12 March 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 7 Rocky  – Austin Roberts
2 2 6 Let Me Into Your Life  – Flood
3 1 9 Darlin’  – David Cassidy
4 5 6 Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n Roll to Me  – Smokie
5 7 7 I’ll Return  – Michael Holm
6 4 13 Lady in Blue  – Joe Dolan
7 6 13 Somewhere Between  – Tumbleweeds
8 10 5 Twinkle Toes  – Roy Bulkin
9 14 3 You Set My Heart on Fire  – Tina Charles
10 15 3 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart  – Trammps
11 9 9 Shoes  – Reparata
12 19 2 I Won’t Give Up  – Bruce Millar
13 13 6 Gimme Some  – Jimmy “Bo” Horne
14 8 12 You and Me – Me and You  – Main Ingredient
15 11 8 That’s the Way (I Like It)  – KC & The Sunshine Band
16 17 4 Love Hurts  – Jim Capaldi
17 New 1 Bohemian Rhapsody  – Queen
18 New 1 Lady Lay  – Pierre Groscolas
19 New 1 Mamma Mia  – ABBA
20 New 1 Sky High  – Jigsaw

Austin Roberts’ ‘Rocky’ became the 21st one word title song to top the charts (this excludes The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ and Abba’s ‘S.O.S.’ which are not really words) as it took over the top spot from David Cassidy’s ‘Darlin’ (the 20th one word chart topper). The latter had been at the number 1 spot for 4 weeks. ‘Darlin’ was the first song since Bobby Angel’s ‘You Ask Me To’ nearly 1 year previously that had not fallen to number 2 when leaving the number 1 spot. It dropped to number 3 (‘You Ask Me To’ dropped to 4).

Bruce Millar’s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ was the climber of the week moving up 7 from 19 to 12. This was the 4th week running that a local act had had the biggest climber with Flood having managed it for 2 of the previous 3 weeks and Roy Bulkin taking it the other time. This was the 4th time we had seen a run of 4 weeks with a local climber of the week. Of the previous 3 times, once the run had extended to 5 weeks and once to a record to date 6 weeks.

There were 2 other star rater climbs this week and both were 5 places. Tina Charles’ ‘You Set My Heart on Fire’ moved up from 14 to 9 while The Trammps’ ‘Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart’ climbed to 10 from 15. Both hits had been star raters the previous week and if you count the star raters from the top of the charts down, then Tina Charles’ hit marked the 1,400th star rater.

‘You And Me – Me And You’ by Main Ingredient was the faller of the week. It dropped 6 from 8 to 14 to take the award.

Tom Jones’ return to the charts after a long absence was short lived as ‘Papa’ only managed a single week in the top 20 and spent that week at number 20. It was the 29th song overall to spend just a week at 20 so far and was the first to do so in 1976. This would not be the last we would see of Tom Jones on the charts.

While Austin Roberts was enjoying being at the top spot with ‘Rocky’, the other version of the song, the one by Dickey Lee was exiting the top 20. It had seen a run of just 4 weeks and peaked at 18. This brought to an end his SA chart career after having had 2 hits (the other being ‘Ashes Of Love’), spending 22 weeks on the charts and seeing a best peak of 4 with ‘Ashes Of Love’. Those among you who like doing a bit of maths may have noticed that ‘Ashes Of Love’ had the mirror image of weeks and peaks to ‘Rocky’ (ie 18 weeks and a peak of 4 compared to 4 weeks and a peak of 18). Of the acts so far who would only see 2 hits chart, Lee was the first to managed this mirror of weeks and peak. Only 1 other act would manage this.

The Four Seasons’ ‘We Love You’ also left the top 20. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 13. It was beaten by 1 on both the weeks and peaks front by their previous hit, ‘Opus 17’ which peaked at 12 during a 6 week run. Their only other hit to date, ‘Let’s Hang On’ only managed 1 week at 19. There was more to come from them.

Last to go was the oldest song on last week’s chart, ‘Fattie Bum-Bum by Carl Malcolm. It managed 13 weeks and peaked at 2. This would be his only SA chart hit. The new oldest on the chart title was shared between The Tumbleweeds’ ‘Somewhere Between’ and Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady in Blue’ which were both on 13 weeks.

The first of the new entries needs no introduction as it was Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. This was their first song to chart in SA. It spent 9 weeks at the top of the chart in the UK in 1976 then returned to the top at the end of 1991 and the start of 1992 for another 5 weeks following Freddie Mercury’s death on 24 November 1991. In the US it made number 9 on its initial release and returned to that chart in 1992 after its legendary appearance in the film ‘Wayne’s World’ and made it to number 2, kept off the top spot by Kris Kross’ ‘Jump’ (remember that one?). Queen were the third act to chart whose name began with Q and the first one who was not local as the previous 2 were Quinsey and Billy Forrest’s alter ego Quentin E. Klopjaeger.

The second new entry was Pierre Grocolas’ ‘Lady Lay’. Groscolas was an Algerian born Frenchman and ‘Lady Lay’ was the 10th song by a French act to chart. The song has no connection to the Dylan track ‘Lay Lady Lay’. It went to number 8 in Holland, 9 in Belgium and 19 in Germany.

Abba returned to the charts with their 6th hit to date, ‘Mamma Mia’. This was the 19th song to chart that contained no letters from the phrase ‘Top Twenty’ and would give them their second UK number 1. It also topped the Australian, German, Irish and Swiss charts. In 1999 the A-Teens took a cover of it to number 12 in the UK.

Some may have been puzzled by the final new entry this week as it was by British band Jigsaw. The song, ‘Sky High’ was used in the film, ‘The Man From Hong Kong’ (aka ‘The Dragon Flies’) which starred George Lazenby who made a one off appearance as James Bond in ‘On His Majesty’s Secret Service’. ‘Sky High’ made it to number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and 9 on the UK charts and 2 in New Zealand and Japan. It also charted in Germany (14), Holland (19), Belgium (13) and Sweden (15).

The Irish acts had been clocking up the weeks and this week was the 99th that they had managed to spend in the charts. This put them level with acts from Australia and the 2 nations sat tied 7th on the list of weeks in the chart by acts from a nation.

Smokie became the 170th act to reach the 20 weeks in the chart mark while ‘Love Hurts’ clocked up its 22nd week between the 2 versions that had made the top 20. This moved it into tied 16th place in the list of songs charting in more than 1 version.

With both ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ having made the top of the UK charts we went from just 1 to 3 songs that had topped the UK or US charts. The only one we had seen on last week’s chart was KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s the Way (I Like It)’.

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