26 March 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
2 7 4 I Won’t Give Up  – Bruce Millar
3 8 3 Bohemian Rhapsody  – Queen
4 4 5 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
5 2 9 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
6 3 11 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
7 9 3 Mamma Mia  – ABBA
8 14 5 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
9 17 2 I Write the Songs  – Barry Manilow
10 5 8 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
11 16 3 Lady Lay  – Pierre Groscolas
12 6 9 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
13 19 2 Drive Safely Darlin’  – Tony Christie
14 10 15 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
15 11 7 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
16 13 6 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
17 New 1 Dolannes Melodie  – Jean-Claude Borelly
18 New 1 Saturday Night  – Bay City Rollers
19 New 1 Sometimes  – Caroline du Preez & Tommy Dell
20 New 1 Lady Bump  – Penny McLean

Flood spent a second week at 1 with ‘Let Me Into Your Life’ while Bruce Millar’s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ moved up 5 from 7 to 2 to give us the 11th occasion where the top 2 songs were by local artist. The previous number 1, Austin Roberts’ ‘Rocky’ fell from 2 to 5.

The climber of the week award went to Barry Manliow’s ‘I Write The Songs’ which moved up 8 from 17 to 9. This was Manilow’s second time with the award having picked up one with ‘Mandy’ and that time was also with an 8 place climb.

Apart from the biggest climber and the new number 2 song mentioned above, there were 4 other star raters this week which was the 10th time we had seen 6 or more star raters in a week (the record being 7 which we had seen twice). The other star raters this week were Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which moved up 5 from 8 to 3, The Trammps’ ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’ which moved up 6 from 14 to 8, Pierre Groscolas’ ‘Lady Lay’ up 5 from 16 to 11 and Tony Christie’s ‘Drive Safely Darlin’ which climbed 6 from 19 to 13. Adding up the number of places moved up by songs we got a total of 37 places which was the tied 15th highest we had seen to date and this was the 6th time this had totalled 37.

This week also saw the 800th biggest faller and that honour went to Michael Holm’s ‘I’ll Return’ which dropped 6 from 6 to 12. It was Holm’s second time with the award having picked it up with ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ way back in 1970. This was the 6th biggest gap between biggest fallers to date (280 weeks) and would be by miles the biggest gap that any German act would see with the next biggest gap between fallers (still to come) being just 87 weeks.

Jigsaw’s ‘Sky High’ became the 12th song to have a chart run of 2 weeks both spent at number 20. Of those 12, 6 had been by local acts. ‘Sky High’ would be Jigsaw’s only contribution to our charts.

Reparata’s ‘Shoes’ was the second song to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 10 weeks and reached the same peak of 6 as their only other hit to date, ‘Captain Of Your Ship’ had managed. ‘Shoes’ spent 10 weeks in the charts, 3 more than ‘Captain Of Your Ship’. This ended Reparata’s time in our charts and they had a total week’s count of 17.

‘Gimme Some’ by Jimmy “Bo” Horne also left the top 20. It had spent 7 weeks in the charts and reached number 13. This would be his only SA chart hit.

Last to go was Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ which had spent 6 weeks at number 1 and a total of 14 weeks in the charts. He had seen 3 hits make the charts so far and his previous best peak before this was number 2 with ‘Make Me An Island’. ‘Lady In Blue’ had shared the oldest in the chart title with The Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’ last week but now the latter was the oldest on its own, sitting on 15 weeks.

The first of the new entries was the 41st instrumental to chart and the 5th instrumental by a French act (11th song by a French act overall). ‘Dolannes Melodie’ by French trumpeter Jean-Claude Borelly arrived in our charts at number 17. The song topped the charts in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and went to 44 in New Zealand. France joined Ireland in tied 9th place for number of hits with both nations having brought us 11 each. This also brought up the 90th week in the charts for French acts and they moved into tied 9th spot with Jamaica for weeks in the charts by a nation. We now had 2 songs by French acts on the charts (Pierre Groscolas was at 11) and this was the second time we had seen this. The previous occasion had been when Francoise Hardy’s ‘Now You Want to be Loved’ and The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love is Blue’ shared the charts for 4 weeks.

The Bay City Rollers returned to our charts with their second SA hit, ‘Saturday Night’. The song was written by Phil Coulter and William Martin and would be the 4th song to chart featuring Coulter as songwriter (the previous being Kenny’s ‘Heart Of Stone’, Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’ and Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’). The band had had a couple of UK hits since ‘Bye Bye Baby’ (their previous SA hit), but these had not charted in SA. In a strange turn of events, ‘Saturday Night’ did not chart in the UK.

