8 June 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
2 1 12 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
3 3 18 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
4 7 5 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
5 4 12 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
6 5 15 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
7 6 9 Toy Train  – John Edmond
8 8 8 Daniel  – Elton John
9 12 3 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
10 14 7 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
11 10 5 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
12 13 2 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
13 9 18 I’m on Fire  – Maria
14 11 12 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
15 16 21 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
16 15 10 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
17 18 26 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
18 19 12 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
19 New 1 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
20 20 2 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ became the 140th song to top our charts as it took over the top spot from Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t keep It In’. The latter had been at the number 1 spot for 5 weeks and it dropped into second place.

Little Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Long Haired Lover from Liverpool’ took the climber of the week honours with a 4 place jump from 14 to 10. This was the only star rater climb we saw this week. This was Little Jimmy’s second time with a star rater which matched the achievement of his brother Donny. Donny, however, never managed a biggest climber.

Maria’s ‘I’m On Fire’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 9 to 13 to take the award. 12 different local women had now seen a biggest faller with 3 of them managing it as one half of a duet.  We had seen 1 week where there had been 2 songs by local women take the faller award, but this was the second occasion where we had seen consecutive weeks with a solo local woman being the biggest faller and in both cases it was different songs that took the award as the previous week it had been Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ that was the faller.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ drew level with Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ for number of weeks as the oldest in the chart (excluding the songs on the very first chart) as it ticked over to 26 weeks with us and enjoyed its 12th as the oldest. Only The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ spent more weeks as the oldest.

Middle Of The Road’s SA chart career came to an end as ‘Yellow Boomerang’ dropped off the charts this week (and no, despite the song title, it would never come back onto the charts). The song spent 6 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 13, sharing the lowest weeks count for a hit by the band with ‘Bottoms Up, their previous hit, but peaking 3 places higher. In total Middle Of The Road managed 7 hits which spent a combined total of 81 weeks in the chart and had 1 chart topper in the form of ‘Soley Soley’ which spent 4 weeks at 1 in 2 runs of 2 weeks. In total there would be 12 acts who would see exactly 7 hits make the charts by the time they finished in 1989, of which only 2 would see a higher weeks count than Middle Of The Road, however, if one excludes the weeks those 2 accumulated from positions 21 to 30 once the charts were extended, then Middle Of The Road would be the top 7 hit act in terms of weeks.

Richard Jon Smith returned to the charts with ‘That’s Why I Love You’, his 2nd SA Chart hit. Smith penned the song himself and he saw it go to the top of the LM Radio charts for 2 weeks and make it to number 6 in what was then Rhodesia. It was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and was the 4th song to make the charts where Lange was named as the producer (note, not all singles list the producer’s name). Lange had already had SA Chart success with songs he produced for Jessica Jones (2 hits) and Gries Heimer (aka David Gresham). This was the 190th local song to chart.

Ireland pulled ahead of Jamaica for weeks on the charts as Gilbert O’Sullivan gave them their 62nd week. Ireland sat 8th overall for weeks while Jamaica dropped into 9th spot. O’Sullivan himself was enjoying his 20th week in the charts and was the 115th act to reach this milestone.

Lauren Copley moved ahead of Jessica Jones for weeks in the charts and she now sat 12th on the local weeks count list on her own while Jones dropped to 13th. Copley was also now in outright second place for local woman.

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ became the 19th song to reach the 300 points mark as it ticked over to 309 and sat 14th overall for points. This was the 3rd song by a non SA, UK or US act to get to this milestone.

For the 9th time in the top 20 era we saw the average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us creep over the 10 mark as it moved on to 10.2

This week also saw the second of only 2 occasions where there would only be 1 group on the chart. There were 10 solo males, 8 solo females and 1 duet. Last time this happened it was The Sweet who were the only group, this week it was Stealers Wheels who flew the flag for bands.

