13 July 1973

copley_kentucky

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
2 11 4 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
3 4 10 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
4 3 7 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
5 2 11 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
6 6 17 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
7 9 12 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
8 8 14 Toy Train  – John Edmond
9 5 10 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
10 13 5 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
11 10 6 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
12 7 17 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
13 19 3 Time  – Dealians
14 12 23 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
15 16 20 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
16 17 5 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
17 18 4 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
18 15 7 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu
19 14 13 Daniel  – Elton John
20 20 2 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers

Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ enjoyed a second week at number 1, but was under immense pressure from Perry Como’s ‘And I Love You So’ which climbed 9 places from 11 to 2 to be the biggest climber for the 3rd week in a row. This was the second song that had managed the biggest climb 3 weeks running. The first to manage this was Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’.

Aside from Perry Como’s hit, The Dealians’ ‘Time’ was the only other star rarter this week. It climbed 6 from 19 to 13 and was the band’s 4th time with a star rater climb.

Two songs took the faller of the week award and neither of them were strangers to doing so. Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ picked up the award for a second week running as it fell 5 from 14 to 19 while Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ was experiencing its’ 3rd time with the award as it fell 5 from 7 to 12. This was the 12th song so far to experience 3 biggest fallers with The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ being the only song so far to manage 4.

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ was still the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 23 weeks and had been the oldest for 4 weeks.

This week was the 8th time we saw no movement on or off the charts with one of the previous occasions being when the chart was frozen over the Easter weekend.

Perry Como and Peter Lotis, who had recently set new records for gaps between hits (Como overall and Lotis for an SA act), both celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart mark. There had now been 121 acts to reach this milestone. Gilbert O’Sullivan meanwhile was extending his lead for weeks in the chart by an Irish act. He was on 25 now and was 9 ahead of second placed Joe Dolan who sat on 16.

On the local weeks count list we saw The Dealians move 1 ahead of Jessica Jones as their total ticked over to 38. They sat unmoved at 13th on the list while Jones slipped into 14th place.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ ticked over to 20 weeks in the charts and she became just the second act to have seen 2 hits reach the 20 weeks in the charts. Her previous hit, ‘Come What May’ managed 23. The only other act so far to see two 20-weekers was Four Jacks & A Jill.

Just 4 of the songs on this week’s chart would be on the UK charts for the same week and 6 would be on the US charts. The UK charts at that stage were only a top 50 whereas the US chart was already a top 100. Of the 6 that were in the US charts, only 4 were in the top 50 and they were ‘The Morning After’ at 29, ‘Get Down’ at 31, ‘And I Love You So’ at 45 and ‘Never, Never, Never’ at 48. The 4 of the UK charts were ‘And I Love You So’ at 16, ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ at 20, ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ at 26 and ‘Never, Never, Never’ at 48.

Silly observation of the week – this was the first time the first letters of the acts at 1 and 2 spelt out ‘LP’ despite this being a singles chart.

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