29 August 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
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’.

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22 August 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Stand by Me  – John Lennon
2 3 6 Hey You  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
3 4 7 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
4 5 4 Please Stay  – Jonathan Butler
5 2 12 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
6 13 4 Love will Keep Us Together  – Captain & Tennille
7 8 8 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
8 6 5 Ek Verlang Na Jou  – Sonja Herholdt
9 10 4 The Look in Your Eyes  – Johnny Nash
10 18 2 Paloma Blanca  – George Baker Selection
11 9 8 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
12 7 13 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
13 14 2 El Bimbo  – Bimbo Jet
14 16 3 A Picture of Patches  – Jody Wayne
15 11 5 Only You Can  – Fox
16 New 1 Swing Your Daddy  – Jim Gilstrap
17 20 2 Don’t be Cruel  – Billy Swan
18 12 11 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
19 New 1 She’s My Woman  – Alan Garrity
20 17 5 Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit  – Caroline du Preez

‘Stand By Me’ by John Lennon enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts while Bachman -Turner Overdrive’s ‘Hey You’ moved up 1 into second place.

The George Baker Selection picked up their 4th biggest climber as ‘Paloma Blanca’ moved up 8 from 18 to 10. This equalled their second biggest jump in a week which ‘Little Green Bag’ had also managed. The record for a Dutch act was 10 places which The George Baker Selection had managed with ‘Baby Blue’. The only other Dutch act to manage a climb of 8 or more places was After All whose ‘If You Need Me’ managed to climb 9 in a week. ‘Paloma Blanca’s 8 place climb would be the last time we would see an 8 or more place climb in a week for an act from The Netherlands.

Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ picked up a second star rater as it moved up 7 from 13 to 6.

Bobby Angel’s ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ was the faller of the week for a second week running. It dropped a further 6 places as it fell from 12 to 18.

Copperfield’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer’ lasted just 2 weeks in the charts, reaching number 19 in the process. There was one more hit to come from this local band.

Also going was the oldest song on last week’s chart, ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. It had managed 16 weeks in the charts and spent 5 of those at the number 1 spot. For Loretta Lynn, this would be her only SA chart action but Conway Twitty would have further SA hits.

The new oldest on the chart was Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ which was on 13 weeks.

Our first new entry was by Texas born and one time Stevie Wonder backing vocalist, Jim Gilstrap. His song ‘Swing Your Daddy’ gave Kenny Nolan his first SA hit as songwriter. Nolan would eventually chart as artist. Gilstrap also sang backing vocals on Starship’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and more recently can be heard helping out Kelis on her 2006 album ‘Kelis Was Here’. ‘Swing Your Daddy’ went to number 4 in the UK, but only made number 44 in Gilstrap’s native America. Elsewhere it topped the charts in Holland and Belgium as well as getting to 9 in New Zealand and 37 in Germany.

The second new entry was the 6th hit for Alan Garrity. Not to be confused with Neil Herbert’s similarly titled ‘She’s A Woman’, ‘She’s My Woman’ was Garrity’s 4th self-penned song to chart. Garrity would go on to win Best Male Vocalist at the 1975 Sarie Awards, presumably helped by the success of this song. Garrity was the 11th local act to reach 6 hits. Only 16 local acts in total would have 6 or more hits.

The UK acts clocked up their 3,600th week in the charts while Alan Garrity saw his weeks total reach the 80 milestone. He was the 21st act overall and 3rd local act to reach this total. Only Billy Forrest on 81 and The Staccatos on 83 were above him on the local weeks count list.

The Sweet moved 1 ahead of Percy Sledge and took 8th place on the overall weeks count list to themselves. They were on 106 weeks while Sledge on 105 dropped into 9th place.

