|1||1||10||Do You Wanna Make Love||–||Peter McCann|
|2||2||6||Angelo||–||Brotherhood of Man|
|3||4||4||We Salute You (Scotland)||–||Reg de Beer|
|5||6||7||After the Fire is Gone||–||Barbara Ray & Lance James|
|6||11||6||Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye||–||Bubbley|
|7||14||3||Let Go||–||Dobie Gray|
|8||9||5||I Wanna do it with You||–||John Paul Young|
|9||13||3||Star Wars Title Theme||–||Meco|
|10||7||18||(Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud||–||5000 Volts|
|11||5||12||Ma Baker||–||Boney M|
|12||10||9||Lovely Lady||–||Shabby Tiger|
|13||8||12||Give a Little Bit||–||Supertramp|
|14||12||7||I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)||–||Eddie Rabbitt|
|15||New||1||I Need You||–||Joe Dolan|
|16||18||2||Totsiens Aufwiedersehen||–||Vicky du Preez|
|17||16||4||What Kind of Dance is This?||–||Veronica Unlimited|
|18||15||15||Yes Sir, I Can Boogie||–||Baccara|
|19||20||3||When Two Worlds Drift Apart||–||Cliff Richard|
|20||New||1||Massa Massa||–||Frank Valdor, his orchestra & chorus|
Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ spent a 4th week at number 1 and clocked up the 223rd week at 1 for the American acts. This put them level with the British acts for weeks at 1. It had been 59 weeks since the two nations were level for this stat. However, a British act was lurking at 2 as Brotherhood of Man’s ‘Angelo’ spent a second week in second place.
Dobie Gray’s ‘Let Go’ was the climber of the week for a second week running as it moved up 7 from 14 to 7. This followed it’s 6 place jump last week. Bubbley’s ‘Oh Me Oh My Goodbye’ and Meco’s ‘Star Wars Title Theme’ were the other songs to make a 4 or more place star rater climb with the former moving up 5 from 11 to 6 while the latter climbed 4 from 13 to 9.
After 30 weeks in the charts without having a single biggest faller, Boney M finally succumbed to chart gravity in their 31st week on the charts as ‘Ma Baker’ took the faller of the week award with a 6 place drop from 5 to 11. This was the tied 12th highest weeks count by an act before seeing their first faller.
5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ continued as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 18 weeks and was celebrating its 3rd week as the oldest.
Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 16 weeks and enjoyed 2 of those sitting in the top spot. They would return to the charts at a later date.
Also going was Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ which had lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 6. This was 2 weeks and 4 places better than her only other hit to date ‘Could It be Love’. There were still a few more hits to come from Donna.
Joe Dolan followed up the success of ‘Hush Hush Maria’ (a chart topper for 3 weeks) with ‘I Need You’, his 5th hit to date. We had already had one song called ‘I Need You’ in our charts and that was Rick Nelson’s 1969 hit of that name, but it was a different song. Dolan’s one was written by Michael Tinsley and Peter Yellowstone, the latter having a hand in writing an early SA chart topper for Dolan, ‘Lady in Blue’ (from 1975). Only 2 of the songs that Dolan would eventually chart with in SA would make the UK charts, the first was his first SA hit ‘Make Me An Island’ which made number 3 in the UK and ‘I Need You’ was the second, making it to 43 there. The song also made 21 in Holland and 23 in Belgium as well as climbing to 14 in Rhodesia.
The other new entry this week was ‘Massa Massa’ by Frank Valdor, His Orchestra & Chorus. Valdor was a Swiss bandleader and this was the first hit to chart by an act from Switzerland. Apart from its SA Chart appearance, it also managed a number 19 peak in Rhodesia. ‘Massa Massa’ was the 12th song to chart with a 2 word title and it was a repeated word. There had been a further 3 others that had 2 words repeated, but they were then followed by more words in brackets (e.g. ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot me Down)’). I have not included those. ‘Massa Massa’ was also the 9th song to chart that contained no letters from the phrase ‘top twenty’. Valdor died on 5 August 2013 at the age of 76.
Barbara Ray saw her weeks count move on to 98 and she moved into tied 12th place on the overall weeks count list. It had been 694 weeks since a local act was this high on the total weeks count list, with The Staccatos being the previous on to sit at 12.