1 June 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 2 5 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
3 3 17 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
4 6 11 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
5 4 14 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
6 7 8 Toy Train  – John Edmond
7 12 4 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
8 11 7 Daniel  – Elton John
9 8 17 I’m on Fire  – Maria
10 19 4 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
11 9 11 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
12 16 2 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
13 New 1 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
14 15 6 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
15 14 9 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
16 5 20 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
17 17 6 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
18 10 25 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
19 13 11 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
20 New 1 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu

‘Can’t Keep It In’ by Cat Stevens spent a 5th straight week at 1 with Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ unmoved at 2 for a second week.

The climber of the week was Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which moved up 9 from 19 to 10. This was the 88th time a song had climbed 9 or more places in a week. There were 2 other star raters this week and they were Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Get Down’ which climbed 5 from 12 to 7 and Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ which moved up 4 from 16 to 12.

The faller of the week award went to Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ which fell 11 from 5 to 16. This equalled the record to date fall in a week with The Who’s ‘See me Feel Me’ and Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ being the only other songs to manage a fall of this magnitude. This would be the biggest fall we would see in the top 20 era and these 3 songs would be the only ones to see such a fall until the charts were extended to a top 30 when we saw bigger falls.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ continued its run as the oldest in the charts. It had amassed 25 weeks in the top 20 (the 7th highest by a song to date) and 11 of those had been as the oldest in the charts.

Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ spent just 1 week at 20 and was the 32nd song so far to do this. Of the 28 we had seen 4 had managed to re-enter the charts while another 4 had spent their week at 20 when re-entering the charts. Stay tuned to see if Double Vision could have a double run in the top 20.

Also leaving the top 20 was Jermaine Jackson’s ‘Daddy’s Home’ which had a far more successful run of 12 weeks in the charts and a peak of 9. While he would never be as successful as his brother Michael, he was not a one-hit wonder on our charts as he would be back.

The first of the new entries was Dawn & Tony Orlando’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’ which was their 4th song to chart. The song was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown, the former having had a hand in all 3 of Dawn’s previous SA hits, while the latter helped write ‘Knock Three Times’. They wrote ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’ after reading about a man who had spent 3 years in prison for fraud and was coming home. He wrote to his wife saying that if she wanted him back she should tie a yellow ribbon round the only oak tree in town. The songwriters added 99 yellow ribbons to one that the man in the story saw, as the last line of the song is ‘I see a hundred yellow ribbons round the ole oak tree.’ Tony Orlando thought the song was too corny to record and offered it to Jimmy Darren, and then to Bobby Vinton, both of whom turned it down. Eventually he decided to record it and it rocketed up the US charts spending 4 weeks at number 1 there. This was a timely success as the band’s fortunes had waned after their previous hit and Orlando was $750,000 in debt. The song also topped the charts in the UK, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Holland.

The second new entry was the second hit from Letta Mbulu, ‘I’ll Never Be The Same’. As with her previous hit, ‘I Need Your Love’, her husband Caiaphas Semenya had a writing credit. Both her hits were unusual because she had left South Africa by the time they entered our top 20 and was living in exile in New York and working with other exiles like Jonas Gwanga and Hugh Masakela.

The arrival of Letta on the charts heralded a new high for number of songs by solo women in the top 20 as the total moved on to 8.

Ireland’s weeks count moved on to 61 courtesy of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s presence in the top 20 and this put them tied 5th for weeks in the charts by a non-big 3 nation, (i.e. excluding the Brits, Americans and South African acts).

Middle Of The Road saw their weeks count move on to 81 and this put them tied 15th on the weeks count list alongside Cliff Richard and Manfred Mann. On the local weeks count list Lauren Copley caught up with Jessica Jones. The 2 of them sat tied 12th on 37 weeks and were the second highest placed woman on the local list with Barbara Ray leading the way with 52 weeks. Barbara sat 7th overall for local acts. Virginia Lee dropped into 14th place on the local list and was now the 4th highest placed local woman.

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