30 March 1973

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

Before this week we had seen 7 songs top the chart where the artist was not from the US, the UK or South Africa. This week was the turn for number 8 as German Freddy Breck took pole position with ‘We Believe in Tomorrow’.  It was the second by a German act to make number 1 (the previous being Peter Maffay’s ‘You’) and Germany joined The Netherlands for most number 1s by a ‘rest of the world’ act. Last week’s number 1, Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ dropped to 2 after a run of 6 weeks there.

Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Candlelight’ became the 5th song that was the biggest climber in a week after having re-entered the charts and it took a climb of just 3 places from 15 to 12 for it to take the award. As the climber of the week was only 3 places, there were no star raters this week.

While it took a 3 place climb to be the climber of the week, song that dropped just 2 places this week found themselves being the biggest fallers. There were 4 songs which managed this and they were Alan Garrity’s ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’, Kincade’s ‘Dreams Are Ten A Penny’, Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ and Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ which fell to 10, 13, 18 and 20 respectively. With Richard Jon Smith taking the climber award and Rabbitt and Alan Garrity being among the fallers, this was the 23rd time we had seen local acts take climber and faller in the same week.

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You to Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ both moved on to 16 weeks in the chart and enjoyed their 2nd week as the oldest on the charts.

This week was the 6th time we saw no movement on or off the charts with 1 of the previous 5 being when the charts were frozen over what was the Easter weekend.

Hot Chocolate clocked up their 20th week in the chart and were the 111th act to manage this. Johnny Nash saw his total weeks move on to 34, but this week celebrated his 30th consecutive week with at least 1 song in the top 20. The 4 weeks difference between his total weeks count and his consecutive weeks count were the 4 when ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and ‘There Are More Questions Than Answers’ in the charts in the same week. Nash was the 11th act to manage a run of 30 consecutive weeks in the charts.

Petula Clark dropped out of the top 20 overall weeks count list as The Sweet, whom she had shared 20th place with last week, moved 1 ahead of her with 74 weeks compared to Clark’s ‘73. Clark had been in the top 20 of that list for 346 weeks and reached a highest position of 3.

Apart from knocking Petula Clark off the top 20 of the weeks count list, The Sweet also saw their points total move past the 800 milestone as they ticked over to 805. This was the 22nd highest total so far.

Johnny Nash also reached a points milestone as he became the 40th act to reach the 500 point mark as his total was now exactly 500.

Peter Callender celebrated 100 weeks in the charts as a song writer and it was Alan Garrity’s ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ that helped him to this total. He was the 15th song writer to reach a century of weeks in the chart.

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