Caroline du Preez also enjoyed her second SA hit, but this time her co-performer. Tommy Dell, was credited (her previous hit, ‘Net Soos Ek Die Telfoon Neersit’ did not credit Gert van Tonder from Groep 2 who was the male ‘telefoon’ voice). ‘Sometimes’ by du Preez and Dell was the 11th by a local duet to chart and was a cover of a song by Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner which had topped the US Country Singles charts in February 1976.

Last of the new entries was ‘Lady Bump’ by Penny McLean. Austrian born McLean grew up in Germany and was a member of the band Silver Convention who had a few hits, most notable ‘Fly Robin Fly’ (US number 1) and ‘Get Up And Boogie’ (neither of which charted in SA). ‘Lady Bump’ would top the US Disco singles charts, but only made 48 on the main Hot 100. It did however top the German and Austrian charts as well as getting to 2 in Belgium and Sweden and 4 in Holland and Switzerland.

Smokie clocked up their 20th straight week in the charts. They had seen 12 weeks with just ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’ in the charts, then 2 where ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’ was joined by ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me’ and now we had seen 6 weeks with ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me’ in the charts on its own. We had seen 70 runs in the charts of at least 20 weeks with 5 of those being by acts who were doing so for the second time.

‘Love Hurts’ moved into tied 10th place on the list of weeks for a song charting in more than 1 version. It’s 24 weeks to date (18 with Nazareth’s version and 6 with Jim Capaldi’s) put it level with ‘Sugar, Sugar’ (Archies & Sakkarin) and ‘I’ll Return’ (Springwater & Michael Holm where the latter is not to be confused with his ‘I’ll Return’).

This week was the 32nd time we had seen the title of the song at top and bottom of the chart start with the same letter. In this case it was ‘L’ for ‘Let Me Into Your Life’ and ‘Lady Bump’. ‘L’ was the second most popular letter so far for this to happen with. This was the 7th time we had seen an ‘L’ at 1 and 20 in the same week. ‘S’ was the most popular with this happening 9 times.

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19 March 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
2 1 8 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
3 3 10 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
4 9 4 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
5 4 7 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
6 5 8 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
7 12 3 I Won’t Give Up  – Bruce Millar
8 17 2 Bohemian Rhapsody  – Queen
9 19 2 Mamma Mia  – ABBA
10 7 14 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
11 8 6 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
12 6 14 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
13 16 5 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
14 10 4 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
15 13 7 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
16 18 2 Lady Lay  – Pierre Groscolas
17 New 1 I Write the Songs  – Barry Manilow
18 11 10 Shoes  – Reparata
19 New 1 Drive Safely Darlin’  – Tony Christie
20 20 2 Sky High  – Jigsaw

Austin Roberts’ time at number 1 was short lived as ‘Rocky’ dropped to number 2 after just a single week at the top spot. The new number 1 was the 25th song by a local act to make number 1 and that was Flood’s ‘Let Me Into Your Life’.

Abba picked up their 3rd biggest climber award with ‘Mamma Mia’ making a 10 place climb from 19 to 9. This was the 64th time a song had climbed 10 or more places in a week and was the 7th time it had been done by an act not from the UK, the US or SA.

Apart from the climber of the week, there were 3 other star raters and they were Tina Charles’ ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’ which moved up 5 from 9 to 4, Bruce Millar’s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ which climbed 5 from 12 to 7 and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which jumped 9 from 17 to 8. It was Abba’s 11th time with a star rater and they were the 19th act to reach this many. Their ‘conversion rate’ of star raters into biggest climbers was an unimpressive 27.3% of the time which was the 13th lowest we had seen to date. The Marmalade’s 1 out of their 10 star raters being the climber of the week was the lowest for any act to date clocking in at only 10%. Virginia Lee, Cornelia and Jessica Jones had the lowest for local acts with all 3 seeing only 1 biggest climber out of 4 star raters.

Reparata took the faller of the week honours with a 7 place drop from 11 to 18.

‘The Lady In Blue’ by Joe Dolan and ‘Somewhere Between’ by The Tumbleweeds were still the oldest on the charts. They were both on 14 weeks and this was their second week as the oldest.

