1 July 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 10 Yesterday’s Hero  – John Paul Young
2 1 7 Knowing Me, Knowing You  – ABBA
3 2 5 My Broken Souvenirs  – Pussycat
4 9 4 Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)  – Bebu Silvetti
5 4 13 Don’t Cry for Me Argentina  – Julie Covington
6 5 9 Slow Down  – Shabby Tiger
7 6 6 Make Her an Angel  – Roy Bulkin
8 7 11 When I Need You  – Leo Sayer
9 19 2 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
10 16 3 I Like Dreamin’  – Kenny Nolan
11 20 2 Crossfire  – Bellamy Brothers
12 13 4 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan
13 17 3 They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  – Racing Cars
14 8 8 Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon  – Biddu Orchestra
15 New 1 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
16 11 8 Torn Between Two Lovers  – Mary MacGregor
17 12 5 Tanya  – Leigh Ashton
18 10 6 Fever of Love  – Sweet
19 14 5 Stone Walls  – Dennis East
20 15 4 Stop, Stop, Stop  – Paul Jones

After spending 2 weeks at 2 then dropping to 3 for a further 2 weeks, John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ suddenly recovered and jumped up to take the top spot off of Abba’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. This was the 36th song to take the top spot after having experience a fall in the charts although 18 of those 36 had been where the song was regaining the top spot. This was the 6th time we had seen an act from the non-big 3 nations (i.e. excluding the US, the UK and SA) take over the top spot from another non-big 3 act and Abba was now involved in 3 of those.

The new number 1 meant that Abba were unable to join The Sweet at the top of the weeks at 1 list and remained 1 adrift on 18 to The Sweet’s 19. It also meant that Pussycat were looking at a peak sequence for their hits of 1-2-1-2, unless ‘My Broken Souvenirs’, which was at 2 last week and dropped to 3, added itself to the list of 36 mentioned above.

‘Yesterday’s Hero’ was the 4th song by an Aussie act to top the charts and John Paul Young was the first Aussie to manage 2 (the other 2 had been by The Seekers and Sherbet). Australia was now 3rd on the list of number 1 hits by a non-big 3 nation with Sweden’s 6 and The Netherlands’ 7 being ahead of them.

5000 Volts picked up their 3rd biggest climber award with a 10 place climb from 19 to 9 with ‘(Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud’. Both their previous hits had managed 1 biggest climb, but this 10 place climb was the best they would ever manage. It was the 73rd time we had seen a climb of 10 or more places in a week.

Bebu Silvetti’s ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’ was a star rater for the 3rd week running. It moved up 5 from 9 to 4. The other star raters were Kenny Nolan’s ‘I Like Dreamin’ which climbed 6 from 16 to 10, The Bellamy Brothers’ ‘Crossfire’ which moved up 9 from 20 to 11 and Racing Cars’ ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They?’ which climbed 4 from 17 to 13.

The Sweet, who held tied top spot for number of biggest fallers, now took the top spot for them selves with their 13th to date as ‘Fever Of Love’ dropped 8 from 10 to 18. They moved 1 ahead of The Bee Gees who had seen 12 biggest fallers.

The oldest song on last weeks chart, Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, was the only song to depart the chart. It had seen a run of 18 weeks, spending 3 of those at number 1. The song that had dislodged it from the top spot, Julia Covington’s ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ also took over from it as the oldest on the charts. It was on 13 weeks.

The only new entry was the 12th song to chart by a French act, ‘Magic Flight’ by Space. The song, sometimes referred to as ‘Magic Fly’, was the 45th instrumental to reach our charts. It made it to number 2 in the UK as well as topping the charts in Switzerland, Germany and Rhodesia. Elsewhere it made 3 in Austria and Norway, 6 in Belgium, 9 in Sweden and 23 in Holland. The band hailed from Marseille in France and was formed by Didier Marouani, Roland Romanelli, and Jannick Top. Top went on to work with the likes of The Eurythmics, Bonnie Tyler and Celine Dion while Marouani has continued with the band, their latest release being ‘From Earth To Mars’ in 2011. In 2002, S Club Juniors incorporated some of ‘Magic Flight’ in their UK number 2 hit, ‘New Direction’. This new entry helped French acts on to 109 weeks in the charts and they sat tied 10th overall alongside acts from Jamaica.

Abba moved into tied 5th place on the overall weeks count list. They had 118 to their name and now equalled Cliff Richard and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Pussycat became the 33rd act to see their points total move past the 700 mark. They were on 713 and were the 3rd highest ranked act from a non-big 3 nation with Greece’s Vicky Leandros on 727 and Sweden’s Abba on 1,690 being above them.

This week saw a record equalling 9 different nations represented in the top 20 with hits coming from the UK, the US, SA, Argentina, Australia, France, Ireland, The Netherlands and Sweden.

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