8 September 1978

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

After 11 weeks with Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ at number 1, we finally saw a new chart topper and it came in the form of Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ which moved up from 2 to 1 while the former number 1 fell to 2. This was the 80th song by a British act to top the charts.

For a 4th week running the biggest climb a song managed was 4 places and this was the second time we had seen a run this long with the same number of places being the biggest climber. The previous time we had seen a 4 week run like this, the biggest climber had been 5 weeks. The song that managed the 4 place climb this week was Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ which moved up from 12 to 8. Again the biggest climber would be the only star rater.

Peter Lotis picked up his 7th biggest faller award as his hit ‘Heidi’ dropped 4 from 14 to 18 to take the award. He was the 22nd act overall and the 5th local act to clock up this many biggest fallers and he would be the last South African act to reach this total.

Boney M’s Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ entered their 14th week on the charts and were enjoying their 3rd as the oldest in the top 20.

Voyage’s ‘Scotch Machine’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It has seen a run of 5 weeks and peaked at 16. This would be their only SA chart hit. In the UK they would see 2 other hits chart and they were ‘Let’s Fly Away’ which made 38 and ‘Souvenirs’ which made it to number 60.

The new entry was Wha-Koo’s ‘(You’re Such A) Fabulous Dancer’. Wha-Koo were an American band which included as its members Nick van Maarth who had been in Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets, Andy Silvester who had been in Savoy Brown and David Palmer who had worked with Steely Dan although Silvester had left the band by the time ‘(You’re Such A) Fabulous Dancer’ was recorded. The band wouldn’t chart in their native America but did get to number 4 with the song in what was then Rhodesia. It did have the distinction of being the 500th song by an American act to make our charts.

Amanda Lear helped acts from France to move the countries weeks count past the 150 mark. Counting from the number 1 spot down it would have been her ‘Follow Up’ that had the honour of clocking up the 150th weeks for French acts while her ‘Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me)’ clocked up the 151st.

Peter Lotis moved on to 44 weeks in the charts and this meant he had position 18 on the local weeks count list all to himself as he pulled 1 ahead of Richard Jon Smith who dropped into 19th place.

Gene Rockwell became the 69th act overall and the 16th local one to clock up 500 points.

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