|1||1||8||Angelo||-||Brotherhood Of Man|
|2||2||12||Do You Wanna Make Love||-||Peter McCann|
|3||8||3||I Need You||-||Joe Dolan|
|5||3||6||We Salute You (Scotland)||-||Reg De Beer|
|7||6||9||After The Fire Is Gone||-||Barbara Ray & Lance James|
|8||9||5||Star Wars Title Theme||-||Meco|
|9||5||8||Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye||-||Bubbley|
|10||7||5||Let Go||-||Dobie Gray|
|11||11||3||Massa Massa||-||Frank Valdor, His Orchestra & Chorus|
|12||13||4||Totsiens Aufwiedersehen||-||Vicky Du Preez|
|13||10||7||I Wanna Do It With You||-||John Paul Young|
|14||16||2||I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)||-||Margaret Singana|
|15||12||20||(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud||-||5000 Volts|
|16||14||11||Lovely Lady||-||Shabby Tiger|
|17||15||9||I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)||-||Eddie Rabbitt|
|18||19||2||Face Of An Angel||-||Clive Risko|
|19||New||1||C’est La Vie||-||Emerson, Lake & Palmer|
|20||New||1||Soldier Of Fortune||-||Roy Bulkin|
Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ spent a second week at the top of the charts while previous number 1, ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ by Peter McCann, was unmoved at 2 where it fell to last week. Joe Dolan at 3 with ‘I Need You’ was a star rater which climbed up 5 from 8.
However, it was Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ which was the biggest climber, jumping a massive 11 places from 17 to 6 to become the 46th song to have a climb of 10 or more places in a week. It was the 4th time this year we had seen a 10 or more place climb in a week, and 1977 still lagged behind the average of 5.11 hits that managed this over the 9 years we have featured here so far.
Bubbley’s ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ was the biggest faller this week, dropping 4 from 5 to 9. This was the 19th time we had had a song by Dutch act as the biggest faller, but only the 9th Dutch act to experience this.
5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ was the oldest on the chart as it clocked up its 20th week in the top 20. This was only the second song to make this landmark in the past 21 months, the only other being Pussycat’s ‘Mississippi’ in March 1977.
Barbara Ray who was sitting at 7 with her duet with Lance James, celebrated her 100th week on the charts. She was the top local act for weeks on the charts 16 clear of the next highest, Alan Garrity on 84. She was only the 4th act so far to reach the milestone of 100 weeks with The Sweet (on 116), Creedence Clearwater Revival (on 119) and Abba (on 127) above her. She was also 38 weeks ahead of the second highest female on the list, Vicky Leandros who was on 62.
Supertramp’s ‘Give A Little Bit’ left the charts after a 13 week run and a peak of 4. This was their 1st hit so far and there was more to come from them.
Also going was Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ which matched the number 2 peak of their only other hit to date, ‘Daddy Cool’, but fell a bit short of the 19 weeks their first hit managed, only clocking up 13.
The first of our new entries was by British Prog Rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Keith, Greg and Karl as their respective mothers would have known them). ‘C’est La Vie’ was penned by Greg Lake with the help of King Crimson band member Pete Sinfield and appeared on the trio’s ‘Works, Volume 1’. It was apparently inspired by a barrel organ and Edith Piaf (go figure), both of which Lake heard while wondering around Paris one day when he was living there. The song didn’t trouble any of the major charts worldwide, but was covered by Johnny Hallyday (sometimes referred to as The French Elvis) which Lake seems to think made number 1 in France, but I haven’t seen anything to back up this claim.
Roy Bulkin returned for a 4th outing in our charts as ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ entered at 20 this week. His previous 3 had all gone top 10, so there was a lot to live up to. The song was an Ernie & Robert Schroeder composition, giving Ernie his 8th hit as song writer while for Robert (who was more a producer than a writer), this was a 4th hit with writing credits. Robert did take production credits on this one as well.