15 June 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
2 2 13 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
3 4 6 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
4 9 4 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
5 3 19 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
6 5 13 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
7 12 3 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
8 7 10 Toy Train  – John Edmond
9 10 8 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
10 11 6 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
11 6 16 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
12 8 9 Daniel  – Elton John
13 13 19 I’m on Fire  – Maria
14 19 2 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
15 16 11 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
16 15 22 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
17 17 27 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
18 14 13 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
19 20 3 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu
20 New 1 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations

‘Never, Never, Never’ by Shirley Bassey held on to the number 1 spot for a second week with the previous chart topper, Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ still lurking at number 2.

The climbers this week were Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’, Dawn & Tony Orlando’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ and Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ which all moved up 5 places and landed at 4, 7 and 14 respectively. It was Smith’s 2nd, Copley’s 3rd and Dawn’s 4th time with the climber of the week award. These would also be this week’s only star raters.

Vicky Leandros picked up her 3rd biggest faller award with a 5 place drop with ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ which fell from 6 to 11.

Last week Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ moved into tied second place for weeks as the oldest in the charts, sharing 2nd spot with 2 other songs, but this week it stayed in the top 20 and was now out right second for weeks as the oldest. This was its 13th week as the oldest and 27th week overall. Its 27 weeks put it tied 4th for overall weeks in the charts by a song.

For the second week running we saw only 1 song leave the charts and this week it was Lobo’s ‘Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend’ which had lasted 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 6. This brought the curtain down on his SA chart career. He had graced the charts with 3 hits, spent a total of 42 weeks with us and occupied the top spot for 5 weeks with ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’. His other 2 hits had both peaked at 6.

In Lobo’s place we had the first hit by The Temptations to chart in SA. ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ was written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield who had also been responsible for Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ was originally recorded by The Undisputed Truth and made number 63 in the US in 1972. The Temptations’ version went all the way to number 1 there, spending just a single at the top of the charts there. In the UK it made number 14 and reached the top 20 in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy and Holland. In 1990, Was (Not Was) took a cover version to number 12 in the UK as well as making most of the major charts in Europe.

For a second week running, the local acts shared the lead for number of hits in the top 20 as they had 6 and sat alongside the Americans who were also on 6. The Brits lagged behind a little on 4 with Germany supplying 2 and Greece and Ireland one apiece. Overall though, the US acts drew level with acts from the UK for total number of hits as both nations had now provided us with 341. The UK acts had led the way for the last 9 weeks. Ireland meanwhile joined France in 7th place for weeks on the charts as both nations had now supplied hits which had accumulated 63 weeks each.

Elton John and Letta Mbulu both reached the 20 weeks in the charts mark, bringing the total number of acts to reach this milestone to 117 with Mbulu being the 31st local act to manage this. Elton was the 40th Brit to do so in case you were wondering.

Lauren Copley continued to move up the local weeks count list, her 39 weeks to date putting her tied 11th with Gene Rockwell.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us remained over 10, sitting at 10.6 and this was the 10th time we had seen this average be above 10 since the charts started.

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