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15 August 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Stand by Me  – John Lennon
2 2 11 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
3 3 5 Hey You  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 4 6 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
5 11 3 Please Stay  – Jonathan Butler
6 6 4 Ek Verlang Na Jou  – Sonja Herholdt
7 5 12 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
8 9 7 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
9 7 7 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
10 14 3 The Look in Your Eyes  – Johnny Nash
11 10 4 Only You Can  – Fox
12 8 10 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
13 13 3 Love will Keep Us Together  – Captain & Tennille
14 New 1 El Bimbo  – Bimbo Jet
15 12 16 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
16 19 2 A Picture of Patches  – Jody Wayne
17 17 4 Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit  – Caroline du Preez
18 New 1 Paloma Blanca  – George Baker Selection
19 20 2 Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer  – Copperfield
20 New 1 Don’t be Cruel  – Billy Swan

John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ enjoyed a second week at 1 while the previous chart topper, The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’, was unmoved at 2. Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘Hey You’ and Susan Cadogan’s ‘Hurt So Good’ were also unmoved at 3 and 4 respectively.

Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 6 from 11 to 5. If one includes males who were part of a duet, then this would be the 100th time that a local male had seen a star rater climb. The only other star rater this week was Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ which moved up 4 from 14 to 10. This was the second week running it had been a star rater and the 6th time Nash had seen a star rater.

‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ became the 6th song with ‘fall’ or a version thereof (i.e. includes ‘falling’) in the title to take the biggest faller award. It dropped 4 from 8 to 12. The other ‘fall’ songs to do this were Glenn Yarbrough’s ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall’, Emil Dean’s ‘How The Mighty Have Fallen’, Bobbie Gentry’s ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’, B.J. Thomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ and Andy Williams’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. Only Tom Jones’ ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ and The Seekers’ ‘When Will The Good Apples Fall’ had escaped being the faller of the week despite having ‘fall’ in the title.

There were 3 songs that would depart the chart this week, the first of which was The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ ‘Jackie Blue’ which spent              8 weeks in the charts and peaked at 10. This would be their only SA chart hit.

Also leaving us was Donovan’s ‘Rock And Roll Souljer’ which had seen a run of 8 weeks and a peak of 14. This was the tied second lowest peak to date for a song having a run of 8 weeks in the chart. There were 4 other songs that had peaked at 14 with an 8 week run and only John Lennon’s ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’ which peaked at 15 in an 8 week run, had a lower peak. This brought to an end Donovan’s SA Chart career. He had seen 8 hits chart, spent 78 weeks in the charts (the tied 22nd highest at this point) and had a best peak of 2 which both ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ and ‘Atlantis’ had managed.

Last to go was Styx’s ‘Lady’ which had managed 16 weeks and peaked at 3. This would not be their only SA chart hit. ‘Lady’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and that mantle now fell to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ which was on 16 weeks.

Bimbo Jet’s ‘El Bimbo’ became the first instrumental hit of 1975 and the 40th instrumental overall to chart. Bimbo Jet were a French band whose members included Claude Morgan and Laurent Rossi. Their song made it to number 1 in France in 1974. A year later it was an international hit, getting to 10 in the UK, 3 in Switzerland, 5 in Norway, 17 in Austria, 26 in Germany and 43 in the US. Closer to home it made number 9 in the neighbouring Zimbabwean charts. The song has been covered by a number of artists including Gigliola Cinquetti (who added a vocal track), Paul Mauriat and The Ventures. If the video on Youtube of a live performance of the latter is to be believed, The Ventures version topped the Japanese charts, but I have not been able to verify this. We had now seen 8 songs by French acts make our charts and France sat in 10th place over all for number of hits, 1 behind Ireland who were on 9.

The George Baker Selection became the 2nd act to chart with 3 different songs that all mentioned a colour in the title, albeit that the one that was a new entry this week was a foreign language colour as the blanca in ‘Paloma Blanca’ which was at number 18 this week was Spanish for ‘white’ (Paloma means ‘dove’). The only other act to do this also had a questionable ‘colour’ in the title too. One of the Rolling Stones’ hits, which included ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Brown Sugar’, was  ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and it’s up to you if you regard ‘ruby’ as a colour. ‘Paloma Blanca’ was The George Baker Selection’s 5th SA hit and the two previous ‘colour’ ones were ‘Little Green Bag’ and ‘Baby Blue’. ‘Paloma Blanca’ (sometimes called ‘Una Paloma Blanca’) topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In the UK it made it to number 10 while in the US it managed a 26 peak and topped the Adult Contemporary charts there.