We saw 2 songs leave the charts and they were KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s the Way (I Like It)’ and Main Ingredient’s ‘You and Me – Me and You’. The former had enjoyed a run of 8 weeks in the chart and peaked at 6 while the latter managed 12 weeks and a peak of 3. Although Main Ingredient had the more successful of the 2 departing hits, theirs would be their only SA chart hit while there were a few more to come from KC & The Sunshine Band. Harry Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band had also seen 3 hits chart where they were the song writers (all 3 being hits for George McCrae).

The previous 2 year’s winners of Grammy Song Of The Year had not bothered our charts in South Africa, but we were back on track with them in 1976 as new entry, ‘I Write The Songs’ by Barry Manilow would end up getting that award for 1976. The song was written by one time Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. It was first recorded by Captain & Tennille but had its first success in 1975 when David Cassidy (who was at number 3 on our charts this week) took a version of it to the top in the UK. Barry’s version failed to chart in the UK, but topped the US charts for a week on 17 January 1976. This was Manilow’s second SA hit.

The other new entry was the 4th SA hit for Tony Christie, ‘Drive Safely Darlin’. We had last seen Tony Christie (one has to add the Tony in front of Christie to avoid confusion with the band called Christie), on our charts on 24 March 1972, nearly 4 years previously. This gap of 208 weeks was the 27th biggest between hits to date and the 29th time we had seen an artist have a gap of 200 weeks or more. ‘Drive Safely Darlin’ is currently the second lowest peak Christie has managed in the UK with his 9 hits so far (that counts ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ twice as he charted with it on his own, then alongside Peter Kay for comic relief) reaching a highest placing of number 35. Only ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ which peaked at 49 has performed worse.

Irish acts reached a milestone 100 weeks in the charts with Gilbert O’Sullivan accounting for 44 of those, Joe Dolan, 30, Richard Harris 10, the Real McCoy 9, The Bachelors 6 and Kenny 1. The Irish moved 1 ahead of Australia and held on to 7th place overall for weeks by a nation while the Aussies dropped into 8th place. Joe Dolan who clocked up his 30th week this week was the 102nd act overall to reach this milestone.

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12 March 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 7 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
2 2 6 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
3 1 9 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
4 5 6 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
5 7 7 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
6 4 13 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
7 6 13 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
8 10 5 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
9 14 3 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
10 15 3 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
11 9 9 Shoes  – Reparata
12 19 2 I Won’t Give Up  – Bruce Millar
13 13 6 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
14 8 12 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
15 11 8 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
16 17 4 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
17 New 1 Bohemian Rhapsody  – Queen
18 New 1 Lady Lay  – Pierre Groscolas
19 New 1 Mamma Mia  – ABBA
20 New 1 Sky High  – Jigsaw

Austin Roberts’ ‘Rocky’ became the 21st one word title song to top the charts (this excludes The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ and Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ which are not really words) as it took over the top spot from David Cassidy’s ‘Darlin’ (the 20th one word chart topper). The latter had been at the number 1 spot for 4 weeks. ‘Darlin’ was the first song since Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’ nearly 1 year previously that had not fallen to number 2 when leaving the number 1 spot. It dropped to number 3 (‘You Ask Me To’ dropped to 4).

Bruce Millar’s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ was the climber of the week moving up 7 from 19 to 12. This was the 4th week running that a local act had had the biggest climber with Flood having managed it for 2 of the previous 3 weeks and Roy Bulkin taking it the other time. This was the 4th time we had seen a run of 4 weeks with a local climber of the week. Of the previous 3 times, once the run had extended to 5 weeks and once to a record to date 6 weeks.

There were 2 other star rater climbs this week and both were 5 places. Tina Charles’ ‘You Set My Heart on Fire’ moved up from 14 to 9 while The Trammps’ ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’ climbed to 10 from 15. Both hits had been star raters the previous week and if you count the star raters from the top of the charts down, then Tina Charles’ hit marked the 1,400th star rater.

‘You And Me – Me And You’ by Main Ingredient was the faller of the week. It dropped 6 from 8 to 14 to take the award.

Tom Jones’ return to the charts after a long absence was short lived as ‘Papa’ only managed a single week in the top 20 and spent that week at number 20. It was the 29th song overall to spend just a week at 20 so far and was the first to do so in 1976. This would not be the last we would see of Tom Jones on the charts.

