26 August 1977

lucille-kenny-rogers

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.

Youtube playlist:

19 August 1977

magic-flight-space

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

magic-flight-space

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

love-cloud-5000-volts

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):

29 July 1977

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

‘Hush Hush Maria’ spent a 3rd week at the top of the charts, moving Joe Dolan onto a total of 9 weeks at the top and into tied 8th place on the list of weeks at 1 by an artist, sharing that spot with Chris Andrews. Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ moved up 2 to 2 to be the biggest challenger (no pun about space and space shuttle’s names intended) to Dolan’s supremacy.

The songs by Kenny’s on the charts were both star rates this week with Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ climbing 5 to 7 and Kenny Nolan’s ‘I Like Dreamin’, which had been our biggest faller last week, regained the ground ending up at 11 this week. However, biggest climber of the week was ‘Superman’ by Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch which managed a 6 place jump to 12.

On the falling front we had 4 songs fall 4 places to share the biggest drop of the week award. These were ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ by John Paul Young, ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They?’ by Racing Cars, ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’ by Bebu Silvetti and ‘Stone Walls’ by Dennis East. It was a first time for Racing Cars and Bebu Silvetti, but both John Paul Young and Dennis East had had this sinking feeling twice before. Only John Paul Young would see this happen to him again.

Some good news for John Paul Young was that ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ had now become the oldest song on the charts, sitting on 14 weeks. The previous oldest, Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need You’ dropped off the top 20 after 14 weeks and a peak of 2. To date this was his best weeks and peak figures, beating ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, his previous charting hit, by 1 place and 1 week.

Sharon Tandy, who had last appeared on our charts in January 1973 as part of a duet with Billy Forrest with the hit, Hello-A’, was back on the charts, once again as part of a duet as her hit with Graham Clarke, ‘I Believe In You’ was our only new entry this week. The gap of 4 years, 6 months and 10 days between Tandy charting was the 14th largest between hits that any artist had had and the largest to date for a female artist (although neither of hers were as a solo artist). It was also the 3rd largest gap to date for a local act, with McCully Workshop and André having bigger gaps. Graham Clarke would have been known to many South Africans who, in the early days of SABC Television would have been addicted to watching ‘The Villagers’ in which Graham starred as the character Nick Wilmot. ‘I Believe In You’ was a cover of a song by Dutch act Rosy & Andres who had taken the song to number 26 in Holland.

Youtube playlist:

22 July 1977

hush-hush-maria-joe-dolan

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

Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ had now added 2 weeks to the 6 weeks ‘Lady In Blue’ had spent there in 1976 to bring his total time at the top to 8 weeks, putting him tied 9th for weeks at 1 by an artist. He shared this spot with Kris Kristofferson. Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ which had moved back up to number 2 last week was still there this week.

Bonnie Tyler’s ‘More Than A Lover’ moved up 5 places to give her a 3rd star rater (the previous 2 coming with ‘Lost In France’), but she was still to find herself a biggest climber in the week as neither of the 2 previous occasions when she had a star rater managed to gain her that status and this week she was beaten by Baccara’s 7 place climb with ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ which moved up to 13.

Kenny Nolan took top honours for falling down the charts as his ‘I Like Dreamin’ dropped 4 places to 16 to be the biggest faller this week.

Roy Bulkin’s ‘Make her An Angel’ fell off the top 20 after 8 weeks and a peak of 6, equalling his best peak to date which ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ managed. He had spent 26 weeks on the charts to date which was tied 15th best by a local male artist. This would not be the last we saw of him however.

Also leaving the chart was Julie Covington’s ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ which had lasted 15 weeks on the charts, 7 of which were at the top spot. As with Roy Bulkin, there was still more to come from her.

The departure of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ meant we had a new oldest song on the chart and that was Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need You’. He had previously had the oldest on the chart when ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’ held that title for 1 week, 16 weeks previously.

Three months prior to this week we had seen the departure of The Rice And Beans Orchestra’s ‘The Blue Danube Hustle’ from the charts and I mentioned then that the wife of Pepe Luis Soto, the band leader of this ‘orchestra’ would see chart action again. This week Celida Ines Camacho, his wife, had one of the new entries going under the name of Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch. Her song was called ‘Superman’ and it went to number 41 on the US Hot 100 charts as well as making number 3 on the Dance Music/Club Play charts there. It would be her only charting song in the US. In the UK, ‘Superman’ failed to chart, but she managed to get to 72 with a song called ‘Hold Your Horses Baby’.

