6 January 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Buccaneer  – McCully Workshop
2 2 11 Barracuda  – Heart
3 3 11 I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)  – Margaret Singana
4 4 6 Go Your Own Way  – Fleetwood Mac
5 7 5 Run to Me  – Kelly Marie
6 5 8 From New York to L.A.  – Patsy Gallant
7 6 12 I Need You  – Joe Dolan
8 10 4 The Name of the Game  – ABBA
9 15 6 Thunder in My Heart  – Leo Sayer
10 11 6 Sorry, I’m a Lady  – Baccara
11 9 5 I’m Here Again  – Thelma Houston
12 12 4 Fantasy  – Trevor Rabin
13 8 11 Face of an Angel  – Clive Risko
14 18 2 You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)  – Rod Stewart
15 17 3 Gettin’ Thru’ to You  – Rabbitt
16 16 4 Theme from “The Deep” (Down Deep Inside)  – Donna Summer
17 New 1 Mull of Kintyre  – Wings
18 New 1 Substitute  – Clout
19 14 14 Star Wars Title Theme  – Meco
20 13 17 Angelo  – Brotherhood of Man

McCully Workshop’s ‘Buccaneer’ became the 9th song to straddle a year end at number 1 and the second local one after Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ to do so. ‘Buccaneer’ and ‘Mammy Blue’ would be the only songs by local acts to manage this. It was ‘Buccaneer’s second week at the top of the charts and it had the honour of clocking up the 100th week at 1 for the local acts. The previous number 1, Heart’s ‘Barracuda’, was still at 2.

Leo Sayer’s ‘Thunder In My Heart’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 15 to 9. This was the 4th time Sayer had had the biggest climber and, as a previous faller of the week, it was the 22nd song to be a climber after having been the faller. It had been 102 weeks since we had last seen a song take the climber award after having been the faller (that was Lionel Petersen’s ‘Bouncy Bouncy Bounce) and this equalled the record to date gap between such events. The previous time the gap was 102 weeks was way back in the January of 1970 when Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ broke the drought. Rod Stewart’s ‘You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)’ was the only other star rater. It moved up 4 from 18 to 14.

On the falling front it was Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ that took the honours with a 7 place drop from 13 to 20. It was the oldest song in the charts for a second week running and had now clocked up 17 weeks with us.

‘Let Go’ by Dobie Gray was the first of 2 songs not to make it over the border between 1977 and 1978. It had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 7. This brought to an end his SA chart career. He had seen 1 other hit chart, ‘Loving Arms’, enjoyed a total of 33 weeks in the charts and spent 1 of those weeks at 1 with ‘Loving Arms’.

The other song that never made it into the 1978 charts was Bobby Angel’s ‘Kelly’s Song’ which had switched weeks and peak figures to that of ‘Let Go’ as it peaked at 13 during a 7 week run. Angel had 1 more hit to come.

It had been 75 weeks since we last saw any Beatle involvement in the top 20 (when David Cassidy’s ‘Tomorrow’ which was written by Paul McCartney was in the charts). Paul McCartney’s band, Wings, clocked up their 4th hit as ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ entered the top 20. With 3 solo hits to add to these 4, this put McCartney way out in front for hits to date by an ex-Beatle as John and Ringo only had 4 and George was sitting on 3. The Mull of Kintyre is the south-western most tip of the Kintyre Peninsula (formerly Cantyre) in southwest Scotland where McCartney owns property. The song, written as a homage to this place, would top the UK charts for 9 weeks (dislodging Abba’s ‘The Name Of The Game’ from the top spot there) and would go on to become the first ever single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK. Elsewhere it would top the charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland. The gap between this and Wings’ previous hit was 165 weeks making this the 102nd time we had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits.

The other new entry was local band Clout’s ‘Substitute’. The song was a cover of an album track from the Righteous Brothers’ 1975 album, ‘The Sons Of Mrs. Righteous’. Clout’s version would make number 2 in the UK, kept off the top spot by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from the film ‘Grease’. ‘Substitute’ did top the charts in what was then Rhodesia, New Zealand and Germany and made number 2 in Switzerland, Holland and Belgium. In Austria it made number 10 and reached 13 in Sweden and got to number 67 on the US Hot 100. Another cover version was released at a similar time by Australian band Peaches which sounds very similar to the Clout version. Gloria Gaynor also covered the song making number 78 on the US R&B singles charts. In 2008 Clout singer, Cindy Alter teamed up with Springbok Nude Girl, Arno Carstens and his side project, Bhelltower, to record an interesting industrial cover of the song.

Abba celebrated passing the 1,800 points mark as they moved on to 1,803. They sat second overall for points but were slowly catching up on Tom Jones who had led the way since January 1968. Abba were now 363 points behind Tom.

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