|1||1||8||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||–||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|2||2||7||Devil Woman||–||Cliff Richard|
|3||3||5||Arms of Mary||–||Sutherland Brothers & Quiver|
|4||8||4||In Zaire||–||Johnny Wakelin|
|5||5||9||Woogie Boogie||–||Platform 6|
|6||11||6||Golden Ring||–||Caroline du Preez & Tommy Dell|
|7||6||13||Green eyed Angel||–||Bobby Angel|
|9||7||9||When I’m Dead and Gone||–||Bruce Millar|
|10||9||6||Candy||–||Geoff St. John|
|11||15||3||(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty||–||KC & The Sunshine Band|
|12||12||4||The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore||–||Roy Bulkin|
|13||10||12||Wedding Bells||–||Billy Swan|
|14||14||14||That’s the Way||–||Lionel Petersen|
|15||16||5||Don’t Worry About Me||–||Tommy Dell|
|16||19||2||Could it be Magic||–||Donna Summer|
|17||17||6||Too Late to Say Goodbye||–||Cornelia|
|18||13||11||Sonder Jou||–||Ian & Dix|
|19||New||1||I Hate the Music||–||John Paul Young|
|20||New||1||Wild One||–||Thin Lizzy|
Things were not looking good for Cliff Richard trying to break his 102 weeks in the charts so far with out a number 1 run as Elton John & Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ held on to the number 1 spot for a 4th consecutive week while Cliff’s ‘Devil Woman’ sat at 2 for the 3rd straight week.
Caroline du Preez and Tommy Dell’s ‘Golden Ring’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 11 to 6. Their previous duet, ‘Sometimes’ had also picked up the award once.
‘(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty’ by KC & the Sunshine Band and Johnny Wakelin’s ‘In Zaire’ were the only other star raters this week. The former climbed 4 from 15 to 11 and it was the 3rd time the band had seen a star rater climb with ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’ having managed so twice. ‘In Zaire’ climbed a further 4 places from 8 to 4, following up on it’s 5 place star rater climb 2 weeks previously and its 3 place, biggest climber in the previous week.
Falling honours went to Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’ which fell 5 from 13 to 18. This was the song’s second time as the faller of the week and the 10th time the faller had been an Afrikaans song.
Michael Eager (aka Mike Eager) saw his ‘Rock Me To Sleep’ drop off the chart after the song had been with us for 8 weeks and peak at 13. This was his first SA chart hit and we would see a couple more from the lad make the top 20.
Another act who still a had a few songs to come was Abba, but this week they saw ‘Fernando’ leave the top 20 after a run of 16 weeks, 6 of which were spent at number 1. They had now had 7 hits make our charts, 4 of which had gone to number 1, another 2 had gone top 3 and only ‘Mamma Mia’ which peaked at 7 spoiling their impressive record of having top 3 hits.
‘Fernando’ had been the oldest song on the chart and that honour now fell to Lionel Petersen’s ‘That’s The Way’ which sat on 14 weeks.
The first new entry was the 13th by an Australian to chart, ‘I Hate The Music’ by Scottish born, but Australian claimed John Paul Young. This cemented Australia’s place as the 7th best nation for number of hits, but did cause Jamaica on 12 to drop into tied 8th place. ‘I Hate The Music’ was written by George Young and Harry Vanda. This song writing duo had also brought us John Edmond’s Pasadena’ which John Paul Young had originally recorded. At this point JPY as he was sometimes known, had not had much exposure outside of Australia. His big break worldwide would come in 1978 with ‘Love Is In The Air’ (which he performed at the opening of the Sydney Olympics in 2000). ‘I Hate The Music’ did, however, give him his highest ever placing on the Australian charts as it climbed to number 2. His next best would be the number 3 peak of ‘Love Is In The Air’. This new entry did account for the 100th week in the charts for Aussie acts and they were the 10th nation to get a century of weeks.
Joining ‘I Hate The Music’ was Thin Lizzy’s first hit in SA, ‘Wild One’. Despite being released as a single in most European countries it failed to chart there, even in the UK where Thin Lizzy have had 18 chart hits. ‘Wild One’ was written and produced by band member Phil Lynott who would die in 1986 at the young age of 36. In 1996 a compilation album was released called ‘Wild One: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy’ but the song only featured on the limited edition double CD version. Thin Lizzy were from Ireland and this was the 12th song by an Irish act to chart, thus placing the country tied 8th with Jamaica mentioned above.
The number of SA hits in the chart dropped from the all-time record 12 to 11. We would never see them hit 12 again. In total we had seen 12 local songs on the charts for 5 weeks, 2 in December 1973 and then the 3 week run which had just ended.
And talking about local hits, this week saw the equal 3rd highest number of local songs in adjacent places on the charts as positions 5 to 10 were all occupied by local songs. This was a run of 6 hits. The all time record was 9 in a row which we saw in the December of 1973 and the January of 1974.
Elton John celebrated 40 weeks in the charts while Billy Swan was enjoying his 30th. They were the 73rd and 104th acts to reach their respective milestones.
Bobby Angel pulled 1 week ahead of Gene Rockwell and Lauren Copley, his 55 weeks meant he held on to 10th place on the local list while the other 2 dropped into tied 11th.
Tommy Dell enjoyed his 5th week running with 2 in the chart. The last act to have a run of at least 5 weeks with 2 in the top 20 was Olivia Newton-John back at the end of 1974 and the beginning of 1975 when she manged 8 weeks.