16 September 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
2 2 7 Ma Baker  - Boney M
3 4 10 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
4 5 7 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
5 10 5 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
6 6 6 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
7 3 12 Magic Flight  - Space
8 8 4 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
9 7 13 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
10 9 8 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
11 13 5 Another Funny Honeymoon  - David Dundas
12 11 15 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
13 14 3 Way Down  - Elvis Presley
14 17 2 After The Fire Is Gone  - Barbara Ray & Lance James
15 16 4 Don’t Tell Me Stories  - Saskia & Serge
16 18 2 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  - Eddie Rabbitt
17 12 11 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
18 New 1 Angelo  - Brotherhood Of Man
19 15 3 Morning Light  - Rabbitt
20 New 1 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  - Bubbley

Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ kept Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ at bay for a 3rd week as the former spent a 4th week at 1 while the latter sat at 2 for a 3rd week.

Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ was the biggest climber this week, moving up 5 places from 10 to 5, giving him his first time as biggest climber.

Bonnie Tyler experienced her first biggest faller in a week as ‘More Than A Lover’ dropped 5 places from 12 to 17.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ moved on to 15 weeks and had now been the oldest on the charts for 4 weeks.

Two songs left the charts this week, the first being The Bellamy Brothers’ ‘Crossfire’ which spent 12 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 6, falling 4 weeks short of the achievement of their previous hit (and only other to date), ‘Let Your Love Flow’ which had managed 16 weeks and peaked at 1.

Also leaving the chart was Cliff Richard’s ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ which had only lasted 1 week and spent that at number 19. Cliff had had 3 songs so far that managed 2 weeks on the charts, one of which ‘Sunny Honey Girl’ spent both of them at 20, so this was his worst weeks to date, but not his lowest peak.

Brotherhood Of Man’s last hit, ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’ had finished its chart run on 6 August 1976, but they were back with a second hit, ‘Angelo’ which had been their second UK chart topper, knocking Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ from the top spot before spending just 1 week there. It also managed to top the charts in Ireland while going to number 2 in Belgium, 4 in Holland, 14 in Germany, 27 in New Zealand and 70 in France. There were some accusations that the song sounded too similar to Abba’s 1976 hit ‘Fernando’ but co-writer of ‘Angelo’ and a member of Brotherhood Of Man, Lee Sheridan denies that there was an attempt to copy.

The other new entry was ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’. In South Africa the artist’s name was listed as Bubbley, while in other countries, including their native Holland, they were known as Champagne. Not sure why the name was changed in South Africa. ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ was their second single and it went to 2 in Holland, 3 in Belgium and 25 in Germany. The song features Martin Duiser in the song writing credits, Duiser had been the song writer on Cornelia’s 1975 hit ‘Another Love To Come’.

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9 September 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
2 2 6 Ma Baker  - Boney M
3 3 11 Magic Flight  - Space
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
15 16 2 Morning Light  - Rabbitt
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
20 15 12 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers

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.

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2 September 1977

lucille-kenny-rogers

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
2 4 5 Ma Baker  - Boney M
3 2 10 Magic Flight  - Space
4 6 8 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
5 3 7 Superman  - Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
6 10 5 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
7 5 11 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
8 8 4 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
9 7 13 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
10 11 3 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
11 9 9 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
12 13 6 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
13 17 2 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
14 14 3 Another Funny Honeymoon  - David Dundas
15 12 11 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers
16 New 1 Morning Light  - Rabbitt
17 New 1 Way Down  - Elvis Presley
18 15 8 Gimme Dat Banana  - Strobe
19 20 2 Don’t Tell Me Stories  - Saskia & Serge
20 16 9 Red Light Spells Danger  - Billy Ocean

Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts with Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ jumping up 2 to 2 to be the biggest challenge to ‘Lucille’s chart supremacy.

The biggest moves up and down this week were 4 places, the ones heading up were Supertramp’s ‘Give A Little Bit’ which landed up at 6 while Shabby Tiger’s ‘Lovely Lady’ moved up to 13. This was Shabby Tiger’s 3rd time with a biggest climber in the week as they had managed it twice with their previous hit, ‘Slow Down’.

Only 1 song fell 4 places and that was Billy Ocean’s ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ which dropped its 4 places to 20. This was the 3rd time the song had been the biggest faller in a week.

