30 November 1973

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Heaven is My Woman’s Love  – Tommy Overstreet
2 2 9 Do You Love Me  – Geli & Billy
3 9 3 Angie  – Rolling Stones
4 4 14 Baby Blue  – George Baker Selection
5 3 9 Funny Face  – Barbara Ray
6 7 6 The Ballroom Blitz  – Sweet
7 8 8 Going Down Jordan  – Rising Sons
8 11 6 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man  – Johnny Gibson
9 6 17 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
10 5 13 I Wanna Live  – Tommy Oliver
11 17 7 The Free Electric Band  – Albert Hammond
12 19 4 Come Back Liza  – Lionel Petersen
13 10 17 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
14 20 2 My Maria  – B.W. Stevenson
15 12 11 Smoke on the Water  – Deep Purple
16 13 16 One & One is One  – Medicine Head
17 14 4 Universal Feeling  – Four Jacks & a Jill
18 New 1 Sorrow  – David Bowie
19 18 4 Waikiki Man  – Jessica Jones
20 16 2 Daydreamer  – David Cassidy

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ became the 26th song to spend at least 5 weeks at the top of the charts. It was the 20th of those 26 to manage this in an unbroken run. Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ spent a 3rd week unmoved at 2 while The Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’ was 1 of 3 songs to make a 6 place climb as it moved up from 9 to 3 to bring further pressure onto Tommy Overstreet.

Despite its 6 place climb, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’ was not the climber of the week. That honour went to Lionel Petersen’s ‘Come Back Liza’ which made an, er, come back after having been the faller of the week last week. It climbed up 7 from 19 to 12 and was the 17th song to see a biggest climber after having been the faller of the week. It was also the 5th song to have consecutive weeks alternating between faller and climber or climber and faller.

Other star raters were ‘Angie’ which I’ve already mentioned, Albert Hammond’s ‘The Free Electric band’ which moved up 6 from 17 to 11 and B.W. Stevenson’s ‘My Maria’ which climbed 6 from 20 to 14. ‘Angie’s star rater climb was the 13th one for The Stones and they were the 10th act to accumulate this many.

Falling honours went to Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ which dropped 5 from 5 to 10. With Lionel Petersen being the climber of the week, this was the 27th time we had seen local acts take the climber and faller award in the same week.

Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ and Paul Simon’s ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ enjoyed their 2nd week as the oldest on the charts. They were both on 17 weeks.

Helen Reddy’s ‘Delta Dawn’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had lasted 7 weeks in the chart and peaked at 13. In terms of points this was the 4th lowest by a song by an Australian act so far and it would be Reddy’s only SA chart hit.

The new song in ‘Delta Dawn’s place was David Bowie’s version of ‘Sorrow’. This was his 1st SA hit despite having already had 7 UK hits (6 of which went top 10 there). A good deal of those 7 are well known Bowie hits such as ‘Space Oddity’, ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ and ‘The Jean Genie’. Still, it took a cover version of a 1965 hit by The McCoys for him to crack the big time is SA. The Merseys took a version of the song to number 4 in the UK in 1966. Bowie’s version made number 3 there as well as topping the chart in Australia and New Zealand. It managed a number 2 placing in Ireland, 39 in Germany and 77 in Canada, but did not make the US charts. ‘Sorrow’ formed part of Bowie’s covers project which was released as the album ‘Pinups’.

The Rolling Stones moved 1 week ahead of Herman’s Hermits and their 96 in total in the charts gave them 9th place on the weeks count list by themselves while the Hermits dropped into 10th place. Similarly The Sweet hung on to 12th place with 85 weeks while Englebert Humperdinck dropped to 13th spot. On the local weeks count list we saw Barbara Ray move into tied 5th place with John Edmond. They both were on 63 weeks. Jessica Jones joined Jody Wayne in 12th place with 41 weeks and The Rising Sons moved up to tied 17th with 34 weeks. They shared the spot with Groep Twee,

The Sweet became the 17th act to see their points total move past 900 as they ticked over to 911. Of these 17 acts, 11 had been from the UK while the other 6 were US acts.

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