1 December 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Kiss You All Over  – Exile
2 2 17 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
3 3 4 Break it to Them Gently  – Burton Cummings
4 5 4 One for You, One for Me  – La Bionda
5 6 8 Teddy Bear  – Tommy Dell
6 7 3 Three Times a Lady  – Commodores
7 10 8 Give a Little Love  – Pacific Express
8 12 5 You’re Living Inside My Head  – John Ireland
9 4 15 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
10 8 20 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
11 14 14 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
12 11 9 The Race is On  – Suzi Quatro
13 15 7 Place in Your Heart  – Nazareth
14 16 3 Cindy  – Peter, Sue & Marc
15 13 5 Wheel in the Sky  – Journey
16 9 6 Summer Nights  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
17 17 19 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
18 New 1 Back in the U.S.A.  – Linda Ronstadt
19 20 2 Hello I Love You  – Crystal Gayle
20 New 1 Y.M.C.A.  – Village People

It must have been some kiss as we decided to let Exile kiss us all over again as their ‘Kiss You All Over’ spent a second week at number 1 with the previous chart topper, Marshall Hain’s ‘Dancing In The City’ unmoved at 2.

John Ireland’s ‘You’re Living Inside My Head’ was the climber of the week with a 4 place jump from 12 to 8. This was the 171st time a local song had taken the award and the 82nd time it had been a solo local male. There had been 7 other occasions where a local male had been the climber, but had done so as part of a duet. As the climber of the week was 4 places, it was also the only star rater.

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ had never been the faller of the week, but the same could not be said of ‘Summer Nights’ by them as it took the award this week with a 7 place drop from 9 to 16.

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ continued its run as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for a total of 20 weeks now and 5 of those had been as the oldest. It was the 47th song so far to manage at least 20 weeks in the charts and only the 10th by a UK act to do so. As this was Rafferty’s only hit to date, he also reached 20 weeks in the charts and was the 213th act to do so.

The 1,500th song to chart didn’t last very long in the top 20, in fact the week after The Motors’ ‘Airport’ entered the charts, it fell off. It managed 1 week at 19 and this would be their only SA chart hit. 16 songs so far had seen a chart run of 1 week at 19.

We also bid farewell to Frankie Valli’s ‘Grease’ which had seen a run of 6 weeks and a peak of 14. This would be his only solo hit, but he had also seen 4 hits as a member of the Four Seasons and would see 1 more with that group. This was the second week running that a song from the film ‘Grease’ had fallen off the top 20 as last week it was John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John’s ‘You’re That One That I Want’ that was one of the leavers. We were now just left with ‘Summer Nights’ in the top 20.

Linda Ronstadt returned to the chart with her second hit to date, ‘Back In The U.S.A.’ which arrived at 18 this week. The song was a cover of a 1959 Chuck Berry song. Berry’s version would go to 37 on the US charts. Ronstadt’s version included a certain Peter Asher on backing vocals. Asher was one half of the duo Peter & Gordon who had charted on the SA charts in 1966 and 1967 with ‘Lady Godiva’ and ‘Knight In Rusty Armour’ respectively. Asher was also the brother of Jane Asher, Paul McCartney’s girlfriend before he met Linda. Ronstadt’s version of ‘Back In The U.S.A.’ would reach number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song also has had the honour of being recorded by a band called Banana And The Bunch.

The Village People made their SA chart debut with ‘Y.M.C.A.’. The band first hit the US charts in 1977 with ‘San Francisco’ which made it to number 102. They then had 2 flops in ‘In Hollywood (Everybody Is a Star)’ and ‘I Am What I Am’ (not the same song as the Gloria Gaynor Hit’ although the Village People one made it to 27 in Holland and the latter got to 32 in Germany). Their next single, ‘Macho Man’ got to 25 in the US, but with ‘Y.M.C.A.’ they had a worldwide smash as it went number 2 in the States, kept off the top spot first by by Chic’s ‘Le Freak’ for a week and then by Rod Stewart’s ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’ for 2 weeks. It would top the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK. It just missed out on topping the charts in Norway where it reached number 2. It was a 3rd hit for the song writing duo of Henri Belolo and Jacques Morali who had also brought us The Ritchie Family’s 2 hits.

The gap between hits to date from US acts and those by UK acts increased to 28 and this was the highest it had been for 87 weeks. We had seen 508 from American acts so far and 480 from British acts.

Germany made 6th place on the weeks by acts from a nation list their own, going 1 ahead of Australia which dropped into 7th place. Germany had 187 weeks to its name.

Tommy Dell pulled 1 week clear of Jessica Jones and the Peanut Butter Conspiracy to hold 15th place on the local weeks count list by himself. He was on 49 weeks.

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