Kenny Nolan’s ‘I Like Dreamin’ dropped off the charts after 11 weeks and a peak of 10. This would be his only SA hit as an artist and its departure also ended his chart career as a song writer. On the latter front he had song writing credits on 2 hits (his own hit and Jim Gilstrap’s ‘Swing Your Daddy), which spent a total of 16 weeks on the charts and had a best peak of 10 with his ‘I Like Dreamin’.

Also leaving was Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ which peaked at 2 and spent 13 weeks on the charts. To date Pussycat had had 4 hits and their peak history read 1,2,1,2. They stood tied 22 (with Bobby Angel) on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist with a total of 57 weeks under their belt. They were the highest Dutch act on this list, 5 ahead of The George Baker Selection.

With ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ out the charts, Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ took over as oldest on the top 20. It was on 13 weeks.

Rabbitt returned to the chart with their 3rd hit to date. ‘Morning Light’ was their follow up to ‘Charlie’. The song was released as a normal single as well as an EP, the single having the b-side ‘Auld Lang Syne Rock’ while the EP featured the tracks, ‘A Love You Song’, ‘Brand New Love’ and ‘When You’re Without Her’. The track was written by Trevor Rabin and Duncan Faure and produced by Patric van Blerk and Rabin.

17 days before this chart came out, the world was shocked by the news of the passing of Elvis Aaron Presley aged 42. The death of the King send ‘Way Down’ the last single released during his life time into the charts across the world and into our top 20, giving him a hit count of 11 to date which meant he sat at the top of the list of hits by an artist, alongside Creedence Clearwater Revival and Billy Forrest. ‘Way Down’ topped the charts in the UK and Ireland and made 18 in the US as well as topping the US and Canadian country singles charts. Elsewhere it made 7 in New Zealand, 10 in Holland, 11 in Norway, 12 in Sweden, 15 in Germany, 17 in Belgium, 19 in Austria and 94 in Switzerland. In the UK it took just 4 weeks to get to the number 1 spot and by the time the charts arrived on 3 September 1977 (the day after our SA ones), there were 8 Elvis tracks in the UK top 50, a record to that date for number of hits in the chart in the same week by an artist. This record lasted till 4 July 2009 when, the week following his death, Michael Jackson had 11 songs in the top 50. The following week that record had jumped to 14. The only other act to manage 8 in the top 50 to date has been Ed Sheeran who had 8 in the charts dated 12 July 2014 which was one of the first charts where streaming of songs counted towards the chart position.

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26 August 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
2 1 9 Magic Flight  - Space
3 5 6 Superman  - Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
4 8 4 Ma Baker  - Boney M
5 3 10 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
6 6 7 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
7 4 12 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
8 10 3 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
9 7 8 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
10 13 4 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
11 16 2 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
12 9 10 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers
13 11 5 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
14 20 2 Another Funny Honeymoon  - David Dundas
15 12 7 Gimme Dat Banana  - Strobe
16 14 8 Red Light Spells Danger  - Billy Ocean
17 New 1 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
18 15 13 My Broken Souvenirs  - Pussycat
19 17 11 I Like Dreamin’  - Kenny Nolan
20 New 1 Don’t Tell Me Stories  - Saskia & Serge

Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ only lasted 2 weeks at the top of the charts, being knocked from the number 1 spot this week by Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’, and dropping to position 2.

Boney M and Peter McCann both scored star raters with the former’s ‘Ma Baker’ climbing 4 places to 4 and the latter’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ moving up 5 to 11, but it was David Dundas who took biggest climber in the week honours as his ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ jumped up 6 to 14. This gave him a second time with this accolade to add to the one he managed with his previous hit, ‘Jeans On’.

Once again we had 4 songs take the biggest faller award to make it 4 times in the last 5 week that this had happened. Those falling were Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’, The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Crossfire’, Strobe’s ‘Gimme Dat Banana’ and Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ which all fell 3 places this week. This was a first for Strobe, a third time for The Bellamy Brothers (and the second for ‘Crossfire’) and a 6th for Pussycat. For Joe Dolan it was a 4th time, but the last time he had a biggest faller was on 16 April 1971 giving him a record to date for the largest gap between biggest fallers, ‘You And The Looking Glass’ having been his previous one 332 weeks previously. The previous holder of this record, Elvis Presley, had a gap of 314 weeks between ‘Hurt’ and ‘The Wonder Of You’ taking the biggest faller title.