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1 June 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 2 5 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
3 3 17 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
4 6 11 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
5 4 14 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
6 7 8 Toy Train  – John Edmond
7 12 4 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
8 11 7 Daniel  – Elton John
9 8 17 I’m on Fire  – Maria
10 19 4 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
11 9 11 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
12 16 2 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
13 New 1 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
14 15 6 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
15 14 9 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
16 5 20 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
17 17 6 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
18 10 25 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
19 13 11 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
20 New 1 I’ll Never be the Same  – Letta Mbulu

‘Can’t Keep It In’ by Cat Stevens spent a 5th straight week at 1 with Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ unmoved at 2 for a second week.

The climber of the week was Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which moved up 9 from 19 to 10. This was the 88th time a song had climbed 9 or more places in a week. There were 2 other star raters this week and they were Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Get Down’ which climbed 5 from 12 to 7 and Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ which moved up 4 from 16 to 12.

The faller of the week award went to Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ which fell 11 from 5 to 16. This equalled the record to date fall in a week with The Who’s ‘See me Feel Me’ and Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ being the only other songs to manage a fall of this magnitude. This would be the biggest fall we would see in the top 20 era and these 3 songs would be the only ones to see such a fall until the charts were extended to a top 30 when we saw bigger falls.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ continued its run as the oldest in the charts. It had amassed 25 weeks in the top 20 (the 7th highest by a song to date) and 11 of those had been as the oldest in the charts.

Double Vision’s ‘Maori Love Song’ spent just 1 week at 20 and was the 32nd song so far to do this. Of the 28 we had seen 4 had managed to re-enter the charts while another 4 had spent their week at 20 when re-entering the charts. Stay tuned to see if Double Vision could have a double run in the top 20.

Also leaving the top 20 was Jermaine Jackson’s ‘Daddy’s Home’ which had a far more successful run of 12 weeks in the charts and a peak of 9. While he would never be as successful as his brother Michael, he was not a one-hit wonder on our charts as he would be back.

The first of the new entries was Dawn & Tony Orlando’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’ which was their 4th song to chart. The song was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown, the former having had a hand in all 3 of Dawn’s previous SA hits, while the latter helped write ‘Knock Three Times’. They wrote ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’ after reading about a man who had spent 3 years in prison for fraud and was coming home. He wrote to his wife saying that if she wanted him back she should tie a yellow ribbon round the only oak tree in town. The songwriters added 99 yellow ribbons to one that the man in the story saw, as the last line of the song is ‘I see a hundred yellow ribbons round the ole oak tree.’ Tony Orlando thought the song was too corny to record and offered it to Jimmy Darren, and then to Bobby Vinton, both of whom turned it down. Eventually he decided to record it and it rocketed up the US charts spending 4 weeks at number 1 there. This was a timely success as the band’s fortunes had waned after their previous hit and Orlando was $750,000 in debt. The song also topped the charts in the UK, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Holland.

The second new entry was the second hit from Letta Mbulu, ‘I’ll Never Be The Same’. As with her previous hit, ‘I Need Your Love’, her husband Caiaphas Semenya had a writing credit. Both her hits were unusual because she had left South Africa by the time they entered our top 20 and was living in exile in New York and working with other exiles like Jonas Gwanga and Hugh Masakela.

The arrival of Letta on the charts heralded a new high for number of songs by solo women in the top 20 as the total moved on to 8.

Ireland’s weeks count moved on to 61 courtesy of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s presence in the top 20 and this put them tied 5th for weeks in the charts by a non-big 3 nation, (i.e. excluding the Brits, Americans and South African acts).

Middle Of The Road saw their weeks count move on to 81 and this put them tied 15th on the weeks count list alongside Cliff Richard and Manfred Mann. On the local weeks count list Lauren Copley caught up with Jessica Jones. The 2 of them sat tied 12th on 37 weeks and were the second highest placed woman on the local list with Barbara Ray leading the way with 52 weeks. Barbara sat 7th overall for local acts. Virginia Lee dropped into 14th place on the local list and was now the 4th highest placed local woman.

