19 October 1973

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

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous 2 chart toppers, Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ and Paul Simon’s ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ were at 2 and 3 respectively.

Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ had been a star rater last week with a 6 place climb, but had been beaten by Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ for the climber of the week award. This week, ‘Do You Love Me’ was a star rater climber again, moving up 4 places from 14 to 10, but this week its climb was good enough to take the climber of the week award.

B.W. Stevenson’s ‘Shambala’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 8 to 12. Apart from 1 week during the previous 11, Stevenson’s version had always been placed higher than the Three Dog Night version and this week, it was the only version left of the charts as Three Dog Nights version ended its run in the top 20. The latter version had spent 11 weeks in the charts and peaked at 13. This brought to an end their SA chart career after 3 hits, 29 weeks and a best peak of 1 which ‘Joy To The World’ managed for 3 weeks.

Also leaving the chart was a former chart topper, ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’. It managed 20 weeks in the top 20 and spent 4 of those at number 1. As with Three Dog Night, Dawn had now seen the last of their SA chart action. They managed 4 hits, spent 56 weeks in the charts and as ‘Knock Three Times’ also made number 1 for 6 weeks, they had a total weeks at 1 of 10. So far 11 acts had spent 10 or more weeks at 1. The departure of ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree’ meant that we had a new oldest song in the charts and that was Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ which sat on 19 weeks.

Dave Mills just missed out on joining the 100 weeks between hits club as his new one, ‘I Can’t Go Home To Mary’ entered the charts 99 weeks after his previous hit, ‘Mexico’, departed. Already his new one had a better peak than his previous hit as that had only spent 1 week in the charts and spent that week at 20. This was Mills’ 7 hit to date and he joined Jody Wayne and Four Jacks & A Jill in tied second place for hits by a local act, sitting 2 behind leader Billy Forrest. ‘I Can’t Go Home To Mary’ was written by Terry Dempsey and this was his 23rd hit as a song writer. This put him 5 ahead of Les Reed who had the second highest number of hits as a song writer.

The second new entry was by an artist who had already had 4 hits as a songwriter, but was making his debut as an artist. Albert Hammond had had a hand in writing Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Arrows’, Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ and ‘’You And The Looking Glass’ as well as The Pipkins ‘Gimme Dat Ding’. ‘Make Me An Island’ had reached number 2 which was the best to date for a Hammond composition. He was the 14th person so far who would chart first as a song writer and then make it as a solo artist. Also credited for writing ‘The Free Electric Band’ was Mike Hazelwood who, with Hammond, had co-written all but Leapy Lee’s hit of the ones mentioned above. ‘The Free Electric Band’ made number 19 in the UK and 48 in the US as well as getting to 1 in Norway, 2 in Austria, 3 in Holland, 4 in Germany and Switzerland, 5 in Belgium and 28 in Australia. Hammond received an OBE in 2000 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2008.

Acts from The Netherlands caught up with those form Jamaica for weeks in the chart as the 2 nations has seen their artists spend a total of 61 weeks each in the top 20. They sat tied 9th for weeks in the charts by a nation.

Two local acts celebrated reaching weeks in the chart milestones. Billy Forrest hit the 60 mark while Dave Mills reached 70. Forrest was in 6th place on the local list and just 2 behind 5th places Alan Garrity while Mills sat 2nd, 13 weeks off the pace that The Staccatos had set. Also on the local weeks count list we saw Maria pull 1 ahead of Des Lindberg and Peter Lotis with Maria owning 18th place on her own while Lindberg and Lotis dropped to tied 19th.

Despite losing Three Dog Night’s version, ‘Shambala’ still moved up the list for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as B.W. Stevenson’s version took the song’s total to 23 weeks. It was now tied 11th on the aforementioned list, joining ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Trini Lopez and The Box Tops) in that position.

We saw the average weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us drop to the lowest it had been in 30 weeks as it fell from 7.5 last week to 6.95.

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