21 October 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
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
4 3 16 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
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.

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14 October 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
2 3 5 Angelo  – Brotherhood of Man
3 2 15 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
4 8 3 We Salute You (Scotland)  – Reg de Beer
5 4 11 Ma Baker  – Boney M
6 6 6 After the Fire is Gone  – Barbara Ray & Lance James
7 11 17 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
8 7 11 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
9 9 4 I Wanna do it with You  – John Paul Young
10 5 8 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
11 10 5 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  – Bubbley
12 14 6 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  – Eddie Rabbitt
13 16 2 Star Wars Title Theme  – Meco
14 20 2 Let Go  – Dobie Gray
15 12 14 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
16 18 3 What Kind of Dance is This?  – Veronica Unlimited
17 13 10 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
18 New 1 Totsiens Aufwiedersehen  – Vicky du Preez
19 15 16 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
20 RE 2 When Two Worlds Drift Apart  – Cliff Richard

The Americans were now only 1 behind the Brits for weeks at 1 as Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ spent a 3rd straight week at the top of the charts and clocked up the 222nd week at 1 for the Americans. The Brits were on 223. We did have a new number 2 as, after 2 weeks with the previous number 1, Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’, at 2, it dropped to 3 making way for Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’ to move into second place.

Dobie Gray’s ‘Let Go’ which had been a new entry last week, was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 20 to 14. He had picked up a climber of the week award with is previous hit, ‘Loving Arms’, making this his second time with the award.

Reg de Beer’s ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ was a star rater for a second week running, climbing a further 4 from 8 to 4 while 5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ managed to have the 6th highest weeks count when experiencing a star rater climb. It was on 17 weeks and moved up 4 from 11 to 7. The record to date weeks count for a star rater was 33 which The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ managed, although it should be noted that this was during a second run on the charts. The record for a single run was 24 weeks when having a star rater climb and that was by Galley’s ‘Nice To be With you’.

Shabby Tiger’s ‘Lovely Lady’ was the faller of the week with a 5 place drop from 5 to 10 while Boney M were celebrating their 30th week in the charts and had yet to see a faller of the week. They were the 18th act so far to have a run of at least 30 weeks without having a biggest faller.

5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ was the oldest on the charts for a second week. As mentioned above, it was sitting on 17 in total in the chart.

We lost 2 songs from the charts and the first of these saw the end of Elvis Presley’s SA chart career. ‘Way Down’ had been in the charts for 6 weeks and peaked at 3. Elvis had managed a total of 14 hits (the 4th highest to date and would be tied 6th highest by the time the charts ended). His weeks count was 131 which put him 3rd overall and he would finish tied 14th, although it should be said he did not have the advantage of the extended top 30 to add to his weeks. He had managed 3 chart toppers and these were ‘Do The Clam’ (1 week), ‘Crying In The Chapel’ (3 weeks) and ‘Suspicious Minds’ (6 weeks) which had given him a total of 10 weeks at 1. In total 25 acts would manage at least 10 weeks at 1 of which 13 to date had done so.

We also said goodbye to a very average song, Sharon Tandy & Graham Clark’s ‘I Believe In You’, and before you start having a go at me about calling the song average, I should explain that it was the 6th song to have a peak of 9 and spend 11 weeks on the chart which was the rounded average peak and weeks figure for every song that would spend time on our charts. This would be the end of the SA Chart road for both Graham and Tandy. For Graham this would be his only SA chart action, but Sharon had also had a hit with Billy Forrest (‘Hello-A’) which gave her a weeks total of 24 and a best peak of 5 which ‘Hello-A’ managed.

The first of our new entries was the 26th Afrikaans (even though it had a half German title) song to chart. Vicky du Preez’s’ ‘Totsiens Aufwiedersehen’ came just over a year after the last Afrikaans song to chart, Ian & Dix’s ‘Sonder Jou’, left the top 20 and this gap of 54 weeks was the second biggest we had seen to date between Afrikaans hits, the biggest gap so far being the 67 weeks between The Bats ‘Weltevreded Stasie’ leaving the charts and Lance James’ ‘Dankie’ entering them. ‘Totsiens Aufwiedersehen’ lists 2 song writers, Tinus Esterhuizen and a certain Anton Goosen. This was the first mention Goosen had had on our charts and there was more to come from both his pen and his vocal chords.