While Austin Roberts was enjoying being at the top spot with ‘Rocky’, the other version of the song, the one by Dickey Lee was exiting the top 20. It had seen a run of just 4 weeks and peaked at 18. This brought to an end his SA chart career after having had 2 hits (the other being ‘Ashes Of Love’), spending 22 weeks on the charts and seeing a best peak of 4 with ‘Ashes Of Love’. Those among you who like doing a bit of maths may have noticed that ‘Ashes Of Love’ had the mirror image of weeks and peaks to ‘Rocky’ (ie 18 weeks and a peak of 4 compared to 4 weeks and a peak of 18). Of the acts so far who would only see 2 hits chart, Lee was the first to managed this mirror of weeks and peak. Only 1 other act would manage this.

The Four Seasons’ ‘We Love You’ also left the top 20. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 13. It was beaten by 1 on both the weeks and peaks front by their previous hit, ‘Opus 17’ which peaked at 12 during a 6 week run. Their only other hit to date, ‘Let’s Hang On’ only managed 1 week at 19. There was more to come from them.

Last to go was the oldest song on last week’s chart, ‘Fattie Bum-Bum by Carl Malcolm. It managed 13 weeks and peaked at 2. This would be his only SA chart hit. The new oldest on the chart title was shared between The Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’ and Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady in Blue’ which were both on 13 weeks.

The first of the new entries needs no introduction as it was Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. This was their first song to chart in SA. It spent 9 weeks at the top of the chart in the UK in 1976 then returned to the top at the end of 1991 and the start of 1992 for another 5 weeks following Freddie Mercury’s death on 24 November 1991. In the US it made number 9 on its initial release and returned to that chart in 1992 after its legendary appearance in the film ‘Wayne’s World’ and made it to number 2, kept off the top spot by Kris Kross’ ‘Jump’ (remember that one?). Queen were the third act to chart whose name began with Q and the first one who was not local as the previous 2 were Quinsey and Billy Forrest’s alter ego Quentin E. Klopjaeger.

The second new entry was Pierre Grocolas’ ‘Lady Lay’. Groscolas was an Algerian born Frenchman and ‘Lady Lay’ was the 10th song by a French act to chart. The song has no connection to the Dylan track ‘Lay Lady Lay’. It went to number 8 in Holland, 9 in Belgium and 19 in Germany.

Abba returned to the charts with their 6th hit to date, ‘Mamma Mia’. This was the 19th song to chart that contained no letters from the phrase ‘Top Twenty’ and would give them their second UK number 1. It also topped the Australian, German, Irish and Swiss charts. In 1999 the A-Teens took a cover of it to number 12 in the UK.

Some may have been puzzled by the final new entry this week as it was by British band Jigsaw. The song, ‘Sky High’ was used in the film, ‘The Man From Hong Kong’ (aka ‘The Dragon Flies’) which starred George Lazenby who made a one off appearance as James Bond in ‘On His Majesty’s Secret Service’. ‘Sky High’ made it to number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and 9 on the UK charts and 2 in New Zealand and Japan. It also charted in Germany (14), Holland (19), Belgium (13) and Sweden (15).

The Irish acts had been clocking up the weeks and this week was the 99th that they had managed to spend in the charts. This put them level with acts from Australia and the 2 nations sat tied 7th on the list of weeks in the chart by acts from a nation.

Smokie became the 170th act to reach the 20 weeks in the chart mark while ‘Love Hurts’ clocked up its 22nd week between the 2 versions that had made the top 20. This moved it into tied 16th place in the list of songs charting in more than 1 version.

With both ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ having made the top of the UK charts we went from just 1 to 3 songs that had topped the UK or US charts. The only one we had seen on last week’s chart was KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s the Way (I Like It)’.

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5 March 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
2 9 5 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
3 3 6 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
4 2 12 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
5 10 5 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
6 5 12 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
7 8 6 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
8 4 11 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
9 6 8 Shoes  – Reparata
10 12 4 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
11 11 7 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
12 7 13 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
13 14 5 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
14 18 2 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
15 19 2 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
16 16 5 Who Loves You  – Four Seasons
17 17 3 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
18 20 4 Rocky  – Dickey Lee
19 New 1 I Won’t Give Up  – Bruce Millar
20 New 1 Papa  – Tom Jones

‘Darlin’ by David Cassidy enjoyed a 4th straight week at 1 and after 3 weeks with Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ at 2, we had a new second biggest hit in the land and that was Flood’s ‘Let Me Into Your Life’ which made a 7 place climb from 9 to 2. This earned it the title of biggest climber of the week.

