1973 Weekly Charts

I was sweet fifteen, and into glam rock, and looking like this it was an effort not to get beaten up at school each day… but I had my music to keep me going!Image

I say, “what I Liked at the time”, but what I mean is “what I liked of those records in the Top 30 Singles chart” because in those days I didn’t count it as an “official” hit record unless it was in the UK charts. So, often my favourite record wasn’t in the chart at all, and these can be seen listed as “Bub” or Bubbling Under the week they were peaking first. This explains why there are lots of high entries and sudden inexplicable drop-outs – such as Chairmen Of The Board’s 2 week run at number one and nothing else. Fairly obviously if Id opened up my charts to accept records outside the chart, that record would have been number one for four weeks and Lt Pigeon would have peaked at 2 – or would it? I also loved the 10CC and Albert Hammond bubbling under records, so they would have been in the upper reaches for sure..

hey ho, lots of classics here anyway! Little know fact: Geordie had a singer called Brian Johnson. Yes, AC/DC, him.
JANUARY 1973

7th JANUARY

I’M ON MY WAY TO A BETTER PLACE Chairmen Of The Board 1 out 1 out
DESPERATE DAN Lieutenant Pigeon 2 1 2 1
HAPPY XMAS. WAR IS OVER John & Yoko 3 3 out out
SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 4 4 5 5
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues 5 6 6 8
BALL PARK INCIDENT Wizzard 6 5 4 6
YOU’E SO VAIN Carly Simon 7 11 11 out
ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley 8 7 7 9
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY Royal Scots Dragoons Guards Band 9 8 9 out
LOOKIN’ THROUGH THE WINDOWS The Jackson 5 10 out out out

HI HI HI/C.MOON Wings 11 9 10 13
SHOTGUN WEDDING Roy C 12 12 14 16
GETTING A DRAG Lynsey De Paul 13 15 out out
CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 14 13 12 out
THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 15 14 13 15
STAY WITH ME Blue Mink 16 16 17 out
KEEPER OF THE CASTLE The Four Tops 17 out out out
BEN Michael Jackson 18 19 19 out
LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL Little Jimmy Osmond 19 18 15 20
CRAZY HORSES The Osmonds 20 17 16 19

IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond Bub
JOHNNY DON’T DO IT 10CC Bub
DON’T DO THAT Geordie Bub
REGGAE CHRISTMAS Gable Hall School Choir Bub

14th JANUARY

BLOCKBUSTER The Sweet 2 3 2
IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes 10 8 10
GUDBYE T’JANE Slade 20 20 out

21st JANUARY

PAPER PLANE Status Quo 18 14

28th JANUARY

DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Gary Glitter 3
PART OF THE UNION Strawbs 4
DANIEL Elton John 7
BIG CITY Dandy Livingstone 11
WISHING WELL Free 12
RELAY The Who 17
ME AND MRS JONES Billy Paul 18

So. No excuses, there it is, Lt Pigeon and Little Jimmy Osmond. Oh dear! In fairness he’s a great bloke these days:)

I guess you always love the music of being 15:)

FEBRUARY 1973, and Glam rock really starts taking over big time in the singles charts.

4th FEB

BLOCKBUSTER The Sweet 1 2 5 4
DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Gary Glitter 2 3 8 13
PART OF THE UNION The Strawbs 3 4 7 12
DANIEL Elton John 4 8 15 out
SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 5 out out out
BALL PARK INCIDENT Wizzard 6 7 12 out
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues 7 out out out
BIG CITY Dandy Livingstone 8 out out out
ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley 9 9 16 out
IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes 10 16 18 out
PAPER PLANE Status Quo 11 10 17 out
WISHING WELL Free 12 12 9 17
THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 13 14 14 15
SHOTGUN WEDDING Roy C 14 out out out
ME AND MRS JONES Billy Paul 15 19 out out
HI HI HI/C MOON Wings 16 out out out
RELAY The Who 17 13 out out
CRAZY HORSES The Osmonds 18 18 out out
YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon 19 15 20 out
LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL Little Jimmy Osmond 20 out out out

992 ARGUMENTS The O’Jays bub

11th FEB

BABY I LOVE YOU Dave Edmunds 1 1 1
SYLVIA Focus 5 2 3
HOCUS POCUS Focus 6 11 18
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 11 4 10
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN Electric Light Orchestra 20 6 11

18th FEB

TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY Junior Walker & The Allstars 3 2
HELLO HURRAY Alice Cooper 10 9
DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 13 14
CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces 19 8

25th FEB

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE The Partridge Family 5
KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG Roberta Flack 6
IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony 7
FEEL THE NEED IN ME The Detroit Emeralds 16
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS Olivia Newton-John 19
REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’ Chuck Berry 20

MARCH 1973 CHARTS:

a bit of glam a bit of soul a bit of MOR a bit of rock a bit of country, old-timers & new-timers, old songs & new songs.

