14 December 1973

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

The top 2 songs were busy getting themselves into the record books this week as ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ by Tommy Overstreet enjoyed a 7th week at 1 (the 8th song to manage this so far) and Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ spent a 5th straight week at 2. This equalled the record to date 5 consecutive weeks with an unchanged top 2. ‘Do You Love Me’s 5 weeks at 2 was a new record for consecutive weeks at number 2 by a local song and equalled the overall record to date which Danyel Gerrard’s ‘Butterfly’ and Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ had managed.

David Cassidy’s ‘Daydreamer’ was the climber of the week. It moved up 7 from 18 to 11 to give Cassidy his first such award. Last week’s climber, David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’, made the only other star rater climb this week as it moved up 6 from 9 to 3.

Faller of the week award went to 2 songs by local female artists. Barbra Ray’s ‘Funny Face’ and Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ both fell 5 to land at 10 and 16 respectively. Ray was the 3rd local act to clock up 6 biggest fallers and these were the 21st and 22nd time a song by a local woman had taken the award. This includes 3 times when the woman was one half of a duet. Maria could at least take comfort from the fact that her song was the oldest in the charts, sitting on 19 weeks.

The curtain came down on Deep Purple’s SA chart career as ‘Smoke On The Water’ left the charts this week. It spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7 which was the tied best weeks count for any Deep Purple song, equalling ‘Black Night’, but it peaked 1 place lower than the latter hit. Overall they saw 3 songs chart (the other was ‘Hush’) and spent a total of 28 weeks in the charts. At this point they sat tied 81st for weeks in the top 20.

The new song on the chart was Jody Wayne’s 8th hit, ‘The Wonder Of Your Love’. He moved into tied second place for number of hits by a local act, joining Four Jacks & A Jill there and sitting 1 behind Billy Forrest who was on 9. ‘The Wonder Of Your Love’ was the 2nd of his hits that he had penned himself and along with Bernie Brown’s ‘Sing Out Glory’ and Beat Unit’s ‘Carnival Candyman’ was his 4th hit overall as a songwriter.

The arrival of Wayne onto the charts meant that the local content stood at an all-time high of 12 out of the top 20 songs. 5 of these 12 were in the top 10 and 6 of them took up the bottom 6 places. This record of 12 out of 20 local hits would be equalled 4 more times.

Maria became the 55th act overall and the 14th local act to clock up 40 weeks. She was the 4th highest placed local woman in terms of weeks count.

The Rolling Stones moved 1 week ahead of The Beach Boys and sat in 8th place on their own with 98 weeks while The Beach Boys dropped into 9th place with 97. Four Jacks & A Jill were in outright second place on the local list as their 74 weeks put them 1 ahead of Dave Mills. They were 9 behind The Staccatos who led the way for the locals with 83 weeks. Gene Rockwell dropped into 15th place as Maria moved 1 week ahead of him on to 40 weeks. She was unmoved in 14th place on the local list.

Maria also celebrated seeing her ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ reach the 300 points milestone as it ticked over to 302. It was the 22nd song to manage this and the 4th by a local woman.

The Rolling Stones saw their total points tally go past the 1,200 mark as they ticked over to 1,213. They sat 7th on the points by an artist list.

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