3 September 1976

glenys-lynn-ramaja

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
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
5 2 13 Fernando  - Abba
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.

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27 August 1976

glenys-lynn-ramaja

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
2 2 12 Fernando  - Abba
3 6 6 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
4 3 6 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
5 5 8 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
6 10 3 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  - Elton John & Kiki Dee
7 4 13 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
8 9 4 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
9 11 9 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
10 8 15 Let Your Love Flow  - Bellamy Brothers
11 14 6 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore
12 20 2 Devil Woman  - Cliff Richard
13 7 14 Miss You Nights  - Cliff Richard
14 15 4 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
15 13 11 Take My Heart  - Pendulum
16 16 4 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager
17 12 5 Time Warp  - Richard O’ Brien
18 New 1 Candy  - Geoff St. John
19 New 1 Golden Ring  - Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell
20 New 1 Too Late To Say Goodbye  - Cornelia

Glenys Lynne held on to the top spot with ‘Ramaja’ to give her a second week there. Abba’s ‘Fernando’, the previous number 1, was unmoved at 2.

Although enjoying his 8th hit on our charts, this was only Cliff Richard’s second time with the biggest climber in the week as ‘Devil Woman’ jumped up 8 places from 20 to 12 (must be something about the number 8) to take that honour this week. This landed him next door to the biggest faller of the week which co-incidentally was also by him. ‘Miss You Nights’ dropped 6 places to 13 to have the largest drop of the week. This was the 9th time we had seen an act occupy adjacent positions on the chart. This was the 5th time we had seen both biggest climber and biggest faller in a week be by the same act. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Andrews, Percy Sledge and George Harrison had all managed it before.

Also worth mentioning is that last week’s biggest climber, Elton John & Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, was a star rater this week, climbing 4 to 6.

The Bellamy Brothers’ ‘Let Your Love Flow’ continued as the oldest on the chart, moving on to 15 weeks, but dropping 2 places in the process.

At number 5, Bobby Angel celebrated his 50th week in the charts, becoming the 30th artist and 10th local act to reach this landmark.

Demis Roussos’ ‘Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun’ was put out to pasture as it dropped off the top 20. It had lasted 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3, but he would be back.

The squall The Julian Laxton Band had created with ‘Celebrate The Rain’ was over after 8 weeks and a peak of 10, but this did not result in a drought for Laxton et al as they would return to our charts.

Also this week, Elvis left the building. His song ‘Hurt’ had lasted 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at 9, the 24th song to have an equal week and peak figure. 9 was proving by far the most popular number for equal weeks and peaks as this was the 10th time we had seen it.

For the second time in the space of 5 weeks we saw 3 new entries from local acts. This was the 7th time we would see this, but sad to say it would be the last. Like the previous occasion, the 3 new entries occupied the bottom 3 places. We now had 11 local songs on the top 20. We had to go back to January 1974 to see this level of local.

The highest placed of the new entries was Geoff St. John’s 2nd hit, ‘Candy’. This followed up ‘Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby’ which entered our charts 2 days less than a year ago. The song was written by a team who already had one in the charts. Ken Levine and Ernie Schroder had brought us Michael Eager’s ‘Rock Me To Sleep’ (at 16 this week) and ‘Candy’ became their 5th song to chart. Once again Ernie’s brother Robert was brought in to produce. The song featured in a TV show called Pulse which ran a feature on the song writing ability of Levine and Schroder and given the crest of popularity that St. John was experiencing at the time, needed little further promotion.

And talking of popular duos, Caroline du Preez & Tommy Dell quickly followed up the success of ‘Sometimes’, which had exited our charts 2 months previously, with a new entry in the shape of ‘Golden Ring’. The song was a cover of a George Jones & Tammy Wynette hit with the latter taking it to the top of the US Country Singles chart only 20 days prior to the du Preez/Dell version entering our charts. This was the 2nd song to chart for the duet and both of them had had a solo hit previous to this.

Last of the new entries was the 2nd hit to come from Cornelia (full name Cornelia Moller). ‘Too Late To Say Goodbye’ followed up ‘Another Love To Come’ from just over a year previously. In 2009, Cornelia featured on the cover version of it recorded by Steve Hofmeyr. With Cornelia at 20 and Glenys Lynne at number 1 we had the 2nd (and it would be the last) occasion when local women held the top and bottom places on the chart. The previous time was when Barbara Ray was at 1 and Maria at 20 back in March 1973.

