21 December 1973

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

Two weeks back I mentioned that we had so far only seen 3 years where the song at number 1 at the start of December was still at number 1 at the end of the month and this figure was looking like it would not change as David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ knocked Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ from the top spot this week. The latter had been at number 1 for 7 weeks in total. Bowie was the 22nd act of those who would go on to have 5 or more top 20 hits to see their first one reach the top spot. ‘Sorrow’ was the 15th song with a one word title to top the charts

There was an interesting connection between the number 1 and 2 songs this week as number 2 was The Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’. There was a lot of speculation at the time that it was about Bowie’s then wife Angie Bowie. However Keith Richards has gone on record to state that the song’s title was inspired by his baby daughter Dandelion Angela.

Jody Wayne picked up his 3rd biggest climber award as ‘The Wonder Of Your Love’ moved up 7 from 19 to 12. This would be the biggest climb that Wayne would ever see.

B.W. Stevenson and David Cassidy both saw star rater climbs with the former’s ‘My Maria’ moving up 6 places to number 8 and the latter’s ‘Daydreamer’ climbing 5 to get to 6. These 2 acts, along with Johnny Gibson who was at 5 were all experiencing their highest placing in the charts to date with all 3 of them having seen a previous hit.

Barbara Ray became the 11th act to see 7 biggest fallers as ‘Funny Face’ dropped 4 from 10 to 14 to take the award. She joined Alan Garrity at the top of the list of most biggest fallers by a local act. This was the 5th consecutive week we had seen a local act take the faller of the week and this was a new record. We had seen 4 consecutive weeks of local fallers before.

Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 19 weeks and spent 4 of those at 1 in 2 separate runs of 2 weeks each. This was the 11th song so far to reach 19 weeks in the charts and just miss out on the 20 week milestone. In total 31 songs would make 19 weeks in charts in the top 20 era. ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and we now had to look to The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ as the new oldest in the top 20. It was on 17 weeks.

Albert Hammond’s ‘The Free Electric Band’ was the other song to go. It had enjoyed a run of 9 weeks and peaked at 11. He could, however, keep smiling as he became the 16th act to replace themselves on the charts as his ‘The Peacemaker’ was one of the 2 new entries this week. This was his 2nd SA chart hit as an artist and 6th as a songwriter. The song made it to number 80 in the US but didn’t manage to chart in the UK (where his only hit was ‘Free Electric Band’). With ‘The Peacemaker’ he did also manage to get to 17 in Germany, 10 in Holland and 4 in Norway.

The other new entry was by a local act. Ken J. Larkin replaced Maria in the top 20 to maintain the all-time record level of 12 out of the top 20 being local. His song ‘One More Night’ was his 4th to chart. It was written by Peter Morris and produced by David Gresham and Allan Goldswain. The gap between this newcomer and Larkin’s previous hit, ‘She’s Gone’, leaving the charts was 186 weeks which was the 13th biggest gap between hits overall and the 5th biggest gap for a local act.

The Rising Sons saw their weeks count move on to 37 which put them 1 ahead of Virginia Lee. This meant that they stayed 16th on the local weeks count list while Virginia dropped to 17th.

Jessica Jones became the 49th act so far to see their points total reach the 500 mark as hers ticked over to 503. Of these 49, 11 were local acts and Jones was the 4th local woman to get to this total.

With positions 11 to 19 all being occupied by songs by local acts, this was a record to date for any nation and an all-time record of 9 for number of adjacent positions taken up by songs by local acts. The previous best had been 6 local songs sitting next to each other in the charts and that had happened on 26 January 1973 and 14 December 1973.

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