Last of the new entries was the second top 20 hit for Billy Swan, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. The song was a cover of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit which had been Elvis’ 4th US chart topper and his version was done in a rock-a-billy style. Swan slowed the song down to a near funeral march beat and turned it into more of a country soul outing. He was less successful than Elvis however, failing to chart in the US with it and not even making the country singles charts where he would have numerous hits. However, he did manage to get to 42 in the UK with it (where Elvis’ version made number 3). The video for the song shows The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn on guitar and David Essex on drums although I have not been able to verify if they actually played on the record.

Cornelia became the 12th local woman to reach 20 weeks in the chart while Johnny Nash became the 61st act to reach 40 weeks in the charts.

The Sweet caught up with Percy Sledge for weeks in the chart. The 2 of them had spent 105 weeks in the top 20 each and shared 8th place on the overall weeks count list. The Sweet also celebrated reaching the 1,200 points mark and were the 8th act to reach this milestone.

‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’/‘Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ moved on to a total of 20 weeks in the charts between the 2 versions (16 for the English version and 4 for the Afrikaans version). It now sat 18th on the list of weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version.

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8 August 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 4 Stand by Me  – John Lennon
2 1 10 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
3 5 4 Hey You  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 4 5 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
5 3 11 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
6 8 3 Ek Verlang Na Jou  – Sonja Herholdt
7 9 6 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
8 6 9 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
9 10 6 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
10 11 3 Only You Can  – Fox
11 13 2 Please Stay  – Jonathan Butler
12 7 15 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
13 19 2 Love will Keep Us Together  – Captain & Tennille
14 18 2 The Look in Your Eyes  – Johnny Nash
15 15 16 Lady  – Styx
16 14 8 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
17 17 3 Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit  – Caroline du Preez
18 12 8 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
19 New 1 A Picture of Patches  – Jody Wayne
20 New 1 Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer  – Copperfield

Despite being the last of the Fab Four to have a solo hit, John Lennon was certainly not slacking on the number 1 front. In fact this week he scored his second solo chart topper with ‘Stand By Me’ while the other 3 of his ex-band mates were yet to score 1. ‘Stand By Me’ knocked The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ off of the top spot after the latter had been there for 5 weeks and became the 70th number 1 by a British act. They were 8 ahead of the Americans for chart toppers as the latter were on 62. Local acts had seen 24. A further milestone that ‘Stand By Me’ managed was that it clocked up the 200th week at 1 for British acts.

Captain & Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 6 from 19 to 13. While 13 might be regarded as an unlucky number, a 6 place climb from 19 to 13 had been the most popular way to pick up a biggest climber so far. This was the 22nd time a song had made this climb to take the biggest climber award. The second most popular was a 5 place climb from 18 to 13 with this having occurred 20 times, so 13 wasn’t so unlucky for some.

Johnny Nash became the 69th act to have 5 star rater climbs to their name as ‘The Look In Your Eyes’ moved up 4 from 18 to 14.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ ‘Jackie Blue’ was the faller of the week with a 6 place drop from 12 to 18. For those interested, a 6 place drop from 9 to 15 had been the most popular for a biggest fall so far. Dropping from 12 to 18 and being the faller of the week had only occurred 8 times. There had been 44 combinations that had taken the biggest faller 8 or more times.

Styx’s ‘Lady’ was on 16 weeks and enjoyed its 4th as the oldest on the charts.

Gloria Gaynor had enjoyed a 17 week run with at least 1 song in the charts but that came to an end as ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ dropped out of the top 20. Her 17 weeks had consisted of 8 weeks with ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and then 9 weeks with ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ which entered the charts the same week that ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ left. ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ peaked at 11, 3 places lower than ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’. These had been Gloria’s only SA hits so far, but there was more to come from her.

Also going was The Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ which 12 weeks and peaked at 6. They still had another hit to come.

