6 October 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
2 2 9 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
3 3 12 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
4 4 9 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
5 8 6 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
6 7 7 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
7 5 10 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
8 6 18 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
9 12 5 (You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer  – Wha-koo
10 10 11 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
11 11 7 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
12 9 14 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
13 14 3 Rasputin  – Boney M
14 13 11 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
15 16 6 Oh Carol  – Smokie
16 17 3 You’ve Got All of Me  – Clout
17 20 2 Hoeka Toeka  – Carike Keuzenkamp
18 15 18 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
19 New 1 Place in Your Heart  – Nazareth
20 New 1 The Race is On  – Suzi Quatro

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ joined 52 other songs in having spent at least 5 weeks at the top of the charts as it clung on to the number 1 spot to make it 5 weeks at 1 in a row. Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ spent a second consecutive week at 2 and a 3rd week there overall.

A 3 place jump would have bagged you a biggest climber award this week and 3 songs managed this. The first of these was Andy Gibb’s ‘Shadow Dancing’ which moved up from 8 to 5. Gibb’s hit had been a star rater for the past 2 weeks, but not the climber of the week so it was somewhat ironic that when he did not manage a star rater climb (i.e. 4 or more places), he took the climber award. Wha-Koo’s ‘(You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer’ moved up from 12 to 9 and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Hoeka Toeka’ climbed from 20 to 17 to be the other 2 climbers.

Like the climber, the faller of the week was also a 3 place move and there were 2 songs that dropped 3. The first of these was Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ which dropped from 15 to 18 while John Paul Young’s ‘Love Is In The Air’ fell from 9 to 12. It was John Paul Young’s 6th time with the award and he was the 30th act overall to see this many fallers and the 4th from a non-big 3 nation.

Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ enjoyed a 7th week as the oldest on the charts. They were on 18 weeks each.

‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ by Sweet Promise did not fare nearly as well as Jessica Jones’ version had. Where Jones had spent 26 weeks on the charts and gone to number 1, Sweet Promises version only managed 3 weeks and a peak of 19. As mentioned in last week’s entry, the song sat 4th for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. Sweet Promise would only manage this 1 hit.

We also bid farewell to Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ which had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 7. This had been their first SA chart hit and they would have a good few more.

Nazareth returned to the charts with their 3rd hit to date, ‘Place In Your Heart’. The song was written by band member Manny Charlton and would go to number 70 in the UK. It appeared on the band’s 1977 album ‘Expect No Mercy’.

Suzi Quatro returned to the charts with her second hit, ‘The Race Is On’ which followed up her recent hit, ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’. Like her previous hit, her new one was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and this was their 18th hit as song writers. They moved into tied 3rd place on the list of number of hits by a song writer joining Robin Gibb, Les Reed, Roger Greenaway and Jeff Barry there. They were 2 behind Barry Gibb who was in second place and 8 behind leader Terry Dempsey who was on 25. ‘The Race Is On’  would give Suzi a number 10 hit in Austria, a number 15 hit in Germany and would go to 18 in Sweden and 39 in The Netherlands as well as managing to get to 43 in the UK.

After 2 weeks with 10 in the charts, the groups dropped back to only having 9.

Both Copperfield and Amanda Lear were celebrating their 20th week in the chart while Olivia Newton-John and Gene Rockwell saw their weeks count move on to 70. They were the 34th and 35th acts to manage this many with Rockwell being the 9th local act to get to 70 and Newton-John being the 3rd woman. Rockwell was now tied 8th with John Edmonds on the local weeks count list.

Boney M saw their points total pass the 800 mark. They sat 32nd overall for points.

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29 September 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
2 3 8 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
3 2 11 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
4 6 8 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
5 5 9 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
6 4 17 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
7 11 6 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
8 9 5 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
9 7 13 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
10 8 10 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
11 14 6 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
12 10 4 (You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer  – Wha-koo
13 12 10 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
14 19 2 Rasputin  – Boney M
15 13 17 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
16 16 5 Oh Carol  – Smokie
17 18 2 You’ve Got All of Me  – Clout
18 15 13 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
19 20 3 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Sweet Promise
20 New 1 Hoeka Toeka  – Carike Keuzenkamp

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ continued its run at 1. It had been the nation’s favourite for 4 weeks now. After dropping to 3 from 2 last week, Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ regained second spot and relegated Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ to 3.

