4 November 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
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
4 4 18 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
5 3 6 We Salute You (Scotland)  - Reg De Beer
6 17 2 Barracuda  - Heart
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.

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28 October 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Angelo  - Brotherhood Of Man
2 1 11 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
3 3 5 We Salute You (Scotland)  - Reg De Beer
4 4 17 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
5 6 7 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  - Bubbley
6 5 8 After The Fire Is Gone  - Barbara Ray & Lance James
7 7 4 Let Go  - Dobie Gray
8 15 2 I Need You  - Joe Dolan
9 9 4 Star Wars Title Theme  - Meco
10 8 6 I Wanna Do It With You  - John Paul Young
11 20 2 Massa Massa  - Frank Valdor, His Orchestra & Chorus
12 10 19 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
13 16 3 Totsiens Aufwiedersehen  - Vicky Du Preez
14 12 10 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
15 14 8 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  - Eddie Rabbitt
16 New 1 I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)  - Margaret Singana
17 New 1 Barracuda  - Heart
18 11 13 Ma Baker  - Boney M
19 New 1 Face Of An Angel  - Clive Risko
20 13 13 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp

Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ took over the number 1 spot from Peter McCann’ ‘Do you Wanna Make Love’ this week. The latter had lasted 4 weeks at the top of the charts and it dropped to 2 this week.

Joe Dolan’s ‘I Need You’ made a valiant effort to be the biggest climber of the week as it jumped up 7 places to 8, but it was trumped by Frank Valdor’s ‘Massa Massa’ which moved up 9 from 20 to 11 to be the 12th biggest climber in a week by a German act.

On the falling front there were 2 songs that had 7 place drops, the first being by another German act, Boney M who’s ‘Ma baker’ fell from 11 to 18. This was Boney M’s first time with a biggest faller and the 9th time a German act had managed this. Supertramp’s ‘Give A Little Bit’ also fell 7, ending up at 20.

5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ ticked over to 19 weeks on the charts and enjoyed its 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

3 songs left the top 20 this week, the first of which was Cliff Richard’s ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ which lasted only 3 weeks and peaked at 19, but did have the second biggest gap between falling out the charts and re-entering them to its name. The song shared this second lowest peak for Cliff with ‘Throw Down A Line’, his duet with Hank Marvin and was 1 place better than ‘Sunny Honey Girl’ managed. There was still more to come from Cliff.

Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ managed to get to number 3 during its 15 week run on the charts. This Spanish duo that made up the group would be back.

Last to go was Veronica Unlimited’s ‘What Kind Of Dance Is This?’ which managed a 4 week run and peaked at 16. This would be their only SA chart hit.

The first new entry saw the return of Margaret Singana to the charts having been absent from them for 2 years, 8 months and 14 days, the 8th biggest gap between hits to date for a local act. ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ was her new hit and, despite sharing a title with an Aretha Franklin song, was not a cover version thereof. The song appeared on her ‘Tribal Fence’ album (the title track of which was a cover of the old Freedom’s Children number) which featured the names Julian Laxton, Patric van Blerk and Trevor Rabin in the production credits. The song would make it to number 5 in Rhodesia.

The Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, better known as Heart brought us the second new entry this week, ‘Barracuda’. The song was apparently written by Ann in anger at their record label Mushroom who had put out an advert in Rolling Stone which suggested that she and her sister were lovers. The song went to number 11 in the US and in Canada it made it to number 2. Elsewhere it charted in Rhodesia (#3), Germany (#8), Sweden (#14), Australia (#15), Austria (#16), Holland (#29), Belgium (#30) and New Zealand (#37).

The final new entry was another by local act, Clive Risko and his hit ‘Face Of An Angel’. Risko was one time manager of SA bands Stingray and Feather Control. Based on a song writing credit on the b-side of the single (called ‘In The Morning’), I am guessing that Risko’s full surname was Riskowitz, other than that, there is scant information about the guy.

