12 January 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
2 1 19 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
3 4 11 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
4 5 8 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
5 3 13 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
6 6 31 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 13 9 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
8 7 5 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
9 12 20 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
10 8 6 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
11 10 7 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
12 11 17 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
13 15 12 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
14 9 6 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
15 14 4 Ben  – Michael Jackson
16 17 17 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
17 19 2 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
18 16 2 Annabelle  – Daniel Boone
19 18 2 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
20 New 1 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade

Johnny Nash’s run at the top of the charts with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ finally came to an end after an all-time record 13 straight weeks there. No other song would match this feat. Lobo gave us our first new number 1 in 3 months with his ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ which moved up from 2 while Nash’s hit fell 1 to 2. This continued our run with an American act at the top of the charts and this was the 20th straight week that the yanks had held the number 1 spot with Lobo’s 1 week being added to Nash’s 13 and the 6 that Dr Hook managed before Nash.

Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden Party’ picked up a second biggest climber award 5 weeks after it had last managed this. It moved up 6 from 13 to 7. This was the only star rater climb we saw this week. In so doing it became the 14th song so far to have a biggest climb after experiencing a biggest fall which it had seen the previous week.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 5 from 9 to 14. It was the second time she had seen a biggest faller with ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ picking up her first one 12 weeks previously.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ was the oldest on the charts and this was the 100th week where we had seen the oldest on the chart be by a local act. ‘I Need Someone’ had been with us for 31 weeks.

There was only 1 song that left the charts this week and that was The Sweet’s ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ which spent 13 weeks on the charts and peaked at 8. This was a 1 place better peak than their previous hit, ‘Little Willy’ which in turm had been better than the hit before that, ‘Poppa Joe’ which went to 12. Their 2 hits before that (which were their first 2 hits) both topped the charts.

New to the charts was British band Kincade with their song ‘Dreams Are Ten a Penny’. This was the first song to chart that mentioned a form of currency in its title. There would be 2 more (both referring to the dollar). Ironically, the song was released on the British label Penny Farthing. The song failed to chart in the UK or the US, but did make it to 2 in Germany, 6 in Australia, 13 in Austria and 18 in the Netherlands. A cover version by the band First Class (whom we would see on our charts in 1975) made number 83 in the US.

For a second week running we had 10 songs by solo male artists in the charts and more songs by local acts than from any other nationality as we had 8 with the Americans contribution 6, the Brits 4 and Ireland and Italy providing the other 2.

The Bee Gees overtook The Hollies for weeks in the charts as they had 121 to their name compared to the Hollies’ 120. The Bee Gees sat 2nd overall for weeks while The Hollies dropped into 3rd place.

Having 2 hits in the charts meant that Alan Garrity leapfrogged The Bats and John Edmond on the local weeks count list as he jumped from 8th to 6th with 46 weeks to his name. Jessica Jones and Lauren Copley both moved into tied 14th place on the local list, sharing the spot with Barbara Ray and The Dealians with all 4 acts being on 32.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 447 points which equalled the best effort to date which The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ had managed.

Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ became the 19th song to reach 20 weeks in the charts. It was the 8th song by a local act to make this milestone and second (after Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’) by a local solo female.

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