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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1973

 

The major acts of 1972 continued their success in 1973.  Those included the British artists Elton John, David Bowie and Rod Stewart plus bands the Sweet, Slade and T Rex who kept Glam Rock going.  They were joined by newcomers David Essex, Alvin Stardust and Leo Sayer.  Status Quo, who had a few hits in the late 1960s, returned in 1973, beginning a long and successful career that went on into the 2000s.  The band 10cc had their first Number One in this year, and went on to have a string of hits through the 1970s.  Member Graham Gouldman has been mentioned in these lists previously when he wrote songs for the Yardbirds, Hollies and others.  The former Beatles all had solo hits during 1973.  Quirky Irish performer Gilbert O'Sullivan also had a very successful year in the UK charts.

American artists David Cassidy and Donny Osmond continued their hit-making ways, the latter also featuring in his family group the Osmonds.  They were joined by sister Marie Osmond who had her first hit in the UK, and went on to duet with brother Donny in 1974.  The year also witnessed the return of 1960s recording star Neil Sedaka.  He changed to a more mellow sound, and enjoyed several hits as a result.  Perry Como, a major force during the 1950s, who had returned in 1971, enjoyed two Top 10 hits in 1973 despite having turned 60 years of age.  American group Dawn, who had reached Number One in 1971 with "Knock Three Times", were back with another chart-topper, although it was their final year of Top 20 chart entries.

Following the outlawing of the North Sea pirate radio stations in 1967 (under the Labour government of the day), the Conservative government of 1970 made plans to introduce commercial radio in the UK.  This became a reality in 1973.  The first broadcaster was London-based news radio station LBC, which began in October 1973.  This was quickly followed by pop music station Capital Radio.  Also broadcasting to Greater London, the station became very popular, and even had some ex-pirates on the schedules such as Kenny Everett and Dave Cash.  More pop music stations gradually opened throughout the UK, providing competition to the BBC's Radio 1.

These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart.  You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits* that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as BBC Radio 1 and Radio Luxembourg.

*three songs not a hit in the UK.

 


1

Title: Blockbuster
Artist: The Sweet
Writer(s): Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman
Entered chart 13 Jan 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

The Sweet was a British Glam Rock band that found fame in the early 1970s.  The original lineup comprised lead vocalist Brian Connolly (5 Oct 1945 - 10 Feb 1997), bass player Steve Priest (23 Feb 1948 - 4 Jun 2020), guitarist Andy Scott (born 30 Jun 1949), and drummer Mick Tucker (17 Jul 1947 - 14 Feb 2002). The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, "Funny Funny", in early 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.  They went on to have considerable chart success, achieving ten Top 10 hits by 1978, including a Number One and no less than five number twos in the UK charts.  They also had success in other parts of Europe, and in the USA where they enjoyed four Top 10 hits.  Sweet had their last international success in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen".  Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981.  From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times.  Connolly died in 1997, Tucker in 2002 and Priest in 2020.   Andy Scott, with a new line up, still tours the UK and the rest of Europe.
# This track followed two Top 10 hits in 1972.  They went on to have two further Top 10 hits during 1973 (songs 36 and 79).


2

Title: Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Artist: The Temptations
Writer(s): Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Entered chart 13 Jan 1973; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart: 8.

The Temptations were one of Tamla Motown's most popular and successful groups.  It was a five-piece vocal band which originally included David Ruffin (18 Jan 1941 - 1 Jun 1991) and Eddie Kendricks (17 Dec 1939 - 5 Oct 1992).  They were in the American Top 10 from 1965 with the song "My Girl" which reached Number One in the USA and a lowly number 43 in the UK (when reissued in 1992, it reached number two).  Their first appearance in the British Top 10 was the collaboration with Diana Ross & The Supremes on the song "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" in January 1969.  This was followed by a series of UK hits until the end of the 1980s.  There were a number of personnel changes during their hit-making period which saw David Ruffin leave in June 1968, and Kendricks leave the group in November 1970.  With new members they continued making hit singles and albums, with a new album released in 2018, albeit with a different lineup to the mid-1960s.
# This song was first recorded by a Motown group called the Undisputed Truth in early 1972 which was a modest hit.  The Temptations version reached Number One in the USA, and was awarded a Grammy.


3

Title: If You Don't Know Me By Now
Artist: Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
Writer(s): Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Entered chart 13 Jan 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 9.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes was an American soul and R&B vocal group, and one of the popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s.  They had begun in the early 1960s under a different group name, but found international success when they moved to the Philadelphia International record company.  The group was founded by Harold Melvin, but in 1970 he recruited Teddy Pendergrass as lead singer, and the hits began in late 1972 when this song reached the USA Top 10.  They did not score a huge number of hits, even in the USA, although they did appear frequently on the American R&B chart.  In the UK they had four further Top 40 hits up to 1976, but then reached the Top 10 again in 1977, a year after Pendergrass quit the band to go solo.  He had success in the USA, achieving five Top 20 albums from 1977 to 1981.  With more personnel changes the group had some more small British hits in 1984.  Melvin died in 1997, and Pendergrass in 2010.
# In 1989 the British band Simply Red recorded "If You Don't Know Me By Now", and their version reached number two in the UK charts and Number One in the USA that year.


4

Title: Me And Mrs Jones
Artist: Billy Paul
Writer(s): Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert
Entered chart 13 Jan 1973; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 9.

Billy Paul (1 Dec 1934 - 24 Apr 2016) was born in Philadelphia, USA.  He began singing at a young age, and by his teens he was performing at local venues.  He first recorded in 1952, but his career was interrupted by national service in the US army from 1957 to 1959.  He resumed his singing career after that, but it was not until he began recording with Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International records that he hit the big time.  This was his first major hit which reached Number One in the USA.  He went on to make several albums and singles, but none reached the heights of "Me And Mrs Jones", often because some of his output was perceived to be controversial, such as his 1976 song "Let's Make A Baby".  His final album was released in 1988, but he continued to perform almost until his death at the age of 81.
# The songwriters and producers, Gamble and Huff, had this and song 3 above enter the UK chart on the same day.


5

Title: Paper Plane
Artist: Status Quo
Writer(s): Francis Rossi & Bob Young
Entered chart 13 Jan 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 11.

Status Quo found fame as a Psychedelic band, but had lasting success through the 1970s, 1980s and beyond as a Rock band, sometimes referred to as a Boogie band.  The origins of the group go back to 1962.  They performed under different names for five years, but became Status Quo in 1967 with members Francis Rossi (born 29 May 1949, south London), Rick Parfitt (12 Oct 1948 - 24 Dec 2016), Alan Lancaster (born 7 Feb 1949), and John Coghlan.  They had a deal with Pye Records and had their first hit, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", in early 1968.  They accrued five hits by the end of 1970.  There was then a gap of two hitless years until they emerged as a Rock band in 1973 with the hit recording "Paper Plane" on the Vertigo label, where they remained for a couple of decades.  Their first Number One came in 1974 ("Down Down"), and they have had over sixty hits in the UK singles charts, continuing well into the 2000s.  They opened the "Live Aid" fund-raising event in 1985, and have continued with recording and live concert work into the 2010s despite forced personnel changes.
# This marked their permanent return to the UK charts after a hiatus of two years.  There was no more Psychedelia, but instead a 12-bar boogie rock sound that served them for years to come.  It was also the band's first release on the progressive label Vertigo.  Their next Top 10 hit came in September (song 75).


6

Title: Daniel
Artist: Elton John
Writer(s): Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Entered chart 20 Jan 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 10.

Elton John was born on 25 Mar 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex (north-west London).  He learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967.  He met his longtime musical partner Bernie Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters.  For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, and John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold.  Elton John was also one of several singers in the late 1960s and early 1970s who recorded covers of hit songs for sale as budget-priced albums in shops like Woolworths.  In 1971, his first hit single, "Your Song", taken from his second album, "Elton John", reached the top ten in the UK and the USA.  From that point he gradually became a star and by the end of the 20th century he had achieved over seventy hit singles in the UK charts and some 36 albums in the album chart.  In the USA he has had more than 50 Top 40 hits and seven consecutive number-one albums.   His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and USA singles charts.  He has also composed music for the musical film and stage presentation "The Lion King", as well as for several other musicals.  Elton John owned Watford Football Club from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary Life President of the club.  In 2019 a biographical film tilted "Rocket Man", about Elton John's life from childhood to the 1980s, was released.
# This recording, taken from his 1973 album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player", reached number two in the USA.  The album reached Number One in both the UK and USA.  He was back in the Top 10 in July (song 55).


7

Title: Sylvia
Artist: Focus
Writer(s): Thijs van Leer
Entered chart 27 Jan 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 11.

Focus is a Dutch Rock band formed in Amsterdam in 1969 by Thijs van Leer.  They were the live band for the Dutch production of the Rock musical "Hair" that year.  They declined to join the touring version of the show, and issued their debut album in 1970.  Their follow-up album, called "Moving Waves" in 1971 provided the single "Hocus Pocus" which became a number 20 hit in the UK in early 1973 after the band appeared on the TV show "The Old Grey Whistle Test".  The recording reached number nine in the USA.  Entering the UK charts just one week later, "Sylvia" reached number four, but bombed in the USA.  The band's albums "Moving Waves" and "Focus 3", were Top 10 entries in the UK album chart.  The band was dissolved in 1978, but there were reunions in 1985, 1990 and 1998.  In 2002 van Leer reformed the band with a new lineup and four new albums were issued up to and including the 2018 release "Focus 11", following which a tour of Europe, including the UK, took place.