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25 May 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 6 4 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
3 2 16 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
4 4 13 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
5 3 19 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
6 11 10 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
7 10 7 Toy Train  – John Edmond
8 5 16 I’m on Fire  – Maria
9 8 10 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
10 9 24 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
11 7 6 Daniel  – Elton John
12 20 3 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
13 12 10 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
14 13 8 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
15 16 5 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
16 New 1 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
17 14 5 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
18 17 12 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
19 19 3 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
20 New 1 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision

Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ made it 4 weeks in a row at 1, but was under pressure from Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ which made a star rater jump of 4 places from 6 to 2. It had been nearly a year since we had last seen the top 2 slots being occupied by British acts and that was on 23 June 1972 when Daniel Boone was at 1 and The Pipes And Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards sat at 2. Since that date there had only been 5 weeks when a UK act had been at 1 and 7 where one had been at 2.

Despite the song title being ‘Get Down’, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s hit was moving up and it was doing so quicker than any other song this week as it climbed 8 from 20 to 12 to take the climber of the week award. This was a record to date climb for an Irish act which would be equalled twice and beaten twice by the time the charts ended. It was O’Sullivan’s 4th time with the biggest climber award.

Apart from the aforementioned star rater climb by Shirley Bassey, we also saw Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ pick up a 3rd star rater with a climb of 5 from 11 to 6. The song had now seen a biggest climb after a biggest fall (it took faller of the week last week) and now had a star rater after a biggest fall to add to its list of achievements.

Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 7 to 11.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ sat on 24 weeks and was now the 7th song to manage 10 weeks as the granddaddy of the chart.

Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It had spent 14 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 4. Not bad for her SA chart debut. We would see more from her on or charts.

We also bid farewell to ‘Duelling Banjos’ by Deliverance which had lasted just 2 weeks in the top 20, seeing a highest position of 15. During the top 20 era, only 8 songs that only managed 2 weeks in the charts would peak at 15 or higher, 2 of which were on the very first chart so would probably have had more than a 2 week run had the charts started earlier. Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ which peaked at 13 during a 2 week run held the record if one excludes the 2 from the very first chart.

The first of the new entries was Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ which was her 3rd chart hit. Copley became the 10th female artist to score 3 hits on the charts, and the 4th local woman to do so. ‘Kentucky Blues’ was written by Terry Dempsey and marked his return to the charts as songwriter after an absence of 16 weeks. His last appearance on the charts had been with Lauren’s previous hit ‘It’s Too Late Now’. This was Dempsey’s 21st appearance on the charts as song writer and he extended his lead at the top of the list of number of hits by a song writer now sitting 3 ahead of second placed Les Reed.

The second new entry was a locally recorded song by a New Zealand band. Double Vision recorded ‘Maori Love Song’ (which had the sub title ‘Mehe Manu Rere’) in South Africa while on tour there. They supported Four Jacks and A Jill on the latter’s “1972 Supershow”. Local lad Chris Kritzinger produced the single. The song didn’t make the charts back in their native New Zealand. Double Vision were the 2nd act from New Zealand to make our charts, the previous one being John Rowles. 14 nations had now produced at least 2 hits with a further 5 having given us 1 hit each. Double Vision were the 4th act to chart so far whose name would be the same as a title of a song that would chart at a later date. None of these songs that shared the name of these 4 artists had charted yet.

The Brits celebrated clocking up their 3,000th week in the charts. Assigning the weeks from the top of the chart down means that it was Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ that bagged the 3,000th week for them. With 2 other songs by British acts lower in the charts than ‘Daniel’ their total was actually 3,002 which was 76 ahead of the Americans who sat on 2,926.

Cat Stevens and Lobo both celebrated reaching the 40 weeks in the chart milestone while Middle Of The Road saw their total be double that as they reached the 80 week milestone. Middle Of The Road now had 17th place on the weeks count list to themselves as they moved 1 ahead of The Sweet and the latter dropped into 18th place. On the local list, Lauren Copley’s 36 weeks put her level with Virginia Lee in 13th place.