The odd chart drop-outs, again, due them dropping prematurely out of the Top 30, otherwise they would have hung about weeks in the upper reaches. Note Geordie at 5 – who? that’ll be Brian Johnson of AC/DC then in his glamrock days. Never talks about it, funnily…smile.gif

MAR 2ND

CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE Slade 1 6 10 11 15
BABY I LOVE YOU Dave Edmunds 2 3 4 5 4
TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY Junior Walker & The All Stars 3 4 out out out
KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG Roberta Flack 4 9 11 12 21
IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony 5 out out out out
SYLVIA Focus 6 11 9 9 out
BLOCKBUSTER The Sweet 7 8 6 6 out
LOOKING THRU’ THE EYES OF LOVE The Partridge Family/ David Cassidy 8 16 20 19 17
DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 9 12 13 17 18
CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces 10 out out out out
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 11 18 17 out out
HELLO HURRAY Alice Cooper 12 19 out out out
HOCUS POCUS Focus 13 13 out out out
DO YOU WANT TO TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Gary Glitter 14 15 19 16 out
PART OF THE UNION The Strawbs 15 14 18 out out
FEEL THE NEED IN ME The Detroit Emeralds 16 10 3 4 6
THAT’S WHEN THE MUSIC TAKES ME Neil Sedaka 17 17 16 out 9
WISHING WELL Free 18 out out out out
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN Electric Light Orchestra 19 out out out out
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS Olivia Newton-John 20 out out out out
YOU ARE EVERYTHING The Pearls bub
REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’ Chuck Berry bub
I DON’T KNOW WHY Andy & David Williams bub

MAR 9TH

HEART OF STONE Kenny 1 2 3 10
WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas 2 5 8 12
GONNA MAKE YOU AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE Jimmy Helms 5 8 13 11
20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex 6 7 10 8
NICE ONE CYRIL Cockeral Chorus 20 out out out

MAR 16TH

LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 1 1 1
NEVER NEVER NEVER Shirley Bassey 12 14 20
THE LOOK OF LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips 14 18 out
POWER TO ALL OUR FRIENDS Cliff Richard 15 20 14

MAR 23RD

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 2 3
PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music 7 7

MAR 30TH

CRAZY Mud 2
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Geordie 5
TWEEDLEDEE Little Jimmy Osmond 13
PINBALL WIZARD/SEE ME FEEL ME The New Seekers 16
GET DOWN Gilbert O’Sullivan 19

APRIL 1973: All about glam pop n soul for me that year

6th April

LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 1 1 1 4
CRAZY Mud 2 2 2 3
HELLO HELLO I’M BACK AGAIN Gary Glitter 3 3 4 15
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 4 4 5 7
BABY I LOVE YOU Dave Edmunds 5
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Geordie 6 5 6 12
FEEL THE NEED IN ME The Detroit Emeralds 7 6 9 9
PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music 8 9 11 17
20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex 9 10 12
THAT’S WHEN THE MUSIC TAKES ME Neil Sedaka 10

HEART OF STONE Kenny 11 11 13 16
GONNA MAKE YOU AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE Jimmy Helms 12 12
WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas 13 13 15
GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU Argent 14 14 14 8
TWEEDLEDEE Little Jimmy Osmond 15 15 16 20
CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE Slade 16 16 17 19
POWER TO ALL OUR FRIENDS Cliff Richard 17 17 19
DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 18
I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 19 18 18 5
GET DOWN Gilbert O’Sullivan 20 19 20
KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG Roberta Flack 21 21 22

BAD WEATHER The Supremes BUB
ALL NIGHT Lynsey De Paul BUB

13th April new entries

THE RIGHT THING TO DO Carly Simon 7 7 11
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 8 8 10
GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip 20 10 2

EVERYDAY Don McLean BUB
SING The Carpenters BUB

20th april new entries

SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 3 1
BROTHER LOUIE Hot Chocolate 21 13

NEVERTHELESS (I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU) The New Seekers/ Eve Graham BUB

27th april new entries

WAM BAM The Handley Family 6
WONDERFUL DREAM Anne-Marie David 14
MY LOVE Paul McCartney & Wings 18

MAY 1973 and The Sweet managed to briefly interrupt my Roy Wood adoration. Posters on the wall, the lot. That said, Middle Of The Road were excluded by chart rules (they didnt make the UK top 30) but had I allowed non-Top 30 records in the chart it’s a safe bet that they would grabbed at least one week at the top as I was mad on it for a few weeks playing it over and over on my reel-to-reel tape recorder…

4th MAY

HELLRAISER The Sweet 1 2 2 2
SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 2 1 1 1
GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip 3 3 4 11
CRAZY Mud 4 7 6 OUT
LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 5 9 OUT OUT
I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 6 10 7 OUT
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 7 12 11 17
GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU Argent 8 OUT OUT OUT
COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE The Detroit Spinners 9 6 8 9
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 10 14 12 16

THE RIGHT THING TO DO Carly Simon 11 11 OUT OUT
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Geordie 12 15 14 OUT
BROTHER LOUIE Hot Chocolate 13 17 16 15
WONDERFUL DREAM Anne-Marie David 14 16 17 OUT
HELLO HELLO I’M BACK AGAIN Gary Glitter 15 18 19 18
HEART OF STONE Kenny 16 OUT OUT OUT
PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music 17 20 15 OUT
TWEEDLEDEE Little Jimmy Osmond 18 19 20 OUT
MY LOVE Paul McCartney & Wings 19 OUT OUT OUT
MEAN GIRL Status Quo 20 13 10 14
BESSAME MUCHO Apollo 100 BUB BUB BUB