Apart from the biggest climber mentioned above, there were 3 other star raters. The first of these was Smokie’s ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll To Me’ which moved up 5 from 10 to 5. The other 2 were the 2 new entries from the previous week, Tina Charles’ ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’ which climbed 4 from 18 to 14 and The Trammps’ ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’ which moved up 4 from 19 to 15.

The faller of the week was Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ which dropped 5 from 7 to 12 to take the award for a second week running. Carl could take some heart from the fact that ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ was the oldest on the charts, sitting on 13 weeks.

The previous oldest, Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ was 1 of 2 songs that left the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 5. It would be the only song from him to chart in SA, but we would see at least 1 more hit by a Brazilian act make our charts.

We also said bye-bye to Art Garfunkel’s ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ which managed a run of 8 weeks and a peak of 11. We had now seen 8 songs chart by Simon & Garfunkel, 4 as the duo and 2 each as solo acts, and this was the first of those 8 not to make the top 10. Paul boasted 2 number 1’s while as a duo they saw 1 chart topper. Art still had a chance to see a solo number 1 as there was more to come from him.

Bruce Millar joined Flood and Roy Bulkin as local artists on the chart as his song, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ entered at number 19. Millar was born in Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia and when he eventually made his way to SA, he starred in a number of musicals including ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘Godspell’. ‘I Won’t Give Up’ was an English translation of an Italian song from 1974 called ‘Inno’ which was by Mia Martini. The song has also been covered by Bobby Vinton and Steve Hofmeyr.

We had not seen Tom Jones on our charts since ‘Till’ spent its last week in the top 20 on 11 February 1972, a gap of 212 weeks. This was the tied 25th biggest gap we had seen to date (the other one seeing a 212 week gap was Lee Hazelwood) and the 28th time there had been a gap of 200 or more weeks between hits for an act. Jones’ new hit, ‘Papa’ was his 18th to see chart action in SA and this moved him 3 ahead of Cliff Richard who, on 15, was in second place overall for number of hits. Paul Anka, who was also responsible for one of the 28 gaps of 200 weeks or more between hits, was the song writer on ‘Papa’ and this was his 4th hit as a composer to date. The song did not chart in the UK, US nor, it seems, any of the major European charts.

Michael Holm became the 68th act to reach 40 weeks in the charts and was the first German act to manage this. He moved 1 ahead of fellow German Peter Maffay to be the outright leader for weeks by a German act.

‘Love Hurts’ had now clocked up 21 weeks in the charts between its 2 versions (18 by Nazareth and 3 by Jim Capaldi) and shared 19th place on the list of weeks on the chart by songs charting in more than 1 version with ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone/Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ which had charted in English for Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty and Afrikaans for Caroline du Preez.

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27 February 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
2 2 11 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
3 7 5 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
4 3 10 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
5 5 11 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
6 6 7 Shoes  – Reparata
7 4 12 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
8 8 5 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
9 10 4 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
10 12 4 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
11 9 6 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
12 16 3 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
13 11 8 I Only Have Eyes for You  – Art Garfunkel
14 18 4 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
15 14 13 Feelings  – Morris Albert
16 13 4 Who Loves You  – Four Seasons
17 19 2 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
18 New 1 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
19 New 1 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
20 20 3 Rocky  – Dickey Lee

It was a 3rd week running at number 1 for David Cassidy’s ‘Darlin’ and this brought up the 200 weeks at 1 for acts from America. The Yanks were now just 7 behind the Brits who led the way for weeks at 1, sitting as they were on 207. The previous number 1, Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ spent a 3rd week in a row at number 2.

There were 3 star raters this week and they were also the biggest climbers. These were Austin Robert’s version of ‘Rocky’ which moved up 4 from 7 to 3, Roy Bulkin’s ‘Twinkle Toes’ (up 4 to 12) and Jimmy “Bo” Horne’s ‘Gimme Some’ (up 4 to 14). This was the 3rd time we had seen 3 biggest climbers by solo male artists in the same week. We had also had 3 occasions when 3 groups had been the biggest climber. This was the most biggest climbers of the same type of artist that we had seen in the same week so far.

Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ and The Four Seasons’ ‘Who Loves You’ were the fallers of the week, both dropping 3 places to land at 7 and 16 respectively.

The oldest on the charts was still Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ which was sitting on 13 weeks.

