29 June 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
2 2 6 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
3 5 8 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
4 4 5 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
5 3 15 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
6 7 8 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
7 10 10 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
8 6 15 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
9 9 12 Toy Train  – John Edmond
10 8 21 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
11 11 11 Daniel  – Elton John
12 13 4 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
13 15 5 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu
14 12 18 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
15 19 2 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
16 16 3 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
17 17 3 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
18 New 1 Time  – Dealians
19 14 21 I’m on Fire  – Maria
20 20 2 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis

Shirley Bassey saw her ‘Never, Never, Never’ spend a 4th straight week at number one and she was probably asking who it was that said ‘never say never’ because she was certainly proving them wrong. Lauran Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ was unmoved at 2 giving us the 9th week in total where we had seen solo female artists in the top 2 spots.

Having entered the charts last week as the second oldest solo act to chart, Perry Como didn’t sit around but started moving up the top 20 at pace. His ‘And I Love You So’ was the climber of the week, moving up 4 from 19 to 15. This was his second time with the award as his previous (and only other hit to date) ‘Stand Beside Me’ had also managed a biggest climb. ‘And I Love You So’ was the only star rater this week.

Maria’s ‘I’m On Fire’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 5 from 14 to 19. This was the song and Maria’s second time with the faller award and the 20th time a local woman had seen a biggest faller with 3 of the previous occasions being where the woman was one half of a duet.

The good news for Maria was that ‘I’m On Fire’ along with Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ were still the oldest on the charts as both songs moved on to 21 weeks.

However it wasn’t such good news for Breck’s fellow countryman as Peter Maffay’s ‘It’s You (I Want to Live With)’ dropped off the top 20 leaving Breck as the only German act on the chart. The 2 Germans had shared the charts for 11 weeks. ‘It’s You (I Want to Live With)’ managed a run of 12 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 9. This brought to an end Maffay’s SA chart career. He had seen 2 songs chart, spent 39 weeks in the top 20 and his other hit, ‘You’, had spent 2 weeks at 1. His 39 weeks was the record to date for a German act.

The Dealians became the 10th local act to clock up 5 hits as they had the only new entry this week in the form of their hit ‘Time’. The song was written by Colin Horton-Jennings and was originally recorded by an obscure group called Taggett of which Horton-Jennings was a member. He had also written The Hollies song ‘Magic Woman Touch’.

The SA acts led the way again for number of hits in the top 20, accounting for 7 of them with the Americans in second place with 5 and the Brits on 4. Ireland, Greece, Germany and New Zealand provided the other 4. This was the 42nd week where the local acts had outdone the other nations.

John Edmond caught up with Billy Forrest on the local weeks count list as his 57 to date put him tied 5th with Forrest. A bit further down that list we saw Lauren Copley move into tied 10th place with Jody Wayne, both acts being on 41 weeks. The Dealians were also moving up the local list, their 36 weeks putting them level with Virginia Lee and they shared 14th place.

Dawn became the 44th act to reach the 500 point mark as they moved on to 516. They sat 42nd overall.

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