21 September 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
2 2 7 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
3 5 4 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
4 3 6 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
5 4 10 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
6 6 16 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
7 7 17 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
8 9 15 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
9 11 6 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
10 10 8 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
11 8 14 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
12 13 13 Time  – Dealians
13 15 8 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
14 12 18 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
15 17 3 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
16 16 21 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
17 18 4 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
18 14 14 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
19 19 2 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
20 New 1 Smoke on the Water  – Deep Purple

Having gained the top spot last week, Paul Simon’s Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ hung on to it to make it 2 weeks at number 1. The previous chart topper, Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’, was unmoved at 2.

To be the biggest climber of the week this week, a song merely had to move up 2 places and 4 songs were up to this task. Last week’s ‘biggest climber, The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ moved up to 3, Vicky Leandros’ ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ moved up to 9, Three Dog Night’s ‘Shambala’ was up to 13 while Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ found its new home at 15. Leadros was the 5th woman to reach 4 biggest climbers.

Peter Lotis’ ‘Sunday Girl’ took the biggest faller award with a 4 place drop from 14 to 18. This was the 25th time we had seen local acts take climber and faller in the week as Tommy Oliver was on the climber of the week list above.

‘Never, Never, Never’ by Shirley Bassey remained the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 21 weeks with us and it had been the oldest now for 6 weeks.

Billy Preston’s ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’ became the 34th song to have a chart run of just 1 week at number 20. Of these 34, 9 were either re-entries or would re-enter the charts. Preston was the 10th act for whom a week at 20 would be the sum total of their SA chart career.

The new entry on the chart would go on to become an all-time classic. Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’ often appears on lists of greatest songs of all times. It was ranked 426 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list published in 2004. ‘Smoke On The Water’ followed up Deep Purple’s 1970 success in SA when ‘Black Night’ went to number 6. It made it to number 4 in the US, 2 in Canada, 11 in Holland and Austria, 20 in Germany, 27 in Belgium as well as peaking at 54 in Australia and 64 in France. Interestingly it did not chart in the UK immediately, but in 1977 made it to number 21 there. Deep Purple had been out of our top 20 for 140 weeks and this was the 23rd biggest gap between hits that we had seen to date.

Acts from Greece caught up with those from Italy for weeks on the charts as the Greeks now had 49 to their name and they moved level with Italy into tied 11th place on the list of weeks on the charts by artists from a nation. All Greece’s weeks so far had been courtesy of Vicky Leandros.

Perry Como and Peter Lotis both reached the 30 weeks in the charts milestone and were the 75th and 76th to do so. Lotis was the 20th local act to manage this had he moved into tied 19th spot on the local weeks count list, joining Dickie Loader there. The Dealians moved into tied 9th on that list, sharing the spot with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, both acts being on 48 weeks.

The slightly offbeat stat for this week was that the top 20 featured a record to date 7 acts whose names started with the letter ‘D’.

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14 September 1973

mardi_gras-simon

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
2 1 6 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
3 9 5 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
4 7 9 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
5 15 3 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
6 6 15 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
7 3 16 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
8 4 13 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
9 11 14 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
10 12 7 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
11 10 5 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
12 8 17 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
13 5 12 Time  – Dealians
14 14 13 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
15 16 7 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 13 20 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
17 20 2 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
18 17 3 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
19 New 1 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
20 New 1 Will it Go Round in Circles  – Billy Preston

Paul Simon became the 5th act to see his first 2 SA chart hits go to number 1 as ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ followed up the success of ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and took the number 1 spot from Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’. The previous artists to manage this were Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra (his second hit was his duet with is daughter Nancy), Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Sweet. In total 9 acts would eventually see their first 2 SA chart hits go to number 1.

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ took the climber of the week award with a 10 place jump from 15 to 5. This was the highest placing in the charts that The George Baker Selection had seen so far. We had seen a 10 place or more climb 48 times so far but this was only the 3rd time an act from outside The UK, The US and SA had managed it. The George Baker Selection were from The Netherlands. The previous 2 non-big 3 acts to see a 10 or more place climb (and both of them manged a 12 place climb) were The Seekers from Australia and The Paul Maurait Orchestra from France.

Medicine Head’s ‘One & One Is One’ was the only other star rater climber this week. It moved up 6 places from 9 to 3.

The faller award went to The Dealians’ ‘Time’ which dropped 8 from 5 to 13. This was their 3rd time with the award and the 7th time of 24 that a local act would see a fall of 8 or more places in a week.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ was still the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 20 weeks now and had been the oldest for 5. It was the 28th song to manage 20 weeks in the charts and the 8th by a solo female act to do so.

Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It managed a run of 18 weeks and peaked at 5. This would be their only SA chart hit, but band member Gerry Rafferty would return with some solo hits.

We also said goodbye to The Blue Ridge Rangers’ ‘Hearts Of Stone’ which had peaked at 13 during its 10 week run on the charts. John Fogarty, who was essentially the Blue Ridge Rangers, would see solo success on the Radio 5 charts in the 80s, but that success would not cross over to the official charts. Including his success with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogarty saw 13 hits (2 as Blue Ridge Rangers and 11 as a member of Creedence) and spent 138 weeks in the charts (11 as Blue Ridge Rangers and 118 as a member of Creedence).

Dave Edmunds returned to our charts this week. He was last seen in the top 20 on 26 March 1971 with ‘I Hear You Knocking’, 129 weeks previously. This was the 44th time we had seen a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits and was the 24th biggest gap to date. His new one was ‘Born To be With You’ which entered the charts at number 19. We had missed out on his hit ‘Baby I Love You’ which had got to number 8 in the UK in the interim period, but did not chart in SA. ‘Born To Be With You’ made number 5 in the UK and scraped a 96 peak in Australia. The song was a cover of the 1956 hit by The Chordettes which had made it to number 5 in the US and 8 in the UK that year. Dion (of Dion and the Belmonts fame) would also cover the song but his version would not chart.

The other new entry was the last of The Beatles members to chart if you accept Billy Preston as the 5th Beatle (a title bestowed on a number of people including original band members Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best as well as others connected to the band such as George Martin and Eric Clapton). Preston’s song ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’ entered the chart at number 20. The song had spent 2 weeks at the top of the US charts earlier in the year (7 & 14 July) and had made it to number 20 in the UK. It knocked ‘fellow Beatle’ George Harrison’s ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’ from number 1 in the US.

The male artists were the dominant ones in the charts again as 9 of the top 20 were by them with 6 hits being by groups, 4 by solo woman and 1 by a collaborations (if you regard Dawn and Tony Orlando as a collaboration).

124 acts so far had spent 20 or more weeks in the charts with Shirley Bassey being the latest addition to that list this week. She was the 18th woman to manage it.

Tidal Wave dropped out of the top 20 of the local weeks count list. They had shared 20th place with Peter Lotis last week, but Lotis moved 1 ahead of them this week with 29 to his name, so Tidal Wave dropped into 21st place.

‘Shambala’ continued to move up the list of weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. Both B.W. Stevenson’s and Three Dog Night’s versions had been with us for 7 weeks, giving the song a total of 14. This put it tied 22nd with ‘Everybody Knows’ (Dave Clark Five and Engelbert Humperdinck) and ‘Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”’ (Henry Mancini and Jody Wayne).

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7 September 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
2 3 5 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
3 2 15 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
4 6 12 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
5 8 11 Time  – Dealians
6 4 14 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
7 7 8 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
8 5 16 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
9 11 4 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
10 14 4 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
11 9 13 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
12 12 6 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
13 13 19 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
14 10 12 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
15 18 2 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
16 15 6 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
17 19 2 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
18 17 10 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
19 16 18 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
20 New 1 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver

‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’ by Maria spent a second week at the top of the charts but it had Paul Simon breathing down its neck as his ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ climbed 1 from 3 to 2. Previous chart topper, Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ dropped to 3.

Vicky Leadros became the 5th act not from one of the big 3 nations (UK,US and SA) to have 3 biggest climbers under her belt as ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ picked up her 3rd such award with a 4 place climb from 14 to 10. Michael Holm (Germany) was equal with Leadros (who was from Greece) on 3 while Gilbert O’Sullivan (Ireland) and Lucille Starr (Canada) were on 4 and The Seekers from Australia led the way with 6. Leandros’ 4 place climb was the only star rater this week.

Peter Lotis’ first 2 hits (‘Walking In The Sunshine’ and ‘Honey’) had both experienced being the biggest faller of the week so it was no big surprise when his 3rd hit, ‘Sunday Girl’ also picked up the award. It fell 4 from 10 to 14 in a straight place swap with the climber of the week.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ crept closer to the magical 20 weeks in the chart milestone as it ticked over to 19 weeks with us. It was also the song’s 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. This would not be the group’s only top 20 hit.

