7 December 1973

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

So far, we had only see 3 years where the song at the top of the charts in the first week of December was the one that was still there on the last week of the year. 2 of those 3 occasions had been in the last 2 years with Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ and Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ managing this. (The only other one to do so was The Beach Boy’s ‘California Girls’ in 1965). Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ was in its 6th week at 1 and would have to hang on to the spot for a further 3 to be added to the above list. So far it had seen off the challenge from Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ with the latter spending a 4th frustrating week in a row at 2 to equal the record to date for a local song. Both Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ and Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday Monday Tuesday’ had managed 4 consecutive weeks at 2 before.

David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 9 places from 18 to 9. This would be the biggest climb in a week that Bowie would ever see and he managed it with his first hit. Of the acts who would end up having 5 or more hits, Bowie was the 7th act so far who would see his first hit climb 9 or more places. The others to have done this so far in order in which they did so were Elvis Presley, Tommy Roe, Neil Diamond, Alan Garrity, Olivia Newton-John and The Sweet. Of these 7, Olivia Newton-John’s 14 place climb with her debut hit, ‘If Not For You’, was the best to date for a 5 or more hitter and this would be equalled but not beaten.

There were 2 other star raters and both were by local acts. Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Universal Feeling’ moved up 4 from 17 to 13 and Jessica Jones’ ‘Waikiki Man’ climbed 4 from 19 to 15. Four Jacks & A Jill were the 5th local act to reach a count of 7 star raters.

Falling honours were shared between The George Baker Selections’ ‘Baby Blue’ and The Rising Sons ‘Going Down Jordan’ which both fell 3 to land at 7 and 10 respectively. The Rising Sons’ song was the 5th biggest faller to contain the word ‘down’ in its title.

Medicine Head’s ‘One & One Is One’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 16 weeks and peaked at 3. It would be their only SA chart hit. 279 acts so far had seen the end of a 1 hit career on our charts. In total 771 acts would only see 1 hit chart.

It had been 58 weeks since we last saw a song leave the charts from position 13 or higher. This week Paul Simon brought that run to an end as his ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ was at 13 last week and had left the charts this week. It lasted 17 weeks in the top 20 and spent 2 of those at number 1. Simon had been the 5th act to see his first 2 hits go to number 1. ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ had been the oldest on the charts last week alongside Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’. The latter was still in the charts and enjoying its 18th week with us.

Lance James returned to our charts for his 3rd hit in the form of ‘What’s Your Mama’s Name Child’. It was his first English one to chart with both of his previous 2 being Afrikaans. The song was written by Dallas Frazier and Earl Montgomery and was a US and Canadian number 1 on the Country Singles charts in those countries for Tanya Tucker. It also made number 86 on the US Billboard charts. The b-side of James’ single was ‘If We Only Had Time’ which was written and recorded by Benny & Bjorn from Abba fame (under the imaginative name of Benny & Bjorn), however, at that time, Abba were not very well known in the world. It was 127 weeks since James had last been in the charts and this was the 48th time an act had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits. It was the tied 28th biggest gap overall and the tied 7th biggest by a local act, equalling that of The Bats.

The second new entry was by Lorne Shields whose real forenames nearly matched his fellow new enterer as he was known to his mum as Lawrence James Shields. His song ‘Turn back The Clock’ was written by Patric van Blerk who had already had 2 hits as songwriter for Lincoln (‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ and ‘I Believe’). ‘Turn Back The Clock’ was the 1,000th song to make our charts.

With the 2 new entries and none of the leavers being by SA acts we saw a new record of 11 of the top 20 being by local acts.

The Rolling Stones drew level with The Beach Boys in 8th place on the weeks count list. Both acts had now seen 97 weeks in the charts. On the local front, Four Jacks & A Jill moved up into tied 2nd place, joining Dave Mills there on 73 weeks. Barbara Ray pulled 1 clear of John Edmond and the latter fell to 6 while Barbara remained 5th. Jessica Jones made 12th place her own as she moved on to 42 weeks, 1 ahead of Jody Wayne who fell to 13th. Maria’s 39 put her level with Gene Rockwell in 14th place while The Rising Sons were now 17th on their own as they moved 1 ahead of Groep Twee on to 35. Groep Twee fell to 18th.

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