8

Title: Part Of The Union
Artist: The Strawbs
Writer(s): Richard Hudson & John Ford
Entered chart 27 Jan 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 11.

The Strawbs is a British Rock band that dabbled in Folk-Rock during the 1970s.  Origins of the band go back to 1964.  It was founded by Dave Cousins (born 7 Jan 1945).  They gained a recording contract, and issued their first album in 1969.  After their folk-tinged album "Dragonfly" in 1970, new members were recruited, comprising Rick Wakeman on keyboards, Richard Hudson on drums, and John Ford on bass.  The new line-up had their London debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where they recorded their third album.  Wakeman stayed with them for one further album, then departed to join progressive rock band Yes.  Their best-known recording "Part Of The Union" charted in January 1973, but a little later that year, during a tour of the USA, Hudson and Ford decided to leave the band to form the duo Hudson-Ford and they had a UK Top 10 hit "Pick Up The Pieces" (different song to the instrumental hit by the Average White Band") in August 1973.  The band was dissolved in 1980 when Dave Cousins left.  However, in the early 2000s, Cousins with others formed Acoustic Strawbs and more material was recorded.  Despite that, Cousins and others have reunited for the original (electric) Strawbs to record and perform.  The band toured the UK in 2014 and the USA in 2019.


9

Title: Superstition
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Writer(s): Stevie Wonder
Entered chart 3 Feb 1973; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 9.

Stevie Wonder was born on 13 May 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, but he grew up in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  He was blind almost from birth, but began singing in a church choir as a child.  He was signed to Tamla Motown records at the age of eleven, and made several records.  In 1963, when he was 12, he had his first hit, "Fingertips", which went to Number One on the USA charts.  His next few releases, however, did not reach the charts, and there was a danger that Motown might drop him.  However, he was given one last chance to produce a hit, and with his musical mentors, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby, he wrote "Uptight (Everything's Alright)".  The single reached number 3 in the USA, peaking at number 14 in the UK - his debut hit there.  His career grew from there with a series of hit singles and albums over the following years.  By the end of the 20th century, he had scored 54 hit singles and 17 Top 30 hit albums in the UK.  He has continued to record and perform until the present time, although at greater intervals than in the earlier decades.  His most recent original album release was in 2005.
# This was Wonder's first UK Top 10 hit since spring 1970, although he had four Top 30 hits during that time.  This recording was taken from his album "Talking Book" which reached the Top 20 of the UK album chart.  The single "Superstition" reached Number One in the USA.  Wonder was next in the UK Top 10 in May this year (song 38).


10

Title: Peaceful Easy Feeling
Artist: The Eagles
Writer(s): Jack Tempchin
Entered chart 3 Feb 1973; Highest Position 22 (USA chart data - not a UK hit).

The Eagles are an American Country Rock band formed in Los Angeles in September 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey (6 Nov 1948 - 18 Jan 2016), Don Henley (born 22 Jul 1947), Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.  Frey and Henley first played together when they joined Linda Ronstadt's backing band for her tour in 1971.  Leadon and Meisner were in the band as well, and the four decided to form their own band.  They released their first album ("The Eagles") in 1972, and this track is taken from that album.  None of the band's early American hits reached the UK charts.  In fact, the band's first British hit did not come until 1975, after they had enjoyed eight hit singles in the USA.  However, all of their American hits were included on the album "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" (released 1976) which reached number two on the UK album chart, where it remained for 77 weeks.  Guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh joined the band in 1975, replacing Leadon.  The Eagles hit their commercial peak in late 1976 with the release of the album "Hotel California", which went on to sell more than 26 million copies in the USA alone and more than 42 million copies worldwide.  The Eagles broke up in July 1980, but reunited in 1994 for the album "Hell Freezes Over", a mix of live and new studio tracks.  They toured consistently and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.  In 2007, the Eagles released "Long Road Out of Eden", their first full studio album in 28 years and their sixth American Number One album.  The next year they launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in support of the album.  In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the band's documentary release, "History of the Eagles".  Glenn Frey died in January 2016, but they reformed in 2017, with Deacon Frey (Glen Frey's son) and Country singer Vince Gill sharing lead vocals for Frey's songs.
# The next Eagles song in this list is "Tequila Sunrise" (song 42).


11

Title: Feel The Need In Me
Artist: Detroit Emeralds
Writer(s): Abrim Tilmon
Entered chart 10 Feb 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 15.

The Detroit Emeralds were formed in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, by the four Tilmon brothers, which included the writer of this song, Abrim.  They moved to Detroit in the late 1960s, but two of the brothers left and were replaced.  They had their first modest USA hit in 1968, with their most successful period coming in 1971 to 1973.  There were numerous personnel changes after that, but they continued performing around the USA for several years.  Abram Tilmon died in 1982 from a heart attack at the age of just 37.
# The Detroit Emeralds re-recorded "Feel The Need In Me" with a Disco beat in 1977.  That version reached number 12 in the UK charts that year.
# The song has been in the UK charts for two other artists.  They are Leif Garrett (1979, number 38), and Shakin' Stevens (1988, number 26).


12

Title: Killing Me Softly With His Song
Artist: Roberta Flack
Writer(s): Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
Entered chart 17 Feb 1973; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 14.

Roberta Flack was born on 10 Feb 1937 in North Carolina, USA, but grew up in Arlington, Virginia, USA.  She learned to play piano as a youngster and decided to study music.  She graduated from Howard University at the age of 19, and went into teaching music.  She began her professional singing career at a restaurant at Capitol Hill, Washington DC in 1968.  Her reputation grew and she soon had a recording contract.  Her recordings did not sell particularly well until she recorded Ewan MacColl's "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face".  Her version went to Number One on the USA charts, and she enjoyed two further chart-toppers in the USA.  Her career flourished, and she recorded a number of duets, notably with Donny Hathaway and Peabo Bryson.  She has continued to record and perform - her most recent album was released in 2018.
# The song is said to have been inspired by a live performance by American singer Don McClean, when seen by singer Lori Lieberman.  Lieberman contacted writers Fox and Gimbel, who interpreted her feelings about the McClean performance with this song.  Lieberman recorded the song in 1972, but it was not a hit for her.  The Roberta Flack version, on the other hand, was a Number One in the USA and Canada, giving Flack her second American chart-topper.  Flack was back at the USA top spot in 1974 with "Feel Like Making Love", which peaked at number 34 in the UK.
# The song has been recorded by numerous easy-listening artists for album tracks.  However, in 1996 it was recorded by American Hip-hop group, the Fugees.  Their version reached Number One in the UK that year, selling over a million copies.


13

Title: Gonna Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse
Artist: Jimmy Helms
Writer(s): John Worth
Entered chart 24 Feb 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 10.

Jimmy Helms was born on 27 Sep 1941 in Florida, USA.  He took an interest in music at an early age and was playing trumpet in his high school band during his teens.  He issued his first recording in 1963, but it did not reach the charts.  After national service during the early 1960s he went the the UK where he recorded a couple of singles, but again, they failed to reach the charts.  Back in Boston, USA, in 1970 he took a part in that city's production of the rock musical "Hair".  He returned to London after that and made more recordings which resulted in his only entry in the UK charts, "Gonna Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse".  He subsequently recorded songs for film sound tracks, collaborated with other performers, and even recorded radio station jingles for some UK broadcasters.  In 1988 he joined with others to form the UK-based group Londonbeat who enjoyed several hits, including the UK number two and USA Number One "I've Been Thinking About You" in 1990.  Helms continues in the music business, and still performs with Londonbeat from time to time.
# The songwriter John Worth (sometimes known as Johnny Worth) wrote numerous hits for Adam Faith, Eden Kane and others, under the pseudonym of Les Van Dyke, during the early 1960s.


14

Title: That's When The Music Takes Me
Artist: Neil Sedaka
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka
Entered chart 24 Feb 1973; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 10.

Neil Sedaka was born on 13 Mar 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.  Since his music career began in 1957, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.  When Sedaka was 13, a neighbour heard him playing piano and introduced him to her 16-year-old son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring poet and lyricist. They became two of the legendary Brill Building's composers in New York City.  Sedaka co-wrote several hit songs for Connie Francis as well as others, and began his own singing career in 1958.  His first UK hit came in 1959, which led to a run of Top 20 hits in the early 1960s.  After his Rock 'n' Roll style went out of fashion, he reinvented himself in the early 1970s with a series of ballads which charted between 1972 and 1975.  He continues to perform in concert in the USA and overseas in the 21st century.
# This recording was Sedaka's first Top 20 hit with new material since 1962.  It is taken from his 1972 album "Solitaire".  Whilst this track has music and lyrics written by Sedaka, many of the album tracks were co-written with his new writing partner, Phil Cody.  No songs on the album were written with Howard Greenfield, although they collaborated for a final time later in the year.  The album was recorded in the UK with musical support from the members of British band 10cc.  His next hit came in June (song 43).


15

Title: The Look Of Love
Artist: Gladys Knight & The Pips
Writer(s): Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Entered chart 3 Mar 1973; Highest Position 21; Weeks on chart: 9.

