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SA Acts on the
SA singles Charts
1976 - 1989
Here are the SA acts which charted on the Springbok Top 20 from January 1976 until the chart's demise in February 1989. Just over 13 years' worth of info which should bring a smile to your face one hopes! This is the SINGLES chart.
-- Chris Kimberley, Zimbabwe, August 1999

Sample entry

ARTIST [comments]
Top 20 entry date (day-MONTH-year)/highest position/
number of weeks in Top 20/TITLE
Remarks

Singles Chart

ANDRÉ
11 DEC 76 10 7 MICHAELANGELO
This is a cover version of, believe it or not, a Swedish language song called 'Michelangelo (men så svara då!)' which was No. 1 in Sweden for several weeks in mid-1975 by Björn Skifs who was a member of Blue Swede (known as Blåblus in Sweden) who had a No. 1 hit in the US with 'Hooked on a Feeling'. Björn is possibly best known in SA for the songs he sang on the musical cast album for 'Chess' which was a big hit in SA in 1985, with music composed by the male members of ABBA (Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson).

Bobby ANGEL [see also: Barbara RAY]
10 APR 76 15 9 IT'S A BURNING THING
10 JUL 76 5 15 GREEN-EYED ANGEL
19 NOV 77 13 7 KELLY'S SONG

Leigh ASHTON
04 JUN 77 12 5 TANYA

BALLYHOO
18 OCT 80 1 19 MAN ON THE MOON

Clive BRUCE
14 FEB 81 16 5 IF YOU'VE GOT NOTHING ON TONIGHT

BUFFALO featuring Peter VEE
21 JUL 79 5 12 MAGIC CARPET RIDE

Roy BULKIN
13 FEB 76 8 7 TWINKLE TOES
11 SEP 76 6 10 THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE
28 MAY 77 6 8 MAKE HER AN ANGEL
05 NOV 77 16 5 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
05 JAN 80 18 3 WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?
18 JUL 81 15 8 HOW I FEEL INSIDE

Jonathan BUTLER
02 JAN 76 5 5 I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME
15 MAY 76 16 3 I'LL BE HOME

BUTTERCUP
02 JAN 76 15 3 SHA LA LA LA

CAFÉ SOCIETY
13 JUL 85 1 18 WOODPECKERS FROM SPACE

CINEMA
07 JAN 88 6 17 MY KIND OF GIRL

CITY LIMITS
15 NOV 80 8 9 SHOULDN'T FALL IN LOVE
30 MAY 81 20 1 WHEN YOU GONNA LOVE ME?

Graham CLARKE & Sharon TANDY
30 JUL 77 9 11 I BELIEVE IN YOU
Cover version of a song from Holland by Sandra & Andries

CLOUT
07 JAN 78 1 20 SUBSTITUTE
23 SEP 78 16 5 YOU'VE GOT ALL OF ME
31 MAR 79 7 13 SAVE ME
27 OCT 79 19 3 UNDER FIRE

Vangie COKER [daughter of Archie Coker of The Meteors]
11 SEP 82 6 14 BARBARA'S DAUGHTER

COPPERFIELD [British guys resident in SA]
10 JUN 78 2 18 SO YOU WIN AGAIN
Cover version of the original by HOT CHOCOLATE

CORNELIA [Cornelia MOLLER was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1950]
28 AUG 76 17 6 TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE

Reg DE BEER [He was a radio DJ on SABC, I think]
01 OCT 77 3 11 WE SALUTE YOU

Pierre DE CHARMOY
30 JUL 83 6 13 LIVE ON

Tommy DELL
26 MAR 76 6 14 SOMETIMES with Caroline DU PREEZ
28 AUG 76 6 13 GOLDEN RING with Caroline DU PREEZ
04 SEP 76 11 14 DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME
14 OCT 78 2 13 TEDDY BEAR originally recorded by US C&W artist Red SOVINE
31 MAR 79 5 12 LITTLE ROSA another Red SOVINE song

Lesley Rae DOWLING
30 JAN 82 11 15 GRIPS OF EMOTION

Vickie Du PREEZ
15 OCT 77 12 7 TOTSIENS, AUFWIEDERSEHEN

Michael EAGER
07 AUG 76 13 8 ROCK ME TO SLEEP
12 FEB 77 8 10 WHAT HAVE I DONE?
19 JUN 82 6 12 JUST HOW HIGH

Dennis EAST
30 OCT 76 5 16 A MILLION DRUMS
04 JUN 77 12 9 STONE WALLS
A cover version of a song from Ireland by, I think, a group called the DOOLEYS, who also had 2 hits in SA with HONEY I'M LOST and WANTED

ÉVOID [They had a hit in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1980!]
29 OCT 83 3 13 SHADOWS
18 FEB 84 6 9 TAXIMAN

Joanna FIELD
16 OCT 82 4 12 DON'T FLY TOO HIGH
Cover version of German language hit 'Flieg Nicht So Hoch' by Nicole, who had a UK No. 1 in 1982 with 'A Little Peace'

