8 July 1977

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

This week saw the first and only time the top 5 would not feature an act from the UK, US or SA. John Paul Young from Australia enjoyed a second week at 1 with ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ while Sweden’s Abba were at 2 with ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Dutch act Pussycat took 3rd spot with ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ and it was Irishman Joe Dolan at 4 with his ‘Hush Hush Maria’. The fifth spot went to Argentina’s Bebu Silvetti and his hit ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’. The highest placed of the acts from the big 3 nations was a UK one that had never had a UK hit, Shabby Tiger, who sat 6th with ‘Slow Down’.

Both the biggest climbers were by acts not from the big 3 nations as it was the aforementioned Joe Dolan hit, ‘Hush Hush Maria’ which moved up 8 from 12 to 4 and France’s Space whose ‘Magic Flight’ moved up 8 from 15 to 7. Dolan’s climb equalled the best we had seen from an Irish act to date with Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Get Down’ being the only other hit by an Irish act to climb 8 in a week. These 2 biggest climbers were also the only star raters this week.

Three songs fell 7 places each to take the faller of the week award. They were Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need You’, Roy Bulkin’s ‘Make Her An Angel’ and former number 1, Julie Covington’s ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’. These songs fell to 15, 14 and 12 respectively and would be a second biggest faller for Leo Sayer and Roy Bulkin, but a first for Julie Covington.

Covington could take some comfort from the fact that her hit was sitting on 14 weeks in the charts and enjoying its second week as the oldest in the top 20.

All of the songs leaving the chart were by big 3 nation acts. Paul Jones from the UK saw his ‘Stop, Stop, Stop’ leave after 4 weeks and a peak of 15. This would be his only SA chart hit.

‘Tanya’ by local lad Leigh Aston managed a run of 5 weeks and a peak of 12, but like Paul Jones, he was seeing the end of a 1 hit SA chart career.

Last to go was also a 1 hit wonder in the form of the Biddu Orchestra’s ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’. The band were from the UK, but Biddu Appaiah, the main force behind the band, was Indian born and had seen chart action as a song writer and as a producer. In total Biddu in his various capacities had been involved in 5 songs which had spent a total of 52 weeks in the charts, the best of which had been Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ which had spent 7 weeks at 1 and which Biddu had produced.

The first of the new entries was the first to chart for Billy Ocean, ‘Red Light Spells Danger’. Born as Leslie Charles in Trinidad & Tobago, Ocean crossed the, erm, ocean with his parents when he was 8 and they relocated to the UK. ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ actually spelt a number 2 hit for him in the UK and was his 4th song to chart there. It also made the charts in Belgium (#9), New Zealand (#10), Holland (#11), and Germany (#15). Ocean co-wrote the song with Ben Findon who had been the writer on a number of Dennis East’s and Maria’s hits and the song was performed in 2007 by the presenters of the BBC motor show, ‘Top Gear’ for their ‘Top Gear Of The Pops’ one off special.

The second new entry was also by an artist who had changed their real name, Gaynor Hopkins became better known as Bonnie Tyler and ‘More Than A Lover’ was her second hit to chart in SA, following up her success with ‘Lost In France’ earlier in this year.

The final new entry was Kenny Roger’s ‘Lucille’ which featured the great misheard lyric, ‘You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille, with four hundred children and a crop in the field.’ The song was written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, both of whom had had credits on charting songs before, Bowling with Billie Jo Spears’ ‘Blanket On The Ground’ and Bynum with Jim Reeves’ ‘Nobody’s Fool’. ‘Lucille’ made it to the top of the UK main and US Country Singles charts as well as getting to 5 on the main Hot 100 charts in the States. Elsewhere it topped the charts in Canada made 2 in New Zealand, 3 in Switzerland, 7 in Australia, 8 in Austria and 17 in Holland. Apparently the line mentioned above (with the correct lyric of ‘hungry children’) was taken straight from a caller to a radio station whose wife had deserted him. Rogers had heard this way back in 1958 and the words had stuck with him. He then got Bowling and Bynum to craft a song around the words. So far it seems that the man on the radio has never come forward to say that he was the one who inspired the song.

We still had a record to date 9 different nations represented in the charts this week (see last week for the list which was unchanged).

The French acts moved 1 ahead of the Jamaicans for weeks in the chart with the former on 110 and the latter on 109. They sat 10th and 11th on the list.

Both Pussycat and Leo Sayer both celebrated their 50th week in the charts. They were the 53rd and 54th acts to manage this with Pussycat being the 6th non-big 3 act to do so and the second Dutch act after the George Baker Selection.

Abba moved on to 119 weeks in the chart and now held 5th place on their own with Cliff Richard and Creedence Clearwater Revival on 118 dropping into tied 6th spot. Just below them, The Sweet moved into tied 8th place with The Troggs with both acts on 115.

Abba also saw their points total move past the 1,700 mark and sat second overall, but were still 461 points behind leader Tom Jones. To put this gap into perspective, the average points that songs had clocked up to date was 96.8 meaning Abba would have to have just under 4.8 average hits to catch up with the Jones.

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