Gladys Knight & The Pips was a Tamla Motown group initially, but their greatest success came with a move to Buddah records in 1973.  The group started as family group, the Pips, in 1952, when Gladys was just seven!  They changed the group name in 1961 to showcase their lead singer, Gladys Knight (born 28 May 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA).  They had a few local hits in Georgia, but it was in 1966 when they signed with Motown that they began USA-wide and international success.  They did not reach the level of popularity as other Motown acts such as the Supremes and Four Tops, however.  Following contractual disagreements, the group left Motown for Buddah in 1973, and they enjoyed several hits including "Midnight Train To Georgia" which was an American Number One (number 10 in the UK).  The group disbanded in 1989 when Gladys went solo.  In 1989 she recorded "License to Kill" for the James Bond movie of the same title, which was a Top 10 hit in the UK and Germany.  In the 2010s she is still making occasional concert appearances, and she performed at an outdoor festival in London during 2018.
# The song was written as far back as 1966, and was used in the 1967 spoof James Bond film "Casino Royale".  The first recording was by jazz performer Stan Getz as an instrumental in December 1966.  The song with lyrics was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield for the "Casino Royale" soundtrack,  receiving an Oscar nomination and reaching the US Top 40.  It was not a hit in the UK.  The Gladys Knight version was the first appearance of the song in the UK charts.  The song has been recorded by numerous easy-listening and Jazz artists for album tracks.
# This recording was one of the group's final releases on Tamla Motown.  Their next substantial hit came in 1975 after their move to Buddah records.


16

Title: Cum On Feel The Noize
Artist: Slade
Writer(s): Noddy Holder & Jim Lea
Entered chart 3 Mar 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 12.

Slade was a Glam Rock band formed in Wolverhampton, England during the late 1960s (under a different name) by Noddy Holder (born 15 Jun 1946), Jim Lea (born 14 Jun 1949), with lead guitarist Dave Hill and drummer Don Powell.  As Slade they obtained a deal with Polydor records, and from 1971 to 1977 they had 19 hit singles, with twelve consecutive Top 10 hits which includes six Number Ones.  They were the most successful group of the 1970s in terms of singles sales.  Their most successful recording is "Merry Xmas Everybody" which reached Number One in 1973, but has become a seasonal perennial, being played on radio and in shopping centres every December since.  They lost some momentum in the late 1970s, but bounced back in 1980, enjoying hits for most of that decade.  However, with falling sales and general disillusionment in the band, it broke up in 1992.  Noddy Holder then moved into acting and radio DJ work.  Lee continued writing songs and making occasional recordings.  Hill and Powell formed Slade II and began touring and recording into the 2010s.
# This was the band's first hit of 1973, and was their third Number One.  Their next hit, and Number One, came in June (song 52).


17

Title: Love Train
Artist: The O'Jays
Writer(s): Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Entered chart 3 Mar 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 13.

The O'Jays were an R&B vocal group from the USA state of Ohio, formed as far back as 1958.  They made an appearance in the USA charts in 1963, but found international fame in 1972 when they joined the Philadelphia International record company.  They became part of the 'Philadelphia Sound' along with other bands and artists such as Barry White.  They enjoyed considerable success during the 1970s, as the Disco sound became dominant, reaching Number One in the USA (number nine in the UK) with their 1973 release "Love Train".  They remained a popular live act into the 2000s, and even featured in a film in 2003.
# This was the band's only Top 10 hit in the UK.  It reached Number One in the USA and was the second of six Top 10 hits they had in that country.  The group's next UK hit came in 1976 - "I Love Music" which reached number 13.


18

Title: Never Never Never
Artist: Shirley Bassey
Writer(s): Alberto Testa & Tony Renis with English lyrics by Norman Newell
Entered chart 3 Mar 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 19.

Shirley Bassey was born on 8 Jan 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales. She went on to become an international star with countless hit singles and albums throughout the world.  She began singing professionally in 1953, and performed up and down the UK.  She signed a recording contract in 1956, and had her first Top 10 hit in 1957 ("Banana Boat Song").  She enjoyed a string of hits during the 1960s, and recorded three James Bond movie themes.  She had her own TV series during the 1970s, and continued performing into the 21st century.  By 2015 she had scored 33 hit singles and 39 hit albums.  She was honoured with a Damehood in 2000, and was back in the recording studios in 2014.
# This is an Italian song with the original title "Grande Grande Grande".  Norman Newell provided the English translation.  He was an A&R man and producer, as well as a songwriter at EMI for several decades.
# This was Bassey's final Top 10 hit, and indeed her last hit single of any size until 1987 when she had a minor hit in collaboration with the Swiss duo Yello.  During that time she had several hit albums in the UK album chart.


19

Title: Twelfth Of Never
Artist: Donny Osmond
Writer(s): Jerry Livingston & Paul Francis Webster
Entered chart 10 Mar 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 14.

Donny Osmond was born on 9 Dec 1957 in Utah, USA.  He was a member of the Osmonds family group who had considerable success in the early 1970s.  Donny was just 14 years old when he had his first hit, and he had three solo Number Ones in the UK before his 16th birthday.  He had six Top 10 hits until the end of 1973, and with his brothers (the Osmonds), he had five Top 10 hits by 1975.  He also had hits in duet with his sister, Marie, in the 1970s, and the pair went on to have their own TV show in America from 1975 to 1979.  Donny in particular was a teenage heart-throb, and concerts were all sell-outs to screaming girls.  In more recent times he has performed on stage and made numerous TV appearances, both as a guest, and as a host of game shows in both the UK and USA.
# This song dates from 1956 and it was first recorded by Johnny Mathis in the following year.  It was released as the B-side to his American hit single "Chances Are".  In 1964 the song was recorded by Cliff Richard who took it into the UK Top 10 that year (see year 1964, song 82).  A version by Elvis Presley (recorded in 1974) became a UK number 21 hit for him in 1995.


20

Title: 20th Century Boy
Artist: T Rex
Writer(s): Marc Bolan
Entered chart 10 Mar 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 9.

T Rex was a British Glam Rock band formed in 1967 by vocalist and guitarist Marc Bolan (30 Sep 1947 - 16 Sep 1977).  The band was originally called Tyrannosaurus Rex, and they released a few Psychedelic tracks in 1968-9.  They changed their style to a more mainstream sound and shortened the name in 1970 which resulted in their first Top 10 hit, "Ride A White Swan" in the autumn of that year.  They went on to enjoy enormous success in the first half of the 1970s, and became one of the biggest bands in the UK during that time.  From 1970 to 1973 they had a run of eleven Top 10 singles, with four of those reaching Number One.  They also had three consecutive Number One albums in the early seventies.  However, their popularity began to wane after about 1975, and sadly, Marc Bolan will killed in a car crash in 1977, just before his 30th birthday, which brought the band to an end.
# This followed the band's hit of December 1972, "Solid Gold Easy Action" (year 1972, song 95).  They had just one more Top 10 hit to come, "The Groover" in June (song 48).


21

Title: Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
Artist: Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Writer(s): Irwin Levine & L Russell Brown
Entered chart 10 Mar 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 40.

Dawn is a vocal trio, led by Tony Orlando (born on 3 Apr 1944 in New York City), who had been a modest hit maker in the 1960s (see year 1961, song 76), with two female singers, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson.  They went on to enjoy considerable success, achieving two Number Ones in the UK and USA.  Their final British chart entry came in 1974, but they have continued to perform live shows, with some prolonged breaks, up to the present time.  Orlando has often performed solo in the 21st century.
# This group had enjoyed three UK Top 10 hits in 1971, but no hits at all during 1972.  This year saw them have this huge hit (also Number One in the USA) with a follow-up hit in August that reached the Top 20 (song 63).
# The the use of a yellow ribbon to welcome men back home from the civil war is written in American folklore.  The matter was revived in the early 1970s in a newspaper article.  This may have prompted the composers to write this song.   It is unclear from the lyrics whether the man returning from prison is a military person.  To this day, yellow ribbons are used to welcome home returning military personnel in the USA. 


22

Title: Get Down
Artist: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Writer(s): Gilbert O'Sullivan
Entered chart 17 Mar 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 13.

Gilbert O'Sullivan was born on 1 Dec 1946 in Waterford, Ireland.  When he was just seven years old his family moved to England where he grew up.  He began playing when at art college in the 1960s.  He signed a recording contract in 1967, but no hit recordings came from that.  It was not until 1970 when he came under the management of Gordon Mills that things took off.  To gain publicity, he went for an unusual appearance comprising a pudding basin haircut, cloth cap and short trousers.  This did attract attention, and by late 1970 he was in the UK charts with his debut hit "Nothing Rhymed".  His style and songs were certainly unique, and he enjoyed enormous success for the first half of the 1970s.  He changed his appearance to a college boy look after a year or so, and the hits continued.  He had eleven Top 20 hits up to the end of 1974, two of which were Number Ones, and he achieved four Top 10 albums during that period as well.  He also enjoyed three Top 10 hits in the USA including a Number One.  Later in the 1970s however, he realised that he had not received a fair proportion of his earnings from his management company.  He sued them, but it was not until 1982 that the courts found in his favour and awarded him seven million pounds.  His career had been on hold for most of the second half of the 1970s, but he had another Top 20 hit in 1980.  He has continued to record and perform, issuing four new albums between 2007 and 2018.  He has also toured the UK and Ireland in recent years.
# This gave O'Sullivan his second of two Number Ones.  It followed his previous chart-topper of October 1972 (year 1972, song 84).  His next hit only reached a disappointing number 18 (song 76), although he was back for his final Top 10 hit in November (song 91).


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Title: Break Up To Make Up
Artist: The Stylistics
Writer(s): Thom Bell, Linda Creed & Kenny Gamble
Entered chart 17 Mar 1973; Highest Position 34; Weeks on chart: 5.

