2 November 1973


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 Heaven is My Woman’s Love  – Tommy Overstreet
2 1 10 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
3 2 13 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
4 4 9 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
5 7 5 Do You Love Me  – Geli & Billy
6 5 5 Funny Face  – Barbara Ray
7 10 7 Smoke on the Water  – Deep Purple
8 6 13 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
9 9 12 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
10 8 16 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
11 13 4 Going Down Jordan  – Rising Sons
12 11 8 Born to be with You  – Dave Edmunds
13 15 4 Delta Dawn  – Helen Reddy
14 12 21 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
15 19 2 The Ballroom Blitz  – Sweet
16 17 3 The Free Electric Band  – Albert Hammond
17 18 3 I Can’t Go Home to Mary  – Dave Mills
18 20 2 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man  – Johnny Gibson
19 14 14 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
20 16 12 When Bouzoukis Played  – Vicky Leandros

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ became the 54th chart topper by an American act as the song knocked The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ from the top spot this week. The latter had been at number 1 for 3 weeks. ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ was the first of 3 songs that had the word ‘heaven’ in the title to make number 1. ‘Baby Blue’ dropped to number 2.

The Sweet became the 5th of 12 acts that would eventually see 9 or more biggest climbers as their ‘Ballroom Blitz’ took the honours with a 4 place climb from 19 top 15. This would be their 11th star rater and they were the 17th act to see this many star raters. There were no other star raters this week.

Falling honours went to B.W. Stevenson’s ‘Shambala’ which  dropped 5 from 14 to 19. It was the second time the song had taken the award and as it was Stevenson’s only hit to date, also his second time with the award. Three Dog Night’s version of the song had never experienced anything more than a 2 place drop in any week.

Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ moved on to 21 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its 3rd as the oldest in the top 20.

This week was the 10th time there were no new entries and no songs leaving the chart. It was the 5th time this had happened in 1973 which was the record to date for number of times in a year.

Rising Sons celebrated 30 weeks in the charts and in that time they had never experienced having a biggest faller. 12 acts so far had managed a run of at least 30 weeks without a biggest faller and Rising Sons were the second local act after John Edmond to do this. There would be 2 more local acts that would manage to spend 30 weeks in the charts without having a biggest faller.

The Netherlands who pulled ahead of Jamaica last week for week in the charts, now drew level with the French with both nations having seen their acts spent 63 weeks in total in the charts. They sat tied 8th on the weeks by a nation list.

We saw a second consecutive week with 3 of the top 5 being by local acts with Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ moving up into the top 5 to replace Barbara Rays’ ‘Funny Face’ which dropped to 6. This was the 26th week where we had at least 3 of the top 5 by local acts.

The George Baker Selection celebrated their 20th week in the charts. They were the 12 act not from SA, the UK or the US to reach this total.

It had been 22 weeks since we last saw a change in the top 20 of the overall weeks count list and that stalemate was finally broken by The Sweet as their 81 weeks to date moved them up from 18th into tied 15th place alongside Cliff Richard, Manfred Mann and Middle Of The Road. Of the 3 that The Sweet shared a place with, only Cliff Richard had not finished his SA chart career.

On the local list we saw Billy Forrest move level with Alan Garrity on 62 weeks and they sat tied 5th. Maria moved into tied 16th place with Groep Twee with 34 weeks to her name.

Paul Simon became the 47th act to reach the 500 points in the charts mark as his total ticked over to

  1. He was the 16th male artist to reach this total.

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