My 1979 Charts – May

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Me and college friends in Tunisia 1979

 

1st May 1979

My TV chart has an important event. Yes, the first In concert performance that impressed me (ELO). There was also a general election 3rd May, a momentous day for the world. It was a major advance for the cause of equality, because it showed that women could be equally as bad as men. In the case of Thatcher, she took it to the stratosphere and changed things so much in favour of the rich and powerful at the expense of the economy and the rest of us that the damage is still being dealt with (unsuccessfully) now. Rather sadly, if it hadn’t been for the bloody Falklands War (which she started by removing the protective British warship, inviting the belligerent Argentine military junta in) she would have gone down in history as one of the most unpopular one-term Prime Ministers. I don’t usually have a lifelong loathing of democratic politicians but she made it SO easy…

Anyways, I rated the TV event lower than The Sky At Night and Top Of The Pops. About right, I think…

Back in music-land, Supertramp pop back on top as Bright Eyes fades quickly, leaving Wings to get their first top 3 for a year. Oldies meanwhile do well, Chris Montez’ 2nd go in the Top 10 as a reissue, Amii Stewart’s only-just-better-than-Bowie’s-live-version cover of Knock On Wood at 18, The Dickies cover of fab kids show theme The Banana Splits, all-punked-up and in at 28 (I liked Drooper best), Walk On By yet another cover version hit for Average White Band at 65 – not the first, certainly not the last! – and Child covering Only You, which Ringo had already covered. Covers of covers!

More 1979, Eruption leap to 9 with a great euro-disco hit, Boney M leap to 21 with a cheesy euro-disco hit, Siouxsie climbs the staircase to 22, and Gary Moore goes top 40 and all French. New hits for Peaches & Herb’s smooth soul follow-up to their top 10 Groove Thing, Roxy get a swift 2nd comeback hit (and proper pop record, albeit it very smooth and MOR for them) with Dance Away at 49, and a hooker enters at 52, bleached-blonde pin-up boy on vocals and The Police reggae-rocking it big time. The Police became the band of the moment for students within months. Hudson-Ford get a comeback, good news after those 3 gem singles in a row 6 years earlier, bad news it’s with an awful novelty song as The Monks. Ugh! Better news, The Tubes are back with a knowingly kitsch mickey-take of pop using TV cliches for lyrics. It was both hilarious and melodically brilliant, a sort of The Turtles of the punk era. I had the white vinyl, TV picture cover single.

1 ( 2 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
2 ( 3 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
3 ( 6 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
4 ( 4 ) POP MUZIK M
5 ( 5 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
6 ( 1 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
7 ( 13 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW Abba
8 ( 15 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
9 ( 50 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
10 ( 16 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees

11 ( 8 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
12 ( 7 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
13 ( 17 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
14 ( 9 ) WOW Kate Bush
15 ( 10 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
16 ( 12 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
17 ( 21 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
18 ( 28 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
19 ( 14 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
20 ( 11 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge

21 ( 58 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
22 ( 35 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
23 ( 19 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
24 ( 34 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
25 ( 18 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
26 ( 23 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
27 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
28 ( NEW ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
29 ( 40 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
30 ( 36 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members

31 ( 22 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
32 ( 29 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
33 ( 25 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
34 ( 24 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
35 ( 56 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
36 ( 20 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
37 ( 63 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
38 ( 48 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
39 ( NEW ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
40 ( 64 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot

41 ( 32 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
42 ( 26 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
43 ( 38 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
44 ( 41 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
45 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
46 ( 37 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
47 ( 30 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray
48 ( 54 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
49 ( NEW ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
50 ( 33 ) SOME GIRLS Racey

51 ( 43 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
52 ( NEW ) ROXANNE The Police
53 ( 52 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
54 ( 53 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 39 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
56 ( NEW ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
57 ( 55 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
58 ( 42 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
59 ( 44 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
60 ( 47 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids

61 ( 45 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
62 ( 60 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
63 ( 59 ) I LOVE THE MUSIC Freefall
64 ( 51 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
65 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Average White Band
66 ( 46 ) DREAM LOVER/ MAC THE KNIFE Bobby Darrin
67 ( 70 ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking
68 ( NEW ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
69 ( 61 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
70 ( 73 ) I NEED YOUR HELP BARRY MANILOW Ray Stevens

71 ( 49 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham ’69
72 ( 62 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
73 ( NEW ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
74 ( 68 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
75 ( NEW ) ONLY YOU Child

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 ELO at Wembley
3 Mork & Mindy
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Rhoda
6 The Sky At Night
7 Election Coverage ’79
8 The World About Us
9 Film ’79
10 The Waltons

 

8th May 1979

Surprise! Abba at number one again for the 11th time – actually it’s more of an unofficial double A side as I preferred Kisses Of Fire at the time, and still do, it’s a corking dancerock track, where Does Your Mother Know is cheesy singalong poprock, fun maybe, but flattered without the B side. Wings yet again at 2, and I was clearly feeling quite positive and jolly judging by the pure pop happy toons in the Top 10. Maybe it’s because 4 of my friends and me had been chatting about working the summer for cash enough to hop the new Laker airlines to California for an exciting student holiday. My dream place……!

