3 February 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Substitute  – Clout
2 4 4 It’s a Heartache  – Bonnie Tyler
3 2 5 Mull of Kintyre  – Wings
4 8 3 Free Me  – Uriah Heep
5 3 8 The Name of the Game  – ABBA
6 13 3 How Deep is Your Love  – Bee Gees
7 17 2 You Light Up My Life  – Debby Boone
8 9 6 You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)  – Rod Stewart
9 5 15 Barracuda  – Heart
10 6 9 Run to Me  – Kelly Marie
11 7 15 I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)  – Margaret Singana
12 11 13 Buccaneer  – McCully Workshop
13 10 12 From New York to L.A.  – Patsy Gallant
14 19 2 I Go to Rio  – Peter Allen
15 12 10 Go Your Own Way  – Fleetwood Mac
16 14 16 I Need You  – Joe Dolan
17 16 8 Fantasy  – Trevor Rabin
18 15 15 Face of an Angel  – Clive Risko
19 New 1 Can’t Stop Myself from Loving You  – 5000 Volts
20 18 4 Born to Break My Heart  – Bruce Foster

Clout’s ‘Substitute’ spent a second week at number 1, holding off the challenge of Wings’ ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ which dropped to 3 and faced a new challenge from Bonnie Tyler’s ‘It’s A Heartache’ which moved up 2 from 4 into second place.

Debby Boone not only lit up our lives, but also lit up the charts as her hit climbed 10 places from                 17 to 7 to take the climber of the week award. This was the 75th time we had seen a song climb 10 or more in a week with 8 of those times now being by songs by solo female artists.

The second biggest climber was The Bee Gees’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ which moved up 7 from 13 to 6 to give them their 20th star rater climb. They were still in second place for number of star raters and now just 3 behind Tom Jones who led the way. Peter Allen’s ‘I Go To Rio’ climbed 5 from 19 to 14 and Uriah Heep’s ‘Free Me’ moved up 4 from 8 to 4 to be the other 2 star rater this week.

The songs at 9, 10 and 11 all dropped 4 places to get there and these were the fallers of the week. Margaret Singana’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ ended up at 11, Kelly Marie’s ‘Run To Me’ landed at 10 and previous chart topper, Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ dropped to 9.

The oldest on the chart was still Joe Dolan’s ‘I Need You’ which now sat on 16 weeks and had been the oldest for 4 of those.

There was only one song leaving the chart this week and that was Thelma Houston’s ‘I’m Here Again’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 9. Unfortunately for her, she would not be able to repeat the title of the song as this would be her last SA chart action. She had managed 2 hits, enjoyed 26 weeks in the top 20 and her best peak was the 3 weeks ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ spent at 1.

5000 Volts chalked up their 4th SA hit as ‘Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You’ entered the charts at 19 this week. The song appears to be a cover of a number 2 hit in Australia in 1974 for William Shakespeare (no not that one, but a guy called John Stanley Cave who went under the Bard’s name) which was written by Harry Vanda and George Young. The song writers name would be familiar to fans of John Paul Young as they had penned all his hits that had charted in SA to date. The Volts failed to chart elsewhere with this song, save for a number 18 peak in neighbouring Rhodesia.

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