26 October 1973


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

‘Baby Blue’ hung on to the top spot to make it 3 weeks in a row there. This brought up the 10th week where a song by an act from The Netherlands had been the nation’s favourite. Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ was unmoved at 2 and had been sitting there since ‘Baby Blue’ dethroned it from the number 1 position.

It took only a 3 place jump to be climber of the week and 2 songs managed this. The first of these was the local duo of Geli & Billy which climbed from 10 to 7. Billy Forrest (the Billy in the duet) had now seen 7 biggest climbers and he moved into the outright lead for this for local acts, going 1 ahead of Barbara Ray whom he shared the lead with until this week. Only 4 local acts would see 7 or more biggest climbers while 35 acts overall would do so. Albert Hammond had picked up 3 biggest climbers with songs that he had written, but this week saw him picking up the award for the first time as an artist. ‘The Free Electric Band’ moved up 3 from 20 to 17 to share the award with Geli & Billy. There were no star rater climbs this week.

Paul Simon picked up his second biggest faller award as a solo artist with a 3 place drop from 3 to 6 by ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’. Simon had managed to go 49 weeks alongside his partner Art Garfunkel without seeing a single biggest faller, but now he had 2 as a solo artist.

Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ joined the 20 week club as it total ticked over to 20 although this was done in an initial run of 1 week and now a further 19. It was the song’s second week as the oldest in the top 20.

‘She (Didn’t Remember My Name)’ by Osmosis was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts. It had only been with us for 3 weeks all of which were spent at number 19. This would be the only song that would ever make our charts to have such a run and was the 1st of 4 songs that would have a run of 3 weeks in the charts all of which were spent in the same position. Spending the 3 weeks at 19 would be the highest charting of the 4 songs with 1 spending 3 weeks at 20 while 2 would spend 3 weeks at 28 once the charts were extended to a top 30. ‘She (Didn’t Remember My Name)’ would be Osmosis’ only SA chart hit.

We also bid farewell to the ‘Long Train Runnin’ that The Doobie Brothers were driving. It spent 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 11. They would return to our charts at a later date.

The Sweet clocked up a 7th hit as ‘The Ballroom Blitz’ entered the charts at 19. They were the 29th act to reach this many hits. This was an 8th hit for the songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. The song topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany and Ireland, made number 2 in Holland, Norway and the UK, 3 in Sweden and Switzerland, 5 in the US and Austria and 10 in Finland. In 1992 Tia Carrere performed a blistering cover of the song in the film ‘Wayne’s World’

The second new entry was ‘My Daddy Was A Rock ‘N Roll Man’ by British born local lad Johnny Gibson. He was last seen on the charts with his hit ‘Silver And Blue’ 275 weeks previously. This was a new record for gaps between hits by a local act, beating Peter Lotis’ record of 258 weeks between hits. Gibson’s 275 week gap was the 4th biggest overall we had seen to date from any act with Perry Como’s 384 week gap being the biggest to date. Gibson penned ‘My Daddy Was A Rock ‘N Roll Man’ along with Roy Sathige. Depending on which comment you read on the Youtube video for this song, Gibson either passed away a few years back, or is alive and well and living in Northern Ireland (maybe he’s hanging out with Elvis?). His sister Marie would have a hit on the Springbok charts in 1976.

With Maria, Tommy Oliver and Barbara Ray all being in the top 5, we saw the 25th time local acts had 3 in the top 5. The best we had ever seen (and included in the 25 time to date) was a week back in November 1972 when we had 4 of the top 5 as local acts. It was also the 45th week where we had more local acts in the charts than from any other nation with 7 of the top 20 being by SA acts, 5 by Brits, 4 by Americans, and Australia, Greece, The Netherlands and New Zealand contribution 1 hit each.

The Netherlands pulled 1 ahead of the Jamaicans for weeks in the charts with acts from the former having clocked up 62 compared to the 61 acts from the latter had managed. The Netherlands were 9th on the overall list of weeks by a nation while Jamaica dropped into 10th place.

While Double Vision became the 128th act to spend 20 weeks on the charts, The Sweet were enjoying their 80th and they sat 18th on the overall weeks count list.

On the local weeks count list we saw Maria move up into tied 17th place alongside Murray Campbell with both acts having spent 33 weeks with us.

This week also saw the 6th time we had acts with the first name Tommy sitting in adjacent places on the charts as Tommy Overstreet was at 3 and Tommy Oliver was at 4. We had seen 3 times when Tommy Roe and Tommy James & The Shondells had sat next to each other, once when Tommy Roe had 2 of his hits in adjacent positions and last week we had seen the Overstreet/Dell combination as well.  This would, however, be the last time the Tommy’s teamed up in such a manner.

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