|3||2||8||I Need You||–||Joe Dolan|
|4||4||7||I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)||–||Margaret Singana|
|5||5||13||Angelo||–||Brotherhood of Man|
|6||10||4||From New York to L.A.||–||Patsy Gallant|
|7||6||10||Star Wars Title Theme||–||Meco|
|8||7||14||After the Fire is Gone||–||Barbara Ray & Lance James|
|9||9||7||Face of an Angel||–||Clive Risko|
|10||15||2||Thunder in My Heart||–||Leo Sayer|
|11||17||2||Go Your Own Way||–||Fleetwood Mac|
|12||8||8||Massa Massa||–||Frank Valdor, his orchestra & chorus|
|13||14||4||Kelly’s Song||–||Bobby Angel|
|14||16||2||Sorry, I’m a Lady||–||Baccara|
|15||11||10||Let Go||–||Dobie Gray|
|16||New||1||Run to Me||–||Kelly Marie|
|17||12||11||We Salute You (Scotland)||–||Reg de Beer|
|18||13||5||San Francisco ’69||–||Love Generation|
|19||New||1||I’m Here Again||–||Thelma Houston|
‘Barracuda’ by Heart, saw off the challenge from McCully Workshop’s ‘Buccaneer’ and spent a 3rd week at 1 while the latter moved up 1 from 3 to 2. The Americans now held the outright lead for weeks at 1 as their 226 to date put them 1 ahead of the Brits. It had been 126 weeks (back to 11 July 1975) since the Americans were the outright leaders on this list.
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go You Own Way’ was going up the charts at pace, climbing 6 from 17 to 11 to take the climber of the week award. Patsy Gallant’s ‘From New York To L.A.’ was a star rater for the 3rd week running as it climbed 4 from 10 to 6. Also a star rater this week was Leo Sayer’s ‘Thunder In Your Heart’ which moved up 5 from 15 to 10. This was his 6th time with a star rater.
Falling honours went to Love Generation’s ‘San Francisco ‘69’ which fell 5 from 13 to 18 and Reg de Beer’s ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ which fell 5 from 12 to 17.
Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ was still the oldest in the top 20. It was on 23 weeks and had been the oldest for 5 weeks. It was the 15th song so far to accumulate this many week and the last time we had seen a song reach 23 weeks was on 24 January 1975 when George McCrae’s ‘Rock Your Baby’ managed it.
There were 2 songs which left the charts this week, the first of which was Roy Bulkin’s ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ which had lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 16. This was the first of his 4 hits to date that did not make the top 10. He did have a couple more hits to come.
Also going was Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ which managed 16 weeks and spent 4 of those at the top spot of the charts. This would be McCann’s only SA chart hit.
The first of our new entries, Kelly Marie’s ‘Run To Me’, was her 6th release, but to this point she had not managed to crack the charts in her native UK (she was born Jacqueline McKinnon on 16 October 1957 in Paisley, Scotland). Her only successes before this were 2 hits in France and a number 2 in Ireland with ‘Sister Mary’ which was a duet with Joe Dolan. ‘Run To Me’ found her also making the Dutch charts, but she only managed to get to 22 there. However, with perseverance, she eventually made it to the top of the UK charts with a re-release of ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’ which spent 2 weeks there in 1980.
Thelma Houston’s ‘I’m Here Again’ aptly described her position as she was back in the charts with a second hit, following up the chart topping success of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. The song was written by Brenda Sutton and Kathy Wakefield, the latter of whom also had song writing credits on The Supremes hit, ‘Nathan Jones’ (which Bananarama covered). ‘I’m Here Again’ would give Houston a number 21 hit on the US R&B charts and it would reach 18 on the US Dance charts but wouldn’t trouble the main Hot 100. It would also manage a number 34 peak in France.
Canada caught up with The Netherlands for weeks in the charts. Both nations had seen their acts accumulate 255 weeks and they sat tied 4th overall with the big 3, the US (4,397), the UK (4,196) and
SA (2,808) ahead of them.
Dobie Gray celebrated reaching 30 weeks in the charts and was the 117th act to manage this.
Barbara Ray caught up with Percy Sledge for weeks in the charts. She was the leading local act and now had 105 weeks to her name. She sat tied 11th with Sledge. It was 298 weeks since we last had a local act sitting this high on the weeks count list and that was when The Staccatos were at 11.