18 March 1977

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

The Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) became the 26th act of those who would have 5 or more hits to have their first hit go to number 1 as ‘Livin’ Thing’ took over the top spot from Chicago’s ‘If You leave Me Now’. The latter had been at number 1 for 2 weeks and dropped to 2 this week.

Smokie’s ‘Living Next Door to Alice’ took the climber of the week award with a 9 place jump from 19 to 10. This was their 2nd time with the award despite this being their 4th SA chart hit. Their previous hit, ‘I’ll Meet You at Midnight’, was the only other one of theirs so far to take the award. ‘Living Next Door To Alice’ was also the only star rater this week.

On the falling front it was Pussycat’s ‘Mississippi’ which took the award for the biggest drop as it plummeted 8 places from 12 to 20, but was still the oldest on the chart. It had reached the magical 20 week in the top 20 mark, something no song had managed since Neil Herbert’s ‘She’s A Woman’ which managed 22 weeks and spent its last one in our charts on 2 May 1975, a total of (and a record to date of) 98 weeks previously.

On both of the previous occasions when an act had 3 songs in the chart in the same week, those runs lasted 3 weeks. Pussycat bucked that trend by only seeing 1 week with 3 in the charts as ‘Georgie’ left the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 14 weeks and peaked at number 2. To date it had the 8th highest points by an act from The Netherlands, although they also held the top spot on that list with ‘Mississippi’ having clocked up 315 points and counting which was 47 points ahead of the 2nd placed Dutch song, The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’.

The other act that had more than 1 song on last week’s chart, Smokie, also saw one of their songs leave the top 20 this week and that was ‘I’ll Meet You At Midnight’. It managed 13 weeks in the chart and peaked at 3. Of their 3 hits to date, they had now seen peaks of 2, 3 and 4, but not in that order. The 13 weeks was 1 less that their best to date which was the 14 ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’ managed.

The first new entry was a first SA chart hit for The Steve Miller Band, ‘Rock ‘n Me’, which entered our chart the same week that the song that it would knock off the top spot in the US charts was knocked off the top spot on our charts. ‘Rock ‘n Me’ took over from Chicago’s ‘If You Leave Me Now’ at the top of the US charts on 6 November 1976 and stayed there for a week before Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’ dislodged it. It was their second song to top the US charts, the previous being ‘The Joker’ however while the latter was attributed to The Steve Miller Band, ‘Rock ‘n Me’ was only attributed to Steve Miller. It was a different story in Europe where the band got credit in the artist name. The song would also top the Canadian charts, make 11 in the UK, 22 in Holland and 23 in New Zealand.

The second new entry was The Climax Blues Band with ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’. Originally called The Climax Chicago Blues Band, they actually hailed from the UK and, like our other new entry, also had a connection with Chicago as that band (who were called Chicago Transit Authority at the time) put pressure on them to drop the ‘Chicago’ from their name. ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’ (perhaps an aptly titled song considering the trouble they had with the band name) would garner them a number 10 hit in the UK (their only UK hit) in 1976 and go to number 3 in the US in 1977, their highest peaking of 4 hits there. A remix of it was released in 1988, but failed to chart. In 1999 The Fun Lovin’ Criminals recorded a cover of it, but that was only as an album track.

With the 2 new entries being the The Steve Miller Band and The Climax Blues Band, this would be the only time we would see 2 new entries in a week where the acts both had the word ‘Band’ in their name.

Jamaica caught up with France for weeks on the chart by artists from those nations. Both countries had accumulated 108 weeks and sat tied 10th. Meanwhile Michael Eager continued to be the only local act flying the flag for South Africa in the charts. This was the second week running with just 1 local hit in the top 20.

John Paul Young and Showaddywaddy both celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart milestone.

The number of US and/or UK chart toppers in our top 20 increased to 7 with the arrival of Rock ‘n Me’ and we were now just 2 off the record to date of 9.

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