20 July 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
2 5 12 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
3 4 8 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
4 11 7 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
5 3 11 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
6 2 5 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
7 9 11 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
8 13 4 Time  – Dealians
9 10 6 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
10 6 18 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
11 8 15 Toy Train  – John Edmond
12 16 6 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
13 7 13 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
14 17 5 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
15 14 24 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
16 New 1 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
17 20 3 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
18 12 18 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
19 New 1 My Children, My Wife  – Gus Whyburd
20 19 14 Daniel  – Elton John

Lauren Copley hung on to the top spot with ‘Kentucky Blues’ and this was the song’s 3rd week at 1. Given that the 4 weeks prior to ‘Kentucky Blues’ becoming number 1 saw Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ at the top of the charts, this equalled the record to date of 7 consecutive week with a solo woman at the top of the charts. We had seen this happen on 2 previous occasions, one with Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ and Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ combining to reach the 7 weeks and the time before that it was 7 straight weeks for Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’.

And talking of Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’, it got a renewed lease on life as it moved back up the charts from 5 to 2 to give us the 11th time we saw the top 2 spots being occupied by solo female artists.

After 3 consecutive weeks as the biggest climber, it was difficult for Perry Como to continue that run, especially as it was at 2 last week. It ended up dropping 4 to 6 while it was Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ which would take the climber award as it moved up 7 from 11 to 4. Smith would see 2 more occasions where he had a 7 place climb, but he would never manage anything bigger.

The Dealian’s ‘Time’ and Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ were both star raters with the former climbing 5 places from 13 to 8 and the latter moving up 4 from 16 to 12. It was The Dealians’ 5th time with a star rater climb and they were the 10th local act to reach this many.

There were 2 biggest fallers this week. Little Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ dropped 6 from 7 to 13 and Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ fell its 6 places from 12 to 18. It was the 4th time ‘The Morning After’ had been the biggest faller and this was only the second song to manage 4 such awards. The previous one to do so was The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ and these 2 songs would be the only ones to manage the all time record of 4 biggest faller awards.

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ moved on to 24 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its 5th week as the oldest.

Letta Mbulu’s SA chart career came to an end as ‘I’ll Never be the Same’ fell off the top 20 after a run of 7 weeks and a peak pf 13. This was a peak 10 places lower and a weeks count of 10 less than her previous hit, ‘I Need Your Love’. Her 2 hits gave her a total of 24 weeks in the chart and the peak of 3 that her first hit managed was her best.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ was the other song to go. It had spent 20 weeks in the charts and peaked at 2, being out-weeked and out-peaked by her previous hit, ‘Come What May’ which managed 23 weeks and topped the charts. There would be more to come from Vicky.

The departure of Letta and Vicky from the charts meant that the number of hits by solo female artists dropped down to 3. It had been 35 weeks since this total was as low as 3.

The first of the new entries this week was Dickie Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’. Known as Royden Dickey Lipscomb to his mum, Lee took ‘Ashes Of Love’ to number 15 on the US Country Music charts. His first hit in the US was ‘Patches’ which our Jody Wayne had a number 13 hit with in 1966.

The other new entry was a local artist, Gus Whyburd with his song ‘My Children, My Wife’. There is not a lot of information about Gus out there. He was apparently discovered by Gerry Bosman and won the Sarie for ‘Song Of The Year’ with ‘My Children, My Wife’. He also produced a number of other singles (“Don’t Separate Them”, “When I Leave This World Behind” “Maree Oh Maree”, “Daddy Please Don’t Go”, and “Hello Darlin’”) none of which made the SA charts. There is an obituary online dated 25 July 2013 which was published in the Cape Times and is to a Ralph Whyburd which reads “Dearest Gus, much loved brother passed away suddenly. Will be sadly missed by us all. We will miss that great singing voice”. I am guessing that this is the same Gus.

There were 11 songs on the chart this week that were by solo male artists and this was the 80th week where the men had accounted for at least half of the top 20.

Double Vision clocked up the 14th week in the charts for New Zealand acts (they had 6 and John Rowles accounted for the other 8) and New Zealand now sat tied 14th with Argentina for weeks in the chart by a nation.

John Edmond became the 28th act overall and the 5th local one to reach the 60 weeks in the chart milestone. And while on the subject of local artists’ weeks count, we saw The Dealians move into tied 12th place with Gene Rockwell on the local weeks count list with both acts sitting on 39 weeks.

Lauren Copley joined the 500 points club as her total ticked over to 511. She was the 45th act to reach this total, the 8th local act and the 7th female artist to do so.

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