|1||2||9||My Love||–||Joe Dolan|
|4||3||6||I was Made for Lovin’ You||–||Kiss|
|5||4||6||Ring My Bell||–||Anita Ward|
|6||10||4||Born to be Alive||–||Patrick Hernandez|
|7||7||7||The Face in the Mirror||–||Century|
|8||6||14||The Logical Song||–||Supertramp|
|9||8||8||Magic Carpet Ride||–||Buffalo Featuring Peter Vee|
|10||9||13||For Your Love||–||Chilly|
|12||17||3||How Could This Go Wrong||–||Exile|
|14||14||6||Does Your Mother Know||–||ABBA|
|16||13||11||Knock on Wood||–||Amii Stewart|
|17||11||12||Honey I’m Lost||–||Dooleys|
|18||19||2||Shine a Little Love||–||Electric Light Orchestra|
|19||New||1||Sometimes When We Touch||–||Dan Hill|
Having regained the top spot last week, Racey‘s ‘Some Girls’ could not hold on to it and relinquished it back to Joe Dolan’s ‘My Love’ this was the 5th time we had seen 2 songs swap place twice at the top of the charts. ‘Some Girls’ had clocked up a total of 7 weeks at 1. It was Dolan’s 13th week in total at 1 and this moved him into tied 5th place overall for weeks at 1 joining Boney M, Chris Andrews and Johnny Nash there.
Exile’s ‘How Could This Go Wrong’ gave them their 2nd biggest climber award as it climbed 5 from 17 to 12. They had picked up their previous one with ‘Kiss You All Over’. Patrick Henandez’s ‘Born To Be Alive’ was a star rater for a 3rd week running as it climbed 4 from 10 to 6. Only 1 of those 3 star rater climbs had scooped the song a biggest climber award.
Faller of the week was The Dooleys’ ‘Honey I’m Lost’ which fell 6 from 11 to 17.
Eruption’s ‘One Way Ticket’ left the charts this week after 15 weeks and a peak at 5. As the song title suggested, there was no return for Eruption as this ended their SA chart career. They had seen 2 hits charts (the other being ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’), spent a total of 26 weeks in the charts and both songs peaked at 5.
The other song to go also had a sense of finality to it in the title as it was Wings’ ‘Goodnight Tonight’. It managed a run of 5 weeks and a peak of 15, the mirror opposite of its fellow leaver. This would be the last we would see of hits attributed to the band. They had managed 5 hits, spent 65 weeks in the charts and their beast peak was the chart topping ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ which spent a total of 5 weeks at 1. There would be further hits by Paul McCartney to chart, but none would be with Wings.
Eruption’s ‘One Way Ticket’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and that title now fell to Supertramp’s ‘The Logical Song’ which was on 14 weeks.
The first new entry was ‘Fire’, a Pointer Sister’s cover of a Bruce Springsteen song. Springsteen wrote the track in 1977 with Elvis Presley in mind to record it. He sent a demo off, but sadly Elvis died before he got it. Springsteen recorded his own version, but felt that it didn’t fit in thematically with the rest of the material on his album, ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ so it sat around till Springsteen released the box set ‘The Promise’ in 2010. There were, however, live versions from him which did make other albums and one of them made it to 46 in the US when it was released as a single. The Pointer Sisters’ version would top the charts in New Zealand and The Netherlands as well as getting to 2 in the US and 34 in the UK. Toto’s David Paich plays organ and piano on the track.
Dan Hill had seen 2 songs chart on our charts already, but this week we saw the debut SA chart hit for Dan Hill. Confused? Well the answer is quite simple really. The Dan Hill who had previously charted was a local lad while the one charting this week was a Canadian bloke. His new entry was ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ and it was the 32nd song by a Canadian to make our charts. Canada was the highest ranking non-big 3 nation for number of hits, sitting 4th behind the big 3 – the US, the UK and SA. Hill wrote the song along with Barry Mann and while it was Hill’s first hit as songwriter, it was a 7th for Mann who had brought us hits such as The Staccatos ‘Come Back Silly Girl’, Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ and Waterloo’s ‘Rock And Roll Lullaby’ amongst others. ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ has been widely covered, including by Tina Turner, Tammy Wynette, Demis Roussos, Bonnie Tyler, Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart. It would top the charts in Canada and go to 3 in the US and 13 in the UK. Dan Hill was 9,227 days old when he charted and that was the exact same age Bobbie Gentry had been when she charted with ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’. This was the 24th time we had seen someone chart at exactly the same age as a previous charter.
Sweden pulled ahead of Australia for weeks in the charts by acts from those nations. Sweden had now clocked up 199 compared to Australia’s 198 and sat 7th overall with Australia dropping into 8th place.
Peter Vee became the 23rd local act to reach 40 weeks on the charts as his total moved on to this milestone. He was the 13th local male to reach 40 weeks.