Radio station 2NX in Newcastle, New South Wales moved to the FM dial as "hit106.9 Newcastle" in 1992. While the Australian government still assigns callsigns to radio stations (in this case, the callsign is 2XXX), using them is now optional. (Wikipedia has a few words about Australian callsigns, if you’re like me and want to know things like that.) Anyway, the station was doing Top 40 in April 1975, so let’s look at their Top Ten.
#10 – Olivia Newton-John, "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)": A song by John Rostill that became a Top Ten hit in the US (#5), Canada (#1), and Australia (#2) for the lovely Olivia. It also did well on the Adult Contemporary and Country charts in the US (#2 on both) and Canada (#1 on both).
#9 – John Paul Young, "Yesterday’s Hero": John would have to wait a couple of years to hit it big in the US (where he’s considered a one-hit wonder) with "Love Is In The Air," but this was a #1 hit in South Africa and rose to #8 in Australia. He barely missed the Top 40 in the US, coming in at #42.
#8 – Bill & Boyd, "Santa Never Made It Into Darwin": This was a charity single that was written by Bill Cate and issued to raise money to rebuild the city of Darwin, which had been hit by Cyclone Tracy the previous Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The song rose to #2 on the Australian charts and was the APRA Song of the Year.
#7 – Slade, "Far Far Away": From 1974’s Slade In Flame, their fifth studio album and soundtrack album for the movie of the same name. It reached #2 in the UK but only #19 in Australia.
#6 – Bob Hudson, "The Newcastle Song": A song that poked fun at the working-class youth culture in Newcastle, it reached #1 in Australia and New Zealand.
#5 – Michael Holm, "When A Child Is Born": A Christmas song, sung by the German singer Michael Holm.
#4 – Lester v. Coombs, "I’m Fine Thank You": Discogs tells us that Lester V. Coombs is a "Cabaret artist active in 1950s. Later became moderately successful as a country music singer." I have no information other than that.
#3 – Sherbet, "Summer Love": Australian pop band Sherbet’s first #1 single in their home country.
#2 – Gene Pitney, "Blue Angel": As Gene became less popular in the US, he became more popular in the UK and Australia. This song reached #2 in Australia.
#1 – Johnny Wakelin, "Black Superman": The song came into being as "Hungarian Superman" and was originally dedicated to heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner, who was later beaten by both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. In the midst of the excitement about the "Rumble In The Jungle," the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, Wakelin reworked the song to be about Ali, and it sold very well: it reached #7 in the UK and Australia, and peaked at #21 in the US.
We end the week tomorrow with the letter O! Also, look for my post to the challenge blog tomorrow…