Cliff Richard’s ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ became the 3rd song to return to the charts after an absence of 5 weeks, the previous 2 being The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ and the Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’. Only 2 songs had seen bigger gaps and those were The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ which took a 24 weeks leave of absence while Ricky Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ took a massive 218 week break. There had been a total of 96 occasions where a song had re-entered the charts and of those 5 had been songs re-entering for the second time.

As mentioned above, Boney M reach the 30 week mark, but the other one reaching a milestone was Cliff Richard who reached 120 weeks. He sat 6th overall for weeks and was unmoved on the weeks count list, sitting 5 behind the next up who were The Bee Gees and Abba who were tied on 125. Barbara Ray joined The Beach Boys in 13th place on the list as her 97 weeks put her level with them. The last time we had seen a local act this high in the weeks count list was back in November 1973 when The Staccatos sat this high.

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7 October 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
2 2 14 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
3 6 4 Angelo  – Brotherhood of Man
4 3 10 Ma Baker  – Boney M
5 5 7 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
6 9 5 After the Fire is Gone  – Barbara Ray & Lance James
7 4 10 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
8 13 2 We Salute You (Scotland)  – Reg de Beer
9 17 3 I Wanna do it with You  – John Paul Young
10 7 4 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  – Bubbley
11 11 16 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
12 8 13 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
13 12 9 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
14 15 5 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  – Eddie Rabbitt
15 10 15 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
16 New 1 Star Wars Title Theme  – Meco
17 14 11 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
18 19 2 What Kind of Dance is This?  – Veronica Unlimited
19 16 6 Way Down  – Elvis Presley
20 New 1 Let Go  – Dobie Gray

Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ held on to the top spot to make it 2 weeks at 1 while the former chart topper, Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’, sat unmoved at 2. The Americans were now just 2 weeks behind the Brits for weeks at 1 with the former on 221 and the latter 223. It had been 177 weeks and counting since the Americans led the way for weeks at 1.

John Paul Young picked up his 6th biggest climber award with an 8 place climb by ‘I Wanna Do It With You’ which moved up from 17 to 9. He now equalled The Seekers for number of biggest climbers and the 2 acts sat top of the list for Australian acts.

The only other star rater was Reg de Beer’s ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ which moved up 5 from 13 to 8.

A former number 1, Space’s ‘Magic Flight’ was the faller of the week. It dropped 5 places from10 to 15 and this was the 7th time and 6th song by a French act to take the faller award with The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ still being the only French act song to take the award twice.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ was the first of 2 to leave the top 20 this week. It had seen a run of 17 weeks and spent 3 weeks at 1. This was 3 weeks less at 1 than his previous hit, ‘Lady In Blue’, which was also his only other chart topper. ‘Hush Hush Maria’ was however his leading song for total weeks on the charts as its 17 was 3 more than ‘Lady In Blue’s 14, his second highest to date. 5000 Volts’ ‘(Walkin’ On A) Love Cloud’ took over as the oldest. It was on 16 weeks.

Also leaving us was David Dundas’ ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ which managed 7 weeks and a peak of 11. This brought to an end his 2 hit career. His other hit, ‘Jeans On’ was a much better performer, reaching 3 during an 18 week stint in the charts. Dundas’ total weeks count was 25 and he sat tied 136th overall for weeks.

The first of the new entries was a disco take on a movie theme. Meco’s ‘Star Wars Title Theme’ took the well-known music from the well-known film composed by the well-known John Williams and made it suitable for a dance floor. Meco (real name Domenico Monardo, born 29 November 1939) apparently saw the film on the first day of its released and then a further 4 times by the end of the following day. That was where he got the idea of creating his version of the theme tune. The idea proved a good one as the song topped the US charts for 2 weeks in October of 1977. In the UK it made it to number 7 and also made it to 5 in New Zealand and Rhodesia, 7 in Belgium, 10 in Holland and 13 is Sweden. This was the 46th instrumental to hit our charts to date. The arrival of ‘Star Wars Title Theme’ on the charts ended an 11 week run where we had had no US Hot 100 chart toppers in the top 20.

