|2||2||6||Ma Baker||-||Boney M|
|4||4||9||Yes Sir, I Can Boogie||-||Baccara|
|5||6||6||Give A Little Bit||-||Supertramp|
|6||8||5||I Feel Love||-||Donna Summer|
|7||7||12||(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud||-||5000 Volts|
|8||13||3||Lovely Lady||-||Shabby Tiger|
|9||12||7||I Believe In You||-||Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke|
|10||10||4||Do You Wanna Make Love||-||Peter McCann|
|11||9||14||Hush Hush Maria||-||Joe Dolan|
|12||11||10||More Than A Lover||-||Bonnie Tyler|
|13||14||4||Another Funny Honeymoon||-||David Dundas|
|14||17||2||Way Down||-||Elvis Presley|
|16||19||3||Don’t Tell Me Stories||-||Saskia & Serge|
|17||New||1||After The Fire Is Gone||-||Barbara Ray & Lance James|
|18||New||1||I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)||-||Eddie Rabbitt|
|19||New||1||When Two Worlds Drift Apart||-||Cliff Richard|
Kenny Rogers held on to the number 1 spot as ‘Lucille’ clocked up its 3rd week there. ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Magic Flight’ and ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ at 2, 3 and 4 respectively were also unmoved.
Shabby Tiger claimed another biggest climber in the week as ‘Lovely Lady’ moved up 5 from 13 to 8. This was the band’s 4th biggest climber title and the second with this song.
On the falling front it was also a 5 place move that took the ‘biggest’ title and it was The Bellamy Brothers’ ‘Crossfire’ which took this, dropping as it did from 15 to 20. Their first hit, ‘Let Your Love Flow’ had one biggest faller in a week to its name, but ‘Crossfire’ had now collected its second, giving the Bellamy Brothers a total of 3.
‘Hush Hush Maria’ by Joe Dolan moved on to 14 weeks in the charts and continued its run as the oldest on the top20.
Billy Ocean’s red light spelt danger for his song last week as it dropped off the top 20 this week. ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ lasted 9 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 5. There were lots more to come from Ocean, but we would have to wait over 7 years to see him in our charts again. He would in the interim only manage 2 hits in the UK between ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ and his first hit in 1984, 7 years on.
Strobe’s ‘Gimme Dat Banana’ also fell off the charts, lasting 8 weeks and peaking at 12. This, the local version of this song fared better in our charts than the version by the UK’s Black Gorilla which only managed to get to 29 on their charts.
The last song to go would hold the all time record for the highest position to fall out of our charts from. Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch’s ‘Superman’ was at 5 last week, this week we did not have a trace of the song on the charts. I suppose that one had to put it down to the fact that Superman could move very very quickly. Anyway, the song peaked at 3 during its 7 week run on the charts and would be their only SA hit.
Barbara Ray and Lance James teamed up to bring us our first new entry this week in the form of ‘After The Fire Is Gone’. This would move Barbara onto double figures for number of hits and she would be the second local act to get to 10, following after Billy Forrest. Lance James was way behind on 4 hits. This was the 26th song by a duet or collaboration to reach our charts and the 10th by a local pairing. ‘After The Fire Is Gone’ was originally recorded in 1971 by Loretta Lynne and Conway Twitty (who had topped our charts back in 1975 with ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’) and they took it to the top of the US Country Singles charts and 56 on the main Hot 100. In 1974 Willie Nelson teamed up with Tracy Nelson to take a version to 17 on the US Country Singles charts.
Our second new entry’s surname was the same as the band sitting at number 15 on our charts, but that was pure coincidence, there was no connection between Eddie Rabbitt and Trevor Rabin and the boys. Eddie’s song ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)’ was the new entry (not to be confused with the Johnny Rivers hit from 1969, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’) and would garner Rabbitt (Eddie not the local boys) a number 2 hit on the US Country Singles charts as well as going to 71 on the main Hot 100.
The final new entry this week, like our first, took the artist into double figures for number of hits to date. The artist was Cliff Richard and the song was ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’. We now had 6 acts with a hit count of 10 or more. The song would be his 70th to make the UK charts where it would go only make it to number 46. It would not chart on any of the major European charts, nor make the US Hot 100.