SA Rock Lists

SA Charts 1969 - 1989
(As presented on Springbok Radio/Radio Orion)

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Sample entry

ARTIST (Nationality, SA Artists are highlighted) Comments and information
Chart entry date (day-Month-year) highest position
number of weeks on chart TITLE additional info (UK highest position) (US highest position)

ABBA (SWEDEN) Agnetha, Björn, Benny & Anni-fred
28 DEC 73 3 15 RING RING (32) (-)
31 MAY 74 1 16 WATERLOO Eurovision Song Contest winner (1) (6)
08 NOV 74 2 15 HASTA MANANA (-) (-)
09 MAY 75 1 13 I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO (38) (15)
12 SEP 75 1 13 S.O.S. (6) (15)
12 MAR 76 5 9 MAMMA MIA (1) (32)
11 JUN 76 1 16 FERNANDO (1) (13)
29 OCT 76 1 17 DANCING QUEEN (1) (1)
20 MAY 77 1 14 KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU (1) (14)
16 DEC 77 3 13 THE NAME OF THE GAME (1) (12)
21 APR 78 6 10 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME (1) (3)
11 AUG 78 2 14 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC (33) (-)
06 APR 79 1 18 CHIQUITITA (2) (29)
03 AUG 79 12 7 DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW (4) (19)
26 OCT 79 3 15 I HAVE A DREAM (2) (-)
02 FEB 80 16 4 GIMME, GIMME, GIMME (3) (-)
20 SEP 80 1 16 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL (1) (8)
23 JAN 82 4 13 ONE OF US (3) (107)
Total songs: 18 Total weeks: 238

Gregory ABBOTT (US)
04 APR 87 12 4 SHAKE YOU DOWN (6) (1)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 4

ABC (UK)
26 SEP 87 20 1 WHEN SMOKEY SINGS (11) (5)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 1

Colonel ABRAMS (US)
11 APR 86 4 12 TRAPPED (3) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 12

ADAM & THE ANTS (UK) Adam ANT's real name is Stuart Leslie GODDARD; born 3 November 1954, London, England
25 APR 81 2 12 ANTMUSIC (2) (-)
04 JUL 81 2 10 STAND AND DELIVER (1) (-)
28 NOV 81 6 10 PRINCE CHARMING (1) (-)
Total songs: 3 Total weeks: 32

Bryan ADAMS (CANADA) born 5 November 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
29 NOV 80 15 3 HIDIN' FROM LOVE (-) (-)
01 NOV 85 9 9 HEAVEN (38) (1)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 12

AFTER ALL (US?)
01 FEB 74 1 14 IF YOU NEED ME (-) (-)
29 NOV 74 4 19 HELP ME MY LOVE (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 33

AFTER THE FIRE (UK)
06 MAY 83 2 18 DER KOMMISSAR English version of a FALCO song with the same title (47) (5)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 18

A-HA (NORWAY)
06 DEC 85 7 12 TAKE ON ME (2) (1)
07 MAR 86 8 11 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV (1) (20)
18 APR 87 13 9 CRY WOLF (5) (50)
25 JUL 87 5 14 THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS from the James BOND film of the same title (5) (-)
11 JUN 88 4 16 STAY ON THESE ROADS (5) (-)
05 NOV 88 11 13 THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY (25) (-)
Total songs: 6 Total weeks: 75

AIR SUPPLY (AUSTRALIA)
24 JAN 81 11 9 ALL OUT OF LOVE (11) (2)
09 DEC 83 5 14 MAKING LOVE OUT OF NOTHING AT ALL (-) (2) written and produced by Jim STEINMAN
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 23

Morris ALBERT (BRAZIL)
05 DEC 75 5 13 FEELINGS (4) (6)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

ALESSI (US) brothers Billy and Bobby Alessi
30 JUN 78 17 3 ALL FOR A REASON (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 3

Peter ALLEN (AUSTRALIA) one-time husband of Liza MINNELLI
27 JAN 78 8 8 I GO TO RIO (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 8

Herb ALPERT (US) born 31 March 1935 in LA, California. Herb is the "A" in A&M Records (formed in 1962 with Jerry MOSS). Had many big hits in the 60s with the Tijuana Brass
21 DEC 79 3 18 RISE (13) (1)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 18

ALPHAVILLE (GERMANY)
15 JUN 84 5 17 BIG IN JAPAN (8) (66)
07 DEC 84 2 18 SOUNDS LIKE A MELODY (-) (-)
08 MAR 85 7 12 FOREVER YOUNG (-) (65)
27 JUN 86 4 15 DANCE WITH ME (-) (-)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 62

ALTERED IMAGES (UK)
27 FEB 82 2 17 HAPPY BIRTHDAY (2) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 17

AMAZULU (UK)
21 MAR 87 16 6 MONTEGO BAY cover of the Bobby BLOOM hit (16) (90)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 6

AMERICA (US)
31 MAR 72 12 8 HORSE WITH NO NAME (3) (1)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 8

Bill ANDERSON (US)
29 AUG 75 8 6 BEYOND THE SUNSET (With Jan HOWARD)
(-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 6

Laurie ANDERSON (US) born in Chicago in 1950
13 FEB 82 16 5 O SUPERMAN this song is over 8 minutes long! (2) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 5

Lynn ANDERSON (US)
05 FEB 71 2 13 ROSE GARDEN (3) (3)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

ANDRÉ (SA) full name: André ALLEN
25 FEB 72 14 4 EK IS VERLIEF OP JOU (-) (-)
10 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). Björn is possibly best known in SA for the songs he sang on the musical cast album CHESS with music composed by the male members of ABBA (Björn ULVAEUS & Benny ANDERSSON) and lyrics by Tim RICE. (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 11

