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3rd JAN 1979

It’s a new year 1979 and I hit 21, all grown up. I didn’t have a party, though after my mate had returned from Wisconsin and found I’d turned 21 he nagged me to have a belated one (thanks Pete!) at home in Mansfield. So I did, my College friends came, one spiked another’s drink, who threw up on my parents bed (no names as she’s still embarrassed about it), and waddya know Pete didn’t make it to the party - he never was conventional, married a Japanese girl and last seen in Tokyo being daddy.

Music-wise, just like today oldies from the previous year get a boost, and the lack of new singles allows a sneaky new chart-topper. Sally Oldfield just sounded so right for the new year, all fresh and delightful, and her brother was ringing in the changes at 18 too. Ian Dury’s classic gets to 6, while Elton and Hot Choc get another Top 10 in very long runs of top 10 hits, give or take.

Earth Wind & Fire are a bit late for September, but chart in my next 2014 chart with the same song courtesy of being used heavily in current movie Last Vegas (and making the Archive Chart Top 40) which I saw this week. Shalamar get a big climber with a great disco soul record, and highest new entry is veteran Frankie Avalon and his Grease cameo (very amusing and 50’s pastiche too) joining Paul Evans from the same clean-cut pop-star era and Mud covering a 50‘s doo-wop classic. Having disco-fied Star Wars Meco has a less-successful go at the Wizard Of Oz, and Manhattan Transfer have a lot of questions and very few answers…

New Year TV is dominated by old films, notably New Year sentimental comedy classic from Billy Wilder, The Apartment. Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine stole my heart and a real fave.




1 ( 5 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
2 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
3 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 2 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
5 ( 6 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
6 ( 12 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7 ( 4 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
8 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic
9 ( 16 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
10 ( 14 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate

11 ( 7 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
12 ( 10 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
13 ( 11 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
15 ( 17 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
16 ( 13 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
17 ( 25 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
18 ( 15 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
19 ( 22 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
20 ( 26 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic




21 ( 15 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
22 ( 20 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
23 ( 35 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
24 ( 21 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
25 ( 32 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
26 ( 24 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
27 ( 49 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
28 ( 23 ) YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
29 ( 29 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
30 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 28 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
32 ( 27 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
33 ( 37 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
34 ( 19 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
35 ( 36 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
36 ( 38 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
37 ( 41 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
38 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
39 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 31 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave




41 ( 34 ) DON'T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
42 ( 33 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
43 ( 63 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
44 ( 44 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
45 ( 51 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
46 ( 46 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
47 ( 43 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
48 ( 42 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
49 ( 47 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
50 ( 52 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester




51 ( 57 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( NEW ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
53 ( 58 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
54 ( 45 ) MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL The Cars
55 ( 48 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
56 ( 53 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
57 ( 59 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
58 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
59 ( 50 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
60 ( 69 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White




61 ( 51 ) ANYWAY YOU DO IT Liquid Gold
62 ( 55 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
63 ( 60 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 68 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
66 ( 71 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 67 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
68 ( 72 ) IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
69 ( 65 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
70 ( 66 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot

71 ( NEW ) NEW DAY Airwaves
72 ( 54 ) CHRISTMAS IN SMURFLAND Father Abraham & The Smurfs
73 ( 56 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
74 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Mud
75 ( NEW ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer

TV
1 THE APARTMENT
2 What's New Pussycat?
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Fantastic Journey (Wed)
5 MASH (part 2)
6 Happy Days
7 The Rockford Files
8 Fantastic Journey (Fri)
9 Fantastic Journey (Thurs)
10 The 2 Ronnies


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10th JAN 1979 - Headlines: Tunisia, knife-threats, Roman history and disco hits...

Back to College - and straight off to Tunisia for a Geography field trip (and history/art-related). It wasn’t free, we had to pay for it (staying in Sousse), but it was a great experience. Visits to schools, Roman amphitheatres at El Djem (not far from where Star Wars had been filmed) and a ruin at Carthage (Tunis) - oh and a pottery where my bag managed to knock over and break an urn. “Ca va ca va” said the generous owner, but I felt obliged to buy a crooked vase as penance. Still got it…

My mate Pete (yes him again) had barely got off the plane from the States and he was back on this one to Tunisia, providing me with a great disco experience. Well, cut short experience when he lept to the defence of some of the girls who were getting hassled by local lads to dance. Having already watched one student reduced to tears after one gentleman in the local market offered to buy her for a camel - maybe she was insulted it wasn’t two! - the girls were getting bit fed up with the gropey “fair-game” attitude towards Western women. Anyway, we enjoyed Barry White’s Just The Way You Are, and freaked out properly to Chic’s Le Freak, but after Pete had been threatened with a knife once he stepped outside we decided an early night was the way forward and left in a gang for safety. Aahh Happy days (and explains the short TV chart!) - hoping to finally catch that 1979 Top Of The Pops I missed this week…

So, YMCA back at the top (bound to have been on at the disco!), Anne Murray finally gets into the Top 10 after 2 or 3 months in the chart, her first since 1974, and three new entries into the Top 40: Phoebe Snow with Paul McCartney’s Every Night, Diana Ross & Michael Jackson with the single from the Movie The Wiz (and explains Meco’s Oz cash-in), and the Queen mum’s alleged fave pop hit novelty song Car 67, which was actually fairly charming.

1 ( 2 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 1 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
3 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 6 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
5 ( 5 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
6 ( 4 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
7 ( 10 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
8 ( 23 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
9 ( 7 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
10 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic




11 ( 9 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
12 ( 19 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
13 ( 17 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
14 ( 11 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
15 ( 13 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
17 ( 15 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
18 ( 20 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
19 ( 14 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
20 ( 16 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie




21 ( 21 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
22 ( 25 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
23 ( 22 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
24 ( 18 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
25 ( NEW ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
26 ( NEW ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
27 ( NEW ) CAR 67 Driver 67
28 ( 52 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
29 ( 24 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
30 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks




31 ( 26 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
32 ( 35 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
33 ( 36 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
34 ( 27 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
35 ( 38 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
36 ( 29 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
37 ( 31 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 33 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
39 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 40 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave




41 ( 32 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
42 ( 34 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
43 ( 43 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
44 ( 60 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
45 ( 49 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
46 ( 28 ) YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
47 ( 45 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
48 ( 44 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
49 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
50 ( 41 ) DON'T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks

51 ( 46 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
52 ( 58 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
53 ( 48 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
54 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
55 ( 53 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
56 ( 42 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
59 ( 47 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
60 ( 56 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam

61 ( 55 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
62 ( 37 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
63 ( NEW ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
66 ( 59 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
67 ( 68 ) IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
68 ( 67 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
69 ( 63 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
70 ( 75 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer

71 ( 54 ) MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL The Cars
72 ( 69 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
73 ( 62 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
74 ( 70 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
75 ( NEW ) HOW ARE YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW Alice Cooper



TV
1 It'll Be Alright On The Night
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Film '79
4 Parkinson


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17th Jan 1979

A roll-over holiday chart, I think, as there are no new records, only re-entries and nothing much happening. The Superman movie was out, or shortly out, which was a great blockbuster movie of a comics favourite, and John Williams was in his prime, churning out great soundtrack after great soundtrack. The movie’s a bit overlong and dated these days, sadly! YMCA gets a 3rd week at the top, and seems like nothing can shift it, as nothing new is entering. Barry White goes up, though, as does writer Billy Joel. My friend Jane had a few tears when Just The Way You Are came on at the Hotel disco (Sousse) as she was missing her boyfriend and future hubbie Dave and it was their song. If you’re going to pick a song for it’s lyrics for the love of your life that’s a pretty good one to go for! Just had a birthday card from them last week. Sometimes life is sweet J

On TV, back at home, Blake’s 7 was starting to look good as a new rebel-led sci-fi drama, Top Of The Pops was good, and Morecambe & Wise were still amusing.