Boney M picked up their 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Rasputin’ jumped 5 from 19 to 14 to take the honours this week. Lesley Hamilton’s ‘No Hollywood Movie’ was the only other star rater. It moved up 4 from 11 to 7.

On the falling front it was Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ that took the award for a second week running. It fell a further 3 from 15 to 18.

Boney M’s other hit in the charts, ‘Rivers Of Babylon’, and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ were still the oldest on the top 20 enjoying their 17th week with us and celebrating their 6th week as the oldest.

There was only 1 song leaving the chart this week and that was Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ which had enjoyed a run of 11 weeks and peaked at 3. There was more to come from Ms Bush.

The new entry set a new record for gaps between hits. It had been 547 weeks since Carike Keuzenkamp had last been seen in our chart. Back then it was her hit ‘Last Dance’ which had spent its last week in the charts on 5 April 1968. Over a decade later she returned to the charts this week with ‘Hoeka Toeka’. This overtook the previous record of 492 weeks which The Four Seasons had seen. ‘Hoeka Toeka’ was not a cover of the 1963 hit by Chubby Checker which made number 17 in the States. That song was spelt ‘Hooka Tooka’ and was written by Checker himself under the alias B. Evans. Carike’s song was written by our own Anton Goosen and would be the 3rd SA chart hit so far to feature him as song writer (the previous 2 being Vicky du Preez’s’ ‘Totsiens Aufwiedersehen’ and Gene Rockwell’s ‘My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)’ which was at number 10 this week).  Goosen was the 128th song writer to see at least 2 of their compositions feature in the same chart. ‘Hoeka Toeka’ was Carike’s 3rd hit overall and it boosted the local hit count to 5 of the top 20. It was the first time in 23 weeks that the local hits had been this many. This was the 28th Afrikaans song to chart and the 24th pure Afrikaans song with 3 of the 28 being a mix between English and Afrikaans and 1 being an instrumental hit with an Afrikaans title.

Boney M saw their weeks count reach the 50 mark and they were the 59th act to reach a half century for this stat. They also saw their hit ‘Rivers Of Bablyon’ become the 41st song to accumulate at least 300 points. If you classify them as German, then this would have been the 3rd hit by a German act to reach this milestone (the previous 2 being Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ and Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’) but if you classify them as Jamaican, then this would be the first by an act from there to manage 300 or more.

On the local weeks count list we saw Gene Rockwell pull 1 ahead of Lionel Petersen. He now sat 9th on the list on his own with 69 while Petersen dropped to 10th with 68.

‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ had now clocked up 29 weeks between the 2 versions of it that had charted (26 with Jessica Jones’ version and 3 with Sweet Promise’s) and sat tied 4th for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. ‘Master Jack’ on 34, ‘Timothy’ on 37 and ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ on 40 were the ones above it. ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ shared 4th place with ‘Goodbye My Love’ (Murray Campbell, Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell and Nini Rosso) and ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ (The Seekers and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends).

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us moved over the 8 mark on to 8.05. This was the first time it had been 8 or more for 19 weeks.

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22 September 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
2 3 10 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
3 2 7 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
4 4 16 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
5 6 8 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
6 7 7 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
7 5 12 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
8 8 9 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
9 13 4 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
10 16 3 (You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer  – Wha-koo
11 12 5 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
12 10 9 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
13 9 16 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
14 14 5 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
15 11 12 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
16 17 4 Oh Carol  – Smokie
17 15 11 Wuthering Heights  – Kate Bush
18 New 1 You’ve Got All of Me  – Clout
19 New 1 Rasputin  – Boney M
20 20 2 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Sweet Promise

‘Baker Street’ clocked up its 3rd week at 1 while after 3 weeks at 3, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ moved up into second place ousting Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ from that spot. ‘You’re The One That I Want’ had kept local band Clout’s ‘Substitute’ off the top spot in the UK earlier in the year, but now looked like possibly rubbing salt into the wounds by topping our charts in SA.

Wha-Koo’s ‘(You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 16 to 10. This was their first time with the award. For the second week running Andy Gibbs’ ‘Shadow Dancing’ was a star rater but not the climber of the week. It moved up 4 from 13 to 9.

The faller of the week award was shared between Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ and Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ which both fell 4 to land at 13 and 15 respectively. ‘So You Win Again’ also shared the oldest on the chart title with Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ as both songs celebrated their 16th week in the chart and their 5th as the oldest.

