My 1979 Charts – February

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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

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

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

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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2 thoughts on “My 1979 Charts – February

  1. Interesting chart, John!
    Surprising hit from Shalamar long before they received a wide recognition. Well deserved No.1 from Blondie.
    Blake’s 7 beats Fawlty Towers in TV Chart? Oh no… No one could bettered John Cleese’s small comedy series in 1979, to my opinion. Well, to each his own, anyway… 🙂 Kenny Evertt Video Show is another fave of mine. I suppose in 1979 the show was in its peak.

    • Hi Andrej,

      Thanks for the comment!

      yes I loved Fawlty Towers too, though I think they were repeats and Blake’s 7 was new. Kenny was great too:)

      Shalamar were great, it was a surprise they became UK stars for a couple of years in the 80’s, though just as good records.

      cheers!
      john

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