The last time we had seen Dobie Gray on the charts was in August 1974. It was 3 years 2 months and 5 days after ‘Loving Arms’ spent its last week on the charts and this gap of 166 weeks between that hit and his new entry this week, ‘Let Go’ was the tied 41st biggest between hits to date. Despite being the title track of his 6th album, the song failed to make an impression on either side of the Atlantic and didn’t trouble any of the major European charts either. Gray managed to have 8 songs make the Hot 100 in the US during his career. He died on 6 December 2011 aged 71.

Shabby Tiger celebrated their 20th week in total in the charts while Lance James was hitting the 30 week milestone. James was the 33rd local act to reach 30 weeks in the charts.

Barbara Ray continued to climb the overall weeks charts as her 96 moved her into 14th place on her own, going 1 ahead of Herman’s Hermits who dropped to 15th. She also celebrated becoming the first local act and 17th act overall to reach the 1,000 points mark. In total only 30 acts would see their points total reach this level and there would only be 1 other local act who would do so.

John Paul Young became the 64th act to reach the halfway mark to 1,000 points as he sailed past the 500 point mark on to 504. He was in second place for Aussie acts and 136 points being the leading Aussie act, The Seekers, who were on 640.

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30 September 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 7 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
2 1 13 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
3 2 9 Ma Baker  – Boney M
4 4 9 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
5 6 6 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
6 10 3 Angelo  – Brotherhood of Man
7 14 3 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  – Bubbley
8 5 12 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
9 13 4 After the Fire is Gone  – Barbara Ray & Lance James
10 8 14 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
11 9 15 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
12 7 8 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
13 New 1 We Salute You (Scotland)  – Reg de Beer
14 12 10 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
15 15 4 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  – Eddie Rabbitt
16 16 5 Way Down  – Elvis Presley
17 18 2 I Wanna do it with You  – John Paul Young
18 11 7 Another Funny Honeymoon  – David Dundas
19 New 1 What Kind of Dance is This?  – Veronica Unlimited
20 17 17 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan

‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ by Peter McCann ended Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’s run at number 1 as it climbed 2 from 3 to 1. ‘Lucille’ had been the nation’s favourite for 6 weeks and it dropped to number 2. ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ clocked up the 220th week at 1 for the American acts and they were now just 3 behind the Brits who were on 223.

‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ by Bubbley took the climber of the week award with a 7 place jump from 14 to 7. This was the 20th time that a Dutch act had taken the award and there would only be 5 more times we would see a Dutch act manage this.

There were 2 other star raters, the first being last week’s biggest climber, Brotherhood Of Man’s ‘Angelo’, which moved up 4 from 10 to 6 and Barbara Ray and Lance James’ ‘After The Fire Is Gone’ which climbed 4 from 13 to 9. It was Barbara Ray’s 11th time with a star rater and she was the 21st act overall and 2nd local act after Jody Wayne to reach this many. Ray and Wayne (who both had common first names as their last names) sat tied at the top of the local list.

David Dundas picked up his 3rd biggest faller award as his ‘Another Funny Honeymoon’ dropped 7 from 11 to 18. His previous 2 times had been with his previous hit, ‘Jeans On’.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ moved on to 17 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its 5th week as the longest on the top 20.

There were 2 songs that left the charts this week, the first of which was Bonnie Tyler’s ‘More Than A Lover’ which had enjoyed a run of 12 weeks in the charts and a peak of 3. She had only had 1 other hit to date, ‘Lost In France’, which had preformed better, going to 2 during a 15 week run. The good news for Bonnie was that she had more hits to come.

Also going was Saskia & Serge’s ‘Don’t Tell Me Stories’. It had seen 5 weeks of chart action and managed to get to a peak position of 15. This for them would be the sum total of their SA chart career.

Reg de Beer brought us the 306th song by a local act to chart when his song ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ entered the charts this week. Reg was best known as a radio DJ, starting his broadcasting career with LM Radio, then moving on to Highveld and Radio Port Natal before returning to LM Radio which re-launched in December 2009. Sadly Reg passed away on 21 January 2012. ‘We Salute You (Scotland)’ was a narrative spoken by Reg over a piece of music played on the bagpipes. The narrative was a tribute to the ‘boys on the border’, young South African men doing their national service in what was then South West Africa. With its entry position being 13, it was the 7th local song so far to debut at least this high in the charts and tied highest for a local male, equalling Jonathan Butler’s ‘Please Stay’.