The Stylistics was a smooth Soul five-piece vocal group that was formed in Philadelphia, USA in 1970.  The group was characterised by the falsetto voice of Russell Thompkins Jr (born on 21 Mar 1951 in Philadelphia, USA) and the smooth sound created by producer Thom Bell.  This combination resulted in a series of six UK hits until the summer of 1974.  Thom Bell stopped working with the group at that time, but production was taken over by record label owners Hugo & Luigi with arrangements by Van McCoy.  This resulted in another run of ten hits in the UK, with seven of those reaching the Top 10.  However, this second run of hits over the years 1974 to 1976, did not do well in the USA where the new Disco sound was becoming dominant.  In addition to the singles success in the UK, the group's greatest hits album went to Number One on the British album chart, where it eventually stayed for 63 weeks.  The group continued for the next two decades, but Thompkins left in 2000.  He released a solo album in 2002, but in 2004 Thompkins formed a new group, Russell Thompkins Jr & The New Stylistics.  They are still performing (as a trio) at the present time.
# Following the group's hit of November 1972, "I'm Stone In Love With You" (year 1972, song 85), which reached number nine, this was somewhat of a disappointment in the UK peaking at only number 34, whilst reaching number five in the USA.  However, 1974 saw them with three British Top 10 hits.


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Title: Power To All Our Friends
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Guy Fletcher & Doug Flett
Entered chart 17 Mar 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 12.

Cliff Richard was born on 14 Oct 1940 in Lucknow, India, whilst his parents were working in that country.  He returned to England with his family in 1948.  He formed a band in 1957 and a year later he was chosen as a singer for the TV Rock 'n' Roll show "Oh Boy!".  His first hit came in 1958, which started a career that continued into the 21st century, with more than 130 hit singles and over 50 original albums, spanning 50 years plus.  In the early 1960s he also starred in several musical films, notably "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday".  He also achieved a number one single in five different decades, and is the most successful British recording artist of all time.  He was honoured with a knighthood in 1995.  He continues in the 21st century and issued a new album in 2018 ("Rise Up"), which reached number four in the album chart.
#This was Cliff's first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1970.  It was also the UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1973, where it come third, losing out to winners Luxembourg.  It was the second time that Cliff had represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, having come second in 1968.  Cliff's next Top 10 hit did not come until 1976, although he had four Top 30 hits during the intervening time.


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Title: God Gave Rock And Roll To You
Artist: Argent
Writer(s): Russ Ballard
Entered chart 24 Mar 1973; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 8.

Argent was an English Rock band formed in 1969 by Rod Argent, formerly of the group the Zombies.  The band also included Russ Ballard, formerly of Adam Faith's Roulettes and Unit 4 Plus 2.  The band had three hit singles and two hit albums, but they broke up in 1976.  Rod Argent went solo after the split, recorded a few albums and wrote music for television.  He is still occasionally performing.  Russ Ballard mostly concentrated on songwriting, and he composed Hot Chocolate's 1977 UK chart topper "So You Win Again", and Rainbow's 1979 hit "Since You Been Gone".  He has also written many songs which have appeared on the albums of several artists.
# This track was recorded in 1971, but not released on album or single until 1973.
# The song was recorded in 1991 by American Rock band Kiss, whose version was used on the soundtrack of the 1991 film "Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey".  The recording reached number four in the UK charts early in 1992.

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Title: I Am A Clown
Artist: David Cassidy
Writer(s): Tony Romeo (American songwriter)
Entered chart 24 Mar 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 12.

David Cassidy (12 Apr 1950 21 Nov 2017) was born in Manhattan, New York City, USA.  His parents were singers/actors and spent much time touring the USA.  This resulted in Cassidy being raised mainly by his grandparents.  His father divorced his first wife (Cassidy's mother), and in 1956 he married singer and actress Shirley Jones.  In 1968 Cassidy moved in with his father, Shirley Jones and his half-siblings, in New York City.  Cassidy's father fixed him up with a manager, and by 1969 he was acting on the Broadway stage.  In 1970 Cassidy took a role in the TV musical sitcom The Partridge Family, which starred his step mother Shirley Jones.  The show ran from 1970 to 1974.  With Jones and others he recorded several songs as the Partridge Family, and these became hits on both sides of the Atlantic in the early 1970s.  Simultaneously he was recording solo, and he enjoyed several hits during the first half of the 1970s in the UK.  He became a teen idol, and his concert tours in the USA and UK were sell-outs, often with mass hysteria amongst the audience.  By the mid-1970s he had decided to quit touring and acting to concentrate on songwriting and recording.  By the 1980s he was performing in musical stage shows and had another UK Top 10 hit in 1985.  Some sporadic performing and acting took place until his death at age 67 from liver failure.
# This was his first hit of the year, and was a double A-side with song 27 below.  His next release went to Number One in the UK during September (song 84).

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Title: Some Kind Of A Summer
Artist: David Cassidy
Writer(s): Dave Ellingson (American singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 24 Mar 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was part of a double A-side with song 26 above.  It was his third Top 10 hit.  His next release which charted in September was a double A-side as well (songs 84/85).
# Writer Dave Ellingson was an on/off member of the USA Folk group the New Christy Minstrels who had considerable success in America.  They had no hits in the UK, although their recording "Three Wheels On My Wagon" was a favourite on radio request shows.

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Title: Amanda
Artist: Stuart Gillies
Writer(s): Brian Hall
Entered chart 31 Mar 1973; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart: 10.

Stuart Gillies was born on 12 Jun 1942 in Bridge of Allan, Scotland.  He was a cabaret singer who became well-known on UK television and radio following his 1971 appearances on the TV talent show "Opportunity Knocks".  He went on to become a successful recording artist with six original studio albums on major labels and scored a Top 20 UK chart hit in 1973 with the single "Amanda".  He has performed extensively in Jersey (Channel Islands), to where he moved in the mid-1960s, and has toured in cabaret across the British Isles as well as performing on cruise ships around the world.  He appeared in two series of his own television show in Scotland during 1972 and 1973.  He spent several decades performing on cruise ships, but finally retired from singing in 2016.
# This recording is his only entry on the UK charts.

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Title: My Love
Artist: Paul McCartney & Wings
Writer(s): Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
Entered chart 7 Apr 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 11.

Paul McCartney was born on 18 Jun 1942 in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, McCartney and the others pursued a solo career.  His first solo hit was "Another Day" in 1971, which just missed reaching the top spot of the charts.  Despite this success, in 1972 he formed the band Wings, with his wife Linda on keyboards and former member of the Moody Blues, Denny Laine, on guitar.  This group enjoyed considerable success (sometimes billed as Paul McCartney & Wings) until the end of the 1970s.  In 1981 Denny Laine left the group, which McCartney then decided to dissolve, and all following hits and albums were credited to McCartney as a solo artist.  He also had much success on the album chart, with his most successful being "Band On The Run" which peaked at Number One, and remained on the UK album chart for 124 weeks.  He has been very successful too on the USA charts where he has scored seven Number One albums.  He has continued concert performances throughout the 21st century, and performed at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012.  His most recent album was released in 2018.
# This recording is taken from his album "Red Rose Speedway" which reached number five on the UK album chart.  Both the single and album reached Number One in the USA.  His next hit came in June, the theme to the new James Bond film "Live And Let Die" (song 45).

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Title: Drive-In Saturday
Artist: David Bowie
Writer(s): David Bowie
Entered chart 7 Apr 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 11.

David Bowie (8 Jan 1947 - 10 Jan 2016) was born in south London, England.  He developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963.  "Space Oddity" became his first entry on the UK charts after its release in July 1969.  Following a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the Glam Rock era with his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.  The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", which won him widespread popularity and recognition.  After an uneven period in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen.  He reached his commercial peak in 1983 with "Let's Dance", which topped both the UK and USA charts.  Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles.  He also continued acting; his roles including Major Jack Celliers in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (1983), Jareth the Goblin King in "Labyrinth" (1986), Pontius Pilate in "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988), and Nikola Tesla in "The Prestige" (2006).  He stopped touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006.  In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the album "The Next Day".  He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer in New York City at age 69, two days after the release of his final album, "Blackstar" (2016).
#
This track was taken from his album "Aladdin Sane" which charted in May 1973, entering at Number One in the UK album chart.  1973 was very successful, with three new Top 10 hits, plus a re-release from the 1960s which also reached the Top 10.  His next hit came in June (song 50).

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Title: Giving It All Away
Artist: Roger Daltrey
Writer(s): David Courtney & Leo Sayer
Producer: Adam Faith
Entered chart 14 Apr 1973; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

Roger Daltrey was born on 1 Mar 1944 in west London, England.  He found fame when he co-founded the Rock band The Who.  They had considerable success from 1965, and whilst still a member, Daltrey decided to begin recording solo during a break in the Who's touring schedule in 1973.  His first solo album was called "Daltrey" which whilst failing to reach the UK album chart, it was a Top 50 entry in the USA.  The album spawned this single, which became his only Top 10 hit as a solo performer.  He has had four hit albums and eight hit singles in the UK from 1973 to 1986.  He has also become an accomplished actor, appearing in numerous films and TV dramas.  His best-known performance was in the title role of the 1980 film "McVicar", which also stared Adam Faith.  He has continued to perform in concert in the UK and USA into the 21st century, whilst still meeting his obligations to The Who, who also continue to tour.

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Title: Brother Louis
Artist: Hot Chocolate
Writer(s): Tony Wilson & Errol Brown (band members)
Entered chart 14 Apr 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 10.

