2 February 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
2 4 8 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
3 12 3 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
4 2 22 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
5 3 11 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
6 9 4 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
7 6 9 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
8 7 12 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
9 5 16 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
10 13 5 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
11 17 3 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
12 11 9 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
13 8 10 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
14 New 1 You’ll Always be a Friend  – Hot Chocolate
15 10 14 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
16 18 7 Ben  – Michael Jackson
17 RE 2 Signorina Concertina  – Shuki and Aviva
18 14 23 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
19 15 4 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
20 New 1 Jambalaya (on the Bayou)  – Blue Ridge Rangers

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 400th SA Top 20 chart that was broadcast. This one was dated exactly 2,800 days after the first one which came out on 4 June 1965 and would have been broadcast 18 days short of 44 years before this blog came out.

The 400th chart saw Lobo’s ‘I Want You To Want Me’ enjoying its 4th week at 1 and the American acts clocking up a 23rd consecutive week holding on to the top spot. The best the Brits had managed so far was a run of 16 weeks. Overall the Brits still led the way for total weeks at 1 as they had occupied the top spot for 162 of the 400 weeks with the Americans managing 151. The locals had managed 66, with Dutch acts seeing 7, Italian and Greeks 4 each, the French 3, Germans 2 and the Aussies just 1.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ climbed 2 into second place to bring pressure onto Lobo and threatening to make it 4 number 1’s in a row by US acts.

Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ was the climber of the week for a second week running as it moved up 9 from 12 to 3. Ray led the way now for most biggest climbers by a local act as she moved 1 ahead of Billy Forrest and The Staccatos. The 9 place climb that ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ managed was the 8th time a local song had climb 9 or more places in a week with Alan Garrity’s 12 place jump with ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ still being the best we had seen. In terms of biggest climbs by local woman, this was tied second, equalling Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ and being 1 less than the 10 places Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ managed.

The only other star rater this week was Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ which climbed 6 places from 17 to 11.

The faller of the week award went to Giorgio’s ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ and Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ which both fell 5 places to land at 13 and 15 respectively.

There were 3 songs that left the charts this week and the first of these was Daniel Boone’s ‘Annabelle’. His first 3 hits had all gone top 10 and spent more than 10 weeks in the charts, so it would have been disappointing for him that ‘Annabelle’ only managed 1 further week in this, its second run on the charts and this brought its total up to 3 weeks with a peak of 16. This also ended Boone’s SA chart career. He had seen 4 hits chart, spent a total of 52 weeks in the top 20 and 10 of those were at the top spot in a broken run that ‘Beautiful Sunday’ managed. He sat 33rd overall for weeks in the charts.

Denise Freeman’s ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’ just missed out on getting to the 20 weeks in the chart milestone as it dropped out of the top 20 after a run of 19 weeks and peaking at 2. This would be her only SA chart outing. Based on the points system this would end up being the 12th best performing song by a local woman. This meant that the number of hits by solo local women dropped down to 4. It would never be as high as the 5 it had managed on 6 different weeks previously.

Last to go was a song which would hold the all-time record for consecutive week in the top 20 (i.e. ignoring positions 21 – 30 once the charts were extended). Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ spent 33 straight weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2. In terms of weeks it far outshone his previous (and only other to date) hit, ‘Put You Hand In The Hand’ which only managed 13 weeks, however, ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ did manage to get to number 1. ‘I Need Someone’ had been the oldest in the charts for 12 weeks which was the tied second best to date, equalling Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ but falling short of the 19 weeks The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ managed. There was more to come from Garrity. The new oldest in the charts was Lauren Copley’s ‘I’s Too Late Now’ which was on 23 weeks.

It had been just over a year since we had last seen Hot Chocolate on our charts, but they were back this week with their 2nd hit, ‘You’ll Always Be A Friend’. As with their first hit, ‘I Believe (In Love)’, this new track was written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson. We had not missed out on any in between hits as ‘You’ll Always Be A Friend’ followed ‘I Believe (In Love)’ into the UK charts where it made it to number 23.

Shuki And Aviva’s ‘Signorina Concertina’ made it back into the chart after being absent for a week to be the 35th song to re-entered the chart.

Last of the new entries was ‘Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ by a band called the Blue Ridge Rangers, although ‘band’ is a bit misleading as it was essentially Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty. In fact later editions of the album that the song came from were brought out under Fogerty’s name as opposed to Blue Ridge Rangers. ‘Jambalaya’ was a Hank Williams penned song which he took to the top of the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1952. Fogerty’s version made it to number 16 on the main US charts.

On the local weeks count list, Barbara Ray, Jessica Jones and Lauren Copley all moved on to 35 weeks. This did not move them up the list as they were still in tied 12th place, 1 week behind Virginia Lee who was highest placed woman on the local list. Murray Campbell whom the three had shared 12th place with last week, dropped down to 13th.

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