|2||4||9||Mull of Kintyre||–||Wings|
|3||2||8||It’s a Heartache||–||Bonnie Tyler|
|4||3||6||You Light Up My Life||–||Debby Boone|
|5||7||4||Needles and Pins||–||Smokie|
|6||5||7||Free Me||–||Uriah Heep|
|7||6||7||How Deep is Your Love||–||Bee Gees|
|8||11||4||Mellow Lovin’||–||Judy Cheeks|
|9||8||6||I Go to Rio||–||Peter Allen|
|11||15||3||Singin’ in the Rain||–||Sheila B. Devotion|
|12||9||10||You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)||–||Rod Stewart|
|13||16||2||Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood||–||Santa Esmeralda Featuring Leroy Gomez|
|15||14||13||Run to Me||–||Kelly Marie|
|16||12||5||Can’t Stop Myself from Loving You||–||5000 Volts|
|18||13||12||The Name of the Game||–||ABBA|
|19||New||1||Run Back||–||Carl Douglas|
Clout’s ‘Substitute’ became the 6th song by a local act to make it to 6 weeks at 1 and the first by a group since Charisma managed it with ‘Mammy Blue. The other 4 had been split equally between local solo female acts and local solo male acts. ‘Substitute’ had a new number 2 to contend with as Bonnie Tyler’s 4 week run in second place with ‘It’s A Heartache’ came to an end as it dropped to 3 and Wings’ ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ moved up from 4 to number 2.
Sheila & B. Devotion’s ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ was the climber of the week as it moved up from 15 to 11. This was the exact movement we had seen for the previous week’s biggest climber and this was the 6th time we had seen 2 weeks running with only 1 biggest climber in each week and that biggest climber having the exact same start and end position. ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ was the only star rater this week.
Abba picked up their 9th biggest faller award as their ‘The Name Of The Game’ fell 5 from 13 to 18. They were the 9th act to see this many fallers and there would be a further 9 who would get to this level.
The 2 songs that shared the oldest on the chart title last week were 2 of the 3 that left the top 20 this week. Margaret Singana’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ lasted 18 weeks and peaked at 2, outshining the 17 weeks and peak of 6 that her only other hit to date, ‘Mama Tembu’s Wedding’, would manage. This would be her last top 20 hit, but she would reach the top 30 after the chart were extended.
Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ also managed 18 week, but it went 1 better than Margaret Singana’s hit, spending 7 weeks at 1 in a broken run of 5 weeks at the top, then 2 weeks at 2 before returning to the top for another 2 weeks. This would be the only chart offering from Heart.
The other song to leave the top 20 was Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers’ ‘Egyptian Reggae’ which manged just 2 weeks and peaked at 19. It shared the second lowest number of points for an instrumental song with the Eric Smith Movement’s ‘Sacha’ managing to get 4 points from its 2 weeks at 19 (the same chart run as ‘Sacha’). The only instrumental with less points was the South African (as opposed to the Canadian) Dan Hill’s ‘Bubblegum’ which only managed 1 point.
Neil Diamond joined Petula Clark, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Herman’s Hermits and The Rolling Stones in tied 8th place on the hits count list as his 11th hit, ‘Desirée’ entered the charts at 17 this week. Diamond penned the song, giving him his 16th hit as a song writer and he also sat 8th on the hits by a song writer list. ‘Desirée’ would peak at 16 in the US and 39 in the UK as well as making 5 in New Zealand, 7 in Rhodesia, 15 in Austria, 21 in Holland, 24 in Belgium and 25 in Germany.
Carl Douglas was back on the charts after an absence of 152 weeks, the tied 50th biggest gap to date. His new one was aptly called ‘Run Back’. Unlike his previous 2 hits, Kung Fu Fighting’ and ‘Dance The Kung Fu’, Douglas did not have song writing credits on this one. The song was written by David Stephenson and Steve Elson. A further departure was that the song was not produced by Biddu with song writer Elson and Keith Rossiter being credited on ‘Run Back’. The song managed a peak of 25 on the UK charts, which was a bit better than the 35 ‘Dance The Kung Fu’ had managed.
Our final new entry was ‘Float On’ by The Floaters, an US soul band from Detroit and featured James Mitchell from The Detroit Emeralds in their line-up. ‘Float On’ would be their only hit on both sides of the Atlantic, topping the UK charts in August 1977 (where it knocked Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ from the number 1 spot there) and just missing out on number 1 in the US where it stalled at 2. It did however, top the US R&B Singles chart. In New Zealand it also topped the charts, while making 2 in Holland, 5 in Belgium and 36 in Germany. In 1988 Stetsasonic took a cover version of the song to 91 on both the UK and Dutch charts.
With the 2 oldest on the charts from last week both falling out of the top 20, we had to look to Kelly Marie’s ‘Run To Me’ as the new oldest. It was sitting on 13 weeks. The departure of ‘Barracuda’ from the charts meant that only the current number 1, Clout’s ‘Substitute’ had a peak of 1 of all the songs in the top 20. It had been 174 weeks since the number 1 song was the only one in the top 20 with a peak of 1. The last time this happened it had been Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Why Me’ at 1.
We were down to just 2 local songs in the top 20 and they were Clout’s ‘Substitute’ and Harvest’s ‘Welcome Home’. It had been 23 weeks since the local hit count was this low.
Abba moved into tied 2nd place on the weeks count list with 137 to their name. This put them level with The Hollies, but they were still 48 behind Tom Jones who led the way with 185. A bit lower down that list we saw The Bee Gees take 4th place for themselves as their 132 put them 1 ahead of Elvis.