24 August 1973


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

Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ hung on to the top spot to make it 4 weeks at number 1 now. The biggest challenge to its supremacy came from Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’ which was the climber of the week moving up 8 places from 10 to 2. This was the 8th time we saw a song by a local solo female act move up 8 or more places and Maria was the first to see 2 of them. There would only be 2 more such climbs for local women and both of them would be acts who had seen a climb of 8 or more already. Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ was at 3 and Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ at 4 giving us the 23rd week with 3 local songs in the top 5.

Maria was seeing her highest placing in the charts to date, her previous best was 3 which ‘I’m On Fire’ managed.

Aside from Maria’s 8 place climb, we also saw Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ and Vicky Leandros’ ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ have star rater climbs, both moving up 4 places to land at 5 and 15 respectively.

Last week we mentioned that Gilbert O’Sullivan had managed 30 weeks in the charts without ever suffering a biggest faller. Well that was a commentator’s curse as this week he took the award with a 5 place fall for ‘Get Down’ which dropped from 14 to 19.

Gus Whyburd’s ‘My Children, My Wife’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 17. It was the 4th song to peak at 17 during a 5 week run and only 1 song, The Carpenters’ ‘Hurting Each Other’ which peaked at 18, had a lower peak after spending 5 weeks in the chart although it did exit the chart and then re-enter where all the songs that peaked at 17 in their 5 weeks had unbroken runs. ‘My Children, My Wife’ would be Whyburd’s only SA chart hit.

The local hit count was unaffected by Whyburd’s departure as the new entry was also by a local act, Mynie & Jan, keeping the total in the top 20 at 6. Mynie was Mynie Grové (born Mynie Basson Smit in Cape Town). She met up with Jan Grové and celebrated their top 20 success only a matter of weeks before they celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary. ‘Ek Verlang Nog Altyd’ was the 16th Afrikaans song to chart in SA and the 12th to be a pure Afrikaans song with 3 of the previous hits being a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 being an instrumental hit with an Afrikaans title. Mynie & Jan were the second duet to have an Afrikaans hit, following Al Debbo & Nico Carstens’ ‘Die Tantes Van Nantes’.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the chart as it ticked over to 17 weeks with us.

Lauren Copley went 1 week ahead of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and she stayed 8th on the local weeks count list while the latter dropped into 9th place.

Lauren Copley and Vickey Leandros both moved past the 600 points mark with Copley reaching 605 and Leandros 604. 35 acts so far had accumulated at least 600 points, 5 of which were female artists. Copley was the second local woman after Barbara Ray to reach this milestone.

‘Shambala’ was slowing moving up the list of weeks in the chart for songs charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 8 weeks so far and sat 29th on the list which had 32 songs on it in total at this stage. Stevenson’s version was back ahead of Three Dog Night’s with the former at 13 and the latter at 14. Apart from their first week in the chart when they were separated by 1 song, they had been sitting in adjacent positions ever since.

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