17 August 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
2 3 13 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
3 2 11 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
4 8 8 Time  – Dealians
5 7 10 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
6 4 9 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
7 10 9 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
8 6 16 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
9 5 5 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
10 16 2 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
11 11 15 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
12 19 2 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
13 9 10 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
14 12 15 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
15 15 3 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 14 3 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
17 13 7 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
18 New 1 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
19 New 1 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
20 18 5 My Children, My Wife  – Gus Whyburd

It was now 3 weeks at 1 for Dawn’s ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’. Previous chart topper, Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ moved back up into second place while Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ fell from 2 to 3.

Paul Simon picked up his first biggest climber as a solo artist with a 7 place climb by ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ which moved up from 19 to 12. He had managed 2 biggest climbs as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, one each with ‘Sounds Of Silence’ and ‘Homeward Bound’.

There were 2 other star raters this week and both were by local acts, the first being The Dealians’ ‘Time’ which climbed 4 from 8 to 4 and the other Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ which moved up 6 from 16 to 10.

To win the faller of the week award this week you needed a 4 place drop and 3 songs were up for it. Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ fell from 5 to 9, The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ fell from 9 to 13 and The Blue Ridge Rangers’ ‘Hearts Of Stone’ fell from 13 to 17. It was a first biggest faller for all 3 acts. Interestingly the first 2 mentioned fallers fell into the position that the next mentioned had just vacated.

Someone who had been avoiding fallers was Gilbert O’Sullivan. He had reached 30 weeks in the charts this week (the 74th act to do so) without seeing a single biggest faller. He was the 11th act to manage a run of 30 weeks without a faller with 3 of those acts going past the 40 week mark and this included The Seekers who held the record to date 57 weeks without seeing a faller (they ruined their copybook in their 38th week).

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ eventually lived up to its name and was out of the top 20. It spent 21 weeks with us, 5 of which were at the top spot. His other 3 songs to chart so far had all spent 10 weeks in the chart so ‘Can’t Keep It In’ bucked that trend. His other 3 had peaked at 2, 4 and 5 so he had a perfect record of at least 10 weeks and a top 10 peak for all his songs so far and was the 7th act so far to see their first 4 hits go top 10 and spend 10 or more weeks in the charts. Of those 7, 3 (The Beach Boys, Chris Andrews and Middle Of the Road) had also managed it with their 5th hit. No act would ever see their first 6 hits achieve this. With ‘Can’t keep It In ‘ having been the oldest on the chart last week, we now had to look to Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never Never, Never’ on 16 weeks for the new oldest.

John Edmond’s ‘Toy Train’ also left the station. It had been with us for 18 weeks and peaked at 6 and like Cat Stevens Edmond had just seen his best performing song to date as it went 1 place higher and spent 1 more week than his previous hit (and best performer at that point) ‘Every Day Every Night’. Edmond also had something else in common with Cat Stevens in that both acts had 1 more hit to come.

The first of the new entries this week was Medicine Head’s ‘One & One Is One’. The band were a British act essentially comprising John Fiddler and Peter Hope-Evans and the former was the one who penned this hit for them. It was their second song to reach the UK charts and its peak there was the sum total of the numbers mentioned in the title (3 for the arithmetically challenged out there). It also managed a number 2 peak in Germany, 3 in Austria, 6 in Holland and 13 in Belgium as well as managing to get to number 14 on the LM Radio charts.

Vicky Leandros returned to the charts with her third hit, ‘When Bouzoukis Played’. This was an English version of her German language hit ‘Die Bouzouki Klang Durch Die Sommernacht’. The latter version made it to 2 in Switzerland, 4 in Germany, 9 in Austria, 5 in Holland and 12 in Belgium. Two of the four songwriters (Klaus Munro and Mario Panas) would also be responsible for writing ‘Hey Joe MacKenzie’ which would be translated into Afrikaans and be a hit for Glenys Lynne as ‘Haai Casanova’. Leandros, who was from Greece, was the 6th act who was not from The US, The UK or South Africa to see a 3rd hit chart. The Seekers from Australia led the way in this category having seen 7 hits. Leandros’ 3 hits represented the sum total of hits by Greek acts to date and Greece sat 12th on the list of number of hits by a nation, moving ahead of New Zealand and Spain who were on 2.

On the local weeks count list we saw Lauren Copley moving up to tied 8th place alongside The Peanut Butter Conspiracy with 48 weeks to her name.

Peter Lotis was enjoying seeing his highest peak to date as ‘Sunday Girl’ moved into 7th place. His previous best was 9th place which ‘Honey’ had managed.

The American acts reached a landmark 3,000 weeks in the charts and counting them from number 1 downwards, it would be The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ that brought up this total for them. With 3 further American acts being lower in the charts than The Temptations’ hit, their total was 3,003 and they were just 45 weeks behind the Brits who sat on 3,048

Aside from Gilbert O’Sullivan reaching 30 weeks as mentioned above, we saw Richard Jon Smith reach the 20 weeks milestone and he was the 123rd act overall and the 34th local act to do so.

The average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us dropped below 8 for the first time in 14 weeks as it fell to 7.85.

This week also saw Three Dog Nights’ ‘Shambala’ move above B.W. Stevenson’s version for the first time. Both songs had been with us for 3 weeks and Stevenson’s had been more popular for the first 2.

This was also the 22nd time we saw 3 of the top 5 songs be by local acts with Lauren Copley at 2, Richard Jon Smith at 3 and The Dealians at 4. There had only been 1 occasion where we had managed 4 of the top 5 and that was back in the November of 1972. This would never be seen again.

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