20 April 1973

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

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ joined 3 other songs at the top of the list for weeks at 1 by acts not coming from the US, the UK or South Africa. ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’s 4 weeks at 1 equalled the run by Dutch band Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’, Greek Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ and Italian Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’. We also had a 3rd week in a row with 2 acts who were not from the UK, the US or SA in the top 2 spots as Vicky Leandros’ ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ was unmoved at 2.

Lobo’s ‘Don’t Expect Me To be Your Friend’ was the climber of the week moving up 6 from 16 to 10 to give him his 3rd time with the award. Also moving up at star rater pace was Peter Maffay’s ‘It’s You (I Want to live With)’ which climbed 4 from 18 to 14 to give him his 4th star rater climb.

‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ by Alan Garrity picked up the biggest faller award for a second week running although this was the song’s 3rd time overall with the award. It dropped 4 from 14 to 18 (swapping places with Peter Maffay’s star rater mentioned above). Garrity was now the 10th act to have seen 7 biggest fallers and the only local act to do so (moving 1 ahead of The Staccatos who were sitting on 6).

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ moved into their 5th week as the oldest on the charts as both songs enjoyed their 19th week with us.

Kenny’s ‘Heart Of Stone’ lasted just 1 week in the chart and spent that week at number 20. It was the 31st time a song had seen a run of just 1 week at 20 and the 23rd time where this would be the songs only chart action (the other 8 would either re-enter the charts or were re-entries). Kenny would be the 8th of 14 acts who would see their entire SA chart career consist of 1 song spending 1 week at number 20 during the top 20 era, with 1 of the previous acts, Tony Hatch, only managing this as one half of a duet with Jackie Trent. Trent did manage to have other hits.

Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ ran out of steam and left the chart after a total run of 14 weeks made up of an initial 2 week run followed by a 12 week one. During the 12 week stint it reached its peak position of 11. Rabbitt would return to the charts, but only after the line-up had gone through significant changes with only Trevor Rabin remaining from the line-up that recorded ‘Locomotive Breath’ which also included Errol Friedman, Francis Roos, Louis Forer and Cedric Samson. The latter 4 would go and be replaced by the familiar line-up of Trevor Rabin, Duncan Faure, Ronnie Robot and Neil Cloud.

Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ was the first new entry this week. This was his second hit in SA and like his previous hit, ‘Crocodile Rock’ (which had left the charts a few weeks earlier), it was co-written by Elton and Bernie Taupin. The song is about a Vietnam Vet returning home and trying to recover from his experiences there. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, this was included on a list deemed inappropriate to play on radio. The song topped the Canadian charts, made number 2 in the US and New Zealand, 4 in the UK and Ireland as well as going top 10 in Switzerland and Norway.

Neville Whitmill’s ‘Harmony’ became the 187th song by a local artist to chart and the 2nd by Whitmill, following up his 1971 hit ‘Get Me Some Help’. Whitmill had also seen chart action as a member of The Square Set who had 2 SA chart hits in 1967. ‘Harmony’ was written by Artie Kaplan and Nat Simon and the original version recorded by Kaplan was a number 3 hit in Italy. Ray Conniff also had success with the song, taking it to 3 in Holland, 20 in New Zealand and 61 in Australia. With the previous hit by Whitmill leaving the charts 60 weeks previously, this was the 14th biggest gap between hits we had seen so far by a local act.

For the last 4 weeks, acts from the UK and the US had been level for number of hits to date, but this week, The Poms pulled 1 ahead of the Yanks with the former accounting for 338 hits to date while the latter had produced 337.

Last week, 2 acts celebrated reaching the 30 weeks in the chart milestone (Lobo and Vicky Leandros). This week it was Peter Maffay’s turn. He was the second German act after Michael Holm to reach this level of weeks.

The Sweet held on to 17th place on the weeks count list as their 77 to date mean that Neil Diamond, whom they had shared the position with last week, dropped to 18th. On the local front it was Barbara Ray who moved up into 8th place where she was tied with The Bats on 45 weeks. John Edmond who had been on 45 last week, shook off The Bats and held position 7 by himself with 46 weeks.

This week we saw the 18th time that an act held adjacent positions in the charts as Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ was at 9 and his ‘Don’t Expect Me To be Your Friend’ was at 10. So far Donovan, Four Jacks & A Jill and Middle Of The Road were the only acts to have seen this happen twice with Donovan the only one of those 3 doing it twice with the same pair of songs.

Alan Garrity set a new record for consecutive weeks in the charts has he had now featured on 45 top 20s in a row. This moved him past Middle Of The Road, the previous record holders. This record would stand for over 12 years and would only be beaten once the charts were extended from a Top 20 to a Top 30.

This week also saw the lowest count of groups in the charts as The Sweet were the only band in the top 20. The rest of the charts would be made up of solo artists comprising 13 males and 6 females. We would only see 1 other week where the groups were so poorly represented.

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