The second new entry was by a Dutch act. The song was ‘What Kind Of Dance Is This?’ and the artist was called Veronica Unlimited. The band was a studio group brought together to celebrate the (slightly odd) 12.5 year anniversary of The Veronica Top 40, a chart broadcast by Radio Veronica which started life as a pirate radio station. The organiser of the group was Hans van Hemert who also penned their hit. Van Hemert was no stranger to our charts as he also had song writing credits on The Rising Sons ‘How Do You Do’, Cyan’s ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ and Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest’s ‘Hello-A’. The Rising Sons and the Tandy/Forrest duet were covers of songs originally recorded by Dutch act Mouth & MacNeal. ‘What Kind Of Dance Is This?’ was the 22nd by a Dutch act to grace our charts and it would make it to number 2 in Holland and Belgium.

Elvis Presley celebrated reaching the 130 weeks in the charts milestone. He was the 3rd act after The Hollies and Tom Jones, to accumulate this many weeks. Barbara Ray moved into tied 14th place on the overall weeks count list, her 95 equalling that of Herman’s Hermits. She was the outright leader on the local list and was now 3 ahead of Billy Forrest who was on 92.

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23 September 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
2 2 8 Ma Baker  – Boney M
3 5 6 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
4 4 8 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
5 3 11 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
6 8 5 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
7 6 7 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
8 7 13 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
9 9 14 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
10 18 2 Angelo  – Brotherhood of Man
11 11 6 Another Funny Honeymoon  – David Dundas
12 10 9 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
13 14 3 After the Fire is Gone  – Barbara Ray & Lance James
14 20 2 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  – Bubbley
15 16 3 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  – Eddie Rabbitt
16 13 4 Way Down  – Elvis Presley
17 12 16 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan
18 New 1 I Wanna do it with You  – John Paul Young
19 15 5 Don’t Tell Me Stories  – Saskia & Serge
20 17 12 More Than a Lover  – Bonnie Tyler

‘Lucille’ by Kenny Rogers spent a 5th week at the top of the charts while Boney M had a 4th week of frustration sitting at 2 with ‘Ma Baker’. Their only other hit to date, ‘Daddy Cool’ had peaked at 2, so they would have been really hoping to go one better with their second hit, but so far had been kept at bay by four hungry children and a crop in the field.

Brotherhood of Man’s ‘Angelo’ was the climber of the week. It moved up 8 from 18 to 10 to take the award. It was joined in a star rater climb by Bubbley’s ‘Oh Me Oh My Goodbye’ which moved up 6 from 20 to 14.

Joe Dolan collected his 5th biggest faller award with previous chart topper, ‘Hush Hush Maria’, dropping 5 from 12 to 17. It was the oldest song on the charts having been with us for 16 weeks.

There was only 1 song leaving the chart this week and it was Rabbitt’s ‘Morning Light’ which had seen a run of just 3 weeks and a peak of 15 which was the worst on both fronts for their 3 hits to date. They still had one more to come.

John Paul Young clocked up his 4th SA hit as ‘I Wanna Do It With You’ entered the top 20 at 18 this week. Once again the song writers were Harry Vanda and George Young who had written all John Paul Young’s hits to date. The song would score a number 7 hit in his native Australia. This was the 17th song by an Australia artist to chart on our top 20. John Paul Young’s 4 hits was the second highest to date for an Aussie act with the 7 that The Seekers managed being the best. Australia were now just 1 behind the Germans for number of hits as they had 17 to date and sat 7th overall for number of hits by acts from a nation.

This week, we saw the first time that we had 2 local duets siting next to each other in the charts as Sharon Tandy and Graham Clark’s ‘I Believe In You’ was at 12 while Barbara Ray and Lance James’ ‘After The Fire Is Gone’ was 1 place below it at 13.

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16 September 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
2 2 7 Ma Baker  – Boney M
3 4 10 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
4 5 7 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
5 10 5 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
6 6 6 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
7 3 12 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
8 8 4 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
9 7 13 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
10 9 8 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
11 13 5 Another Funny Honeymoon  – David Dundas
12 11 15 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan
13 14 3 Way Down  – Elvis Presley
14 17 2 After the Fire is Gone  – Barbara Ray & Lance James
15 16 4 Don’t Tell Me Stories  – Saskia & Serge
16 18 2 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  – Eddie Rabbitt
17 12 11 More Than a Lover  – Bonnie Tyler
18 New 1 Angelo  – Brotherhood of Man
19 15 3 Morning Light  – Rabbitt
20 New 1 Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye  – Bubbley

Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ spent a 4th straight week at 1 while Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ spent a 3rd frustrating week at 2. The Americans were closing the gap on the Brits for weeks spent at 1 as this was their 218th and they were now just 5 behind the Brits 223.

