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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