25 May 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 6 4 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
3 2 16 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
4 4 13 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
5 3 19 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
6 11 10 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
7 10 7 Toy Train  – John Edmond
8 5 16 I’m on Fire  – Maria
9 8 10 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
10 9 24 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
11 7 6 Daniel  – Elton John
12 20 3 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
13 12 10 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
14 13 8 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
15 16 5 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
16 New 1 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
17 14 5 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
18 17 12 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
19 19 3 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
20 New 1 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision

Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ made it 4 weeks in a row at 1, but was under pressure from Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ which made a star rater jump of 4 places from 6 to 2. It had been nearly a year since we had last seen the top 2 slots being occupied by British acts and that was on 23 June 1972 when Daniel Boone was at 1 and The Pipes And Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards sat at 2. Since that date there had only been 5 weeks when a UK act had been at 1 and 7 where one had been at 2.

Despite the song title being ‘Get Down’, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s hit was moving up and it was doing so quicker than any other song this week as it climbed 8 from 20 to 12 to take the climber of the week award. This was a record to date climb for an Irish act which would be equalled twice and beaten twice by the time the charts ended. It was O’Sullivan’s 4th time with the biggest climber award.

Apart from the aforementioned star rater climb by Shirley Bassey, we also saw Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ pick up a 3rd star rater with a climb of 5 from 11 to 6. The song had now seen a biggest climb after a biggest fall (it took faller of the week last week) and now had a star rater after a biggest fall to add to its list of achievements.

Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 7 to 11.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ sat on 24 weeks and was now the 7th song to manage 10 weeks as the granddaddy of the chart.

Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It had spent 14 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 4. Not bad for her SA chart debut. We would see more from her on or charts.

We also bid farewell to ‘Duelling Banjos’ by Deliverance which had lasted just 2 weeks in the top 20, seeing a highest position of 15. During the top 20 era, only 8 songs that only managed 2 weeks in the charts would peak at 15 or higher, 2 of which were on the very first chart so would probably have had more than a 2 week run had the charts started earlier. Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ which peaked at 13 during a 2 week run held the record if one excludes the 2 from the very first chart.

The first of the new entries was Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ which was her 3rd chart hit. Copley became the 10th female artist to score 3 hits on the charts, and the 4th local woman to do so. ‘Kentucky Blues’ was written by Terry Dempsey and marked his return to the charts as songwriter after an absence of 16 weeks. His last appearance on the charts had been with Lauren’s previous hit ‘It’s Too Late Now’. This was Dempsey’s 21st appearance on the charts as song writer and he extended his lead at the top of the list of number of hits by a song writer now sitting 3 ahead of second placed Les Reed.

The second new entry was a locally recorded song by a New Zealand band. Double Vision recorded ‘Maori Love Song’ (which had the sub title ‘Mehe Manu Rere’) in South Africa while on tour there. They supported Four Jacks and A Jill on the latter’s “1972 Supershow”. Local lad Chris Kritzinger produced the single. The song didn’t make the charts back in their native New Zealand. Double Vision were the 2nd act from New Zealand to make our charts, the previous one being John Rowles. 14 nations had now produced at least 2 hits with a further 5 having given us 1 hit each. Double Vision were the 4th act to chart so far whose name would be the same as a title of a song that would chart at a later date. None of these songs that shared the name of these 4 artists had charted yet.

The Brits celebrated clocking up their 3,000th week in the charts. Assigning the weeks from the top of the chart down means that it was Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ that bagged the 3,000th week for them. With 2 other songs by British acts lower in the charts than ‘Daniel’ their total was actually 3,002 which was 76 ahead of the Americans who sat on 2,926.

Cat Stevens and Lobo both celebrated reaching the 40 weeks in the chart milestone while Middle Of The Road saw their total be double that as they reached the 80 week milestone. Middle Of The Road now had 17th place on the weeks count list to themselves as they moved 1 ahead of The Sweet and the latter dropped into 18th place. On the local list, Lauren Copley’s 36 weeks put her level with Virginia Lee in 13th place.

Cat Stevens became the 43rd act to accumulate 500 points or more as his total moved on to 507.

For the first time in 10 weeks, the average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us crept back over 9 as it climbed to 9.15.

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