9 November 1973

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

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 with the former chart topper, The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ sitting unmoved at 2. This was the 160th week we had seen an American act at the top of the charts and the Americans were now 11 weeks behind the Brits who led the way with their acts having seen 171 weeks so far.

There were 2 songs that shared the climber of the week award and they were The Sweet’s ‘Ballroom Blitz’ and Johnny Gibson’s ‘My Daddy Was A Rock ‘n Roll Man’ which both climbed 5 places to land at 10 and 13 respectively. It was The Sweet’s 10th time with the climber award and they were the 3rd of only 10 acts who would reach double figures for number of climbers. These were also the only 2 star raters this week.

Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ took the faller of the week award with a 4 place drop for 10 to 14. The song had been a biggest faller 12 weeks previously and this was the second biggest gap between fallers that a song had seen. Only the 15 week gap that Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ was bigger. There would only be 2 more songs that would see a bigger gap than ‘Ashes Of Love’ had just seen.

Despite the disappointment of being a biggest faller again, Dickey Lee could take heart from the fact that his song was the oldest on the charts as the previous oldest, Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ fell off the charts. ‘Ashes Of Love’ was on 17 weeks. After a false start of just 1 week in the charts, ‘Maori Love Song’ re-entered and managed an all time 2nd best weeks run for a re-entry of 20 weeks, bringing its total weeks count to 21. It peaked at 5 during its time in the charts and this was the lowest peak for a song spending 21 or more weeks in the charts. ‘Maori Love Song’ would be Double Vision’s only SA chart hit.

We also said goodbye to the second version of ‘Shamabala’. B.W. Stevenson’s version had fared better than the Three Dog Night one as it lasted 14 weeks and peaked at 8 while the latter only managed 11 weeks and peaked at 13. And while the departure of Three Dog Night’s ‘Shambala’ from the charts brought an end to their chart career, it would not have the same effect for Stevenson. In total ‘Shamabala’ managed 25 weeks between its 2 versions and with was the tied 9th best weeks count for a song charting in more than 1 version.

Also going was Vicky Leandros’ ‘When Bouzoukis Played’. It had been with us for 12 weeks and peaked 7 and was the first of her 3 hits to date not to manage at least 20 weeks in the charts.

All 3 of the new entries were by local acts which brought the local hit count up to a record equalling 10. The only other time this figure had been this high was back in July 1971, 122 weeks previously.

The first of the new entries marked the return of Four Jacks & A Jill. Just 2 weeks previously, we had seen a new record for gaps between hits for local acts as Johnny Gibson saw 275 weeks between his previous hit and his current one. Four Jacks & A Jill went 10 weeks better as it had been 285 weeks since they were last seen in the charts with ‘Mr Nico’. Overall, this was the 3rd biggest gap we had seen so far with Jonathan King’s 292 weeks (this counts his hit under the name Sakkarin as being him) and Perry Como’s 384 weeks being the overall biggest gaps so far. ‘Universal Feeling’ was written by A. Gold And A Goldstein. The band were busy touring the country with Double Vision (who left the charts this week as support) and ‘Universal Feeling’ became their 8th song to chart. They were now in second place for hits count by local acts with Billy Forrest on 9 leading the way.

Lionel Petersen made his first solo chart appearance with ‘Come Back Liza’. He had already featured on the charts doing lead vocals on The Invaders’ January 1971 hit ‘There’s A Light There’s A Way’ (3 weeks, peak of 18) and was a member of The Miracles who charted in 1972 with ‘Sweet City Woman’. ‘Come Back Liza’ was recorded by Harry Belafonte for his ‘Calypso’ album in 1956. The album made it to the top of the US charts, but his version of the song was not released as a single.

Last of the newcomers was Jessica Jones’ 3rd hit, ‘Waikiki Man’. The song was written by Peter Koelewijn who had also written Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hand And Stamp Your Feet’. Like Maria’s hit, ‘Waikiki Man’ was recorded by Dutch singer Bonnie St Clair and her version made it to 4 in Belgium, 5 in Holland, 14 in Austria and 30 in Germany. Jessica did have some international success with her version as it made number 7 on the New Zealand charts.

Positions 3, 4 and 5 were occupied by local acts (Barbara Ray, Maria, and Geli & Billy) giving us the 27th time we had 3 in the top 5.

The weeks count for acts from The Netherlands moved on to 64 and they pulled 1 ahead of acts from France. The Netherlands were 8th overall for weeks and the French 9th.

Barbara Ray became the 30th act to reach 60 weeks in the charts and she was the second woman and 7th local act to do so.

The Sweet’s weeks count moved on to 82 and they moved into tied 14th place on the weeks count list, joining Chris Andrews there. On the local list, Billy Forrest drew level in 4th place with John Edmond on 63 weeks. Maria moved 1 week ahead of Groep Twee but still sat in 16th place while Groep Twee dropped into 17th. The Rising Sons returned to the top 20 of the local weeks count list as their 31 weeks to date put them tied 19th with Peter Lotis and Des Lindberg. The Rising Sons had been missing from the top 20 of the local weeks count list for 47 weeks.

Barbara Ray also celebrated moving past the 700 points mark. She was the 27th act to do this and the first woman. Vicky Leadros had the second highest score for a woman as she was on 691 with Petula Clark being 3rd on 690. Ray’s points total of 715 was the 5th highest to date for a local act.

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