6 April 1973

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

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ enjoyed a second week at 1 and with Vicky Leandros’ ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ moving into second place we had the first occasion where the top 2 songs were by acts that did not come from the UK, the US or SA as Breck was German and Leandros Greek.

The climber of the week award was shared between Cat Steven’s ‘Can’t Keep it In’ and Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ which both climbed 6 to land at 10 and 14 respectively. McGovern’s hit was the 15th to be a biggest climber after having suffered a biggest fall which it did last week. These 2 were the only star raters this week.

There were also 2 songs which shared the faller of the week award and they were Kincade’s ‘Dreams Are Ten A Penny’ and Hot Chocolate’s ‘You’ll Always Be A Friend’ which fell 6 to 19 and 20 respectively.

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ were still hanging in the top 20 and enjoyed their 3rd week as the oldest in the charts with both songs having spent 17 weeks in the top 20.

Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ was the only leaver this week. It had seen a respectable run for a first hit of 11 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. There was far bigger and better (performing that is) hits to come from Reginald Dwight as his mum would call him.

Peter Maffay returned to the charts with his second hit, ‘It’s You (I Want To Live With)’.  This was the 14th song by a German act to chart in SA. The Germans still sat 5th on the list of hits by a nation, they were 4 behind 4th placed Canada who had seen 18 so far. We had now seen 45 weeks where a nation outside the big 3 (UK, US and SA) had 2 in the charts as the chart topper this week was also by a German act. 3 of the previous 45 occasions had seen 2 non-big 3 nations having 2 in the chart in the same week.  So far 7 nations had managed 2 in the charts in the same week, but none had managed 3. The Canadians led the way for weeks with 2 as they had seen 15 with The Netherlands on 12 being second. Germany sat 4th with 7, 1 behind 3rd placed Jamaica who were on 8.

Maffay was the second German to see a second hit make the charts with Michael Holm on 4 leading the way. The gap of 61 weeks between Maffay’s 2 hits was the biggest we had seen between hits by a German act. As far as I can tell ‘It’s You (I Want To Live With)’ was only released as an English language song, which was quite unusual for the time where normally the English versions would be translations of songs originally written in German. If you have any information on a German version of this, please let me know. The song does include an instrumental interlude of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’.

Alan Garrity saw his weeks count hit the 60 milestone. He was the 4th local act to manage this, but he was still 8 weeks off 3rd placed Four Jacks & A Jill who were on 68.

The Sweet moved into tied 19th place on the overall weeks count list, joining Middle Of the Road there. Both acts were on 75 weeks. The UK accounted for 12 of the top 20 of the overall weeks count while the Americans with 7 and 1 local act (The Staccatos) made up the rest.

In terms of points, 2 local acts saw themselves going past milestones with Alan Garrity moving past 800 to 808 and Barbara Ray went past 500 to get to 506. Ray was the 41st act to get to 500 while Garrity sat 23rd overall. In terms of local acts, there were now 7 with a points tally of 500 or more.

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