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20 August 1976

glenys-lynn-ramaja

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
2 1 11 Fernando  - Abba
3 3 5 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
4 4 12 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
5 5 7 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
6 8 5 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
7 6 13 Miss You Nights  - Cliff Richard
8 7 14 Let Your Love Flow  - Bellamy Brothers
9 16 3 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
10 19 2 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  - Elton John & Kiki Dee
11 11 8 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
12 13 4 Time Warp  - Richard O’ Brien
13 9 10 Take My Heart  - Pendulum
14 15 5 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore
15 17 3 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
16 18 3 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager
17 10 9 Hurt  - Elvis Presley
18 12 8 Celebrate The Rain  - Julian Laxton Band
19 14 12 Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun  - Demis Roussos
20 New 1 Devil Woman  - Cliff Richard

Abba’s run at the top of the charts was ended by the first Afrikaans song to top the charts as Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ took over the number 1 spot. Not only was it the first Afrikaans number 1, but it would be the only totally Afrikaans song to top our charts. There would be another one that mixed an Afrikaans chorus with an English refrain. Glenys became the 7th local woman to top the charts.

Last week’s new entry, ‘Elton John & Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ was our biggest climber this week as it jumped up 9 places from 19 to 10. This would be Elton’s biggest climb to date and only one of his would better this, but we would have to wait till 1979 to see that. Platform 6’s ‘Woogie Boogie’ climbed 7 to 9.

The big faller this week was The King with ‘Hurt’ (I guess it must have, Elvis). The song dropped 7 places from 10 to 17 to give him his 5th biggest faller in a week. By way of consolation, it would also be his last.

The oldest song on the chart last week, Marie Gibson’s ‘One Day At A Time’, fell out of the top 20 after a run of 19 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the top of the charts. This brought to an end an 18 week run with an oldest song on the chart being by a local act. This would be the 2nd best run ever for the locals. The previous time occurred when, on 16 weeks in the chart, The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ became the oldest and remained so for 23 weeks till it ended its total of 38 weeks on the chart. This however was a bit of a funny as the song had an initial run of 12 weeks, the song was absent from the chart for a while, returning for a further 26 week run. When it took over as the “oldest” on 16 weeks, it was not strictly speaking the longest unbroken run in the chart. The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Let Your Love Flow’ took over as oldest having clocked up 14 weeks.

The new entry was Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’ which was his 8th song to chart, putting him on an equal level with Tom Jones, The Sweet, Percy Sledge, Barbara Ray and The Archies in terms of number of hits. Only 4 acts had had more. ‘Devil Woman’ would go on to become Cliff’s 3rd biggest selling single and would give him his highest ever placing in the US charts, getting to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it would only make number 9. Elsewhere it would make 3 in Australia, 4 in Canada, 5 in New Zealand, 6 in Ireland, 7 in Norway, 8 in France and then in a consecutive position breaking run of peaks, 39 in Italy. With ‘Miss you Nights’ still in the top 20, Cliff became the 29th act to have more than 1 hit in the charts in a week.

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13 August 1976

abba-fernando

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Fernando  - Abba
2 4 6 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
3 5 4 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
4 2 11 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
5 8 6 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
6 3 12 Miss You Nights  - Cliff Richard
7 6 13 Let Your Love Flow  - Bellamy Brothers
8 15 4 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
9 7 9 Take My Heart  - Pendulum
10 9 8 Hurt  - Elvis Presley
11 12 7 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
12 10 7 Celebrate The Rain  - Julian Laxton Band
13 17 3 Time Warp  - Richard O’ Brien
14 11 11 Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun  - Demis Roussos
15 16 4 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore
16 19 2 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
17 18 2 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
18 20 2 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager
19 New 1 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  - Elton John & Kiki Dee
20 13 19 One Day At A Time  - Marie Gibson

‘Fernando’ was still at the top of the charts which meant that Abba now second only to The Sweet’s record for weeks at the top of the charts as they had occupied the spot for 14 weeks. The Sweet sat on 19.

Local lass Glenys Lynne climbed 2 places with ‘Ramaja’ to get to number 2, scaling heights that no Afrikaans song had managed to date. The previous highest position an Afrikaans song had managed was to get to 3 when Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ managed that in August 1971. In fact, ‘Ramaja’ was only the 3rd Afrikaans song to make the top 5.