We said goodbye to David Essex’s ‘Hold Me Close’ which had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 10. There were further hits to come from him.

Also leaving us was 5000 Volts’ ‘I’m On Fire’ which had the same peak of 10 that ‘Hold Me Close’ managed, but it spent 9 weeks in the top 20. Like Essex, 5000 Volts would be seen again on the charts.

For those who liked the voice they had heard singing ‘I’m On Fire’ there was a treat as the first of the new entries was by Tina Charles who was the 5000 Volts singer. She enjoyed a new entry at number 18 with ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’ (obviously a ‘fire’ thing going on with her). Charles had 7 songs make the UK charts (3 going top 10), but none of them were ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’. This song did, however make number 2 on the US Disco Singles charts. The song was written and produced by Biddu Appaiah who fronted the Biddu Orchestra and had produced Carl Douglas’ worldwide smash hit, ‘Kung Fu Fighting’.

The other new entry was The Trammps disco version of ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’. The song was written way back in 1934 and appeared in a musical called ‘Thumbs Up!’. It was recorded by Judy Garland in 1939 and has been covered by a large number of artists including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, The Move and more recently by Rufus Wainwright. It is apparently the first song Barbra Streisand recorded (aged 13) although this recording is yet to see the light of day. The Trammps version made it to 29 in the UK, 5 in Holland and 11 in Belgium. In their native America it got to 64.

We saw the American acts have at least half of the top 20 hits for the first time in 19 weeks. There were 10 of the top 20 that were by them.

David Cassidy became the 101st act to reach 30 weeks in the charts while Michael Holm saw his total weeks count move on to 39 and this put him level with Peter Maffay at the top of the list of weeks in the charts by a German act.

Dickey Lee’s ‘Rocky’ was at number 20 for the 3rd week running. This was a new record to date for consecutive weeks at the bottom spot. This would only be equalled once during the top 20 era but never beaten.

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20 February 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
2 2 10 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
3 5 9 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
4 3 11 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
5 4 10 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
6 8 6 Shoes  – Reparata
7 7 4 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
8 6 4 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
9 9 5 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
10 16 3 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
11 12 7 I Only Have Eyes for You  – Art Garfunkel
12 15 3 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
13 13 3 Who Loves You  – Four Seasons
14 11 12 Feelings  – Morris Albert
15 10 9 I’m on Fire  – 5000 Volts
16 19 2 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
17 14 7 Hold Me Close  – David Essex
18 18 3 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
19 New 1 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
20 20 2 Rocky  – Dickey Lee

David Cassidy’s ‘Darlin’ spent a second week at number 1 with the previous chart topper, Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’, still sitting at number 2.

Flood’s ‘Let Me Into Your Life’ was the climber of the week, moving up 6 from 16 to 10. This would be the only star rater climb this week while 5000 Volts’ ‘I’m On Fire’ was the one moving in the opposite direction at pace. It fell 5 from 10 to 15. For both acts on the climber and the faller it was their first time with the award.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’, was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 14 weeks and just missed out on the number 1 spot as it peaked at 2, spending 2 weeks there. And keeping with a ‘2’ theme, this ended their 2 week run with 2 songs in the charts. Their other hit, ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me’, sat at number 12 this week.

Morris Albert became the 20th act from a non-big 3 nation (i.e. not from SA, the US or the UK) to have the oldest song on the chart. His ‘Feelings’ had been with us for 12 weeks (yes, I know that sentence sounds weird).

New to the top 20 was Jim Capaldi with his version of the song Nazareth had reached number 1 in SA with in 1975, ‘Love Hurts’.  This was the 39th song to chart by at least 2 different artists. So far only 2 of those songs charting in more than 1 version had seen 2 chart toppers and they were ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ which was a number 1 for Roger Williams and the Ray Conniff Singers (recorded as ‘Somewhere My Love’) and Carike Keuzenkamp and Four Jacks & A Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’. Jim Capaldi had been a member of the band Traffic and his version of ‘Love Hurts’ made it to number 4 in the UK, 97 in the US as well making it to 13 in what was then Rhodesia, 16 in Sweden and 42 in Germany.

Dickey Lee celebrated his 20th week in the chart, 18 of which had been with his first hit, ‘Ashes Of love’ and 2 so far with ‘Rocky’. 169 acts so far had reached this milestone, of which 26 had been American male artists.

