16 February 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
2 1 10 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
3 2 10 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
4 5 6 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
5 7 7 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
6 4 24 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
7 9 5 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
8 6 13 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
9 8 14 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
10 11 3 You’ll Always be a Friend  – Hot Chocolate
11 14 6 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
12 10 11 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
13 New 1 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
14 17 2 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
15 12 11 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
16 15 2 I’m on Fire  – Maria
17 13 4 Signorina Concertina  – Shuki and Aviva
18 20 9 Ben  – Michael Jackson
19 New 1 Daytime Night-Time  – Keith Hampshire
20 New 1 Blockbuster!  – Sweet

After 24 weeks with an American act topping our charts, the run was finally broken as local lass, Barbara Ray became the 5th local woman to top the charts. Her hit, ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ knocked Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ from the number 1 position after the latter had been there for 5 weeks. The run of 24 weeks with an American act at number 1 would end up being the second best run that we would see by any nation. ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ was the 19th local song to top the charts.

Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ became the first song that re-entered the charts to take the biggest climber award twice as it followed up last week’s 5 place climb with a 3 place jump from 14 to 11. It shared the award with Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ which climbed 3 from 17 to 14. With ‘Locomotive Breath’ having been climber of the week 2 weeks running and Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ having been the climber for the 2 weeks before that, we had now had 4 consecutive weeks with a local biggest climber and this was the second best run like this that we had seen to date.

The faller of the week was one of the previous week’s star raters and that was Shuki & Aviva’s ‘Signorina Concertina’ which fell back the 4 places it had climbed last week and ended up at 17.

Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 24 weeks now.

Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart. It had been with us for 15 weeks and peaked at number 2, stuck behind the all-time record run at number 1 which ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ had managed. This would be their only SA hit. In their native UK they followed up the chart topping success of ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ with ‘Desperate Dan’ which made 17. Those 2 would be their only UK chart hits.

Giorgio’s ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ also left the charts. It had been with us for a total of 11 weeks made up of an initial run of 5 weeks and then 6 weeks. It was during its second run that it reached its highest position of 8. There would be 9 songs to chart where he had song writing credits before we would see him listed as artist again.

Last to go was The Bee Gees’ ‘Run To Me’ which managed 17 weeks and peaked at 3. In terms of weeks this equalled their best effort to date which ‘Massachusetts’ managed. The latter, however out performed ‘Run To Me’ in terms of peak position as it topped the charts. There was still plenty to come from the Gibbs Brothers.

In all the weeks we had seen 3 songs leave the charts so far, this represented the 5th highest average number of weeks the 3 leavers had been in the charts as this week worked out at an average of 14.3. We had seen 2 weeks average 17, 1 week average 18 and just 3 weeks earlier on 26 January 1973 we saw the highest to date of 18.3.

The first of the new entries was Carly Simon’s first hit in SA, ‘You’re So Vain’. The song made it to number 1 in Canada and the US and peaked at 3 in the UK. There has been much speculation about who the subject of the song was. Various men have been guessed at in particular Mick Jagger (who sings uncredited backing vocals on the song) and Warren Beatty (whom Simon had a relationship with). Others to be named are David Bowie, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, David Cassidy and in more recent times David Geffen who was Carly’s record label boss at Elektra. Despite all this speculation, no one really knows although in 2015 Simon did admit that the second verse was about Warren Beatty, but the rest of the song wasn’t.

Like Carly, our second new entrant, Keith Hampshire, was also enjoying his first SA hit – ‘Daytime, Night-time’. Although Hampshire was from England, he had particular success in Canada where this song made it to number 6 (he would later top the Canadian charts with ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’). ‘Daytime, Night-time’ was written by one time member of Manfred Mann, Mike Hugg and also made number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The Sweet returned to the charts this week with ‘Blockbuster!’, their 6th SA hit. It also gave the songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn their 7th hit. The song would top the UK charts and spend 5 weeks at 1 there. It also made it to the top of the Dutch, German, New Zealand, Austrian and Irish charts as well as getting to 3 in Finland, Switzerland and Norway. In Australia it made it to 29 and reached 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

As 2 of the 3 new entries were by UK acts, the Brits were now beginning to open up a bit of a gap between themselves and the Americans at the top of the list of overall number of hits with the former having contributed 336 so far and the latter 332, a gap of 4. It was 9 days short of a year since the gap between the 2 nations had been this big and back then it was the Americans who led the way.

The only movement we saw on the top 20 of either the overall or the local weeks count was on the latter where Barbra Ray and Jessica Jones saw their weeks count move on to 37 and while that did not move them up from tied 11th on the list, it did mean that Virginia Lee, whom they shared the spot with last week, dropped to 12. Barbara and Jessica were the 2 highest placed women on the local list. They sat 5th overall for women, but were 16 weeks behind 4th placed Lucille Starr who was on 53.

Alan Garrity had now had at least 1 song in the charts for 36 straight weeks and this equalled the record to date for consecutive weeks in the charts by a local artist which Dave Mills had set back in 1970. Overall it was the tied 4th longest run we had seen by any act.

For the first time in 23 weeks, we saw the average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us drop below 8 as it fell to 7.25. During those 23 weeks it had reached its highest point to date when it climbed to 11.5.

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