hermits. The Sweet were on 96 while Herman’s Hermits on 95 dropped to 11th. On the local list, Lionel Petersen moved into tied 19th place with Murray Campbell with both acts on 33. This meant that Ken J. Larkin and Peter Vee dropped out of the top 20 of that list.

Fans of farewells would have been pleased to note that ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Goodbye Is The Saddest Song’ were sitting next to each other at 13 and 14 on the chart.

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6 June 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
2 2 5 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
3 4 7 Lady  – Styx
4 3 13 Love Hurts  – Nazareth
5 6 6 If  – Telly Savalas
6 5 9 Mandy  – Barry Manilow
7 8 5 Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)  – Boones
8 7 5 Jou Hart is Weer Myne  – Heintje
9 15 2 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
10 9 8 Private Number  – Lionel Petersen
11 12 4 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
12 13 3 There’s a Whole Lot of Loving  – Guys & Dolls
13 10 12 Shame, Shame, Shame  – Shirley & Company
14 11 11 In the Summernight  – Teach In
15 18 2 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)  – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
16 14 11 I’ll Take You There  – Staple Singers
17 New 1 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
18 17 3 Sing a Song of Love  – George Baker Selection
19 New 1 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
20 20 2 One More Angel in Heaven  – Richard Loring

This week back in history would have seen the 10 anniversary of the very first chart being broadcast. The first chart went out on 4 June 1965 when Ricky Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ was at number 1. This week, however, saw the 4th week at 1 for Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty with their hit ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’. Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ still applied pressure as it sat in the number 2 spot for a second week.

Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ climbed 6 places from 15 to 9 to take the climber of the week award. This was the only star rater climb this week.

Teach In’s ‘In The Summernight’ followed up its biggest faller award from 2 weeks back with another one this week. It dropped 3 from 11 to 14. It was joined by Shirley & Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ which fell from 10 to 13.

Nazareth’s ‘Love Hurts’ brought some stability to the oldest on the charts as the previous 3 oldest songs had all only held the title for 1 week. ‘Love Hurts’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest and its 13th week overall in the top 20.

Gloria Gaynor’s ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It lasted 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 8, thus becoming the 36th song overall, but only the 4th song by a solo female artist, to have the same weeks and peak figure. 8 joined 9 with being the second most popular figure to feature as an equal weeks and peak figures as we had seen this 8 times for both numbers. 7 led the way having occurred 9 times.

Sam Neely’s ‘You Can Have Her’ was the other song to go. It managed 7 weeks and peaked at 9. This would be his only SA chart entry.

The Sweet moved into tied 23rd place on the list of number of hits by an act as their 8th hit to date, ‘Fox On The Run’, joined the top 20 at number 17 this week. Unlike a number of their previous hits, the song was written by the band rather than Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. In Australia, it dislodged the Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ from the top spot and went on to spend 6 weeks at the top there. It also managed a 6 week run at the top of the German charts, a run that was split by Shirley & Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ which knocked it off the top spot after only 1 week there. It returned to number 1 after a 3 week absence. It also made number 2 in the UK, Canada, The Netherlands and Norway and got to number 5 in the US. The Sweet’s song should not be confused with the Manfred Mann song of the same name which was a hit in 1968.

Gloria Gaynor became the 18th act to replace themselves in the charts as her ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ was a new entry the same week that her hit ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ left the charts. Of those who had done this before, only Cliff Richard had managed it twice. ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ was a disco cover of a 1966 hit by The Four Tops. It was written by the well-known writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland and gave The Four Tops a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic. Gloria was less successful as her version only made number 60 in the US Hot 100 and 14 in the UK charts. Unlike ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’, it didn’t even top the Disco singles charts in the US, but had to be content with a peak of 3 on that chart. It did make 3 in Holland, 4 in Belgium and 5 in Zimbabwe.

For the past 8 weeks at least half the songs on the top 20 had been by American acts, but their hit count dropped down to 9 of the top 20 this week. We had 5 by British acts, 3 by acts from The Netherlands, 2 local hits and 1 from a Swedish act. It was 15 weeks in a row now that we had 5 different nations represented in our charts.

Abba helped Sweden to catch up with Jamaica and Italy for weeks in the charts as the Swedes had now managed 61. The 3 nations sat tied 11th for weeks by a nation.

Abba became the 44th act to reach 50 weeks in the charts while The George Baker Selection became the 60th to reach 40. They were the 4th and 5th non big 3 acts to reach their respective milestones with only Australia’s The Seekers on 66, Greece’s Vicky Leandros on 62 and Canada’s Lucille Starr on 53 above them.

The Sweet provided the first movement on the top 20 of the overall weeks count list in 11 weeks as their total moved on to 95, putting them tied 10th with Herman’s Hermits. There was much excitement over on the local weeks count list where the top 20 had remained unchanged for 38 weeks, but we finally saw some movement as Lionel Petersen moved into tied 20th spot with Peter Vee and Ken J. Larkin. All 3 acts were on 32 weeks.

Abba became the 30th act to see their points tally reach the 700 mark. They now sat on 709 and were the second non big 3 act to reach this milestone. Vicky Leandros was the only one ahead of them.

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