The Andrea True Connection’s ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 10 making it the 46th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure. It was the 5th song so far to have a weeks and peak of 10. This would be The Andrea True Connections’ only SA chart hit.

Also going was Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’ which had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This ended Lear’s run with 2 in the chart. The run had lasted 4 weeks. Lear would be the only French act that would manage to have 2 or more in the chart in the same week.

Clout followed up their number 1 SA hit, ‘Substitute’ with their new one, ‘You’ve Got All of Me’. The song was written by Terry Dempsey and John Timperley. It had been almost 5 years since we had last seen Dempsey’s name as a song writer on one of our chart hits and that had been when David Cassidy’s ‘Daydreamer’ was in the charts in 1973. Dempsey now had 25 hits where he appeared as a song writer and he was 5 ahead of Barry Gibb who was in second place. ‘You’ve Got All Of Me’ did not follow ‘Substitute’ into the UK charts but it did have some success in Europe going to 14 in Germany, 17 in The Netherlands and 25 in Austria. It would also make it to 14 in what was then Rhodesia. It brought the local hit count in the top 20 up to 4.

Boney M’s ‘Rasputin’ was the other new entry and, as ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ was still in the top 20, they became the 59th act to have 2 or more in the chart in the same week. The melody of ‘Rasputin’ somewhat resembles the Turkish folk song ‘Kâtibim’ (although the group deny the similarities) and tells the story of the Russian monk Grigori Rasputin. It would give Boney M a number 1 hit in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France and Germany while going to number 2 in Spain, Switzerland and the UK. It wold also chart in Canada (#7), Ireland (#3), The Netherlands (#5), New Zealand (#4) and Rhodesia (#6). This was Boney M’s 4th hit to chart in SA.

It had been 10 weeks since we had seen a particular act type have more than half the chart and this week the groups were back to 10 out of the 20 hits.

Gene Rockwell saw his weeks count move on to 68 and this put him level with Lionel Petersen on the local list. They shared 9th spot.

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15 September 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
2 4 6 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
3 3 9 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
4 2 15 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
5 5 11 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
6 6 7 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
7 13 6 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
8 11 8 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
9 7 15 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
10 9 8 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
11 8 11 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
12 14 4 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
13 17 3 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
14 15 4 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
15 10 10 Wuthering Heights  – Kate Bush
16 19 2 (You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer  – Wha-koo
17 20 3 Oh Carol  – Smokie
18 12 13 Follow Me  – Amanda Lear
19 16 10 What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number  – Andrea True Connection
20 New 1 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Sweet Promise

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ held on to the top spot to clock up its second week there. Previous chart topper, Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ dropped from 2 to 4 and the new second favourite was Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ which swapped places with Boney M’s hit. Abba had seen 12 hits chart so far and with this latest climb, they had only missed out on a top 3 placing with 2 of those 12. ‘Baker Street’ had the honour of clocking up the 240th week at 1 by a song by a British act.

Marshall Hain’s ‘Dancing in the City’ was the climber of the week with a 6 place jump from 13 to 7. It was in its 6th week in the charts and so far had only managed a average climb of 1.75 per week. Apart from this there was one other star rater and that was Andy Gibb’s ‘Shadow Dancing’ which moved up 4 from 17 to 13.

Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’ picked up its 2nd biggest faller award with a 6 place drop from 12 to 18. It had been the faller of the week 2 weeks back. French acts had now accumulated a total of 11 biggest faller awards.

‘Rivers Of Babylon’ by Boney M and ‘So You Win Again’ by Copperfield’ enjoyed a 4th week as the oldest on the charts. They had been with us for a total of 15 weeks each.

For the second week running we only had 1 song leave the chart. This week it was Peter Lotis’ ‘Heidi’ which had been with us for 13 weeks and spent 4 frustrating weeks at 2, kept off the top spot by ‘Rivers Of Babylon’. It was the 6th song now to enter the top 20 at position 10 or higher but not then go on to take the top spot. This would also herald the end of Lotis’ SA chart career. He had seen 4 hits chart and spent a total of 44 weeks in the top 20. His best peak was the number 2 that ‘Heidi’ managed. Lotis had also seen his name appear as producer on 12 hits which clocked up a total of 143 weeks and included 2 number 1 hits (The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ and Alan Garrity’s’ ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’). His weeks count as a producer was the 12th highest to date and would end up being the 31st highest overall. It should be noted here that producers were not always listed on record labels. ‘Heidi’ spent a total of 23 weeks in the charts between Lotis and Herbie & Spence’s version. This would have put the song tied 13th overall for weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version, however, the new entry was a song that had already charted for a different artist.