Peter McCann’s ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ was the climber of the week moving up 5 from 10 to 5 in this its 5th week on the chart so a bit of a 5 theme going on there. It would be the only star rater we would see this week.

And sticking with the 5s, that was how many places the biggest faller, Bonnie Tyler’s ‘More Than A Lover’, fell (from 12 to 17) to take the faller of the week award. Tyler was enjoying her 26th week in total on the charts and this was her first time with the award. It was the 18th highest weeks count for an act before they saw their first biggest faller award. The Seekers 58 weeks before their first faller award was the best to date.

The oldest song on the chart remained Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush’ Maria’ which was enjoying its 15th week on the charts and its 3rd as the oldest.

Two songs left the charts, the first of these was The Bellamy Brothers’ ‘Crossfire’ which dropped out of the top 20 from position 20 last week. So far just over 16% of the songs leaving the chart had spent their last week at number 20. ‘Crossfire’ lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6, a good performance, but not as good as their first and only other hit to date, ‘Let Your Love Flow’ which topped the charts for 1 week during a 16 week run. They still had a hit to come.

Cliff Richard’s ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ was the other song to go. It had lasted just 1 week and spent that at number 19. This was Cliff’s 3rd song to have a run of just 1 week in the charts, his previous 2 to manage this were ‘Just Another Guy’ (which was on the very first chart, but not the second) and ‘Big Ship’. Both of those had peaked at 18, making ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ run his worst to date. He still had a number of hits to come.

Brotherhood Of Man’s last hit, ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’ had finished its chart run on 6 August 1976, but they were back with a second hit, ‘Angelo’ which had been their second UK chart topper, knocking Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ from the top spot before spending just 1 week there. It also managed to top the charts in Ireland while going to number 2 in Belgium, 4 in Holland, 14 in Germany, 27 in New Zealand and 70 in France. There were some accusations that the song sounded too similar to Abba’s 1976 hit ‘Fernando’ but co-writer of ‘Angelo’ and a member of Brotherhood Of Man, Lee Sheridan denies that there was an attempt to copy.

The other new entry was ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’. In South Africa the artist’s name was listed as Bubbley, while in other countries, including their native Holland, they were known as Champagne. Not sure why the name was changed in South Africa. ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Goodbye’ was their second single and it went to 2 in Holland, 3 in Belgium and 25 in Germany. The song features Martin Duiser in the song writing credits, Duiser had been the song writer on Cornelia’s 1975 hit ‘Another Love To Come’.

Barbara Ray became the new outright leader for weeks by a local act as her total ticked over to 93, knocking Billy Forrest on 92 into second place. Ray sat 15th on the overall list and led the way for female artists, 20 weeks ahead of second placed Petula Clark.

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9 September 1977

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Lucille  – Kenny Rogers
2 2 6 Ma Baker  – Boney M
3 3 11 Magic Flight (Aka Magic Fly)  – Space
4 4 9 Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  – Baccara
5 6 6 Give a Little Bit  – Supertramp
6 8 5 I Feel Love  – Donna Summer
7 7 12 (Walkin’ on a) Love Cloud  – 5000 Volts
8 13 3 Lovely Lady  – Shabby Tiger
9 12 7 I Believe in You  – Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
10 10 4 Do You Wanna Make Love  – Peter McCann
11 9 14 Hush Hush Maria  – Joe Dolan
12 11 10 More Than a Lover  – Bonnie Tyler
13 14 4 Another Funny Honeymoon  – David Dundas
14 17 2 Way Down  – Elvis Presley
15 16 2 Morning Light  – Rabbitt
16 19 3 Don’t Tell Me Stories  – Saskia & Serge
17 New 1 After the Fire is Gone  – Barbara Ray & Lance James
18 New 1 I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)  – Eddie Rabbitt
19 New 1 When Two Worlds Drift Apart  – Cliff Richard
20 15 12 Crossfire  – Bellamy Brothers

It was now 3 weeks at 1 for Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lucille’ as it held off the challenge from Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’ which spent a second week at 2. Also lurking with an outside chance of regaining the top spot was Space’s ‘Magic Flight; which spent a second week at 3.