11th MAY new entries

ONE AND ONE IS ONE Medecine Head 4 3 7
NO MORE MR NICE GUY Alice Cooper 5 9 13
BROKENDOWN ANGEL Nazereth 8 5 12
TALK OF THE USA Middle Of The Road BUB BUB BUB

18th MAY new entries

YOU WANT IT YOU GOT IT The Detroit Emeralds 13 8
2001 (ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA) Deodata 18 19

25th MAY new entries

CAN THE CAN Suzi Quatro 3
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 4
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Lou Reed 5
RUBBER BULLETS 10CC 6
WALKING IN THE RAIN The Partridge Family/ David Cassidy 10
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 20

JUNE 1973

Summer was here (yes in those days we had summers), and I was a teenager on an RAF camp. Glam and soul, pop and rock, in that order. Roy Wood was my hero (obviously) closely followed by Chinn-chap productions and Bowie productions. Astounding from this viewpoint is that I dint love Stealers Wheel, Edgar Winter and Wings for the classics that they so obviously are. All would now be instant number ones if re-issued hits.

1st JUNE charts

SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 1 1 1 1 1
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 2 4 4 8 13
CAN THE CAN Suzi Quatro 3 5 7 10 11
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Lou Reed 4 6 15 20 17
RUBBER BULLETS 10CC 5 7 12 15 15
HELLRAISER The Sweet 6 8 11 12 out
YOU WANT IT YOU GOT IT The Detroit Emeralds 7 11 out out out
ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS First Choice 8 9 5 9 18
ONE AND ONE IS ONE Medecine Head 9 13 14 19 out
GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip 10 out out out out

WALKING IN THE RAIN The Partridge Family/ David Cassidy 11 16 out out out
COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE The Detroit Spinners 12 12 out out out
BROKENDOWN ANGEL Nazereth 13 out out out out
MEAN GIRL Status Quo 14 15 out out out
BROTHER LOUIE Hot Chocolate 15 out out out out
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 16 20 out out out
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 17 14 17 7 8
NO MORE MR NICE GUY Alice Cooper 18 out out out out
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 19 out 19 out out
HELLO HELLO I’M BACK AGAIN Gary Glitter 20 19 out out out

TALK OF THE USA Middle Of The Road BUB BUB BUB

8th JUNE new entries

SWEET ILLUSIONS Junior Campbell 2 3 2 2
SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Hotshots 3 10 16 20
STANDING ON THE INSIDE Neil Sedaka 10 8 6 9
GIVE ME LOVE GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH George Harrison 17 9 18 out
FRANKENSTEIN The Edgar Winter Group 18 16 17 out

YO YO The Pearls BUB BUB BUB

15th JUNE new entries

THE GROOVER T.Rex 2 11 12
BORN TO BE WITH YOU Dave Edmunds 6 3 6
ROCK A DOODLE DOO Linda Lewis 13 5 7
LIVE AND LET DIE Wings 18 14 14
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 20 out out

WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES Billy Preston BUB

22nd JUNE new entries

HONALOOCHI BOOGIE Mott The Hoople 4 4
I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 13 10

29th JUNE new entries

LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 3
SKWEEZE ME PLEEZE ME Slade 5
STEP BY STEP Joe Simon 16
HALLELUJAH DAY The Jackson 5 19

I SAW THE LIGHT Todd Rundgren BUB

JULY 1973

It was hot weather, school was out, and I was stuck (albeit pleasantly) in the Lincolnshire countryside at RAF Swinderby. I was still latching my charts to the UK singles chart, but not for much longer as it was getting limiting as favourites were forced to drop out (see Wizzard’s whole run at 1, virtually, then out) and favourites weren’t getting in (Todd Rundgren). In fact the whole month should have had Mud at number one, as I’d already spent my pocket money on it before it made the Top 30. I loved the tango rock even more than Crazy, and Mud were going to be big – after this single!

Sultry classic soul from sexy Sylvia and Barry White made groaning a trend, rock old and new, glam rock, and oldies from the 50’s (Goons), 60’s (Al Martino) and 70’s (perennial re-entry Free) dotted around too…

6th JULY chart

SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 1 OUT OUT OUT
LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 2 3 4 7
HONALOOCHI BOOGIE Mott The Hoople 3 2 2 10
SWEET ILLUSIONS Junior Campbell 4 OUT OUT OUT
SKWEEZE ME PLEEZE ME Slade 5 7 7 12
FINDER’S KEEPERS Chairmen Of The Board 6 6 17 OUT
PILLOW TALK Sylvia 7 5 3 8
BORN TO BE WITH YOU Dave Edmunds 8 8 12 15
ROCK A DOODLE DOO Linda Lewis 9 9 8 OUT
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 10 10 10 17

