27 February 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
2 2 11 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
3 7 5 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
4 3 10 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
5 5 11 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
6 6 7 Shoes  – Reparata
7 4 12 Fattie Bum-Bum  – Carl Malcolm
8 8 5 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
9 10 4 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
10 12 4 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
11 9 6 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
12 16 3 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
13 11 8 I Only Have Eyes for You  – Art Garfunkel
14 18 4 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
15 14 13 Feelings  – Morris Albert
16 13 4 Who Loves You  – Four Seasons
17 19 2 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
18 New 1 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
19 New 1 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
20 20 3 Rocky  – Dickey Lee

It was a 3rd week running at number 1 for David Cassidy’s ‘Darlin’ and this brought up the 200 weeks at 1 for acts from America. The Yanks were now just 7 behind the Brits who led the way for weeks at 1, sitting as they were on 207. The previous number 1, Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ spent a 3rd week in a row at number 2.

There were 3 star raters this week and they were also the biggest climbers. These were Austin Robert’s version of ‘Rocky’ which moved up 4 from 7 to 3, Roy Bulkin’s ‘Twinkle Toes’ (up 4 to 12) and Jimmy “Bo” Horne’s ‘Gimme Some’ (up 4 to 14). This was the 3rd time we had seen 3 biggest climbers by solo male artists in the same week. We had also had 3 occasions when 3 groups had been the biggest climber. This was the most biggest climbers of the same type of artist that we had seen in the same week so far.

Carl Malcolm’s ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ and The Four Seasons’ ‘Who Loves You’ were the fallers of the week, both dropping 3 places to land at 7 and 16 respectively.

The oldest on the charts was still Morris Albert’s ‘Feelings’ which was sitting on 13 weeks.

We said goodbye to David Essex’s ‘Hold Me Close’ which had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 10. There were further hits to come from him.

Also leaving us was 5000 Volts’ ‘I’m On Fire’ which had the same peak of 10 that ‘Hold Me Close’ managed, but it spent 9 weeks in the top 20. Like Essex, 5000 Volts would be seen again on the charts.

For those who liked the voice they had heard singing ‘I’m On Fire’ there was a treat as the first of the new entries was by Tina Charles who was the 5000 Volts singer. She enjoyed a new entry at number 18 with ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’ (obviously a ‘fire’ thing going on with her). Charles had 7 songs make the UK charts (3 going top 10), but none of them were ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’. This song did, however make number 2 on the US Disco Singles charts. The song was written and produced by Biddu Appaiah who fronted the Biddu Orchestra and had produced Carl Douglas’ worldwide smash hit, ‘Kung Fu Fighting’.

The other new entry was The Trammps disco version of ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’. The song was written way back in 1934 and appeared in a musical called ‘Thumbs Up!’. It was recorded by Judy Garland in 1939 and has been covered by a large number of artists including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, The Move and more recently by Rufus Wainwright. It is apparently the first song Barbra Streisand recorded (aged 13) although this recording is yet to see the light of day. The Trammps version made it to 29 in the UK, 5 in Holland and 11 in Belgium. In their native America it got to 64.

We saw the American acts have at least half of the top 20 hits for the first time in 19 weeks. There were 10 of the top 20 that were by them.

David Cassidy became the 101st act to reach 30 weeks in the charts while Michael Holm saw his total weeks count move on to 39 and this put him level with Peter Maffay at the top of the list of weeks in the charts by a German act.

Dickey Lee’s ‘Rocky’ was at number 20 for the 3rd week running. This was a new record to date for consecutive weeks at the bottom spot. This would only be equalled once during the top 20 era but never beaten.

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