RIP Peter Sarstedt


Peter Sarstedt died today (8 January 2017). He had 2 SA chart hits:

  • ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’ which spent 8 weeks on the charts, 1 of which was at number 1 in May 1969
  • ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ which charted in June 1969, spent 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 4

We wrote both of his hits.


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.


R.I.P. Bernard Binns of The Helicopters

The Helicopters

The Helicopters – Bernard Binns (centre)

Just heard the sad news of the passing of Bernard Binns, the lead singer of 80s band The Helicopters. The Helicopters saw 2 of their hits make the SA charts:

3 Feb 1984 Mysteries & Jealousies (7 weeks, peak of 23)

21 June 1987 Whisper Your Secret (19 weeks, peak of 6)

R.I.P. Bernard.

RIP Crocodile Harris 1951 – 2015


Just received the sad news that Robin Graham, better known to many South Africans as Crocodile Harris, passed away of 7 July. Harris had 2 SA chart hits. ‘Miss Eva Goodnight’ charted on 22 February 1974. It spent 12 weeks an the charts and peaked at 5. Then on 1 October 1982 ‘Give Me The Good News’ charted and spent 8 weeks in the top 20 peaking at 14. It would also go on to sell over 650 000 copies in France. Our sympathies go to his family.