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Vintage Video #1's: Hutch Hits the Top For Three Weeks in Britain With "Silver Lady"

by VVN Music

The late 70's and early 80's saw a number of television heartthrobs cross over to become recording stars including John Travolta, Jack Wagner, Bruce Willis and Don Johnson.

Most of these were one hit wonders on the charts and that included Starsky and Hutch star David Soul who hit number 1 in the U.S. with "Don't Give Up On Us" in 1976 but, in the U.K., it was a different story.

Like America, "Don't Give Up On Us" went to the top of the charts but he followed with three more top ten hits including "Going In With Both Eyes Open" (1977 / #54 U.S. / #2 U.K.), "Let's Have a Quiet Night In" (1977 / #8 U.K.) and what would be his second British chart topper, "Silver Lady", which was number one for three weeks (it peaked at 52 in the U.S.).

"Silver Lady" was written by Tony Mccaulay, who also wrote "Baby Now That I've Found You", "Build Me Up Buttercup", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" and "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", and Geoff Stephens, writer of "Winchester Cathedral", "The Crying Game", "Sorry Suzanne" and "Daughter of Darkness".

The top five singles in Britain on November 7, 1977:

  1. Silver Lady - David Soul
  2. Way Down - Elvis Presley
  3. Black is Black - La Belle Epoque
  4. Best of My Love - Emotions
  5. Magic Fly - Space