Billy FORREST
27 NOV 76 9 11 OUR SWEET PRECIOUS LOVE
18 SEP 82 5 15 SHE CAN'T SAY THAT ANYMORE
14 MAY 83 17 4 I LOVED 'EM EVERY ONE

Alan GARRITY
02 MAY 81 4 11 SANTA MARIA
Cover version of a song from Italy sung in Italian!
03 APR 82 18 3 YOU STOOD BY ME

Marie GIBSON
10 APR 76 1 19 ONE DAY AT A TIME
Cover version of a Kris Kristofferson-penned song. Was a UK No. 1 in 1979 for Lena Martell

Anton GOOSEN
14 APR 79 10 16 KRUIDJIE-ROER-MY-NIE

Gerry GRAYSON featuring DEBBIE
22 MAY 76 12 7 TEARS ON THE TELEPHONE
Cover version of the original by a big French star called Claude François. His English version of this was a hit in Rhodesia. His original hit in France was called 'Le téléphone pleure'

Crocodile HARRIS [real name: Robin Graham]
02 OCT 82 14 8 GIVE ME THE GOOD NEWS

HARVEST [Dave Ornellas from Hawk and Sharon Tandy]
11 FEB 78 10 11 WELCOME HOME

the HELICOPTERS
09 JUL 87 6 15 WHISPER YOUR SECRET

HERBIE & SPENCE
24 JUN 78 13 10 HEIDI from a TV series
[see also: Peter LOTIS]

Herman HOLTZHAUSEN
13 OCT 84 13 9 TRANS-KAROO

HOTLINE [featuring PJ Powers] [see also: Steve KEKANA]
06 FEB 82 8 12 YOU'RE SO GOOD TO ME
04 MAY 85 9 9 JABULANI

IAN & DIX
24 JUL 76 3 11 SONDER JOU

Tom INGLIS
14 SEP 85 5 17 CHAMPIONS OF LOVE
20 APR 86 11 9 WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO THE SONG?
31 AUG 86 10 12 DESTINED TO WIN

John IRELAND [real name: John Griffith]
04 NOV 78 8 9 YOU'RE LIVING INSIDE MY HEAD
03 JUL 82 2 15 I LIKE ...

JOY
29 JAN 80 11 9 AIN'T GONNA STOP (TILL I GET TO THE TOP)
05 JUL 80 1 19 PARADISE ROAD
30 MAY 81 18 2 LOVE CHAIN REACTION

Steve KEKANA
09 OCT 82 13 8 THE BUSHMAN
19 FEB 83 6 14 FEEL SO STRONG with PJ POWERS

Malie KELLY
26 JUL 80 12 7 ALASKA

Carike KEUZENCAMP
30 SEP 78 17 2 HOEKA TOEKA

Leslie KLEINSMITH
16 APR 77 12 6 ISN'T SHE LOVELY?
Original by Stevie WONDER. The hit in Rhodesia was by David PARTON from UK

David KRAMER
08 AUG 81 1 15 HAK HOM BLOKKIES
19 DEC 81 7 12 DIE ROYAL HOTEL
17 NOV 84 18 3 STOKSIELALLEEN

KUPIDO
09 APR 83 16 4 WAS EK MAAR 'N DIGTER

LASTIQUE
31 JAN 81 14 6 HOLD ON

Julian LAXTON BAND
03 JUL 76 10 8 CELEBRATE
15 JAN 77 7 8 BLUE WATER
18 MAR 78 13 8 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE
Cover version of original by Elvin BISHOP from USA

Peter LOTIS
17 JUN 78 2 13 HEIDI from TV series

LOVEMASTERS
05 APR 87 9 13 CARAVAN OF LOVE
Original by ISLEY JASPER ISLEY (a breakaway from the ISLEY BROTHERS). Also a hit in UK by the HOUSEMARTINS

Glenys LYNNE ["Jill" from "4 Jacks and a Jill"]
10 JUL 76 1 16 RAMAJA

Manfred MANN'S EARTH BAND [Manfred MANN (real name: Michael LIEBOWITZ) was born in Johannesburg in 1940]
01 JUL 78 14 4 MIGHTY QUINN
Reworking of Manfred MANN's own version of a Bob DYLAN track
04 AUG 84 8 8 RUNNER

MANUEL & DEE [male half of duo is operatically-trained Manuel ESCORCIO]
07 MAY 83 18 2 SAVE YOUR LOVE
Cover version of UK No. 1 by Renée & Renato

MARGINO [real name: Kim KALLIE]
23 APR 83 16 6 LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE
Cover version of original by IN-DEEP from USA

MARIA (born Carmelia Maria Neto Lopez in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique)
04 DEC 76 14 6 STAND UP LIKE A MAN

Cora MARIE
14 MAR 81 16 5 GEE HAAR 'N ROOS
21 AUG 82 12 9 GEE VIR MY 'N BIETJIE COUNTRY

MAS
18 FEB 88 4 15 PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Cover version of UK original by M/A/R/R/S

