|1||2||10||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||–||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|2||1||9||Devil Woman||–||Cliff Richard|
|3||3||6||In Zaire||–||Johnny Wakelin|
|4||4||7||Arms of Mary||–||Sutherland Brothers & Quiver|
|5||9||3||I Hate the Music||–||John Paul Young|
|6||10||6||The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore||–||Roy Bulkin|
|7||5||11||When I’m Dead and Gone||–||Bruce Millar|
|8||6||8||Golden Ring||–||Caroline du Preez & Tommy Dell|
|9||8||5||(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty||–||KC & The Sunshine Band|
|10||7||11||Woogie Boogie||–||Platform 6|
|11||14||7||Don’t Worry About Me||–||Tommy Dell|
|12||11||8||Candy||–||Geoff St. John|
|14||15||4||Could it be Magic||–||Donna Summer|
|15||16||2||A Fifth of Beethoven||–||Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band|
|16||17||2||La Belle France||–||Sonny Worthing|
|17||13||15||Green eyed Angel||–||Bobby Angel|
|18||New||1||Turn the Beat Around||–||Vicki Sue Robinson|
|19||18||3||Wild One||–||Thin Lizzy|
|20||New||1||You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine||–||Lou Rawls|
Elton John & Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ became the 18th song to regain the top spot after falling from it. It knocked Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’ from number 1 after the latter had taken the top spot from it for just 1 week. 3 of the 18 songs to regain the top spot had managed to do so twice. It had been 125 weeks since we had last seen a song do this and that was Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’. This broke the record for gaps between regaining the top spot, the previous record being was when Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ retook the number 1 spot 80 weeks after Murray Campbell’s ‘Good Night My Love’ (the first to manage this) had done so. ‘Devil Woman’ dropped to number 2, but at least Cliff Richard had now managed at least 1 week at number 1.
The 2 climbers of the week were also the only star raters as they both climbed 4 places. John Paul Young’s ‘I Hate The Music’ was the climber for a second week running as it moved up from 9 to 5. This was the 9th time an Australian act had seen a biggest climber and it was the 3rd Aussie song to take the biggest climber award twice. Roy Bulkin’s ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ was the other climber of the week as it moved up from 10 to 6. This was the 144th local song to be a biggest climber.
Faller of the week was Bobby Angel’s ‘Green Eyed Angel’ which dropped 4 from 13 to 17. This was Angel’s 7th time with the award and he was the 15th act overall and 4th local act to reach this many fallers.
There were 2 songs which left the charts this week, the first of which was Lionel Petersen’s ‘That’s The Way’ which had enjoyed a run of 15 weeks and a peak of 9. This was his best performance in terms of weeks for his 6 hits to date, but 2 of his precious hits had peaked at 5, four places better than this offering. Petersen would return to our charts at a later date.
‘That’s The Way’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and that honour now fell to Bobby Angel’s ‘Green Eyed Angel’ and Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ which were both on 15 weeks.
We also bid farewell to Billy Swan’s ‘Wedding Bells’. It had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This ended Swan’s SA chart career (you could say that it was his swan song). He had seen 3 hits chart, spent 31 weeks in total on the top 20 and his best peak was 3 which both ‘Wedding Bells’ and his first hit ‘I Can Help’ managed.
Vicki Sue Robinson brought us our first new entry this week in the form of ‘Turn The Beat Around’, a song written by Peter and Gerald Jackson from Touch Of Class (who had a number 82 hit in the UK in 1985 with ‘Let Me Be Your Everything’). ‘Turn The Beat Around’ went to number 10 in the US as well as making 11 in Holland and 17 in Belgium, but did not chart in the UK. In fact Robinson’s only UK charting song to date was a 1997 hit with ‘House Of Joy’ which made it to 48 there. In 1994 Gloria Estefan recorded a version of ‘Turn The Beat Around’ for the film ‘The Specialist’ and this went to number 13 in the US and 21 in the UK.
Joining Vicki Sue in the charts was Lou Rawls with ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’ which was written by the song writing team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff who had already brought us M.F.S.B.’s ‘T.S.O.P.’ and The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’. The song went to number 2 in the US equalling the peak of Rawls’ 1967 hit ‘Little Drummer Boy’. These 2 are his best peaking songs in the US to date. Elsewhere the song made number 8 in Holland, 10 in the UK and Belgium and 16 in New Zealand. The song has featured in a number of films including ‘The Hot Chick’, ‘Guess Who’ and ‘Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs’. Rawls has had 19 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, but only 2 chart in the UK. Rawls was just 7 days away from celebrating the 16,000th day of his life as he was 15,993 days old when he had this, his first SA chart hit.
Despite dropping down to 8 hits in the charts, the locals still had more in the top 20 than any other nation and this was the 18th consecutive week that this had been the case. This equalled their best effort to date. The previous such run had ended on26 April 1974 and with the next best nation being the UK and the US which both had 5 hits, it looked good for the SA acts to break their record for such a run.
Bruce Millar became the 105th act and 29th local act to reach 30 weeks in the chart.
Virginia Lee dropped out of the top 20 of the local weeks count list as Glenys Lynne, who had shared position 20 with Virginia last week, moved on to 37 weeks, while Virginia on 36 dropped into 21st place.
We had now gone 76 weeks since we last saw a song on the chart that had made (or passed) the 20 weeks mark, but this week Cliff Richard celebrated having spent 20 consecutive weeks in the top 20. He did need 2 songs to manage this. His ‘Miss You Night’ had spent 11 weeks on the chart before it was joined by ‘Devil Woman’ for 3 weeks after which ‘Devil Woman’ continued on alone for 6 more so far.
Tommy Dell had now seen 7 straight weeks with 2 in the chart and he was the 14th act and 3rd local act to manage at least such a run.