Hot Chocolate is a five-piece Soul band from London, England which became one of the most successful acts during the 1970s and 1980s.  It was formed by Errol Brown (12 Nov 1943 - 6 May 2015, born in Jamaica) and Tony Wilson (born in Trinidad on 8 Oct 1947).  They started in 1968 as a Reggae band, but from 1970, under the guidance of producer Mickie Most, they moved to a Soul/Pop style.  Their first hit was "Love Is Life" in 1970, and this began a run of 25 UK Top 40 singles (12 Top 10) until 1984.  Later in the 1980s, reissues returned them to the charts.  There were some personnel changes from time to time, with Wilson leaving in 1976 and Errol Brown departing in 1986.  The band broke up after Brown's departure for a solo career, but it was reformed with a new vocalist in 1992, with another new vocalist in 2010, and it continues to perform in Britain and Europe until the present.
# This was the band's first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1971 (see year 1971, song 64).  Their chart appearances continued to be sporadic, with their next release peaking at number 44, although they again reached the Top 10 during March 1974.

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Title: See My Baby Jive
Artist: Wizzard
Writer(s): Roy Wood
Entered chart 21 Apr 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

This group was formed in 1972 by Roy Wood (born 8 Nov 1946 in Birmingham, England).  Wood had previously been co-founder of the band The Move, which had success in the 1960s.  He also formed the Electric Light Orchestra with Jeff Lynn which enjoyed its first hit in 1972.  However, after tensions within the band, Wood left in the summer of 1972, and went on to form Wizzard.  It was a large band (eight members), including saxophone and cello players.  Their first hit came at the tail end of 1972, but 1973 was their big year, with two Number One hits, and the Christmas perennial "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".  That festive recording only reached number four in the charts that year, but it is played every December on radio and in shopping centres.  It returned to the charts in 1981 and 1984, and with the advent of music downloads, it has appeared in the charts every year since 2007.  Wizzard had their final hit with original material in 1974, and since that time Wood has worked on various solo projects.  He was also record producer to Doo-wop revival band Darts during the second half of the 1970s.
# Wizzard were back at Number One in September this year with "Angel Fingers" (song 70).

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Title: Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
Artist: Detroit Spinners
Writer(s): Melvin Steals & Mervin Steals
Entered chart 21 Apr 1973; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 11.

The Detroit Spinners is a vocal group, known simply as The Spinners in the USA, and also billed as the Motown Spinners for their first hit in the UK.  The vocal group, which was formed in Detroit, USA, comprised five vocalists including Henry Fambrough who is now the only original member remaining in the act.  They began recording in the early 1960s for a small independent label with some modest success.  That small label was bought by Motown records in 1963 and the Spinners transferred to the new parent company.  There was very little success in the charts until 1970 when "It's A shame" (see year 1970, song 90) reached the Top 20 in both the USA and UK charts.  However, the group left Motown and signed with Atlantic records in 1972 which led to several trans-Atlantic hits through to 1980.  They have continued performing, with several changes of personnel up to the present.
# This was their first UK hit on the Atlantic record label.  Whilst just missing out on a Top 10 place in the UK, it reached number four in the USA.  It was recorded in Philadelphia, and thus is regarded as Philadelphia Soul.  They had their first UK Top 10 entry in September with "Ghetto Child" (song 76).
# Called The Spinners in the USA, the name was modified in the UK to avoid confusion with the British Folk music group also called the Spinners.  Whilst with Motown they were billed as the Motown Spinners, but after their move to Atlantic records they were titled the Detroit Spinners.
# In 1985 the song was recorded by David Grant and Jaki Graham, reaching number five in the UK charts that year.

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Title: And I Love You So
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Don McLean (American singer-songwiter)
Entered chart 21 Apr 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 35.

Perry Como (18 May 1912 - 12 May 2001) was born in Pennsylvania, USA to Italian immigrants.  In 1933 he took part in a dance band's talent spot, and was immediately offered a job.  By 1943 he had his own radio show, and a recording contract with RCA.  The 1950s and early 1960s saw him with numerous hit records and his popular TV show that was broadcast in the UK as well.  His first run of UK hits went from 1953 to 1962, during which time he scored 20 entries on the singles charts, including two Number Ones.  Unexpectedly, he returned to the charts in 1971, when he was nearly 60 years of age!  He enjoyed a further six hits, including three Top 10 entries until 1974.  He continued as a popular live performer into the 1990s, including a performance in Dublin before an audience of 4,500 in 1994.  Como died in his sleep at his home in Florida, USA, six days before his eighty-ninth birthday.
# This was Como's first hit since 1971 when he had a Top 10 hit followed by a Top 20 entry.  This was the first of two Top 10 hits he enjoyed in 1973.  His next came in August (song 68).

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Title: Hell Raiser
Artist: The Sweet
Writer(s): Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman
Entered chart 5 May 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 11.

This was the band's follow-up to their hit of January, "Blockbuster" (song 1 above).  This was also the first of three consecutive Sweet hits that peaked at number two in the UK charts.  Their next hit was called "The Ballroom Blitz", one of the band's best-known songs (song 79).

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Title: Walk On The Wild Side
Artist: Lou Reed
Writer(s): Lou Reed
Entered chart 12 May 1973; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 9.

Lou Reed (2 Mar 1942 - 27 Oct 2013) was born in New York City, USA.  He taught himself to play guitar in his early teens, and was gigging during his time at university.  In 1964 he met John Cale, and with others they formed the Rock band Velvet Underground.  The band became popular on the alternative rock scene, but it did not enjoy much commercial success on either side of the Atlantic.  Reed left the band in 1970 and then worked as a solo artist.  His second album in 1973, "Transformer", reached the UK Top 20 and spawned the single "Walk On The Wild Side".  His follow-on album "Berlin" reached the UK Top 10.  He fought alcohol and drug abuse during the second half of the 1970s, but was able to clean up in the early 1980s, and returned to the album charts during the second half of the 1980s.  He then joined with John Cale again to reform the Velvet Underground, which toured Europe and appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in 1993.  He was back solo in the 2000s, and made numerous live performances.  He died in 2013 from liver disease at the age of 71.
# In 1997 Reed's song "Perfect Day" was recorded by 29 different artists who sang a line each.  The recording was issued in support of the BBC's Children In Need fund-raising event.  The accompanying video was shown regularly in BBC1 and BBC2 during the last quarter of 1997.  For more details of the recording, see this webpage.

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Title: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Writer(s): Stevie Wonder
Entered chart 19 May 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 11.

This was the follow-up to Wonder's hit of February, "Superstition" (song 9).  This release did better by reaching the Top 10, although it was a Number One hit in the USA.  This track was also taken from his album "Talking Book" which reached the Top 20 of the UK album chart.  His next hit, "Higher Ground", came in October, and he was back in the UK Top 10 in 1974.
# Unusually, the first four lines of this recording are not sung by Wonder.  The lines are sung by session musicians who were providing backing vocals.  The first two lines are sung by Jim Gilstrap, and lines three and four are performed by Lani Groves.  Gilstrap remained a session musician despite hitting the UK Top 10 in 1975 with his recording of "Swing Your Daddy".

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Title: Walking In The Rain
Artist: The Partridge Family
Writer(s): Barry Mann, Phil Spector & Cynthia Weil
Entered chart 19 May 1973; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 11.

The Partridge Family was a fictitious group put together for an American TV sitcom.  The programme starred Shirley Jones and David Cassidy.  Jones played a widowed mother, and Cassidy played the oldest of her five children, in a family who embarked on a music career.  It ran from September 1970 until March 1974.  The family also released several albums and singles, although only Jones and Cassidy actually sang on the recordings.  All instrumentation and other voices were provided by session musicians.  For the TV show, all the actors mimed the playing of instruments and lip-synced the words to songs.  The act's first hit came in 1971 when it reached number 18 on the UK charts (Number One in the USA).  Three Top 10 hits charted during 1972 and 1973.  This recording was the final hit.  David Cassidy enjoyed a simultaneous solo, very successful recording career (see song 26 above).
# This song was a former hit for the Phil Spector group the Ronettes.  It reached number 23 on the USA charts in 1964, but did not chart in the UK.

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Title: Rubber Bullets
Artist: 10cc
Writer(s): Lol Creme, Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman
Entered chart 19 May 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

10cc was a British band, formed in 1972.  The members were Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.  They were two pairs of songwriters - Gouldman and Stewart, as well as Godley and Creme.  Graham Gouldman in particular was a well-known songwriter, having composed hits for the Yardbirds and the Hollies amongst others during the 1960s.  The band became very successful, and from 1972 to 1978, 10cc had five consecutive UK top-ten albums, plus twelve singles in the UK Top 40, three of which were the chart-toppers "Rubber Bullets" (1973), "I'm Not in Love" (1975) and "Dreadlock Holiday" (1978).  "I'm Not in Love" was their breakthrough worldwide hit and is known for its innovative backing track.  Godley and Creme quit the band in 1976 due to artistic disagreements and became a duo act who had a couple of Top 10 hits in 1981.  They were replaced, and the band continued recording and performing until the end of 1978.  There were reunions of all four members from time to time, but Stewart left the band in 1995.  Since 1999, Gouldman has led a touring version of 10cc with four others.
#
Like the Elvis Presley hit "Jailhouse Rock," this song is about a party that breaks out at the county jail in the USA.  Elvis' song ends with everyone having a good time, but in 10cc's song, the party is ruined by riot police who use rubber bullets to quell the uprising, a more likely outcome.

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Title: Stuck In The Middle With you
Artist: Stealers Wheel
Writer(s): Gerry Rafferty & Joe Egan
Entered chart 26 May 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 10.