The new song on the charts was by a South African, bringing the local content on the charts to 6 hits. Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ was written by Oliver himself and was actually the b-side of the single (the a-side being ‘The World Needs Country Music’). This was Oliver’s first hit in SA. Oliver was born in Rustenburg in 1950. Rustenburg experienced the second biggest growth by a South African city from 1950 to 2015, second only to Soshanguve (a township north of Pretoria). This is not attributable to Tommy Oliver as far as I know, but I just thought it was an interesting stat.

New Zealand drew level with Spain for weeks in the chart by acts coming from there. Both nations had seen hits by their artists spent a total of 21 weeks in the chart.

Peter Lotis returned to the top 20 of the local weeks count list as his 28 weeks to date put him level with Tidal Wave. Lotis had been absent from the top 20 of this list for 119 weeks.

Dawn celebrated going past the 700 points mark. They were the 26th act to reach this total. A bit behind them were The Dealians who moved past the 500 points mark. They were the 46th act and 9th local act to do so.

With Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Fee’ at 1 and Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ at 20 we saw the 19th time when local acts held the top and bottom spot on the charts. There had been 1 occasion (31 December 1971) when we saw local acts in the top 2 and bottom 2 places on the charts.

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31 August 1973

maria-clap-your-hands-and-stamp-your-feet-epidemic

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 4 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
2 1 14 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
3 10 4 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
4 4 13 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
5 3 15 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
6 9 11 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
7 5 7 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
8 6 10 Time  – Dealians
9 8 12 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
10 7 11 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
11 16 3 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
12 13 5 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
13 11 18 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
14 15 3 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
15 14 5 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 12 17 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
17 18 9 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
18 New 1 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
19 New 1 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
20 17 12 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations

Maria produced the 21st local number 1 and the 7th by a local woman as ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ dislodged Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ from the top spot after the latter had occupied it for 4 weeks.

Paul Simon’s ‘Take Me to the Mardi Gras’ took the biggest climber award with a 7 place jump from 19 to 12. He had managed a 9 place jump with his previous solo hit, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and an even bigger 10 place jump as one half of Simon & Garfunkel with ‘The Sounds Of Silence’.

The only other star rater this week was Medicine Head’s ‘One & One Is One’ which moved up 5 places from 16 to 11.

Faller of the week was Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which fell 4 from 12 to 16 to take the award.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ ticked over to 18 weeks on the charts and enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest on the top 20.

Mynie & Jan’s ‘Ek Verlang Nog Altyd’ became the 24th song that would have a total chart run of 1 week spent at the bottom position of the charts. They were the 9th act for whom such a chart run would be their only top 20 action.

Accompanying Mynie & Jan off the charts was Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Get Down’ which spent 16 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3. This was 1 week more and a 3 places higher peak than his only other hit to date, ‘Clair’. O’Sullivan’s weeks count totalled 31 and this was the record to date for an Irish act, almost double that of Joe Dolan, the second placed Irishman who was on 16. O’Sullivan would return to our charts at a later date.

The George Baker Selection became the 3rd act to have charted with 2 songs that had a colour in the title as ‘Baby Blue’ entered at 18. Their previous ‘colour’ hit was ‘Little Green Bag’. The other 2 colourful artists were Jim Reeves who had charted with ‘Blue Side Of Lonesome’ and ‘That’s When I See The Blues’ and The Rolling Stones who had a record to date 3 with ‘Paint It Black, ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ (the Oxford English Dictionary defines ruby as ‘an intense purplish-red colour’ in case you were wondering). As with ‘Little Green Bag’, ‘Baby Blue’ was written by Hans Bouwens (George Baker’s real name) and the song made number 8 in Holland and 30 in Belgium, but failed to chart in either the US or the UK. It had been 160 weeks since The George Baker Selection had been on our charts and this was the 13th biggest gap between hits that we had seen to date. It was the largest gap so far for an act that was not from the UK, the US or SA.

The other new entry this week was The Doobie Brothers’ ‘Long Train Runnin’’. The song made number 58 in Australia, 8 in Canada, 64 in Germany, 22 in Italy, 12 in Holland and 8 in the US. A remixed version was released in 1993 and this made number 32 in Belgium, 14 in Ireland, 33 in Poland and 7 in the UK. In 1991, Bananrama took a cover version of the song to number 30 in the UK as well as making a number of other European charts.

After having seen the solo male artists being dominant in the charts for 44 weeks, they were finally overtaken by groups as 9 of the top 20 this week were by groups, 6 by solo male artists, 4 by solo female artists and 1 by a collaboration (Dawn & Tony Orland, although one could argue that they were a group).