THE GROOVER T.Rex 11 15 18 OUT
CAN THE CAN Suzi Quatro 12 12 OUT OUT
I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 13 OUT OUT OUT
STANDING ON THE INSIDE Neil Sedaka 14 14 OUT OUT
LIVE AND LET DIE Wings 15 13 14 OUT
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 16 OUT OUT OUT
STEP BY STEP Joe Simon 17 11 11 20
RUBBER BULLETS 10CC 18 18 20 OUT
HALLELUJAH DAY The Jackson 5 19 20 OUT OUT
CAN YOU DO IT Geordie 20 OUT OUT OUT
SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Hotshots 21 19 OUT OUT
I SAW THE LIGHT Todd Rundgren BUB BUB BUB BUB

13th JULY new entries

HYPNOSIS Mud 1 1 1
GOING HOME The Osmonds 4 5 4
ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT Mungo Jerry 16 16 19
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING Elton John 17 15 16


20th JULY New Entries

I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG (I AM) Gary Glitter 6 6
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE The Carpenters 9 5
TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 13 14
FREE ELECTRIC BAND Albert Hammond 19 OUT

27th JULY New Entries

48 CRASH Suzi Quatro 2
BAD BAD BOY Nazereth 3
YING TONG SONG The Goons 9
ALL RIGHT NOW Free 11
SPANISH EYES Al Martino 13
GAYE Clifford T. Ward 18

AUGUST 1973

School summer holidays, it was hot, the charts were getting a bit MOR for me, and full of the wrong kind of oldies – as can be seen from the BUB (Bubbling unders) tracks that failed to make the UK Top 30 were often much better than those that did (No Donny Osmond at Number One in my chart! No Donny Osmond at all, in fact!) My favourite record of the time had it’s entire run at Number One because it wasn’t eligible before it made the Top 30, and it dropped out before it deserved to (Mud, with Chinn-Chapman’s other biggie at 2 for Suzi Quatro). Ditto Angel Fingers, Wizzard were my heroes of the year, and would have entered much earlier as it was getting Radio One airplay weeks ahead of release (unusual in those days). Anyway, it’s the last month my chart would be limited to a Top 20 based on the UK Top 30 – and about time too!

3rd August chart

HYPNOSIS Mud 1 1 1 1 OUT
48 CRASH Suzi Quatro 2 2 7 10 13
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE The Carpenters 3 3 11 15 17
TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 4 6 18 20 OUT
BAD BAD BOY Nazereth 5 4 5 8 11
PILLOW TALK Sylvia 6 5 10 OUT OUT
GOING HOME The Osmonds 7 7 14 11 15
LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 8 16 13 9 12
SPANISH EYES Al Martino 9 12 12 16 18
YING TONG SONG The Goons 10 14 20 OUT OUT

ALL RIGHT NOW Free 11 17 17 18 20
I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG (I AM) Gary Glitter 12 OUT OUT OUT OUT
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING Elton John 13 OUT OUT OUT OUT
SKWEEZE ME PLEEZE ME Slade 14 OUT OUT OUT OUT
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 15 OUT OUT OUT OUT
YOU CAN DO MAGIC Limmie & The Family Cooking 16 18 19 12 16
BORN TO BE WITH YOU Dave Edmunds 17 OUT OUT OUT OUT
STEP BY STEP Joe Simon 18 OUT OUT OUT OUT
FREE ELECTRIC BAND Albert Hammond 19 19 OUT OUT OUT
LIVE AND LET DIE Wings 20 OUT OUT OUT OUT

THE MORNING AFTER Maureen McGovern BUB BUB BUB
THE BAND PLAYED THE BOOGIE C.C.S. BUB

10th August New Entries

LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER The Drifters 8 6 5 10
SMARTY PANTS First Choice 9 8 17 OUT
RISING SUN Medecine Head 10 2 3 5
DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT Barry Blue 11 9 7 2
I’M DOING FINE NOW New York City 13 16 19 19
SAY HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY SWEET GYPSY ROSE Dawn/ Tony Orlando 15 15 13 7
SUMMER, THE FIRST TIME Bobby Goldsboro 20 3 2 3

RUSTY HANDS OF TIME Peter Doyle BUB BUB BUB
SATURDAY NIGHT Bay City Rollers BUB BUB BUB BUB
RUMOURS Hot Chocolate BUB BUB BUB

17th August new entries

I’M FREE Roger Daltrey 4 6 6

NATURAL HIGH Bloodstone BUB

24th August New Entries

PICK UP THE PIECES Hudson-Ford 4 4
DEAR ELAINE Roy Wood 14 9

31st August new entries

ANGEL FINGERS Wizzard 1
THE DEAN AND I 10CC 8
I THINK OF YOU The Detroit Emeralds 14

ELECTRIC LADY Geordie BUB
OUR LAST SONG TOGETHER Neil Sedaka BUB

SEPTEMBER 1973

It was all-change in september 1973, I was 15 and the charts were too limiting for what I liked. The last UK charts-based Top 20 was the 1st, then I stopped, feeling I ought to grow up as we moved from RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire to RAF Innsworth in Gloucester, a new school yet again, the new boy yet again, and my new school was quite strict on uniform and sports. No football, just Rugby, and most definitely no long hair – as I got told as soon as I started by the teachers. Mine was shoulder-length.

