9 February 1973


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

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ entered its 5th week at the top of the charts and was now the 22nd song to manage 5 or more weeks at 1. So far 10 of the 22 had been by American acts, 8 were by British acts and 4 by locals. No other nation had yet managed to see a song last 5 or more weeks at 1. Positions 2 to 4 were also unchanged.

Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 19 to 14 and this was the 4th time we saw a song pick up the award after re-entering the charts. Another re-entry was the only other star rater this week and that was Shuki & Aviva’s ‘Signorina Concertina’ which moved up 4 from 17 to 13.

The Bee Gees moved out into the lead for number of biggest fallers as ‘Run To Me’ dropped 7 from 9 to 16 to give them their 12th such award. Tom Jones and Creedence Clearwater Revival were relegated to second place with 11 each.

The Blue Ridge Rangers’ ‘Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ became the 22nd song to spend just 1 week at the bottom of the charts as it dropped out of the top 20 after just a single week there. (A bit of a 22 theme going on here with Lobo being the 22nd song to spend 5 or more weeks at 1). There were 7 of these so far where they would be the only hit for the relevant act, but The Blue Ridge Rangers would see further chart action at a later date.

We also bid farewell to Lauran Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ which spent 23 weeks in the charts and peaked at 2. This was the tied second best weeks count for a song by a solo female artist so far and by the time the charts finished it would be tied 8th (excluding weeks spent in positions 21-30 once the charts were extended). Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ which managed 26 weeks was the best so far. We were not done with Lauren just yet. ‘It’s Too Late Now’ had been the oldest on the previous week’s charts and this mantle now fell to Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which moved on to 23 weeks.

The departure of Lauren Copley from the charts would have reduced the local solo female count on the top 20 if it had not been for Maria entering at number 15 with ‘I’m On Fire’. Maria was born in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in Mozambique and her full name was Carmelia Maria Neto Lopez. Sadly, Maria died in 1981. The song ‘I’m On Fire’ should not be confused with 1975 hit of the same name by 5000 Volts. This one was written by Ben Findon and someone called Anthony (probably a surname, but could be a first name) and it was also recorded by an artist called Little Joe. Both Little Joe and Maria’s versions got released in the UK where Maria was listed as Maria Lopis. Findon would work closely with The Dooleys who would have hits in SA in the latter part of the 70s. ‘I’m On Fire’ was also recorded by a Brazilian group called The Fevers under the title ‘Meu Desejo’.

The only other new entry this week was Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’. Freddy was born Gerhard Brecker in 1942 and his first hit was ‘Überall auf der Welt’ which was the German version of ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’. The song was taken from the Giuseppe Verdi opera ‘Nabucco’ where the piece was called ‘Va Pensiero’ (more recently Zucchero recorded a version of this). Breck’s version made it to number 7 in his native Germany and had the same peak on the Dutch charts. It topped the charts in Belgium. This was the 13th song by a German act to make the top 20 and the Germans still sat 5th for hits by a nation, 5 behind the 4th placed Canadians who were on 18.

With the German joining the charts, we now had 7 different nations represented in the top 20 (US, UK, SA, Germany, Ireland, Israel and Italy) and this was the most diverse chart we had had for 17 weeks and we were back to just 1 off the record to date 8 nations in the charts.

Barbara Ray and Jessica Jones both moved on to 36 weeks in the charts and they sat tied 11th on the local weeks count list alongside Virginia Lee and all 3 were tied as the top local women on the list.

Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ became the 3rd song to accumulate 400 or more points as it moved on to 405. Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ on 464 and The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ on 447 were the other 2 to have managed this so far.

Garrity himself meanwhile was enjoying getting into the 700s for total points. He was the 25th act overall to reach this milestone and the 4th local act to do so.

Youtube playlist:


One thought on “9 February 1973

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s