1973 THE FACTS AND FIGURES

We have now reached the end of the 8th full year of charts (plus just on a further half year in 1965 when the charts started) and its time to see who the movers and shakers were back in 1973.

1973 saw the lowest number of songs spend at least 1 week in the charts of all the full years we had seen so far. The 103 hits in 1973 was 14 less than the previous lowest that we had seen in 1972. The 153 hits we saw in 1969 remained the highest to date. 87 different acts brought us the 103 hits in 1973 (duets counting as 2, it would be 84 if you count duets as 1 act). Unsurprisingly this was the lowest we had seen in all the full years to date, beating the previous lowest of 97 which we had seen in 1966, 1968 and 1972. The 87 acts of 1973 averaged just 1.18 songs each which was the equal lowest we had seen, matching that of 1971, although going to 4 decimal places, then 1973 just pipped 1971 for the lowest hits per artist ratio with the ratio for the former being 1.1839 and the latter 1.1842. Tight margins these. The table below sets out the figures for these stats by years:

Year No Of Hits No Of acts Hits/Act
1965 79 55 1.44
1966 136 97 1.40
1967 146 98 1.49
1968 142 97 1.46
1969 153 112 1.37
1970 141 114 1.24
1971 135 114 1.1842
1972 117 97 1.2062
1973 103 87 1.1839

Local acts brought us 38 of the 103 hits, their second best effort to date, coming in behind the record to date of 41 that we saw in 1971. The 38 songs were brought to us by 29 acts if duets count as 1 and 31 if they count as 2.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 40 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 We Believe in Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376
2 Woman (Beautiful Woman) Don Gibson 355
3 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336
4 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree Dawn 307
5 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet Maria 302
6 Never Never Never Shirley Bassey 300
7 Can’t Keep it In Cat Stevens 295
8 Kentucky Blues Lauren Copley 285
9 I’d Love You to Want Me Lobo 283
10 The Love in Your Eyes Vicky Leandros 275
11 Baby Blue George Baker Selection 268
12 Take Me to the Mardi Gras Paul Simon 243
13 Heaven is My Woman’s Love Tommy Overstreet 229
14 I’m on Fire Maria 226
15 Ashes of Love Dickey Lee 223
16 That’s Why I Love You Richard Jon Smith 221
17 I Wanna Live Tommy Oliver 210
=18 Maori Love Song Double Vision 203
=18 The Morning After Maureen McGovern 203
20 And I Love You So Perry Como 194
21 Do You Love Me Angelika Illman 192
22 Get Down Gilbert O’ Sullivan 189
23 One & One is One Medicine Head 182
24 Toy Train John Edmond 180
25 You’re so Vain Carly Simon 177
26 Stuck in the Middle with You Stealers Wheel 171
=27 Home Isn’t Home Anymore Alan Garrity 163
=27 Funny Face Barbara Ray 163
29 Time Dealians 161
30 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash 154
31 I Need Your Love Letta Mbulu 153
32 Dreams are Ten a Penny Kincade 149
=33 Shambala B.W. Stevenson 122
=33 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool Little Jimmy Osmond 122
=33 The Ballroom Blitz Sweet 122
36 Going Down Jordan Rising Sons 121
37 Daniel Elton John 114
38 Blockbuster! Sweet 109
=39 Sunday Girl Peter Lotis 108
=39 My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man Johnny Gibson 108

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:

Top 40 Magazine 1973 List

Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ was the second by a German act to be song of the year on the points basis. It followed up the 1971 success of Peter Maffay’s ‘You’. Germany was the only nation outside the US, the UK and SA to have seen one for their acts provide the song of the year and the 376 points Breck’s hit managed was the second highest for a song of the year, coming second to Alan Garrity’s 417 with ‘I Need Someone’ in  1972, and overall it was the 3rd highest in a in a calendar year with Jessica Jones’ 391 with ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ which was also clocked up in 1972.

The cumulative points to date gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 464
2 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash 448
3 Cry to Me Staccatos 447
4 You Peter Maffay 399
5 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
5 We Believe in Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376
7 Woman (Beautiful Woman) Don Gibson 373
=8 Sylvia’s Mother Dr. Hook 363
=8 Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone 363
10 Nice to be with You Gallery 359

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1973 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336
2 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet Maria 302
3 Kentucky Blues Lauren Copley 285
4 I’m on Fire Maria 226
5 That’s Why I Love You Richard Jon Smith 221

Barbara Ray was the first local woman to have the top local hit of the year.