In tandem the music scene exploded with excitement, loads of hot new records from hot acts, and many of my faves were now not charting in the singles rush. Glam, rock and soul were the new pop. I couldn’t last – by the 23rd I’d done another chart – my first Top 30 of the new era, the others filled in the gaps after the event. There is an inrush of new stuff, and many of them remain obscure. The Sweet, ELO, Ike & Tina, Elton, Jackson 5, Manfred Mann & Wizzard were my faves this month. Manfred, Ike & Tina & Jackson 5 had synths, and I was loving those futuristic sounds!

1st Sept chart

ANGEL FINGERS Wizzard 1 3 4 9 12
MONSTER MASH Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers 2 6 14 15 18
PICK UP THE PIECES Hudson-Ford 3 2 9 17
DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT Barry Blue 4 9 16 21
THE DEAN AND I 10CC 5 4 10 27 25
SAY HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY SWEET GYPSY ROSE Dawn/ Tony Orlando 6 16 23 26
DEAR ELAINE Roy Wood 7 18 28
SUMMER, THE FIRST TIME Bobby Goldsboro 8 11 13 22
I’M FREE Roger Daltrey 9 15 21
LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 10

RISING SUN Medecine Head 11 17
48 CRASH Suzi Quatro 12
LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER The Drifters 13 20
I THINK OF YOU The Detroit Emeralds 14 30
YOU CAN DO MAGIC Limmie & The Family Cooking 15 19 26
ROCK ON David Essex 16 8 11 20 20
I’VE BEEN HURT Guy Darrell 17 21
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE The Carpenters 18 23
SPANISH EYES Al Martino 19 27
I’M DOING FINE NOW New York City 20 26

8th Sept new entries

BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 1 1 10 10
SKYWRITER The Jackson 5 5 5 5 2
ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS Mott The Hoople 7 7 18 17
ELECTRIC LADY Geordie 10 15 out 28
CAROLINE Status Quo 12 8 4 9
NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS Ike & Tina Turner 13 3 2 4
OH NO NOT MY BABY Rod Stewart 14 6 14 15
OUR LAST SONG TOGETHER Neil Sedaka 22 30
JOYBRINGER Manfred Mann’s Earthband 24 12 13 8
WE’VE GOT TO DO IT NOW The New Seekers 25 25
THAT LADY The Isley Brothers 28 24 25 14
EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT FINE Stealer’s Wheel 29

15th Sept new entries

SHOWDOWN Electric Light Orchestra 2 1 1
GHETTO CHILD The Detroit Spinners 17 11 11
THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie 18 16 23
LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK Paul Simon 19 6 7
THE DAY THAT CURLY BILLY SHOT DOWN CRAZY SAM MCGEE The Hollies 20 19 16
HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars 22 12 19
OOH BABY Gilbert O’Sullivan 27
ROCK AND ROLL PEOPLE Bobby McGee 29 23 21

22nd Sept new entries

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 3 3
A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 7 6
MY FREIND STAN Slade 8 5
LAW OF THE LAND The Temptations 24 30
SHINE ON SILVER SUN The Strawbs 28
JAM JAM The American Jam Band 29
LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 30

29th Sept new entries

HIGHER GROUND Stevie Wonder 22
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 24
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Bob Dylan 26
EYE LEVEL The Simon Park Orchestra 27
ANGIE The Rolling Stones 29

OCTOBER 1973

Firmly in my new school, Chosenhill Comprehensive, I was surprised to find there was a bit of a northern soul and glam and rock scene going on there. Suited me perfectly really, though in evidence here is a bit of 60’s nostalgia of sorts (I’d been a music fan for 10 years already and it was like dipping way back in time from the rather advanced age of 15): Dylan times 2, Ike & Tina, Manfred Mann, Hollies, Paul Simon, Isleys, Four Tops, Tempts & various ex-Beatles. The forgotten Beatle had the last laugh this month though, with a bit of help from George the fabulous Photograph put Ringo on top and interrupted all those rock/soul tracks with synthesisers that really were exciting me, the new sound of electronic music really did appeal to me. I fondly recall John Peel reviewing Ike & Tina commenting in Sounds (pop paper) it was a great rock track (as indeed it was a classic!) despite being interrupted by some farty synthesisers. What!?! I loved those farty synths. Not to worry he changed his tune in the 80’s, by which time Punk had made him see the error of his smart-arse hippie ways and appreciate (good) pop.

6th September chart

NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS Ike & Tina Turner 1 1 3 9
SHOWDOWN Electric Light Orchestra 2 3 8 3
JOYBRINGER Manfred Mann’s Earthband 3 2 4 out
A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 4 4 2 5
SKYWRITER The Jackson 5 5 out out out
GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 6 5 6 6
MY FREIND STAN Slade 7 9 15 17
BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 8 8 10 13
GHETTO CHILD The Detroit Spinners 9 7 14 21
LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK Paul Simon 10 20 out out

THAT LADY The Isley Brothers 11 17 24 28
ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS Mott The Hoople 12 16 out out
ANGEL FINGERS Wizzard 13 15 out out
THE DAY THAT CURLY BILLY SHOT DOWN CRAZY SAM MCGEE The Hollies 14 14 13 7
CAROLINE Status Quo 15 18 19 26
HIGHER GROUND Stevie Wonder 16 13 9 out
THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT Nazereth 17 10 5 11
OH NO NOT MY BABY Rod Stewart 18 23 out out
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Bob Dylan 19 12 12 8
ROCK ON David Essex 20 24 out out