Last week we had had 5 local songs on the chart. This week it rose to 7 as none of the 5 left the charts, but both new entries were by local acts. The highest of these new entries was Jody Wayne’s ‘A Picture Of Patches’. This was his 10th hit to chart and he was the 13th of 25 acts (and second local) who would ultimately see their hits count reach double figures. Billy Forrest was the only other local act to reach this total. He was on 11. ‘A Picture Of Patches’ was written by Wayne himself and gave him his 8th hit as songwriter. It was a follow on from the song which Dickey Lee had had a hit with called ‘Patches’ and which Jody Wayne covered. The original ‘Patches’ told the story of a forbidden love between a boy and girl of different social standing which ends with the girl ‘Patches’ committing suicide by drowning herself in the river. The narrator of the song promises to join her. However, in Wayne’s ‘A Picture Of Patches’ he didn’t follow her and wonders down to the coal yard where she lived and finds a picture of the girl.

Copperfield had their first SA hit this week as ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer’ entered at 20. The band was a British group who had made South Africa their home and have therefore been adopted as one of our own. ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer’ was written by band member Terry Meredith and produced by John Gooderson of Big John’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus who had recently had a hit in SA with ‘Rocking In The USA’.

‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’/‘Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ had clocked up 18 weeks in its English and Afrikaans version (15 for the English version and 3 for the Afrikaans) and sat just outside the top 20 for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than one version. It shared 21st spot with ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound/ Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

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1 August 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
2 3 3 Stand by Me  – John Lennon
3 2 10 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
4 6 4 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
5 8 3 Hey You  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
6 5 8 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
7 4 14 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
8 14 2 Ek Verlang Na Jou  – Sonja Herholdt
9 9 5 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
10 7 5 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
11 18 2 Only You Can  – Fox
12 13 7 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
13 New 1 Please Stay  – Jonathan Butler
14 16 7 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
15 11 15 Lady  – Styx
16 12 12 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
17 20 2 Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit  – Caroline du Preez
18 New 1 The Look in Your Eyes  – Johnny Nash
19 New 1 Love will Keep Us Together  – Captain & Tennille
20 15 9 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor

With The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ enjoying a 5th week at the top of the chart, the band took the outright lead for total number of weeks at 1 as their 19 moved them 1 ahead of Tom Jones. They were the 6th act to have the outright lead for weeks at 1, the previous 5 being Rick Nelson, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Murray Campbell and The Beach Boys.

Della Reese’s run at number 2 which had lasted 3 weeks, ended this week as ‘Don’t You Know’ dropped to 3 while John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ moved up 1 into second place.

Fox’s ‘Only You Can’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 from 18 to 11. The only other star rater was Sonja Herholdt’s ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou’ which climbed 6 from 14 to 8. This was the 14th time an Afrikaans song had been a star rater and the 10th Afrikaans song to manage this with 2 of them managing it twice and 1 (Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’) doing so three times.

Gloria Gaynor took the faller of the week award with a 5 place drop from 15 to 20 with ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’. This was her first time with the award.

Styx’s ‘Lady’ continued as the oldest on the charts. It was on 15 weeks and had been the oldest for 3 weeks.

There were 3 songs that left the chart this week. The first of these was Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Live For You’ which lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 19, the worst performing of his 4 hits to date both in terms of weeks and peak. There would be more to come from him.

Another local act, John Edmond, also saw his hit, ‘Goodbye Is The Saddest Song’, leave the top 20. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 10. This ended an illustrious chart career for Edmond. He had seen 7 songs chart, spent 70 weeks in the charts and had a best peak of 6 with ‘Toy Train’. He had also seen 2 further weeks as a song writer where he was not the artist when his composition, ‘Hey Mr Dreamer’ by Pat Gregory managed to chart.

Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ became the 36th song to leave the charts from within the top 10 as it fell off the top 20 from position 10 last week. Their first 3 hits had all spent 15 weeks in the charts, but ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ let the side down a bit by only managing 12. It did, however, spend 2 weeks at number 1 which equalled that of their only other chart topper, ‘Waterloo’. Their other 2 songs had peaked at 2 and 3.

