10 August 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree  – Dawn & Tony Orlando
2 3 10 That’s Why I Love You  – Richard Jon Smith
3 2 12 Kentucky Blues  – Lauren Copley
4 4 8 And I Love You So  – Perry Como
5 10 4 Ashes of Love  – Dickey Lee
6 5 15 Never Never Never  – Shirley Bassey
7 8 9 Maori Love Song  – Double Vision
8 7 7 Time  – Dealians
9 6 9 Papa was a Rollin’ Stone  – Temptations
10 9 8 Sunday Girl  – Peter Lotis
11 12 14 Stuck in the Middle with You  – Stealers Wheel
12 11 14 Get Down  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
13 13 6 Hearts of Stone  – Blue Ridge Rangers
14 16 2 Shambala  – B.W. Stevenson
15 18 2 Shambala  – Three Dog Night
16 New 1 Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet  – Maria
17 14 18 Toy Train  – John Edmond
18 17 4 My Children, My Wife  – Gus Whyburd
19 New 1 Take Me to the Mardi Gras  – Paul Simon
20 15 21 Can’t Keep it In  – Cat Stevens

Dawn’s ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’ spent a second week at number 1 and this week it saw Richard Jon Smith’s ‘That’s Why I Love You’ breathing down its neck as the latter moved up 1 place from 3 to 2 while Lauren Copley’s ‘Kentucky Blues’ (the previous number 1 hit) dropped from 2 to 3. Richard Jon Smith’s number 2 placing was his highest peak so far.

Dickey Lee took the climber of the week for a second week running as ‘Ashes Of Love’ climbed a further 5 places from 10 to 5. Once again it was the only star rater for the week.

The faller of the week was also picking up its second such award, but unlike the climber, this was not 2 weeks running for Cat Stevens’ ‘Can’t Keep It In’. Its previous biggest faller had been 2 weeks back. Overall it was Stevens’ 4th time with the award. The good news for Stevens was that ‘Can’t Keep It In’ was the oldest on the chart. It was enjoying its 21st week in the top 20 and its 2nd as the oldest.

Peter Vee’s ‘He (Can Build A Mountain)’ became the 9th song to have a chart run of 2 weeks at number 20 as it fell off the top 20 this week. It was the 3rd song by a local act to do this with the previous ones being Gene Rockwell’s ‘Cold Cold Heart’ and William E’s ‘Lovely Lorraine’. There was only 1 act that had managed this twice and that was Cliff Richard who saw it happen with ‘In The Country’ and ‘Sunny Honey Girl’. Vee would see further chart action.

We also bid farewell to Little Jimmy Osmond and his ‘Long Haired Lover from Liverpool’. It had been with us for 15 weeks and had managed to become our 7th most popular song during that time. He completely out did his brother Donny for weeks and peaks but not for number of hits as Donny had had 2, but only managed 5 weeks with each. His best peak was 11.

Maria (Lopez), had her second hit enter the charts this week as her cover version of Dutch artist Bonnie St. Claire’s hit ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’ made its debut at number 16. St Claire’s version had made number 3 in her native Holland. Maria’s version was the 100th song by a solo woman to reach our charts. 46 woman had brought us these 100 hits.

Also enjoying a second hit was Paul Simon as his ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ was a new entry at 19. It entered the charts just over a year after his previous hit, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ left the top 20 as that happened 54 weeks back. ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ was taken from Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’ album but did not chart in the US. In the UK it made number 7. The story goes that Simon booked 4 days at the Muscle Shoals studio to record that one song, but managed to get the sound he wanted in 30 minutes and 2 takes so he used the additional studio time to record ‘Kodachrome’ and a few other songs.

The US acts were now 5 ahead of the British for total number of hits with the former supplying 346 and the latter 341. It had been 77 weeks since the gap between these 2 nations was this high and it was the Americans who led the way back in February 1972 as well.

Three Dog Night became the 122nd act to clock up a total of 20 weeks in the charts. There were 9 acts that now sat on exactly 20 weeks.

We had seen 11 straight weeks now with no change to the top 20 of the overall weeks count list but there was still things happening on the local weeks count list and that was that John Edmond moved 1 ahead of Alan Garrity with the latter dropping to 5 while the former was unmoved at 4. We also saw The Dealians move 1 ahead of Jody Wayne, putting them 11th on their own while Wayne dropped to 12th.

We had also now seen a year of Johns. By that I mean for the last 52 weeks we had seen at least 1 act in the top 20 who was called John or Johnny. This was by far the record longest run for the Johns so far which is quite interesting as it took 50 weeks for them to first appear on the top 20 way back in May 1966 when John E Squire became the first John to chart. The previous best consecutive week run for Johns was 26 weeks.

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