26 October 1979

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Sometimes When We Touch  – Dan Hill
2 1 8 Fire  – Pointer Sisters
3 3 7 Kinders van die Wind  – Laurika Rauch
4 7 4 I Don’t Like Mondays  – Boomtown Rats
5 4 6 Better the Devil You Know  – Stingray
6 5 5 Boy Oh Boy  – Racey
7 6 13 Pop Muzik  – M
8 11 5 We Don’t Talk Anymore  – Cliff Richard
9 10 5 Don’t Make Me Over  – Jennifer Warnes
10 8 13 I was Made for Lovin’ You  – Kiss
11 9 7 I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)  – Alicia Bridges
12 17 2 El Lute/Gotta Go Home  – Boney M
13 12 16 My Love  – Joe Dolan
14 13 10 Good Times  – Chic
15 14 5 Hot Summer Nights  – Night
16 15 19 Some Girls  – Racey
17 20 3 Memory Melody  – Peter, Sue & Marc
18 New 1 I Have a Dream  – ABBA
19 16 13 Ring My Bell  – Anita Ward
20 New 1 Under Fire  – Clout

The last song to spend at least 3 weeks at 2 before grabbing the top spot was Wings’ ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ which went to number 1 on 24 March 1978. Since then we had seen 9 songs spend 3 straight weeks at 2 and not reach number 1. We had also seen ‘Le Freak’ by Chic spend 3 weeks at 2 after dropping from the top spot. However, the 10th song to spend 3 straight weeks at 2 (not having already made the number 1 spot) finally broke that curse and grabbed the top number 1 place from The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Fire’. Dan Hill’s ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ became the 4th chart topper by a Canadian act, joining Terry Jacks’ ‘Seasons In The Sun’, Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ and Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’. The previous 3 had spent 4, 5 and 5 weeks respectively at 1.

The climber of the week was Boney M’s ‘El Lute/Gotta Go Home’ which moved up 5 from 17 to 12. This was their 5th time with the award. It would be the only star rater climb this week.

Anita Ward’s ‘Ring My Bell’ took the faller of the week award with a 3 place drop from 16 to 19 and Racey’s ‘Some Girls’ was the oldest on the charts for a 5th week and edged 1 closer to the 20 week mark, sitting on 19 weeks.

Despite being called Century, their hit only lasted 13 weeks in the charts and peaked at 5. It did however, manage a century in terms of points, accumulating a total of 131, the 6th highest total of the 22 hits by German acts so far. This would be Century’s only contribution to our charts.

Also only seeing 1 hit make our charts was Patrick Hernandez whose ‘Born To Be Alive’ made it to 10 during a 6 week run. It failed to get to the 100 point mark, making 84 which meant it was the 8th best performing of the 18 songs by French acts so far.

‘I Have A Dream’, Abba’s 15th hit, was the first of the 2 new entries. Abba now sat tied 4th with The Hollies on the hit count list with The Bee Gees on 17, Tom Jones on 18 and Cliff Richard on 20 above them. In Europe the song would only be released as a single in the December of 1979, but it must have had an earlier release in SA as we were only at the end of October when it made our charts. In the UK it would spend 4 weeks at 2, held off the top spot by Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’. Interestingly both songs featured contributions by children choirs with Abba’s one featuring the choir form the International School of Stockholm while the Pink Floyd hit featured children from the Islington Green School. ‘I Have A Dream’ topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Clout boosted the local hit count to 3 in the top 20, adding to Laurika Rauch’s ‘Kinders Van Die Wind’ and Stingray’s ‘Better The Devil You Know’ with ‘Under Fire’, their 4th SA chart hit. The song was written by Terry Britten and B.A. Roberston. Britten had already had some success on our charts as a song writer, co-writing Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’. Robertson was a singer as well as a song writer and had scored a number 2 hit in the UK with ‘Bang Bang’ just a few weeks earlier. ‘Under Fire’ would chart in Belgium (#18), Germany (#15), The Netherlands (#25), Switzerland (#7) and Zimbabwe (#18).

Abba’s weeks count reached the 190 mark and they were still in second place, 13 behind leaders The Bee Gees. Also making a landmark of weeks were artists called Dan Hill as they hit 20, however, the South African Dan Hill had contributed 12 of those while the Canadian fellow of the same name had manged 8 so far.

Racey’s ‘Some Girls’ became the 37th song to clock up at least 300 points as its total was now exactly 300. Two other songs also sat on exactly 300 and they were Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never Never Never’ and Carl Douglas’ ‘Kung Fu Fighting’. Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ still led the way overall with 464 points.

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