28 September 1973

maria-clap-your-hands-and-stamp-your-feet-epidemic

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
2 3 5 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
3 1 8 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
4 5 11 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
5 4 7 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
6 8 16 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
7 9 7 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
8 10 9 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
9 7 18 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
10 15 4 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
11 12 14 Time  – Dealians
12 17 5 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
13 13 9 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
14 11 15 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
15 6 17 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
16 14 19 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
17 18 15 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
18 19 3 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
19 20 2 Smoke on the Water  – Deep Purple
20 16 22 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey

Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ became the 15th song to regain the top spot after having dropped off it. Of those 15 there were 3 which regained the number 1 spot twice. Maria’s hit dislodged Paul Simon’s ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ after the latter had been at 1 for 2 weeks. ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ had spent 2 weeks at 1 in its first run there so its total weeks at 1 now moved on to 3.

There were 2 songs that climb 5 places and this was the biggest climb this week.               Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ moved up from 15 to 10 and The Doobie Brother’s ‘Long Train Runnin’, which had spent 4 weeks not doing much between positions 17, 18 and 19, suddenly had a popularity spurt and jumped 5 from 17 to 12. It was ‘I Wanna Live’s second week running with the biggest climber award. These 2 were the only star raters this week.

This week saw the 26th time we had a local act in the biggest climber and biggest faller lists as Richard Jon Smith headed in the opposite direction to Tommy Oliver. Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ fell 9 places from 6 to 15. This was the 3rd biggest drop in a week that we had seen by a local act with only Gene Rockwell’s 10 place drop with ‘Love’ and Barbara Ray’s ’11 place plummet with ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ having seen bigger falls. In total we would see 9 local songs experience a fall of 9 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 22 weeks and spent 7 of those as the oldest.

This week saw the 16th occasion when there was no movement on or off the charts. Included in the figure of 16 was a week where the charts were frozen over the Easter weekend.

There were 5 songs on the chart that had peaked at number 1 (including this week’s chart topper). We had seen weeks with 6 and on 2 occasions we had been graced with 7 chart toppers on the top 20. In total we had seen 62 weeks where 5 or more songs in the chart had managed to get to number 1. This week there was only 1 song in the top 20 that hadn’t yet reached number 1 but would do so in future weeks. This was not so uncommon as we had seen 47 weeks where there were no future chart toppers in the top 20 and a further 189 where there was just 1.

Vicky Leandros celebrated reaching the 50 weeks in the charts and was the 41st act and 7th woman to manage this. As she had been the only Greek act to chart so far, the nation’s week count total also moved on to 50 and was the 8th nation to reach this total. Greece moved ahead of Italy for weeks as the latter were on 49.

Lauren Copley moved level with Barbara Ray for weeks in the charts. The 2 of them sat on 54 weeks and were the leading local ladies. They were tied 7th highest on the local weeks count list. The Dealians shook off The Peanut Butter Conspiracy as their total moved on to 49. They still sat 9th on the local weeks count list while The Peanut Butter Conspiracy fell to 10th. The final bit of movement on the local weeks count top 20 was Peter Lotis joining Des Lindberg in 18th place with a 31 week total.

On the points front we saw Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ reach the 300 point mark and this was the 20th song to achieve this.

Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ was enjoying its 16th week in the charts overall and its 15th since re-entering the charts. This equalled the second best run by a song returning to the charts as both Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ and The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’ had managed 15 weeks in the top 20 after returning to the charts. The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ held the all time record of 26 weeks.

‘Shambala’ had now accumulated a total of 18 weeks between the 2 charting versions. It moved into tied 18th place for weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version, sharing the spot with ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

The average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us was 10.7 and this was the 11th time that we had seen this average above 10 with the record to date being 11.5. We would not see this average go above 10 again in the top 20 era.

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