John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ dropped off the charts after 17 weeks, 2 of which were spent at number 1. Young had had 3 songs chart now, 2 of which had topped the chart. The departure of ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ from the chart meant that Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ took over as oldest on the top 20, clocking in at 13 weeks. This was their 5th week in total with having an oldest song on the chart as ‘Mississippi’ had been the oldest for 4 weeks back in February and March of this year.

We also said goodbye to Abba’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. The song had spent 14 weeks on the top 20 and 2 of those had been spent at number 1. Abba now stood on a total of 127 weeks on the charts and were at the top of that list 8 clear of second placed Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Shabby Tiger returned to the charts with their second hit, ‘Lovely Lady’ which followed up ‘Slow Down’ which had charted earlier in the year. The song, which was produced by Ben Findon who had had song writing on 6 songs to chart in SA so far (including on ‘Slow Down’), does not appear to have charted anywhere else in the world. ‘Lovely Lady’ was written by Dave Almond and Henderson Gibson and would be the only hit written by them to chart. The band also recorded a song called ‘Amorous Lady’ which I have been unable to determine if it is the same song with a different lyric or not.

Our second new entry was ‘Don’t Tell Me Stories’ by Dutch act Saskia & Serge. The duo were neither a Saskia nor a Serge, but were Trudy van den Berg and Ruud Schaap who had been the artists on Holland’s 1971 entry into the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called ‘Tijd’ which came joint 6th. ‘Don’t Tell Me Stories’ got to 13 in Holland and 15 in Belgium.

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19 August 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Magic Flight  - Space
2 4 7 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
3 2 9 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
4 3 11 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
5 5 5 Superman  - Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
6 6 6 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
7 7 7 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
8 9 3 Ma Baker  - Boney M
9 8 9 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers
10 19 2 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
11 14 4 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
12 12 6 Gimme Dat Banana  - Strobe
13 17 3 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
14 10 7 Red Light Spells Danger  - Billy Ocean
15 11 12 My Broken Souvenirs  - Pussycat
16 New 1 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
17 13 10 I Like Dreamin’  - Kenny Nolan
18 16 14 Knowing Me, Knowing You  - Abba
19 15 17 Yesterday’s Hero  - John Paul Young
20 New 1 Another Funny Honeymoon  - David Dundas

Our number 1 spot was occupied by Space for a second week as ‘Magic Flight’ was unmoved from there. They were still a bit of a way off catching the only other French act to date to top the charts as Colombus’ had managed 5 weeks at 1 with ‘Milky Ways’. Kenny Rogers moved into second place with ‘Lucille’.

Supertramp’s 4 place climb with ‘Give A Little Bit’ earned them a star rater, but Donna Summer’s 9 place leap with ‘I Feel Love’ was the biggest climber of the week, a feat that she had not managed with her only other hit to date ‘Could It Be Magic’, in fact the best climb that song managed in a week was 3 places.

For the 3rd time in the last 4 weeks, we had 4 songs qualify as the biggest faller. This week all with a 4 place fall, Billy Ocean’s ‘Red Light Spells Danger’, Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’, Kenny Nolan’s ‘I Like Dreamin’ and John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ were the ones to claim the faller of the week title. This was the second week in a row for Billy Ocean’s hit while both the Pussycat and John Paul Young’s songs were amongst the 4 from 2 weeks previously and Kenny Nolan’s had been the only biggest faller 4 weeks back. For ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ it was a 3rd time with this honour and it was the 18th song to date to manage to accumulate 3 biggest fallers in a week titles (2 had managed 4).

The up side for ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ was that it was the oldest on the charts on 17 weeks.

We said goodbye to Bebu Silvetti’s ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’ which had lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 4, unable to beat the performance of the only other song by an Argentinean artist that would chart, Waldo de los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto)’ which got to number 2 in a 14 week run.

Racing Cars’ ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They?’ fell a week short of getting to double figures for weeks, lasting only 9 and peaking at 10 in the process. Like Silvetti they had no more SA hits in them.

Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ was the highest of the 2 new entries with week, coming in at 16. McCann was primarily a songwriter, but did manage to get to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US with the song as well as bagging a number 3 hit in New Zealand and topping the charts in Rhodesia. He has written songs that have been performed by a long list of luminaries of the music biz, including Kenny Rogers, Isaac Hayes, John Travolta, Paul Anka and Julio Iglesias to name a few. It is estimated that songs he has written have sold over 100,000,000 (one hundred million) copies.