The chart though, not much happening this week, Police jumping up to 20 for the first of a long run 100% Top 10 run of singles. Sparks stop pottering about and rocket from 74 to 29, back in the 40 after a 4-year break. Bowie’s back with a bang. He always was of course, but the cross-dressing video, catchy guitar riffs and synths were irresistible at 33 and highest new entry. At 37 The Undertones were deservedly back in the 40 too, fun new wave, and Cheap Trick slip in for some new wave US rock at 74.

1 ( 7 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 3 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
3 ( 1 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
4 ( 2 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
5 ( 4 ) POP MUZIK M
6 ( 9 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
7 ( 10 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
9 ( 6 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
10 ( 21 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M

11 ( 17 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
12 ( 18 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
13 ( 24 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
14 ( 28 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
15 ( 12 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
16 ( 11 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
17 ( 13 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
18 ( 15 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
19 ( 14 ) WOW Kate Bush
20 ( 52 ) ROXANNE The Police

21 ( 8 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
22 ( 16 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
23 ( 49 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
24 ( 39 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
25 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
26 ( 35 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
27 ( 20 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
28 ( 26 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
29 ( 74 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
30 ( 40 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot

31 ( 22 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
32 ( 19 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
33 ( NEW ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
34 ( 32 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
35 ( 23 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
36 ( 33 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
37 ( NEW ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
38 ( 25 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
39 ( 37 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
40 ( 29 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

41 ( 31 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
42 ( 48 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
43 ( 44 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
44 ( 41 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
45 ( 36 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
46 ( 30 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
47 ( 46 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
48 ( 65 ) WALK ON BY Avergae White Band
49 ( 38 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
50 ( 56 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks

51 ( 34 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
52 ( 45 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
53 ( 53 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
54 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 51 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
56 ( 42 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
57 ( NEW ) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
58 ( 50 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
59 ( 57 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
60 ( 47 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray

61 ( 68 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
62 ( 59 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
63 ( 62 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
64 ( 60 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
65 ( 43 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
66 ( 64 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
67 ( 61 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
68 ( NEW ) UNTIL THE NIGHT Billy Joel
69 ( 58 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
70 ( 55 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters

71 ( 69 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
72 ( 73 ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
73 ( 75 ) ONLY YOU Child
74 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
75 ( 67 ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking

TV
1 A Fire In The Sky (TV Film)
2 Soap
3 Mork & Mindy
4 Fawlty Towers
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Happy Days
7 The Birds (film)
8 Tomorrow’s World
9 McMillan
10 The Odd Couple

15th May 1979

2 weeks for Abba, holding off Pop Muzik at 2. M did eventually reach number one. 10 Years later! Eruption get 2 top 3’s, but not the start of a promising run of hits, more like the end of. The Dickies slip up to 7, Sparks rise to 11, Bowie to 18 and highest new entry is Lene Lovich, saying when, a great follow-up to Lucky Number, not nearly as annoying after overplays. Cheap Trick meanwhile shoot up to 33, Bachman-Turner Overd…oops I mean Iron Horse finally break the 40, and Linda Clifford discofies a classic. Or should that be crucifies…? I charted it purely for the song, I think. Nice to see the Damned go Top 40 too.

Cher is back after a gap, and guess what, she’s gone disco. Take Me Home enters at 48, I rather liked it, though the UK buying public disagreed – well, at least not for another 20-odd years and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s cover version. Blondie follow up a monster classic with a French-flavoured melodic pop gem of a single, at 60. Orleans are also back after a couple of years away from my charts, they never did get that UK hit, despite radio airplay exposure for Dance With Me and Still The One. A 2nd Beatle pops into the 75, George at 65, and one I’m going to have to youtube as i’ve not heard it in 35 years. Hope it’s good! Roy Wood’s back at 75 too, not one of his best, and virtually his last barring xmas reissues and rerecordings. Finally, Earth Wind & Fire duet with protogees The Emotions on a funky disco classic. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 5 ) POP MUZIK M
3 ( 6 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
4 ( 7 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
5 ( 3 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
6 ( 2 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
7 ( 14 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
8 ( 10 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
9 ( 4 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
10 ( 20 ) ROXANNE The Police

11 ( 29 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
12 ( 13 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
13 ( 9 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
14 ( 8 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
15 ( 23 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
16 ( 11 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
17 ( 12 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
18 ( 33 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
19 ( 24 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
20 ( 15 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