1 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
4 ( 2 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 7 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
6 ( 4 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7 ( 5 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
8 ( 6 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
9 ( 12 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 9 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M

11 ( 11 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
12 ( 13 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
13 ( 10 ) LE FREAK Chic
14 ( 16 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
15 ( 18 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
16 ( 26 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
17 ( 14 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
18 ( 22 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
19 ( 15 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
20 ( 17 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan

21 ( 19 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
23 ( 27 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
24 ( 20 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
25 ( 23 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
26 ( 21 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
27 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
28 ( 28 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
29 ( 24 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
30 ( 33 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet

31 ( 58 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
32 ( 31 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
33 ( 29 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
34 ( 44 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
35 ( 32 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
36 ( 38 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
37 ( 37 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 35 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
39 ( 34 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 36 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.




41 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 49 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
43 ( 45 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
44 ( 40 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
45 ( 41 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
46 ( 52 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
47 ( 42 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
48 ( RE ) NEW DAY Airwaves
49 ( 47 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
50 ( 48 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind




51 ( 46 ) YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
52 ( 43 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
53 ( RE ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
54 ( 51 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
55 ( 50 ) DON'T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
56 ( 55 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
57 ( 53 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
58 ( 63 ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
59 ( 54 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
60 ( 57 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 56 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
62 ( 70 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer
63 ( 59 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
64 ( 60 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
65 ( 61 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
66 ( 65 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
68 ( RE ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
69 ( 68 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
70 ( 67 ) IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman

71 ( RE ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
72 ( 75 ) HOW ARE YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW Alice Cooper
73 ( 69 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
74 ( 72 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
75 ( 66 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman

TV
1 The Morecambe & Wise Show
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Wonder Woman
4 Blake's 7
5 Petrocelli (TV film)
6 The Muppet Show
7 Sporting Superstars
8 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
9 Tomorrow's World


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24th jan 1979

The chart at last starts to move, a 4th week at the top for Village People, sadly, as the number 2 from Chic is a better record and should have knocked them off the top. The Tunisian disco mood having a big chart effect as September and the marvellous Funkadelic track go top 10. Highest new entry, meanwhile, at 14, who else but Abba and their lovely Spanish-ballad-cum-circus-finale, all proceeds going to UNESCO (for the Children of the world) just as The Bee Gees Too Much Heaven had. Pity the mega-rich popstars of the moment don’t make a similar gesture with their debut singles for new albums…

TV wise, sitcom of the day SOAP rightly at the top, it was manic, over the top, full of great characters and great performances from a top notch cast, and scripts from future Golden Girls prime-mover Susan Harris. Two veterans dominate otherwise, George Burns wasn’t actually 100 yet (though he would get there) but he was making a career revival largely based around his great one-liners and being so old (being a husband-wife double-act of Vaudeville & radio & TV for most of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond). Proving that age is no barrier to being sharp, smart and cool. Spike Milligan was also a madcap unpredictable comic genius, often hit and miss, but I went to see him on the tour he was pushing on Parkinson (I think) as I saw him at Lincoln theatre in 1979 and laughed uncontrollably for much of the show. Honestly, I pissed myself over the bit where he pointed up to the audience in the upper circle and exclaimed “Finger!”. It became a running gag between mate Pete and myself for months… (you probably had to be there!)

1 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 13 ) LE FREAK Chic
3 ( 3 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 9 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
6 ( 5 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
7 ( 2 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 12 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
9 ( 15 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
10 ( 6 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads

11 ( 8 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
12 ( 7 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
13 ( 18 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
14 ( NEW ) CHIQUITITA Abba
15 ( 22 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
16 ( 36 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
17 ( 11 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
18 ( 20 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
20 ( 10 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M

21 ( 16 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
22 ( 34 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
23 ( 23 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
24 ( 17 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
25 ( 19 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
26 ( 26 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
27 ( NEW ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
28 ( 21 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
29 ( 31 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
30 ( 52 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar




31 ( 25 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
32 ( NEW ) DON'T HOLD BACK Chanson
33 ( 24 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
34 ( 32 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
35 ( 71 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
36 ( NEW ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
37 ( 28 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
38 ( 35 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
39 ( 33 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
40 ( 38 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC




41 ( 37 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 27 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
43 ( 29 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
44 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 48 ) NEW DAY Airwaves
46 ( 40 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
47 ( 44 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
48 ( 68 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
49 ( 41 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
50 ( NEW ) DESIRE ME A Doll




51 ( 42 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( 30 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
53 ( NEW ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
54 ( 59 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
55 ( 49 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
56 ( 50 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
57 ( 43 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
58 ( 51 ) YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
59 ( 45 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
60 ( NEW ) COOL MEDITATION Third World




61 ( 47 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
62 ( 56 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
63 ( 57 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
64 ( 46 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
65 ( 54 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
66 ( 60 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
67 ( NEW ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
68 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
69 ( 62 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer
70 ( 65 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex

71 ( 58 ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
72 ( 53 ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
73 ( 75 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
74 ( 64 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
75 ( 63 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Soap
2 Monty Python's Flying Circus
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Blake's 7
5 Wonder Woman
6 The Morecambe & Wise Show
7 George Burns' 100th Birthday Party
8 Parkinson: Spike Milligan
9 The Rockford Files
10 Top Of The Pops


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31st Jan 1979


At last the charts get moving and exciting again after the looong Christmas lull. Anne Murray finally climbs to the top, and gets her second topper (Snowbird in 1970 the first) with her American Number one ballad. Blondie come from nowhere with a disco anthem in at 6, leap-frogging even Abba. Just to rub it in that disco was one of the major forces behind the mass-record-sales of 1979, everyone was doing it, rock, new wave, MOR, pop, metal acts (aka Stones, Rod, Blondie, Abba, Kiss and more) and even US-only stars like teen Leif Garrett who had a great little disco-chugger UK hit at last.

Big leaps for Superman, one-hit wonders A Doll, cool Third World reggae, classy disco Shalamar, majestic OTT Manilow, and child-hood big-stars The Shadows and their Evita instrumental re-tread. New entries lower down include great MOR rock from Toto and The Baby‘s, more French synth and disco from Jarre & Cerrone, and pub rock from Dr Feelgood.




1 ( 3 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
2 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
3 ( 5 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
4 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 8 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
6 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
7 ( 15 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
8 ( 14 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
9 ( 2 ) LE FREAK Chic
10 ( 35 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack

11 ( 50 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
12 ( 29 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
13 ( 6 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
14 ( 7 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
15 ( 10 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
16 ( 30 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
17 ( 9 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
18 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
19 ( 16 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
20 ( 13 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans




21 ( 11 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
22 ( 12 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
23 ( 22 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
24 ( 27 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
25 ( 17 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
26 ( 18 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
27 ( 20 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
28 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
29 ( 60 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
30 ( 24 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart

31 ( 23 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
32 ( 32 ) DON'T HOLD BACK Chanson
33 ( 25 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
34 ( 21 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
35 ( 67 ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
36 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
37 ( 31 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
38 ( 26 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
39 ( 48 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
40 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

41 ( 33 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
42 ( 36 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
43 ( 53 ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
44 ( 39 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
45 ( 34 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
46 ( 38 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
47 ( 44 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 45 ) NEW DAY Airwaves
49 ( 41 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
50 ( 46 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.




51 ( NEW ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
52 ( 49 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
53 ( 42 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
54 ( NEW ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
55 ( 47 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
56 ( 56 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
57 ( 54 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
58 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
59 ( 37 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
60 ( 55 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

61 ( 65 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
62 ( 62 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
63 ( 43 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
64 ( 58 ) YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
65 ( 57 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I'M AWAY FROM YOU Frankie Miller
67 ( 63 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
68 ( NEW ) EQUINOXE 5 Jean-Michel Jarre
69 ( 66 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 59 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen




71 ( NEW ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
72 ( 68 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
73 ( 52 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
74 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
75 ( NEW ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood




TV
1 Monthy Python's Flying Circus
2 Mork And Mindy
3 Soap
4 Blake's 7
5 Doctor Who
6 Parkinson
7 The Rockford Files
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Call My Bluff
10 Life On earth


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7th Feb 1979

A first week at the top for disco Blondie, did it in 2 weeks, and their 2nd Number one (after Denis). Record sales were high high high, all three UK number ones have sold a million so far (and my other topper Anne Murray probably did in the USA). Abba’s Chiquitita uncharacteristically had to settle into the runner-up position (they hadn’t failed to top my chart since SOS).

