15 September 1978

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

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ held on to the top spot to clock up its second week there. Previous chart topper, Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ dropped from 2 to 4 and the new second favourite was Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ which swapped places with Boney M’s hit. Abba had seen 12 hits chart so far and with this latest climb, they had only missed out on a top 3 placing with 2 of those 12. ‘Baker Street’ had the honour of clocking up the 240th week at 1 by a song by a British act.

Marshall Hain’s ‘Dancing in the City’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 13 to 7. It was in its 6th week in the charts and so far had only managed a average climb of 1.75 per week. Apart from this there was one other star rater and that was Andy Gibb’s ‘Shadow Dancing’ which moved up 4 from 17 to 13.

Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’ picked up its 2nd biggest faller award with a 6 place drop from 12 to 18. It had been the faller of the week 2 weeks back. French acts had now accumulated a total of 11 biggest faller awards.

‘Rivers Of Babylon’ by Boney M and ‘So You Win Again’ by Copperfield’ enjoyed a 4th week as the oldest on the charts. They had been with us for a total of 15 weeks each.

For the second week running we only had 1 song leave the chart. This week it was Peter Lotis’ ‘Heidi’ which had been with us for 13 weeks and spent 4 frustrating weeks at 2, kept off the top spot by ‘Rivers Of Babylon’. It was the 6th song now to enter the top 20 at position 10 or higher but not then go on to take the top spot. This would also herald the end of Lotis’ SA chart career. He had seen 4 hits chart and spent a total of 44 weeks in the top 20. His best peak was the number 2 that ‘Heidi’ managed. Lotis had also seen his name appear as producer on 12 hits which clocked up a total of 143 weeks and included 2 number 1 hits (The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ and Alan Garrity’s’ ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’). His weeks count as a producer was the 12th highest to date and would end up being the 31st highest overall. It should be noted here that producers were not always listed on record labels. ‘Heidi’ spent a total of 23 weeks in the charts between Lotis and Herbie & Spence’s version. This would have put the song tied 13th overall for weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version, however, the new entry was a song that had already charted for a different artist.

The new one was Sweet Promise’s cover of the Jessica Jones hit from 1972, ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’. Jones’ version had spent 26 weeks in the charts so with this new version the song crashed straight into 6th place on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version with 27 weeks to its name. It shared 6th place with ‘Mother’ which had been a hit for John Lennon as well as for Barbra Streisand. Sweet Promise were a local group consisting of Dennis East, Miriam Stockley and Neville Nash. East had already had 3 solo hits on the charts and Miriam Stockley had charted with her sister Avril as The Stockley Sisters. Nash had not charted before, but we would see him as a solo artist in a couple of years’ time.

John Paul Young became the 43rd act to reach 60 weeks in the charts. He was the 6th act from a non-big 3 nation to mange this and the second Aussie act after The Seekers whom he was just 6 weeks behind now. He also saw his points count pass the 700 mark. He was also the 6th act from the non-big 3 nations to manage this but here he was the top Australian with 4 of the 5 who were above him on the points list being the same as those above him on the weeks count list. The 1 difference was that instead of The Seekers having a higher points count, it was Boney M who was beating him.

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