Ooops, another chart scheduled for later release has slipped through the net. Apologies for this. I have recalled it and schedule it to go out in the correct order. Too many mince pies I guess.

Anyway, hope you are all enjoying the festive season and wishing you all a great 2018!






Apologies if you got the charts for 30 April 1976 in your inbox. I was busy drafting the page for this and accidentally hit the ‘publish’ button. This one will be completely out of order. I have recalled the post and it will come up again in the correct order early in January next year. Hope I didn’t cause too much confusion.

R.I.P. Tom Petty

Just heard the sad news that Tom Petty has died. We only saw 1 of his hits chart in SA, ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’,  which he and his band, The Heartbreakers recorded with Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Stevie Nicks. The song entered the charts on 4 September 1981 and spent 12 weeks in the top 20 peaking at 4.

On other charts in SA, he made number 4 with ‘Jammin’ Me’ on the Radio 5 charts, made number 9 on the Capital 604 charts with ‘You Got Lucky’ and managed to get to 12 with ‘Free Fallin’ and 10 with ‘I Won’t Back Down’ on the 702 Talk Radio charts.

R.I.P. Tom.


RIP George Michael


George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou 25 June 1963) passed away on Christmas Day. He began his career in the band Wham! with his friend Andrew Ridgely, then went on to have a successful solo career. Here are his SA Chart hits:

02-Dec-83 Club Tropicana 9 13
24-Aug-84 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 9 24
14-Dec-84 Freedom 8 15
22-Mar-85 Everything She Wants 5 20
12-Jan-86 I’m Your Man 13 15
27-Jul-86 The Edge Of Heaven 7 14
Number of Hits 6
Total Weeks 101


05-Oct-84 Careless Whisper 1 26
25-May-86 A Different Corner 1 23
15-Feb-87 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with Aretha FRANKLIN) 10 21
06-Aug-87 I Want Your Sex 21 8
03-Dec-87 Faith 3 20
Number of Hits 5
Total Weeks 98

RIP Ron ‘Bones’ Brettell


Just heard the sad news of the passing of Ron ‘Bones’ Brettell. Bones was a member of Circus, Clout and Hotline. He had at least 4 songs chart on the SA Top 20 where he was producer. These were:

  • Love Hurts – Mattisson Borthers (7 weeks peak of 13)
  • You’re So Good To Me – Hotline (12 weeks peak of 8)
  • Feel So Strong – Steve Kekana & Hotline (15 weeks peak of 6)
  • Jabulani – Hotline (16 weeks peak of 9)

He would also produce song for The Rockets and Ali Katt as well as helping write and produce the superfunky ‘Sneezing Song’ by Hey Fever.

RIP Ron ‘Bones’ Brettell.

SA Rockdigest Webpages Updated!

Good news!

I have finally updated the pages that show every hit that made the SA charts from 1965 – 1989 (including the songs that made the top 30 but not the top 20 once the charts were extended). These are listed alphabetically by artist and there is a listing alphabetically by song title.

There is also a number of pages giving various stats about the charts.

For all this exciting information, click here.