Lots of chart movement as the pop scene sprung into life, lots of minor hits doing much better in my charts: A Doll, John Williams and Shalamar‘s first Top 10 3 years before they broke through big. The Love Theme from Superman on the B Side would also have charted (if I’d allowed B sides) as it was luvverly. I was a big John Williams, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Star Trek and Superman fan, so I think it’s fair to say I was in sci fi and music heaven from 1977 to 1980 really! Co-inciding exactly with my College years, rather sad to say, still the best years of my life.

New entries, great disco funk from Peaches & Herb, Billy Idol’s debut with Generation X doing an Elvis (and getting ready to wind up TOTP producers later in the year), and a somewhat famous record (and million-seller) slipping in at 41, Gloria Gaynor’s comeback hit after a run of John Hits, including 2 Number 1’s, Pete Wingfield’s return disguised inside Olympic Runners (18 With a Bullet, amusing soul pastiche hit Top 10 in 1975), Judas Priest debut with a pretty rubbish single as my mate had subjected me to Judas Priest albums in digs and their much-better album-track version of Joan Baez’ Diamonds wasn’t eligible. Ian Matthews also has a comeback, 9 years on from the wonderful Woodstock (Joni Mitchell dreamy cover UK number one), The Pointer Sisters cover Sly Stone’s Everybody Is A Star and get a hit after years of trying in the UK, The Undertones follow-up a classic less memorably ( but good), and The Doors chart a 60’s classic 8 years after Riders Of The Storm was first in the charts, and 3 years since it was last in the charts. Jim Morrison of course long-dead by then…



1 ( 6 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
2 ( 8 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
3 ( 2 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
4 ( 11 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
5 ( 10 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
6 ( 18 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
7 ( 1 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
8 ( 12 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
9 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
10 ( 16 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar

11 ( 3 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
12 ( 7 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
13 ( 9 ) LE FREAK Chic
14 ( 19 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
15 ( 5 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
16 ( 13 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
17 ( 17 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
18 ( 15 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
19 ( 35 ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
20 ( 29 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World



21 ( 14 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
22 ( 20 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
23 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
24 ( 21 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
25 ( 22 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
26 ( 23 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
27 ( 71 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
28 ( NEW ) KING ROCKER Generation X
29 ( 26 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
30 ( 32 ) DON'T HOLD BACK Chanson


31 ( 27 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
32 ( 25 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
33 ( 51 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
34 ( 30 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
35 ( 31 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
36 ( 24 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
37 ( 28 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
38 ( 54 ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
39 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
40 ( 33 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats


41 ( NEW ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 42 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
43 ( 39 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
44 ( 74 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
45 ( 36 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
46 ( NEW ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
47 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 34 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
49 ( NEW ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
50 ( 37 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar

51 ( 38 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
52 ( 50 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
53 ( 41 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
54 ( 49 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
55 ( 52 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
57 ( 44 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
58 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
59 ( 43 ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
60 ( 68 ) EQUINOXE 5 Jean-Michel Jarre



61 ( 60 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
62 ( 57 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
63 ( 58 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
64 ( 56 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
65 ( 63 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
66 ( 61 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
67 ( 75 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
68 ( 46 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
69 ( 62 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
70 ( 48 ) NEW DAY Airwaves

71 ( 45 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
72 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR The Pointer Sisters
73 ( 72 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
74 ( NEW ) GET OVER YOU The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson




TV
1 Soap
2 MASH
3 Monty Python
4 Wonder Woman
5 Mork & Mindy
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Morecambe & Wise Show
8 Film '79
9 Doctor Who
10 The Rockford Files


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14th Feb 1979

Second for Blondie at 1 presiding over a Top 20 of mostly minor shuffling. New entries from veteran Gene Chandler, now dabbling with disco, Rod gives up disco dabbling meanwhile and enters with a decent ballad, Judas Priest inexplicably make my Top 40, and The Bees Gees enter just above baby bruv Andy, with a bit of a disco explosion and future Steps identikit camp cover: Tragedy. It’s brilliant (the original, that is, sorry Steps fans, never learnt the dance moves).

Meanwhile Edwin Starr also jumps on the disco bandwagon, reasonably, but it’s no War (ugh! What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing!) 9 years after the event. Elvis Costello goes for his most radio-friendly single to date, albeit about mercenaries, it’s great. The Members oik their way into my charts, sort of Sham 69 part 2 (as if Part 1 wasn‘t more than enough, which at the least ended up sparking the fabulous 2-Tone before imploding in it‘s own racist cess-pool fandom), but the lads had a better style song and still-relevant lyric in the summer, briefly.

The new-look Darts were back, still-good but not nearly as madcap minus Den Hegarty, The Jacksons had a go at their Destiny (I think it was to be overshadowed by Michael by year’s end, actually), and Clout comeback with a Russ Ballard song that should have been a hit outside of South Africa. So good that Rainbow covered it later in the year and grabbed the hit. TV? Blake’s 7, rebels on top of the rivals, classy detectives, surgeons in Korea, woman with a lassoo, chart hits and current events.



1 ( 1 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
2 ( 2 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
3 ( 6 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
4 ( 4 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
5 ( 3 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
6 ( 8 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
7 ( 5 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
8 ( 10 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
9 ( 9 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray

11 ( 11 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
12 ( 14 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
13 ( 12 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
14 ( 15 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
15 ( 19 ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) LE FREAK Chic
17 ( 20 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
18 ( 18 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
19 ( 23 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
20 ( NEW ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler




21 ( 41 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
22 ( 17 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
23 ( 16 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
24 ( 28 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
25 ( 21 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
26 ( NEW ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
27 ( 26 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
28 ( 24 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
29 ( 22 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
30 ( 33 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto




31 ( 46 ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
32 ( 25 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
33 ( 49 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
34 ( 44 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
35 ( 27 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
36 ( 36 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
37 ( NEW ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
38 ( 38 ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
39 ( 31 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
40 ( 34 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart

41 ( 35 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
42 ( NEW ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
43 ( 39 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
44 ( 40 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 29 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
46 ( 37 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
47 ( 56 ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
48 ( 32 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
49 ( NEW ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
50 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty




51 ( 72 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR The Pointer Sisters
52 ( 30 ) DON'T HOLD BACK Chanson
53 ( 45 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
54 ( 58 ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
55 ( 52 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
56 ( 54 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
57 ( NEW ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
58 ( 43 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
59 ( 55 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
60 ( NEW ) GET IT Darts

61 ( 42 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
62 ( 48 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
63 ( 67 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
64 ( 50 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
65 ( 53 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
66 ( NEW ) DESTINY The Jacksons
67 ( 62 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
68 ( 63 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
69 ( 61 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
70 ( 64 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

71 ( NEW ) SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE Clout
72 ( 75 ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
73 ( 57 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
74 ( 66 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
75 ( NEW ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock

TV
1 Blake's 7
2 Monty Python
3 The Morecambe & Wise Show
4 MASH
5 Wonder Woman
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Rockford Files
8 Tonight
9 Petrocelli
10 Rising Damp


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21st Feb 1979

I was getting into my screen printing and photography at College by this time, especially suing my Tunisian photos for booklet-style Arabic prints, Tunisian graffiti and such arty-farty stuff. The Blondie/Abba douible still held for a third week at the top, though lots of movement elsewhere: challengers Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor line-up near the top; minor hit Peaches & Herb (featured recentl;y in a Hollywood movie, cos it’s still fab) goes Top 10 for me; Elvis Costello and Darts rocket into the Top 20.