Jonathan Butler managed to fill some of the gap left by the 2 locals who left the chart as his song, ‘Please Stay’ entered the top 20 at number 13 this week and he was the 5th youngest and 2nd youngest local (of those whose birth dates are available) to chart, being 14 years, 6 months and 22 days old. Gwynneth Ashley-Robin and Little Jimmy Osmond respectively were the youngest local and youngest overall to chart. ‘Please Stay’ was a cover of a Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard composition that was first recorded by The Drifters in 1961 and gave them a number 14 hit in the US. In 1966 The Cryin’ Shames took it to number 26 in the UK. This was Bacharach’s 8th songwriting credit to chart in SA.

Our second new entry was Johnny Nash’s ‘The Look In Your Eyes’. It was Nash’s 3rd SA hit and was written by Emmanuel Rentzos who had been a member of Osibisa as well has having played on Nash’s version of ‘Tears On My Pillow’. Rentzos did record a version of the song himself, but I have been unable to establish if this was before or after Nash recorded his version. There was a gap of 119 weeks between this and Nash’s previous hit, ‘There Are More Questions Than Answers’ which made Nash the 66th act to have a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits.

The last of the new entries was the first hit in SA for Captain & Tennille, ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. The song was a Neil Sedaka composition (along with Howard Greenfield) and was his 6th to chart in SA. Sedaka had recorded a version of the song himself, but it was Captain & Tennille’s version that went places, topping the charts in the US, Australia and Canada as well as getting to 3 in Zimbabwe, 6 in France, 8 in New Zealand and 32 in the UK. Mac and Katie Kissoon had taken a version of it to number 12 in Holland in 1973.

Captain & Tennille’s hit had topped the US charts which brought the total of songs in the top 20 that had topped the charts in either the US, the UK or both nations, to 2.

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25 July 1975

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Fox on the Run  – Sweet
2 2 9 Don’t You Know  – Della Reese
3 12 2 Stand by Me  – John Lennon
4 3 13 As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone  – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
5 5 7 Before the Next Teardrop Falls  – Bobby Angel
6 13 3 Hurt so Good  – Susan Cadogan
7 9 4 Baby Love Affair  – Buttercup
8 19 2 Hey You  – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
9 7 4 Another Love to Come  – Cornelia
10 4 12 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  – ABBA
11 8 14 Lady  – Styx
12 6 11 Bye Bye Baby  – Bay City Rollers
13 10 6 Jackie Blue  – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
14 New 1 Ek Verlang Na Jou  – Sonja Herholdt
15 11 8 Reach Out, I’ll be There  – Gloria Gaynor
16 14 6 Rock And Roll Souljer  – Donovan
17 15 7 Goodbye is the Saddest Song  – John Edmond
18 New 1 Only You Can  – Fox
19 20 3 Live for You  – Richard Jon Smith
20 New 1 Net Soos Ek die Telefoon Neersit  – Caroline du Preez

The Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’ enjoyed a 4th week at number and this put the band level with Tom Jones for number of weeks at 1. Tom Jones took over lead for weeks at 1 from The Beach Boys on 21 January 1967 and had held the top spot on his own for 445 weeks. He was last seen at the top of the chart on 26 June 1970 which was 266 weeks previously. The Brits also took the lead again for total weeks at 1 as they moved on to 198 and knocked the Americans into second place as the latter were on 197.

Della Reese’s ‘Don’t You Know’ spent a 3rd straight week at 2. There had been 36 songs so far that had spent 3 consecutive weeks at 1 of which 11 had gone on to spend a 4th week there and 4 so far had actually seen a run of 5 straight weeks at 2.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘Hey You’ was the climber of the week with a massive 11 place jump from 19 to 8. It had been 67 weeks since we last saw a jump of at least this size. So far we had seen 24 times when a song had climbed 11 or more in a single week.

