12 May 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Stayin’ Alive  – Bee Gees
2 2 17 How Deep is Your Love  – Bee Gees
3 4 3 Make Love to Me  – Kelly Marie
4 6 4 It’s so Easy  – Linda Ronstadt
5 3 19 Mull of Kintyre  – Wings
6 5 11 Desirée  – Neil Diamond
7 9 4 Take a Chance on Me  – ABBA
8 15 3 I Can’t Stand the Rain  – Eruption
9 18 2 Night Fever  – Bee Gees
10 7 11 Run Back  – Carl Douglas
11 8 16 You Light Up My Life  – Debby Boone
12 10 19 Substitute  – Clout
13 11 14 Mellow Lovin’  – Judy Cheeks
14 20 2 I Think I’m Gonna Fall (in Love)  – Supercharge
15 New 1 Baby Come Back  – Player
16 16 5 Bluest Heartache of the Year  – Clive Risko
17 13 17 Free Me  – Uriah Heep
18 12 8 Chinese Junkman  – McCully Workshop
19 New 1 For a Few Dollars More  – Smokie
20 14 18 It’s a Heartache  – Bonnie Tyler

There was no change to the top 2 songs which meant that we had the 6th occasion where an act held the number 1 and number 2 spot in the same week and the last 3 weeks had been with The Bee Gee’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’ at 1 and their ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ at 2. Kelly Marie’s ‘Make Love to Me’ moved up 1 to number 3 to be the main challenger to the Bee Gee’s domination.

But it was not just the top 2 spots that The Bee Gees were dominating, they also had the climber of the week in the shape of ‘Night Fever’ which moved up 9 from 18 to 9 giving us the first occasion where an act had 3 songs in the top 10. This was The Bee Gee’s 23rd time with a star rater and they were now level at the top of the list for number of star raters, joining Tom Jones there. Jones had been the outright leader on this list since he took over from The Rolling Stones on 22 December 1967, over a decade earlier (542 weeks to be exact).

There were 2 other star raters this week and they were Eruption’s ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ which moved up 7 from 15 to 8 and Supercharge’s ‘I Think I’m Gonna Fall (In Love)’ which climbed 6 from 20 to 14.

Bonnie Tyler’s ‘It’s A Heartache’ and McCully Workshop’s ‘Chinese Junkman’ shared the faller of the week award, both songs dropping 6 places to land at 18 and 20 respectively.

The 2 oldest songs on last week’s chart were still there, these being Wings’ ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ and Clout’s ‘Substitute’, and they both moved on to 19 weeks. This was their 7th week as the oldest.

The Julian Laxton Band’s ‘Fooled Around and Fell in Love’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 13. This ended their SA chart career, although Laxton himself would appear on a number of labels for future hits, either claiming producer and/or song writer credits. The Julian Laxton Band had managed 3 hits, all of which managed 8 weeks in the charts. In total 12 acts would manage at least 3 hits all having the same weeks count with some managing 4 or 5, however, Laxton would be the only act to manage 3 or more hits and have all their songs have the same weeks count. Laxton’s total weeks count was 24 and his best peak was 7 which ‘Blue Water’ managed.

We also bid farewell to Brotherhood of Man’s ‘Figaro’ which lasted 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. As with The Julian Laxton Band, this ended their SA chart career, and they had also only had 3 hits, but all 3 had had different weeks counts. Their weeks total was 36 and 2 of those had been at number 1 with ‘Angelo’.

The first of our new entries came from an American band called Player. ‘Baby Come Back’ would be a US chart topping single for them and was written by band members JC Crowley and Peter Beckett. It spent 3 weeks at the top of the US charts and provided a break from the Bee Gees for the American record buying public as it knocked ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ from the top spot there before being knocked off number 1 by ‘Stayin’ Alive’ which precipitated the15 week run at the top of the US chart with involvement from a Gibb brother (including Andy) which was discussed in last week’s entry.  ‘Baby Come Back’ also topped the Canadian charts and went to 4 in New Zealand, 7 in Rhodesia, 21 in Holland and 32 in the UK. In 1992 a version re-recorded by the 2 songwriters was featured in an episode of The Simpsons called ‘Homer Alone’.

Smokie became the 45th act to join the club of artists to have had 6 or more hits as ‘For A Few Dollars More’ became their 6th to chart. With this new entry, song writers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn moved into tied 10th place on the list of hits by a song writer, joining Roger Cook and Paul McCartney on 15. ‘For A Few Dollars More’ would give the band a number 17 hit in the UK (their tied worst to that date) as well as going to 2 in Norway, 5 in Switzerland, 14 in Holland, 18 in Belgium and 19 in Sweden.

The Bee Gees moved on to 150 weeks in the top 20 and they still in second place on the overall weeks count list, 35 behind Tom Jones who led the way. Further down the weeks count list, Neil Diamond moved into tied 10th place alongside The Rolling Stones with both acts on 109.

The Bee Gees’ points total moved past the 1,900 mark and they sat 3rd overall with 1,927. Ahead of them were The Hollies on 1,943 and Tom Jones on 2,170.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us moved up to 9.05 and this was the first time it have been 9 or above for 173 weeks.

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