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21 October 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
2 2 6 Angelo  - Brotherhood Of Man
3 4 4 We Salute You (Scotland)  - Reg De Beer
4 3 16 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
5 6 7 After The Fire Is Gone  - Barbara Ray & Lance James
6 11 6 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  - Bubbley
7 14 3 Let Go  - Dobie Gray
8 9 5 I Wanna Do It With You  - John Paul Young
9 13 3 Star Wars Title Theme  - Meco
10 7 18 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
11 5 12 Ma Baker  - Boney M
12 10 9 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
13 8 12 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
14 12 7 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  - Eddie Rabbitt
15 New 1 I Need You  - Joe Dolan
16 18 2 Totsiens Aufwiedersehen  - Vicky Du Preez
17 16 4 What Kind Of Dance Is This?  - Veronica Unlimited
18 15 15 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
19 20 3 When Two Worlds Drift Apart  - Cliff Richard
20 New 1 Massa Massa  - Frank Valdor, His Orchestra & Chorus

Peter McCann was still making indecent proposals at the top of our charts for a 4th week running as ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ held on to the top spot for another week. Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ was also unmoved, spending a 2nd week at 2.

Dobie Gray’s ‘Let Go’ took the biggest climber honours for a second week, this time with a 7 place jump from 14 to 7. Missing out on the top climber award were 2 star raters, Bubbley’s ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ which moved up 5 places to 6 and Meco’s ‘Star Wars Title Theme’ which climbed 4 to 9.

Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker was the biggest faller in the week, dropping 6 places to 11. This was something that their only other hit to date, ‘Daddy Cool’ managed to avoid.

‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ by 5000 Volts was the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 18 weeks, it had been doing a bit of a yo-yo in terms of chart movement, climbing 4 last week after dropping to 11 the previous week. This week it dropped 3 of the regained positions to land up at 10.

Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ disappeared from the charts as if by, erm, magic. It had spent 16 weeks in the top 20, 2 of which were at the number 1 spot. It shared 2nd place for most weeks at 1 by an instrumental, falling 1 weeks short of that managed by Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ which managed 3. However, in terms of points (20 for a week spent at number 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc), it was leading the way for instrumentals having clocked up 231. The Booker T hit was second on 222 with Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ 3rd on 208.

Accompanying Space in the great chart exodus was Donna Summer and her hit, ‘I Feel Love’ which had spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 6. In contrast to the Space hit which sat 78th overall for points to date, Donna’s hit was sitting tied 383rd on 104 points. This was the 47th highest by a solo female artist.

Joe Dolan followed up the success of last year’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ (a chart topper for 3 weeks) with ‘I Need You’, his 5th hit to date. We had already had one song called ‘I Need You’ in our charts and that was Rick Nelson’s 1969 hit of that name, but it was a different song. Dolan’s one was written by Michael Tinsley and Peter Yellowstone, the latter having a hand in writing an early Dolan SA chart topper, ‘Lady in Blue’ (from 1975). Only 2 of the songs that Dolan would eventually chart with SA would make the UK charts, the first was his first SA hit ‘Make Me An Island’ which made number 3 in the UK and ‘I Need You’ was the second, making it to 43 there. The song also made 21 in Holland and 23 in Belgium as well as climbing to 14 in Rhodesia.

The other new entry this week was ‘Massa Massa’ by Frank Valdor, His Orchestra & Chorus. Valdor was a German bandleader and this was the 20th hit to chart by a German act. Apart from its SA Chart appearance, it also managed a number 19 peak in Rhodesia. ‘Massa Massa’ was the 11th song to chart where the title was a word repeated. It was also the 17th song to chart that contained no letters from the phrase ‘top twenty’. Valdor died on 5 August 2013 at the age of 76.

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14 October 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
2 3 5 Angelo  - Brotherhood Of Man
3 2 15 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
4 8 3 We Salute You (Scotland)  - Reg De Beer
5 4 11 Ma Baker  - Boney M
6 6 6 After The Fire Is Gone  - Barbara Ray & Lance James
7 11 17 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
8 7 11 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
9 9 4 I Wanna Do It With You  - John Paul Young
10 5 8 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
11 10 5 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  - Bubbley
12 14 6 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  - Eddie Rabbitt
13 16 2 Star Wars Title Theme  - Meco
14 20 2 Let Go  - Dobie Gray
15 12 14 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
16 18 3 What Kind Of Dance Is This?  - Veronica Unlimited
17 13 10 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
18 New 1 Totsiens Aufwiedersehen  - Vicky Du Preez
19 15 16 Magic Flight  - Space
20 Re-Entry 2 When Two Worlds Drift Apart  - Cliff Richard

‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ by Peter McCann spent its 3rd week at the top of the charts this week while Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ moved up a position to number 2 to be the biggest challenger to McCann’s hit. Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ which had sat at number 2 since ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ dislodged it from the top spot, dropped to 3 this week.