And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965, the top 5 were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 464
2 Cry to Me Staccatos 447
3 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
4 Mammy Blue Charisma 347
5 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336

The Sweet and Alan Garrity were the only acts to see 3 songs spend any time in the charts this year with 16 acts seeing 2, 8 of which were locals. So far the highest number of hits any acts had seen spend time in the charts in a year was 5 which we had seen on 6 occasions. These were Engelbert Humperdinck and The Bee Gees in 1968, The Archies, Percy Sledge and The Bee Gees (again) in 1969, Neil Diamond in 1971 and Middle Of The Road in 1972.

Given the above, it was fairly easy to conclude that not only was Alan Garrity tied for overall for number of hits during 1973, but he was also the top local act for this stat. There were 8 other local acts who spent time in the charts with 2 hits and they were Maria, Barbara Ray, Richard Jon Smith, Lauren Copley, Letta Mbulu, The Dealians, Billy Forrest and Jessica Jones.

Overall Tom Jones still led the way for the most hits even though he had not seen any chart action since February 1972. His 17 to date still put him 2 ahead of second placed Cliff Richard (who had also not seen any further chart action in 1973). The Hollies in 3rd place on 13 had also not charted in 1973.

Billy Forrest led the way for local acts with 9 to his various names (he had charted as William E., Quentin E. Klopjaeger and Dennis as well as having had duets with Sharon Tandy and Angelika Illman). Jody Wayne and Four Jacks & A Jill were second best with 8 while Dave Mills was 3rd highest with 7.

WEEKS ON THE CHARTS

Maria spent more weeks in the charts than any other act this year. Her 40 weeks made her the second local act after The Peanut Butter Conspiracy in 1971 to be the highest scorer for weeks in a year. Not only that, it was the best any local act had managed in a calendar year to date and the highest for any female. Furthermore, Maria was the top weeks scorer and the second and third highest were both women as well with Barbara Ray second on 34 and Vicky Leandros 3rd on 32. We had only seen 1 woman in the top 3 of the weeks on the chart in a year list and that was in 1967 when Petula Clark topped the list. We would have to wait till the 80s before we saw women in the top 3 of this list again.

Tom Jones’ 184 weeks in total to date put him top of the weeks in the chart so far list. The Bee Gees on 125 were second with The Hollies on 120 coming in 3rd. The Staccatos still led the way for the locals with 83 followed by Four Jacks & A Jill on 76 and Dave Mills on 73.

NUMBER 1’s

1973 became the 3rd year where we did not see an act top the charts more than once. 1966 and 1972 were the 2 previous years where this had happened. With only 13 songs spending time at the top of the charts this year, it was the lowest number of number 1s we had seen in a year so far, even lower than the 14 we saw in the half year of 1965 where the charts only started in June. 1971 had equalled the low of 14. 1969 had seen the most number of chart toppers so far with 21 songs spending time at the top in that year.

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ spent the most number of weeks at 1 in the year as it managed 7. Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ was second with 6 weeks while Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Love Me’ and Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ both managed 5.

There were 3 local chart toppers, Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’, Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blue’ and Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet’. The observant would have noted that they were all female artists.

Tom Jones still led the way overall for number of chart toppers as he had seen 6. The Hollies and Chris Andrews were second with 4 each while there were 6 acts who had seen 3 and they were The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Tremeleos, The Troggs and Elvis Presely. Four Jacks & A Jill remained the only local act to have seen 2 chart toppers.

The most weeks in total an artist had spent at 1 so far was 18 by Tom Jones. The Bee Gees and The Sweet shared second spot with 14 while Johnny Nash and Chris Andrews were on 13. Johnny Nash’s 13 came with 1 song, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which held the overall record for weeks at 1 by a song. This was followed by Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ on 12.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS

Perhaps the best way to put this year’s performance by women in the charts into perspective is to work out what percentage of the total points on offer were picked up by songs by solo female acts and in the case of 1973 it was 26.1%, that is just over a quarter of the points. Their next best effort was 18.8% back in 1967 and this figure for all weeks to the end of 1973 was only 11.9% which all suggests that this was by far the best year for the girls. (It should also be noted that this was the first year that solo males outdid hits by groups as the men had 56 compared to only 30 by groups).