Stealers Wheel was a band formed by two school friends, Gerry Rafferty (16 April 1947 - 4 January 2011) and Joe Egan (born 18 October 1946), in Paisley, Scotland during 1972.  Their debut album was produced by legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller, which reached number 50 in the USA album chart, but failed to chart in the UK.  This recording was featured on the album.  Most of the band left in 1973, and it became a duo with various personnel providing backing.  However, further albums and singles failed to gain commercial success, and the group broke up in 1974.  Egan made some solo recordings but they were not successful.  He eventually left the music business and started a publishing company.  Rafferty however found considerable success as a solo artist.  His albums "City To City" in 1978 and "Night Owl" in 1979 were both Top 10 hits in the UK, with the former becoming a Number One on the USA album chart.  His single "Baker Street" reached the Top 10 in 1978, and has become a classic.  Sadly he died from liver failure in 2011 at the age of 63.

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Title: Tequila Sunrise
Artist: The Eagles
Writer(s): Don Henley & Glenn Frey
Entered chart 26 May 1973; Highest Position 26 (USA chart data - not a UK hit).

This was the follow-up to the band's earlier American hit of 1973, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (song 10).  This recording is taken from their second album "Desperado".  Whilst the single "Tequila Sunrise" did not chart in the UK, the album belatedly entered the UK album chart in 1975, peaking at number 39.  The band's next major hit came in the second half of 1974, when "Best Of My Love" reached Number One in the USA, but still failed to chart in the UK, even though their album "On The Border" (from which the single was taken) reached the UK Top 30 in the spring of 1974.
# A tequila sunrise is a cocktail made of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup.  It's served unmixed in a tall glass.
# Tequila is an alcoholic distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, Mexico.  Thought of as the Mexican national drink, it is popular in most parts of the western world, especially in the USA.

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Title: Standing On The Inside
Artist: Neil Sedaka
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka
Entered chart 2 Jun 1973; Highest Position 26; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the follow-up to his hit of February "That's When The Music Takes Me" (song 14).  The recording is taken from his 1973 album "The Tra-La Days Are Over", which reached number 13 on the UK album chart.  That album was produced in association with the members of the UK band 10cc.  Sedaka's next hit came in late summer (song 67).

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Title: Give Me Love
Artist: George Harrison
Writer(s): George Harrison
Entered chart 2 Jun 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 10.

George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001) was born in Liverpool, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Harrison pursued a solo career, as did the others.  Harrison was the first of the four to reach the charts, with the song "My Sweet Lord" (see year 1971, song 10).  This track came from his second album "Living In The Material World".  The album reached number two in the UK and Number One in the USA.  The single "Give Me Love" was also a chart topper in the USA.  He did not have another Top 10 hit until 1987.  In the late 1980s he collaborated with other musicians, notably in the super group the Traveling Wilburys.  He succumbed to cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.

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Title: Live And Let Die
Artist: Wings (Paul McCartney)
Writer(s): Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 9 Jun 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 14.

Paul McCartney had enjoyed several hit recordings when he was invited to compose the theme music for the 1973 James Bond film "Live And Let Die", which was the first to star Roger Moore in the Bond role.  The track was produced by George Martin who had produced nearly all the Beatles recordings.  It became one of the most successful Bond themes up to that time, reaching the Top 10 in both the UK and USA.  McCartney was next in the UK Top 10 in 1974.
# In 1991 the song was recorded by American Rock band Guns N' Roses.  The recording reached number five in the UK charts in early 1992.

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Title: Born To Be With You
Artist: Dave Edmunds
Writer(s): Don Robertson (American songwriter - mostly Country)
Entered chart 9 Jun 1973; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 12.

Dave Edmunds was born on 15 Apr 1944 in Cardiff, Wales.  He was playing in various bands from a young age, and made several recordings with different groups in the second half of the 1960s.  Before going solo he had success with the group Love Sculpture which recorded the instrumental "Sabre Dance", a frantic Rock version of Aram Khachaturian's classical piece written in 1942.  Love Sculpture's version reached number five in the UK charts during late 1968.  He went solo in 1970 and recorded "I Hear You Knockin'", which became a Christmas Number One that year.  He went on to have a successful career, although hit singles were somewhat sporadic.  His next hits did not come until 1973, with his following substantial chart entry coming in 1979.  His last hit was in 1990.  During those times he collaborated with various musicians, and recorded as Rockpile with artist Nick Lowe, and together they had one Top 40 album in 1980.  During the 1980s he mostly produced albums for a variety of other artists.  He is now semi-retired but has appeared occasionally on TV during the 21st century.
# This was Edmunds' third Top 10 hit (the first in 1970 - see year 1970, song 95), but he did not have another until 1979.
# This song was written in 1956.  It was a number eight hit in the UK charts that year for American female vocal group, the Chordettes.  Their version was a slow, almost mournful arrangement, whereas Edmunds' rendition was a 'wall of sound' production, borrowed from Phil Spector.

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Title: Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Artist: Paul Simon
Writer(s): Paul Simon
Entered chart 16 Jun 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 11.

Paul Simon was one half of the famous duo Simon & Garfunkel, who enjoyed numerous hits in the latter half of the 1960s (see year 1966, song 27).  Paul Simon was born on 13 Oct 1941 in Newark, New Jersey, USA.  After his partnership with Art Garfunkel broke up in 1970, Simon launched a solo career.  His main success was in the sale of albums rather than singles, and he has enjoyed having many Top 10 albums in the UK album chart up to and including his latest in 2018.  He has won numerous awards for his songs including 12 Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards.
# This recording is taken from his album "There Goes Rhymin' Simon", which reached number four in the UK album chart during 1973.  This single was not issued in the USA, where his recording of "Kodachrome" was released, reaching number two in the USA charts.  "Kodachrome" was not promoted in the UK as the BBC would not play records that mentioned registered brand names.
# This was Simon's last Top 10 entry in the UK charts until 1986, although he had a number six album in 1975 ("Still Crazy After All These Years"), and his greatest hits album reached number six in 1977.

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Title: The Groover
Artist: T Rex
Writer(s): Marc Bolan
Entered chart 16 Jun 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the band's follow up to their hit of March "20th Century Boy" (song 20).  This turned out to be their final Top 10 hit, completing a run of eleven, including four Number Ones, that started in 1970.  They did go on to have a further ten Top 50 hits before Bolan's untimely death in 1977.  For more info see song 20 above.
# This track was not from an album, although it appeared on the T Rex compilation album "Great Hits" in late 1973.  It has also been a bonus track on reissues of their 1973 and 1974 studio albums.

49

Title: Randy
Artist: Blue Mink
Writer(s): Herbie Flowers, Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Entered chart 23 Jun 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 11.

Blue Mink was a British six-piece group formed in autumn 1969.  The band comprised vocalist and songwriter Roger Cook, American-born Madeline Bell (vocalist), Alan Parker (guitarist), Herbie Flowers (bassist), Barry Morgan (drummer) and Roger Coulam (keyboards).  Most of the songs were written by Cook and Roger Greenaway.  The members were session musicians or songwriters, and they continued in that role despite the success of the band.  They first hit the charts in November 1969 with "Melting Pot" (year 1969, song 88).  They went on to have a total of seven hits by 1973, four of which reached the Top 10.  Singles and an album failed during 1974, and the band broke up in autumn that year, all members returning to their 'day jobs'.
# This recording was the group's final hit single.

50

Title: Life On Mars?
Artist: David Bowie
Writer(s): David Bowie
Entered chart 30 Jun 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

This was Bowie's follow-up to his hit single of April, "Drive-In Saturday" (song 30).  The recording is taken from Bowie's 1972 album "Hunky Dory".  His next hit in this list came in October (song 86).  During the first half of 1973, Bowie was making extensive concert tours of the USA and UK.
# This recording was used in the BBC TV science-fiction based police crime drama, also called "Life On Mars", in 2006.

51

Title: The Free Electric Band
Artist: Albert Hammond
Writer(s): Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood
Entered chart 30 Jun 1973; Highest Position 19; Weeks on chart: 11.

Albert Hammond was born on 18 May 1944 in London, England, which is where his family had been evacuated to from Gibraltar during World War II. Shortly after the war, they returned to Gibraltar, where he grew up.  In 1960, he started in music with Gibraltarian band The Diamond Boys, which had no real commercial success, but performed at the first nightclubs in Madrid to stage modern bands.  In 1966, Hammond co-founded the British vocal group the Family Dogg, reaching number 6 on the UK Singles Chart with "A Way of Life" in 1969 (see year 1969, song 45).  He wrote or co-wrote numerous songs, many of which became hits for other acts.  He relocated to the USA in the early 1970s, and began recording as well as continuing to write.  He had more songwriting success through the 1980s ("One Moment In Time" - Whitney Houston), through the 1990s (hits for Diana Ross and Tina Turner), and continues writing in the 21st century.
# This recording was Hammond's only entry on the UK charts.  He had nine hits in the USA, including the Top 5 hit "It Never Rains In Southern California" (see year 1972, song 98).

52

Title: Skweeze Me Pleeze Me
Artist: Slade
Writer(s): Noddy Holder & Jim Lea
Entered chart 30 Jun 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was the band's follow-up to their hit of March "Cum On Feel The Noize" (song 16).  This was also their fifth Number One hit, and the second to enter the charts at the top place.  Their next hit came in October (song 82).

53

Title: Gaye
Artist: Clifford T Ward
Writer(s): Clifford T Ward
Entered chart 30 Jun 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 11.