21 ( 30 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
22 ( 16 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
23 ( 26 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
24 ( 18 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
25 ( 19 ) WOW Kate Bush
26 ( 22 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
27 ( 17 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
28 ( 28 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
29 ( 37 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
30 ( NEW ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich

31 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
32 ( 21 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
33 ( 74 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
34 ( 27 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
35 ( 42 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
36 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
37 ( 34 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
38 ( 36 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
39 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG The Damned
40 ( 50 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks

41 ( 31 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 32 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
43 ( 43 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
44 ( 38 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
45 ( 35 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
46 ( 41 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
47 ( 44 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
48 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HOME Cher
49 ( 46 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
50 ( 45 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association

51 ( 40 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
52 ( 39 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
53 ( 47 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
54 ( 53 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 61 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
57 ( 48 ) WALK ON BY Average White Band
58 ( 52 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
59 ( 55 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
60 ( NEW ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

61 ( 59 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
62 ( NEW ) LOVE TAKES TIME Orleans
63 ( 72 ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
64 ( 63 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
65 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE George Harrison
66 ( 51 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
67 ( 58 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
68 ( 68 ) UNTIL THE NIGHT Billy Joel
69 ( 49 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
70 ( NEW ) CHAINS The Late Show

71 ( 64 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
72 ( NEW ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
73 ( 57 ) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
74 ( 71 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
75 ( NEW ) WE’RE BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN Roy Wood
TV
1 3 Hungry Wives (TV film)
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 South Bank Show
5 Barney Miller
6 Mork & Mindy (Fri)
7 Rockford Files
8 A Shot In The Dark (film)
9 Mork & Mindy (sat)
10 The Odd Couple

22nd May 1979

3 weeks for Abba, and Sparks get their biggest hit since This Town… up to 2 with the Number One Song, will they won’t they though..? Police take that red light up to 4, and Roxy get a Top 10 hit again, though to be fair they made the top 10 every year (or solo Ferry) every year bar 1978 since debuting in 1972. Mike Oldfield gets his 6th Top 10, and Blondie shoot up from 60 to 13, 6 Top 20’s in a row.

Undertones and Lene Lovich go top 20, and then it’s all about the new entries: ELO highest at 22, with the disco-flavoured Shine A Little Love and never failing to make my charts, with one possible exception in 1974. Donna Summer at 34, going a bit raunchy in a guitar riff sense, and getting huge in the States at long last after being huge in the UK for 2 or 3 years. Elvis Costello is back at 38 with one of his most tuneful poptastic minor hits, Dollar follw-up at 43 with the not-dissimilar Who Were You With In The Moonlight (to Shooting Star), but soooo catchy anyway.

The Shads insist on doing another cover (the dreary film theme), The Clash do a more inventive cover (60’s classic I Fought The Law), and best of all, sneaking in at 73 it’s Elton going all Philly disco 5 years late. To be fair, the record was several years old when it came out, oddly, but it was (to be honest) better than most of his records of the last 2 years. You may have heard of it, being as Are You Ready For Love got to Number One. Eventually. There may have been a record that had to wait longer than 24 years to top the chart (Reet Petite) but I’m not sure if it’s the oldest actual RECORDING to do it for the first time or not. Answers on a postcard.
1 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 11 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
3 ( 3 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
4 ( 10 ) ROXANNE The Police
5 ( 8 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
6 ( 2 ) POP MUZIK M
7 ( 7 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
8 ( 15 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
9 ( 4 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
10 ( 12 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield

11 ( 5 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
12 ( 6 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
13 ( 60 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
14 ( 29 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
15 ( 30 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
16 ( 19 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
17 ( 9 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
18 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
19 ( 14 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
20 ( 21 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot

21 ( 13 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
22 ( NEW ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
23 ( 17 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
24 ( 72 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
25 ( 20 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( 56 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
27 ( 35 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
28 ( 23 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
29 ( 16 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
30 ( 36 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford

31 ( 22 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
32 ( 39 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
33 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
34 ( NEW ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
35 ( 26 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
36 ( 28 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
37 ( 24 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
38 ( NEW ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
39 ( 25 ) WOW Kate Bush
40 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

41 ( 31 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
42 ( 48 ) TAKE ME HOME Cher
43 ( NEW ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
44 ( 38 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
45 ( 27 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
46 ( 34 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
47 ( 32 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
48 ( 43 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
49 ( NEW ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
50 ( 41 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 40 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
52 ( 44 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
53 ( 46 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
54 ( 47 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
55 ( 54 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 45 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
58 ( 65 ) LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE George Harrison
59 ( 42 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
60 ( 50 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association

