Whilst the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island was busy melting down, and Jim Callaghan was losing his vote of no confidence in Parliament, ITV was showing:
6.35 Crossroads 7.00 The Bionic Woman 8.00 Robin's Nest 8.30 TV Eye 9.00 The Streets Of San Francisco 10.00 News At Ten
Whereas on BBC1: 6.20 Nationwide 6.55 Tomorrow's World 7.20 Top of the Pops 7.55 Blankety Blank 8.30 Potter 9.00 News 9.25 The Good Old Days
(with thanks as always to @TV30YearsAgo)
29-3-79: Presenter: Mike Read
(6) CHIC – I Want Your Love (and charts)
(34) RACEY – Some Girls
(30) THE THREE DEGREES – The Runner (video)
(42) ROCKY SHARPE & THE REPLAYS – Imagination
(28) NEIL DIAMOND – Forever In Blue Jeans (danced to by Legs & Co)
(60) GONZALEZ – I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
(19) ART GARFUNKEL – Bright Eyes (video)
(69) DANA – Something’s Cookin’ In The Kitchen
(70) SHOWADDYWADDY – Remember Then
(25) SISTER SLEDGE – He’s The Greatest Dancer (video)
(45) KANDIDATE – I Don’t Wanna Lose You
(64) BLACK LACE – Mary Ann ®
(1) GLORIA GAYNOR – I Will Survive (video)
(26) THE JACKSONS – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (and credits)
Chic ~ provide the chart rundown song this week, still on its way up the charts.
Racey ~ 'Why do they always get to dance with Legs & Co' notices our host Mike Read as Racey are joined on stage by no less than four of them for this Nicky Chinn/Mike Chapman smash, Some Girls.
The Three Degrees ~ sounding very Donna Summer, perhaps not too surprisingly as this was produced by Giorgio Moroder.
Rocky Sharpe and the Replays ~ Darts lite return but this time with not such a big hit, their cover of Imagination only made it to 39 in the charts.
Neil Diamond ~ Legs & Co are all hidden beneath huge Liberace cloaks at first but then throw them off to reveal an assortment of blue denim outfits.
Gonzalez ~ this catchy number was cut from the 7.30 show, but fear not, it hasn't stopped climbing up the charts yet.
Art Garfunkel ~ not a good sign that this one was also cut from the 7.30 show, will this be Grease all over again....... (find out at 1.25 tonight!)
Dana ~ this one didn't quite have all the ingredients to be a top 40 hit, peaking at number 44.
Showaddywaddy ~ the double take boys are back but their best days were behind them now, Remember Then reached number 17. It was a cover of a 1962 song by The Earls.
Sister Sledge ~ another classic disco tune from Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who also played on and produced this record.
Kandidate ~ featuring Phil Fearon on guitar, I Don't Want to Lose You finished up being found at number 11.
Black Lace ~ a very short clip of the UKs 1979 Eurovision entry before they flew over to Israel to land 7th place.
Gloria Gaynor ~ this is her penultimate week at number 1.
The Jacksons ~ shake our bodies down over the credits this week, with no rival Mick Jackson anywhere in sight.
Next week it's the 5th April 1979 with Tony Blackburn hosting for what I think is his one and only time this year.