14 September 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
2 1 6 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
3 9 5 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
4 7 9 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
5 15 3 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
6 6 15 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
7 3 16 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
8 4 13 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
9 11 14 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
10 12 7 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
11 10 5 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
12 8 17 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
13 5 12 Time  – Dealians
14 14 13 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
15 16 7 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 13 20 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
17 20 2 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
18 17 3 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
19 New 1 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
20 New 1 Will it Go Round in Circles  – Billy Preston

Paul Simon became the 5th act to see his first 2 SA chart hits go to number 1 as ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ followed up the success of ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and took the number 1 spot from Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’. The previous artists to manage this were Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra (his second hit was his duet with is daughter Nancy), Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Sweet. In total 9 acts would eventually see their first 2 SA chart hits go to number 1.

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ took the climber of the week award with a 10 place jump from 15 to 5. This was the highest placing in the charts that The George Baker Selection had seen so far. We had seen a 10 place or more climb 48 times so far but this was only the 3rd time an act from outside The UK, The US and SA had managed it. The George Baker Selection were from The Netherlands. The previous 2 non-big 3 acts to see a 10 or more place climb (and both of them manged a 12 place climb) were The Seekers from Australia and The Paul Maurait Orchestra from France.

Medicine Head’s ‘One & One Is One’ was the only other star rater climber this week. It moved up 6 places from 9 to 3.

The faller award went to The Dealians’ ‘Time’ which dropped 8 from 5 to 13. This was their 3rd time with the award and the 7th time of 24 that a local act would see a fall of 8 or more places in a week.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ was still the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 20 weeks now and had been the oldest for 5. It was the 28th song to manage 20 weeks in the charts and the 8th by a solo female act to do so.

Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It managed a run of 18 weeks and peaked at 5. This would be their only SA chart hit, but band member Gerry Rafferty would return with some solo hits.

We also said goodbye to The Blue Ridge Rangers’ ‘Hearts Of Stone’ which had peaked at 13 during its 10 week run on the charts. John Fogarty, who was essentially the Blue Ridge Rangers, would see solo success on the Radio 5 charts in the 80s, but that success would not cross over to the official charts. Including his success with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogarty saw 13 hits (2 as Blue Ridge Rangers and 11 as a member of Creedence) and spent 138 weeks in the charts (11 as Blue Ridge Rangers and 118 as a member of Creedence).

Dave Edmunds returned to our charts this week. He was last seen in the top 20 on 26 March 1971 with ‘I Hear You Knocking’, 129 weeks previously. This was the 44th time we had seen a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits and was the 24th biggest gap to date. His new one was ‘Born To be With You’ which entered the charts at number 19. We had missed out on his hit ‘Baby I Love You’ which had got to number 8 in the UK in the interim period, but did not chart in SA. ‘Born To Be With You’ made number 5 in the UK and scraped a 96 peak in Australia. The song was a cover of the 1956 hit by The Chordettes which had made it to number 5 in the US and 8 in the UK that year. Dion (of Dion and the Belmonts fame) would also cover the song but his version would not chart.

The other new entry was the last of The Beatles members to chart if you accept Billy Preston as the 5th Beatle (a title bestowed on a number of people including original band members Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best as well as others connected to the band such as George Martin and Eric Clapton). Preston’s song ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’ entered the chart at number 20. The song had spent 2 weeks at the top of the US charts earlier in the year (7 & 14 July) and had made it to number 20 in the UK. It knocked ‘fellow Beatle’ George Harrison’s ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’ from number 1 in the US.

The male artists were the dominant ones in the charts again as 9 of the top 20 were by them with 6 hits being by groups, 4 by solo woman and 1 by a collaborations (if you regard Dawn and Tony Orlando as a collaboration).

124 acts so far had spent 20 or more weeks in the charts with Shirley Bassey being the latest addition to that list this week. She was the 18th woman to manage it.

Tidal Wave dropped out of the top 20 of the local weeks count list. They had shared 20th place with Peter Lotis last week, but Lotis moved 1 ahead of them this week with 29 to his name, so Tidal Wave dropped into 21st place.

‘Shambala’ continued to move up the list of weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. Both B.W. Stevenson’s and Three Dog Night’s versions had been with us for 7 weeks, giving the song a total of 14. This put it tied 22nd with ‘Everybody Knows’ (Dave Clark Five and Engelbert Humperdinck) and ‘Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”’ (Henry Mancini and Jody Wayne).

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