So how did the women do it? Well interestingly, this was not their best year for number of hits, that honour still sat with 1967. The woman managed 18 hits in 1973 (21 if you include where they were part of a duet) compared to the 23 (27 including as part of a duet) they saw in 1967. Where this year did beat 1967 was in the total weeks spent on the charts by songs by women. In 1973 it totalled 258 (including where they were part of a duet) compared to 212 back in1967. This meant that their songs had an average life in the chart of just over 9.5 weeks compared to 7.9 weeks in 1967.

The 21 hits (including duets) we saw this year came courtesy of 15 different women. Of these 6 managed to have 2 hits which was the most any managed this year. Those managing 2 were Maria, Barbara Ray, Vicky Leandros, Lauren Copley, Letta Mbulu and Jessica Jones which meant 5 of the 6 were by local women. Petula Clark’s 4 hits in 1967 was still the record to date for a woman.

Once again the top 3 woman for cumulative number of hits was unchanged from the end of last year with Petula Clark in front on 11, Nancy Sinatra second on 7 and Virginia Lee 3rd on 6. None of them had added to their tally during 1972. Virginia Lee was obviously the top local woman, but Barbara Ray was now not far behind with 5 with Judy Page in 3rd place with 4.

As mentioned above, Maria was the act with the overall top weeks count for the year with 40. This also therefore made her the top woman and it meant we had now seen 3 consecutive years where the top woman for weeks on the charts was local with Jessica Jones taking the title in 1972 and Barbara Ray in 1971. Adding Hilary’s topping of the list in 1968 and Virginia Lee doing so in 1965 we had now had more years with a local woman topping the woman’s week count list then the years where women from other countries had manged this. The other 4 years had seen an American woman top 3 times and a British woman once. Maria’s 40 weeks was the best we had seen a woman manage in a single year, beating Petula Clark’s 1967 effort of 37. Barbara Ray’s 34 weeks this year was the 3rd best.

Barbara Ray and Vicky Leandros’ efforts in 1973 propelled them into the top 3 of the cumulative weeks by women list. Petula Clark was still top of the list with 73 and Barbara Ray was second with 66 while Leandros was 3rd with 55. This knocked Sandie Shaw and Nancy Sinatra out of the top 3, they had been 2nd and 3rd respectively at the end of 1972.

While Ray took top honours for cumulative weeks by a local woman, Lauren Copley moved into second place with 54, Jessica Jones was 3rd with 45 and Maria on 40 was 4th. Virginia Lee, who had been top of this list at the end of 1972 fell into 5th place.

There were 4 songs by women that topped the chart in the year with no act managing more than 1. The 4 number 1s by women were Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Place House’ which managed 6 weeks while Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never Never Never’,  Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ and Maria’s ‘You’re your Hands And Stomp Your Feet’ all spent 4 weeks at 1.

Nancy Sinatra was still the only woman who had made the top spot twice since the start of the chart. One of her chart toppers was as half of the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet. Hilary’s 7 weeks at the top was still the longest any woman had managed so far.

The top 5 hits by woman in 1972 based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336
2 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet Maria 302
3 Never Never Never Shirley bassey 300
4 Kentucky Blues Lauren Copley 285
5 The Love in Your Eyes Vicky Leandros 275

On a cumulative basis, the top 5 read:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
2 I Don’t Wanna Play House Barbara Ray 336
3 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
4 It’s too Late Now Lauren Copley 303
5 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet Maria 302

NATIONALITIES

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 We Believe in Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376 Germany
2 The Love in Your Eyes Vicky Leandros 275 Greece
3 Baby Blue George Baker Selection 268 Netherlands
4 Maori Love Song Double Vision 203 New Zealand
5 Get Down Gilbert O’ Sullivan 189 Ireland

Germany became the first non-big 3 country since Australia to see a song by an artist from there have the top hit of the year twice. Australia had managed this in the first 2 years of the charts (1965 and 1966) with The Seekers taking the honour both times. Germany managed it in 1971 when Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ was the top non-big 3 hit. 1973 saw Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ take the honours making Germany the first such nation to take the honours with 2 different acts.

