|1||1||6||Take That Look off Your Face||–||Marti Webb|
|2||2||10||Brass in Pocket||–||Pretenders|
|4||7||6||Day-O/Island in the Sun||–||Richard Jon Smith|
|5||3||14||Sun of Jamaica||–||Goombay Dance Band|
|6||5||9||Together We are Beautiful||–||Fern Kinney|
|8||14||6||It’s My House||–||Diana Ross|
|9||10||4||It Hurts too Much||–||Eric Carmen|
|10||8||15||Fly too High||–||Janis Ian|
|11||13||4||Take Me Down||–||Exile|
|12||9||5||January, February||–||Barbara Dickson|
|13||12||13||American Dream||–||Dirt Band|
|15||11||21||Please Don’t Go||–||KC & The Sunshine Band|
|16||15||7||Walking on the Moon||–||Police|
|18||New||1||More Than I Can Say||–||Leo Sayer|
|19||16||3||Buzz Buzz a Diddle It||–||Matchbox|
|20||New||1||Down the Mississippi||–||Barbara Ray|
Marti Webb spent a second week at 1 with ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’ while the previous chart topper, The Pretenders’ ‘Brass In Pocket’ was unmoved at 2.
Diana Ross picked up her 3rd biggest climber award and a second for her hit, ‘It’s My House’ which moved up 6 from 14 to 8. Joy’s ‘Paradise Road’ was the only other song to make a star rater 4 or more places climb this week as it moved up 5 from 19 to 14.
KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘Please Don’t Go’ moved on to 21 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 4th week as the oldest. However it was not all sunshine and roses for them as the song picked up the biggest faller award, dropping 4 from 11 to 15. It was the song’s first time with the award, but KC & The Sunshine Band had picked up 1 biggest faller before with ‘(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Body’.
Burton Cummings saw his SA chart career come to an end as ‘I Will Always Wait For You’ dropped off the top 20 after a run of just 2 weeks, both of which were spent at 20. This was the 15th song to have a total chart run of 2 weeks spent at position 20 and it would be the last song to do this in the top 20 era. In total Burton had seen 3 solo hits make our charts, spent 20 weeks in the top 20 and his best peak was 3 which his second hit, ‘Break It To Them Gently’ managed. If one adds in the hits he managed as a member of The Guess Who, then his hits total would be 6, his weeks total 32 and his best peak would still be the one ‘Break It To Them Gently’ managed.
The Police’s run with 2 in the charts came to an end as their ‘Message In A Bottle’ left the top 20 after a run of 14 weeks and a peak of 5. They still had ‘Walking On The Moon’ in the charts. It sat at 16 this week.
Leo Sayer became the 6th act who had spent at least 1 week in the charts every year since 1977 (a run of 4 consecutive years). Of those, Boney M’s run extended back to 1976 (5 years) while Abba’s run went right back to 1973 (a record equalling 8 years). Sayer’s new one was ‘More Than I Can Say’ which was his 10th hit to make our charts, he became the 18th and 9th British act to reach this total. There were 4 Americans and 4 local acts (Billy Forrest on 12, Barbara Ray on 11, Jody Wayne on 10 and Gene Rockwell on 10) on this list with Abba being the only act from the non-big 3 nations. ‘More Than I Can Say’ was a cover of a 1960 hit by The Crickets, a song they recorded after the death of Buddy Holly. Their version would make it to number 42 in the UK. The following year Bobby Vee would take a version to 4 in the UK and 61 in the US. Leo Sayer’s version has been by far the most successful, going to 2 in both the UK and the US. It would also top the Australian charts for 2 weeks before being dethroned by Barbra Streisand’s ‘Woman In Love’. Apparently The Beatles would perform this song live although there is no known recording of such a version.
The very alert amongst you may have noticed a few lines back that I said Barabra Ray had managed 11 hits on our charts and realised that our second new entry this week was the 11th one. ‘Down The Mississippi’ arrived in our charts 133 weeks after her last one, ‘After The Fire Is Gone’ (a duet with Lance James) left. She was the 28th local act to see a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits with Judy Page, Peter Lotis, Lance James and Gene Rockwell being 4 of those 28 who had managed this twice. ‘Down The Mississippi’ was written by Terry Dempsey and Doug Faraday. It was Faraday’s first hit as a song writer while Dempsey increased his lead at the top of the list of number of hits by a song writer, this being the 27th to feature him in the song writer slot on the label. It put Barbara Ray just 1 hit behind the local leader for number of hits, Billy Forrest. We now had 3 local hits in the top 20.
With Leo Sayer scoring his 10th hit and Barbara Ray getting to 11, this was the second time where we had 2 new entries where the hits count for the 2 acts was 21 which was 1 off the record to date 22 we had seen on 3 previous occasions. The first time the total for the 2 acts was 22 was when Tom Jones and The Hollies saw their 10 and 12th hits chart on 30 May 1969. The second time was when The Hollies hit 13 and Engelbert Humperdinck reached 9 on 19 May 1972 and then on 21 March 1980 we saw Cliff Richard get to 21 while J.D. Souther was seeing his first hit chart.
Richard Jon Smith caught up with Tommy Dell for number of weeks in the charts. Both acts were on 66 and shared 11th place on the local weeks count list.