23 January 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
2 2 7 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
3 3 13 Milky Ways  – Colombus
4 4 11 If You Think You Know How to Love Me  – Smokie
5 6 10 It’s Been so Long  – George McCrae
6 5 8 Feelings  – Morris Albert
7 7 6 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
8 9 5 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
9 10 10 I Love How You Love Me  – Jonathan Butler
10 13 9 Bouncy Bouncy Bounce  – Lionel Petersen
11 8 11 Say Forever You’ll be Mine  – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner
12 12 5 I’m on Fire  – 5000 Volts
13 11 12 Sailing  – Rod Stewart
14 15 3 Hold Me Close  – David Essex
15 14 9 The Last One to Touch Me  – Barbara Ray
16 19 2 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
17 17 3 I Only Have Eyes for You  – Art Garfunkel
18 20 2 Shoes  – Reparata
19 18 3 This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)  – Natalie Cole
20 New 1 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band

‘Lady In Blue’ continued its dominance as the Joe Dolan hit enjoyed a 4th week in pole position. Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ was unmoved at 2 as was Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ at 3 and Smokie’s ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’ at 4. Excluding the week when the whole top 20 was unchanged for the Easter weekend, this was the 22nd time we had seen the top 4 unchanged. We had seen 8 occasions when the top 5 was the same as the previous week and once when the top 6 (the record to date) were all non-movers. Positions 7, 12 and 17 were also unchanged this week and it was the 16th time we had seen 7 or more non-movers in the charts with the 3 times 9 songs had stayed in the same position being the record to date (again excluding when the whole top 20 was unchanged).

David Cassidy picked up his 2nd biggest climber award with a 3 place jump from 20 to 16 with ‘Darlin’. It was joined by Lionel Petersen’s ‘Bouncy Bouncy Bounce’ which moved up from 13 to 10 to become the 21st song to pick up a biggest climber award after having been the faller of the week. Petersen joined Tom Jones in being the only acts so far to manage this with 2 different songs, Jones having done so with ‘I’m Coming Home’ and ‘Till’ while Petersen’s other song to do so was ‘Come Back Liza’.

Colombus’ ‘Milky Ways’ was still the oldest on the top 20, clocking up its 13th week with us.

Buttercup’s ‘Sha La La La’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had enjoyed a run of 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 15. They had seen 1 other hit chart, ‘Baby Love Affair’, and between the 2 hits they had accumulated 12 weeks and the peak of 7 that ‘Baby Love Affair’ managed was the best they would manage as the departure of ‘Sha La La la’ heralded the end of their SA chart chareer.

Before this week, the songwriting team of Harry Wayne ‘KC’ Casey and Richard Finch had 41 weeks under their belts for being on our charts, and all of those had come with George McCrae as the artist. This week they finally charted as artist as well as songwriter as they were both members of KC & The Sunshine Band whose ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’ entered the top 20 at 20. The song topped the US charts twice, firstly on 22 November 1975 and then was knocked off the top spot by Silver Convention’s ‘Fly Robin Fly’ and returned to the top 4 weeks later on 20 December 1975. This was their second US chart topper (the previous being ‘Get Down Tonight’) but their first SA top 20 entry. In the UK it managed to peak at 4, a figure which matched the number of UK hits they had had at that point. It also topped the charts in Canada and Holland. The fact that the song charted in SA is quite interesting given the conservative nature of the SABC at the time and there was some concern that the song was a little risqué given the meaning behind the lyrics, but chart it did. In 1984 Dead Or Alive recorded a cover version of this and took it to 22 in the UK and had a minor hit with it in Australia (#45) and Ireland (#23) as well as getting to 28 on the US Hot Dance Club Play charts

The gap between number of hits by American acts and British acts moved on to a new high of 25 with the former on 428 while the latter were on 403.

Barbara Ray moved into 3rd place on her own on the local weeks count list, her 82 putting her 1 ahead of Billy Forrest and 1 behind The Staccatos in second place. This also moved her up into tied 17th place on the overall list, sitting tied with Chris Andrews. Lionel Petersen made 15th place on the local list his own as his 44 weeks put him 1 ahead of Gene Rockwell who dropped into 16th place.

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