SA Rock Lists

SA Charts 1969 - 1989
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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)

RABBITT (SA) SARIEs for Best Contemporary Music Artist 1976 & 1977
05 Jan 73 18 2 LOCOMOTIVE BREATH (-) (-)
18 Jun 76 14 4 CHARLIE (-) (-)
02 Sep 77 15 3 MORNING LIGHT (-) (-)
23 Dec 77 15 5 GETTIN' THRU' TO YOU (-) (-)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 14

Eddie RABBITT (US)
09 Sep 77 12 10 I CAN'T HELP MYSELF (-) (77)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 10

Trevor RABIN born 13 January 1954 in Johannesburg. Joined supergroup YES in 1983 (SA)
16 Dec 77 12 8 FANTASY (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 8

RACEY (UK)
22 Jun 79 1 19 SOME GIRLS (2) (-)
28 Sep 79 2 19 BOY OH BOY (22) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 38

The RACING CARS (UK)
17 Jun 77 10 9 THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY? (14) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 9

Gerry RAFFERTY (UK) ex-STEALERS WHEEL
21 Jul 78 1 21 BAKER STREET (3) (2)
15 Dec 78 17 6 RIGHT DOWN THE LINE (-) (12)
09 Jul 88 5 17 SHIPYARD TOWN (-) (-)
Total songs: 3 Total weeks: 44

The RATTLES (GERMANY)
01 Jan 71 13 5 THE WITCH (8) (79)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 5

Laurika RAUCH (SA)
14 Sep 79 3 13 KINDERS VAN DIE WIND (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

Marsha RAVEN (?)
06 Jul 84 4 13 CATCH ME (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 13

Lou RAWLS (US)
15 Oct 76 1 12 YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE (10) (2)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 12

Barbara RAY (SA) born in Scotland, moved to SA in 1965
16 Oct 70 4 10 LIKE I DO (With 5th Association) (-) (-)
07 May 71 10 6 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY (-) (-)
17 Sep 71 6 16 SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES (-) (-)
19 Jan 73 1 22 I DON'T WANNA PLAY HOUSE cover of the Tammy WYNETTE hit (-) (-)
05 Oct 73 3 12 FUNNY FACE (-) (-)
19 Jul 74 12 5 JOEY (-) (-)
28 Nov 75 9 9 THE LAST ONE TO TOUCH ME (-) (-)
26 Dec 75 19 2 THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS GIFT (Duet with Bobby Angel) (-) (-)
01 Apr 77 11 9 WHO'S GONNA TIE MY SHOES (-) (-)
09 Sep 77 5 15 AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE (Duet with Lance James) (-) (-)
12 Jul 80 4 17 DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI (-) (-)
24 Jun 83 17 5 VOICES (Duet with Bobby Angel) (-) (-)
Total songs: 12 Total weeks: 128

Chris REA (UK)
06 Apr 84 14 8 I CAN HEAR YOUR HEART BEAT (60) (-)
01 Aug 87 4 20 LET'S DANCE (12) (81)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 28

The REAL McCOY (IRELAND)
28 Feb 69 8 6 QUICK JOEY SMALL (-) (-)
16 May 69 14 3 ROUND THE GUMTREE (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 9

Helen REDDY (AUSTRALIA)
12 Oct 73 13 7 DELTA DAWN (-) (1)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 7

Lee REED (Germany)
19 Jul 74 10 8 SHLICK, SHLACK BOOM BOOM (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 8

Della REESE (US) Born Dellareese Taliaferro on 6 July 1932 in Detroit. Played "Tess" in the "Touched By An Angel" TV series, 2000-2001
30 May 75 2 14 DON'T YOU KNOW based on an aria from Puccini's "La Bohéme", this was originally a hit in 1959 (-) (2)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 14

Jim REEVES (US)
26 Jun 70 17 3 NOBODYS FOOL (32) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 3

RE-FLEX (UK)
25 May 84 19 4 POLITICS OF DANCING (28) (24)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 4

Neil REID (UK)
03 Mar 72 7 15 MOTHER OF MINE (2) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 15

Maggie REILEY see Mike OLDFIELD

R.E.M. (US)
02 Apr 88 17 2 THE ONE I LOVE (51) (9)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 2

Sean RENNIE (SA) born in Ireland, moved to SA in 1964
24 Jul 70 13 5 I'LL WALK WITH YOU (-) (-)
01 Feb 74 4 13 CHARLY different song to CHARLIE by RABBITT (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 18