There were 13 hits by ‘rest of the worlders’ that spent time in the charts this year, the tied 4th highest total we had seen to date with the 19 in 1970 still being the record. Ireland’s Gilbert O’Sullivan and Greece’s Vicky Leandros both saw 2 songs spend time in the charts in 1973 while the rest of the acts only had 1 hit. The top of the overall hits count list for non-big 3 acts was unchanged from the end of 1972 with The Seekers from Australia on 7, Canada’s Lucille Starr second with 5 and Michael Holm sat 3rd on 4.

For the first time we saw the local acts have more hits spend time in the charts than any other nation with 38 songs by locals making the charts. This was 10 more than the next nation produced and that was the 28 that acts from the US managed. British acts saw 24 hits spend time in the charts. The Americans had been the top nation for 5 of the previous 8 years with the Brits having taken the top spot in the other 3. Of the other nations, it was Ireland who fared best with 3 hits by artists from there. Canada and Australia had dominated this stat for the first 5 years, each nation taking it twice and sharing the honours once. Then Jamaica managed it in 1970 and Germany had been the top one for 1971 and 1972. Neither Canada nor Jamaica saw a hit in 1973. Germany and Greece managed 2 while we had 1 each from Australia, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden.

The 12 different nations to see chart action equalled what we saw in 1972 and this was tied second behind the 13 nations who charted in 1972.

The British and Americans had been pretty close throughout the year in terms of the cumulative number of hits that they had given us with the gap between them never exceeding 5. The Brits had led the way for 19 weeks while the Americans were top of the list for 28 weeks. There had been 5 weeks where they were equal. The year ended with the Americans 1 ahead of the Brits with the former on 352 and the latter 351. Local acts had managed 211 so far and sat 3rd. The next 3 nations were unchanged from last year end with Canada on 18, Germany on 14 and Australia on 12. As mentioned above, Canada had not added to their hit count while, Germany had added 2 and Australia 1.

The cumulative best hits for ‘rest of the world’ artists was as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 You Peter Maffay 399 Germany
2 We Believe in Tomorrow Freddy Breck 376 Germany
3 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321 Greece
4 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 276 France
5 The Love in Your Eyes Vicky Leandros 275 Greece

WHAT DIDN’T MAKE IT

With such a high proportion of the songs charting this year being local, it is not too surprising that we saw a new high for the number of US or UK chart toppers that did not make our top 20. 1973 saw 30 such songs and none of them would even make the charts at a later date. The previous record for UK and US number 1s not seeing chart action in SA was 21 (20 if you exclude those that would make the charts at a later date) which we saw in 1971. Of the 23 acts who appear on the list below, 12 of them would never see SA chart action.

The 30 chart toppers in the US or UK or both that didn’t make our charts in 1973 were as follows:

Angel Fingers Wizzard
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown Jim Croce
Brother Louie Stories
Can The Can Suzi Quatro
Cum On Feel The Noize Slade
Eye Level Simon Park Orchestra
Frankenstein Edgar Winter
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) George Harrison
Half-Breed Cher
I Love You Love Me Love Gary Glitter
I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am) Gary Glitter
Keep On Trucking Eddie Kendricks
Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye
Love Train O’Jays
Merry Xmas Everybody Slade
Midnight Train To Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips
Rubber Bullets 10CC
See My Baby Jive Wizzard
Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me Slade
Superstition Stevie Wonder
The Most Beautiful Girl Charlie Rich
The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia Vicki Lawrence
The Twelfth Of Never Donny Osmond
Time In A Bottle Jim Croce
Top Of The World Carpenters
Touch Me In The Morning Diana Ross
Welcome Home Peters And Lee
We’re An American Band Grand Funk Railroad
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life Stevie Wonder
Young Love Donny Osmond

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

At the end of 1972 The Bee Gees were the act who had seen the most consecutive years with a song in the chart of any act charting in that year. They extended their run into 1973 and had now seen chart action for 7 consecutive years and were just 1 year away from equalling the record run to date of 8 years which Tom Jones and Cliff Richard had managed. The next longest run we had seen which was still going at the end of 1973 was 4 straight years and 4 acts managed this namely, The Dealians, Giorgio, John Edmond and The Rising Sons. Apart from Giorgio, the other 3 were local acts and so led the way for SA acts. They were all 2 years short of the record for a local act which The Staccatos had managed, charting every year from 1965 to 1970, a run of 6 years. Billy Forrest, Alan Garrity, Lauren Copley and Neville Whitmill had all seen 3 years in a row from 1971 to 1973 with chart action.