It had also been a while since 1 nation had given us at least 9 songs in the chart but the Americans manage that this week. The previous nation to do this was South Africa back on 1 December 1972. The Americans also led the overall hit count list with 348 to their name compared to the Brits 343.

Dawn and Lauren Copley both celebrated having spent a total of 50 weeks in the charts. They were the 39th and 40th act to manage this.

The Dealians caught up to The Bats for weeks count with both acts on 45. They shared 10th place on the local weeks count list.

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24 August 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 13 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
2 10 3 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
3 2 14 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
4 3 12 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
5 9 6 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
6 4 9 Time  – Dealians
7 7 10 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
8 5 11 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
9 6 10 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
10 12 3 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
11 8 17 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
12 11 16 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
13 16 4 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
14 15 4 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
15 19 2 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
16 18 2 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
17 13 11 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
18 17 8 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
19 14 16 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
20 New 1 Ek Verlang Nog Altyd  – Mynie & Jan

Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ hung on to the top spot to make it 4 weeks at number 1 now. The biggest challenge to its supremacy came from Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’ which was the climber of the week moving up 8 places from 10 to 2. This was the 8th time we saw a song by a local solo female act move up 8 or more places and Maria was the first to see 2 of them. There would only be 2 more such climbs for local women and both of them would be acts who had seen a climb of 8 or more already. Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ was at 3 and Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ at 4 giving us the 23rd week with 3 local songs in the top 5.

Maria was seeing her highest placing in the charts to date, her previous best was 3 which ‘I’m On Fire’ managed.

Aside from Maria’s 8 place climb, we also saw Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ and Vicky Leandros’ ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ have star rater climbs, both moving up 4 places to land at 5 and 15 respectively.

Last week we mentioned that Gilbert O’Sullivan had managed 30 weeks in the charts without ever suffering a biggest faller. Well that was a commentator’s curse as this week he took the award with a 5 place fall for ‘Get Down’ which dropped from 14 to 19.

Gus Whyburd’s ‘My Children, My Wife’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 17. It was the 4th song to peak at 17 during a 5 week run and only 1 song, The Carpenters’ ‘Hurting Each Other’ which peaked at 18, had a lower peak after spending 5 weeks in the chart although it did exit the chart and then re-enter where all the songs that peaked at 17 in their 5 weeks had unbroken runs. ‘My Children, My Wife’ would be Whyburd’s only SA chart hit.

The local hit count was unaffected by Whyburd’s departure as the new entry was also by a local act, Mynie & Jan, keeping the total in the top 20 at 6. Mynie was Mynie Grové (born Mynie Basson Smit in Cape Town). She met up with Jan Grové and celebrated their top 20 success only a matter of weeks before they celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary. ‘Ek Verlang Nog Altyd’ was the 16th Afrikaans song to chart in SA and the 12th to be a pure Afrikaans song with 3 of the previous hits being a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 being an instrumental hit with an Afrikaans title. Mynie & Jan were the second duet to have an Afrikaans hit, following Al Debbo & Nico Carstens’ ‘Die Tantes Van Nantes’.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the chart as it ticked over to 17 weeks with us.

Lauren Copley went 1 week ahead of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and she stayed 8th on the local weeks count list while the latter dropped into 9th place.

Lauren Copley and Vickey Leandros both moved past the 600 points mark with Copley reaching 605 and Leandros 604. 35 acts so far had accumulated at least 600 points, 5 of which were female artists. Copley was the second local woman after Barbara Ray to reach this milestone.

‘Shambala’ was slowing moving up the list of weeks in the chart for songs charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 8 weeks so far and sat 29th on the list which had 32 songs on it in total at this stage. Stevenson’s version was back ahead of Three Dog Night’s with the former at 13 and the latter at 14. Apart from their first week in the chart when they were separated by 1 song, they had been sitting in adjacent positions ever since.

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17 August 1973

tie-a-yellow-dawn

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
2 3 13 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
3 2 11 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
4 8 8 Time  – Dealians
5 7 10 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
6 4 9 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
7 10 9 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
8 6 16 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
9 5 5 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
10 16 2 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
11 11 15 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
12 19 2 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
13 9 10 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
14 12 15 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
15 15 3 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 14 3 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
17 13 7 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
18 New 1 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
19 New 1 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
20 18 5 My Children, My Wife  – Gus Whyburd

It was now 3 weeks at 1 for Dawn’s ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’. Previous chart topper, Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ moved back up into second place while Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ fell from 2 to 3.

