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British Chartbusters of the 60s & 70s

1977

The British charts of 1977 are topped by David Soul followed, tragically, by Elvis who died August 16th 1977

 

  • Top artist of the year was American heart throb David Soul. Best known as an actor in the hit series Starsky and Hutch, he released "Don't Give Up on Us" in December 1976 and it eventually went on to be the second biggest hit of 1977 and a million seller in the UK. His follow up, "Going in with my Eyes Open" stalled at number two but the next record "Silver Lady" was back at number one. He also had two top ten albums with "David Soul" and "Playing to an Audience of One".
The Best Of David Soul, 14 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Elvis Presley returned to the charts and was the second biggest artist of the year following his death in 1977. His singles success included a jumble of re-released classics but the bigger hits of the year were chart topping "Way Down" ( number four biggest single of the year) and top ten records "Moody Blue" and "My Way". The album charts were similarly dominated by Elvis re-releases as fans celebrated his music. However, the biggest was "Elvis Presley's 40 Greatest Hits", a number one album.
30 Elvis number 1 hits Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Abba had been toppled from the top spot but they were still third biggest performers of the year. They hit the number one spot in the singles charts twice with "Knowing Me Knowing You" (the third biggest of the year) and then "The Name of the Game". In the album charts they had the biggest hit of the year with "Arrival".
Abba - Arrival, 11 tracks incl Dancing Queen & Knowing Me, Knowing You Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Number four act of the year was Donna Summer whose revolutionary "I Feel Love" was a number one single. Later in the year she had top five hits with "Deep Down Inside" and "Love's Unkind" as well as a top twenty single with "I Remember Yesterday". She rounded off a memorable year with a number three album "I Remember Yesterday".
The Journey: the Very Best of Donna Summer, 19 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • In fifth place was former Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings. his huge number one single, "Mull of Kintyre" was not only the year's biggest hit but it was also the first ever two million seller in the UK beating the previous record holder which was, ironically, the Beatles' "She Loves You". The band also enjoyed top ten chart success with their live album "Wings Over America".
Wingspan Hits And History - Paul McCartney & Wings, double CD 40 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • It was also a good 1977 for Showaddywaddy who followed their number one single of 1976, "Under the Moon of Love" with a trio of top five hits including "When", "You Got What it Takes" and "Dancin' Party". Their "Greatest Hits" album also rose to the top five in the LP listings. Rod Stewart was back at number one with "I Don't Want to Talk About It" and followed that with a number three hit, "You're in My Heart" and his album "Foot Loose and Fancy Free" was a top three hit also. Then there was Deniece Williams who topped the singles chats with "Free" and reached the top ten with "That's What Friends Are For".
20 tracks incl I Feel Love - Donna Summer, Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Julie Covington Buy the Greatest Hits
  • There were also a few pointers to the future among the successes of 1977. Although they were never to be big on the singles market, the Sex Pistols had a trio of top ten records with "God Save the Queen" (which reached number two despite being banned in numerous places), "Pretty Vacant" and "Holidays in the Sun". Boney M were in the top three with "Sunny" and "Ma Baker" and in the top ten with "Belfast". Finally, the Jackson Five had a number one with "Show You the Way to Go" and three other top forty entries. Lead singer Michael Jackson was in his 19th year but had already been singing solo hits for six years.

 

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