Clifford T Ward (10 Feb 1944 - 18 Dec 2001) was born in Worcestershire, England.  He formed a band in 1962, which the following year, won a Band of the Year contest in Birmingham.  Recordings were made, but none reached the charts.  Following the demise of the band in 1967, Ward worked as a teacher.  In 1972, however, he recorded a solo album which failed to chart, but a second album in 1973 reached number 40 in the album chart, and spawned the single "Gaye" which became a Top 10 hit.  A follow-on single and album reached lower positions in the respective charts during 1974, but there were no more hits after that.  His reluctance to perform live seriously restricted his career as a singer, but he wrote numerous songs, many of which were recorded by major artists.  He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987.  Despite the debilitating illness, he recorded his final album in 1994, but died in 2001 at the age of 57.

54

Title: Alright Alright Alright
Artist: Mungo Jerry
Writer(s): Jacques Dutronc, Jacques Lanzmann & Joe Strange
Entered chart 7 Jul 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 12.

Munro Jerry was a group fronted by singer Ray Dorset (born 21 Mar 1946 in west London).  They had been performing since 1968 under a different band name, and came to prominence in 1970 with the apt-for-the-season song "In The Summertime", which reached Number One, staying there for seven weeks (see year 1970, song 48).  They toured the USA in the autumn of 1970 and had a second chart topper, "Baby Jump" in February 1971.  Hits continued until 1974, but live performances continued, with personnel changes, into the 1980s.
# This was the band's sixth hit single, and fourth Top 10 entry.  However, they had just three more modest hits.
# The song is adapted from Dutronc's French original "Et moi, et moi, et moi".

55

Title: Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Artist: Elton John
Writer(s): Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Entered chart 7 Jul 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was John's follow-up single to his hit of January, "Daniel" (song 6).  It features on his late 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", which reached Number One in the UK and USA.  His next single came in September, being the title track to the afore-mentioned album (song 80).

56

Title: Yesterday Once More
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Richard Carpenter & John Bettis
Entered chart 7 Jul 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 17.

The Carpenters were a brother and sister duo from Connecticut, USA.  The act comprised Richard Carpenter (born 15 Oct 1946) and Karen Carpenter (2 Mar 1950 - 4 Feb 1983).  Karen provided the vocals and sometimes drums, while Richard provided the arrangements,  instrumentation (mostly piano), and sometimes backing vocals.  During the 1970s they were an extremely popular easy-listening act with numerous hit singles and albums throughout the world.  Their compilation album "The Singles 1969-1973" reached Number One in the UK and remained on the album chart for well over two years, with seven other albums reaching the Top 10.  They toured the world extensively for a decade, but Karen began to suffer from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, although she always denied the suggestion.  However, in early February 1983 she collapsed and died from a heart attack brought on by anorexia nervosa.  Richard Carpenter then began producing a new album of unreleased Carpenters recordings which was issued later in 1983.  Since then he has produced several compilation albums, and in 2018 an album of the duo's hits with orchestration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was issued, reaching number eight in the UK album chart.
# This was the duo's first UK hit since September 1972 when they reached number nine with the double A-side "I Won't Last A Day Without You" and "Goodbye To Love" (year 1972, songs 76/77).  They were back in the UK Top 10 in October (song 83).

57

Title: Goin' Home
Artist: The Osmonds
Writer(s): Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond & Wayne Osmond
Entered chart 14 Jul 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Osmonds was a family group comprising brothers Alan (born 22 Jun 1949), Wayne (born 28 Aug 1951), Merrill (born 30 Apr 1953), Jay (born 2 Mar 1955) and Donny (born 9 Dec 1957).  The older siblings began singing at a young age, and the oldest four began appearing on American TV, notably on the Andy Williams show from 1962 to 1969.  As they grew older they moved into more contemporary material, and were joined by Donny in the late 1960s.  They first appeared in the UK charts in 1972, and their second entry in November ("Crazy Horses") was a Top 10 hit over the Christmas period.  Although Donny was enjoying a successful solo career (see song 19 above), he still performed with his brothers.  This was their second Top 10 chart entry, and was another up-tempo number, rather than a soft ballad that they later became known for.  They continued having hits until the end of 1975, but remained a successful live act for several years.  Alan and Wayne have retired from performing, and Donny concentrates on his TV presentation work and concerts in Las Vegas and other venues.  Merrill and Jay continue performing as the Osmonds.
# The group's next hit came in October (song 87).

58

Title: Spanish Eyes
Artist: Al Martino
Writer(s): Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder
Entered chart 14 Jul 1973; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 22.

Al Martino (7 Oct 1927 - 13 Oct 2009) was born in Philadelphia, USA to Italian immigrants.  He served with the US Navy during the second world war, and in 1948 moved to New York to begin a recording career.  Success came in 1952 when he recorded the song "Here In My Heart", which has the distinction of being the first ever Number One hit on the UK singles charts, which began on 14 November 1952.  He followed that with five further UK Top 10 hits until the end of 1954.  This encouraged him to move to Britain, where he stayed until 1958 during which time he made numerous concert appearances.  He returned to the USA in 1958 and began building up his career there.  He recorded the song "Spanish Eyes" in 1965 which was a Top 20 hit in the USA during that year.  The recording first appeared in the UK charts in 1970 when it peaked at a lowly number 49.  Re-released in 1973, it became a Top 10 hit, his first since 1954.  Despite this success, he never had another hit in the UK.  In the 1970s he turned to acting, and had a role in the 1972 film "The Godfather", as well as in two sequels up to 1990.  He continued recording as well into the 2000s, but died from a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 82. 
# The song was originally an instrumental, written by German orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert, and titled "Moon Over Naples".  Singleton and Snyder wrote the lyrics, changing the title in the process.

59

Title: Touch Me In The Morning
Artist: Diana Ross
Writer(s): Ron Miller & Michael Masser
Entered chart 14 Jul 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 13.

Diana Ross was born on 26 Mar 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  She first found fame as the lead singer with the group the Supremes, which was one of the most successful female groups of the second half of the 1960s (see year 1964, song 75).  Ross had decided to leave the group for a solo career early in 1970.  Her first UK solo release "Reach Out And Touch" (year 1970, song 61) performed disappointingly in the UK, but she was soon in the UK and USA Top 10, and she enjoyed her first British Number One in the summer of 1971 with "I'm Still Waiting" (see year 1971, song 58).  She went on to have a highly successful career with numerous hit singles and albums, and was recording into the 2000s.
# This recording reached Number One in the USA.  She was next in the UK Top 10 in January 1974.

60

Title: You Can Do Magic
Artist: Limmie & The Family Cookin'
Writer(s): Sandy Linzer
Entered chart 21 Jul 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

The leader of this family trio, Limmie Snell was born in Dalton, Alabama, but his family moved to Canton, Ohio when he was very young.  He recorded with Columbia Records from age 11 as a solo artist before joining family members Jimmy (female lead singer) and Martha Snell to form Limmie & Family Cookin'.  They released one single on Scepter Records, then signed with Avco Embassy, where they released three singles which hit the UK singles charts in 1973-74.  The first was "You Can Do Magic" (number 3), followed by "Dreamboat" (number 31), and "A Walking Miracle" (number 6).  Despite their success in the United Kingdom, they entered the USA charts only once, with "You Can Do Magic" (reached number 84).  Because of their popularity in the UK, they continued performing there regularly into the 1980s.  In the mid-1970s they split into two musical groups, the second of which was named Limmie Funk Limited.

61

Title: Dancing On A Saturday Night
Artist: Barry Blue
Writer(s): Lynsey de Paul & Barry Blue
Entered chart 28 Jul 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

Barry Blue (real name Barry Green!) was born on 4 Dec 1950 in London, England.  By the age of 14 he signed up with EMI records and began a prolific career as a songwriter.  In 1970 he joined a company of songwriters which included Lynsey de Paul, and their collaborations produced a numbers of hit recordings for numerous artists.  Signing with Bell records in 1973, he began recording his own material, and his first hit, "Dancing On A Saturday Night", charted in the summer of that year.  Another Top 10 hit came later in the year, and was followed by three Top 30 hits until late 1974.  He has written themes and incidental music for film and TV, and has continued as a successful songwriter and record producer into the 2010s.

62

Title: Like Sister And Brother
Artist: The Drifters
Writer(s): Geoff Stephens, Roger Greenaway & Roger Cook
Entered chart 4 Aug 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 12.

The Drifters are an American vocal group, formed in the early 1950s, and with a constant rotation of members.  A count has indicated that some 60 individuals have performed under the band name at one time or another. The group enjoyed several hits in the 1960s, but in the 1970s, they signed a deal with Bell records and based themselves in the UK, with lead singer Johnny Moore (14 Dec 1934 - 30 Dec 1998).  This gave them a run of nine hit singles, six of which made the Top 10, until the end of 1976.  Members came and went (and returned again) several times during the next three decades.  Johnny Moore died in London at the end of 1998, having been in the group (with some breaks) since he was 21 years old in 1955.  Nevertheless, others continued with the group which has performed into the 21st century, but there have been numerous lawsuits over the use of the group name.  No members of the hits-making versions of the band are in the current lineup.
# They were next in the UK Top 10 in the summer of 1974.

63

Title: Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose
Artist: Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Writer(s): Irwin Levine & L Russell Brown
Entered chart 4 Aug 1973; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 15.