David Dundas brought us the other new entry of the week and in so doing clocked up his second hit. ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ would fail to emulate the success of his first hit, ‘Jeans On’. While the latter made number 3 in the UK, the former would stumble at number 29 and in the US ‘Honeymoon’ would not chart where ‘Jeans’ managed to get to number 17. It would also not match the chart topping ‘Jeans On’ managed in Germany, only getting to 6 there, but in Austria it did manage to replicate a peak of 3.

Youtube playlist:

12 August 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Magic Flight  - Space
2 1 8 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
3 3 10 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
4 4 6 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
5 9 4 Superman  - Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
6 10 5 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
7 8 6 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
8 6 8 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers
9 17 2 Ma Baker  - Boney M
10 5 6 Red Light Spells Danger  - Billy Ocean
11 7 11 My Broken Souvenirs  - Pussycat
12 14 5 Gimme Dat Banana  - Strobe
13 11 9 I Like Dreamin’  - Kenny Nolan
14 16 3 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
15 12 16 Yesterday’s Hero  - John Paul Young
16 13 13 Knowing Me, Knowing You  - Abba
17 19 2 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
18 15 9 They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  - Racing Cars
19 New 1 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
20 18 10 Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)  - Bebu Silvetti

This week we saw the 3rd instrumental song top our charts as Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ ended 5000 Volts’ run at 1 with ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ after just a single week there. The last instrumental to top the charts was The Pipes And Drums And The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ version of ‘Amazing Grace’ which did so in May 1972. Space’s hit was only the second by a French act to get to number 1, the previous one being Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ in November and December 1975.

Boney M experienced their first biggest climber in a week as ‘Ma Baker’ jumped up 8 places from 17 to 9. Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch’s ‘Superman’ and Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ were both star raters, climbing 4 places each to 5 and 6 respectively.

Billy Ocean’s ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ was also spelling an approaching end to its top 20 life as it was the biggest faller this week, dropping 5 places to 10 to give him his first biggest dropper. To date we had seen 477 occasions where a song had moved back up the charts after dropping down, and of those 112 had managed to climb back up after a biggest faller in a week, so there was hope for Billy.

John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ was still the oldest on the chart, moving on to 16 weeks. This was its 3rd week as the granddaddy of the chart. Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ on 11 weeks and Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ on 10 were the only other hits on double figures for weeks.

We lost Pendulum’s ‘Seabird’ from the chart this week. It had lasted a mere 3 weeks and peaked at 18, quite a way off the achievement of their only other hit, ‘Take My Heart’ which managed 11 weeks and a peak of 6. This ended the local act’s SA chart career after just these 2 hits and clocking up 14 weeks.

The new entry this week was the second hit to come from Donna Summer. ‘I Feel Love’ followed up  the success of ‘Could It Be Magic’ which had graced our charts in 1976. Summer shared song writer credits on the song with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. This was a 4th hit as song writer for Moroder and a 3rd for Bellotte. Moroder had brought us his 2 hits, ‘Looky Looky’ and ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ as well as Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’, while Bellotte had had song writing credits on the aforementioned Chicory Tip hit as well as Tony Marshall’s ‘Pretty Maid’. The song would give Summer a number 1 hit in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Holland and The UK. It would also top the Hot Dance Club Play charts in the US and go to 6 on the main Hot 100 charts there. In total Summer has had 41 UK hits to date and 33 Hit 100 hits in the US. ‘I Feel Love’ is her only UK chart topper so far while she has managed 4 in the US with ‘MacArthur Park’, ‘No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘Bad Girls’. In 1985 Bronski Beat teamed up with ex-Soft Cell singer, Marc Almond to take a version of the song to number 3 in the UK. The full version of this cover was actually a medley which included Summer’s ‘Love To Love You Baby’ and Johnny Leyton’s ‘Johnny Remember Me’. Oh, and look out for the guy playing ‘air drums’ in the video of the song in the playlist below.

We still had the same 11 nationalities represented on the chart this week that we had last week giving us a 2nd week with the most diverse charts to date.

