My 1979 Charts – April

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London, me and two good friends, art students on art course. I’m in the middle.

 

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

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

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

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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3 thoughts on “My 1979 Charts – April

  1. Hi, John!
    Very interesting story from your teenage years… Thanks. Fine to read.
    Nice to see Supertramp at the top and Dire Straits raising as high as No.2!
    Also your charts are more fair to Kate Bush’s Wow single, which is one of my favourite Kate’s song. In UK Chart it didn’t reach even Top10.

    • Thanks Andrej, glad you liked the story, I enjoy little anecdotes and hope they are more a case of putting things into the times rather than dull!:) I think, apart from Wuthering Heights, that most of Kate’s singles peaked higher in my charts.

      cheers!
      john

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