Reg de Beer’s ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ was a star rater for a second week running as it climbed up 4 from 8 to 4, but it once again failed to be the biggest climber of the week. A former number 1 hit, 5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ had a new lease on life, regaining lost ground, it climbed back up to 7 from 11, this 4 place jump earning it star rater status, but this also wasn’t the biggest climber. That award went to one of last week’s new entries, Dobie Gray’s ‘Let Go’ which climbed 6 from 20 to 14. This was his second time with the biggest climber in a week.

On the falling front it was the 5 place fall by Shabby Tiger’s ‘Lovely Lady’ that earned it the biggest faller in the week award.

5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ was still the oldest on the chart, moving on to 17 weeks.

Elvis Presley’s ‘Way Down’ seemed to indicate the direction the song was going as it fell off the charts this week after 6 weeks and a peak of 13. This was sadly to end The King’s SA chart career. He had managed 11 hits to date and at this point shared the top spot on the list of number of hits by an artist with Creedence Clearwater Revival and Billy Forrest. He had clocked up a total of 93 weeks which placed him 6th for weeks by an artist to date and he managed to hit the top spot once, with ‘Suspicious Minds’ which spent 2 runs of 3 weeks each (a total of 6 weeks for those too lazy to add) at number 1 back in the November and December of 1969. His total chart career in SA spanned 8 years, 8 months and 27 days.

Also leaving the charts was Sharon Tandy’s duet with Graham Clarke, ‘I Believe In You’ which had lasted 11 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9, the 5th highest peak for a local duet to date. For both artists it would be the end of the road for their SA chart careers with Clarke only having this hit to his name while Tandy could also claim the duet with Billy Forrest, ‘Hello-A’. In total Tandy spent 24 weeks on the chart and her best peak was the number 5 position she managed with ‘Hello-A’. Despite not having anymore hits to her name as a solo artist, Sharon would return as part of a group.

The first of our new entries was the 17th Afrikaans song to charts (even though it had a German title). Vicky du Preez’s’ ‘Totsiens Aufwiedersehen’ came just over a year after the last Afrikaans song to chart, Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’, left the top 20. The song list 2 writers, Tinus Esterhuizen and a certain Anton Goosen. This was the first mention Goosen had had on our charts and there was more to come from both his pen and his vocal chords.

We also saw the second biggest gap between a song departing the chart and then re-entering as Cliff Richard’s ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ returned after an absence of 5 weeks. This was a long way off the 35 week break that The Staccatos took with ‘Cry To Me’. This was the 33rd time a song had re-entered the charts. 4 of the previous 32 re-entries had been by songs re-entering for a second time making this the 29th song to be a re-entry.

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7 October 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
2 2 14 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
3 6 4 Angelo  - Brotherhood Of Man
4 3 10 Ma Baker  - Boney M
5 5 7 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
6 9 5 After The Fire Is Gone  - Barbara Ray & Lance James
7 4 10 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
8 13 2 We Salute You (Scotland)  - Reg De Beer
9 17 3 I Wanna Do It With You  - John Paul Young
10 7 4 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  - Bubbley
11 11 16 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
12 8 13 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
13 12 9 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
14 15 5 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  - Eddie Rabbitt
15 10 15 Magic Flight  - Space
16 New 1 Star Wars Title Theme  - Meco
17 14 11 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
18 19 2 What Kind Of Dance Is This?  - Veronica Unlimited
19 16 6 Way Down  - Elvis Presley
20 New 1 Let Go  - Dobie Gray

Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ was still at number 2, not having moved from there since giving up the number 1 spot.

One of last week’s new entries, Reg de Beer’s ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ was a star rater, moving up 5 places from 13 to 8, but it was John Paul Young’s ‘I Wanna Do It With You’ that took top climbing honours this week, jumping up 8 places from 17 to 9 to give Young his 6th biggest climber award. It seems that having a song with the word ‘wanna’ in it the title that referred to desiring carnal knowledge was a recipe for success given this songs climb and the number 1 song this week.