A deluge of great debuts from The Late Show (obscure 50’s revivalists), Scots rockers Nazareth (back after 2 years away), The Pretenders (American darling rock journo Chrissie Hynde Sandie Shaw-ing beautifully over a Ray Davies Kinks song. They had more than musical admiration going on….), The Doobie Brothers, (back after 5 years for a final attempt at a UK hit with Michael McDonald in tow), Boney (last Nightflight To Venus single, 60’s cover), The Skids (now THAT’S how do you do punk-chanting pop properly!), Lene Lovich (bizarrely-phrased whacky American new wave pop). And The Dooleys.



1 ( 1 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
2 ( 2 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
3 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
4 ( 37 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
5 ( 4 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
6 ( 19 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
7 ( 5 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
8 ( 21 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
9 ( 42 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
10 ( 10 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray

11 ( 8 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
12 ( 9 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
13 ( 6 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
14 ( 7 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
15 ( 49 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
16 ( 12 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
17 ( 11 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
18 ( 60 ) GET IT Darts
19 ( 14 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
20 ( 20 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler




21 ( 16 ) LE FREAK Chic
22 ( 24 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
23 ( 13 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
24 ( 18 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
25 ( 26 ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
26 ( 15 ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
27 ( 30 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
28 ( 17 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
29 ( 34 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
30 ( 22 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic

31 ( 25 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 23 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
33 ( 28 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
34 ( 38 ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
35 ( 27 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
36 ( 33 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
37 ( 31 ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
38 ( NEW ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
39 ( 32 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
40 ( 29 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans

41 ( 40 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
42 ( 39 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
43 ( 43 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
44 ( 44 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 35 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
46 ( NEW ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
47 ( 36 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
48 ( 41 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
49 ( 57 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
50 ( 50 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty




51 ( 47 ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
52 ( NEW ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
53 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
54 ( 46 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
55 ( 45 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
56 ( 48 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
57 ( 55 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
58 ( NEW ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
59 ( 56 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
60 ( 71 ) SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE Clout




61 ( 53 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
62 ( 59 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
63 ( 63 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
64 ( NEW ) QUE TAL AMERICA 2 Man Sound
65 ( 62 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
66 ( 51 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR The Pointer Sisters
67 ( NEW ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
68 ( NEW ) DOCTOR DOCTOR UFO
69 ( 67 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
70 ( 68 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M




71 ( NEW ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
72 ( NEW ) HONEY I'M LOST The Dooleys
73 ( 61 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
74 ( 69 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
75 ( 70 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind




TV
1 The Unrecorded Jasper carrott
2 The Christmas Video Show
3 MASH
4 In The Heat Of The Night (film)
5 Kenny Evertt Video Show
6 Morecambe & Wise Show
7 Fawlty Towers
8 Wonder Woman
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Mork & Mindy


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28th Feb 1979

After 3 weeks at 2 Abba finally topple Blondie with the delectably sweet Chiquitita, Abba's 9th consecutive chart-topper and 10th in all, with another 6 Top 40 hits sprinkled about too. Toto also finally get moving into the Top 20 after several weeks, rocktastic, and The Baby's get their 2nd Top 20 with the dramatically fab Every Time I Think Of You. Nazereth rocket up to 19, The Doobie's 22 and two mega-famous rock classics enter at 23 and 25 for Meatloaf and Queen, making for a very Rock-biased chart. Herbie Hancock gets his 2nd jazz-disco vocoder hit (these days they call it autotune and it's obligatory for singers who can't sing in tune, then it was more optional...)

Meanwhile Lene Lovich keeps up the New Wave flag Top 40, along with Elvis Costello going Top 10. Soul and dancefunk new entries from the hot The Real Thing force-ing their way in, Donna Summer popping in Heaven Knows, and The Ritchie Family back again 4 years after debuting with Brazil, and doing a disco medley in '76, with one of the cheesiest eurodisco non-hits (in the UK). It's great fun though! The Pointer Sisters drop out with Everybody Is A Star - and also enter with Bruce Springsteen's Fire, and a much better record it is too. Class. As is the lovely Lotta Love just behind it, an American hit even if the UK was too cool for ballads for the most part in 1979.

TV? Doctor Who re-asserts itself over newcomer Blake's 7, TOTP sounds fab (it was a great year for music), David Attenborough's classic Life On earth was fresh and new and ground-breaking, and Robin Williams was still funny.



1 ( 2 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
2 ( 1 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
3 ( 4 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
4 ( 8 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 9 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
6 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
7 ( 15 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
8 ( 20 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
9 ( 5 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
10 ( 7 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People

11 ( 6 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
12 ( 18 ) GET IT Darts
13 ( 10 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
14 ( 27 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
15 ( 12 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
16 ( 29 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
17 ( 25 ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
18 ( 13 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
19 ( 46 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
20 ( 14 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack




21 ( 11 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
22 ( 53 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
23 ( NEW ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
24 ( 24 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
25 ( NEW ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen
26 ( 17 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
27 ( 21 ) LE FREAK Chic
28 ( 19 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
29 ( RE ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
30 ( 16 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel




31 ( 22 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
32 ( 71 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
33 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
34 ( 26 ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
35 ( 31 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
36 ( 33 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
37 ( 23 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
38 ( 34 ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
39 ( 49 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
40 ( 30 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic

41 ( 28 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
42 ( 36 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
43 ( 52 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
44 ( 43 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
45 ( 44 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
46 ( 32 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
47 ( 39 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
48 ( 41 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
49 ( 42 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
50 ( 38 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show




51 ( 35 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
52 ( 58 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
53 ( 60 ) SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE Clout
54 ( 37 ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
55 ( 50 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
57 ( 40 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
58 ( 45 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
59 ( 67 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
60 ( 47 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman

61 ( 72 ) HONEY I'M LOST The Dooleys
62 ( 57 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
63 ( RE ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
64 ( 48 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
65 ( 59 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
66 ( 63 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
67 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
68 ( 56 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
69 ( 54 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
70 ( 62 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John




71 ( 51 ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
72 ( NEW ) AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family
73 ( 55 ) I'M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
74 ( NEW ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
75 ( NEW ) LOTTA LOVE Nicolette Larson

TV
1 Soap
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Doctor Who
5 Wonder Woman
6 Blake's 7
7 Life On Earth
8 The Dick Emery Show
9 Tomorrow's World
10 Olivia


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7th March 1979

A visit to Kettering around now, mate Alan’s 21st birthday party do with our gang of College friends. His girlfriend was holding all our coats when we went in, she and Alan exchanged words, and she dropped the lot on the floor. Funny. Alan’s brother was a club DJ, which impressed me no end, and made me a little envious. Kettering, though, errr, not that exciting.

Second week at the top for delicious Abba, holding off 3 UK number one singles! Elvis Costello finally gets a Top 5 hit, and The Skids positively rocket into the valley of the Top 10 from 59. My sort of New Wave: Catchy and up tempo! Toto finally get into the 10, The Real Thing continue their 7-year-run of hits (Vicious Circle in 1972 being the first - well, if I’d allowed none-charting hits in my chart (I bought the single).

New entries: the gorgeous Chic at 17. Nile Rodgers you know. Nuff said. The Cars follow-up at 29 with another quirky rocktastic cool track. David Essex show tunes his way to 39, a bit military-style, and quite exciting in production. I almost always really liked his minor hits in the 70’s, often off-the-wall and interesting. Under-rated as a songwriter too. Lower down, The Sex Pistols cover Eddie Cochran and become a novelty act, sort of. Neil Diamond’s back with his last decent poppy song, Foreigner sneak in, and Thin Lizzy riff it up at 75. Reggae from Dennis Brown, Violins from ELO’s Violinski, and Gary’s Gang keep on dancing. Sadly, not the much better Bay City Rollers cover of the American 60’s pop hit.


