23 March 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
2 2 7 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
3 3 15 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
4 5 4 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
5 4 6 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
6 6 15 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
7 11 7 I’m on Fire  – Maria
8 9 12 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
9 8 5 There are More Questions Than Answers  – Johnny Nash
10 7 6 Blockbuster!  – Sweet
11 10 11 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
12 13 3 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
13 16 8 You’ll Always be a Friend  – Hot Chocolate
14 12 10 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
15 15 4 Candlelight  – Richard Jon Smith
16 14 11 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
17 New 1 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
18 New 1 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
19 New 1 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
20 New 1 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack

It was now 6 weeks at 1 for Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ and this put it tied 3rd for weeks at 1 for a local song, joining Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’. Where Ray’s run at the top was consecutive though, Campbell’s was not. Only Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ (8 weeks) and Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ (12 weeks) were ahead of them. Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ spent a second week at 2.

It was back in the November of 1967 that we last saw a run of 4 weeks where we had a solo female artist take climber of the week. Maria’s ‘I’m On Fire’ took the award this week with a climb of 4 from 11 to 7 to extend the current run of women climbers to a record equalling 4 weeks. ‘I’m On Fire’ was the only star rater.

The Sweet became the 4th act to reach double figures for fallers of the week as ‘Blockbuster!’ dropped 3 from 7 to 10 to give them their 10th such award. This was the 3rd time they had seen a 3 place drop give them the faller award and they had picked up 1 with a 2 place drop. The average places dropped of their 10 fallers of the week was 4.7. All 3 of the others who had seen 10 biggest fallers were averaging over 5, with Creedence Clearwater Revival having the highest average of 5.6, The Bee Gees second highest on 5.4 and Tom Jones in 3rd place with 5.2.

The leavers this week were Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Clair’, The Dealians’ ‘Two Of Us’, Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and Lettab Mbulu’s ‘I Need Your Love’.

‘Clair spent 15 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. There was more to come from O’Sullivan.

‘Two Of Us’ had managed 2 runs in the charts, initially only lasting 1 week then coming back for a 2 week run during which time it peaked at 17. There was still another hit in the Dealians’ tank.

‘I Can See Clearly Now’ would climb no higher than 3rd on the weeks count by a song list as its 28th week last week was its last. It could, however, boast the all-time record for weeks at 1 as it spent 13 weeks at the top of our charts. In total only 9 songs would reach double figures for time spent at the top of the charts and we had seen 3 of these so far (the other 2 being Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ and Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’). ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ spent 6 weeks as the oldest on the charts and Nash’s run of 4 weeks with 2 in the charts came to an end. The new oldest on the chart was shared between Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ which were both on 15 weeks. It had been half a year (26 weeks) since we last saw an oldest in the charts sitting on less than 20 weeks.

‘I Need Your Love’ by Letta Mbulu enjoyed a run of 17 weeks and peaked at 3. This was the tied 8th highest weeks to date for a song by a local woman and it would ultimately end up being tied 11th (ignoring positions 21 to 30 once the charts were extended). Mbulu would return to the top 20 at a later date.

On the new entry front, we saw Cat Stevens return to the charts with his 4th hit to date. ‘Can’t Keep It In’ was written by Stevens and managed to get to number 13 in the UK. It didn’t chart in the US but did make 36 in Germany and 5 in Norway. It was taken from the ‘Catch Bull At Four’ album on which our very own Jeremy Taylor helped compose and played Spanish guitar on the song ‘O Caritas’.

‘The Morning After’, the second new entry, was made famous by appearing in the film ‘The Poseidon Adventure’. The version in the film was not sung by Maureen McGovern. It was supposedly performed by Carol Lynley who played the character Nonnie, but was in fact sung by Renee Armand. McGovern was called in later to record the version that was released as a single and her version topped the US charts. The version in the film was only given a commercial release in 2010 when the complete score was put out by La La Land Records. The song went on to win the Best Original Song at the Oscars and was the 4th song that won that award to chart in SA (previous winners that charted were ‘Born Free’, ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ ).

Lobo became the 44th act to have more than 1 song in the charts simultaneously as ‘Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend’ joined ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ in the top 20. By this time, Lobo’s UK chart career was finished as he failed to chart there with ‘Don’t Expect Me To be Your Friend’ which was now his 3rd SA hit. His UK career would consist of only the first 2 hits he had in SA (‘Me And You And A Dog Named Boo’ and ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’). In the US, he was still charting and ‘Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend’ made it to number 8 there. He would have 5 further top 100 hits in the US. As with his previous 2 hits, Lobo (real name Kent LaVoie) wrote it.

The last new entry was Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ which was her 2nd SA hit. The song was written by Charlie Fox and Norman Gimbel and was originally performed by Lori Lieberman. It describes the feelings Lori had when hearing Don McLean’s song ‘Empty Chairs’. Flack’s version topped the US and Canadian charts, made number 6 in the UK, 3 in Holland, 4 in Norway, 10 in Ireland, 19 in Austria, 30 in Germany and 32 in Switzerland and went on to claim the Grammy for song of the year. It was the 4th ‘song of the year’ to chart in SA, the previous one being Flack’s previous hit, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. The Fugees covered ‘Killing Me Softly’ in 1996 and took it to the top of the charts in at least 15 different countries (including the UK) and would just miss out in the US where it peaked at 2. We now had 6 solo woman in the charts, a record to date equalling number and was something we had not seen since November 1967, 279 weeks previously

Of the 4 new entries 1 was by an act from the UK (Cat Stevens) while the other 3 were all American. This meant that the Americans drew level again with the Brits for total number of hits with both nations supplying us with 337 to date. It had been 12 weeks since the 2 nations were last level and the UK acts had led the way for the intervening period. It was also the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st hit respectively for Cat Stevens, Lobo, Roberta Flack and Maureen McGovern.

The Sweet’s weeks count moved on to 73 which just helped them into the top 20 of the overall weeks count list as they shared position 20 with Petula Clark. On the local list, Alan Garrity made 4th place his own as he went 1 week ahead of Billy Forrest, causing the latter to drop to 5th. Similarly Barbara Ray made 9th place her own with 42 weeks while Jody Wayne on 41 dropped into 10th spot.

The combined total of weeks in the charts of the 4 songs that left the top 20 was 63. This severely knocked the average number of weeks the top 20 songs this week had been with us as this dropped from 9.05 last week to 6.9 this week, a drop of 2.15 which was the second biggest decrease in this figure we had seen to date. It was the first time the average had dropped below 7 in 34 weeks.

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