This week in 1978

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1 Up­town Top Rank­ing Althea and Donna 2 Mull of Kin­tyre/Girls’ School Wings 3 Fi­garo Brother­hood of Man 4 If I Had Wings Scott Fitzger­ald and Yvonne Keely 5 Na­tive New Yorker Odyssey 6 Love’s Un­kind Donna Sum­mer 7 Lovely Day Bill Withers 8 It’s A Heartache Bon­nie Tyler 9 Jam­ming/Punky Reg­gae Party Bob Mar­ley & The Wail­ers 10 Take A Chance On Me Abba

No short­age of mu­sic leg­ends in this top ten from al­most 40 years ago. But the num­ber one be­longs to two teenagers from Ja­maica whose only ma­jor hit had to dis­lodge the big­gest sell­ing song of the sev­en­ties to claim the top spot. ‘Up­town Top Rank­ing’ spent just one week at No. 1, but it ended the nine weeks at the top run of Paul McCart­ney and Wings’ ‘Mull of Kin­tyre’. The song was ini­tially recorded by 17-year-old Althea For­rest and her 18-year-old friend Donna Reid as a joke. When Radio 1’s John Peel played it by ac­ci­dent, re­quests flooded in, and the rest is his­tory. Althea and Donna re­leased an al­bum, and a few more sin­gles, but never trou­bled the charts again. They still hold the record as the youngest fe­male duo to top the UK charts.

Althea and Donna: teenage one-hit won­ders.

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