24 September 1976

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  – Elton John & Kiki Dee
2 2 6 Devil Woman  – Cliff Richard
3 5 4 Arms of Mary  – Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
4 3 12 Ramaja  – Glenys Lynne
5 4 8 Woogie Boogie  – Platform 6
6 6 12 Green eyed Angel  – Bobby Angel
7 7 8 When I’m Dead and Gone  – Bruce Millar
8 11 3 In Zaire  – Johnny Wakelin
9 10 5 Candy  – Geoff St. John
10 8 11 Wedding Bells  – Billy Swan
11 12 5 Golden Ring  – Caroline du Preez & Tommy Dell
12 15 3 The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore  – Roy Bulkin
13 9 10 Sonder Jou  – Ian & Dix
14 13 13 That’s the Way  – Lionel Petersen
15 17 2 (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty  – KC & The Sunshine Band
16 18 4 Don’t Worry About Me  – Tommy Dell
17 19 5 Too Late to Say Goodbye  – Cornelia
18 14 16 Fernando  – ABBA
19 New 1 Could it be Magic  – Donna Summer
20 16 8 Rock Me to Sleep  – Mike Eager

‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ clocked up a 3rd week at 1 for Elton John & Kiki Dee and the 210th week for a UK act at the top of the charts. Meanwhile Cliff Richard clung to his hope of scoring a chart topper in SA with ‘Devil Woman’ holding on to second place. This was the first of his 3 number 2’s so far to spend more than 1 week at 2.

The 2 new entries from 2 weeks back were the climbers of the week with Johnny Wakelin’s ‘In Zaire’ moving up 3 from 11 to 8 while Roy Bulkin’s ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ moved up 3 from 15 to 12. With the climber of the week only being 3 places, there were no star raters this week.

Falling honours were shared between 3 songs which all fell 4. Mike Eager’s ‘Rock Me To Sleep’ fell from 16 to 20, Abba’s ‘Fernando’ dropped from 14 to 18 while Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’ fell from 9 to 13. Abba were the 22nd act to reach 6 biggest fallers.

‘Fernando’ was still the oldest on the chart for a second week running. It had clocked up a total of 16 weeks.

There was only 1 song leaving the charts this week and that was Dorothy Moore’s ‘Misty Blue’ which had managed a run of 9 weeks and peaked at 11. This would be her only SA chart hit.

Donna Summer made her debut on our charts with her first hit, ‘Could It Be Magic’. The song was a cover of a Barry Manilow hit from the previous year. Manilow’s version (which he co-wrote with Adrienne Anderson and based on Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20) made it to number 6 in the US and 25 in the UK, although it only charted on the latter in 1979. Donna’s version only made number 52 in the US. In the UK it made number 40, but did chart before Manilow’s original. Summer’s version also did not do overly well in Europe although its most notable chart performances there were the number 5 peaks it managed in Holland and Belgium. Towards the end of 1992 Take That’s cover version entered the UK charts, peaking there at number 3 in the first week of 1993.

This was the 3rd week running we had seen the all-time record of 12 local songs in the chart. The only previous time we had seen this it had only lasted 2 weeks.

Abba moved into tied 12th place on the overall weeks count list. Their total moved on to 95 which put them level with Herman’s Hermits. Over on the local list we saw Bobby Angel move into tied 10th place, his 54 weeks putting him level with Gene Rockwell and Lauren Copley.

Cliff Richard became the 16th act to see their points total pass the 1,000 mark as he ticked over to 1,002. He was the 9th British act to manage this.

Tommy Dell saw a 4th week in a row with 2 in the charts. The last act to manage 4 or more consecutive weeks with 2 in the charts was when Olivia Newton-John did so back in in December ‘75/January ‘76. She managed an 8 week run in total.

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