11 March 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 If You Leave Me Now  – Chicago
2 2 6 Livin’ Thing  – Electric Light Orchestra
3 3 10 Howzat  – Sherbet
4 9 6 Lost in France  – Bonnie Tyler
5 15 2 Love Me  – Yvonne Elliman
6 4 10 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing  – Leo Sayer
7 11 3 Don’t Leave Me This Way  – Thelma Houston
8 8 5 What Have I Done  – Mike Eager
9 New 1 Smile  – Pussycat
10 12 3 Just Another Poor Boy  – Chris de Burgh
11 10 17 Daddy Cool  – Boney M
12 5 19 Mississippi  – Pussycat
13 7 8 Somebody to Love  – Queen
14 6 7 Under the Moon of Love  – Showaddywaddy
15 16 4 Moody Blue  – Elvis Presley
16 New 1 When a Child is Born  – Johnny Mathis
17 14 14 Georgie  – Pussycat
18 13 13 I’ll Meet You at Midnight  – Smokie
19 New 1 Living Next Door to Alice  – Smokie
20 18 4 Keep on Smilin’  – John Paul Young

Chicago’s ‘If you Leave Me Now’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while ELO’s ‘Livin’ Thing’ was unmoved at 2.

Yvonne Elliman’s ‘Love Me’ was the climber of the week, moving up 10 from 15 to 5. This was the 71st time we had seen a song climb 10 or more in a week but only the 7th time a solo female artist had managed this. In total we would only see 24 times when a song by a solo woman would make such a climb.

The other star raters this week were Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Lost In France’ which climbed 5 from 9 to 4 and Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ which moved up 4 from 11 to 7. This was the 4th time we had seen a record to date 3 solo women have star rater climbs in a week. Both Tyler and Houston’s songs had been star raters the previous week.

The faller of the week was Showaddywaddy’s ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ which dropped 8 from 6 to 14.

Pussycat’s ‘Mississippi’ enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest on the charts and was enjoying its 19th week overall in the charts. It had been 97 weeks since we had last seen a song on 20 or more weeks in the charts, but things were looking good for this drought to be broken.

There were 3 songs that left the charts this week, the first of which was Barry Mason’s ‘Without You’. It had been with us for 14 weeks and peaked at 7. This would be his only hit as an artist, although he had also seen 17 songs chart where he was the song writer. Mason wouldn’t be seen on our charts again either as an artist or as a song writer. Adding his weeks as artist and song writer together (he didn’t write his only hit as an artist), he managed a total of 174 weeks on the charts, 6 of which were at number 1, all by Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ which he co-wrote with Les Reed.

The Julian Laxton Band’s ‘Blue Water’ managed 8 weeks, the same as their only other hit to date, ‘Celebrate The Rain’, but did go 3 places higher than their previous one, peaking at 7 compared to ‘Celebrate The Rain’s peak of 10. There was still more to come from them.

Lastly, we bid farewell to Peter Frampton’s ‘Show Me The Way’ which peaked at 11 during it’s 8 week run. This would be his only SA chart hit.

The last time we had had a new entry into the top 10 was back in December 1975 when Joe Dolan’s ‘Lady In Blue’ debuted at 7. This week Pussycat’s ‘Smile’ crashed into the charts at 10 to become the 25th song to makes its debut inside the top 10. Not only was it a high new entry, but it now meant that Pussycat became the 3rd act to have 3 hits in the charts at the same time as ‘Mississippi’ and ‘Georgie’ were sitting at 12 at 17 respectively. Four Jacks & A Jill and Percy Sledge were the other 2 acts who had achieved this. ‘Smile’ would get to 2 in Holland, 3 in Belgium and New Zealand, 8 in Switzerland, 9 in Germany, 10 in Austria and 24 in the UK. The band had now spent 14 consecutive weeks with 2 or more songs in the charts.

Christmas songs were not common on our charts, possibly because songs from the UK and US usually took a couple of months to reach us by which time these seasonal songs were no longer apt for the time. Johnny Mathis’ ‘When A Child Is Born’ which had topped the UK charts on Christmas day of 1976 (his only chart topper there) made its way on to our charts almost 3 months after Christmas (or 9 months early for Christmas 1977 if you like). Interestingly the English lyrics (by Fred Jay) to the piece of music originally entitled ‘Soleado’ by Italian composer Ciro Dammicco, make no reference to Christmas but just looks forward to the birth of a child but happens to mention a ‘tiny star’ which gave the song its festive appeal.

Our final new entry was the 4th by Smokie to grace our charts and coming in at number 19, ‘Living Next Door To Alice’ sat next to their 3rd hit, ‘I’ll Meet You At Midnight’ at 18, making this the 23rd time we saw an act occupy adjacent positions on the chart.  This was the second time that Smokie had managed to have 2 in the top 20 in the same week. ‘Living Next Door To Alice’ gave song writers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn their 14th hit and put them tied 9th for number of hits by song writers. The song went to number 5 in the UK and topped the Australian, Austrian, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian and Swiss charts. In 1995 a Dutch band called Gompie, which featured Peter Koelewijn, a prominent Dutch musician, recorded a rude version of the song adding ‘Who The F**k Is Alice’ after the title of the song was sung. This topped the charts in Holland and Belgium. Smokie recorded their own version with these less radio friendly lyrics and drafted in comedian Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown for this. This version went 2 places better in the UK charts than the original version, getting to number 3 in October 1995.

With Pussycat having a new combination of songs on the charts and Smokie having a second pair, they became the 17th and 18th acts to see 2 different combinations of songs on the charts. Pussycat’s new one moved The Netherlands into tied 5th place with Germany for number of hits as this was the 18th by an act from Holland. Canada on 26 was the only non-big 3 nation above them.

Joe Dolan helped Ireland to move tied 9th with France for weeks on the charts with both nations on 108.

We were down to just 1 hit by a local act on the chart (Michael Eager’s ‘What Have I Done’ at 8) and we had not seen the count this low for 57 weeks.

Elvis hit the 120 weeks in the chart milestone. He sat 4th overall with The Bee Gees on 125, The Hollies on 137 and Tom Jones on 185 above him.

Pussycat moved past the 500 points mark with 512 to their name. They were the 61st act overall and the 6th from a non-big 3 nation to reach this mark. They were the second highest Dutch act on the points list with The George Baker Selection on 620 above them.

With ‘When A Child Is Born’ entering the charts we now had 6 songs in the top 20 that had topped either the UK or US charts or both. The other 5 were Chicago’s ‘If You leave Me Now’, Leo Sayer’s ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, Pussycat’s ‘Mississippi’ and Showaddywaddy’s ‘Under The Moon Of Love’. This was 3 off the record to date of 9 that we had seen so far.

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