1 ( 1 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
2 ( 3 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
4 ( 4 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 7 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
6 ( 5 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
7 ( 59 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
8 ( 8 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
9 ( 6 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
10 ( 14 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto

11 ( 22 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 32 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
13 ( 56 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
14 ( 16 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
15 ( 10 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
16 ( 9 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
17 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
18 ( 12 ) GET IT Darts
19 ( 11 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
20 ( 23 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf



21 ( 15 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
22 ( 29 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
23 ( 13 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
24 ( 52 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
25 ( 25 ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen
26 ( 20 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
27 ( 17 ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
28 ( 18 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
29 ( NEW ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
30 ( 24 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads



31 ( 19 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
32 ( 43 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
33 ( 39 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
34 ( 27 ) LE FREAK Chic
35 ( 61 ) HONEY I'M LOST The Dooleys
36 ( 21 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
37 ( 67 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
38 ( 26 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
39 ( NEW ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
40 ( 28 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire

41 ( 36 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
42 ( 33 ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
43 ( 35 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
44 ( 31 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
45 ( 30 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
46 ( 44 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
47 ( 45 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
48 ( 38 ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
49 ( 34 ) DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
50 ( 53 ) SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE Clout

51 ( 37 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
52 ( 48 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
53 ( 40 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
54 ( 49 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
55 ( 47 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
56 ( 46 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
57 ( 63 ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
58 ( NEW ) BLUE MORNING BLUE DAY Foreigner
59 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) CLOG DANCE Violinski

61 ( 50 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
62 ( 74 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
63 ( 42 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
64 ( 51 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
65 ( 41 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
66 ( 62 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
67 ( NEW ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
68 ( 57 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
69 ( 65 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
70 ( NEW ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang

71 ( 66 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
72 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
73 ( 70 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
74 ( NEW ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
75 ( NEW ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy




TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 film: The Thin Man
3 Soap
4 Wonder Woman
5 Blake's 7
6 Film '79
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Fawlty Towers
9 The Rockford Files
10 The Sky At Night


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14th March 1979

It’s a Tragedy! Thankfully, an original Bee Gees, thunderclap-booming, frantic-paced, high-pitched falsetto-tight-pants immaculately-produced classic as opposed to that other version. Top 10: The Real Thing and Chic returning, The Doobie Brothers debuting - Listen To The Music peaked at 11 5 years earlier. Top 20: Queen, Boney M and Herbie Hancock return, The Pretenders leap in with their debut single. Note: Meatloaf peaks at 20! Will Queen (another rock classic) do the same?!

Lots of big climbers, after a jolly good Top Of The Pops, just repeated in fact, and influencing new entries lower down such as the fantastic frantic, shouty, throbbing rocker from former Hawkind singer (and number one) Lemmy, Motorhead debut. Dire Straits quietly debut, grooving it at 75. I loved the cool sounds. Lizzy shoot up, they always had a knack for riffs and choruses, and by now 6 years-worth of hits.

The Bristol Stomp about faces and adds a bit of 60’s-stylee fun to the 40, while new entries from US rock ballad band Firefall, 1973 reissued soft-jazz-rock classic from Steely Dan, Buzzcocks frantic new wave gem, and Kate’s mysterious moody Wow, all slip in amongst all the action.

On TV Kenny Everett still ruled, just ahead of wacky Soap and the aforementioned TOTP episode. Blake’s 7 started to pick up steam as Avon started to take shape as the most popular character. I was 21, but still room for Muppets, new sci-fi movies specials, a bit of politics and superheroes. Pretty much the same as 56 then. Why change now, eh?



1 ( 2 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
2 ( 4 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 1 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
4 ( 3 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
5 ( 7 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
6 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
7 ( 5 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
8 ( 11 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 17 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
10 ( 8 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler

11 ( 6 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
12 ( 12 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
13 ( 10 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
14 ( 24 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
15 ( 22 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
16 ( 9 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
17 ( 14 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
18 ( 32 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
19 ( 70 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
20 ( 25 ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen

21 ( 15 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
22 ( 72 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
23 ( 29 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
24 ( 16 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
25 ( 35 ) HONEY I'M LOST The Dooleys
26 ( 67 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
27 ( 21 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
28 ( 39 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
29 ( 18 ) GET IT Darts
30 ( 75 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy

31 ( 23 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
32 ( 37 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
33 ( 19 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
34 ( 61 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
35 ( 27 ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
36 ( 26 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
37 ( 28 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
38 ( 30 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
39 ( NEW ) STRANGE WAY Firefall
40 ( 20 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf

41 ( 34 ) LE FREAK Chic
42 ( 33 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
43 ( 60 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
44 ( 41 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
45 ( NEW ) RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER Steely Dan
46 ( 31 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
47 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
48 ( 46 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
49 ( 47 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 43 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra



51 ( 38 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
52 ( 36 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
53 ( 40 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
54 ( 62 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
55 ( 42 ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
56 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 52 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
58 ( NEW ) WOW Kate Bush
59 ( 54 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
60 ( 45 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel



61 ( 74 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
62 ( 51 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
63 ( 55 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
64 ( 56 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
65 ( 53 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
66 ( 57 ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
67 ( NEW ) OVERKILL Motorhead
68 ( 48 ) (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
69 ( 58 ) BLUE MORNING BLUE DAY Foreigner
70 ( NEW ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne



71 ( NEW ) GREEN LIGHT Cliff Richard
72 ( 66 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
73 ( 50 ) SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE Clout
74 ( 64 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
75 ( NEW ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Soap
3 Blake's 7
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Mork & Mindy
6 Fawlty Towers
7 The Muppet Show
8 Arena: Cinema: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
9 Tonight (Thursday) - politics/news
10 Wonder Woman


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21st March 1979

2nd week on top for Tragedy. Toto about face and Hold The Line at 4, and jolly good too! Herbie Hancock vocodes his way into the Top 10 - if only he knew the horrors he would be unleashing on 21st Century pop when they changed the name to autotune. Sort of.

Buzzcocks make it 4 out 4 Top 30 hits, Kate makes it 3 out of 4 Top 40 (and 4 out of 4 Top 75), but it’s the new entries for the news: Roxy Music are back after 3 years with Trash. Not trash, mind you, though hardly of the same standard as classic Roxy, but glad to have them back! In The Navy comes on a recruitment drive - I know I signed up. Actually, it put me off, if anything!

The Jam are back as usual with a low entry, but the standard of singles was climbing with each release. Can’t say the same for The Clash, back with the English Civil War, more of a message than a pop song. Lastly, Manfred’s back with You Angel You, a decent single and minor hit, for over a decade of chart hits.
TV? Still Kenny Everett topping, MASH still quipping, and Eurovision preps it’s way in. I have no idea what Of Mycenae And Men was about, but it’s either very helpful to my Greek & Roman Lit studies at Uni or a sitcom I’ve utterly forgotten….answers please….!




1 ( 1 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 9 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
4 ( 13 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
5 ( 5 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
6 ( 3 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
7 ( 4 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
8 ( 15 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
9 ( 8 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( 6 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing

11 ( 19 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
12 ( 7 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
13 ( 14 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
14 ( 18 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
15 ( 10 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
16 ( 23 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
17 ( 11 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
18 ( 28 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
19 ( 30 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
20 ( 22 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols



21 ( 12 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
22 ( 16 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
23 ( 26 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
24 ( 34 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
25 ( 25 ) HONEY I'M LOST The Dooleys
26 ( 17 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
27 ( 21 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
28 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
29 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
30 ( 39 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall

31 ( 20 ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen
32 ( 24 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
33 ( 27 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
34 ( 29 ) GET IT Darts
35 ( 58 ) WOW Kate Bush
36 ( 31 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
37 ( 43 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
38 ( 36 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack
39 ( 75 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
40 ( NEW ) TRASH Roxy Music



41 ( 35 ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
42 ( 41 ) LE FREAK Chic
43 ( 38 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
44 ( 37 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
45 ( 45 ) RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER Steely Dan
46 ( 61 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
47 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 44 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
49 ( 49 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 48 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

51 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
52 ( 70 ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne
53 ( 40 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
54 ( 54 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
55 ( 50 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
56 ( 42 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
57 ( NEW ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
58 ( NEW ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
59 ( 57 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
60 ( 51 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John

61 ( 46 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
62 ( 59 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
63 ( 52 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
64 ( 53 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
65 ( 55 ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
66 ( NEW ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann's Earthband
67 ( 67 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
68 ( 60 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
69 ( 63 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
70 ( NEW ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player's Association

71 ( 71 ) GREEN LIGHT Cliff Richard
72 ( 62 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
73 ( 64 ) I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
74 ( 65 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
75 ( NEW ) ENGLISH CIVIL WAR The Clash

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Fawlty Towers
3 MASH
4 Of Mycenae And Men
5 Film Review
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Blake's 7
8 Eurovision Preview Part 1
9 Wonder Woman
10 The Practise


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28th March 1979

Inevitably, Gloria Gaynor gets to number one, having had two previous chart-toppers, and by virtue of this being a powerful self-affirming statement for messed-around women. One of only 2 singles my mum ever bought (along with Robin Gibb’s Saved By The Bell), she was partying at home while I was away and dad was still commuting daily to RAF Swinderby. It’s fair to say, it’s become a bit of a classic, and I certainly loved it for the first 25 years afterwards. Then I started partying hard in 2001 and the week-in week-out exposure to it on dozens of cliched pub compilations proved too much to bear (much the same as YMCA). I need a break from it for a decade please!