Paul Simon picked up his first biggest climber as a solo artist with a 7 place climb by ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ which moved up from 19 to 12. He had managed 2 biggest climbs as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, one each with ‘Sounds Of Silence’ and ‘Homeward Bound’.

There were 2 other star raters this week and both were by local acts, the first being The Dealians’ ‘Time’ which climbed 4 from 8 to 4 and the other Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ which moved up 6 from 16 to 10.

To win the faller of the week award this week you needed a 4 place drop and 3 songs were up for it. Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ fell from 5 to 9, The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ fell from 9 to 13 and The Blue Ridge Rangers’ ‘Hearts Of Stone’ fell from 13 to 17. It was a first biggest faller for all 3 acts. Interestingly the first 2 mentioned fallers fell into the position that the next mentioned had just vacated.

Someone who had been avoiding fallers was Gilbert O’Sullivan. He had reached 30 weeks in the charts this week (the 74th act to do so) without seeing a single biggest faller. He was the 11th act to manage a run of 30 weeks without a faller with 3 of those acts going past the 40 week mark and this included The Seekers who held the record to date 57 weeks without seeing a faller (they ruined their copybook in their 38th week).

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ eventually lived up to its name and was out of the top 20. It spent 21 weeks with us, 5 of which were at the top spot. His other 3 songs to chart so far had all spent 10 weeks in the chart so ‘Can’t Keep It In’ bucked that trend. His other 3 had peaked at 2, 4 and 5 so he had a perfect record of at least 10 weeks and a top 10 peak for all his songs so far and was the 7th act so far to see their first 4 hits go top 10 and spend 10 or more weeks in the charts. Of those 7, 3 (The Beach Boys, Chris Andrews and Middle Of the Road) had also managed it with their 5th hit. No act would ever see their first 6 hits achieve this. With ‘Can’t keep It In ‘ having been the oldest on the chart last week, we now had to look to Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never Never, Never’ on 16 weeks for the new oldest.

John Edmond’s ‘Toy Train’ also left the station. It had been with us for 18 weeks and peaked at 6 and like Cat Stevens Edmond had just seen his best performing song to date as it went 1 place higher and spent 1 more week than his previous hit (and best performer at that point) ‘Every Day Every Night’. Edmond also had something else in common with Cat Stevens in that both acts had 1 more hit to come.

The first of the new entries this week was Medicine Head’s ‘One & One Is One’. The band were a British act essentially comprising John Fiddler and Peter Hope-Evans and the former was the one who penned this hit for them. It was their second song to reach the UK charts and its peak there was the sum total of the numbers mentioned in the title (3 for the arithmetically challenged out there). It also managed a number 2 peak in Germany, 3 in Austria, 6 in Holland and 13 in Belgium as well as managing to get to number 14 on the LM Radio charts.

Vicky Leandros returned to the charts with her third hit, ‘When Bouzoukis Played’. This was an English version of her German language hit ‘Die Bouzouki Klang Durch Die Sommernacht’. The latter version made it to 2 in Switzerland, 4 in Germany, 9 in Austria, 5 in Holland and 12 in Belgium. Two of the four songwriters (Klaus Munro and Mario Panas) would also be responsible for writing ‘Hey Joe MacKenzie’ which would be translated into Afrikaans and be a hit for Glenys Lynne as ‘Haai Casanova’. Leandros, who was from Greece, was the 6th act who was not from The US, The UK or South Africa to see a 3rd hit chart. The Seekers from Australia led the way in this category having seen 7 hits. Leandros’ 3 hits represented the sum total of hits by Greek acts to date and Greece sat 12th on the list of number of hits by a nation, moving ahead of New Zealand and Spain who were on 2.

On the local weeks count list we saw Lauren Copley moving up to tied 8th place alongside The Peanut Butter Conspiracy with 48 weeks to her name.

Peter Lotis was enjoying seeing his highest peak to date as ‘Sunday Girl’ moved into 7th place. His previous best was 9th place which ‘Honey’ had managed.

The American acts reached a landmark 3,000 weeks in the charts and counting them from number 1 downwards, it would be The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ that brought up this total for them. With 3 further American acts being lower in the charts than The Temptations’ hit, their total was 3,003 and they were just 45 weeks behind the Brits who sat on 3,048

Aside from Gilbert O’Sullivan reaching 30 weeks as mentioned above, we saw Richard Jon Smith reach the 20 weeks milestone and he was the 123rd act overall and the 34th local act to do so.

