25 March 1977

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

Pussycat became the second act after Abba to have 2 chart toppers where the song title was a single word as ‘Smile’ followed up their success with ‘Mississippi’ in gaining the top spot. These 2 acts would be the only ones who would manage this (Abba’s 2 being ‘Waterloo’ and ‘Fernando’). ‘Smile’ took just 3 weeks to get to number 1 and was the 17th song to manage this with 3 songs managing to claim the top spot in just 2 weeks. It was also the 13th song to jump to the top spot from position 6 or lower down the chart. Pussycat had now clocked up 9 weeks at 1 in total and this put them tied 13th on the list of weeks at 1 by an act. They joined The Hollies in this spot.

The previous chart topper, ELO’s ‘Livin’ Thing’, dropped to 6 is a straight swap with the new number 1 and this was the tied all-time biggest drop from number 1 that we would see. There had been 2 songs previously to manage this and they were The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ and Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’. These 3 would be the only ones who would see this record drop from the top.

‘Smile’s 5 place climb to the top spot was the climber of the week alongside John Paul Young’s ‘Keep On Smilin’ which climbed 5 from 17 to 12. The former was the 9th song to reach the top spot having the climb of the week. It was a 3rd time with climber of the week for both acts.

The only other star rater was The Climax Blues Band’s ‘Couldn’t get It Right’ which moved up 4 from 19 to 15.

Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ was feeling unloved as it took the faller of the week award. It dropped 6 from 14 to 20.

Apart from being the second act to have 2 one word titled songs reach number 1, Pussycat also became the 5th act to see songs leave the charts in consecutive weeks as ‘Mississippi’ followed last week’s leaver, ‘Georgie’, in dropping off the charts this week. ‘Mississippi’ had a run of 20 weeks, 8 of which were spent at number 1. They had now gone from having 3 in the chart to having just 1 in the space of 3 weeks. This brought to an end Pussycat’s record to date run of 15 weeks with 2 or more in the chart.

Also going was Showaddywaddy’s ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ which managed 8 weeks and peaked at 6. This was the same peak as their only other hit, ‘Three Steps To Heaven’ but its weeks count was 4 less than their previous hit. These 2 would be the sum total of their SA chart career giving them 2 hits, 20 weeks and a best peak of 6 which both hits managed.

With ‘Mississippi’ leaving the charts, we had a new oldest in the top 20 and that was Boney M’s ‘Daddy Cool’ which sat on 19 weeks.

The Rice and Beans Orchestra, who brought us the first of our 2 new entries this week, was led by Puerto Rican born, but US based Pepe Luis Soto. Pepe had relocated from Puerto Rico to the US around 1972 along with his wife, Celida Ines Camacho. Celida would go on to have success as Celi Bee along with her group The Buzzy Bunch while Pepe (who had helped Celi along her way) formed his own band, The Rice And Beans Orchestra and recorded a disco take on Johann Strauss’ ‘The Blue Danube’, calling it ‘The Blue Danube Shuffle’. While garnering a lot of attention, the song did not chart on the main charts either side of the Atlantic, but the band did manage to get to number 11 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles in the US later in 1977 with ‘You’ve Got Magic’. Pepe and Celi Bee got divorced in the early 80’s.

The other new entry this week was ‘I Recall A Gypsy Woman’ by Don Williams and was his first SA chart hit. The song first saw the light of day as a b-side of Wiliams’ 1973 single ‘Atta Way To Go’ which made number 13 on the Hot Country Songs chart in the US. In 1976 ‘I Recall A Gypsy Woman’ managed to climb to number 13 on the UK charts and is his highest charting song on either the UK or US main charts to date.

Jamaica pulled 1 ahead of France for weeks on the chart by acts from a nation. They still sat 10th while France dropped into 11th place.

As both the leavers this week had topped the UK charts and neither of the new entries had managed to top the charts on either side of the Atlantic, our US/UK chart topper total dropped to 5 after being at 7 last week.

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