12 October 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
2 1 10 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
3 6 6 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
4 3 10 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
5 5 13 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
6 17 2 Heaven is My Woman’s Love  – Tommy Overstreet
7 4 9 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
8 8 11 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
9 18 2 Funny Face  – Barbara Ray
10 9 18 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
11 12 4 Smoke on the Water  – Deep Purple
12 10 5 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
13 7 9 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros
14 20 2 Do You Love Me  – Geli & Billy
15 13 20 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
16 11 7 Long Train Runnin’  – Doobie Brothers
17 15 11 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
18 New 1 Going Down Jordan  – Rising Sons
19 19 2 She (Didn’t Remember My Name)  – Osmosis
20 New 1 Delta Dawn  – Helen Reddy

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ took over the top spot from Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ after the latter had seen 2 runs of 2 weeks each at number 1. ‘Baby Blue’ was the 9th song by an act that was not from the US, the UK or SA to make number 1 and this put The Netherlands in the lead for number 1s by a non-big 3 nation as this was the 3rd by a Dutch act to make the top spot (previous ones were Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ and Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’). Germany had seen 2 chart toppers while Australia, France, Italy and Greece had 1 apiece. This was also the 8th week we had seen with a chart topper from The Netherlands and this moved the Dutch 1 ahead of the Germans for weeks at 1 and they were the leading non-big 3 nation in this category too.

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ gave us the 21st occasion that we had a climb of 11 or more places in a week as it jumped from 17 to 6. This was the climber of the week. Also moving up at star rater pace was Barbara Ray’s ‘Funny Face’ which moved up 9 from 18 to 9 and Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ which moved up 6 from 20 to 14. Ray’s 9 place climb was the 10th of at least this magnitude that we had seen so far from a local act and Ray would be the only local act to manage this twice as she had previously seen ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ climb 9 in a week.

Falling honours went to Vicky Leandros’ ‘When Bouzoukis Played’ which dropped 6 from 7 to 13. This was her 4th time with the award.

Dawn’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ was the oldest on the chart for a second week. It had been with us for 20 weeks and was the 29th song to reach this milestone.

We said goodbye to 2 songs, the first of which was Perry Como’s ‘And I Love You So’ which had weeks and peak figures exactly matching his only other hit to date, ‘Stand Beside Me’, both of which had spent 16 weeks in the charts and peaked at 2. ‘And I Love You So’ just pipped ‘Stand Beside Me’ for points as it managed 194 to the latter’s 186.

We called time on The Dealians as their ‘Time’ also dropped off the top 20 and it would be their last SA chart hit. It had seen a run of 15 weeks and a peak of 5. The Dealians had seen a total of 5 songs make the charts, enjoyed 50 weeks in the top 20  with their first hit, ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ being their most successful, peaking at 1 for 3 weeks back in the January of 1971.

The first of the new entries was The Rising Sons with their 4th hit to date, ‘Going Down Jordan’. The song was a cover of a 1961 song by Harry Belafonte which appeared on his ‘Jump Up Calypso’ album. The song by Belafonte did not chart in either the UK or US. In 1971 The Les Humphries Singers’ also covered the song. Their version did not chart in the US either, but made number 3 in Germany and Switzerland and 9 in Holland. The Rising Sons were the 5th act to chart who had spent at least 1 week in the chart every year since 1970 with the Bee Gees being the only 1 of those 5 whose run went further back as they had seen chart action every year going back to 1967.

New to the charts (both the song and the artist) was Helen Reddy’s ‘Delta Down’. This was the 12th song by an Australian to hit our charts (note: I have classified Helen as Australian as most chart books do despite Wikipedia calling her an Australian-American) and the 1st by an Aussie woman. ‘Delta Dawn’ was first recorded in 1971 by Alex Harvey (not the one from The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) who wrote it with Larry Collins, but its first success was when Tanya Tucker took it to number 6 on the Billboard Country Charts and 72 on the main Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. But when Helen Reddy laid her hands (or should one say vocal chords) on it, she took it to the top of the US charts, dislodging Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ from the top spot there.

Dave Edmunds and Deep Purple both celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart mark and if you count Tony Orlando’s chart career from when he was given a separate credit as the artists on ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’ (previous releases had been just as Dawn, although he was involved in those), then he was also celebrating reaching 20 weeks. This brought the total of artists who had reached this many weeks to 127.

The George Baker Selection set a new high for weeks by acts from The Netherlands as their total moved on to 17 putting them 1 ahead of Tee Set and The Shuffles.

Maria joined Peter Lotis and Des Lindberg in tied 18th place on the local weeks count list with 31 weeks to her name while Dickie Loader dropped off the top 20 of that list.

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