The new one was Sweet Promise’s cover of the Jessica Jones hit from 1972, ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’. Jones’ version had spent 26 weeks in the charts so with this new version the song crashed straight into 6th place on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version with 27 weeks to its name. It shared 6th place with ‘Mother’ which had been a hit for John Lennon as well as for Barbra Streisand. Sweet Promise were a local group consisting of Dennis East, Miriam Stockley and Neville Nash. East had already had 3 solo hits on the charts and Miriam Stockley had charted with her sister Avril as The Stockley Sisters. Nash had not charted before, but we would see him as a solo artist in a couple of years’ time.

John Paul Young became the 43rd act to reach 60 weeks in the charts. He was the 6th act from a non-big 3 nation to mange this and the second Aussie act after The Seekers whom he was just 6 weeks behind now. He also saw his points count pass the 700 mark. He was also the 6th act from the non-big 3 nations to manage this but here he was the top Australian with 4 of the 5 who were above him on the points list being the same as those above him on the weeks count list. The 1 difference was that instead of The Seekers having a higher points count, it was Boney M who was beating him.

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8 September 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
2 1 14 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
3 3 8 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
4 6 5 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
5 5 10 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
6 4 6 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
7 7 14 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
8 12 10 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
9 10 7 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
10 9 9 Wuthering Heights  – Kate Bush
11 8 7 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
12 11 12 Follow Me  – Amanda Lear
13 13 5 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
14 17 3 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
15 16 3 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
16 15 9 What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number  – Andrea True Connection
17 18 2 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
18 14 13 Heidi  – Peter Lotis
19 New 1 (You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer  – Wha-koo
20 20 2 Oh Carol  – Smokie

After 11 weeks with Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ at number 1, we finally saw a new chart topper and it came in the form of Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ which moved up from 2 to 1 while the former number 1 fell to 2. This was the 80th song by a British act to top the charts.

For a 4th week running the biggest climb a song managed was 4 places and this was the second time we had seen a run this long with the same number of places being the biggest climber. The previous time we had seen a 4 week run like this, the biggest climber had been 5 weeks. The song that managed the 4 place climb this week was Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ which moved up from 12 to 8. Again the biggest climber would be the only star rater.

Peter Lotis picked up his 7th biggest faller award as his hit ‘Heidi’ dropped 4 from 14 to 18 to take the award. He was the 22nd act overall and the 5th local act to clock up this many biggest fallers and he would be the last South African act to reach this total.

Boney M’s Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ entered their 14th week on the charts and were enjoying their 3rd as the oldest in the top 20.

Voyage’s ‘Scotch Machine’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It has seen a run of 5 weeks and peaked at 16. This would be their only SA chart hit. In the UK they would see 2 other hits chart and they were ‘Let’s Fly Away’ which made 38 and ‘Souvenirs’ which made it to number 60.

The new entry was Wha-Koo’s ‘(You’re Such A) Fabulous Dancer’. Wha-Koo were an American band which included as its members Nick van Maarth who had been in Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets, Andy Silvester who had been in Savoy Brown and David Palmer who had worked with Steely Dan although Silvester had left the band by the time ‘(You’re Such A) Fabulous Dancer’ was recorded. The band wouldn’t chart in their native America but did get to number 4 with the song in what was then Rhodesia. It did have the distinction of being the 500th song by an American act to make our charts.

Amanda Lear helped acts from France to move the countries weeks count past the 150 mark. Counting from the number 1 spot down it would have been her ‘Follow Up’ that had the honour of clocking up the 150th weeks for French acts while her ‘Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me)’ clocked up the 151st.

Peter Lotis moved on to 44 weeks in the charts and this meant he had position 18 on the local weeks count list all to himself as he pulled 1 ahead of Richard Jon Smith who dropped into 19th place.

Gene Rockwell became the 69th act overall and the 16th local one to clock up 500 points.