It was a good week for Afrikaans songs as the other one on the chart was the biggest climber as Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’ rocketed up 7 places from 15 to 8 to not only be the biggest climber this week but to set a record biggest jump ever by an Afrikaans song. They would not hold this record alone as 2 more songs would do so, but for now they were the only ones to have done this. Richird O’Brien’s ‘Time Warp’ was a star rater rising 4 to 13.

The faller of the week was also local and that was Marie Gibson’s ‘One Day At A Time’ which dropped 7 places from 13 to 20, the 3rd time the song had managed a biggest drop. It was, however, the oldest song on the charts with 19 weeks under its belt. The last song to make it to 19 weeks was Bachman-Turner Overdrive’ ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ which did so back in April 1975. Things did not look good for ‘One Day At A Time’s chances of making it to 20 weeks given its sharp drop and that it now sat at the bottom of the charts. To date of the 18 song that had a biggest faller in the week 3 times, only 7 managed to survive into the week after the 3rd fall.

‘Save All Your Kisses For Me’ by The Brotherhood Of Man was the only song from last week’s chart that was not on this week’s top 20. It had spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 4, not quite matching its UK chart topping performance. There would be more to come from the group.

The new entry was the 32nd by a duet or collaboration of acts. Elton John teamed up with Kiki Dee to bring us ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ which joined our charts at number 19 this week. This collaboration between Reginald Dwight and Pauline Matthews (their real names) proved successful as it gave Elton his first UK chart topper and would be his 7th song to get to number 1 in the US. Aside from cracking the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, the song also went to the top of the Australian, Canadian, French, Irish, Italian, New Zealand and Rhodesian (as they were then) charts. This was John’s 4th song to enter our charts and a first for Dee. In 1994 Elton would team up with American drag queen RuPaul to give the song another outing, that version would get to 7 on the UK charts.

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6 August 1976

abba-fernando

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Fernando  - Abba
2 3 10 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
3 2 11 Miss You Nights  - Cliff Richard
4 5 5 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
5 6 3 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
6 4 12 Let Your Love Flow  - Bellamy Brothers
7 7 8 Take My Heart  - Pendulum
8 12 5 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
9 10 7 Hurt  - Elvis Presley
10 13 6 Celebrate The Rain  - Julian Laxton Band
11 8 10 Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun  - Demis Roussos
12 14 6 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
13 9 18 One Day At A Time  - Marie Gibson
14 11 12 Save Your Kisses For Me  - Brotherhood Of Man
15 16 3 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
16 18 3 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore
17 20 2 Time Warp  - Richard O’ Brien
18 New 1 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
19 New 1 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
20 New 1 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager

Abba moved into tied 2nd place on the list of weeks spent at 1 as ‘Fernando’ held on to the top spot for a 5th week. They now equalled Johnny Nash but were still a bit behind The Sweet who had managed 19 weeks. As songwriters, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson were now 1 week behind the leaders on that list, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Bobby Angel achieved his 5th biggest climber in a week award when ‘Green Eyed Angel’ moved up 4 places to 8 this week. 3 of his previous biggest climbers had been with ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’. This was the 104th local song to claim this title and the 52nd by a local male.

On the falling front it was also a 4 place move that took the top honours and that went to Marie Gibson’s ‘One Day At A Time’ which fell to 13. This was the second time the song had been the biggest faller in the week and the 23rd time it had been a local woman whose song managed this. Being the biggest faller would not have worried Marie too much as ‘One Day At A Time’ was the oldest on the charts having clocked up 18 weeks. We had to go back to the 2nd May 1975 to last see a song reach more than 18 weeks on the chart when we saw Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ on 22 and Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ on 20.

We lost 3 songs from the chart this week, the first of which was David Cassidy’s ‘Tomorrow’ which lasted 7 weeks and peaked at 10. This concluded Cassidy’s SA Chart life. He had had 5 songs chart, spent a total of 43 weeks on the charts and had a best peak with ‘Darlin’ which topped the charts for 4 weeks. Interestingly his 43 weeks on the charts meant he was currently tied 43rd overall for weeks spent on the chart by an artist.

Rabbitt’s ‘Charlie’ also left the top 20 after a run of 7 weeks and a peak of 9. This was a far better result for them than their previous outing, Locomotive Breath’ which only spent 2 weeks on the chart and peaked at 18, however that was with a line-up that only featured Trevor Rabin from the one that brought us ‘Charlie’.

The last one to go shared the oldest song on the chart title with Marie Gibson’s ‘One Day At A Time’ last week, The Four Seasons’ ‘December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)’, which had lasted 17 weeks and spent 4 of those at the top before Gibson ousted them from that position.

