21 September 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
2 2 7 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
3 5 4 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
4 3 6 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
5 4 10 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
6 6 16 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
7 7 17 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
8 9 15 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
9 11 6 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
10 10 8 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
11 8 14 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
12 13 13 Time  – Dealians
13 15 8 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
14 12 18 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
15 17 3 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
16 16 21 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
17 18 4 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
18 14 14 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
19 19 2 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
20 New 1 Smoke on the Water  – Deep Purple

Having gained the top spot last week, Paul Simon’s Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ hung on to it to make it 2 weeks at number 1. The previous chart topper, Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’, was unmoved at 2.

To be the biggest climber of the week this week, a song merely had to move up 2 places and 4 songs were up to this task. Last week’s ‘biggest climber, The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ moved up to 3, Vicky Leandros’ ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ moved up to 9, Three Dog Night’s ‘Shambala’ was up to 13 while Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ found its new home at 15. Leadros was the 5th woman to reach 4 biggest climbers.

Peter Lotis’ ‘Sunday Girl’ took the biggest faller award with a 4 place drop from 14 to 18. This was the 25th time we had seen local acts take climber and faller in the week as Tommy Oliver was on the climber of the week list above.

‘Never, Never, Never’ by Shirley Bassey remained the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 21 weeks with us and it had been the oldest now for 6 weeks.

Billy Preston’s ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’ became the 34th song to have a chart run of just 1 week at number 20. Of these 34, 9 were either re-entries or would re-enter the charts. Preston was the 10th act for whom a week at 20 would be the sum total of their SA chart career.

The new entry on the chart would go on to become an all-time classic. Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’ often appears on lists of greatest songs of all times. It was ranked 426 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list published in 2004. ‘Smoke On The Water’ followed up Deep Purple’s 1970 success in SA when ‘Black Night’ went to number 6. It made it to number 4 in the US, 2 in Canada, 11 in Holland and Austria, 20 in Germany, 27 in Belgium as well as peaking at 54 in Australia and 64 in France. Interestingly it did not chart in the UK immediately, but in 1977 made it to number 21 there. Deep Purple had been out of our top 20 for 140 weeks and this was the 23rd biggest gap between hits that we had seen to date.

Acts from Greece caught up with those from Italy for weeks on the charts as the Greeks now had 49 to their name and they moved level with Italy into tied 11th place on the list of weeks on the charts by artists from a nation. All Greece’s weeks so far had been courtesy of Vicky Leandros.

Perry Como and Peter Lotis both reached the 30 weeks in the charts milestone and were the 75th and 76th to do so. Lotis was the 20th local act to manage this had he moved into tied 19th spot on the local weeks count list, joining Dickie Loader there. The Dealians moved into tied 9th on that list, sharing the spot with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, both acts being on 48 weeks.

The slightly offbeat stat for this week was that the top 20 featured a record to date 7 acts whose names started with the letter ‘D’.

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