On the falling front it was Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ that had the biggest drop, falling 5 places from 10 to 15. This was the 4th time we had seen a song by a French act take the biggest faller in the week award.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ had been the oldest on the charts for the last 5 weeks, but this week it fell from the top 20 after a run of 17 weeks, of which 3 were spent at 1. The weeks was his best to date for a song, and the peak  matched that of ‘Lady In Blue’, however the latter had spent double the number of weeks at the top of the charts. There was still more to come from Dolan.

5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ took over as the oldest on the charts, clocking up its 15th week.

Also leaving the charts was David Dundas’ ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ which had lasted 7 weeks and peaked at 11. This ended his SA chart career having had 2 hits, spent a total of 25 weeks on the top 20 and a best peak of 3 with ‘Jeans On’.

The first of the new entries was a disco take on a movie theme. Meco’s ‘Star Wars Title Theme’ took the well-known music from the well-known film composed by the well-known John Williams and made it suitable for a dance floor. Meco (real name Domenico Monardo, born November 29, 1939) apparently saw the film on the first day of its released and then a further 4 times by the end of the following day. That was where he got the idea of creating his version of the theme tune. The idea proved a good one as the song topped the US charts for 2 weeks in October of 1977. In the UK it made it to number 7 and also made it to 5 in New Zealand and Rhodesia, 7 in Belgium, 10 in Holland and 13 is Sweden. This was the 31st instrumental to hit our charts to date.

The last time we had seen Dobie Gray on the charts was in August 1974. It was 3 years 2 months and 5 days after ‘Loving Arms’ spent its last week on the charts and this gap between that hit and his new entry this week, ‘Let Go’ was the 23rd biggest between hits to date. Despite being the title track of his 6th album, the song failed to make an impression on either side of the Atlantic and didn’t trouble any of the major European charts either. Gray managed to have 8 songs make the Hot 100 in the US during his career. He died on 6 December 2011 aged 71.

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30 September 1977

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 7 Do You Wanna Make Love  - Peter McCann
2 1 13 Lucille  - Kenny Rogers
3 2 9 Ma Baker  - Boney M
4 4 9 Give A Little Bit  - Supertramp
5 6 6 Lovely Lady  - Shabby Tiger
6 10 3 Angelo  - Brotherhood Of Man
7 14 3 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  - Bubbley
8 5 12 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - Baccara
9 13 4 After The Fire Is Gone  - Barbara Ray & Lance James
10 8 14 Magic Flight  - Space
11 9 15 (Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud  - 5000 Volts
12 7 8 I Feel Love  - Donna Summer
13 New 1 We Salute You (Scotland)  - Reg De Beer
14 12 10 I Believe In You  - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
15 15 4 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  - Eddie Rabbitt
16 16 5 Way Down  - Elvis Presley
17 18 2 I Wanna Do It With You  - John Paul Young
18 11 7 Another Funny Honeymoon  - David Dundas
19 New 1 What Kind Of Dance Is This?  - Veronica Unlimited
20 17 17 Hush Hush Maria  - Joe Dolan

Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ took over the number 1 spot from Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’, the latter having spent 5 weeks at 1 and now dropped to 2. Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ which had been at number 2 for 4 of the 5 weeks that ‘Lucille’ was at 1 also dropped a place to 3.

Last week Bubbley’s ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ missed out on being the biggest climber in the week as Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ beat them with a 2 place greater climb. This week, however, the tables were turned as the latter’s 4 place climb to 6 was, despite being a star rater, not good enough to match the 7 place climb the former managed. Barbara Ray & Lance James’ ‘After The Fire Is Gone’ was also a star rater, climbing 4 places to 9.

David Dundas’ ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 7 from 11 to 18.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ moved on to 17 weeks and had been the oldest on the charts for 5 weeks now.

Bonnie Tyler’s ‘More Than A Lover’ dropped off the top 20 after 12 weeks and a peak of 7, 3 weeks less and 5 places lower than her previous (and only other to date) hit, ‘Lost In France’.