The first of the new entries was by a local act who had previous topped our charts. Bruce Millar was back, following up ‘I Won’t Give Up’ with a cover of a 1970’s song by McGuinness Flint, ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’. The song was written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle (who were members of McGuinness Flint and went on to further fame as Gallagher & Lyle) and McGuinness Flint’s version went to number 2 in the UK and number 47 in the US in 1971. Millar’s version was his second SA chart hit.

The second new entry was also by a local act and was also a cover version. The act was Platform 6, the song was ‘Boogie Woogie’ and the original appears to have been by a Dutch band called Ferrari who took the song to number 23 in the charts in their native Holland. It was written by Chris Andrews who had had a few hits in SA back in ’69 and ’70 such as ‘Pretty Belinda’ and ‘Brown Eyes’. Platform 6 consisted of Keith Taylor (vocals), Gary Smith (vocals), Jack Mouton (guitar), Michael Nosworthy (organ), Hennie Botha (bass), Jan Labuschagne (drums) and hailed from Vanderbijl Park. More than that I cannot tell you.

The final new entry was also local, making the bottom 3 songs on the chart by South African artists and giving us the 6th time with 3 or more new entries in a week being local. The song debuting at number 20 was Michael Eager (aka Mike Eager) with ‘Rock Me To Sleep’. It was written by the song writing team of Ken Levine and Ernie Schroder and Ernie’s brother Robert who usually just produced the songs the pair wrote also got a look in on the song writing front. In fact Robert arranged and produced the single with Ernie sharing production credits. Eager had started out singing with a band called The Cavaliers before going solo. ‘Rock Me To Sleep’ would have helped him win the 1976 Sarie award for most promising male vocalist.

Interestingly, all 3 of the new entries were on the same record label, “MD”.  ‘Boogie Woogie’ had the catalogue number JIME 11061, ‘Rock Me To Sleep’ had JIME 11065 while ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’ was JIME 11067. Not sure what songs with the numbers in between were.

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30 July 1976

abba-fernando

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Fernando  - Abba
2 3 10 Miss You Nights  - Cliff Richard
3 4 9 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
4 2 11 Let Your Love Flow  - Bellamy Brothers
5 10 4 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
6 18 2 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
7 6 7 Take My Heart  - Pendulum
8 5 9 Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun  - Demis Roussos
9 8 17 One Day At A Time  - Marie Gibson
10 12 6 Hurt  - Elvis Presley
11 7 11 Save Your Kisses For Me  - Brotherhood Of Man
12 13 4 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
13 14 5 Celebrate The Rain  - Julian Laxton Band
14 17 5 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
15 11 17 December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)  - Four Seasons
16 19 2 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
17 9 7 Charlie  - Rabbitt
18 20 2 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore
19 16 7 Tomorrow  - David Cassidy
20 New 1 Time Warp  - Richard O’ Brien

It was now 4 weeks on a row for Abba’s ‘Fernando’ and they moved on to a total of 12 weeks at 1, equalling Charisma, 1 behind Johnny Nash, but 7 off the pace of leaders on that list, The Sweet who sat on 19 weeks. Cliff Richard moved up 1 into second place, knocking J.J. Barrie’s ‘No Charge’ down to 3.

Last week’s biggest climber, Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’, was a star rater this week, moving up 5 places to 5, but the biggest climber this week was Billy Swan’s ‘Wedding Bells’ which jumped a massive 12 places from 18 to 6. This was only the 10th song to make a leap of 12 or more places and we had to go back to 10 October 1975 for the last time we saw this when Typically Tropical’s ‘Barbados’ jumped 12 to 8. No song had managed a bigger jump since The Sweet’s all time record jump of 17 places back in  August 1971.

Our oldest songs on the charts were still ‘One Day At A Time’ by Marie Gibson and ‘December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)’ by The Four Seasons which both moved on to 17 weeks.

Only 1 song left the top 20 and that was Sailor’s ‘A Glass Of Champagne’ which had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at number 10, a fair way off their number 2 peak in the UK. This would be their only SA hit.

In its place came ‘Time Warp’, a song sung by various members of the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell and Charles Gray) but attributed only to O’Brien who played the role of Riff Raff. The movie did not do too well on its original 1975 release in the US, but went on to gain cult status. This lack of initial interest in it meant that ‘Time Warp’ did not chart in either the US or UK, however in South Africa, despite our rather conservative outlook back then, we took to movie and propelled the song into our chart in the year after the film’s US release. In neighbouring Rhodesia as it was then, the song went to number 7. Subsequently a guy called Damian (surname Davey) took a cover of the song to number 7 in the UK. That cover would also make our charts.