John Lennon’s ‘Stand By Me’ was the second best climber as it moved up 9 from 12 to 3. It was Lennon’s 3rd time with a star rater climb bringing him level with George Harrison, but the 2 of them were well behind Ringo who had seen 7 and even further behind Paul who had managed 11 between his solo and Wings’ hits. The 9 place climb that ‘Stand By Me’ made was the tied best ever by an ex-Beatle and outdid anything the Beatles themselves managed. Ringo’s ‘Photograph’ was the only other one that would manage a climb of 9 places.

Susan Cadogan’s ‘Hurt So Good’ was a star rater for a second week running, moving up 7 from 13 to 6.

Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ and The Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ were the fallers of the week with both songs dropping 6 places to land at 10 and 12 respectively. Abba had clocked up 57 weeks in the charts so far and this was only the second time that they had seen a biggest faller. They also were the 8th act to see their first 4 hits go top 10 and spend 10 or more weeks in the charts.

Styx’s ‘Lady’ had been on the charts for 14 weeks and was enjoying its second as the oldest in the top 20.

John Holt’s ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted just 5 weeks and peaked at 16. This would be his only SA chart hit. The song itself had now charted in 3 versions (Holt’s, Sammi Smith’s and Percy Sledge’s). Holt’s version managed the most weeks of these 3, but it was Sledge’s version that had the best peak as it made it to number 13. Overall the song managed 10 weeks in its 3 versions.

The Boones’ ‘Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)’ left the top 20 after 11 weeks and a peak of 7. This would be their only SA chart hit although The Pat Boone Family had had a hit with ‘Please Mr Postman’ that spent a single week at 20. Pat Boone himself had managed 1 hit (‘Pearly Shells’) which had spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 3. There was still another hit to come from a member of the Boone family.

Last to go was Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ which lasted 12 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 5. The singer and actor, who had found fame as television detective Kojak, would have further success on our charts.

The first of the new entries was the 21st Afrikaans song to chart, ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou’ by Sonja Herholdt. Despite her popularity, this was her first song to chart on the top 20. It was written by Jan de Wet. In 2000, Sonja released a reworked version of the song on her ‘Reconstructing Alice’ album where she turned to Theunis Engelbrecht from Die Naaimasjiene for help in trying to create a ‘new’ more alternative sound for herself. Coming in at number 14, this was the second highest debut position for an Afrikaans song to date only beaten by 1967’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ by Groep Twee which had entered the charts at 13.

The second new entry was by a British band called Fox with a song called ‘Only you Can’. It was written by band member Kenny Young and was his 6th song as a songwriter to chart. He had already brought us hits by The Rolling Stones (‘Under The Boardwalk’), The Seekers, Reparata, Clodagh Rodgers and Mark Lindsay. Fox were fronted by Noosha Fox, an Australian singer whose real name was Susan Traynor. The song made it to number 3 in the UK as well as getting to 2 in Germany, 16 in Australia and 53 in the US.

The final new entry was the 22nd Afrikaans song to chart. ‘Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ by Caroline du Preez was an Afrikaans cover of ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’ by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty (which was at 4 this week) and was the 36th song to chart by different artists. And the 4th Afrikaans cover of an English song that had charted although 2 of those 4 were Afrikaans parodies of the English song (‘Sonbrilletjies’ and Baas Jack’ both by Al Debbo). Unlike the Twitty/Lynn version, the male voice on the other end of the ‘telefoon’ is not credited in du Preez version, but was Gert van Tonder from Groep 2. With one of the other new entries being Afrikaans this week, we had the only occurrence of having 2 Afrikaans songs entering the top 20 in the same week. It was also the second time we saw 2 local women enter the charts in the same week, the other time being on 16 June 1967 when Judy Page and Virginia Lee both had new entries. The local hit count was now 7 and it had been 72 weeks since it had last been this high.

John Edmond celebrated reaching 70 weeks in the charts. He was the 29th act overall and 7th local act to manage this.

Richard Jon Smith moved into tied 19th place on the local weeks count list as his 34 weeks so far put him level with Groep Twee. This meant that Murray Campbell on 33 weeks dropped off the top 20 of that list.

