|1||1||8||Let Me Into Your Life||–||Flood|
|2||7||4||I Won’t Give Up||–||Bruce Millar|
|4||4||5||You Set My Heart on Fire||–||Tina Charles|
|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|
|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.