5 January 1973

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 18 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 6 4 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
3 4 12 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
4 2 10 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
5 3 7 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
6 5 30 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 9 4 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
8 13 5 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
9 11 5 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
10 14 6 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
11 12 16 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
12 8 19 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
13 7 8 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
14 18 3 Ben  – Michael Jackson
15 10 11 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
16 New 1 Annabelle  – Daniel Boone
17 16 16 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
18 New 1 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
19 New 1 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
20 19 13 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet

For the 3rd year running the first number 1 of the new year was the same song that had been at number 1 the last week of the previous year and this was a record run for this occurring. In total we had seen this happen 5 times. The number 1 in question this year was Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which set a new all-time record of 13 weeks at 1.

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ made a star rater climb of 4 to get to number 2. But it was Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Clair’ which made the biggest climb moving up 5 from 13 to 8. There were 2 other star raters this week and they were Giorgio’s ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ which moved up 4 from 14 to 10 and Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ which climbed 4 from 18 to 14.

Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden Party’ was the faller of the week with a 6 place drop from 7 to 13. This was 385 weeks since Nelson had seen his previous (and only other to date) biggest drop with ‘I Need You’ and this was the biggest gap between biggest faller awards to date, comprehensively beating the previous record of 235 weeks that Nancy Sinatra had held. Overall this would rank as the tied 17th biggest gap by the time the charts finished.

There were 3 songs which did not make it from 1972 into 1973 and the first of those was The Moody Blues’ ‘Nights In White Satin’. This was the 21st song we would see that would have a run of just 1 week at 20. There had been a further 7 that had spent just 1 week at 20 in a run, but they had had also seen other runs in the chart. This brought the curtain down on The Moody Blues’ SA Chart career. They had seen only 2 songs chart (the other being ‘Question’), spent a total of 7 weeks in the chart and ‘Question’s peak of 7 was their best.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ made it to the opposite end of the top 20 to what ‘Nights In White Satin’ managed as it spent 3 weeks at number 1. It, however, ended its top 20 adventure this week after a record to date 26 weeks in the chart for a song by a solo woman. This would end up being the tied 11th highest weeks count for a song by a solo female artist by the time the charts finished in 1989, but it would be the 2nd highest number of weeks in the top 20 by a song by a woman (i.e. ignoring positions 21 to 30 when the charts were extended). Jessica was still in the charts with her hit ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ sitting at 9 this week. The departure of ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ did mean that we dropped from the all time record of 5 hits by local women in the charts down to 4 after having seen 4 weeks at this record level. There would be 2 more weeks where we would see 5 hits by local solo female artists in the top 20.

Last of the leavers was Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ which lasted 27 weeks and peaked at 3. Of the 11 songs that would spend 27 weeks or more in the top 20 (ignoring time spent in positions 21 to 30 once the charts were extended), 7 would top the charts, 2 would peak at 2, ‘Nice To be With You’ would be the only one to peak at 3 and 1 (still to come) would only make it to 4. ‘Nice To Be With You’ would be Gallery’s only SA chart hit.

While the second biggest hit of 1972 based on points (Gallery’s ‘Nice To be With You’) left the charts, the artist on the 3rd biggest hit (‘Beautiful Sunday’) Daniel Boone returned to the charts with his 4th hit, ‘Annabelle’. As with ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and ‘Sunshine Lover’ he had written the song with Ronnie McQueen. However it did not chart in the UK, but did manage to become his 2nd US hit, climbing to number 86 on the charts there.

The second new entry was the 180th hit by a local band to chart and it was brought to us a Rabbitt, however, this was not the line-up that was to become the heartthobs in the mid to late 70s. Trevor Rabin would be the only member in this early line-up who would be on the 1975 album ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. Before Duncan Faure, Ronnie Robot and Neil Cloud joined the band, the members were Trevor Rabin, Errol Friedman, Francis Roos, Louis Forer and Cedric Samson. ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a cover version of the Jethro Tull song which appeared on their ‘Aqualung’ album. The famous Rabbitt line up re-recorded the song in 1975 for the album ‘Boys Will Be Boys.

Last of the new entries was by the man who brought us the top hit of 1972. Alan Garrity’s ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ which was his 3rd hit to chart. Garrity became the 42nd artist and 8th local one to have more than 1 song in the chart in the same week as the aforementioned top hit of 1972, ‘I Need Someone’, was sitting at 6. ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ was written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. It was the 6th hit for Murray and 9th for Callender who had brought us hits like Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’. The earliest recording of ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ that I can find was by a group called Heathmore who recorded it in 1969. Joe Dolan also recorded it in 1972.

It had been 47 weeks since we last saw it, but this week we had half of the chart positions occupied by songs by solo male artists. There were 6 by groups, 5 by solo females and 1 by a duet to make up the rest of the charts. The local acts led the way again with 8 of the top 20. They had shared the lead with the Americans in 2 of the past 3 weeks and were second in one of those, but had had the outright lead 4 weeks back.

This week was also the 6th time that we only had 2 songs on the charts that were either at number 1, had been at number 1 or would become number 1. Aside from the current chart topper there were no previous number 1s in the top 20, just 1 future number 1.

The Brits took the outright lead once again for number of hits to chart to date as they had brought us 331 compared to the American’s 330.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ became the second song (after The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’) to reach the 30 weeks in the charts mark. The difference between the 2 was that Garrity achieved this with an unbroken run while The Staccato’s was not in consecutive weeks. We also saw The Bee Gees hit 120 weeks in the charts and Daniel Boone became the 34th act to clock up 50 weeks. The Bee Gees were now tied 2nd with The Hollies for weeks in the chats. They had also spent at least 1 week in the chart every year since 1967, a run of 7 years. Jessica Jones moved on to 31 weeks and this put her tied 16th for weeks on the local list.

Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ passed the 300 points mark as its total moved on to 314. It was the 14th song so far to pass this landmark number of points.

Like The Bee Gees, Giorgio was also seeing his consecutive years charting increase had he had been in the charts for at least 1 week in every year from 1970, a run of 4 years.

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