Local group Pendulum clocked up their second hit as ‘Seabird’ entered the charts at number 19. The song was a cover of one written and recorded by The Alessi Brothers (sometimes just known as Alessi) Billy and Bobby. Interestingly another band called The Pendulum (possible from the US) recorded a cover of a Billy Alessi composition called ‘Now I’ll Cry’.

Youtube playlist:

 

15 July 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 6 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan
2 3 7 My Broken Souvenirs  - Pussycat
3 8 4 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
4 1 12 Yesterday’s Hero  - John Paul Young
5 2 9 Knowing Me, Knowing You  - Abba
6 7 3 Magic Flight  - Space
7 11 2 Red Light Spells Danger  - Billy Ocean
8 9 4 Crossfire  - Bellamy Brothers
9 5 6 Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)  - Bebu Silvetti
10 13 5 They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  - Racing Cars
11 6 11 Slow Down  - Shabby Tiger
12 10 5 I Like Dreamin’  - Kenny Nolan
13 17 2 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
14 16 2 More Than A Lover  - Bonnie Tyler
15 18 7 Stone Walls  - Dennis East
16 12 15 Don’t Cry For Me Argentina  - Julie Covington
17 15 13 When I Need You  - Leo Sayer
18 New 1 Gimme Dat Banana  - Strobe
19 14 8 Make Her An Angel  - Roy Bulkin
20 New 1 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara

John Paul Young’s time at the top was limited to 2 weeks as ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ dropped down to 4, making way for Joe Dolan to register his second chart topper with ‘Hush Hush Maria’. Dolan was still the only Irish artist to gain the number 1 position on our charts.

We had 2 star raters that were not the biggest climber this week and those were Billy Ocean’s ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ and Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ which both climbed 4 places, landing at 7 and 13 respectively. The biggest climber award went to 5000 Volts and their hit ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ which gave them their 4th time with this accolade.

Shabby Tiger’s ‘Slow Down’ was the biggest faller, dropping 5 places from 6 to 11. There were no songs that did not change position this week and this was the 36th time we had seen this and it occurred only 2 weeks after the 35th time.

Julie Covington’s ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ on 15 weeks was still the oldest on the charts and this was its 3rd week as such.

The Sweet’s SA chart career came to an end this week as their last ever hit on our charts, ‘Fever Of Love’ left the top 20. It had lasted 7 weeks and peaked at 10, their second lowest peak of their 9 hits that they managed (‘Poppa Joe’s peak of 12 was the lowest). The band had accumulated 116 weeks in total on the charts and sat 3rd on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist and would ultimately land up 13th on that list. During their chart run they had topped the chart 3 times (with ‘Funny Funny’, ‘Co-Co’ and ‘Fox On The Run’) and led the way for weeks at 1 by an artist having spent 19 weeks at the top with those 3 songs. Only 1 act would manage to beat this.

Also going from the charts was Mary MacGregor’s ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’ which had spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at 6. This would be her only SA chart hit, similarly it would also be her only hit in the UK.

The first of the new entries was by a local band called Strobe with their cover of ‘Gimme Dat Banana’. The song was originally a minor hit in the UK for Black Gorilla where it made number 29 and also made 20 in Sweden. Another version by Alston Koch & Dark Tan made 72 in Australia in 1979. Interestingly, Black Gorilla’s version would only enter the UK charts on 27 August 1977, a month and a week after Strobe made our charts. I have been unable to find any information about the group Strobe, but the song was released on David Gresham’s Nitty Gritty label and produced by Gresham.

Our second new entry was the second by a Spanish artist to chart. Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ followed Miguel Rios’ 1970 hit ‘A Song Of Joy’ in flying the Spanish flag in our charts. ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ topped the charts in The UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Norway and fell just short of topping the charts in their native Spain and Austria where is peaked at 2. In New Zealand it managed to get to 33 and 30 in Italy. Baccara consisted of Mayte Mateos (born 7 February 1951, Logroño) and María Mendiola (born 4 April 1952, Madrid) and this, their first single, would go on to sell approximately 16 million copies worldwide, making it the 8th biggest selling single of all time

A last point on this week was that it was the most diverse to date in terms of nationalities represented as there were 10 different countries from which the artists came. 7 were from the UK (at positions 3, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16 and 17), and 3 each from the US (at positions 8, 12 and 13) and South Africa (at positions 15, 18 and 19) then 1 apiece from Argentina (at 9), Australia (at 4), France (at 6) Ireland (at 1), Holland (at 2), Spain (at 20) and Sweden (at 5).

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