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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16 November 1973

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

It was now 3 weeks running that we had seen Tommy Overstreet’s ‘Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’ at the number 1 spot. It was coming under pressure from 2 local songs as Geli & Billy’s’ Do You Love Me’ and Tommy Oliver’s ‘I Wanna Live’ both moved up 3 to land at 2 and 3 respectively.

And while we had 2 local songs doing well at the top of the charts another local act was picking up the climber of the week award and that was Lionel Petersen’s ‘Come Back Liza’ which moved up 6 from 19 to 13. It was his first such award as a solo artist, but Petersen had seen a previous biggest climber as a member of The Invaders back in the December of 1967. ‘Come Back Liza’ was the only star rater this week.

Dickey Lee’s ‘Ashes Of Love’ picked up its 3rd biggest faller award with a 3 place drop from 14 to 17. It was the 13th song so far to see 3 biggest falls with 2 songs managing 4. ‘Ashes Of Love’ was the oldest on the chart for a second week running and had spent a total of 18 weeks in the top 20.

Dave Mills’ SA chart career came to an end with the departure of ‘I Can’t Go Home To Mary’ this week. The song had managed a run of 4 weeks and peaked at 17, his second lowest weeks and peaks figures, only doing better than his previous hit, ‘Mexico’ which lasted just 1 week at number 20. In total Dave had enjoyed chart success with 7 hits, spent 73 weeks in the chart and enjoyed 4 weeks at 1 with ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’. He sat tied 21st on the overall weeks count list and second on the local list.

The new entry was the Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’. It was their 11th song to chart and they moved into tied 6th place for number of hits, joining Herman’s Hermits, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Petula Clark on that total. Their previous 2 hits ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Tumbling Dice’ had both only spent a single week in the chart, the former at 20 and the latter at 19. ‘Angie’ went to the top of the US charts and made number 5 in the UK. It also topped the Australian, Canadian, Dutch, Norwegian and Swiss charts and gave them a number 2 hit in Germany as well as going top 20 in Austria, Denmark, Finland and Ireland.

Four Jacks & A Jill celebrated reaching the 70 weeks in the chart mark this week. They sat 3rd on the local weeks count list with the aforementioned Dave Mills at 2 on 73 weeks and The Staccatos leading the way on 83. Four Jacks & A Jill were the 25th act overall to reach this milestone of 70 weeks.

The Sweet joined The Staccatos in 13th place on the overall weeks count list. They had 83 weeks to their name now. On the local list Billy Forrest moved 1 ahead of John Edmond and now had 4th place to himself as Edmond fell to 5th. Jessica Jones’ 39 weeks put her level with Gene Rockwell in 13th place on the local list while another local lass, Maria moved into tied 15th place with Virginia Lee. The Rising Sons moved 1 week ahead of Des Lindberg and Peter Lotis. Their 32 weeks left them in 19th place with Lindberg and Lotis dropped to tied 20th.

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