Cat Stevens became the 43rd act to accumulate 500 points or more as his total moved on to 507.

For the first time in 10 weeks, the average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us crept back over 9 as it climbed to 9.15.

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18 May 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 2 15 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
3 5 18 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
4 3 12 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
5 4 15 I’m on Fire  – Maria
6 12 3 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
7 10 5 Daniel  – Elton John
8 11 9 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
9 8 23 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
10 7 6 Toy Train  – John Edmond
11 6 9 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
12 15 9 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
13 9 7 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
14 13 4 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
15 20 2 Duelling Banjos  – Deliverance
16 16 4 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
17 17 11 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
18 14 14 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
19 18 2 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
20 19 2 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan

The top 2 songs this week were unchanged from last week with Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ holding on to the top spot for a 3rd week and the previous number 1, Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’, still sitting at 2 also for a 3rd week.

Shirley Bassey took the climber of the week award with ‘Never, Never, Never’ climbing 6 from 12 to 6 to give her her first such award. Deliverance’s ‘Duelling Banjos’ was the only other star rater as it moved up 5 from 20 to 15.

It had been 7 weeks since Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ had been biggest faller, but it took the award again this week as it fell 5 from 6 to 11. To date 5 songs had seen a gap of 7 weeks between biggest faller awards with 2 seeing an 8 week gap and Alan Garrity’s 15 week gap with ‘I Need Someone’ being the record to date.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ moved on to 23 weeks in the chart and was enjoying its 9th week as the oldest on the charts.

This week was the 7th time we saw no movement on or off the charts with 1 of the previous 5 being when the charts were frozen over what was the Easter weekend.

Last week John Edmond reached 50 weeks in the charts and was followed this week by Barbara Ray who became the 37th act and 7th local act to reach this total. Ray was also the 1st local woman to do this and 5th woman overall.

Gilbert O’Sullivan set a new record to date for weeks on the charts by an Irish act as his 17 to date now put him 1 ahead of Joe Dolan.

Middle Of The Road moved into tied 17th place on the weeks count list with 79 weeks putting them tied with The Sweet.

‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ by Barbara Ray became the 18th song to move past the 300 points mark as it ticked over to 304. It was the 5th song by a woman to manage this and the 3rd by a local woman. Ray also celebrated reaching the 600 points in total milestone while another woman, Vicky Leandros went past the 500 points mark and was the 42nd act and 6th woman to reach this total.

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11 May 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 2 14 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
3 3 11 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
4 4 14 I’m on Fire  – Maria
5 5 17 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
6 7 8 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
7 13 5 Toy Train  – John Edmond
8 8 22 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
9 12 6 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
10 14 4 Daniel  – Elton John
11 11 8 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
12 17 2 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
13 16 3 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
14 10 13 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
15 6 8 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
16 20 3 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
17 9 10 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
18 New 1 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
19 New 1 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
20 New 1 Duelling Banjos  – Deliverance

Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ enjoyed a second week at 1 after having captured the top spot last week. Previous chart topper, Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ was unmoved at 2, in fact the whole of the top 5 was unchanged. This was the 5th time we had seen the top 5 unchanged, but the record to date was an unchanged top 6 (this excludes the week where the entire top 20 was frozen over the Easter weekend in 1966).

John Edmond’s ‘Toy Train’ picked up a second biggest climber award and a 3rd for Edmond as it climbed 6 from 13 to 7 this week.

Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never, Never, Never’ moved up 5 from 17 to 12, Little Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ managed a 4 place climb from 20 to 16 while Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ also had a star rater climb of 4 from 14 to 10.

Lobo’s ‘Don’t expect Me To Be Your Friend’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 9 from 6 to 15. It was the 23rd time a song had fallen at least 9 places in a week. And that wasn’t the only bad news for Lobo as his time with 2 in the charts came to an end with ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ leaving the top 20 after 21 weeks, 5 of which were spent at the top spot.

