|1||2||7||Don’t Leave Me This Way||-||Thelma Houston|
|3||4||5||Living Next Door To Alice||-||Smokie|
|4||3||6||Love Me||-||Yvonne Elliman|
|5||11||4||Rock ‘N Me||-||Steve Miller Band|
|6||5||10||Lost In France||-||Bonnie Tyler|
|7||6||12||If You Leave Me Now||-||Chicago|
|8||7||10||Livin’ Thing||-||Electric Light Orchestra|
|9||8||7||Just Another Poor Boy||-||Chris De Burgh|
|10||New||1||Don’t Cry For Me Argentina||-||Julie Covington|
|11||10||8||Keep On Smilin’||-||John Paul Young|
|12||16||3||I Recall A Gypsy Woman||-||Don Williams|
|13||15||4||Couldn’t Get It Right||-||Climax Blues Band|
|14||9||8||Moody Blue||-||Elvis Presley|
|15||14||9||What Have I Done||-||Mike Eager|
|16||New||1||Hey Mister Dream Maker||-||Cliff Richard|
|17||12||5||When A Child Is Born||-||Johnny Mathis|
|18||18||2||Who’s Gonna Tie My Shoes||-||Barbara Ray|
|19||19||2||Chanson D’ Amour||-||Manhattan Transfer|
Thelma Houston scored her first SA chart topper this week as ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ knocked Pussycat’s ‘Smile’ from the number 1 spot. This was the 15th song to top the charts by a solo female artist (there had also been 2 further chart toppers where women were one half a duet). So far only Olivia Newton-John had managed to find a second number 1.
Don Williams’ ‘I Recall A Gypsy Woman’ moved up 4 from 16 to 12 thus gaining the song star rater status, but it was The Steve Miller Band’s ‘Rock ‘n Me’ that took top honours for climbing as it jumped up 6 places from 11 to 5. There had been 6 songs that had previously made this exact 6 place jump from 11 to 5 and of those 3 had been the biggest climber in the week and 3 hadn’t. The Steve Miller Band now tipped the balance in favour of this climb being the biggest in the week.
Sherbet were added to the list of Australian acts who had a biggest faller in a week as ‘Howzat’s 7 place drop was the biggest this week. Sherbet joined John Paul Young, New World and The Mixtures as Aussie acts with a biggest faller and all of them so far had only had this happen to them once.
This week was significant for Barbara Ray as she now equalled Alan Garrity at the top of the list of weeks on the charts to date by a local artist, both having clocked up a total of 84.
We had 2 songs depart the chart this week, the first of which was Leo Sayer’s ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’ which had lasted 13 weeks on the chart and peaked at 3. This accounted for just over a 3rd of the total of 38 weeks he had accumulated to date with 5 hits (including this one).
The Rice And Beans Orchestra’s ‘The Blue Danube Hustle’ also left us after just 2 weeks and a peak of 17. Leo Sayer would grace our top 20 again, but there were no further servings from The Rice And Beans Orchestra. The wife of Pepe Luis Soto who led The Rice And Beans Orchestra, would have a hit under the name Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch.
Julie Covington brought us the 9th song to debut on the chart at position 10 or higher and in doing so her hit ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ would be the highest debuting song by a solo female, a record which would only be equalled in 1982 but never beaten. Covington had starred in the musicals ‘Godspell’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ but when it came to ‘Evita’ from which the song came, she only recorded a studio version of it but turned down the role for the stage production. The role ended up going to Elaine Paige. This was the second song to chart from an Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Tim Rice musical (the previous being Richard Loring’s version of ‘One More Angel In Heaven’ from ‘Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’). The song went to number 1 in the UK, Holland, Belgium and New Zealand. The song was banned from airplay by the BBC during the Falklands war in 1982. In 1996 Madonna recorded a version for the film of Evita in which she starred. This version made number 3 in the UK and 8 in US and topped the charts in France and Spain. In total the song has charted by 6 different acts in the UK, Covington’s and Madonna’s mentioned above and The Shadows who took it to number 5 in 1978 were the only times it went top 10 while the other 3 versions were by Sinead O’Connor (#53 in 1992), The Mike Flowers Pops (#30 in 1996) and The Glee Cast (#67 in 2011)
Cliff Richard joined Barbara Ray on 9 hits as ‘Hey Mr Dream Maker’ entered the top 20 this week. This placed them tied 5 on the list of number of hits by an artist. In the UK this would be Cliff’s 68th charting hit and would garner him a number 31 placing on the charts. This would be only his 14th hit of the 68 not to make the top 20 in the UK. In Holland the song would make it to number 21 and in New Zealand it would get to 34. The song was written by Alan Tarney and Bruce Welch, both of whom had had a hand in writing one of Cliff’s previous hits with Tarney getting a credit on ‘Living In Harmony’ while Welch’s name appeared on the single of ‘Don’t Forget To Catch Me’. In 1980 US country singer Dottie West recorded a cover of the song, but it failed to make any impression on the charts.