25 August 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
2 3 6 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
3 2 8 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
4 5 6 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
5 4 12 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
6 6 10 Follow Me  – Amanda Lear
7 11 4 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
8 12 5 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
9 9 8 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
10 14 3 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
11 7 7 Wuthering Heights  – Kate Bush
12 10 5 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
13 8 11 Heidi  – Peter Lotis
14 13 7 What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number  – Andrea True Connection
15 18 3 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
16 19 4 Scotch Machine  – Voyage
17 15 11 Lay Love on You  – Luisa Fernandez
18 New 1 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
19 New 1 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
20 17 10 Heidi  – Herbie & Spence

‘Rivers Of Babylon’ by Boney M moved into tied 3rd place for weeks at 1 as it clocked up its 10th week at the top of the chart. The other song to make 10 weeks was Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ but that took 3 runs at the top to get to that total while Boney M’s run had been sequential. Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ on 12 weeks and Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ on 13 weeks were the 2 hits above them.

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ was the main challenger to Boney M now as it moved up from 3 to 2 to replace John Paul Young’s ‘Love Is In The Air’ at number 2.

There was a 3-way tie for climber of the week and it was Don William’s ‘You’re My Best Friend’, Gene Rockwell’s ‘My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)’ and Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ which all moved up 4 places to share the honours. They sat at 7, 8 and 10 respectively and would be the only star raters this week. It was Abba’s 21st time with a star rater and they were the 3rd act to manage this many. Tom Jones on 23 and The Bee Gees on 24 were the ones above them.

Peter Lotis’ ‘Heidi’ took the faller of the week with a 5 place drop from 8 to 13 and with Gene Rockwell being one of the climbers, we had the 46th occasion where we had a local climber and faller.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Little Boy Big Man’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It had managed a run of 8 weeks and peaked at 9. He had managed 6 hits so far, 3 of which had topped the charts, 1 made number 2. ‘Little Boy Big Man’ was his second worst performer beating ‘You And The Looking Glass’ which only managed 6 weeks and a peak of 12. He would return to the charts at a later date.

Also going was Suzi Quatro’s ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’ which had been the oldest on last week’s chart. It managed a run of 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This was just the first of a number of SA chart hits she would have. The new oldest on the charts was Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ which were on 12 weeks. ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ was the 4th song (excluding those on the first top 20) to be at number 1 when it was the oldest on the chart. The previous 3 to manage this were Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ and Wings’ ‘Mull Of Kintyre’.

Amanda Lear became the 58th act and 11th female act to have 2 in the charts at the same time as her ‘Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)’ obeyed the title of her other hit ‘Follow Me’ as it followed it into the charts. ‘Follow Me’ was at 6. ‘Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)’ was written by Lear and Rainer Pietsch. Pietsch had had writing credits on Stobe’s ‘Gimme Dat Banana’ which made number 12 in 1977. It was produced by Anthony Monn who had also produced ‘Follow Me’ as well as Judy Cheeks’ ‘Mellow Lovin’. Monn would have some airplay on the Radio 5 in the early 80’s with his song ‘Who Built The Pyramids’ which he recorded under the name The Tony Monn Concept. ‘Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)’ would go to 10 in Belgium, 11 in The Netherlands and 14 in what was then Rhodesia. It was the 16th song by a French act to chart and France now sat tied 8th with Ireland for number of hits by acts from a nation.

The other new entry was Lesley Hamilton’s ‘No Hollywood Movie’. Despite her rather English sounding name, Hamilton was a German singer and ‘No Hollywood Movie’ was the 20th song by a German act to chart and Germany pulled 1 ahead of Australia to take 6th place on its own on the hits by acts from a nation list. It would make it to 8 on both the Austrian and German charts and in Switzerland it would manage to get to 3. Rolf Soja, who co-wrote the song with Peter Zentner had also co-written Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir I Can Boogie’ and ‘Sorry, I’m A Lady’.

Gene Rockwell moved into tied 10th place on the local weeks count list. His 64 weeks to date put him level with Bobby Angel. A bit further down that list we saw Peter Lotis move into tied 19th place with 42 weeks and he shared the spot with The Rising Sons. This meant that Tommy Dell and Lance James both dropped off the top 20 of that list.

‘Heidi’ had clocked up 21 weeks in total for its 2 different versions and this put it tied 20th for weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. It shared 20th spot with another song that had charted in English and Afrikaans, ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’/’Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ which had been hits for Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty and Caroline du Preez.

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