Shabby Tiger’s ‘Lovely Lady’ was the climber of the week for a second week running as it moved up 5 from 13 to 8. Unlike the previous week, they did not have to share the award with anyone. They also did not have to share star rater honours with anyone else as this was the only song to climb 4 or more places in the week.

The Bellamy Brothers’ ‘Crossfire’ picked up its 2nd biggest faller award with a 5 place drop from 15 to 20. It was the third time the band had taken these honours as they had seen it once with their previous hit, ‘Let your Love Flow’.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Hush Hush Maria’ enjoyed its 2nd week as the oldest on the charts. It was sitting on 14 weeks in the top 20.

Billy Ocean’s ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ was the first of 3 songs to drop off the top 20 this week. It had managed a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 5. There would be more to come from him.

Also leaving us was Strobe’s ‘Gimme Dat Banana’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 12. For them this would be their only SA chart hit.

Last to go was Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch’s’ ‘Superman’ which left the charts from an all time record highest position of 5. The previous highest position to leave the charts from was 7 which Tidal Wave’s ‘Mango Mango’ had managed. The reason for this sudden plunge off the top 20 was that, after 7 weeks of the song being on the charts, the censors finally woke up to the fact that ‘the words of this record have obvious sexual implications and as such they are offensive and undesirable. They are designed to stimulate lust and thus are offensive to public morals’ (The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship, Oxford University Press, 2018, edited by Patricia Hall). The song had peaked at 3 and would be their only SA chart hit.

Barbara Ray and Lance James teamed up to bring us our first new entry this week in the form of ‘After The Fire Is Gone’. This would move Barbara onto double figures for number of hits and she would be the third local act to get to 10, following after Jody Wayne and Billy Forrest. Lance James was way behind on 4 hits. In total 15 acts had managed to get to 10 hits and Ray was only the second woman to do so. The only other woman to manage this was Petula Clark who sat on 11. ‘After The Fire Is Gone’ was originally recorded in 1971 by Loretta Lynne and Conway Twitty (who had topped our charts back in 1975 with ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’) and they took it to the top of the US Country Singles charts and 56 on the main Hot 100. In 1974 Willie Nelson teamed up with Tracy Nelson to take a version to 17 on the US Country Singles charts. It had been 192 weeks since Lance James was last on our charts and he was the 96th act to experience a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits. 22 of those 96 were local acts.

Our second new entry’s surname was the same as the band sitting at number 15 on our charts, but that was pure coincidence, there was no connection between Eddie Rabbitt and Trevor Rabin and the boys. Eddie’s song ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Here Comes The Feeling)’ was the new entry (not to be confused with the Johnny Rivers hit from 1969, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’) and would garner Rabbitt (Eddie not the local boys) a number 2 hit on the US Country Singles charts as well as going to 71 on the main Hot 100.

The final new entry this week took Cliff Richard into the outright lead for number of hits as he moved 1 ahead of Tom Jones. ‘When Two Worlds Drift Apart’ was Cliff’s 19th to make our charts while Tom sat on 18. Jones had held the lead (either on his own or tied) for 521 weeks (just on 10 years!) The song would be Cliff’s 70th to make the UK charts where it would go on to make it to number 46. It would not chart on any of the major European charts, nor make the US Hot 100.

Spain moved ahead of New Zealand for weeks in the charts by acts from those nations. Baccara helped Spain on to 30 weeks and the nation sat 14th overall.

Sharon Tandy became the 52nd local act to reach the 20 weeks in the chart mark. She was the 14th local woman to do so which meant that exactly half of the local women who had charted had now reached 20 weeks.

Cliff Richard’s 119 weeks gave him 6th place on the overall weeks count list to himself as he pulled 1 ahead of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Further down the list we saw Barbara Ray move into tied 15th place with Billy Forrest and Tommy Roe. Those who have been following this blog closely may have picked up that Barbara now shared the top spot on the local list with Billy Forrest.

On the points front we saw Elvis move past the 1,300 mark as his total ticked over to 1,302 while Joe Dolan moved past 600 to 608. Presley sat 8th overall while Dolan was tied 46thwith Smokie.

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