I WRITE THE SONGS

180 song writers saw their name appear on the hits that spent time in our charts this year. This was the 5th highest total we had seen to date with the 206 in 1967 still leading the way. Terry Dempsey was again the one who saw more compositions chart than any other song writer as he saw 5 of his chart. These were Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ (which had continued its run started in 1972), Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’, Peter Lotis’ ‘Sunday Girl’, Dave Mills’ ‘I Can’t Go Home To Mary’ and David Cassidy’s ‘Daydreamer’. Dempsey still held the record for the most in a single year which was 9 which he managed in 1971. It was the 3rd time he had topped this list and the only others to do this more than once was The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who had managed it twice.

No song writer saw 4 hits in 1973 while Daniel Moore, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman all managed 3. Moore’s hits were the 2 versions of ‘Shambala’ that charted for B.W. Stevenson and Three Dog Night as well as ‘My Maria’ for B.W. Stevenson. Chinn and Chapman’s 3 were all songs by The Sweet.

Terry Dempsey had seen a total of 24 songs chart in total that bore his name in the song writer slot. This was 6 more than the second highest, Les Reed who sat on 18 while Jeff Barry on 16 was 3rd.

Dempsey’s compositions spend a total of 49 weeks on the charts, the highest for any song writer in 1973, although this was the 4th lowest for a year to date with 47 in 1972, 46 in 1966 and 29 in 1965 being lower and remembering that 1965 was only half a year. Norman Newell was second with 42 weeks and Kurt Herta’s 38 was the 3rd best. Newel has helped compose the 2 Vicky Leadros songs that spent time in the charts as well as Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never Never Never’ while Herta had his name on the singles of Freddy Breck’s ‘We Believe In Tomorrow’ and Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’.

On a cumulative basis, the top song writers in terms of weeks were Terry Dempsey with 245, Les Reed with 168 and Barry Gibb with 151

No song writer saw more than 1 chart topper during the year so S.K. Dobbins who had written the song that spent the most weeks at 1 in the year, Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’, was naturally the writer whose songs spent the most weeks at 1 (7 in this case). Cumulatively to date it was Barry and Maurice Gibb who still led the way for weeks at 1, having seen 15 as song writers. Brother Robin Gibb was joined by the song writing team of Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman in tied 3rd place with 14. It terms of number of number 1’s Chris Andrews, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Les Reed and Geoff Stephens had all seen 4 of their compositions hit the number 1 spot so far and this was the record to date.

THANKS

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped along the way through through 1973. Special thanks go to Peet van Staaden, Anton ‘Eagle-Eye’ van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying invaluable information and corrections as well as Chris Kimberly, Brian Currin, Stephen Segerman and Tertius Louw for being my go-to guys when I’m stumped.

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28 December 1973

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

The year ended with David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ holding on to the top spot to make it 2 weeks in a row at number 1 and this meant that the total number of years where the song at 1 in the first week of December was there at the end of the month remained at 3 as it had been Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven In My Woman’s Love’ at number 1 at the start of the month. These 3 times had occurred in 9 Decembers so far and that gave us a 33.33% ratio for this happening. By comparison, the UK charts so far have seen it happen just 11 times in the 65 Decembers those charts have seen, a ratio of just under 17%.

It was a 10 place climb for Albert Hammond’s ‘The Peacemaker’ this week which saw the song take the climber of the week award and it was the 51st time we had seen a climb of double figures. 48 of the 51 songs so far that had climbed 10 or more in a week had been the biggest climber in that week.

The only other star rater this week was Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wonder Of Your Love’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8. This was Wayne’s 10th time with a star rater and her was the 24th act overall and the 2nd local act after The Staccatos to reach this total.

Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 9 to 15. It had been 4 weeks since the song had last been the biggest faller. The good news for the song was that it was now the oldest on the charts on 17 weeks. This came about by the departure of the previous oldest, The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ which left the top 20 after a run of 17 weeks, 3 of which were spent in the number 1 spot. This was not the end of the road for The George Baker Selection.

Also leaving the charts was Lionel Petersen’s ‘Come Back Liza’ which lasted 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. This was the lowest peak to date for a song spending 7 weeks on the chart.

Last of the leavers was Barbara Ray’s ‘Funny Face’. It spent 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3, Ray’s second best peak of her 5 hits to date, but only her 3rd best weeks count.