David Essex gets his 9th Top 10 in 6 years, nearly all of them written by himself, and all quite varied and quirkily appealing. Sex Pistols get only their 2nd Top 10 (though the balance gets redressed with re-issues of earlier tracks eventually), and Kate Bush shoots up to 13. Wow! The Late Show push Bristol to 14, the Village People push the navy to 26, and Motorhead overkill it at 31.

Inner City are the highest new entry at 35, not sounding anything like their reggae 90’s smash hits, including the theme song to that cops show (Bad Boys). Talking of Themes, Art Garfunkel’s back 5 years after his first solo hits, with a film tune: Mike Batt’s bunny wabbits, ahahahahaha wascally wabbits. That’ll be Watership Down then. It’s very sweet.

Squeeze at last get a breakthrough big follow-up to Take Me I’m Yours, the laddy fab Cool For Cats. Rocky Sharpe’s Iminimininimiiniminimagination, or something like that, saunters catchily in, and Racey chase some girls. Well as they say, some girls will, some girls won’t, some girl’s need a lot of loving and er some girls don’t. I bet they’re still single.

Happy Days pops in. It was probably one of those Suzi Quatro episodes, as The Fonz had gone from awesomely cool to wholesome wimp in the space of 2 seasons. Laverne & Shirley and a few supporting cast (and spin-offs) kept it going long enough for Ron Howard to learn directing and do some good ol movies.



1 ( 2 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 1 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
3 ( 4 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
4 ( 3 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
5 ( 11 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
6 ( 5 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
7 ( 6 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
8 ( 18 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
9 ( 20 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
10 ( 7 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

11 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 10 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
13 ( 35 ) WOW Kate Bush
14 ( 24 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
15 ( 8 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
16 ( 16 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
17 ( 12 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
18 ( 13 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
19 ( 21 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
20 ( 15 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler

21 ( 23 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
22 ( 39 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
23 ( 19 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
24 ( 17 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
25 ( 14 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
26 ( 57 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
27 ( 40 ) TRASH Roxy Music
28 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
29 ( 30 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall
30 ( 22 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett

31 ( 67 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
32 ( 58 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
33 ( 27 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
34 ( 46 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
35 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS GREAT Inner Circle
36 ( 26 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
37 ( 37 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
38 ( 31 ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen
39 ( 33 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
40 ( 32 ) DESIRE ME A Doll



41 ( 36 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
42 ( 34 ) GET IT Darts
43 ( 54 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
44 ( 25 ) HONEY I'M LOST The Dooleys
45 ( NEW ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
46 ( 50 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
47 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 29 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
49 ( 70 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player's Association
50 ( 38 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack

51 ( 49 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
52 ( 52 ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne
53 ( 48 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
54 ( 42 ) LE FREAK Chic
55 ( 43 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
56 ( 44 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
57 ( NEW ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
58 ( 59 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
59 ( 55 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
60 ( 45 ) RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER Steely Dan



61 ( 41 ) AIN'T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
62 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
63 ( 51 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
64 ( 62 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
65 ( 60 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
66 ( 66 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann's Earthband
67 ( 53 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
68 ( 75 ) ENGLISH CIVIL WAR The Clash
69 ( 64 ) SEPTEMBER" Earth, Wind And Fire
70 ( 68 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel

71 ( 56 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
72 ( 63 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Racey
74 ( 69 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
75 ( 61 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth

TV
1 MASH
2 Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Soap
4 Mork And Mindy
5 Blake's 7
6 The Rockford Files
7 The Morecambe & Wise Show
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Fawlty Towers
10 Happy Days


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3rd April 1979

2nd week for Gloria Surviving on top, Gary’s Gang for some inexplicable reason go up to 3, and David Essex a little flattered at 5. Fortunately the troops were charging in and up to the top: Kate up to 7, Dire Straits to 10, Art Garfunkel shooting up to 16 and Squeeze to 32.

The new entries were sudddenly in a rush, and loads of them sudden returns to form after a few years of middling chart entries: Supertramp in at 17 with the charming Logical Song, having always done better in my charts than the singles chart, this was their biggest since Dreamer hit 2 in 1975. The Three Degrees made it 2 credible Giorgio Moroder tracks in a row, this possibly being their best ever single, The Runner, all hi-energy and excitement at 19. Wings, quirky and Paul melodically on form, one of his most playful and retro 40’s tracks, in at 23. In those days, as Douglas Adams commented, Macca could easily drop a tune good enough to buy a small county with the proceeds, seemingly at will. The Jacksons were back with a great disco record at 25, and Sister Sledge, all grown-up and Chic-ified, Nile Rodgers-stylee, were demonstrating they really were family and in the disco groove 4 years after the Jackson 5-esque Mama Never Told Me. Spot the link there...

Lower down, Anne Murray follows up a great ballad with another good one; Frank Mills enters with US instrumental hit much-used as backdrop to many a TV item, without ever getting to be a hit, sadly; Gonzales get a latin-flavoured dance hit with a Gloria Jones song. I was very much still in mourning for the much-missed Marc Bolan, so was predisposed to like the song, Gloria being his partner and all. At least until it was destroyed by Pat & Mick ten years later. George Harrison joins fellow Ex-Beatle Paul with one of his lesser songs, Blow Away at 71, Black Lace debut with their UK Eurovision effort. Certainly was an effort, too. As was Sham ’69 at 73. Happily, The Beach Boys were re-doing an old song of theirs, spruced it up and released it to the current vogue. That’ll be disco. At least it got them back into the charts, and the album it came off L.A. (Light Album) had much better tracks on it, back on form.

In my life, still at College, still taking lots of photos, b&w and colour, screen printing, doing assignments, and living in digs, cycling about on my girlie bicycle with no lights. Turned out expensive that, as the Police decided to stop me one dark late evening, after visiting friends. It was a road where a 3rd year student had been beaten up so I really wasn’t keen on walking. The Policeman took the view that I needed teaching a lesson, as I had to say I was a student at the teacher training college. So he did me, got fined and the git also turned up at my digs while I was out at breakfast sunday morning to scare the family I had a room with (17-year-old girl thought it was cool, her mother less so and reported me to the College as she thought I was doing drugs). What a palaver! I hadn’t even SEEN drugs in my life, pah!

Hey ho, TV was great this week, the final episode of Blake’s 7 first season (fab), 3-part TV miniseries King (fab), Mork & Mindy pilot episode repeat, and the Marx Brothers at their best “A Night At The Opera”. Not to mention Eurovision and our rubbish entry.