The average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us dropped below 8 for the first time in 14 weeks as it fell to 7.85.

This week also saw Three Dog Nights’ ‘Shambala’ move above B.W. Stevenson’s version for the first time. Both songs had been with us for 3 weeks and Stevenson’s had been more popular for the first 2.

This was also the 22nd time we saw 3 of the top 5 songs be by local acts with Lauren Copley at 2, Richard Jon Smith at 3 and The Dealians at 4. There had only been 1 occasion where we had managed 4 of the top 5 and that was back in the November of 1972. This would never be seen again.

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10 August 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
2 3 10 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
3 2 12 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
4 4 8 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
5 10 4 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
6 5 15 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
7 8 9 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
8 7 7 Time  – Dealians
9 6 9 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
10 9 8 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
11 12 14 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
12 11 14 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
13 13 6 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
14 16 2 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
15 18 2 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 New 1 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
17 14 18 Toy Train  – John Edmond
18 17 4 My Children, My Wife  – Gus Whyburd
19 New 1 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
20 15 21 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens

Dawn’s ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’ spent a second week at number 1 and this week it saw Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ breathing down its neck as the latter moved up 1 place from 3 to 2 while Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ (the previous number 1 hit) dropped from 2 to 3. Richard Jon Smith’s number 2 placing was his highest peak so far.

Dickey Lee took the climber of the week for a second week running as ‘Ashes Of Love’ climbed a further 5 places from 10 to 5. Once again it was the only star rater for the week.

The faller of the week was also picking up its second such award, but unlike the climber, this was not 2 weeks running for Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’. Its previous biggest faller had been 2 weeks back. Overall it was Stevens’ 4th time with the award. The good news for Stevens was that ‘Can’t Keep It In’ was the oldest on the chart. It was enjoying its 21st week in the top 20 and its 2nd as the oldest.

Peter Vee’s ‘He (Can Build A Mountain)’ became the 9th song to have a chart run of 2 weeks at number 20 as it fell off the top 20 this week. It was the 3rd song by a local act to do this with the previous ones being Gene Rockwell’s ‘Cold Cold Heart’ and William E’s ‘Lovely Lorraine’. There was only 1 act that had managed this twice and that was Cliff Richard who saw it happen with ‘In The Country’ and ‘Sunny Honey Girl’. Vee would see further chart action.

We also bid farewell to Little Jimmy Osmond and his ‘Long Haired Lover from Liverpool’. It had been with us for 15 weeks and had managed to become our 7th most popular song during that time. He completely out did his brother Donny for weeks and peaks but not for number of hits as Donny had had 2, but only managed 5 weeks with each. His best peak was 11.

Maria (Lopez), had her second hit enter the charts this week as her cover version of Dutch artist Bonnie St. Claire’s hit ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ made its debut at number 16. St Claire’s version had made number 3 in her native Holland. Maria’s version was the 100th song by a solo woman to reach our charts. 46 woman had brought us these 100 hits.

Also enjoying a second hit was Paul Simon as his ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ was a new entry at 19. It entered the charts just over a year after his previous hit, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ left the top 20 as that happened 54 weeks back. ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ was taken from Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’ album but did not chart in the US. In the UK it made number 7. The story goes that Simon booked 4 days at the Muscle Shoals studio to record that one song, but managed to get the sound he wanted in 30 minutes and 2 takes so he used the additional studio time to record ‘Kodachrome’ and a few other songs.

The US acts were now 5 ahead of the British for total number of hits with the former supplying 346 and the latter 341. It had been 77 weeks since the gap between these 2 nations was this high and it was the Americans who led the way back in February 1972 as well.

Three Dog Night became the 122nd act to clock up a total of 20 weeks in the charts. There were 9 acts that now sat on exactly 20 weeks.

We had seen 11 straight weeks now with no change to the top 20 of the overall weeks count list but there was still things happening on the local weeks count list and that was that John Edmond moved 1 ahead of Alan Garrity with the latter dropping to 5 while the former was unmoved at 4. We also saw The Dealians move 1 ahead of Jody Wayne, putting them 11th on their own while Wayne dropped to 12th.

We had also now seen a year of Johns. By that I mean for the last 52 weeks we had seen at least 1 act in the top 20 who was called John or Johnny. This was by far the record longest run for the Johns so far which is quite interesting as it took 50 weeks for them to first appear on the top 20 way back in May 1966 when John E Squire became the first John to chart. The previous best consecutive week run for Johns was 26 weeks.

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