19 January 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
2 2 20 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
3 4 9 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
4 8 6 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
5 5 14 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
6 7 10 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
7 3 12 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
8 11 8 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
9 6 32 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
10 10 7 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
11 9 21 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
12 20 2 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
13 14 7 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
14 12 18 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
15 17 3 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
16 New 1 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
17 15 5 Ben  – Michael Jackson
18 New 1 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
19 New 1 Signorina Concertina  – Shuki and Aviva
20 13 13 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You to Want Me’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while previous chart topper, Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, was unmoved at 2 but was enjoying its 20th week in the charts. It was the 20th song to reach this milestone.

Kincade’s ‘Dreams Are Ten a Penny’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 8 from 20 to 12. So far we had seen a song climb 8 or more places in a week 152 times with 85 of those occasions being a climb greater than 8 places.

Only 1 other song managed to climb 4 or more places to be a star rater and that was Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ which moved up 4 from 8 to 4. It was the 3rd time the song had seen a star rater climb.

The duet between Sharon Tandy and Billy Forrest, ‘Hello-A’, was the faller this week. It dropped 7 from 13 to 20. This was the 20th time a song by a local act had fallen by 7 or more places.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 32 weeks in the chart and had now been the oldest in the top 20 for 11 weeks and this placed it tied 3rd for most weeks as the oldest with only the 12 weeks that Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and the 19 weeks that The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ were the oldest beating it.

Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ lasted just 2 weeks in the top 20 as it fell off the charts this week after peaking at 18. They would grace our charts again.

Daniel Boone had enjoyed great success with his first 3 SA chart hits with all of them spending more than 10 weeks in the top 20 (averaging 16.3 weeks) and one of them (‘Beautiful Sunday’) spending 10 weeks at 1. His latest offering ‘Annabelle’ was not nearly as successful, lasting just 2 weeks and peaking at 16. This brought his average weeks per song down to 12.75, but he would be back.

Elvis Presley, on the other hand saw his best performance weeks wise with ‘Burning Love’ which lasted 17 weeks in the top 20, beating his previous best of 16 which ‘Suspicious Minds’ had managed. However, the peak of 7 that ‘Burning Love’ managed was his tied 3rd lowest. It was the 2nd of 5 songs that would spend 17 weeks in the chart to only make 7 or lower with John Edmond’s 1972 hit ‘Every Day Every Night’ being the only other one to do this so far. It also peaked at 7. Fans of The King will be pleased to know that we still had a few more hits to come from him.

Barbara Ray’s 4th hit to make our charts was ‘I Don’t Want To Play House’ which was a cover of a Tammy Wynette hit. The song was written by Glenn Sutton and Billy Sherill. Tammy’s version made number 1 on the Billboard Country Singles charts and won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Barbara’s version managed to chart in Australia and, depending on which charts you look at, it made number 7 (on the Go Set Charts) or number 4 (on the David Kent Charts). Either way it was a great achievement for her. Ray was the 7th female to see 4 hits chart and moved tied 2nd for hits by a local woman, equalling Judy Page and sitting 2 behind Virginia Lee. The number of hits by local solo female acts was back up to the all time high of 5 with the arrival of Barbara Ray’s new one.

Reginald Dwight made his debut on our charts this week. Better known as Elton John, his first SA hit was ‘Crocodile Rock’. It was his 4th UK hit and made number 5 there. It gave him his first US number 1 and also topped the Canadian, Italian and Swiss charts. John wrote the song with his long-time collaborator Bernie Paul and it was produced by Gus Dudgeon who had produced John Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’ and ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’.

Last of the new entries was ‘Signorina Concertina’ by Shuki And Aviva. Shuki was Shuki Levy an Israeli-American who has written a lot of music for television programmes while Aviva was Aviva Paz who was an Israeli actress. This would be the only song by an Israeli act to chart in SA. The song sold over 2 million copies in Europe. Israel were the 18 nation to give us a top 20 hit.

This was the 37th week where the local acts outdid any other nation for number of hits in the top 20 as they contributed 8 to this week’s countdown while the Americans managed 5, the Brits 4, with the three ‘I’s (Italy, Ireland and Israel) contributing the rest. The UK acts were starting to open up a little gap at the top of the list for overall number of hits as they had given us 333 so far compared to the American’s 330.

Johnny Nash became the 109th act to reach 20 weeks in the charts while Rick Nelson was the 69th to reach the 30 weeks mark.

Alan Garrity’s weeks count tally ticked over to 48 and he moved tied 5th on the local weeks count list, equalling The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. A little lower down that list, 3 local lasses joined Murray Campbell in tied 13th spot as Jessica Jones, Lauren Copley and Barbara Ray all saw their totals move on to 33 weeks.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ set a new record for points for a song as its total moved on to 459, moving it 12 ahead of The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ which it shared the top spot with last week.

The Bee Gees, who sat second on the points by an artist list, closed the gap between themselves and Tom Jones as they passed the 1,500 mark to move on to 1,515. They were still 654 behind Jones who was on 2,169.

This week saw the 3rd time that the top 3 songs titles all started with the same letter. The previous 2 times were with ‘I Need Someone’ and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and ‘It’s Too Late Now’ on the 3rd and 17th of November 1972. We did see the ‘D’s in the top 3 spots way back in 1966, but that included Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ and I’ve excluded ‘The’ and ‘A’ at the start of a title, so an Afrikaans ‘Die’ shouldn’t count.

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