OOH BABY Gilbert O’Sullivan 21 out out out
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 22 19 25 out
EYE LEVEL The Simon Park Orchestra 23 28 21 15
PLAY AROUND Linda Lewis 24 22 27 out
HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars 25 out out out
WON’T SOMEBODY DANCE WITH ME Lynsey De Paul 26 21 20 18
THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie 27 27 30 out
LAW OF THE LAND The Temptations 28 out out out
DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy 29 25 23 20
ROCK AND ROLL PEOPLE Bobby McGee 30 out out out

13th Sept new entries

PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 6 1 1
SORROW David Bowie 11 7 4
TOP OF THE WORLD The Carpenters 26 22 19
MONSTER MASH Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers 29 out out
SHINE ON SILVER SUN The Strawbs 30 out out


20th September new entries

DYNAMITE Mud 11 2
DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue 16 14
DAYTONA DEMON Suzi Quatro 17 12
LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing 18 10
TAKE IT BACK Hudson-Ford 26 23
MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust 28 16
DREAMBOAT Limmie & The Family Cooking 29 out

27th September new entries

HELEN WHEELS Wings 22
KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks 24
LET ME IN The Osmonds 25
DAN THE BANJO MAN Dan The Banjo Man 27
SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE The Four Tops 29
WONDERFUL Colin Blunstone 30

NOVEMBER 1973

OK, I was adjusting to my new school in Churchdown, trying to make friends and be less of a loner – a bit daunting as everyone had over 4 years together in most cases and the syllabus was all new to me. There were a few kids I liked like Stephen ‘Barney’ Robson (we swapped 45’s) who got me first ever nickname (and last, thank god: “Fiddle”. Don’t ask why…!)

The country, however, was about to get very dark. Quite literally, as power cuts, days off school, and no television after 10pm bit hard. The TV was the hard one. 9 months later there was a baby boom, for some reason I couldnt quite explain…

The more grim it got (and life otherwise was perfectly fine for me) the more Glam Rock seemed tailor-made for cheering everyone up. It did, big time, and it pretty much peaked for the next 3 months before suddenly dying out overnight, virtually. For me, it was all about Mud (and other Chinn-Chapman acts) and Roy Wood/Wizzard, but I also preferred now-forgotten acts like Barry Blue to the one he ripped off royally, Gary Glitter, with Do You Wanna Dance. Other than that, there were 3 ex-Beatles, a sprinkling of soul minor classics (like the gorgeous Don Downing track) and some non-hits like String Driven Thing, a song later murdered by the Bay City Rollers (but at least it became a hit at last). Dan The Banjo man had already charted with previous instrumentals I Will Return (as Springwater, one of the best obscure guitar instrumentals) and Groovin’ With Mr Bloe, so he didnt mind (I hope) missing out this time. Little-known act Michael Jackson charted with me (but not the UK) with his brothers, while the first of a new breed suddenly appeared at 5, just ahead of his own Beach Boys tribute record at 6. Band: Wizzard. Song: a modern-sounding christmas pop song, cheering up Xmas no end. You’ve probably never heard of it, though. I popped out to HMV Gloucester to buy the fold-out gatefold sleeve edition with Roy as Santa on a sleigh. Fab! I wonder if there’s any chance I might finally get to hear it on the radio this christmas for it’s 40th birthday?


3rd November Chart

DYNAMITE Mud 1 1 3 8
PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 2 5 5 7
DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue 3 2 1 3
SHOWDOWN Electric Light Orchestra 4 9 13 out
I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter 5 3 4 12
SORROW David Bowie 6 11 17 20
LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing 7 7 11 19
HELEN WHEELS Wings 8 4 9 16
DAYTONA DEMON Suzi Quatro 9 8 15 22
A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 10 out out out

MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust 11 6 2 1
THE DAY THAT CURLY BILLY SHOT DOWN CRAZY SAM MCGEE The Hollies 12 out out out
GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 13 16 19 23
LET ME IN The Osmonds 14 13 25 29
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Bob Dylan 15 24 out out
IT’S A GAME String Driven Thing 16 10 6 out
DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy 17 14 21 26
NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS Ike & Tina Turner 18 out out out
THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT Nazereth 19 20 28 28
KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks 20 15 10 9

LAMPLIGHT David Essex 21 12 8 11
DAN THE BANJO MAN Dan The Banjo Man 22 21 out out
MY FREIND STAN Slade 23 26 out out
WON’T SOMEBODY DANCE WITH ME Lynsey De Paul 24 out out out
GHETTO CHILD The Detroit Spinners 25 29 29 out
WONDERFUL Colin Blunstone 26 22 out out
AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 27 23 16 14
WILD LOVE Mungo Jerry 28 18 23 out
CAROLINE Status Quo 29 out out out
SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE The Four Tops 30 25 22 18

