9 March 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
2 2 13 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
3 4 5 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
4 6 4 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
5 3 13 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
6 5 9 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
7 9 8 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
8 7 10 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
9 10 16 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
10 11 4 Blockbuster!  – Sweet
11 18 3 There are More Questions Than Answers  – Johnny Nash
12 20 2 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
13 12 9 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
14 8 6 You’ll Always be a Friend  – Hot Chocolate
15 13 27 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
16 New 1 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
17 RE 2 Two of Us  – Dealians
18 15 14 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
19 14 12 Ben  – Michael Jackson
20 17 5 I’m on Fire  – Maria

‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ by Barbara Ray clocked up another week at 1, bringing the song’s total weeks at 1 to 4. This brought the total weeks at 1 by songs by local artists up to 70. Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ spent a frustrating 5th (non-consecutive) week at number 2.

Vicky Leandros picked up her second biggest climber award as ‘The Love in Your Eyes’ climbed 8 from 20 to 12. This was the 17th time a song by a solo female artist had climbed at least 8 places in a week with 8 of the previous occasions seeing a climb of more than 8 places, 3 of which were by local women.

Johnny Nash saw his 4th star rater climb as ‘There Are More Questions Than Answers’ moved up 7 from 18 to 11. It was the 60th time a song had climbed 7 or more places and not been the climber of the week.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘You’ll Always Be A Friend’  took the faller of the week award with a 6 place drop from 8 to 14. This was their 3rd time with the award.

‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash was still the oldest in the charts and had been so for 5 weeks. It was sitting on 27 weeks which was the tied 3rd highest total to date for a song and shared 3rd place with Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ and Gallery’s ‘Nice To be With You’.

Richard Jon Smith’s first run in our charts did not last long as ‘Candlelight’ fell out the top 20 after just 2 weeks and a peak of 19. This would not be the end of the road for Mr Knockout as he would see further chart action.

Also leaving the top 20 was Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden party’ which lasted 16 weeks and peaked at 6. This ended his SA chart career with 2 hits to his name, a total of 36 weeks and 2 weeks at 1 with ‘I Need You’ which was the song at number 1 on the very first chart. Of the acts who featured on that first top 20 back in June of 1965, there would only be 5 left who would still be seen on the charts.

New to the charts was Jermaine Jackson (who will probably be best known for being Michael’s brother), with a cover of a US number 2 hit from 1961. ‘Daddy’s Home’ was written by James Sheppard and William Miller and it was the version by Shep & The Limeliters (of which Sheppard was a member) that took the song to those heights in the US. Jackson’s version made it to a respectable 9th position on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 1981 Cliff Richard’s version went to number 2 in the UK. The arrival of Jermaine onto the chart meant that we had hits by siblings on the top 20 in the same week as Michael Jackson was at 19 with ‘Ben’. We had seen Robin Gibb chart at the same time as The Bee Gees (when Robin had briefly left the group), but had never seen siblings with solo hits in the same week. We would only see this happen once more.

The other song to come into the charts was the 41st time we saw a re-entry (5 of these occasions were a song re-entering for a second time) and was ‘Two Of Us’ by The Dealians. This was the 7th local song to be a re-entry.

Barbara Ray celebrated having spent 40 weeks in the charts in total while Johnny Nash was enjoying his 30th. Ray’s 40 left her in 10th place on the local weeks count list while Gene Rockwell, whom she shared the spot with last week, dropped into 11th place. The Dealians climbed into tied 15th place with Groep Twee on 34 weeks.

A last obscure stat was that with Maria’s ‘I’m On Fire’ at 20 and Barbara Ray at 1, this was the first of only 2 occasions where a local solo female artist was at number 1 and number 20 in the same week.

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