Chris ANDREWS (UK) Christopher Frederick ANDREWS was born on 15 October 1942 in Romford, Essex, England. Had a huge hit in 1965 with YESTERDAY MAN.
19 DEC 69 1 19 PRETTY BELINDA (-) (-)
03 APR 70 1 15 CAROL OK (-) (-)
04 SEP 70 1 12 BROWN EYES (-) (-)
27 NOV 70 7 12 YO YO (-) (-)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 58

ANEKA (UK) real name: Mary SANDEMAN
12 DEC 81 19 1 JAPANESE BOY (1) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 1

Bobby ANGEL (SA) born in Johannesburg in 1936. SARIE in 1978 for Best Male Vocalist
17 JAN 75 1 17 YOU ASKED ME TO (-) (-)
13 JUN 75 5 11 BEFORE THE NEXT TEARDROP FALLS (-) (-)
28 NOV 75 16 3 DON JUNIOR (-) (-)
26 DEC 75 19 2 THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS GIFT (Duet with Barbara RAY) (-) (-)
09 APR 76 15 9 IT'S A BURNING THING (-) (-)
09 JUL 76 5 15 GREEN EYED ANGEL (-) (-)
18 NOV 77 13 7 KELLY'S SONG theme from a TV series (-) (-)
24 JUN 83 17 5 VOICES (Duet with Barbara RAY) (-) (-)
Total songs: 8 Total weeks: 69

ANIMOTION (US) Techno-pop quintet led by Astrid PLANE and Bill WADHAMS
19 JUL 85 9 11 OBSESSION (5) (6)
25 JUL 86 4 14 I ENGINEER (-) (76)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 25

Paul ANKA (CANADA)
19 MAY 69 18 2 GOODNIGHT MY LOVE (-) (27)
24 OCT 75 4 9 (I BELIEVE) THERE'S NOTHING STRONGER THAN OUR LOVE (Duet with Odia COATES) (-) (15)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 11

APOLLO 100 (UK) studio band featuring keyboardist Tom PARKER. Johann Sebastian Bach cracked the UK Top 10 in 1972 -- 222 years after his death -- thanks to Apollo 100 featuring Tom Parker. The English studio group had a hit with the sprightly "Joy," which Parker had adapted from Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring."
10 Mar 72 18 3 JOY (-) (6)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 3

The ARCHIES (US) anonymous session musicians based on a cartoon TV show, vocalists: Ron DANTE (born Carmine GRANITO on 22 August 1945 in New York), Toni WINE and Andy KIM
10 JAN 69 3 7 BANG, SHANG A LANG (-) (22)
11 APR 69 6 7 FEELIN' SO GOOD (-) (53)
11 JUL 69 1 18 SUGAR SUGAR (1) (1)
03 OCT 69 2 14 LA DEE DOO DOWN DOWN (-) (-)
19 DEC 69 12 6 NURSERY RHYME (-) (-)
13 FEB 70 15 4 JINGLE, JANGLE (-) (10)
23 OCT 70 16 2 SUNSHINE (-) (57)
26 FEB 71 1 14 A SUMMER PRAYER FOR PEACE (-) (-)
Total songs: 8 Total weeks: 72

Wanda Arletti Wanda ARLETTI (SA) born Wanda ARLETOWICZ in Hackney, England of Polish parents. Sang for the STACCATOS; married group's guitarist, Richard CROUSE
27 NOV 70 2 13 ZANZIBAR (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

Joan ARMATRADING (UK)
06 DEC 80 13 7 ME MYSELF I (23) (-)
10 JUN 83 1 17 DROP THE PILOT (11) (78)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 24

The ARROWS (US)
16 AUG 74 2 15 TOUCH TOO MUCH (8) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 15

The ART COMPANY (NETHERLANDS)
07 SEP 84 6 13 SUSANNA (12) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

The ART OF NOISE (UK)
03 OCT 86 10 11 PARANOIMIA (With Max HEADROOM) (12) (34)
11 FEB 89 18 1 KISS (With Tom JONES) (5) (31)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 12

ASHFORD & SIMPSON (US) husband-and-wife team: Nickolas ASHFORD & Valerie SIMPSON
19 APR 85 4 13 SOLID (3) (12)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

Gwynneth ASHLEY-ROBIN (SA) born Gwynneth JOUBERT on 20 August 1960. Died (along with her band) in a light aircraft accident near Penge, Eastern Transvaal in May 1976. Springbok Award (mini-SARIE) for Most Promising Female Vocalist 1974
25 Jan 74 1 14 LITTLE JIMMY a tribute to Litte Jimmy OSMOND (-) (-)
14 Jun 74 9 9 LITTLE SOLDIER BLUE (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 23

Leigh ASHTON (SA) born in Manchester, England; immigrated with his parents to SA in 1959
03 JUN 77 12 5 TANYA (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 5

ASIA (UK) supergroup formed by members of YES (Steve HOWE), BUGGLES (Geoff DOWNES), URIAH HEEP (John WETTON , also from ROXY MUSIC & KING CRIMSON) & ELP (Carl PALMER)
24 JUL 82 4 17 HEAT OF THE MOMENT (46) (4)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 17

Rick ASTLEY (UK) born 6 February 1966 in Warrington, England
24 OCT 87 1 29 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (1) (1)
30 JAN 88 7 13 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (3) (-)
07 MAY 88 3 15 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (2) (-)
05 NOV 88 2 15 SHE WANTS TO DANCE WITH ME (6) (6)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 72

ATLANTIC STARR (US) Soul quintet from New York
10 OCT 87 6 13 ALWAYS (3) (1)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

All info generously supplied by John Samson, September/October 2000 with major input from Chris Kimberley and Kevin Farquharson.


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