10th Nov new entries

ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople 17 7 2
PAPER ROSES Marie Osmond 19 24 out
STREETLIFE Roxy Music 27 12 4
GET IT TOGETHER The Jackson 5 28 20 24
WHY OH WHY OH WHY Gilbert O’Sullivan 30 30 out

17th Nov new entries

TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex 14 10
LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight 18 13
YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers 26 15
MIND GAMES John Lennon 27 17

24th Nov new entries

I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5
FOREVER Roy Wood 6
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell 21
TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard 25
VADO VIA Drupi 27
RADAR LOVE Golden Earring 30

1st DEC 1973

Yes, I was 15 and my hero had the top 2, solo at 2 and Wizzard’s 3rd number one of the year, I bought both singles the day my brother bought the Slade single. The xmas one’s seem to have passed the test of time (and Forever should have, shame it’s been forgotten)…

I was doing my best still to avoid rugby at school, going on the bus to Gloucester leisure centre to go swimming instead, me and a couple of (other) geeks – I really don’t know how I blagged it to this day, they must have looked at me and thought, he won’t be much good in a scrum.

Roxy Music were cool, Bryan Ferry was cool, Streetlife was fab, and it was rising in tandem with cool bowie-promoted Mott The Hoople, I still associate them together, I still think they are exciting rockpop records. Catch the Thunderthighs girls on the video for Roll Away The Stone!

T.Rex were about to burn out, this was the last of the pop metal T.Rex singles, another late great John Lennon up to 10 with the very under-rated Mind Games, Elton does a xmas single that still gets airplay (despite being his minor hit of the year), and of course they collaborated on singles in 1974 before Lennon had his final ever live appearance at an Elton John concert.

1 ( 5 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 6 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
3 ( 4 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
4 ( 1 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
5 ( 2 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
6 ( 10 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
7 ( 9 ) KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks
8 ( 13 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
9 ( 3 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
10 ( 17 ) MIND GAMES John Lennon

11 ( 7 ) PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr
12 ( 15 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers
13 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
14 ( 8 ) DYNAMITE Mud
15 ( 14 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
16 ( 12 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
17 ( 21 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
18 ( NEW ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
19 ( 11 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
20 ( 16 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings

21 ( 20 ) SORROW David Bowie
22 ( 18 ) SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE The Four Tops
23 ( 25 ) TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard
24 ( 27 ) VADO VIA Drupi
25 ( 22 ) DAYTONA DEMON Suzi Quatro
26 ( 30 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
27 ( 19 ) LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
28 ( 28 ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT Nazereth
29 ( NEW ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
30 ( 26 ) DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy

8th DEC 1973

I rediscovered a passion for comics about this time – DC Comics was having a new look to it’s Superman/Batman family titles, I was most excited by Legion Of Super Heroes on the covers (about time) of Superboy’s comic. Epic.

I digress, a second week for Wizzard, Slade at 3 and The Beach Boys 60’s classic making it a very happy jolly-sounding musical xmas, despite the power-cuts, early nights and reduced TV. At least Top Of The Pops and Morecambe & Wise kept us going! And the Star Trek repeats. Ones I hadnt seen for 4 years were back on TV, also epic.

In at 12, glamrock faves Geordie (a flop single everywhere). Check out AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on this. I’m going to cause gasps now (and disbelief) by saying I’ll take this over anything he did in AC/DC anyday. Great fun. New at 16 a debut hit for Leo Sayer, dressed as a clown, and much media attention as cool songwriter (for Roger Daltrey and others). Hard to believe he did what they used to call “a Gilbert” and opted for MOR pop instead of singer-songwriter 3 years later. At 24, a major soulfunk classic, probably my fave Stevie Wonder record, the conscience-touching ghetto tale. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 2 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
3 ( 13 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
4 ( 8 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
5 ( 4 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
6 ( 3 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
7 ( 5 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
8 ( 15 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
9 ( 12 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers
10 ( 6 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex

11 ( 17 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
12 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
13 ( 18 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
14 ( 9 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
15 ( 7 ) KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks
16 ( NEW ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
17 ( 14 ) DYNAMITE Mud
18 ( 16 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
19 ( 19 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
20 ( 20 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings

21 ( 24 ) VADO VIA Drupi
22 ( 29 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
23 ( 26 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
24 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) SORROW David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE Billy Paul
27 ( 23 ) TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
29 ( NEW ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
30 ( RE ) LET ME IN The Osmonds

15th DEC 1973

In which Roy Wood knocks himself off the top. That was a chartfirst! The backing musicians in the TOTP clip are Wizzard, though the single is 100% Roy on all instruments and voices, which impressed me hugely in those days. The record is a 1960’s Neil Sedaka pastiche, affectionate and catchy, and appropriate as Neil was in the UK making great adult music at 10CC’s studio, one song of which is lower down and covered by the great Andy Williams.