Also leaving the top 20 was The Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster!’ which lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7. This gave them a peaks sequence for their last 3 songs of 9, 8 and now 7.

Last to go was Neville Whitmill’s ‘Harmony’ which spent just 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 18. This ended his SA chart career with 2 solo hits to his name (he had also seen 2 hits as a member of The Square Set), 21 weeks on the charts and a best peak of 2 with ‘Get Me Some Help’, his other hit.

The first of the new entries was Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’. Stealers Wheel featured Gerry Rafferty (he of ‘Baker Street’ fame) alongside Joe Egan. The song was written by Rafferty & Egan and made it to number 6 in the US and 8 in the UK. It would be their biggest (of 3) hits in the UK. In 1992 the song was used in Quentin Tarrentino’s film ‘Reservoir Dogs’.

Gilbert O’Sullivan scored his 2nd SA hit with ‘Get Down’ which was written by O’Sullivan himself (presumably before he met Barbara Woodhouse as the song was written to a disobedient/over-enthusiastic dog). It topped the charts in the UK and Ireland, made number 2 in Switzerland, 3 in Holland and Austria and 4 in Norway. In the US it got to number 7. The chart topping feat in the UK was his second and last number 1 there. His previous number 1 was his previous SA hit, ‘Clair’. In getting to number 1 in the UK, he knocked Donny Osmond’s ‘Twelfth Of Never’ off the top spot. This new entry brought the hit count to date for Irish acts to 9 and this equalled that of the Jamaicans, putting them tied 7th for hits from a nation.

The final new entry was the 34th instrumental to chart. The song ‘Duelling Banjos’ featured in the John Boorman movie ‘Deliverance’ and is credited to Deliverance but was actually played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell, although the film depicts Billy Redden and Ronny Cox playing the song. The piece was written by Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith in1955 and was originally called ‘Feudin’ Banjos’. In the film, Arthur Smith was not given any credit for the song, so he successfully sued the film makers. It made it to number 2 in Canada and the US and 17 in the UK. The film went on to get 3 Oscar nominations including for best picture and director, but lost out to The Godfather in the former category and Bob Fosse (for Cabaret) in the latter, but the song did win the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

With the departure of Whitmill from the charts the local hit count dropped to 3 and this was the lowest it had been for 36 weeks. And the departure of Lobo’s one hit mean that Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ was lone grandad on the chart on 22 weeks.

John Edmond became the 36th act and 6th local act to reach 50 weeks in the chart while Roberta Flack celebrated her 20th week. Gilbert O’Sullivan’s total reach 16 which equalled that of Joe Dolan and the 2 were tied top for weeks on the charts by acts from Ireland.

Middle Of The Road moved into tied 18th place with The Archies on the weeks count list with 78 weeks each while Barbara Ray took 7th place for herself on the local weeks count list, moving 1 week ahead of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy who dropped to 8th.

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4 May 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 7 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
2 1 13 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
3 2 10 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
4 4 13 I’m on Fire  – Maria
5 6 16 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
6 7 7 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
7 10 7 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
8 5 21 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
9 11 9 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
10 8 12 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
11 9 7 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
12 12 5 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
13 13 4 Toy Train  – John Edmond
14 18 3 Daniel  – Elton John
15 15 21 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
16 16 2 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
17 New 1 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
18 20 3 Harmony  – Neville Whitmill
19 14 12 Blockbuster!  – Sweet
20 17 2 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond

Freddy Breck’s run at the top of the charts came to an end as Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’ knocked the former’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ off the number 1 spot. Breck at been at number 1 for 5 weeks and he dropped into second place. Stevens had missed out on topping the charts back in 1967 when his ‘Matthew And Son’ failed to capitalise on crashing into the charts at number 5, only going on to stall at 2.