1 ( 1 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 2 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
3 ( 5 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
4 ( 3 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
5 ( 8 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
7 ( 13 ) WOW Kate Bush
8 ( 9 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
9 ( 7 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
10 ( 22 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits




11 ( 12 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
12 ( 6 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
13 ( 26 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
14 ( 10 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
15 ( 11 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
16 ( 45 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
17 ( NEW ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
18 ( 21 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
19 ( NEW ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
20 ( 15 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock



21 ( 16 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
22 ( 17 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
23 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
24 ( 34 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
25 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
26 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
27 ( NEW ) HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
28 ( 14 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
29 ( 18 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
30 ( 19 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich



31 ( 31 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
32 ( 57 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
33 ( 27 ) TRASH Roxy Music
34 ( 20 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
35 ( 32 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
36 ( 73 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
37 ( 49 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player's Association
38 ( 43 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
39 ( 23 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
40 ( 30 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett



41 ( 24 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
42 ( 25 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
43 ( 33 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
44 ( 38 ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen
45 ( 62 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
46 ( NEW ) LET'S FLY AWAY Voyage
47 ( 39 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
48 ( 35 ) EVERYTHING IS GREAT Inner Circle
49 ( 52 ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne
50 ( 29 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall

51 ( NEW ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray
52 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
53 ( 46 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
54 ( 36 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
55 ( 41 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
56 ( 51 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
57 ( 40 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
58 ( 66 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann's Earthband
59 ( 53 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
60 ( 50 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack

61 ( 54 ) LE FREAK Chic
62 ( 37 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
63 ( 58 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
64 ( 55 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
65 ( NEW ) MUSIC BOX DANCER Frank Mills
66 ( NEW ) LIVING IT UP (FRIDAY NIGHT) Bell & James
67 ( 42 ) GET IT Darts
68 ( NEW ) HAVEN'T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
69 ( 59 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
70 ( 56 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow

71 ( NEW ) BLOW AWAY George Harrison
72 ( NEW ) MARY ANN Black Lace
73 ( NEW ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham '69
74 ( 64 ) MARY'S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
75 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

TV
1 Blake's 7
2 King
3 Mork & Mindy
4 A Night At The Opera"
5 Kenny Everett Video Show
6 Mork & Mindy
7 Rhoda
8 Eurovision Song Contest
9 The Rockford Files
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Q8
12 Disney Time
13 Wonder Woman
14 Film Night '79
15 Life On Earth


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10th April 1979

3 weeks Gloria-ously on top. Dire Straits? Not at all, swinging up to the runners-up spot. Kate into the Top 5 for 3 out of 3, and Art Garfunkel gets his 4th solo Top 10. The Village People campaign for the forces at 10 (yeah right!) and new entry at 16 for M, the timeless, poptastic synth delight of Pop Muzik. Does what it says on the label! M is really a solo act, Robin Scott.

Motorhead get a sudden rush to 18 with the under-rated Overkill. It was a template they perfected a year later with Ace Of Spades, but the manic thrash was sooo exciting. Squeeze up to 19, never less than intelligent, witty and melodic, cleverness not always appreciated in pop, but Glen & Chris have it, and Jools is of course an institution these days.

Eurovision: the right song won and enters at 41, a still-fab singalong effort from Israel. This week also one for TV spectacles with the BRITS and Oscars on telly. Siouxsie & co climb some stairs, at 44, and the Members pop back with some cynical reggae - totally in favour of anyone highlighting the rich tax-dodging tosspots who take and take and think they don’t have to donate the same proportion of their vast riches as the poor members of society. You know the ones, running the world cos money is power.

Finally, a delightful follow-up for Rachel Sweet, Showaddywaddy starting to run out of 50’s steam, and a 60’s soul classic all disco and sparkly from Amii Stewart. I know nothing of the mass-murdering Ghengis at the bottom of the chart, I think it was a disco number in the style of Rasputin. Google calling!


1 ( 1 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 10 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
3 ( 2 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
4 ( 7 ) WOW Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
6 ( 3 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
7 ( 17 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
8 ( 16 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
9 ( 4 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
10 ( 13 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People



11 ( 5 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
12 ( 25 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
13 ( 19 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
14 ( 27 ) HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
15 ( 23 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
16 ( NEW ) POP MUZIK M
17 ( 9 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
18 ( 31 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
19 ( 32 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
20 ( 11 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing



21 ( 8 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
22 ( 14 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
23 ( 35 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
24 ( 15 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
25 ( 24 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
26 ( 12 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
27 ( 37 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player's Association
28 ( 30 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
29 ( 22 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
30 ( 21 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars



31 ( 36 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
32 ( 38 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
33 ( 18 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
34 ( 20 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
35 ( 46 ) LET'S FLY AWAY Voyage
36 ( 45 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
37 ( 39 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
38 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
39 ( 58 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann's Earthband
40 ( 51 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray



41 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
42 ( 29 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
43 ( 40 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
44 ( NEW ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
45 ( 34 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
46 ( 33 ) TRASH Roxy Music
47 ( 43 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
48 ( NEW ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
49 ( 28 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
50 ( NEW ) I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate

51 ( 41 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
52 ( 68 ) HAVEN'T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
53 ( 47 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
54 ( 53 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 52 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( NEW ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
57 ( 56 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
58 ( 66 ) LIVING IT UP (FRIDAY NIGHT) Bell & James
59 ( 71 ) BLOW AWAY George Harrison
60 ( 65 ) MUSIC BOX DANCER Frank Mills

61 ( 44 ) DON'T STOP ME NOW Queen
62 ( 42 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
63 ( 75 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
64 ( 55 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
65 ( NEW ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
66 ( 61 ) LE FREAK Chic
67 ( 63 ) DO YA THINK I'M SEXY Rod Stewart
68 ( NEW ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
69 ( 59 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
70 ( 50 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall

71 ( 73 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham '69
72 ( NEW ) GHENGIS KHAN Ghengis Khan
73 ( 54 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby's
74 ( 57 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
75 ( 60 ) THEME FROM "SUPERMAN" John Williams' Original Soundtrack

TV
1 Soap
2 Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Wings Over The World
4 Mork & Mindy
5 Mardi Gras
6 Barney Miller
7 The Practise
8 The Turin Shroud
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Rhoda
11 Life On Earth
12 Q8
13 Porridge
14 British Rock & Pop Awards
15 51st Oscars


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QUOTE(popchartfreak @ Apr 18 2014, 11:55 AM) *
10th April 1979
I know nothing of the mass-murdering Ghengis at the bottom of the chart, I think it was a disco number in the style of Rasputin. Google calling!
72 ( NEW ) GHENGIS KHAN Ghengis Khan

John, it's German Eurovision participant in this year. They were on the 4th place. Yes, it's a disco and very similar sound with Boney M classic.

Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan



The song was written and produced by famous Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger. Siegel is one of the most notable figures at the Eurovision Song Contest, in which he has participated with 21 songs so far, the latest being the 2013 Sammarinese entry "Crisalide" by Valentina Monetta. In 1982, Siegel's and Bernd Meinunger's song "Ein bißchen Frieden" (A Little Peace), performed by Nicole won the Contest and became a hit in Europe.

In Australia in 1980, Dschinghis Khan's single "Moscow" (the English-language version of their song Moskau) topped the charts and remained No.1 for six weeks.

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17th April 1979

Back at home in mansfield for the Easter Holidays and lots of TV specials, headed by the annual event of Jesus Christ Superstar - chock full of great songs, Rice & Lloyd Webber at their best, and rock-biased which suits me fine. Abba In Switzerland is one I’d half-forgotten, and One I’d very much like to get hold of now!

Back in the charts, and a new number 1 - Supertramp go one better than Dreamer managed in 1975. I did love it, though I didn’t actually buy the single until on holiday in California later in the year - lots of tales to come! Bright Eyes rabbiting on at 2, but Three Degrees running upwards and chasing Pop Muzik - who will win? The Bee Gees were back, a melodic ballad this time, but the 2-year-run of brilliance had ebbed just slightly with this one. Chris Montez led an inrush of 50’s and early 60’s rock n roll classics, in for the second time at 23 (peaked at 3 in 1972 on it’s first re-issue). The singles had been issued on picture disc, styled with 50’s American cars, and sold enough to chart in most cases. Although I wasn’t around at the time, the big hits really were quite well-known 20 years later, Radio 1 in those days being happy to play lots of oldies in between newies.

