26 August 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
2 1 9 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
3 5 6 Superman  – Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
4 8 4 Ma Baker  – Boney M
5 3 10 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
6 6 7 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
7 4 12 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan
8 10 3 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
9 7 8 More Than a Lover  – Bonnie Tyler
10 13 4 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
11 16 2 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
12 9 10 Crossfire  – Bellamy Brothers
13 11 5 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
14 20 2 Another Funny Honeymoon  – David Dundas
15 12 7 Gimme Dat Banana  – Strobe
16 14 8 Red Light Spells Danger  – Billy Ocean
17 New 1 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
18 15 13 My Broken Souvenirs  – Pussycat
19 17 11 I Like Dreamin’  – Kenny Nolan
20 New 1 Don’t Tell Me Stories  – Saskia & Serge

Of the acts who would ultimately have 5 or more hits make our charts, 26 before this week had seen their first one top our charts. This week Kenny Rogers became the 27th as ‘Lucille’ took over the number 1 spot from Space’s ‘Magic Flight’. The latter had been at number 1 for 2 weeks. It had been the 3rd song by a French act to top the charts and we would only see 1 more do so. ‘Lucille’ was the 70th song by an American act to make it to the top of our charts. The Americans were still 6 behind the Brits for number of number 1’s.

David Dundas’ ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ did what his previous hit, ‘Jeans On’, had also managed to do and that was to pick up a biggest climber award. It jumped 6 from 20 to 14 to take the award. Other star raters this week were Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ which moved up 4 from 8 to 4 and Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ which climbed 5 from 16 to 11.

It was a 3 place fall that got you a faller of the week award and 4 songs were up for it. Pussycat’s ‘My Broken Souvenirs’ fell from 15 to 18, Strobe’s ‘Gimme Dat Banana’ fell from 12 to 15, The Bellamy Brother’s ‘Crossfire’ dropped from 9 to 12 and Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ moved from 4 to 7. It was Pussycat’s 6th time with the award and they were only the second act who were not from the big 3 nations to pick up this many. The other was Abba who had already picked up 8.

Pussycat could take a little comfort from the fact that their song was the oldest on the charts. It was on 13 weeks and took over the title of oldest from John Paul Young’s ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ which left the top 20 after a run of 17 weeks, 2 of them spent at number 1. The weeks at 1 equalled that which his only other chart topper (‘I Hate The Music’) had managed, but ‘Yesterday’s Hero’ managed a better weeks tally, beating ‘I Hate The Music’s 15 by 2. There was still more to come from him.

We also bid farewell to Abba’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ which managed 16 weeks and also spent 2 weeks at the top of the charts. This had been their 6th chart topper of their 9 hits to date. Their other 3 had peaked at 2, 3 and 7 which is not a bad record at all. There was still plenty to come from them. ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ was their 3rd hit in a row which had topped the charts and this would be something that no other act would manage. In fact the only other act who would see 3 songs in a row peak at the same position was Lionel Petersen who had 3 number 9 hits in a row.

With both songs leaving the chart having been chart toppers, this gave us the 18th occasion when we had 2 former number 1’s depart the chart in the same week. We would never see more than 2 former chart toppers go in the same week.

Shabby Tiger returned to the charts with their second hit, ‘Lovely Lady’ which followed up ‘Slow Down’ which had charted earlier in the year. ‘Lovely Lady’ ­– which was produced by Ben Findon who had had song writing credits on 6 songs to chart in SA so far (including on ‘Slow Down’) – does not appear to have charted anywhere else in the world. ‘Lovely Lady’ was written by Dave Almond and Henderson Gibson and would be the only hit written by them to chart. The band also recorded a song called ‘Amorous Lady’ which I have been unable to determine if it is the same song with a different lyric or not.

Our second new entry was ‘Don’t Tell Me Stories’ by Dutch act Saskia & Serge. The duo were neither a Saskia nor a Serge, but were Trudy van den Berg and Ruud Schaap who had been the artists on Holland’s 1971 entry into the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called ‘Tijd’ which came joint 6th. ‘Don’t Tell Me Stories’ got to 13 in Holland and 15 in Belgium and was the 20th song by a Dutch act to make our top 20.

After a run of 11 weeks of being below 20, the gap between the number of hits that the Americans had brought us and those that the Brits had climbed back to 20 for the last 2 weeks, but it was once again below that figure as it dropped to 19, The Americans had accounted for 471 hits to date while the Brits had brought us 452.

David Dundas celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart mark while 5000 Volts were enjoying their 30th.

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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.