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1 September 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 13 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
2 2 7 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
3 4 7 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
4 7 5 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
5 3 9 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
6 10 4 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
7 5 13 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
8 8 6 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
9 11 8 Wuthering Heights  – Kate Bush
10 12 6 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
11 6 11 Follow Me  – Amanda Lear
12 9 9 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
13 15 4 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
14 13 12 Heidi  – Peter Lotis
15 14 8 What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number  – Andrea True Connection
16 18 2 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
17 19 2 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
18 New 1 Shadow Dancing  – Andy Gibb
19 16 5 Scotch Machine  – Voyage
20 New 1 Oh Carol  – Smokie

‘Rivers Of Babylon’ by Boney M entered its 11th week at the top of the charts and was only the 3rd song to manage this so far. The other 2 were Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ (12 weeks) and Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ (13 weeks). Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ spent a second week at 2.

Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ became the 3rd song to be the biggest climber for 3 consecutive week as it moved up 4 from 10 to 6. The previous 2 to manage this were Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ and Perry Como’s ‘And I Love You So’. All 3 of Abba’s biggest climbs were 4 places while Percy had two 4 place climbs and a 5 place climb and Perry Como’s was 2 4 place climbs and a 9 place climb. There were 6 other songs that had managed 3 biggest climbers, but none of those had managed them in consecutive weeks. ‘Thank You For The Music’ was the only star rater this week.

Falling honours went to Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’ which dropped 5 from 6 to 11 while Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So you Win Again’ enjoyed a 2nd week as the oldest on the charts. They were on 13 weeks.

Herbie & Spence’s version of ‘Heidi’ was the first of 2 songs to drop off the top 20. It had managed a run of 10 weeks and peaked at 13. This would be their only SA chart hit. Peter Lotis’ English version of the song was at 14 this week. The song had clocked up 22 weeks between the 2 versions and was tied 17th for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version.

We also bid farewell to Luisa Fernandez’s ‘Lay Love On You’ which had enjoyed a run of 11 weeks and peaked at 7. Of the 5 songs to chart by Spanish acts so far, only Baccara’s ‘Sorry, I’m A Lady’ had a lower points total with ‘Lay Love On You’ scoring 94 and ‘Sorry, I’m A Lady’ clocking up 57. Baccara’s other hit, ‘Yes Sir I Can Boogie’ was the leading Spanish song with 172 points.

It had been 4 weeks since The Gibbs Brothers had been involved in a hit on the top 20 and that was when ‘Night Fever’ by The Bee Gees was in the charts. They returned to the top 20 this week, but the 3 who made up The Bee Gees had to be satisfied with writing credits only and the artist on the new one was younger brother Andy Gibb with his hit ‘Shadow Dancing’. Andy shared writing credits with Barry, Robin and Maurice. This was Barry’s 20th hit as a song writer and he was second only to Terry Dempsey who had 24 to his name. Robin moved into tied 3rd place with 18, sharing that spot with Les Reed, Jeff Barry and Roger Greenaway. Maurice was 14th overall with 14 to his name. ‘Shadow Dancing’ would knock Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s ‘You’re The One That I Want’ off the top spot in the US charts and would go on to spend 7 weeks at 1 there. He became the first solo artist to see his first 3 hits go to the top of the US charts as it followed up the success of ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ (4 weeks) and ‘Love Is Thicker Than Water’ (2 weeks).

Smokie’s 7th hit, ‘Oh Carol’ was the other new entry. The song was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and was a 17th hit for this song writing duo. They sat tied 7th for number of hits by a song writer sharing the spot with Barry Mason and Geoff Stephens. ‘Oh Carol’ would get to 2 in Switzerland, 3 in Germany, 5 in Austria and the UK, 23 in The Netherlands and 30 in Belgium. This new entry meant that Smokie’s weeks count total moved on to 70 and they were the 33rd act to reach this milestone.

Gene Rockwell took 10th place on his own on the local weeks count list as his 65 put him 1 ahead of Bobby Angel. Peter Lotis moved into tied 18th place on that list alongside Richard Jon Smith with 43 weeks. And on the points front, Boney M moved past 700 on to 706 while Olivia Newton-John passed 800 as her total moved on to 803. Olivia was second only to Barbara Ray for points by a female act. Ray was on 1,155.