New entries from Harold Melvin (or rather the late Teddy Pendergrass) with a great Philly soul song that was clubbed-up in the 90’s to lesser effect. Marmalade sneak in with a forgotten flop, keeping my 60’s nostalgia bubbling as it started to seem a long time ago as I neared sweet 16. In at 29, a band formerly faves of mine under a different guise (Jonathan King protegees basically), who, now having had an overhaul came back with a catchy pop ditto I liked. I say liked. By the time it became a hit, months later, the Rollers were on the road to becoming huge pop machine monsters of inane drivel (once they ditched their professional songwriters and tried to write their own). Finally, up to 3, Northern Soul classic B side hits it big: Wigan was the place to be for hipster raving back in 1974 (true!) and loads of old 60’s soul records became hits on the back of it, such as Love On A Mountain Top. Originally hidden-away on the b side of Everlasting Love (the original, but not the best, version of a classic song), the soaring melody and rhythm was great for back-flips. So I hear.

1 ( 2 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
2 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 4 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
4 ( 3 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
5 ( 11 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
6 ( 6 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
7 ( 7 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
8 ( 5 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
9 ( 12 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
10 ( 16 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer

11 ( 13 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
12 ( 8 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
13 ( 24 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
14 ( 28 ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
15 ( 10 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
16 ( 14 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
17 ( 23 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
18 ( 22 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
19 ( 20 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
20 ( 9 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers

21 ( 21 ) VADO VIA Drupi
22 ( 17 ) DYNAMITE Mud
23 ( 18 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
24 ( 26 ) THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE Billy Paul
25 ( 19 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
26 ( NEW ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
27 ( 29 ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
28 ( NEW ) PAPER ROSES Marie Osmond
29 ( NEW ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) OUR HOUSE IS ROCKING Marmalade

22nd DEC 1973

It’s Chriiiistmas! We went round to neighbour friends of my parents for xmas day dinner (Jimmy and Vera) and watched Xmas Top Of The Pops. Fab. Don’t recall what I got for xmas, but it was likely to have been vinyl albums, Arcade and KTel hits compilations.

2nd week at the top for Roy Wood, and drum rocker Cozy Powell goes up to 3 with the instrumental stomper we used to play on the school desks. Works pretty well, I suggest you try it! Stevie Wonder gets his 4th Top 10 hit of the year, and the Bay City Rollers make the Top 10 for the first time in 2 years. Jonathan King gets yet another hit under a fake name, covering the Stones to amusing effect. Melanie, meanwhile returns with a Shirelles cover. Both King and Melanie had hit number one in 1972. Sneaking in at the bottom, Dexter Redding – who?! – he was the teen son of the late great Otis having a go at the teen pop market, and failing, but I rather liked this sweet track.

1 ( 1 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
2 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 5 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
4 ( 10 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
5 ( 13 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
6 ( 7 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
7 ( 6 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
8 ( 11 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
9 ( 29 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
10 ( 4 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

11 ( 3 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
12 ( 14 ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
13 ( 8 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
14 ( 9 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
15 ( 18 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
16 ( 19 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
17 ( 16 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
18 ( 12 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
19 ( 15 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
20 ( 21 ) VADO VIA Drupi

21 ( 23 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
22 ( 22 ) DYNAMITE Mud
23 (NEW) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
24 ( 26 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
25 ( 25 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
26 (NEW) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
27 ( 20 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers
28 ( 17 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
29 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
30 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding

29th DEC 1973

Xmas was over, radio had some hot new singles to play and they were both Chinn-Chapman hit machine products. Instant fave was The Sweet, followed by Mud, and a boost for previous Mud single. Bubble Rock go Top 10, but otherwise the xmas period was waiting for the new year and those record tokens to be spent – both my brother and myself had one from grandma, I think, so which single would we each buy in January….? tbc

1 ( 1 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
2 ( 5 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
3 ( NEW ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
4 ( 22 ) DYNAMITE Mud
5 ( 6 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
6 ( 7 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
7 ( 3 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
8 ( 13 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
9 ( NEW ) TIGER FEET Mud
10 ( 23 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock

11 ( 16 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
12 ( 9 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 17 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
14 ( 4 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
15 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
16 ( 14 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
17 ( 11 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
18 ( 19 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
19 ( 15 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
20 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

22 ( 24 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
23 ( 8 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
24 ( 12 ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
25 ( 29 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
26 ( 28 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
27 ( RE ) DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy
28 ( 25 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
29 ( 21 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
30 ( 18 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee

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2 thoughts on “1973 Weekly Charts

  1. Great Chart, John and great pic!
    You looked a bit like that blond guy from Sweet, you know 🙂
    I’ve never heard your No.1 and No.2. Should check them both as i like Chairmen Of The Board and i find Mouldy Old Dough quite a funny record.
    I always thought that it’s quite unfair that Elton John didn’t reach No.1 with Crocodile Rock, cause it’s absolutely brilliant song! So i’m glad that your Chart set this right 🙂
    Also agreed on Crazy Horses, You’re So Vain, Solid Gold and Blockbuster. And you can beat me, but i love Long Haired Lover. It’s bloody catchy.

    • thanks Andrey, I think its the hairstyle, as I got older I got compared to Bowie (its the crooked teeth:)

      Chairmen of the board were great, Lt Pigeon is virtually the same as Mouldy Old Dough. My younger brother bought the Little Jimmy Osmond record, I’m afraid I will admit to still loving the cheesy follow-ups Tweedledee and I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door:) tongue-in-cheek fun…

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