11 May 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 2 14 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
3 3 11 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
4 4 14 I’m on Fire  – Maria
5 5 17 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
6 7 8 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
7 13 5 Toy Train  – John Edmond
8 8 22 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
9 12 6 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
10 14 4 Daniel  – Elton John
11 11 8 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
12 17 2 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
13 16 3 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
14 10 13 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
15 6 8 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
16 20 3 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
17 9 10 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
18 New 1 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
19 New 1 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
20 New 1 Duelling Banjos  – Deliverance

Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ enjoyed a second week at 1 after having captured the top spot last week. Previous chart topper, Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ was unmoved at 2, in fact the whole of the top 5 was unchanged. This was the 5th time we had seen the top 5 unchanged, but the record to date was an unchanged top 6 (this excludes the week where the entire top 20 was frozen over the Easter weekend in 1966).

John Edmond’s ‘Toy Train’ picked up a second biggest climber award and a 3rd for Edmond as it climbed 6 from 13 to 7 this week.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ moved up 5 from 17 to 12, Little Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ managed a 4 place climb from 20 to 16 while Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ also had a star rater climb of 4 from 14 to 10.

Lobo’s ‘Don’t expect Me To Be Your Friend’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 9 from 6 to 15. It was the 23rd time a song had fallen at least 9 places in a week. And that wasn’t the only bad news for Lobo as his time with 2 in the charts came to an end with ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ leaving the top 20 after 21 weeks, 5 of which were spent at the top spot.

Also leaving the top 20 was The Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster!’ which lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7. This gave them a peaks sequence for their last 3 songs of 9, 8 and now 7.

Last to go was Neville Whitmill’s ‘Harmony’ which spent just 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 18. This ended his SA chart career with 2 solo hits to his name (he had also seen 2 hits as a member of The Square Set), 21 weeks on the charts and a best peak of 2 with ‘Get Me Some Help’, his other hit.

The first of the new entries was Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’. Stealers Wheel featured Gerry Rafferty (he of ‘Baker Street’ fame) alongside Joe Egan. The song was written by Rafferty & Egan and made it to number 6 in the US and 8 in the UK. It would be their biggest (of 3) hits in the UK. In 1992 the song was used in Quentin Tarrentino’s film ‘Reservoir Dogs’.

Gilbert O’Sullivan scored his 2nd SA hit with ‘Get Down’ which was written by O’Sullivan himself (presumably before he met Barbara Woodhouse as the song was written to a disobedient/over-enthusiastic dog). It topped the charts in the UK and Ireland, made number 2 in Switzerland, 3 in Holland and Austria and 4 in Norway. In the US it got to number 7. The chart topping feat in the UK was his second and last number 1 there. His previous number 1 was his previous SA hit, ‘Clair’. In getting to number 1 in the UK, he knocked Donny Osmond’s ‘Twelfth Of Never’ off the top spot. This new entry brought the hit count to date for Irish acts to 9 and this equalled that of the Jamaicans, putting them tied 7th for hits from a nation.

The final new entry was the 34th instrumental to chart. The song ‘Duelling Banjos’ featured in the John Boorman movie ‘Deliverance’ and is credited to Deliverance but was actually played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell, although the film depicts Billy Redden and Ronny Cox playing the song. The piece was written by Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith in1955 and was originally called ‘Feudin’ Banjos’. In the film, Arthur Smith was not given any credit for the song, so he successfully sued the film makers. It made it to number 2 in Canada and the US and 17 in the UK. The film went on to get 3 Oscar nominations including for best picture and director, but lost out to The Godfather in the former category and Bob Fosse (for Cabaret) in the latter, but the song did win the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

With the departure of Whitmill from the charts the local hit count dropped to 3 and this was the lowest it had been for 36 weeks. And the departure of Lobo’s one hit mean that Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ was lone grandad on the chart on 22 weeks.

John Edmond became the 36th act and 6th local act to reach 50 weeks in the chart while Roberta Flack celebrated her 20th week. Gilbert O’Sullivan’s total reach 16 which equalled that of Joe Dolan and the 2 were tied top for weeks on the charts by acts from Ireland.

Middle Of The Road moved into tied 18th place with The Archies on the weeks count list with 78 weeks each while Barbara Ray took 7th place for herself on the local weeks count list, moving 1 week ahead of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy who dropped to 8th.

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