The first of the new entries was actually listed as being by Bjorn & Benny, Anna & Frida, but they became better known as Abba and I will treat all stats around this song as an Abba song. South Africa was one of the first countries outside of Europe to take to this new pop sensation who would gain a huge following in 1974 when their song ‘Waterloo’ would win the Eurovision song competition. Their first UK hit (‘Waterloo’) only charted on 20 April 1974, nearly 4 months after ‘Ring Ring’ entered our charts. The Swedish version of ‘Ring Ring’ topped the chart in their native Sweden and the English version managed a number 2 peak there. The song also topped the Belgium charts and made number 2 in Austria and Norway. It finally made the UK charts in July 1974 and got to number 32. Abba were the first Swedish act to chart in SA.

The three other ex-Beatles had all had 2 hits on the charts so far, but until this week, Ringo had only managed 1. His second hit, ‘Photograph’ was our second new entry this week. It had been 122 weeks since he was last on the charts and this was the second time an ex-Beatle had seen a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits in a post-Beatles world. The previous one to see this was Paul McCartney and with his gap between hits being 110 weeks, Ringo now held the record for gaps between hits by an ex-Beatle. Ringo had had 4 hits in the UK before ‘Photograph’ charted there, but only ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ had made it onto our top 20. Ringo shared songwriting credits with fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison on ‘Photograph’ and the song went to number 1 in Australia, Canada and the US. In Australia, it knocked Suzi Quatro’s ‘48 Crash’ off the top spot there while in the UK it only made it to number 8.

Last of the new entries was Alan Garrity’s 4th hit to date. ‘Good-bye Mama’ was an English translation of a German song which had the same English title, but the bulk of the lyrics were in German. An English born singer, Ireen Sheer took the German version of the song to number 5 in Germany and 2 in Switzerland. (Sheer hailed from Basildon in Essex, England, the home town of Depeche Mode). Judging by the writing credits, it was Garrity himself who translated the lyrics into English.

Johnny Gibson (3), David Cassidy (5) and B.W. Stevenson (7) all improved on their highest position to date which they had set last week. This week they were joined by Albert Hammond as his 10th place placing beat his peak of 11 that he had with his previous and only other hit to date, ‘The Free Electric Band’.

This week also saw the 12th consecutive week with SA acts having the most number of the songs in the top 20 as their 11 this week was the best for any nation. This was the tied best sequence that we had seen to date with the last time this happened being the run which ended on 6 August 1971.

Acts from the UK narrowed the gap between themselves and those from the US for number of hits as this figure fell to just 1 with US acts having brought us 352 hits to the British’s 351. One had to go back to June earlier in 1973 to see the gap this low. The US acts led the way then too.

There were 3 acts reaching weeks milestones this week. B.W. Stevenson became the 130th to reach 20, Billy Forrest became the 26th overall and the 4th local act to reach 70 and The Rolling Stones became the 8th act so far to reach a century of weeks in the charts.

Alan Garrity moved into tied 6th place on the local weeks count list, joining John Edmond on 63 while Jessica Jones caught up with The Bats on 45 weeks and the 2 of them shared 11th place.

Billy Forrest saw his points total ease past the 700 mark as he moved on to 707. He was the 28th act overall and the 6th local act to reach this milestone.

After 1971 and 1972 had been the first 2 years where none of the acts who featured on the first chart of the year also featured in the last one, it was back to business as usual as Alan Garrity, Jessica Jones and The Sweet were all on this week’s chart and they had all been on the chart at the beginning of the year. And thus endeth 1973.

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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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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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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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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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23 November 1973

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

Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ ticked over to 4 weeks at 1, but was still under local pressure as Geli & Billy’s ‘Do You Love Me’ was unmoved at 2 and Barbara Ray’s ‘Funny Face’ climbed back up to 3 after dropping from there to 5 last week.

It had been 276 weeks since we last saw a song by The Stones take the biggest climber award and that was back in the August of 1968 when ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ took the award. Only Perry Como had a bigger gap between biggest climber awards as he saw 399 weeks between the times when he saw the award. The Rolling Stones’ broke their drought in style with an 11 place climb by ‘Angie’ from 20 to 9. This would be the biggest climb they would ever see. They would manage it once more, but never beat it. To date we had only seen 22 occasions where a song climbed 11 or more places in a week.

