24 September 1976

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  - Elton John & Kiki Dee
2 2 6 Devil Woman  - Cliff Richard
3 5 4 Arms Of Mary  - Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
4 3 12 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
5 4 8 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
6 6 12 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
7 7 8 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
8 11 3 In Zaire  - Johnny Wakelin
9 10 5 Candy  - Geoff St. John
10 8 10 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
11 12 5 Golden Ring  - Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell
12 15 3 The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore  - Roy Bulkin
13 9 10 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
14 13 13 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
15 17 2 (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty  - KC & The Sunshine Band
16 18 4 Don’t Worry About Me  - Tommy Dell
17 19 5 Too Late To Say Goodbye  - Cornelia
18 14 16 Fernando  - Abba
19 New 1 Could It Be Magic  - Donna Summer
20 16 8 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager

For a 3rd week running we obeyed Elton John & Kiki Dee and didn’t break their hearts by removing them from the top spot on our charts. This may, however, have broken Cliff Richard’s ‘heart as it kept his ‘Devil Woman’ at bay as that song languished at 2 for a second week. Cliff had not managed to top the chart with his previous 7hits, his best effort being a number 2 with ‘Miss You Nights’.

Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’ dropped out of the top 10, leaving us with just 5 of the top 10 being local and ending the 2 week run with a record equalling 6 in the top 10.

Movement up the chart this week was not done in great leaps and the best climb was a mere 3 places. This was managed by 2 songs, Johnny Wakelin’s ‘In Zaire’ and Roy Bulkin’s ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’.

3 songs fell 4 places to be the biggest fallers this week and they were Michael Eager’s ‘Rock me To Sleep’, Abba’s ‘Fernando’ and Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’. Abba now equalled Lionel Petersen’s 8 times with a biggest faller and was tied 4th on the list of most times with a biggest faller. The other 2 fallers were both local and we had now had local song being the biggest faller 125 times (this counts 2 in 1 week as 2).

We bid farewell to Dorothy Moore’s ‘Misty Blue’ which had spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at 11. In terms of points, the song ranked 63rd on the list of points by songs by women and was the 18th highest American woman on the list which was led overall by Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ and by Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ for the Americans on that list.

Another American woman launched her attempt to get further up that list as Donna Summer made her debut on our charts. Her first hit was ‘Could It Be Magic’. The song was a cover of a Barry Manilow hit from the previous year. Manilow’s version (which he co-wrote with Adrienne Anderson and based on Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20) made it to number 6 in the US and 25 in the UK, although it only charted on the latter in 1979. Donna’s version only made number 52 in the US. In the UK it made number 40, but did chart before Manilow’s original. Summer’s version also did not do overly well in Europe although its most notable chart performances there were the number 5 peak it managed in Holland and Belgium. Towards the end of 1992 Take That’s cover version entered the UK charts, peaking there at number 3 in the first week of 1993.

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17 September 1976

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  - Elton John & Kiki Dee
2 4 5 Devil Woman  - Cliff Richard
3 2 11 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
4 3 7 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
5 14 3 Arms Of Mary  - Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
6 7 11 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
7 9 7 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
8 6 9 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
9 5 9 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
10 10 4 Candy  - Geoff St. John
11 16 2 In Zaire  - Johnny Wakelin
12 12 4 Golden Ring  - Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell
13 11 12 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
14 8 15 Fernando  - Abba
15 20 2 The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore  - Roy Bulkin
16 13 7 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager
17 New 1 (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty  - KC & The Sunshine Band
18 19 3 Don’t Worry About Me  - Tommy Dell
19 18 4 Too Late To Say Goodbye  - Cornelia
20 15 9 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore

Elton John & Kiki Dee held on to the top spot as ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ spent a second week there. Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’ moved up 2 places to 2 and was the biggest threat to the duo’s supremacy. We still had a record equalling 6 local songs in the top 10.

Both of last week’s new entries were star raters this week as they each climbed 5 places, Johnny Wakelin’s ‘In Zaire’ landing up at 11 and Roy Bulkin’s ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ at 15. However it was a new entry from 2 weeks previously that took top honours as The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver’s ‘Arms Of Mary’ jumped up 9 places from 14 to 5.

Abba experienced their 7th time with the biggest faller in the week as ‘Fernando’ dropped 6 places to 14. Only 4 acts had had more biggest fallers than this – Lionel Petersen, Alan Garrity, The Sweet and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

J.J. Barrie’s ‘No Charge’ was the only song to vacate the charts this week. It had spent 15 weeks on the top 20 and peaked at 2, kept off the top spot by our biggest faller this week (Abba’s ‘Fernando’) which co-incidentally was the song that ‘No Charge’ knocked off the top spot in the UK. The departure of ‘No Charge’ from the charts meant we had a new oldest song on the top 20 and that just happened to be the aforementioned ‘Fernando’ by Abba which was enjoying its 15th week in the charts.

