This week in 1978
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.