18 May 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 2 15 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
3 5 18 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
4 3 12 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
5 4 15 I’m on Fire  – Maria
6 12 3 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
7 10 5 Daniel  – Elton John
8 11 9 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
9 8 23 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
10 7 6 Toy Train  – John Edmond
11 6 9 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
12 15 9 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
13 9 7 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
14 13 4 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
15 20 2 Duelling Banjos  – Deliverance
16 16 4 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
17 17 11 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
18 14 14 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
19 18 2 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
20 19 2 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan

The top 2 songs this week were unchanged from last week with Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ holding on to the top spot for a 3rd week and the previous number 1, Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’, still sitting at 2 also for a 3rd week.

Shirley Bassey took the climber of the week award with ‘Never, Never, Never’ climbing 6 from 12 to 6 to give her her first such award. Deliverance’s ‘Duelling Banjos’ was the only other star rater as it moved up 5 from 20 to 15.

It had been 7 weeks since Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ had been biggest faller, but it took the award again this week as it fell 5 from 6 to 11. To date 5 songs had seen a gap of 7 weeks between biggest faller awards with 2 seeing an 8 week gap and Alan Garrity’s 15 week gap with ‘I Need Someone’ being the record to date.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ moved on to 23 weeks in the chart and was enjoying its 9th week as the oldest on the charts.

This week was the 7th 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.

Last week John Edmond reached 50 weeks in the charts and was followed this week by Barbara Ray who became the 37th act and 7th local act to reach this total. Ray was also the 1st local woman to do this and 5th woman overall.

Gilbert O’Sullivan set a new record to date for weeks on the charts by an Irish act as his 17 to date now put him 1 ahead of Joe Dolan.

Middle Of The Road moved into tied 17th place on the weeks count list with 79 weeks putting them tied with The Sweet.

‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ by Barbara Ray became the 18th song to move past the 300 points mark as it ticked over to 304. It was the 5th song by a woman to manage this and the 3rd by a local woman. Ray also celebrated reaching the 600 points in total milestone while another woman, Vicky Leandros went past the 500 points mark and was the 42nd act and 6th woman to reach this total.

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