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25 August 1978

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Rivers of Babylon  – Boney M
2 3 6 Baker Street  – Gerry Rafferty
3 2 8 Love is in the Air  – John Paul Young
4 5 6 You’re the One That I Want  – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
5 4 12 So You Win Again  – Copperfield
6 6 10 Follow Me  – Amanda Lear
7 11 4 You’re My Best Friend  – Don Williams
8 12 5 My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)  – Gene Rockwell
9 9 8 Fantasy  – Earth, Wind & Fire
10 14 3 Thank You for the Music  – ABBA
11 7 7 Wuthering Heights  – Kate Bush
12 10 5 Just the Way You Are  – Billy Joel
13 8 11 Heidi  – Peter Lotis
14 13 7 What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number  – Andrea True Connection
15 18 3 Dancing in the City  – Marshall, Hain
16 19 4 Scotch Machine  – Voyage
17 15 11 Lay Love on You  – Luisa Fernandez
18 New 1 Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)  – Amanda Lear
19 New 1 No Hollywood Movie  – Lesley Hamilton
20 17 10 Heidi  – Herbie & Spence

‘Rivers Of Babylon’ by Boney M moved into tied 3rd place for weeks at 1 as it clocked up its 10th week at the top of the chart. The other song to make 10 weeks was Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ but that took 3 runs at the top to get to that total while Boney M’s run had been sequential. Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ on 12 weeks and Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ on 13 weeks were the 2 hits above them.

Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ was the main challenger to Boney M now as it moved up from 3 to 2 to replace John Paul Young’s ‘Love Is In The Air’ at number 2.

There was a 3-way tie for climber of the week and it was Don William’s ‘You’re My Best Friend’, Gene Rockwell’s ‘My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)’ and Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ which all moved up 4 places to share the honours. They sat at 7, 8 and 10 respectively and would be the only star raters this week. It was Abba’s 21st time with a star rater and they were the 3rd act to manage this many. Tom Jones on 23 and The Bee Gees on 24 were the ones above them.

Peter Lotis’ ‘Heidi’ took the faller of the week with a 5 place drop from 8 to 13 and with Gene Rockwell being one of the climbers, we had the 46th occasion where we had a local climber and faller.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Little Boy Big Man’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It had managed a run of 8 weeks and peaked at 9. He had managed 6 hits so far, 3 of which had topped the charts, 1 made number 2. ‘Little Boy Big Man’ was his second worst performer beating ‘You And The Looking Glass’ which only managed 6 weeks and a peak of 12. He would return to the charts at a later date.

Also going was Suzi Quatro’s ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’ which had been the oldest on last week’s chart. It managed a run of 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This was just the first of a number of SA chart hits she would have. The new oldest on the charts was Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ which were on 12 weeks. ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ was the 4th song (excluding those on the first top 20) to be at number 1 when it was the oldest on the chart. The previous 3 to manage this were Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ and Wings’ ‘Mull Of Kintyre’.

Amanda Lear became the 58th act and 11th female act to have 2 in the charts at the same time as her ‘Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)’ obeyed the title of her other hit ‘Follow Me’ as it followed it into the charts. ‘Follow Me’ was at 6. ‘Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)’ was written by Lear and Rainer Pietsch. Pietsch had had writing credits on Stobe’s ‘Gimme Dat Banana’ which made number 12 in 1977. It was produced by Anthony Monn who had also produced ‘Follow Me’ as well as Judy Cheeks’ ‘Mellow Lovin’. Monn would have some airplay on the Radio 5 in the early 80’s with his song ‘Who Built The Pyramids’ which he recorded under the name The Tony Monn Concept. ‘Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)’ would go to 10 in Belgium, 11 in The Netherlands and 14 in what was then Rhodesia. It was the 16th song by a French act to chart and France now sat tied 8th with Ireland for number of hits by acts from a nation.

The other new entry was Lesley Hamilton’s ‘No Hollywood Movie’. Despite her rather English sounding name, Hamilton was a German singer and ‘No Hollywood Movie’ was the 20th song by a German act to chart and Germany pulled 1 ahead of Australia to take 6th place on its own on the hits by acts from a nation list. It would make it to 8 on both the Austrian and German charts and in Switzerland it would manage to get to 3. Rolf Soja, who co-wrote the song with Peter Zentner had also co-written Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir I Can Boogie’ and ‘Sorry, I’m A Lady’.

Gene Rockwell moved into tied 10th place on the local weeks count list. His 64 weeks to date put him level with Bobby Angel. A bit further down that list we saw Peter Lotis move into tied 19th place with 42 weeks and he shared the spot with The Rising Sons. This meant that Tommy Dell and Lance James both dropped off the top 20 of that list.

‘Heidi’ had clocked up 21 weeks in total for its 2 different versions and this put it tied 20th for weeks in the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. It shared 20th spot with another song that had charted in English and Afrikaans, ‘As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone’/’Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit’ which had been hits for Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty and Caroline du Preez.

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