A milestone to note this week was that Lionel Petersen, whose ‘That’s The Way’ was at number 14, celebrated his 50th week on the chart, becoming the 9th local act and 29th overall to achieve this landmark.

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23 July 1976

abba-fernando

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Fernando  - Abba
2 2 10 Let Your Love Flow  - Bellamy Brothers
3 4 9 Miss You Nights  - Cliff Richard
4 5 8 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
5 3 8 Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun  - Demis Roussos
6 8 6 Take My Heart  - Pendulum
7 6 10 Save Your Kisses For Me  - Brotherhood Of Man
8 7 16 One Day At A Time  - Marie Gibson
9 10 6 Charlie  - Rabbitt
10 15 3 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
11 9 16 December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)  - Four Seasons
12 13 5 Hurt  - Elvis Presley
13 16 3 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
14 14 4 Celebrate The Rain  - Julian Laxton Band
15 11 7 A Glass Of Champagne  - Sailor
16 12 6 Tomorrow  - David Cassidy
17 17 4 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
18 New 1 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
19 New 1 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
20 New 1 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore

Our love affair with Abba’s ‘Fernando’ continued as the song remained at the top of the charts for a 3rd week running. The previous number 1, The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Let your Love Flow’ spent those 3 weeks at number 2.

Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ gave us the 24th occasion with a local female having the biggest climber in the week as it jumped up 5 places to 10. This was Glenys’ 2nd time with a biggest climber, having achieved this with ‘Haai Casanova’. Barbara Ray led the field for number of times with a biggest climber by a local woman, having achieved this 7 times. The next highest was only 4 which Maria managed.

On the falling front it was Sailor’s ‘A Glass Of Champagne’ and David Cassidy’s ‘Tomorrow’ that had the biggest drops, both falling 4 places to land them at 15 and 16 respectively. For Cassidy it was a 4th time this happened to him, while for Sailor it was their first and would be their only time.

Marie Gibson and The Four Seasons were still the artists whose songs were the longest serving on this week’s chart as ‘One Day At A Time’ and ‘December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)’ clocked up their 16th week in the top 20.

The Hollies SA chart career ended with a whimper rather than a bang as ‘Write On’ which spent a single week at number 20 would be their last chart entry. They had had 6 songs chart in total, spent 66 weeks on the charts (putting the tied 12th on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist to date). A record to date 4 of their songs had topped the chart, a record they shared with the act currently at number 1 (Abba, there, now you don’t have to scroll up to check). Only 2 more acts who would have 5 or more hits would end their chart with a song peaking at 20. 9 acts would end a chart career of 5 or more songs with a chart topper, 2 of those, The Archies and The George Baker Selection had already achieved this.

Tina Charles also ended her SA Chart career as ‘I Love To Love’ left us after 11 weeks and a peak of 4. She had only had one other hit and that also peaked at 4 and spent 1 more week on the chart than ‘I Love To Love’ giving her a total of 23 weeks on the charts. She sat tied 10th for weeks on the chart by a female artist.

The last song we bid farewell to this week was Mark James’ ‘Moody Blue’. The song spent 4 weeks on the charts and peaked at 17. This was his only hit in SA, so like the other two artists vacating the top 20 this week, it would be the last we saw of him.

The highest of the 3 new entries was Billy Swan’s ‘Wedding Bells’. This was his 3rd hit to date and was a cover of a song written by Claude Boone and first recoded by Bill Carlise in 1947. The song was also recorded by Hank Williams, but neither of these versions made the US Charts. Billy Swan’s version suffered the same fate.

The 16th Afrikaans song to chart, Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’ joined Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ (the 15th one) to give us only the second occasion when we had 2 Afrikaans songs in the chart at the same time. The song was written by Jan de Wet and produced by the Schroder brothers, Ernie and Robert.

The final new entry was Dorothy Moore with ‘Misty Blue’. Like ‘Wedding Bells’ the song had been around for a bit, although not for quite as long as it was written in 1966 by Bob Montgomery. Eddy Arnold took a version into the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1967 where it peaked at 57. Dorothy’s version would take it to new heights, peaking at 3 in the US and getting to number 5 in the UK.

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