And while The Rolling Stones were setting the second highest gap to date between biggest climbers, Four Jacks & A Jill were doing so with star raters. ‘Universal Feelings’ 4 place climb from 18 to 14 came 304 weeks after ‘Master Jack’ had made a climb of 4 or more places (that time it was 5 places) back in January 1968. The 304 weeks between star raters was second only to Perry Como’s 398 weeks (he had managed a star rater the week before he took biggest climber).

Last week’s biggest climber was this week’s faller as Lionel Petersen’s ‘Come Back Liza’ fell back down the 6 places that it had climbed last week, dropping from 13 to 19.

The oldest song on last week’s charts, Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ left the chart after an 18 week run and a peak of 4. This would not be his last appearance on the top 20. The mantle of oldest on the chart fell onto the shoulders of 2 songs, Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hand And Stamp your Feet’ and Paul Simon’s ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ with both songs sitting on 16 weeks.

We also bid farewell to Dave Edmunds’ ‘Born To Be With You’ which became the 29th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure as it spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 10. It was the 4th time we had seen a song have a weeks and peak figure of 10 with 7 still being the most popular to do this with as we had seen 8 songs to date peak at 7 during a 7 week run. The departure of ‘Born To be Free’ heralded the end of Edmunds’ SA chart career. He had seen 2 songs chart, spent 25 weeks in the top 20 and enjoyed 1 week at number 1 with ‘I Hear You Knockin’.

First of the new entries was David Cassidy with his 2nd solo hit ‘Daydreamer’ (he had charted twice as a member of the Partridge Family). The song was written by Terry Dempsey, giving him his 24th hit as a songwriter and putting him 6 ahead of Les Reed who was second on the list of number of hits by a songwriter. The big thing for Terry was that this was his first SA hit as songwriter where the artist was not local. Further good news for him came when the song knocked The Simon Park Orchestra’s ‘Eye Level’ (remember that, it was the theme music to the TV series ‘Van Der Valk’) off the number 1 spot in the UK. ‘Daydreamer’ was released in Britain as a double A-sided song with ‘The Puppy Song’ (written by Harry Nilsson) taking up the other side. The song also made it to number 27 in Germany. Just to confuse matters, Cassidy also released a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Daydream’ in 1973, but at least that didn’t chart.

B.W. Stevenson also enjoyed a second hit on the charts as his ‘My Maria’ entered at number 20. The song reached number 9 in the US and 7 in Canada. In 1996 country duo Brooks & Dunn took a cover of the song to number 79 in the US. The guitar on Stevenson’s version was played by Larry Carlton who, amongst other things, had worked with Mike Post on the music for the TV shows ‘Magnum, P.I.’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’.

Johnny Gibson reached new highs in the charts as his ‘My Daddy was a Rock ‘n Roll Man’ moved into 11th place. This was 1 place higher than his previous (and only other to date) hit, ‘Silver And Blue’, had managed.

With the current number 1 being unchanged and 2 former number 1’s (The George Baker Selection’s ‘Baby Blue’ and Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hand And Stamp your Feet’) being unmoved, this was the 15th time we had seen 3 current or former chart toppers not move in the week. 3 of the 15 previous occasions had seen 4 current or previous chart toppers not move in the week.

With both new entries being by US acts, the Americans doubled their lead over the UK acts from 2 last week to 4 this week. The Yanks had supplied 352 hits so far and the Brits 348.

Jessica Jones became the 56th act to reach 40 weeks in the charts. She was the 13th local act the 3rd local woman to manage this. This caused Gene Rockwell to drop into 14th place on the local weeks count list as he only had 39. Barbara Ray moved into tied 6th place with Alan Garrity on that list, both acts were on 62. Maria shrugged off Virginia Lee to make 15th place her own with 37 weeks while Lee on 36 dropped into 16th spot. And just below her The Rising Sons joined Murray Campbell in 18th place with 33 weeks.

On the overall weeks count list we saw The Rolling Stones move back up to 9th, sharing the spot with Herman’s Hermits on 95 weeks. The Sweet’s total moved on to 84 and they joined Engelbert Humperdinck in 12th place.

On the points front we saw 2 local acts reach milestones. Maria’ moved just past the 500 mark as her total ticked over to 501 while Billy Forrest passed 600 as he moved on to 618. To put this into perspective, 48 acts had reached at least 500 points while 37 had gone past 600.

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