REO SPEEDWAGON (US)
23 May 81 3 9 KEEP ON LOVIN' YOU (7) (1)
14 Jun 85 8 10 CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING (16) (1)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 19

REPARATA (US)
16 Jan 76 6 10 SHOES (43) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 10

Paul REVERE & THE RAIDERS (US)
15 Aug 69 8 7 LET ME (-) (20)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 7

RICE & BEANS ORCHESTRA (US/PUERTO RICO)
25 Mar 77 17 2 THE BLUE DANUBE (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 2

Charlie RICH (US)
31 May 74 5 14 THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE (-) (18)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 14

Cliff RICHARD (UK) Britain's answer to ELVIS. Born Harry WEBB on 14 October 1940 in Lucknow, India
14 Feb 69 9 5 DON'T FORGET TO CATCH ME (21) (-)
18 Apr 69 17 3 GOOD TIMES, BETTER TIMES (12) (-)
21 Nov 69 19 2 THROW DOWN THE LINE (With Hank MARVIN) (7) (-)
24 Jul 70 2 9 GOODBYE SAM, HELLO SAMANTHA (6) (-)
30 Apr 71 20 2 SUNNY HONEY GIRL (19) (-)
03 Nov 72 18 2 LIVING IN HARMONY (12) (-)
28 May 76 2 15 MISS YOU NIGHTS (15) (-)
20 Aug 76 1 15 DEVIL WOMAN (9) (6)
08 Apr 77 6 8 HEY MR. DREAM MAKER (31) (-)
09 Sep 77 19 3 WHEN TWO WORLDS DRIFT APART (46) (-)
28 Sep 79 2 18 WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE (1) (7)
22 Mar 80 5 9 CARRIE (4) (34)
15 Nov 80 12 7 DREAMIN' (8) (10)
10 Oct 81 2 14 WIRED FOR SOUND (4) (71)
14 Mar 87 1 24 ALL I ASK OF YOU (Duet with Sarah BRIGHTMAN), from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (3) (-)
21 Nov 87 10 7 MY PRETTY ONE (6) (-)
Total songs: 16 Total weeks: 143

Lionel RICHIE (US)
24 Oct 81 1 19 ENDLESS LOVE (Duet with
Diana ROSS) (7) (1)
14 Jan 83 9 8 TRULY (6) (1)
02 Dec 83 1 21 ALL NIGHT LONG (2) (1)
08 Jun 84 5 13 HELLO (1) (1)
29 Nov 85 1 26 SAY YOU SAY ME (8) (1)
08 Aug 86 1 18 DANCING ON THE CEILING (7) (2)
Total songs: 6 Total weeks: 105

Jonathan RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS (US)
17 Feb 78 19 2 EGYPTIAN REGGAE (5) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 2

Miguel RIOS (SPAIN)
31 Jul 70 3 9 A SONG OF JOY based on BEETHOVEN'S 9th SYMPHONY (16) (14)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 9

Waldo de los RIOS see Waldo DE LOS RIOS

the RISING SONS (SA)
30 Oct 70 13 5 STAND UP FOR THE LADY (-) (-)
15 Jan 71 14 5 CRY BLUE BIRD CRY (-) (-)
03 Mar 72 4 16 HOW DO YOU DO? (-) (-)
12 Oct 73 7 16 GOING DOWN JORDAN (-) (-)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 42

Clive RISKO (SA) born in Johannesburg in 1950
28 Oct 77 8 16 FACE OF AN ANGEL (-) (-)
14 Apr 78 16 8 BLUEST HEARTACHE OF THE YEAR (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 24

The RITCHIE FAMILY (US)
12 Sep 75 11 8 BRAZIL (41) (11)
05 Nov 76 18 5 THE BEST DISCO IN TOWN includes excerpts from REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE, I LOVE MUSIC & YOU GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME (10) (17)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 13

Johnny RIVERS (US)
24 Jan 69 2 11 I CAN'T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) (-) (-)
09 May 69 8 6 EVERYDAY I HAVE TO CRY (-) (-)
25 Jun 71 8 10 SEA CRUISE (-) (84)
Total songs: 3 Total weeks: 27

Austin ROBERTS (US)
30 Jan 76 1 11 ROCKY (22) (9)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 11

Gwynneth Ashley ROBIN see Gwynneth ASHLEY-ROBIN

Smokey ROBINSON (US)
08 Aug 81 7 9 BEING WITH YOU (1) (2)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 9

Vicky Sue ROBINSON (US)
15 Oct 76 12 7 TURN THE BEAT AROUND (-) (10)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 7

ROCKWELL (US)
11 May 84 5 14 SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME (featuring Michael JACKSON) (6) (2)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 14

