17 February 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Substitute  – Clout
2 2 6 It’s a Heartache  – Bonnie Tyler
3 4 4 You Light Up My Life  – Debby Boone
4 3 5 Free Me  – Uriah Heep
5 6 7 Mull of Kintyre  – Wings
6 5 5 How Deep is Your Love  – Bee Gees
7 11 2 Needles and Pins  – Smokie
8 7 8 You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)  – Rod Stewart
9 9 4 I Go to Rio  – Peter Allen
10 10 11 Run to Me  – Kelly Marie
11 8 10 The Name of the Game  – ABBA
12 16 3 Can’t Stop Myself from Loving You  – 5000 Volts
13 19 2 Welcome Home  – Harvest
14 12 17 Barracuda  – Heart
15 17 2 Mellow Lovin’  – Judy Cheeks
16 New 1 Singin’ in the Rain  – Sheila B. Devotion
17 14 14 From New York to L.A.  – Patsy Gallant
18 15 17 I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)  – Margaret Singana
19 New 1 Egyptian Reggae  – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
20 13 15 Buccaneer  – McCully Workshop

It was now 4 weeks at 1 for Clout’s ‘Substitute’ while Bonnie Tyler’s ‘It’s A Heartache’ spent a 3rd straight week at 2.

Climbing honours went to Harvest’s ‘Welcome Home’ which moved up 6 from 19 to 13. Sharon Tandy (one half of Harvest) had seen 2 previous biggest climber awards. Smokie’s ‘Needles And Pins’ and 5000 Volts’ ‘Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You’ were the other star raters this week with the former climbing 4 from 11 to 7 and the latter moving up 4 from 16 to 12           . It was Smokie’s 8th time with a star rater and a 7th time for 5000 Volts.

For the 45th time we saw local acts take the climber and faller awards in the same week as McCully Workshop’s ‘Buccaneer’ partnered with Harvest to do so. It dropped 7 from 13 to 20.

We bid farewell to 2 songs, the first being Clive Risko’s’ ‘Face Of An Angel’. It had managed a run of 16 weeks and peaked at 8 which was the lowest peak to date for a song spending 16 weeks in the charts. He would return to the chart later.

We also said cheerio to Joe Dolan’s ‘I Need You’ which had been with us for 17 weeks and spent 2 weeks at 1. This was his 3rd hit running that had topped the charts and he joined Chris Andrews and Abba in having 3 consecutive number 1 hits. His weeks at 1 were falling though as his first chart topper of this run, ‘Lady In Blue’ managed 6 weeks at 1, while the second in the sequence, ‘Hush Hush Maria’ managed 3. There was still plenty of hits to come for him.

As Joe Dolan’s ‘I Need You’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart, we now had to look to Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ and Margaret Singana’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ which were both sitting on 17 weeks. This was Singana’s first time with the oldest in the chart and this was something that the only other local black woman to chart (Letta Mbulu) never managed.

The highest placed of the new entries this week was Sheila B. Devotion (sometimes noted as Sheila And B. Devotion) and her hit ‘Singing In The Rain’. Sheila’s real name was Annie Chancel and she hailed from France, making this the 13th hit by a French act to chart. France remained in 10th place on the weeks by a nation list but were now just 1 behind 9th placed Jamaica. The song was a disco version of the one made popular in 1952 by Gene Kelly in the film of the same name, but it actually dates back to well before that. It was first published in 1929 but it is uncertain when it was actually first recorded. Sheila B. Devotion’s version went to number 11 in the UK as well as making 2 in Sweden, 3 in Holland and Italy, 6 in Germany and 10 in what was then Rhodesia. In the US it failed to make the main Hot 100 chart but did get to 30 on the Dance Music charts. Sheila has continued to record, mostly in French, more recently releasing ‘Pour Sauver l’Amour’ in 2012.

The other new entry was the 47th instrumental to chart. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers were not really known for instrumental hits, but their ‘Egyptian Reggae’ struck a chord with the record buying public, propelling the song to 5 in the UK, 2 in Holland and Belgium, 8 in Switzerland, 13 in Germany, 15 in Austria and 22 in New Zealand. The song was an instrumental cover of a song called ‘None Shall Escape The Judgement’ by Earl Zero and it did not chart in Richman’s native USA.

The Bee Gees moved on to 130 weeks and in making this milestone found themselves just 1 behind Elvis Presley. The two acts sat 4th and 5th on the overall weeks count list. McCully Workshop reached the 20 week milestone and were the 54th local act to manage this many with 91 so far currently having a weeks count of less than 20.

Peter Allen and Rod Stewart were the only solo males left on the charts. It had been 551 weeks since we last had as few as 2 solo males in the top 20. The last time the testosterone level was so low was on 28 July 1967 when Tom Jones and Peter Lotis were left flying the flag for the men.

With ‘Substitute at 1 and ‘Buccaneer’ at 20 we saw the 31st time that local songs were at the top and bottom of the charts. Last week had been the 30th time with ‘Substitute’ at 1 and Clive Risko’s ‘Face Of An Angel’ at 20. This was the 6th time we had seen at least 2 weeks in a row where the locals topped and tailed the charts.

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