Elton John’s ‘Daniel’ was the climber and the only star rater of the week with a 4 place climb from 18 to 14. This was his first time with the biggest climber award.

Falling honours went to The Sweet who’s ‘Blockbuster!’ dropped 5 from 14 to 19 to take the award. This was the band’s 11th time with the faller award and they now sat tied second for number of fallers, joining Creedence Clearwater Revival and Tom Jones on 11 and sitting 1 behind leaders, The Bee Gees who were on 12.

We had now seen 7 weeks with Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘(Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ sitting as the oldest on the charts. Both songs had now been with us for 21 weeks.

Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Candlelight’ was finally extinguished after a respectable run of 9 weeks and a peak of 11. This had been his first SA chart hit and there was plenty more to come from Mr Knockout as he was known. There were no other songs leaving the charts this week.

The new entry in ‘Candlelight’s place was ‘Never Never Never’ by Shirley Bassey (she was just plain Shirley Bassey back then, in 2000 she became Dame Shirley Bassey). By the time this song, her first SA hit, reached our charts, she had already seen 27 songs chart in the UK, with ‘Never Never Never’ being the 27th. In the US she had only had 3 chart hits, 2 of which were themes from James Bond Movies (‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’). ‘Never Never Never’ would only hit the US charts about a month after it entered the SA Top 20. It made number 8 in the UK and 48 in the US. The song was an English version of a song called ‘Grenade Grande Grande’ which topped the Italian charts sung by an artist called Mina.

Shirley’s arrival on the charts meant that we now had 7 of the top 20 songs being by solo female artists and this was a new record to date. The significant seven were Vicky Leandros, Maria, Barbara Ray, Maureen McGovern, Carly Simon, Roberta Flack and Shirley Bassey.

The Archies dropped to number 18 on the weeks count list as The Sweet moved 1 ahead of them on to 79 weeks and took 17th place for themselves. Middle Of The Road did a similar thing with Neil Diamond, their 77 weeks putting them 1 ahead of Neil Diamond causing the latter to drop to 20 while Middle Of The Road were 19th on their own.

On the local weeks count list, Barbara Ray moved into tied 7th place with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy while John Edmond in position 6 stayed 1 week ahead of her.

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ became the 17th song to pass the 300 point mark as its total moved on to 304 and put it 15th overall. Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman) which hit this milestone for points last week, moved into 10th place. Lobo had now had 2 in the charts for 7 straight weeks and was the 11th act so far to manage this.

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27 April 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 We Believe in Tomorrow  – Freddy Breck
2 2 9 The Love in Your Eyes  – Vicky Leandros
3 5 6 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens
4 3 12 I’m on Fire  – Maria
5 4 20 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
6 6 15 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
7 10 6 Don’t Expect Me to be Your Friend  – Lobo
8 7 11 You’re so Vain  – Carly Simon
9 15 6 Killing Me Softly with His Song  – Roberta Flack
10 8 6 The Morning After  – Maureen McGovern
11 12 8 Daddy’s Home  – Jermaine Jackson
12 14 4 It’s You (I Want to Live With)  – Peter Maffay
13 19 3 Toy Train  – John Edmond
14 11 11 Blockbuster!  – Sweet
15 9 20 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
16 New 1 Yellow Boomerang  – Middle of the Road
17 New 1 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool  – Little Jimmy Osmond
18 17 2 Daniel  – Elton John
19 13 9 Candlelight  – Richard Jon Smith
20 20 2 Harmony  – Neville Whitmill

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ now held the record for weeks at 1 by a song by an artist who was not from the big 3 nations (UK, US or SA) as it ticked over to 5 weeks at the top of the charts. The Germans also drew level with the Dutch for total weeks at 1 for a non-big 3 nation with both countries having produced hits that had spent a total of 7 weeks at number 1.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘The Love In Your Eyes’ spent a 3rd straight week at 2. This was the 10th song to manage this with 3 of the 10 going on to spend a 4th consecutive week in 2nd place.

Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ and John Edmond’s ‘Toy Train’ were the climbers of the week with both songs moving up 6 places to land at 9 and 13 respectively. It was the second time with the award for both acts. There were no other star rater climbs this week.

There were also 2 songs that took the faller of the week award and they were Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Richard Jon Smith’s ‘Candlelight’ and both fell 6 places to land at 15 and 19 respectively. So we had 2 climbers, 2 fallers, with the climbers being local and an American act and the faller being local and an American act and the positions moved to take the award was the same for both the climbers and the fallers, namely 6. The only difference was that the American climber was female and the faller male. This was the 24th time we had seen a local climber and faller in the same week.

The 2 oldest on last week’s chart were still with us and they were Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ which were both on 20 weeks. They were the 21st and 22nd songs to reach this milestone of weeks.

Alan Garrity’s record to date run of 45 weeks of featuring in the top 20 came to an end as ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ dropped off the top 20. It had spent 16 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5. Garrity’s run, which would be an all-time record for a local act, was made up of 29 weeks with ‘I Need Someone’, 4 weeks with ‘I Need Someone’ and ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ both being in the charts and then a further 12 weeks with ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ being the in the charts on its own.  Further good news for Garrity was that this was not the last we would see of him on our charts.

Somewhat overshadowed by Garrity’s consecutive week run was the 33 weeks that Johnny Nash had been with us. This came to an end as ‘There are More Questions Than Answers’ fell off the charts after 9 weeks and a peak of 8. Nash’s run came with his departing hit overlapping for 4 weeks with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which had spent 28 weeks in the charts. So far 8 acts had manged a run of 33 consecutive weeks in the charts of which 6 had extended their runs beyond that. Like Garrity, Nash would be back.

Middle Of The Road scored their 7th hit as ‘Yellow Boomerang’ entered the charts at 16. This was to be the second highest spot any of their songs would debut on the chart at (behind ‘Sacramento’ which first appeared on our charts at 14). The band’s popularity was waning in the UK and the song did not chart there, however, it managed get to number 2 in Holland and Switzerland and made a respectable 6th place in Germany as well as reaching 8 in Norway and 14 in Austria. In neighbouring Zimbabwe, it got to number 9. The song was written by Giosy Capuano and Mario Capuano who had been responsible for most of Middle Of The Road’s previous hits, but ‘Yellow Boomerang’ also included Michael Shepstone on writing credits. Shepstone had a hand in writing the song ‘Barbara’s Daughter’ which was a hit for local lass Vangie Coker years later.

He was hardly 2 weeks past his 10th birthday when Little Jimmy Osmond found himself on our charts. His hit ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ would top the charts in the UK, making Osmond the youngest person to ever top the UK charts. From what I have been able to ascertain, Little Jimmy would also be the youngest person to chart in SA, beating previous youngest Heintje by over 3 and a half years. Little Jimmy was the youngest of the Osmond’s, the family group who had a hit with ‘Crazy Horses’ (which didn’t chart in SA) and who also produced Donny (who had already had 2 SA chart hits) and Marie (who would have an SA Chart hit later on). ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ was a 1969 song written and recorded by Christopher Kingsley and cashed in on the worldwide success of the Beatles. Mike Curb (of the Mike Curb Congregation who had had a hit with ‘Burning Bridges back in 1970) produced Little Jimmy’s version.

Don Gibson and Neville Whitmill both hit the 20 weeks in the chart milestone and were the 112th and 113th acts to do so.

The Sweet moved into tied 17th place on the weeks count list joining The Archies there on 78 weeks while Middle Of The Road who’s total moved on to 76 was now tied 19th with Neil Diamond. The only movement on the top 20 of the local weeks count list was that The Bats fell to 9th place as Barbara Ray held on to 8th place with 46 weeks but was now 1 ahead of The Bats.

Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ became the 16th song to pass the 300 points mark as it moved on to 313. It sat 11th overall for points.

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