27 April 1973

we_believe_breck

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

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ now held the record for weeks at 1 by a song by an artist who was not from the big 3 nations (UK, US or SA) as it ticked over to 5 weeks at the top of the charts. The Germans also drew level with the Dutch for total weeks at 1 for a non-big 3 nation with both countries having produced hits that had spent a total of 7 weeks at number 1.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ spent a 3rd straight week at 2. This was the 10th song to manage this with 3 of the 10 going on to spend a 4th consecutive week in 2nd place.

Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ and John Edmond’s ‘Toy Train’ were the climbers of the week with both songs moving up 6 places to land at 9 and 13 respectively. It was the second time with the award for both acts. There were no other star rater climbs this week.

There were also 2 songs that took the faller of the week award and they were Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Candlelight’ and both fell 6 places to land at 15 and 19 respectively. So we had 2 climbers, 2 fallers, with the climbers being local and an American act and the faller being local and an American act and the positions moved to take the award was the same for both the climbers and the fallers, namely 6. The only difference was that the American climber was female and the faller male. This was the 24th time we had seen a local climber and faller in the same week.

The 2 oldest on last week’s chart were still with us and they were Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ which were both on 20 weeks. They were the 21st and 22nd songs to reach this milestone of weeks.

Alan Garrity’s record to date run of 45 weeks of featuring in the top 20 came to an end as ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ dropped off the top 20. It had spent 16 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5. Garrity’s run, which would be an all-time record for a local act, was made up of 29 weeks with ‘I Need Someone’, 4 weeks with ‘I Need Someone’ and ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ both being in the charts and then a further 12 weeks with ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ being the in the charts on its own.  Further good news for Garrity was that this was not the last we would see of him on our charts.

Somewhat overshadowed by Garrity’s consecutive week run was the 33 weeks that Johnny Nash had been with us. This came to an end as ‘There are More Questions Than Answers’ fell off the charts after 9 weeks and a peak of 8. Nash’s run came with his departing hit overlapping for 4 weeks with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which had spent 28 weeks in the charts. So far 8 acts had manged a run of 33 consecutive weeks in the charts of which 6 had extended their runs beyond that. Like Garrity, Nash would be back.

Middle Of The Road scored their 7th hit as ‘Yellow Boomerang’ entered the charts at 16. This was to be the second highest spot any of their songs would debut on the chart at (behind ‘Sacramento’ which first appeared on our charts at 14). The band’s popularity was waning in the UK and the song did not chart there, however, it managed get to number 2 in Holland and Switzerland and made a respectable 6th place in Germany as well as reaching 8 in Norway and 14 in Austria. In neighbouring Zimbabwe, it got to number 9. The song was written by Giosy Capuano and Mario Capuano who had been responsible for most of Middle Of The Road’s previous hits, but ‘Yellow Boomerang’ also included Michael Shepstone on writing credits. Shepstone had a hand in writing the song ‘Barbara’s Daughter’ which was a hit for local lass Vangie Coker years later.

He was hardly 2 weeks past his 10th birthday when Little Jimmy Osmond found himself on our charts. His hit ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ would top the charts in the UK, making Osmond the youngest person to ever top the UK charts. From what I have been able to ascertain, Little Jimmy would also be the youngest person to chart in SA, beating previous youngest Heintje by over 3 and a half years. Little Jimmy was the youngest of the Osmond’s, the family group who had a hit with ‘Crazy Horses’ (which didn’t chart in SA) and who also produced Donny (who had already had 2 SA chart hits) and Marie (who would have an SA Chart hit later on). ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ was a 1969 song written and recorded by Christopher Kingsley and cashed in on the worldwide success of the Beatles. Mike Curb (of the Mike Curb Congregation who had had a hit with ‘Burning Bridges back in 1970) produced Little Jimmy’s version.

Don Gibson and Neville Whitmill both hit the 20 weeks in the chart milestone and were the 112th and 113th acts to do so.

The Sweet moved into tied 17th place on the weeks count list joining The Archies there on 78 weeks while Middle Of The Road who’s total moved on to 76 was now tied 19th with Neil Diamond. The only movement on the top 20 of the local weeks count list was that The Bats fell to 9th place as Barbara Ray held on to 8th place with 46 weeks but was now 1 ahead of The Bats.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ became the 16th song to pass the 300 points mark as it moved on to 313. It sat 11th overall for points.

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