6 July 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
2 1 10 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
3 4 6 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
4 3 9 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
5 6 9 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
6 5 16 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
7 8 16 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
8 9 13 Toy Train  – John Edmond
9 7 11 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
10 12 5 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
11 15 3 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
12 10 22 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
13 16 4 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
14 11 12 Daniel  – Elton John
15 13 6 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu
16 14 19 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
17 17 4 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
18 20 3 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
19 18 2 Time  – Dealians
20 New 1 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers

This week we saw the 20th local song top the charts as Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ knocked Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, never, Never’ off the top spot after the latter had been there for 4 weeks. It was also the 6th time we had seen a solo female artist dethrone another solo female artist and with ‘Never, never, Never’ dropping to 2, it was the 10th week where the top 2 songs had been by solo women. ‘Kentucky Blues’ was the 6th song by a local woman to top the chart and it also meant that the last 3 local chart toppers had been by women as the previous 2 local chart toppers were Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ and Jessica Jones ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’.

Perry Como’s ‘And I Love You So’ followed up last week’s biggest climb with another biggest climber as ‘And I Love You So’ moved up a further 4 places from 15 to 11 to take the award. Once again it would be the only star rater climb.

Moving in the opposite direction was Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ which picked up the biggest faller award with a 3 place drop for 11 to 14. It was his 3rd time with the biggest faller.

One of the 2 songs that had been the oldest on last week’s chart fell off the top 20 this week and that was Maria’s ‘I’m On Fire’ which had been with us for 21 weeks and peaked at 3. Of the 25 songs so far that had spent 20 or more weeks in the charts so far, 7 had failed to make the top spot and ‘I’m On Fire’ joined Galley’s ‘Nice To be With You’ on the lowest peak of 3 for these 25 songs.

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ which ‘I’m On Fire’ had shared the oldest in the chart title with last week, still continued its run. It was on 22 weeks and had been a chart topper.

The Blue Ridge Rangers (also known as John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival as it was essentially him and not a band) returned to the charts with their 2nd hit to date, ‘Hearts Of Stone’.

The song made number 37 in the US 21 places lower than their previous hit ‘Jambayala (On The Bayou)’ which had peaked at 16 there. In South Africa, ‘Hearts Of Stone’ already equalled the peak of ‘Jambalaya’ as the latter had only managed a single week at number 20. ‘Hearts Of Stone’ was a cover of a 1954 song by a group called Jewels, although it was another cover by The Charms (also in 1954) which charted in the US as that went to number 15 there. This should not be confused with the Kenny hit from earlier in this year. That was only a single heart (‘Heart Of Stone’) whereas the Blue Ridge Rangers were on about more than 1 heart (‘Hearts Of Stone’). This took the US acts 2 ahead of the UK ones for total number of hits with the former on 343 and the latter 341.

John Edmond pulled ahead of Billy Forrest for weeks on the charts as his total moved on to 58. He was unmoved at 5 on the local weeks count list while Forrest dropped to 6th. Lauren Copley was unmoved at 10 on that list, but her 42 weeks meant that Jody Wayne dropped into 11th place. The Dealians climbed into 13th place alongside Jessica Jones with 37 weeks to their name.

Cat Stevens became the 33rd act to reach 600 points as his total ticked over to 614.

Only 4 of the songs on this week’s top 20 would be seen on the LM Charts which would be broadcast 2 days after this and they were ‘Get Down’, ‘That’s Why I Love You’, ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’. There would be 3 further songs on the LM charts that would eventually make the SA charts.

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