THE STORY OF 1978

1978 was the year that 'Reggea' became mainstream as did 'Punk', 'Ska' and 'Hard Rock' and 'Hip Hop' all battle the Disco trends to make there own mark in music history. The first U.K. number one was also the first time Reggea music hit the top of the U.K. chart. Uptown Top Ranking is still heard today and remembered as classic reggea.

 

Although Boney M. started with their album 'Love For Sale' in 1976 and had a few hits, it was Easter 1978 that they hit the height of their career. Originally the single 'Rivers Of Babylon' reached number 2 and was beginning to fall down the top 10. It was when Radio 1 started playing the B side 'Brown Girl In The Ring' that it was changed to a double A side single (AA) and it reversed up to No. 1 where it stayed for 5 weeks.

 

The year also saw two huge number ones that topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic from the hit movie 'Grease'. 'You're The One That I Want' stayed number one for 9 weeks shortly followed by 'Summer Nights' which stayed at the top for 7 weeks. When the Boomtown Rats knocked 'Summer Nights' off the top the Rats went on Top Of The Pops to perform to 'Rat Trap' holding up pictures of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John and the cast of 'Grease' to commemorate the occasion of knocking them off the top.

 

By the time we got to the end of the year Boney M. were back at the top for Christmas with their dancy version of 'Mary's Boy Child' and adding 'Oh My Lord' to the end of the song, keeping it at the top of the charts as we entered the last year of the 1970s and things were only just heating up.

 

This collection will contain EVERY U.K. Top 40 entry of 1978 in order of chart entry staring from the first chart in early January up to the last chart compiled in December. Dates will appear on the front of each CD.

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