The Sex Pistols were back, well, minus Johnny, Sid & self-respect by now. The record was OK, though, and it was a better career move than Sid’s (heroin, murder and suicide). Oddly, no-one’s ever suggested not playing Sex Pistols records on the TV or radio. Apparently, murdering your girlfriend is more acceptable than groping a woman on the leg, such a heinous crime that merely being accused of it warrants financial ruin, banning from the airwaves and reputation-destroying. We live in perverted media morality times....

Among the welcomed oldies, Bobby Darrin and his fab Dream Lover, the Drifters, Johnny Tillotson, and The Teddy Bears (another girlfriend-murderer, I believe, behind this one, to continue the theme). Two early 70’s chart-topperers return with disco beats: Mike Oldfield being Guilty, and Sparks aiming to be Number One Song In Heaven. Sparks get the coolness points, as it’s Giorgio Moroder and pretty much heralding in the sign of the future, synth beats. Fab to have them back, it was.

1 ( 7 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
2 ( 8 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
4 ( 2 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
5 ( 16 ) POP MUZIK M
6 ( 4 ) WOW Kate Bush
7 ( 13 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
8 ( 3 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
9 ( 12 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
10 ( 15 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings



11 ( 14 ) HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
12 ( 10 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
13 ( 6 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
14 ( 5 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
15 ( 19 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
16 ( 27 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player's Association
17 ( 9 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
18 ( 23 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
19 ( NEW ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
20 ( 20 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing



21 ( 17 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
22 ( 11 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
23 ( NEW ) LET'S DANCE Chris Montez
24 ( 22 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
25 ( 21 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
26 ( 31 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
27 ( 52 ) HAVEN'T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
28 ( 41 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
29 ( 32 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
30 ( 35 ) LET'S FLY AWAY Voyage



31 ( 28 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
32 ( 24 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
33 ( 18 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
34 ( 25 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
35 ( 40 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray
36 ( 50 ) I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
37 ( NEW ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
38 ( 29 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
39 ( 48 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
40 ( 65 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart

41 ( 56 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
42 ( 26 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
43 ( 44 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
44 ( 36 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
45 ( 34 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
46 ( 37 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
47 ( 33 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
48 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 30 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
50 ( 39 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann's Earthband

51 ( 47 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
52 ( 54 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
53 ( 71 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham '69
54 ( NEW ) DREAM LOVER/ MAC THE KNIFE Bobby Darrin
55 ( 43 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
56 ( NEW ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
57 ( 57 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
58 ( 53 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
59 ( 68 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
60 ( 63 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys



61 ( NEW ) SWEET LOI LOUISE Iron Horse
62 ( 38 ) EVERYBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
63 ( NEW ) HOORAY IT'S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
64 ( 60 ) MUSIC BOX DANCER Frank Mills
65 ( 45 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
66 ( 51 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE THE MUSIC Freefall
68 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME The Drifters
69 ( NEW ) POETRY IN MOTION Johnny Tillotson
70 ( 42 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M

71 ( NEW ) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
72 ( NEW ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking
73 ( 58 ) LIVING IT UP (FRIDAY NIGHT) Bell & James
74 ( NEW ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
75 ( NEW ) TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM The Teddy Bears



TV
1 Jesus Christ Superstar
2 Parkinson's Best
3 Didn't Quite Make It Video Show
4 Mork & Mindy
5 Abba In Switzerland
6 Q8
7 Barney Miller
8 You Only Live Twice
9 Rhoda
10 Top Of THe Pops
11 The Practise
12 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
13 The Rockford Files
14 Fantasy Island
15 Blue Peter


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QUOTE(AlexRange @ Apr 18 2014, 01:18 PM) *
John, it's German Eurovision participant in this year. They were on the 4th place. Yes, it's a disco and very similar sound with Boney M classic.

Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan



The song was written and produced by famous Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger. Siegel is one of the most notable figures at the Eurovision Song Contest, in which he has participated with 21 songs so far, the latest being the 2013 Sammarinese entry "Crisalide" by Valentina Monetta. In 1982, Siegel's and Bernd Meinunger's song "Ein bißchen Frieden" (A Little Peace), performed by Nicole won the Contest and became a hit in Europe.

In Australia in 1980, Dschinghis Khan's single "Moscow" (the English-language version of their song Moskau) topped the charts and remained No.1 for six weeks.



Thanks Alex, it all comes back to me now! I think it was my second fave in that year's Eurovision! Didnt know they'd written Nicole's winner either,

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24th April 1979

All change, Art Garfunkel getting his 2nd Number One solo, oddly one more than the brilliant solo Paul Simon. It was sweet at the time, a bit maudlin these days. Three Degrees get their highest chart position in 5 years, and Abba pop in as the highest new entry, fresh off the Voulez Vous album, chock full of great tracks, several of them singles-worthy, including the fabulous B Side Kisses Of Fire. I was annoyed they’d gone with DYMK (a Bournemouth bar name these days) as it was about the least good track on the album, and certainly Abba’s least good single in 5 years.

Squeeze get a 3rd Top 10, Sex Pistols a 4th Top 20, and The Beach Boys go Top 40 for the first time in 3 years. Eruption get a belated follow-up hit to I Can’t Stand The Rain, a good eurodisco record, George Benson jazzes his way into my charts again, Gary Moore gets a lending vocal hand from Thin Lizzy mainman Phil, Chris Rea’s back with another minor hit, Ray Stevens takes the piss out of Barry Manilow, and who’s that Iron Horse going up? It’s Randy Bachman’s new band, which explains why it sounds a lot like 1974 chart-topper You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!



1 ( 2 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
2 ( 1 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
3 ( 7 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
4 ( 5 ) POP MUZIK M
5 ( 9 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
6 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
7 ( 3 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
8 ( 4 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
9 ( 6 ) WOW Kate Bush
10 ( 15 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze

11 ( 11 ) HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
12 ( 8 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW Abba
14 ( 12 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
15 ( 23 ) LET'S DANCE Chris Montez
16 ( 19 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
17 ( 37 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
18 ( 13 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary's Gang
19 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
20 ( 16 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player's Association

21 ( 27 ) HAVEN'T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
22 ( 20 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
23 ( 21 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
24 ( 28 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
25 ( 17 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
26 ( 18 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
27 ( 36 ) I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
28 ( 40 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
29 ( 24 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
30 ( 35 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray



31 ( 25 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
32 ( 22 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
33 ( 26 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
34 ( 56 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
35 ( 43 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
36 ( 39 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
37 ( 31 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
38 ( 41 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
39 ( 29 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
40 ( 60 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys



41 ( 32 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
42 ( 30 ) LET'S FLY AWAY Voyage
43 ( 38 ) OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
44 ( 34 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
45 ( 33 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
46 ( 54 ) DREAM LOVER/ MAC THE KNIFE Bobby Darrin
47 ( 42 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
48 ( 59 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
49 ( 53 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham '69
50 ( NEW ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption

51 ( 46 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
52 ( 52 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
53 ( 48 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 61 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
55 ( 51 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
56 ( NEW ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
57 ( 45 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
58 ( 63 ) HOORAY IT'S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
59 ( 67 ) I LOVE THE MUSIC Freefall
60 ( 57 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats



61 ( 58 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
62 ( 55 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
63 ( NEW ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
64 ( NEW ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
65 ( 69 ) POETRY IN MOTION Johnny Tillotson
66 ( 68 ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME The Drifters
67 ( 50 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann's Earthband
68 ( 74 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
69 ( 49 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
70 ( 72 ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking

71 ( 66 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
72 ( 65 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
73 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR HELP BARRY MANILOW Ray Stevens
74 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Chris Rea
75 ( 44 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays

TV
1 It'll Be Alright On The Night
2 Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Mork & Mindy
4 It's About Time
5 Defection Of Simas Kudirka
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Rockford Files
8 Mary Hartman Mary hartman
9 Barney Miller
10 Q8


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