This was the second week running we had the top and the bottom artist in the chart have a name that started with the same letter as we had David Cassidy at 1 and Dickey Lee at 20, both songs unmoved from the previous week. This was the 26th time overall that we had seen this, but only the 3rd time we had seen it for 2 weeks running. On both of the previous occasions where it had happened in consecutive week, the pairs had been different songs. This was the first time the same 2 songs had managed it 2 weeks running.

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13 February 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
2 1 9 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
3 3 10 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
4 5 9 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
5 4 8 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
6 9 3 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
7 11 3 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
8 12 5 Shoes  – Reparata
9 6 4 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
10 10 8 I’m on Fire  – 5000 Volts
11 8 11 Feelings  – Morris Albert
12 14 6 I Only Have Eyes for You  – Art Garfunkel
13 19 2 Who Loves You  – Four Seasons
14 13 6 Hold Me Close  – David Essex
15 20 2 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
16 18 2 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
17 7 14 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
18 17 2 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
19 New 1 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
20 New 1 Rocky  – Dickey Lee

David Cassidy’s first SA chart hit, ‘Could It Be Forever’, spent just 1 week in the chart. 3 hits later he was at number 1, a huge improvement. His hit, ‘Darlin’ took over the top spot from Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ after the latter had spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts. ‘Lady In Blue’ dropped to number 2.

The Four Seasons’ ‘Who Loves You’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 19 to 13. This was their first time with the award.

Austin Roberts’ ‘Rocky’, Reparata’s ‘Shoes’ and Smokie’s ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll To Me’ were the other star raters this week with the first 4 climbing 2 to land at 7 and 8 respectively and the Smokie hit jumping 5 places from 20 to 15.

Smokie just missed out on being the 9th act to have the climber and faller in the same week as their star rater climb was 1 off the pace to take climber of the week but their 10 place fall from 7 to 17 with ‘If You Know How To Love Me’ gave them the faller of the week award. This was the 13th time we had seen a song fall 10 or more places in a week with 10 of those occasions being a 10 place fall and the other 3 the record to date of 11 places. Smokie could take some comfort from the fact that ‘If You Know How To Love Me’ was the oldest on the charts with 14 weeks under its belt.

The previous oldest, Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’, was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart. This obscure (by international standards) song by an obscure (same criteria) French act, spent 15 weeks in the charts and enjoyed sitting at number 1 for 5 weeks. This would be their only SA chart hit.

We also bid farewell to George McCrae’s ‘It’s Been So Long’. Well it was 12 weeks long George, your run in the charts with that hit that is. The song did peak at number 5, giving him a top 10 position with all of his first 3 hits. He would grace our charts again at a later date.

Roy Bulkin joined Flood in the top 20 to double the local content as his hit ‘Twinkle Toes’ entered the charts at 19. This was Bulkin’s first solo charting hit in SA (he had charted as part of Tamaltjie in 1975) and was the 3rd from the pens of Ken Levine and Ernie Schroeder. Levine was not overly happy with the song, but released it anyway on a label called Catastrophe that Trutone created for local artists. He promoted it by sticking up flyers all over Springbok Radio offices and it worked as the song made the top 20. It even garnered attention in neighbouring Rhodesia (as it was then) where it went to number 5. As with the previous Levine/Schroder compositions, Ernie’s brother Robert produced. Sadly, Roy Bulkin died in January 1996, 3 days after his 44th birthday.

This week also brought us the 38th song to chart in at least 2 different versions as Dickey Lee’s version of ‘Rocky’ entered the charts at 20, joining Austin Robert’s version which was at 7. Lee’s version topped the US Country Singles charts and made it to number 9 on the Canadian Country charts but did not crack the main Hot 100 in the US. It had been 2 years, 2 months and 26 days since Lee’s first hit ‘Ashes Of Love’ was in the charts and this was the 82nd time we had seen a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits for an act as this was a 117 week gap.

We entered our 3rd week with no solo female acts on the charts but we still had a long way to go if we were to reach the record to date run of 22 weeks with no solo females in the top 20.

After 2 weeks with a record equalling 9 different nations represented on the top 20, the departure of Colombus brought that total down to 8.

The gap between the top placed nation for hit count, the US, and the nation that was second, the UK, continued to reach new highs at it now stood at 28 with the former on 432 and the latter 404.

Jamaica moved ahead of France for weeks count with the former on 87 and the latter 86. Jamaica was in 9th place while France dropped to 10.

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