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Saturday 21 September 2019

Top Tens: This week in 1978

The Commodores with Lionel Richie on right at back
The Commodores with Lionel Richie on right at back

On this week 40 years ago 'You're The One That I Want' - from the Grease soundtrack - was finally toppled from its perch at the top of the charts after a nine-week run at number one.

Romantic ballad 'Three Times A Lady' gave US soul band The Commodores their first (and only) UK number one and helped pave the way for a solo career by the band's lead singer Lionel Richie, one of the most successful solo artists in history.

Richie says he was inspired to write 'Three Times A Lady' after an impromptu toast by his father to his mother. 'It was just out of the blue. My sister and I looked at my dad and said, "Dad, are you OK?". He said, 'She's a great lady, she's a great mother, and she's a great friend.'

The song was a US number one, spent five weeks on top of the chart in the UK (and three in Ireland), and was a chart-topper in many other territories.

1 Three Times A Lady The Commodores

2 You're The One That I Want John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

3 Substitute Clout

4 It's Raining Darts

5 Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring Boney M

6 Forever Autumn Justin Hayward

7 Boogie Oogie Oogie A Taste of Honey

8 5.7.0.5. City Boy

9 If The Kids Are United Sham 69

10 Northern Lights Renaissance

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