22 September 1978

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

‘Baker Street’ clocked up its 3rd week at 1 while after 3 weeks at 3, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ moved up into second place ousting Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ from that spot. ‘You’re The One That I Want’ had kept local band Clout’s ‘Substitute’ off the top spot in the UK earlier in the year, but now looked like possibly rubbing salt into the wounds by topping our charts in SA.

Wha-Koo’s ‘(You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 16 to 10. This was their first time with the award. For the second week running Andy Gibbs’ ‘Shadow Dancing’ was a star rater but not the climber of the week. It moved up 4 from 13 to 9.

The faller of the week award was shared between Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ and Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ which both fell 4 to land at 13 and 15 respectively. ‘So You Win Again’ also shared the oldest on the chart title with Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ as both songs celebrated their 16th week in the chart and their 5th as the oldest.

The Andrea True Connection’s ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 10 making it the 46th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure. It was the 5th song so far to have a weeks and peak of 10. This would be The Andrea True Connections’ only SA chart hit.

Also going was Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’ which had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This ended Lear’s run with 2 in the chart. The run had lasted 4 weeks. Lear would be the only French act that would manage to have 2 or more in the chart in the same week.

Clout followed up their number 1 SA hit, ‘Substitute’ with their new one, ‘You’ve Got All of Me’. The song was written by Terry Dempsey and John Timperley. It had been almost 5 years since we had last seen Dempsey’s name as a song writer on one of our chart hits and that had been when David Cassidy’s ‘Daydreamer’ was in the charts in 1973. Dempsey now had 25 hits where he appeared as a song writer and he was 5 ahead of Barry Gibb who was in second place. ‘You’ve Got All Of Me’ did not follow ‘Substitute’ into the UK charts but it did have some success in Europe going to 14 in Germany, 17 in The Netherlands and 25 in Austria. It would also make it to 14 in what was then Rhodesia. It brought the local hit count in the top 20 up to 4.

Boney M’s ‘Rasputin’ was the other new entry and, as ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ was still in the top 20, they became the 59th act to have 2 or more in the chart in the same week. The melody of ‘Rasputin’ somewhat resembles the Turkish folk song ‘Kâtibim’ (although the group deny the similarities) and tells the story of the Russian monk Grigori Rasputin. It would give Boney M a number 1 hit in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France and Germany while going to number 2 in Spain, Switzerland and the UK. It wold also chart in Canada (#7), Ireland (#3), The Netherlands (#5), New Zealand (#4) and Rhodesia (#6). This was Boney M’s 4th hit to chart in SA.

It had been 10 weeks since we had seen a particular act type have more than half the chart and this week the groups were back to 10 out of the 20 hits.

Gene Rockwell saw his weeks count move on to 68 and this put him level with Lionel Petersen on the local list. They shared 9th spot.

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