If you behave yourself Cliff, we'll let you sing......
21-8-80: Presenters: Steve Wright & Cliff Richard
(28) NICK STRAKER BAND – A Walk In The Park
It's unusual for the opening song to be cut from the 7.30 show, but it happened tonight.
(25) SHEENA EASTON – Modern Girl
This had been Sheena's debut single earlier in the year, but it had failed to make the top 50, but following her appearance on The Big Time it had re-entered and was on its way to the top ten to keep her other single, 9 to 5, company. The audience are really leaping around to this one but I get the feeling one or two are doing it in an ironic manner.
(3) THE JAM –
The follow-up to Going Underground goes straight in to the charts at number 3, but they'll have to do better with future videos, because there's a game changer in town.
(32) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Marie Marie
Also cut from the 7.30 show ~ someone at BBC4 doesn't like him much I think.....
(24) LEGS & CO – they've danced to the Sex Pistols now here they are stealing the show with their routine to Bank Robber by The Clash.
(30) BILLY JOEL – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me (video)
Billy's first top 20 hit since My Life nearly two years earlier, and his last until Uptown Girl made it to number one three years later. It was also evidently very thirsty work making this video...
(27) HAZEL O’CONNOR – Eighth Day
Hazel really has the audience rocking here on her studio debut with the first song released from her film, Breaking Glass.
(9) THE PIRANHAS – Tom Hark
Edited out of the 7.30 show.
(8) KELLY MARIE – Feels Like I’m In Love
A second and particularly bouncy studio performance from Kelly, with her two dancers this time in top hats and tails.
(20) CLIFF RICHARD – Dreamin’
So Cliff becomes the first of the celeb presenters to actually get to sing on the show, with a song co-written by Leo Sayer, and soon to be his second top ten hit of the year.
The Top Ten rundown:
(10) GEORGE BENSON – Give Me The Night (video)
Had peaked at number 7.
(9) THE PIRANHAS – Tom Hark (clip of TOTP 7-8-80)
On its way to number 6.
(8) KELLY MARIE – Feels Like I’m In Love (clip of TOTP 7-8-80)
Feels like a future number one....
(7) THE GAP BAND – Oops Upside Your Head (video)
Had peaked at number 6.
(6) ROXY MUSIC – Oh Yeah (On The Radio) (clip of TOTP 7-8-80)
Had peaked at number 5.
(5) DIANA ROSS – Upside Down (video)
Had peaked at number 2.
(4) SHEENA EASTON – 9 To 5 (clip of TOTP 7-8-80)
Down from number 3, but would go back up to number 3 again next week.
(3) THE JAM – Start (video)
Straight into the front of the queue for the number one spot.
(2) ABBA – The Winner Takes It All (video)
Down from last week's number one.
(1) DAVID BOWIE – Ashes To Ashes (video)
'His best ever song' suggests Steve Wright, but Cliff seems a little grave, and he's more interested in telling us about his upcoming tours to Germany and South Africa. Meanwhile, Ashes to Ashes was Bowie's second number one hit, five years after Space Oddity had become his first.
(11) ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – All Over The World (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Now at its peak in the charts.
Next week then we reach August 28th 1980 already ~ my oh my this year is whizzing by!