29 April 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 4 Don’t Cry for Me Argentina  – Julie Covington
2 1 10 Don’t Leave Me This Way  – Thelma Houston
3 4 8 Living Next Door to Alice  – Smokie
4 3 7 Rock ‘n Me  – Steve Miller Band
5 8 6 I Recall a Gypsy Woman  – Don Williams
6 10 2 When I Need You  – Leo Sayer
7 5 9 Love Me  – Yvonne Elliman
8 6 8 Smile  – Pussycat
9 9 4 Hey Mister Dream Maker  – Cliff Richard
10 17 2 Sand in Your Shoes  – Al Stewart
11 7 13 Lost in France  – Bonnie Tyler
12 13 2 Every Face Tells a Story  – Olivia Newton-John
13 18 3 Isn’t She Lovely  – Leslie Kleinsmith
14 15 5 Chanson D’Amour  – Manhattan Transfer
15 14 5 Who’s Gonna Tie My Shoes  – Barbara Ray
16 11 7 Couldn’t Get it Right  – Climax Blues Band
17 12 15 If You Leave Me Now  – Chicago
18 20 2 I Don’t Want to Go on Without You  – Nazareth
19 New 1 Yesterday’s Hero  – John Paul Young
20 16 10 Just Another Poor Boy  – Chris de Burgh

This week saw the 7th time where a song by a solo female artist took over the top spot from another solo female artist as Julie Covington’s ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ knocked Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ from the number 1 position. The latter had been the nation’s favourite for 3 weeks. The Brits were three quarters of the way to a century of numbers 1’s as this was their 75th. They were 6 ahead of the Americans who were on 69.

Al Stewart’s ‘Sand In Your Shoes’ was the climber of the week with a 7 place jump from 17 to 10. Two other songs also made star rater climbs and they were Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need You’ which moved up 4 from 10 to 6 and Leslie Kleinsmith’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ which climbed 5 from 18 to 13.

The Climax Blues Band’s ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’ and Chicago’s ‘If You Leave Me Now’ shared the faller of the week honours with the former falling 5 from 11 to 16 and the latter dropping from 12 to 17. The Chicago hit was the oldest on the charts clocking in at 15 weeks. It had been the oldest for 3 weeks now.

The Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Livin’ Thing’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 12 weeks and spent 1 of those at number 1. This had been their first SA chart hit and there would be plenty more to come from them.

The new entry was the 3rd hit for John Paul Young. ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ became the 16th hit by an Aussie artist to chart to date. Australia sat 7th on the list of hits by acts from a nation. They were unmoved and were now 3 ahead of Ireland and Jamaica who were tied 8th and 2 behind Germany and The Netherlands who were immediately above them. As with his previous 2 hits (and John Edmonds cover of ‘Pasadena’ which John Paul Young recorded), the song was written by Harry Vanda and George Young, giving them 4 hits to date. ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ had actually been around since 1975 when it went to number 8 in Australia. In 1976 it managed a peak of 10 in Sweden and gave JPY his first US hit, reaching number 42 there. Also in 1976, The Bay City Rollers took a version to 13 in Germany and 15 in Austria.

Leo Sayer became the 78th act to reach 40 weeks while Nazareth became the 186th to reach 20 weeks in the charts.

This week also featured the most even spread of hits between male, female and groups as we had 7 hits by solo males, 7 by groups and 6 by solo women.

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