Joining Bonnie in leaving was Saskia & Serge’s ‘Don’t Tell Me Stories’ which lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 15. In terms of points (20 points for a week spent at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc), it only managed to accumulate 16 points which was the 4th worst to date for a song by a Dutch act, with George Baker Selections’ ‘Sing A Song Of Love’ being below this on 7 points, then our Dutch new entry this week (see below) on 2 and Heintje’s ‘Leise Rieselt Der Schnee’ on 1.

Reg de Beer brought us the 229th song by a local act to chart when his song ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ entered the charts this week. Reg was best known as a radio DJ, starting his broadcasting career with LM Radio, then moving on the Highveld and Radio Port Natal then returning to LM Radio which re-launched in December 2009. Sadly Reg passed away on 21 January 2012. ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ was a narrative spoken by Reg over a piece of music played on the bagpipes. The narrative was a tribute to the ‘boys on the border’, young South African men doing their national service in what was then South West Africa. With its entry position being 13, there were only 3 local songs so far that had had a higher new entry position and those were Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ which entered at 7, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ (#10) and The Julian Laxton Band’s ‘Blue Water’ (#12). Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’ had also entered at 13. There would only be 2 more local songs to have a higher entry point.

The second new entry was, as mentioned above, by a Dutch act. The song was ‘What Kind Of Dance Is This?’ and the artist was called Veronica Unlimited. The band was a studio group brought together to celebrate the (slightly odd) 12.5 year anniversary of The Veronica Top 40, a chart broadcast by Radio Veronica which started life as a pirate radio station. The organiser of the group was Hans van Hemert who also penned their hit. Van Hemert was no stranger to our charts as he also had song writing credits on The Rising Sons ‘How Do You Do’, Cyan’s ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ and Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest’s ‘Hello-A’. The Rising Sons and Tandy/Forrest duet were covers of songs originally recorded by Dutch act Mouth & MacNeal. ‘What Kind Of Dance Is This?’ was the 22nd by a Dutch act to grace our charts and it would make it to number 2 in Holland and Belgium.

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23 September 1977

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

It was now 4 weeks in a row that the number 1 and 2 songs had been the same with the number 1 song having occupied the spot for 5 weeks in total. Just in case you are too lazy to scroll up, Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ was at 1 and Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ was at 2. Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ looked most likely to break up the happy couple as it climbed 2 places to 3.

Bubbley’s ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ was shooting up the charts like a champagne cork, jumping up 6 from 20 to 14, but it was the 8 place climb of Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ that took top honours this week. Had ‘Angelo’ only managed to climb the same number of places that Brotherhood Of Man’s only previous biggest climber in a week (‘Save All Your Kisses For Me’) managed, then it would have had to share the spoils this week with Bubbley.

Joe Dolan picked up his 5th biggest faller in a week and a second for his hit ‘Hush Hush Maria’ which fell 5 places to 17. The song was, however, the oldest on the charts, clocking in at 16 weeks. Dolan led the way for Irish acts on the falling front by quite some distance, his nearest rival on this front being Gilbert O’Sullivan on 2. Interestingly if one looked at the biggest climbers by Irish acts then O’Sullivan beat Dolan 5 to 2.

The sun set on Rabbitt’s ‘Morning Light’ as the song disappeared from the top 20 this week. It had lasted 3 weeks in the chart with a peak of 15, which did not quite manage what ‘Charlie’ had (7 weeks and peak of 9), but was just better than their ‘Locomotive Breath’ which only managed 2 weeks and a peak of 18.

John Paul Young clocked up his 4th SA hit as ‘I Wanna Do It With You’ entered the top 20 at 18 this week. Once again the song writers were Harry Vanda and George Young who had written all John Paul Young’s hits to date. The song would score a number 7 hit in his native Australia. This was the 10th song by an Australia artist to chart on our top 20 and John Paul Young was still the only one to have had more than 1 hit as the other 6 were by Rolf Harris, The Mixtures, New World, Drummond, Helen Reddy and Sherbet.

Of all the artists represented in this week’s top 20, Barbara Ray led the way for total weeks in the charts as she had 94 under her belt. She was closely followed by Elvis Presley on 91. The average for the 22 acts represented this week (there were 2 duets in the top 20) was 25 weeks.

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