|2||6||4||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||-||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|3||4||7||Wedding Bells||-||Billy Swan|
|4||8||5||Woogie Boogie||-||Platform 6|
|6||3||7||Sonder Jou||-||Ian & Dix|
|7||5||9||Green Eyed Angel||-||Bobby Angel|
|8||12||3||Devil Woman||-||Cliff Richard|
|9||9||10||That’s The Way||-||Lionel Petersen|
|10||7||14||No Charge||-||J.J. Barrie|
|11||18||2||Candy||-||Geoff St. John|
|12||14||5||When I’m Dead And Gone||-||Bruce Millar|
|13||11||7||Misty Blue||-||Dorothy Moore|
|14||10||16||Let Your Love Flow||-||Bellamy Brothers|
|15||16||5||Rock Me To Sleep||-||Mike Eager|
|16||19||2||Golden Ring||-||Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell|
|17||13||15||Miss You Nights||-||Cliff Richard|
|18||20||2||Too Late To Say Goodbye||-||Cornelia|
|19||New||1||Arms Of Mary||-||Sutherland Brothers & Quiver|
|20||New||1||Don’t Worry About Me||-||Tommy Dell|
Welcome to the 400th week of charts that we have explored so far and to celebrate this landmark, we had a local song at number 1 in the form of Gleyns Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ which was enjoying its 3rd week at the top of the charts.
There were star raters at 2, 4 and 8 this week as Elton John & Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, Platform 6’s ‘Woogie Boogie’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’ all climbed 4 places, but the biggest climb this week was the 7 place leap from local lad Geoff St. John. We were obviously sweet for his song ‘Candy’ which moved up from 18 to 11 to give Geoff his only biggest climber.
At the opposite end of the scale it was The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Let Your Love Flow’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Miss You Nights’ which had the biggest falls, both dropping 4 places to 14 and 17 respectively. The Bellamy Brothers could take heart from the fact that they still had the oldest song on the chart as their hit was sitting on 16 weeks.
Two songs fell off the chart this week, the first being Richard O’Brien’s hit from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ‘Time Warp’ which had spent 5 weeks and peaked at 12. This would be his only SA Chart hit and the only song from the movie to make our top 20.
Also departing was Pendulum’s ‘Take My Heart’ which stayed 11 weeks on the charts and peaked at 6. We would have them back in the top 20 again within a year of this song going.
The first of the new entries was ‘Arms Of Mary’ by The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Written by Iain Sutherland, it climbed to number 5 in the UK charts and scraped an 81 peak in the US. It had more success in Holland and Belgium where it topped the charts in both countries as well as getting to 17 in Germany and 32 in New Zealand. In 1978 Canadian band Chilliwack took a version to 67 in the US and in 1992, Dutch artist Piet Veerman managed to get to 44 in Holland with a recording he made of it.
Joining The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver on the charts was Tommy Dell with his song ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ making Dell the 30th artists to have more than 1 hit in the charts in the same week as he was sitting at 16 with his duet with Caroline du Preez, ‘Golden Ring’. ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ was a song written in 1938 by Rube Bloom and Ted Koehler and has been recorded by a list of names including Dave Brubeck, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Frank Sinatra to name a few. This was Tommy’s 4th SA hit.