Gene ROCKWELL (SA) born Gert SMIT in Krugersdorp 27th December 1944, passed away 3rd July 1998
24 Oct 75 16 4 WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS (-) (-)
16 Apr 76 10 11 SHAME ON ME (-) (-)
09 Jun 78 14 5 ROSIE (-) (-)
28 Jul 78 8 16 MY LIFE'S IN GOOD HANDS (-) (-)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 36

Clodagh RODGERS (IRELAND)
20 Jun 69 17 4 COME BACK AND SHAKE ME (3) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 4

Tommy ROE (US)
28 Feb 69 1 11 DIZZY (1) (1)
05 Sep 69 10 5 JACK & JILL (-) (53)
05 Dec 69 4 13 JAM UP, JELLY TIGHT (-) (8)
22 Oct 71 10 12 STAGGER LEE (-) (25)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 41

Kenny ROGERS (US)
08 Jul 77 1 23 LUCILLE (1) (5)
15 Mar 80 12 12 COWARD OF THE COUNTY (1) (3)
24 Jan 81 3 13 LADY (12) (1)
13 Jan 84 4 29 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (Duet with Dolly PARTON) (7) (1)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 77

ROGUE (UK) not to be confused with SA band ROUGE
12 Nov 76 8 10 DEDICATION (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 10

The ROLLING STONES (UK)
04 Jun 71 20 1 BROWN SUGAR (2) (1)
28 Jul 72 19 1 TUMBLING DICE (5) (7)
16 Nov 73 2 16 ANGIE (5) (1)
13 Sep 80 3 14 EMOTIONAL RESCUE (9) (3)
31 Oct 81 5 13 START ME UP (7) (2)
Total songs: 5 Total weeks: 45

The ROMANTICS (US)
18 May 84 15 9 TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP (-) (3)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 9

Linda RONSTADT (US)
21 Apr 78 4 15 IT'S SO EASY (-) (5)
01 Dec 78 11 8 BACK IN THE U.S.A. (-) (16)
03 Oct 87 20 1 SOMEWHERE OUT THERE (Duet with James INGRAM) (8) (2)
Total songs: 3 Total weeks: 24

Diana ROSS (US)
13 Feb 70 5 10 SOMEDAY WE'LL BE TOGETHER (As Diana ROSS & THE SUPREMES) (13) (1)
29 Mar 74 18 3 PLEDGING MY LOVE (Duet with Marvin GAYE) (-) (-)
19 Apr 74 14 8 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (-) (-)
07 Jun 80 7 14 IT'S MY HOUSE (32) (-)
20 Sep 80 1 19 UPSIDE DOWN (2) (1)
04 Apr 81 15 4 IT'S MY TURN (16) (9)
24 Oct 81 1 19 ENDLESS LOVE (Duet with Lionel RICHIE) (7) (1)
23 Nov 84 19 3 ALL OF YOU (Duet with Julio IGLESIAS) (43) (19)
23 May 86 4 11 CHAIN REACTION (1) (-)
Total songs: 9 Total weeks: 91

Vyfster Lloyd ROSS (SA)
14 Jan 83 3 19 VYFSTER theme from TV series (-) (-)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 19

Demis ROUSSOS (GREECE)
04 Jun 76 3 12 HAPPY TO BE ON AN ISLAND IN THE SUN (5) (-)
31 Dec 76 20 1 MY FRIEND THE WIND (-) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 13

ROXY MUSIC (UK)
27 Dec 80 12 11 OH YEAH (THERE'S A SONG PLAYING ON THE RADIO) (5) (-)
18 Apr 81 3 12 JEALOUS GUY tribute to John LENNON (1) (-)
Total songs: 2 Total weeks: 23

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (UK)
24 Oct 81 9 9 HOOKED ON CLASSICS (2) (10)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 9

The RUBETTES (UK)
26 Jul 74 2 12 SUGAR BABY LOVE (1) (37)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 12

Jennifer RUSH (US)
17 May 85 1 23 RING OF ICE (14) (-)
13 Sep 85 1 28 POWER OF LOVE (1) (57)
07 Feb 86 12 9 MADONNA'S EYES (-) (-)
16 May 87 10 10 I COME UNDONE (-) (-)
Total songs: 4 Total weeks: 70

Barry RYAN (UK)
10 Jan 69 3 7 ELOISE (2) (86)
Total songs: 1 Total weeks: 7

All info generously supplied by John Samson, September/October 2000 with major input from Chris Kimberley and Kevin Farquharson. Thanks also to Harry de Louw.


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