61 ( 49 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
62 ( 62 ) LOVE TAKES TIME Orleans
63 ( 63 ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
64 ( 53 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
65 ( 51 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
66 ( NEW ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
67 ( 70 ) CHAINS The Late Show
68 ( 61 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
69 ( 64 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols

71 ( 52 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
72 ( 59 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
73 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY Elkie Brooks
75 ( 67 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
TV
1 Soap
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Barney Miller
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Last Voyage (film)
6 Rockford Files
7 Fantasy Island
8 The New Maverick (TV film)
9 Up The Chastity Belt (film)
10 The Odd Couple
29th May 1979

4th and final week on top for Kisses Of Fire, but who’s going to get the spot, Sparks at 2, Blondie up to 3, Bowie up to 6, ELO up to 22…all faves, all former chart toppers, all still fab!? Lene Lovich at 9, Elvis Costello’s fab Accidents Will happen at 13, Tubes fab Prime Time at 14, and even Dollar shooting stars up to 15 could even make it a newcomer topper. Tune in next month to see if it is Blondie after all:)

All that activity means the highest new track is Quantum Jump at 34. Whoooo?! Just listen to the first 30 seconds, longest town name in the world at the time (New Zealand), and the record is a 3-year-old slyly gay goodie too finally a hit thanks to Kenny Everett’s TV and radio shows. The Skids follow-up is the equal of Into The Valley, in at 37, and probably the last 2 ever Philly hits in the chart with McFadden & Whitehead’s classic (joining Elton) at 39, ain’t no stoppin them. 64, Tubeway Army, striking dark morose electronic music, people said a bit Bowie, well nothing like Boys Keep Swinging actually, and even better! Sister Sledge 2nd time round keep the disco ball rolling with another Chic classic, We Are Family, so that’s one-up on their Jackson 5 period.
1 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 2 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
3 ( 13 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
4 ( 4 ) ROXANNE The Police
5 ( 8 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
6 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
7 ( 22 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
8 ( 3 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
9 ( 15 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
10 ( 7 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies

11 ( 14 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
12 ( 6 ) POP MUZIK M
13 ( 38 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
14 ( 26 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
15 ( 43 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
16 ( 5 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
17 ( 10 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
18 ( 11 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
19 ( 32 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
20 ( 24 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

21 ( 9 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
22 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
23 ( 16 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
24 ( 17 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
25 ( 19 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
26 ( 30 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
27 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
28 ( 21 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
29 ( 34 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
30 ( 25 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

31 ( 23 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
32 ( 49 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
33 ( 20 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
34 ( NEW ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
35 ( 35 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
36 ( 36 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
37 ( NEW ) MASQUERADE The Skids
38 ( 31 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
39 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
40 ( 29 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales

41 ( 40 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
42 ( 37 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
43 ( 27 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
44 ( 28 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
45 ( 51 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
46 ( 39 ) WOW Kate Bush
47 ( 44 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
48 ( 52 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
49 ( 41 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
50 ( 48 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers

51 ( 46 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
52 ( 47 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
53 ( 45 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
54 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 53 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
57 ( 50 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) TAKE ME HOME Cher
59 ( 66 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
60 ( 54 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
61 ( 57 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
62 ( 60 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
63 ( 67 ) CHAINS The Late Show
64 ( NEW ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
65 ( 58 ) LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE George Harrison
66 ( 59 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
67 ( 61 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
68 ( 73 ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
69 ( 69 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 68 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People

71 ( 74 ) RUNAWAY Elkie Brooks
72 ( NEW ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
73 ( 64 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
74 ( NEW ) YOU AND ME Liner
75 ( 65 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

 

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1 Soap
2 George Burns 100th Birthday
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Horizon
5 Dave Allan At Large
6 Petrocelli
7 Fantasy Island
8 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
9 Centennial (Tues)
10 Tomorrow’s World

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2 thoughts on “My 1979 Charts – May

  1. Hi, John!
    Lovely Number One from Supertramp! Disco was everywhere in 1979. It’s started to change in 1980 though. Kenny is at No.1 of TV Chart!
    I’ve been to Tunisia with my wife during our Honeymoon in 2011. It hasn’t been quite so we spent almost all our time at hotel area. What I remembered? People trying to sell us jasmine everywhere: on the beach, in the streets, at the market place… “Jasmine, jasmine, jasmine” And a date liquor. It was enormously delicious!

    • Hi Andrej Tunisia is an unusual honeymoon destination, but yes there are people selling stuff in markets, I was in Sousse, and we got offered a camel for one of our female student colleagues. She started crying. He should have offered at least TWO camels! It was a compliment, really:)

      Disco’s demise was quite abrupt, yes, 1980 and that was it really! Still, it’s back in 2014, hooray!

      cheers
      john

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