MATTISON BROTHERS
31 OCT 81 13 7 LOVE HURTS

McCULLY WORKSHOP
12 NOV 77 1 15 BUCCANEER
25 MAR 78 9 9 CHINESE JUNKMAN

Bruce MILLAR
05 MAR 76 1 19 I WON'T GIVE UP
This was a cover version of an original Italian language hit 'Inno' (in English 'Hymn') by Mia MARTINI from 1974!
07 AUG 76 5 13 WHEN I'M DEAD AND GONE
Cover version of a hit from UK by McGUINNESS FLINT

Neville NASH
11 OCT 80 13 6 GIMME THE LOVE

PACIFIC EXPRESS
14 OCT 78 7 10 GIVE A LITTLE LOVE

PEACH
31 JAN 81 7 11 A LOT OF THINGS
27 JUN 81 6 10 NIGHTMARE

PENDULUM
19 JUN 76 6 11 TAKE MY HEART
Cover version of a song from Europe. Theme is based on Ketelbey's 'In A Persian Market'
23 JUL 77 18 3 SEABIRD

Lionel PETERSEN
02 JAN 76 9 5 BOUNCY BOUNCY BOUNCE
03 JUL 76 9 15 THAT'S THE WAY
11 DEC 76 9 8 I'LL KEEP ON COMING BACK

PLASTIK MAK
29 MAR 80 14 8 SHAKE YOUR BODY from the film "Follow That Rainbow"
17 JAN 81 14 7 LOVE CONNECTION

PLATFORM 6
07 AUG 76 3 12 WOOGIE BOOGIE

POCKET LIPS
13 AUG 87 6 9 IT'S AMAZING (THE INCREDIBLE DANCE)

RABBITT [featuring Trevor RABIN]
19 JUN 76 9 7 CHARLIE from The Boys Will Be Boys! album
03 SEP 77 15 3 MORNING LIGHT
24 DEC 77 15 5 GETTING THRU' TO YOU

Trevor RABIN
17 DEC 77 12 9 FANTASY

Laurika RAUCH
15 SEP 79 3 13 KINDERS VAN DIE WIND

Barbara RAY
02 JAN 76 10 4 THE LAST ONE TO TOUCH ME
02 JAN 76 19 1 THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS GIFT with Bobby ANGEL
02 APR 77 11 9 WHO'S GONNA TIE MY SHOES?
10 SEP 77 5 16 AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE with Lance JAMES
12 JUL 80 4 17 DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI
25 JUN 83 17 5 VOICES with Bobby ANGEL

Clive RISKO
29 OCT 77 8 16 FACE OF AN ANGEL
15 APR 78 16 8 BLUEST HEARTACHE OF THE YEAR

Gene ROCKWELL
17 APR 76 10 11 SHAME ON ME
10 JUN 78 14 5 ROSIE
29 JUL 78 8 16 MY LIFE'S IN GOOD HANDS (JESUS, SWEET JESUS)

Lloyd ROSS (from "The Radio Rats")
15 JAN 83 3 19 VYFSTER from a TV series

Geoff ST. JOHN [real name: Geoffrey Jacobs]
28 AUG 76 9 10 CANDY

Margaret SINGANA
29 OCT 77 2 18 I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVE YOU)

Richard Jon SMITH
17 APR 76 9 9 BUT I DO ...
28 APR 79 1 17 MICHAEL (ROW THE BOAT ASHORE)
07 JUN 80 4 12 DAY O/ISLAND IN THE SUN medley of 2 Harry BELAFONTE songs

the SOFT SHOES
10 SEP 83 4 15 ELVIS ASTAIRE (KING OF SWING)

SPIRITS REJOICE
29 NOV 80 8 12 SHINE ON

Dale STEPHENS
02 JAN 82 8 10 WE'VE GOT THE LOVE
07 AUG 82 14 7 SLIPPIN' OUT THE BACKWAY

STINGRAY
22 SEP 79 4 12 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

STOCKLEY SISTERS (Avril and Miriam Stockley)
23 OCT 76 5 10 VENUS
Originally by Dutch group SHOCKING BLUE in 1970. Also a No. 1 SA hit in 1986 by BANANARAMA

STROBE
16 JUL 77 12 8 GIMME DAT BANANA
Cover version of a hit from Europe

SWEATBAND (featuring Wendy Oldfield and Johnny Mair)
21 SEP 86 15 7 THIS BOY

SWEET CHOCOLATE
24 FEB 79 9 10 TAKIN' ME BACK
Cover version of original by Tarney Spencer Band which reached No.7 in SA!

SWEET PROMISE
16 SEP 78 19 3 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY
New version of Jessica Jones' hit, I think

Maria TYL
29 AUG 81 7 8 BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN
A Willie Nelson song from 1975

Anneli VAN ROOYEN
01 MAY 82 4 13 SEWE SAKKE SOUT

Alida WHITE
31 JUL 82 16 6 I FOUND LOVE

WRIGHT BROTHERS (duo consisting of Robin "Crocodile HARRIS" GRAHAM and Richard WILSON from McCully Workshop)
21 MAY 77 15 5 SILVERBIRD

All info very generously supplied by Chris Kimberley from Zimbabwe, with a few small corrections and a couple of additional comments from Brian Currin.


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