|1||1||7||Stand by Me||–||John Lennon|
|2||2||7||Hey You||–||Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
|3||4||5||Please Stay||–||Jonathan Butler|
|4||6||5||Love will Keep Us Together||–||Captain & Tennille|
|5||10||3||Paloma Blanca||–||George Baker Selection|
|6||3||8||Hurt so Good||–||Susan Cadogan|
|7||8||6||Ek Verlang Na Jou||–||Sonja Herholdt|
|8||9||5||The Look in Your Eyes||–||Johnny Nash|
|9||14||4||A Picture of Patches||–||Jody Wayne|
|10||5||13||Fox on the Run||–||Sweet|
|11||11||9||Another Love to Come||–||Cornelia|
|12||New||1||Beyond the Sunset||–||Bill Anderson & Jan Howard|
|13||17||3||Don’t be Cruel||–||Billy Swan|
|14||16||2||Swing Your Daddy||–||Jim Gilstrap|
|15||13||3||El Bimbo||–||Bimbo Jet|
|16||7||9||Baby Love Affair||–||Buttercup|
|17||19||2||She’s My Woman||–||Alan Garrity|
|18||12||14||Don’t You Know||–||Della Reese|
|19||New||1||The Hustle||–||Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony|
|20||New||1||Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby||–||Geoff St. John|
John Lennon enjoyed at 4th week at 1 with ‘Stand By Me’ as it held off the challenge from Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘Hey You’. The latter spent a second week at number 2.
The George Baker Selection’s ‘Paloma Blanca’ was the climber of the week for a second week running. It moved up 5 from 10 to 5. This was their 5th biggest climber award. The observant amongst you may have noticed that the number of places climbed, the position the song ended at and the number of times the artist had seen a biggest climber was all 5. This was only the second time that these 3 figures had been in alignment. The previous time was when Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ climbed 4 from 8 to 4 to give them their 4th biggest climber award. The George Baker Selection were the 29th act so far to manage 5 or more biggest climbers.
‘Paloma Blanca’ shared the climber award with Jody Wayne’s ‘A Picture Of Patches’ which climbed 5 from 14 to 9. This would be his 4th time with the award. Wayne was the 18th act to reach 11 star raters mark and this put him out front on his own for the local acts as he pulled 1 clear of The Staccatos who sat on 10.
The only other star rater this week was the 4 place climb that Billy Swan’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ managed as it moved up from 17 to 13.
Buttercup’s ‘Baby Love Affair’ was the faller of the week, dropping 9 from 7 to 16. This was the 4th time a local song had fallen 9 or more places in a week with Barbara Ray’s 11 place fall with ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ being the record to date. There would only be 5 more times when we would see a local song fall 9 or more in a week.
Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ was on 14 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 2nd week as the oldest in the top 20.
Caroline du Preez’s ‘Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20. It managed a run of 5 weeks and peaked at 17. The song had managed a total of 21 weeks on the charts if you add in the 16 that the English version by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty had managed. It sat 18th on the list of weeks in the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version. Caroline du Preez would see further SA chart action.
Bobby Angel’s ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ also fell off the charts. It had been with us for 11 weeks and peaked at 5. While a good effort, it did fall short of the chart topping and 17 weeks that his only other hit to date, ‘You Ask Me To’ had managed. There was plenty more in the Bobby Angel SA hit tank.
Last of the leavers was Fox’s ‘Only You Can’ which spent 5 weeks in the charts and peaked at 10. This would be their only SA chart hit. In the UK they would also have hits with ‘Imagine You, Imagine Me’ which reached 15 there and ‘S-s-s-single Bed’ which got to 4.
The highest of the new entries was another male/female country duet. This time it was Bill Anderson & Jan Howard (the latter’s real name was Lulu Grace Johnson) who had had a number of hits together, however, ‘Beyond The Sunset’ was not one that charted in the US, not even on the Country Singles charts there. The song was originally a hit for Pat Boone who took it to number 71 in the US in 1959. Jan Howard was 45 years, 5 months and 16 days old when she charted and of the acts whose birthdates are readily available, she was the 14th oldest to chart and the oldest woman to do so, so far, beating previous oldest, Della Reese by 571 days.
The second new entry was Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’. The song ousted Paul McCartney & Wing’s ‘Listen To What The Man Said’ from the top spot in the US and spent a week at number 1 there, also topping the Canadian charts. In the UK it made number 3. McCoy was also a producer, working with acts such as Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Stacy Lattisaw. Just less than 4 years after he charted in SA, McCoy died of a heart attack at the age of 39. McCoy had also been the song writer behind The Bats number 3 hit in 1965, ‘A Shabby Little Hut’.
The final new entry helped to restored some of the local content of the chart as it was by Geoff St John. ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby’ was written by Barry Blue (who would go on to write ‘I Eat Cannibals’ for Toto Coelo) and was a European hit for Brotherhood Of Man (topping the Belgian charts, 2 in Holland, 10 is Austria and 26 in Germany), but failed to chart in the UK for them. Geoff St. John’s version was produced by Zayne Cronje.
The gap between the number of hits that the Americans had seen and those that the Brits had widened to 15 and the former were on 410 while the latter were on 395. This was the biggest we had seen this gap since 9 April 1971, 230 weeks previously when the Americans were ahead as well.
France caught up with Jamaica for weeks in the charts by acts from those nations. Both countries had seen their guys and girls clock up 66 weeks and they were the tied 10th highest on the list of weeks on the charts by a nation.
John Lennon saw his weeks total reach the 40 milestone. He was the 62nd act to reach this number of weeks and was the 3rd of the Fab Four to reach this milestone.
The Sweet moved into tied 7th place on the overall weeks count list as their 107 put them level with Elvis Presley while lower down that list Alan Garrity re-entered the top 20 after being absent for 37 weeks. His 81 weeks put him tied 17th with Billy Forrest, Cliff Richard, Manfred Mann and Middle Of The Road. Garrity was also now tied 2nd on the local list with Billy Forrest, 2 behind The Staccatos who led the way on 83.
As Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’ had made number 1 in the US, our total for UK or US chart toppers in the top 20 doubled from 1 to 2 with the other one being Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’.