Leaver, Telly Savalas’ ‘If’ had topped the UK charts while none of the new entries had topped either the UK, the US or both charts leaving us with just 1 song (Bay City Rollers’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ which topped the UK charts) that had topped the song it either or both those nations. This was the 51st time we had just 1 song that topped the charts in the UK or US in our top 20 and the first time since 9 November 1973, 89 weeks previously. We had seen 6 weeks where there had been no UK or US number 1s in our charts.

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18 July 1975

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

‘Fox On The Run’ by The Sweet enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts while Della Reese continued to apply pressure with ‘Don’t You Know’ which sat at number 2 for a second week. The previous number 1, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’, moved back up the chart. It had been at 4 for the last 2 weeks, but now climbed one to position 3.

The British were back on level terms with the Americans for weeks at 1 as The Sweet’s hit clocked up the 197th week at 1 for them. And The Sweet were now within touching distance of Tom Jones who led the way for total weeks at 1. The Sweet had 17 to their name while Tom was on 18.

Buttercup’s ‘Baby Love Affair’ became the 10th local song to have a climb of 9 weeks or more as it moved up 9 from 18 to 9 to take the climber of the week award.

Cornelia’s ‘Another Love To Come’ just missed out on being the climber as it managed an 8 place jump, moving up from 15 to 7. This was the 10th time a local woman had seen a climb of this magnitude and sadly, would be the last. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ ‘Jackie Blue’ and Susan Cadogan’s ‘Hurt So Good’ were also star raters with the former climbing 4 from 14 to 10 and the latter moving up 6 from 19 to 13.

The Boones suffered the fall of the week, dropping 9 from 8 to 17 with ‘Viva Espana (Forever A Song In My Heart)’. This was only the second time that we had seen the climber and faller move 9 places in a week. The record we had seen so far was when the climber and the faller both moved 10 places and that had only happened once.

Sitting at 10 and 11 on the chart would probably make one feel that you had at least another week or so of chart life, but it was not the case for last week’s number 10 and 11 as they were the 2 songs that left the chart this week. Last week’s number11, ‘Love Hurts’ by Nazareth had been in the top 20 for 18 weeks and spent 5 of those at the number 1 spot. It had been the oldest on the charts for 7 weeks. The new oldest on the charts was now Styx’s ‘Lady’ which sat on 13 weeks. There would be further hits from Nazareth.

Heintje’s ‘Jou Hart Is Weer Myne’ became the 35th song to fall out of the charts from within the top 20. It managed 10 weeks and peaked at 6, a far better showing than his only other hit, ‘Leise Rieselt Der Schnee’ which only managed 1 week at 19 (to be fair to it, it was a Christmas themed song). These 2 songs would be his only SA chart entries giving him a total of 11 weeks and a best peak of 6.

John Lennon produced the second highest placed new entry that we would see from an ex-Beatle, coming in at 12 with ‘Stand By Me’. Only George’s ‘My Sweet Lord’, which debut at 11, would beat this. ‘Stand By Me’ was a version of the Leiber & Stoller composition made famous by Ben E. King and was taken from Lennon’s covers album, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. King’s version went to number 4 in the US and 27 in the UK on its original release, but had a second outing in 1987 when it topped the UK charts following its use in a Levi Jeans ad. Lennon was not as successful with it, doing a 10, 20, 30 set of peaks on the Canadian, US and UK charts respectively.

Joining John was Bachman-Turner Overdrive with their second hit, ‘Hey You’. It had a big act to follow as their previous hit, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ had topped our charts for 5 weeks. In their native Canada, ‘Hey You’ equalled the number 1 peak that ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ managed there, but in the US it fell way short of its predecessor’s chart topping achievement as it only made it to number 21 there while in the UK it didn’t even chart where ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ had made number 2. ‘Hey You’ was the 5th song to chart where the title would be the same as the name of a group that chart. In this case we would have to wait till the 80s for Hey You, the group to chart. This was the 24th song by a Canadian act to chart and Canada sat unmoved at 4th on the list of hits by a nation with the big 3, SA, the UK and the US above them.

Richard Jon Smith sneaked into the top 20 of the local weeks count list. His 33 weeks to date put him tied 20th with Murray Campbell.

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