5 August 1977

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

Looking at last week’s chart, you would have got better odds saying that if there was going to be a new number 1 then Space’s Magic Flight’ would be more likely to be it than 5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud’ as the former had climbed 2 to 2 while the latter was unmoved at 3. However, those who had bet on 5000 Volts would have been the ones smiling as the song leapfrogged the Space hit to take the top spot and Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ dropped from1 to 3 after it had been at number 1 for 3 weeks.

The duet between Sharon Tandy and Graham Clarke, ‘I Believe In You’, was the climber of the week with a 4 place jump from 20 to 16. This was also the only star rater this week.

While we only had 1 climber, we saw 4 fallers for a second week running, however, where last week required a 4 place drop to be faller of the week, this week one only needed to drop 3 places to take the award. The 4 songs that did this were Bebu Silvetti’s ‘Spring Rain (Part 1) (Lluvia De Primavera)’ which fell from 15 to 18, Abba’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ which fell from 10 to 13, John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ dropped from 9 to 12 and Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ fell from 4 to 7. It was Silvetti’s second time with the award, a 4th time for both Pussycat and John Paul Young and an 8th time for Abba and they were 12th act to reach this many. Before this week there had been 5 times when we had seen 2 acts who were not from the UK, the US or SA take the biggest faller in the same week. We had never seen 3 manage it, but now we had a record 4 in 1 go.

John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ moved on to 15 weeks in the chart and enjoyed its 2nd as the oldest in the top 20.

We saw 2 songs leave the top 20 this week, the first of which was Dennis East’s ‘Stone Walls’ which had managed a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 12. This was the lowest weeks and peak figures for his 3 hits to date and sadly for him, was the end of his solo SA chart career. His 3 hits had managed to spend a total of 38 weeks in the charts and the peak of 5 that ‘A Million Drums’ had managed was the best peak of the 3. East would return to the top 20 as a member of Stingray and we would see his name in the song writing credits of a couple of hits, so it was not all over for him.

Also going was Shabby Tiger’s ‘Slow Down’ which managed 13 weeks and a peak of 3. While they never managed to chart in their native UK, they could take heart from the fact that this would not be their only SA chart hit as they had one more to come.

The first of the new entries was the second hit by Boney M, ‘Ma Baker’, which followed up the previous year’s success of ‘Daddy Cool’. The song would give them a 3rd chart topper in Germany and would just miss out on topping the UK charts, peaking at 2 and kept off the number 1 spot there by Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’. That would be their best UK placing to that date. Elsewhere it topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, France, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Norway. It also gave them their second hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but only managed to scrape a peak of 96. The words of the song were based on the true story of Arizona Donnie Barker, or Ma Barker. A slight name change and a tune based on a popular Tunisian folksong called ‘Sidi Mansour’ became ‘Ma Baker’.

The other new entry was a first hit for Supertramp (aka Bakgat Boemelaar) with their song ‘Give A Little Bit’. The song made number 29 on the charts in their native UK and its best chart performance seems to be in Holland where it made it to number 2. In 2005, the Goo Goo Dolls took a version to number 37 in the US.

The arrival of Boney M, whom I have mentioned before will be classified as Jamaican for nation purposes, meant that we now had a new record 11 nations represented in the top 20. These were the UK, the US, SA, Argentina, Australia, France, Ireland, Jamaica, The Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Jamaica had now seen 14 hits make the charts and they sat tied 8th with Ireland on the list of number of hits by a nation.

Both Bonnie Tyler and Boney M reached the 20 weeks in the chart milestone. 190 acts had now managed to get to this total.

Pussycat saw their points total move on to 800 exactly. They were the 28th act to get to 800 and the second, after Abba, that were not from the UK, the US or SA.

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