|1||1||11||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||–||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|2||2||10||Devil Woman||–||Cliff Richard|
|3||4||8||Arms of Mary||–||Sutherland Brothers & Quiver|
|4||5||4||I Hate the Music||–||John Paul Young|
|5||3||7||In Zaire||–||Johnny Wakelin|
|6||6||7||The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore||–||Roy Bulkin|
|7||8||9||Golden Ring||–||Caroline du Preez & Tommy Dell|
|8||9||6||(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty||–||KC & The Sunshine Band|
|9||20||2||You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine||–||Lou Rawls|
|10||7||12||When I’m Dead and Gone||–||Bruce Millar|
|11||11||8||Don’t Worry About Me||–||Tommy Dell|
|12||14||5||Could it be Magic||–||Donna Summer|
|13||12||9||Candy||–||Geoff St. John|
|14||15||3||A Fifth of Beethoven||–||Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band|
|15||10||12||Woogie Boogie||–||Platform 6|
|16||18||2||Turn the Beat Around||–||Vicki Sue Robinson|
|17||19||4||Wild One||–||Thin Lizzy|
|19||New||1||Jeans On||–||David Dundas|
‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ clocked up its 5th week at 1 as it held on to the top spot after regaining it last week. Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’, which had disrupted ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’s run at 1 for 1 week, spent a second straight week and 5th week overall at 2.
Lou Rawls’ ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’ moved up 11 from 20 to 9 to take the climber of the week award. This was the 29th time that a song had climbed 11 or more places in a week. The next biggest climb this week was only 2 places and this was the second time we had seen a gap of 9 between the biggest climber and the second biggest climber. We had seen a record to date gap of 10 places on 3 previous occasions.
Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ tumbled 7 places to take the faller of the week award. This was her 3rd time with the award, but it was not all doom and gloom for Glenys as ‘Ramaja’ was enjoying its second week as the oldest on the chart.
The song which had shared the ‘oldest on the chart’ title with ‘Ramaja’ last week was 1 of 2 songs that left the top 20 this week and that was Bobby Angel’s ‘Green Eyed Angel’. It had been with us for 15 weeks and peaked at 5 which was a return to form for him. His first 2 hits had gone to 1 and 5 (‘You Ask Me To’ and ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ respectively), but then he had 3 hits, the best performing of which only managed to peak at 15. We still had a couple more hits to come from Bobby.
The other song to depart the chart was Sonny Worthing’s ‘La Belle France’ which only managed 2 weeks and peaked at 16. This would be his only SA chart offering.
‘Venus’ became the 40th song to chart by more than 1 artist as The Stockley Sisters’ version followed up the 1970 outing the song had when Shocking Blue took the song to number 1 after being the highest ever new entry at 4. The Stockley Sisters’ entrance to the charts was at a more modest 18. The sisters were Miriam and Avril Stockley and Miriam would go on to sing backing vocals for such acts as Alphaville, Elaine Paige, Queen and Mike Oldfield.
The other new entry was David Dundas’ ‘Blue Jeans’. Dundas later became Lord David Dundas the 3rd Marquess of Zetland. The song was originally recorded for a television advert for Brutus Jeans and went to number 3 in the UK and 17 in the US. Elsewhere it topped the German charts, and went top 20 in Austria (#3), Belgium (#15), Holland (#15), New Zealand (#14), Sweden (#15) and Switzerland (#3). Dundas would go on to record the soundtrack music for the 1987 cult classic movie ‘Whithnail & I’ which starred Richard E. Grant (who, in case you didn’t know was born in Swaziland).
Both the songs leaving the charts this week were by solo males and only 1 of the new entries was by a solo male which meant that their total of hits in the top 20 dropped to 9 after having been 10 or more for the last 11 weeks. However, 11 consecutive weeks having at least half of the charts was not the best the men had managed as we had seen a run of 16 weeks with 10 or more on 2 different occasions. The ones who were breaking records though were the local acts who broke their record for having the most of any nation in the charts. This was now the 19th week we had seen the locals dominate and this eased them past their previous record run of 18 straight weeks.
Last week Bruce Millar became the 105th act and 29th local act to reach 30 weeks in the chart. This week Tommy Dell followed him to that land mark, becoming the 106th act and 30th local act to reach this total.
Cliff Richard moved up in to tied 9th place on the overall weeks count list with 105 to his name, putting him level with Percy Sledge.
Tommy Dell’s run with 2 in the charts moved on to 8 consecutive weeks and he was the 8th act so far to manage this with 2 local acts (Murray Campbell and Four Jacks & A Jill) being among the previous 7.
Two weeks back, Glenys Lynne’s ‘Ramaja’ became the top scoring Afrikaans song on a points basis, however it still lagged behind Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ for weeks as the latter had managed 18, while ‘Ramaja’ was just on 16. What ‘Ramaja’ did do this week was over take Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ which had been the second highest Afrikaans song for weeks, but which now dropped into 3rd place having managed 15.