Youtube playlist (Note: There does not appear to be a Supertramp version of ‘Give A Little Bit’ on Youtube, so I have included a live version by Supertramp lead singer, Roger Hodgson):

5 August 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 7 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
2 2 6 Magic Flight  - Space
3 1 9 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
4 7 5 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
5 5 5 Red Light Spells Danger  - Billy Ocean
6 6 7 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers
7 4 10 My Broken Souvenirs  - Pussycat
8 8 5 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
9 12 3 Superman  - Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
10 13 4 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
11 11 8 I Like Dreamin’  - Kenny Nolan
12 9 15 Yesterday’s Hero  - John Paul Young
13 10 12 Knowing Me, Knowing You  - Abba
14 16 4 Gimme Dat Banana  - Strobe
15 14 8 They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  - Racing Cars
16 20 2 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
17 New 1 Ma Baker  - Boney M
18 15 9 Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)  - Bebu Silvetti
19 New 1 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
20 18 3 Seabird  - Pendulum

5000 Volts shocked everyone by jumping up from 3 to number 1 with ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’, knocking Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ off its perch there. The latter had lasted just 3weeks at the top spot, exactly half the time his only other chart topper to date, ‘Lady In Blue’ had managed. Dolan’s hit dropped to 3 in a straight place swap with 5000 Volts while Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ was unmoved at number 2.

Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke’s duet, ‘I Believe In You’ was the biggest climber this week and it only took a 4 place jump for it to manage this. This was the 7th time a local duet had managed a biggest climber award with 1 of the previous 6 also including Tandy when her duet with Billy Forrest, ‘Hello-A’ managed to get this accolade. There would only be 1 more duet/collaboration of local acts that would manage a biggest climb in a week.

For a second week running we had 4 songs register the biggest fall in the week and whereas last week the fall was 4 places, this week it was only 3. The songs that fell 3 places were ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ by Pussycat, ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ by John Paul Young, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ by Abba and ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’ by Bebu Silvetti. Both John Paul Young’s and Bebu Silvetti’s hit had been one of last week’s 4 biggest fallers. For Abba it was a bit of a landmark 10th time with the biggest faller while John Paul Young was experiencing his 4th time with this status and Pussycat their 3rd. Silvetti had only had last week’s and this week’s to his name. But John Paul Young could take some comfort from the fact that ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ was the oldest in the charts for a second week, enjoying its 15th week in the top 20.

Dennis East’s SA chart career came to an end as ‘Stone Wall’s exited the top 20. The song had lasted 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 12, the worst weeks and peak of his 3 hits he had managed. He spent a total of 37 weeks in the charts and his best peak was with ‘A Million Drums’ which made it to number 6. He stood 61st on the list of weeks on the chart by an artist and was the 10th highest local male on that list. Although his solo chart career was over, we would see him again as part of a group. He would also get to number 10 on the Radio 5 chart in 1983 with ‘Ouch’ and number 14 on the 702 chart in 1990 with ‘With You’.

Also leaving the charts was Shabby Tiger’s ‘Slow Down’ which lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 3. We would see them on the charts again.

The first of the new entries was the second hit by Boney M, ‘Ma Baker’ which followed up the previous year’s success of ‘Daddy Cool’. The song would give them a 3rd chart topper in Germany and would just miss out on topping the UK charts, peaking at 2 and kept off the number 1 spot there by Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’. That would be their best UK placing to date. Elsewhere it topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, France, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Norway. It also gave them their second hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but only managed to scrape a peak of 96. The words of the song were based on the true story of Arizona Donnie Barker, or Ma Barker, changing her name to ‘Baker’ while the tune was a popular Tunisian folksong called ‘Sidi Mansour’.

The other new entry was a first hit for Supertramp (aka Bakgat Boemelaar) with their song ‘Give A Little Bit’. The song made number 29 on the charts in their native UK and its best chart performance seems to be in Holland where it made it to number 2. In 2005, the Goo Goo Dolls took a version to number 37 in the US.

For the last 3 weeks we had songs by acts from 10 different nationalities on the charts which was the best to date. This week we saw another nationality added to that list as Boney M were a German based group, this was added his by artists from the UK, the US, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, France, Ireland, Holland, Spain and Sweden.

Youtube playlist (Note: There does not appear to be a Supertramp version of ‘Give A Little Bit’ on Youtube, so I have included a live version by Supertramp lead singer, Roger Hodgson):