29 July 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan
2 4 5 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
3 3 6 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
4 2 9 My Broken Souvenirs  – Pussycat
5 6 4 Red Light Spells Danger  – Billy Ocean
6 7 6 Crossfire  – Bellamy Brothers
7 12 4 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
8 9 4 More Than a Lover  – Bonnie Tyler
9 5 14 Yesterday’s Hero  – John Paul Young
10 8 11 Knowing Me, Knowing You  – ABBA
11 16 7 I Like Dreamin’  – Kenny Nolan
12 18 2 Superman  – Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
13 13 3 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
14 10 7 They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  – Racing Cars
15 11 8 Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)  – Bebu Silvetti
16 17 3 Gimme Dat Banana  – Strobe
17 14 13 Slow Down  – Shabby Tiger
18 19 2 Seabird  – Pendulum
19 15 9 Stone Walls  – Dennis East
20 New 1 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke

‘Hush Hush Maria’ by Joe Dolan spent a 3rd straight week at number 1, holding off the challenge of Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ which dropped from 2 to 4 while Space’s ‘Magic Fly’ became the new challenger, climbing 2 from 4. Dolan moved into tied 14th place on the weeks at 1 list, sharing the place with The Hollies with both acts having spent a total of 9 weeks at 1.

Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch’s ‘Superman’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 18 to 12. There were 2 other star raters and both were by male artists having the first name of Kenny. Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ climbed 5 from 12 to 7 and Kenny Nolan’s ‘I Like Deamin’ also moved up 5, jumping from 16 to 11.

Falling honours were shared between 4 songs which all fell 4 places. The first of these was Dennis East’s ‘Stone Wall’ which fell from 15 to 19. Bebu Silvetti’s ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’ fell from 11 to 15, Racing Cars’ ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’ fell from 10 to 14 and John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ dropped from 5 to 9.

The oldest song on last week’s charts, Leo Sayer’s ‘When I need You’, was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had managed a run of 14 weeks and peaked at 2. This was his best performance to date on both the weeks and peak fronts, beating his previous best (which had been by ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’) by 1 in both categories. There was still plenty more to come from him.

The new oldest on the charts was John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ which sat on 14 weeks. This was the 5th song by an Aussie act to be the oldest on the charts with 2 of them being by The Seekers, 2 now by John Paul Young and 1 by Sherbet.

Sharon Tandy, who had last appeared on our charts in January 1973 as part of a duet with Billy Forrest with the hit, Hello-A’, was back on the charts, once again as part of a duet as her hit with Graham Clarke, ‘I Believe In You’ was our only new entry this week. The gap of 236 weeks was the 24th biggest we had seen to date. It was also the 8th biggest for a South African artist and the 4th biggest for a female artist. Graham Clarke would have been known to many South Africans who, in the early days of SABC Television would have been addicted to watching ‘The Villagers’ in which Graham starred as the character Nick Wilmot. ‘I Believe In You’ was a cover of a song by Dutch act Rosy & Andres who had taken the song to number 26 in Holland.

Joe Dolan saw his points total move past the 500 mark. He was the 63rd act to reach this milestone and had the 7th highest points total for an act that was not from the US, the UK or SA.

We were down to having just 3 songs in the top 20 that had topped either or both the US and/or UK charts and it had been 31 weeks since this count had been this low. The 3 songs that had topped the charts in the UK or the US or both were Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’, Abba’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ which had all topped the UK charts. This meant that we had no US chart topper in the top 20 and this was the first time in 79 weeks that we had seen this.

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