The newcomer was the 2nd hit by KC & the Sunshine Band, ‘(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty’ which followed up their hit from the beginning of the year, ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’. Written by Harry Wayne ‘KC’ Casey and Richard Finch and giving the song writing pair their 7th SA hit, it would reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and be the band’s 3rd number 1 hit there. It also holds the rather bizarre record of being the only number 1 in the US to feature the same word more than 3 times in the title. In the UK it would only make it to number 22. Elsewhere it would make number 1 in Canada and go top 20 in Australia (#16), Belgium (#13), Italy (#14), Holland (#11), New Zealand (#7), Norway (#9), Sweden (#12) and Rhodesia (#4).

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10 September 1976

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  - Elton John & Kiki Dee
2 1 10 Ramaja  - Glenys Lynne
3 4 6 Woogie Boogie  - Platform 6
4 8 4 Devil Woman  - Cliff Richard
5 6 8 Sonder Jou  - Ian & Dix
6 3 8 Wedding Bells  - Billy Swan
7 7 10 Green Eyed Angel  - Bobby Angel
8 5 14 Fernando  - Abba
9 12 6 When I’m Dead And Gone  - Bruce Millar
10 11 3 Candy  - Geoff St. John
11 9 11 That’s The Way  - Lionel Petersen
12 16 3 Golden Ring  - Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell
13 15 6 Rock Me To Sleep  - Mike Eager
14 19 2 Arms Of Mary  - Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
15 13 8 Misty Blue  - Dorothy Moore
16 New 1 In Zaire  - Johnny Wakelin
17 10 15 No Charge  - J.J. Barrie
18 18 3 Too Late To Say Goodbye  - Cornelia
19 20 2 Don’t Worry About Me  - Tommy Dell
20 New 1 The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore  - Roy Bulkin

We had our second number 1 by a duet as Elton John & Kiki Dee snatched the top spot from Glenys Lynne. The previous one had been Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn’s ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’. Gleyns dropped to second place and the bad news was that her run at the top would be the last chart topper we saw from a local woman. On a happier note, this week did give us a record equalling 6 local songs in the top 10 and the third week where we would see 12 of the top 20 being local.

The biggest climber this week was one of last week’s new entries, ‘The Arms Of Mary’ by The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver which climbed 5 places from 19 to 14. Other star raters were Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’ which moved up 4 to 4 and Caroline Du Preez & Tommy Dell’s ‘Golden Ring’ which also climbed 4 moving it up to 12.

J.J. Barrie’s ‘No Charge’ was the biggest faller this week as it dropped 7 from 10 to 17.

Two songs left the charts, the first being Cliff Richard’s ‘Miss you Nights’ which brought to an end his 3 week run with 2 hits in the top 20. He would not manage this again. ‘Miss You Nights’ lasted 15 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2, his only song so far to make double figures for weeks but the peak of 2 only equalled the accomplishment of ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’.

Joining Cliff in the departure lounge was The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Let Your Love Flow’ which had spent 16 weeks on the charts, 1 of which was at the top spot. This opened the way for J.J. Barrie’s ‘No Charge’ to become the oldest on the charts as it was on 15 weeks.

The first new entry was ‘In Zaire’ by Johnny Wakelin. The song was the second that Wakelin had written about the famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman that took place in Kinshasa in what was then known as Zaire (now the Democratic Republic Of Congo aka DRC). Wakelin’s first song about what became known as ‘The Rumble In The Jungle’ was ‘Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)’ which gave him a number 7 hit in the UK. ‘In Zaire’, released a year and a half later went 3 places higher. The song also went to number 2 in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium and made number 8 in Sweden. In 2010 Wakelin changed the lyrics and re-recorded it as a World Cup song for England, calling it ‘Bring Back The Glory (In South Africa)’. The England team did slightly better in the world cup (being knocked out in a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the ‘Round Of 16’) than the song did as it failed to chart in the UK.

The second new entry (which gave us our 12 out of 20 for local acts) was Roy Bulkin’s cover of the Walker Brother’s 1966 classic track, ‘The Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’. The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio who, as a song writing pair, had brought us The Bay City Roller’s ‘Bye Bye Baby’. Gaudio was a member of The Four Seasons and the first recording of the song was by Four Seasons’ lead singer Frankie Valli in 1965. Robert Schroeder produced Roy Bulkin’s version. The Walker Brother’s version topped the UK charts and got to 13 in the US. Cher and David Essex have also charted with it in the UK going to 26 and 90 respectively.

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3 September 1976

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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

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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

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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

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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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