2 March 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
2 2 12 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
3 3 12 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
4 7 4 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
5 4 8 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
6 11 3 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
7 5 9 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
8 9 5 You’ll Always be a Friend  – Hot Chocolate
9 6 7 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
10 8 15 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
11 16 3 Blockbuster!  – Sweet
12 12 8 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
13 10 26 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
14 15 11 Ben  – Michael Jackson
15 13 13 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
16 14 16 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
17 17 4 I’m on Fire  – Maria
18 19 2 There are More Questions Than Answers  – Johnny Nash
19 20 2 Candlelight  – Richard Jon Smith
20 New 1 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros

Barbara Ray enjoyed a 3rd week at 1 with ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ while Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ spent a second consecutive week at 2 and a 4th week there overall in its time in the chart so far.

Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ was the climber of the week, moving up 5 from 11 to 6. This was the 53rd time a song by a solo female artist had taken the award (56th if you include the times a woman took the award as part of a duet). It shared the award with The Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster!’ which climbed 5 from 16 to 11. This was their 8th biggest climber and they were the 9th act to reach this total. By the time the charts finished 20 would ultimately mange 8 or more biggest climbers. Of the 9 acts to manage this so far, 8 were British and 1 American. There were no other star raters this week.

The fallers this week were Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ and Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which both dropped 3 places to land at 9 and 13 respectively. For both acts it was their first time with the award.

‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash moved on to 26 weeks in the chart and was now tied 5th for weeks by a song, joining Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ on that total. It had been the oldest in the top 20 for 4 weeks.

During the top 20 era, we would see a total of 15 times where a songs would have a run of 1 week at 18 and The Dealians’ ‘Two Of Us’ was the 13th of these to do so. Of the previous 14 times, 4 happened when the song re-entered the charts and 3 times, the song would subsequently re-enter the charts after such a run. We were not done with The Dealians just yet.

The only new entry was Vicky Leandros’ 2nd hit, ‘The Love In Your Eyes’. This was the English version of her German language hit, ‘Ich Hab’ Die Liebe Geseh’n’ which topped the Austrian and Dutch charts, made number 2 in Denmark and Germany and number 4 in Belgium. The English version made number 40 in the UK.

This week’s chart featured 5 solo female artists, 4 groups and 11 solo male artists. These were split on a nationality basis as follows: 7 American, 6 South African, 4 British and 1 each from Germany, Greece and Ireland. This Same week on the LM Radio charts there were 4 solo female artists, 9 groups and 7 male solo artists while in terms of nationalities, only 3 were represented – 6 South Africans, 3 British and 11 American.

The Sweet reached the 70 weeks in the charts milestone and they were the 23rd act to do so. They were now just 3 weeks away from entering the top 20 of the overall weeks count list if they continued this run. On the local weeks count list, Barbara Ray moved into tied 10th place with Gene Rockwell with both acts on 39.

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