3 August 1973


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

Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ became the 6th song to date to reach the top spot for the first time in its 10 week on the chart. 3 songs had previously been on 10 weeks or more when regaining the top spot. Dawn wrestled the number 1 spot from ‘Kentucky Blues’ by Lauren Copley after the latter had spent 4 weeks at 1. It also ended a record to date 8 week run with a solo female artist at number 1 (Dawn was a group not a person).  ‘Kentucky Blues’ dropped to number 2 and was the 10th chart topper in a row to drop to number 2 when vacating the number 1 slot. One had to go back to Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ which dropped to 3 after leaving the top spot to see a song drop to any other place but 2 from the top spot, although it should be noted that this was after its 3rd run at 1.

‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ was the 12th song so far that would top the UK, US and SA charts. The first 4 to top the SA charts that would manage this were by UK acts, but the subsequent 8 had all be American acts.

Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ took the climber of the week award with a 7 place jump from 17 to 10. This was the 12th time we had seen a biggest climber of 7 or more places be the only star rater climb in the week. Of those 12 times, 7 had seen a 7 place climber be the only star rater, we had seen it once with an 8 place climber, twice with a 9 place climber and twice with a 10 place climber.

Little Jimmy Osmonds’ ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ was being the yo-yo of the charts. Two weeks back it was the faller of the week, then last week it had been one of the climbers and now this week it was back to being the faller of the week with an 8 place drop from 11 to 19. We had now seen 58 falls of 8 or more places in a week.

Paul McCartney’s ‘My Love’ became the first of only 2 ex-Beatle songs that would spend just 1 week in the top 20 (there would be a 3rd one that would do so in the top 30 era). It spent its solitary top 20 week at 19. There was still more to come from McCartney.

Also leaving the top 20 was the oldest song on last week’s chart, Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’. It had lasted 25 weeks in the top 20 and spent 5 of those at number 1. This would be Breck’s only SA chart hit. The song that took over as the oldest on the charts was the one that had knocked Breck’s hit off the top spot and that was Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ which was sitting on 20 weeks and was the 27th song to reach this milestone.

In terms of new entries we only had 1 new song on the charts, but 2 new entries. To figure that one out you need to realise that both of the new entries were different versions of the same song. B.W. Stevenson had released his version of ‘Shambala’ about a week before Three Dog Night released theirs. Stevenson’s version entered the US Hot 100 on 12 May 1973 and Three Dog Night’s was in the charts there a week later. It was Three Dog Night’s version that fared the best as it lasted twice as many weeks on the US charts (16 compared to Stevenson’s 8) and peaked at a much higher 3 than Stevenson who only managed to get to number 66. However, in South Africa Stevens was off to a better start, entering our charts at 16 with Three Dog Night lagging a couple of places behind at 18. Neither version made the charts in the UK. It had been 40 weeks since we had last seen a song on our charts that had charted in more than 1 version and that was when ‘Popcorn’ was gracing the top 20.

‘Shambala’ was the 32nd song to chart in more than 1 version. It was B.W. Stevenson’s 1st chart hit and Three Dog Night’s 3rd. The last Three Dog Night hit, ‘Joy To The World’ had left the charts 105 weeks back, making this the 42nd time we had seen a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits by an act. We had now seen 4 times where on consecutive weeks artists had arrived in the charts 100 weeks or more after they were last seen on the top 20. There had also been 5 times where we had 2 acts arriving in the chart in the same week having last seen chart action 100 weeks or more previously. 1 of these occasions was in the first week of one of the 4 consecutive weeks with ‘100 week gappers’ mentioned above.

Cat Stevens became the 38th act to reach the 50 weeks in the chart milestone while on the local weeks front, Lauren Copley moved 1 ahead of The Bats to make 9th place her own with 46 weeks while The Bats dropped to 10 with 45. John Edmond caught up with Alan Garrity at number 4 on the local weeks count list with both acts on 62.

Dawn saw their points tally edge past the 600 mark as they moved on to 607. They were the 34th act to reach this milestone.

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