This was the group's follow-up to their major Number One hit "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" (song 21).  It was the first single taken from their 1973 album "Dawn's New Ragtime Follies" which did not chart in the UK .  A second single from the album "Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally", peaked at number 37 in the UK charts, which was also the group's final British hit single.  In the USA they had hits until 1977, including a Number One in 1975.  For more info about the group, see song 21 above.

64

Title: Summer (The First Time)
Artist: Bobby Goldsboro
Writer(s): Bobby Goldsboro, Ashley Abram & Timmy Tappan
Entered chart 4 Aug 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 10.

Bobby Goldsboro was born on 18 Jan 1941 in Florida, USA, but he grew up in Alabama, USA.  He began his musical career in 1962, and was in the USA Top 10 by 1964.  In 1968 he was in the UK Top 10 (USA Number One) with the tear-jerker "Honey", about the death of a man's wife.  He wrote many songs, and several became hits for other artists.  His second UK hit came belatedly in 1973, "Summer (The First Time)" which was not without controversy as it documented a teenager's first sexual encounter.  Goldsboro was in the UK Top 20 in 1974 with "Hello Summertime", and "Honey" charted again 1975.  No more recordings reached the UK charts.  He had his own American TV series, "The Bobby Goldsboro Show", from 1973 to 1975.  He continued songwriting and in the 1990s was writing themes for TV shows.

65

Title: Young Love
Artist: Donny Osmond
Writer(s): Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner
Entered chart 18 Aug 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was Osmond's follow-up to his Number One hit of March, "The Twelfth Of Never" (song 19).  It was also his third (and last) UK Number One, which only reached number 23 in his American homeland.  He was back with his final Top 10 hit in November (song 90).
# The song was written in 1956 and recorded that year by the co-writer Ric Cartey, but it failed to reach the charts.  Before Osmond's recording, the best-known version of the song was by American actor Tab Hunter, whose rendition reached Number One in the UK in early 1957.  It was also recorded by American Country singer Sonny James, whose version reached number eleven also in 1957.  It has been recorded by numerous other performers.

66

Title: Rock On
Artist: David Essex
Writer(s): David Essex
Producer: Jeff Wayne

Entered chart 18 Aug 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 11.

David Essex was born on 23 Jul 1947 in east London, England.  He thought he might become a footballer before his singing and acting career took off.  He first recorded in 1965 and toured with a band for two years.  In 1971 he got the lead role in the stage musical "Godspell", and in 1973 he starred in the film "That'll Be The Day" along with Ringo Starr.  He had his first hit single, "Rock On" in 1973, which was taken from his debut album also titled "Rock On".  The album reached number seven on the UK album chart.  Essex has placed 25 hits on the singles charts, including eight Top 10s and two Number Ones.  He has also seen many albums reach the album chart.  He has continued with recording and acting in films, TV and on the stage up to the present time.
# Producer, Jeff Wayne is famous for his musical concept album "The War Of The Worlds" which was a Top 10 hit in 1978, spending a total of 235 weeks on the UK album chart, and featuring a narration by Hollywood actor Richard Burton.

67

Title: Our Last Song Together
Artist: Neil Sedaka
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Entered chart 25 Aug 1973; Highest Position 31; Weeks on chart: 8.

This followed Sedaka's hit of June, "Standing On The Inside" (song 43).  It was his third UK hit of the year, and was the third track taken from his album "The Tra-La Days Are Over", which reached the Top 20 of the album chart.  The song did indeed mark the final song jointly composed by Sedaka and his songwriting partner Howard Greenfield (15 Mar 1936 - 4 Mar 1986).  They had been writing together since the late 1950s, but their partnership was becoming acrimonious, and they agreed to go their separate ways.  Sedaka formed a writing partnership with Phil Cody, but Sedaka and Greenfield did work together again on songs for Sedaka's late 1970s albums.
# Sedaka was in the UK charts again in 1974, including a Top 20 hit that reached Number One in the USA.

68

Title: For The Good Times
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Kris Kristofferson (American singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 25 Aug 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 27.

This was Como's follow-up to his Top 10 hit of April, "And I Love You So" (song 35).  This was his final Top 10 hit, of fourteen, stretching back to 1953, although he had two further Top 40 hits until May 1974.  Several of his 'greatest hits' albums have reached the UK album chart into the 21st century.  For more info see song 35 above.
# The song was written by Kris Kristofferson in 1968, who recorded it for an album in 1970.  It was then recorded by Country music singer Ray Price in 1970, whose version reached Number One on the USA Country music chart, and number eleven on the pop charts.

69

Title: Monster Mash
Artist: Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
Writer(s): Bobby Pickett & Leonard L Capizzi
Entered chart 1 Sep 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

Bobby Pickett (11 Feb 1938 - 25 Apr 2007) was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA.  He was an actor and comedian who recorded albums of comedy and novelty material.  Pickett co-wrote "Monster Mash" in 1962, taking its title and lyric from a short-lived dance craze of the time called the mashed potato (see below).  As it was also a spoof on horror movies, Pickett sang it as an impersonation of English actor Boris Karloff who was famous for his horror film roles.  Despite being turned down by several record companies, it was issued on a small independent label and became an American Number One, selling a million copies, over Halloween 1962.  It was re-released in the USA and UK in 1973, when it reached the Top 10 in both countries.  It has become a Halloween perennial for radio stations every year since.  Pickett recorded several more 'horror' and parody songs over the following years, and he also appeared in several comedy films and TV sketch shows.
# Boris Karloff (23 Nov 1887 - 2 Feb 1969) was an English actor who is best-known for his horror films such as "Frankenstein" (1931), "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), and "Son of Frankenstein" (1939).  He also appeared as Imhotep in "The Mummy" (1932).  However, he had made his film debut as early as 1919, appearing in numerous silent films during the 1920s.  He featured in many non-horror films right up to his death in 1969.
# The Mashed Potato was a dance craze in 1962, similar to The Twist.  Several songs inspired by the dance were American hits, including "(Do the) Mashed Potatoes" by Nat Kendrick and the Swans (with vocals by Carlton "King" Coleman), "Mashed Potatoes U.S.A." by James Brown, and "Mashed Potato Time" and "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)", both by Dee Dee Sharp.  In Australia the dance underwent a revival with Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs' version of "Mashed Potato" in 1964. 
(Info from Wikipedia)

70

Title: Angel Fingers
Artist: Wizzard
Writer(s): Roy Wood
Entered chart 1 Sep 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was Wizzard's follow-up to their chart-topper of April "See My Baby Jive" (song 33).  There would be no further Number Ones, but they did enjoy another three Top 10 hits through to the end of 1974.  One of those hits was the Christmas perennial "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".  That festive recording only reached number four in the charts in 1973, but it is played every December on radio and in shopping centres.  It returned to the charts in 1981 and 1984, and with the advent of music downloads, it has appeared in the charts every year since 2007.  Following the Christmas hit, they were next in the UK Top 10 in April 1974 with "Rock 'N' Roll Winter".

71

Title: Angie
Artist: Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 1 Sep 1973; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Rolling Stones debuted on the British charts in 1963, and started a career which challenged the Beatles for the "top band" accolade during the 1960s.  The band comprised lead singer Mick Jagger (born 26 Jul 1943), guitarists Keith Richards (born 18 Dec 1943) and Brian Jones (28 Feb 1942 - 3 Jul 1969), bassist Bill Wyman (born 24 Oct 1936) and drummer Charlie Watts (born 2 Jun 1941).  The Stones clocked up 15 hits during the 1960s, including eight number ones.  Hits continued in the singles and album charts through the following decades up to the present time.  They still embark on world tours in the 21st century, and toured the UK in 2018.  For more details see year 1968, song 47.
# This was the band's first UK hit since April 1972 when they reached number five with "Tumbling Dice", although their album "Exile On Main Street" had been at Number One on the UK and USA album charts during the summer of 1972.  "Angie" is taken from their 1973 album "Goat's Head Soup" which topped the album charts of the UK and USA in autumn 1973.  Their next hit single came in August 1974.

72

Title: Nutbush City Limits
Artist: Ike & Tina Turner
Writer(s): Tina Turner
Entered chart 8 Sep 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 13.

Ike & Tina Turner were a husband and wife duo who found fame in the mid-1960s.  Ike Turner (5 Nov 1931 - 12 Dec 2007) was born in Mississippi, USA; Tina Turner was born on 26 Nov 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee, USA.  They came together in the mid-1950s when Tina went to see Ike and his band performing in the St. Louis, Missouri area.  Having got to know a member of the band, she was able to start singing with them, and she went on to provide backing vocals on Ike's recordings.  She eventually became a regular feature of the band which was renamed the Ike & Tina Turner Review, although they did not marry until 1962.  In 1965 they were seen by record producer Phil Spector, who decided he wanted to record with them.  Spector had the song "River Deep Mountain High" written for them (see year 1966, song 52), and his 'wall of sound' production became a Number three hit in the UK during 1966.  There were no further substantial hits in the UK until 1973 when "Nutbush City Limits" became a Top 10 hit.  In 1976 Tina filed for divorce from Ike, and the act broke up.  Tina went on to have a massively successful solo career during the 1980s and 1990s.  Ike fared less well as he was addicted to drugs, and spent time in prison as a result.  Tina has now retired and lives in Switzerland.
# The recording was produced by Ike Turner.  Nutbush, Tennessee is a rural community, not a city, and as such does not have city limits.  Tina Turner has re-recorded the song several times, and a new version was in the UK Top 30 during 1991.

73

Title: Joybringer
Artist: Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Writer(s): Gustav Holst & Manfred Mann
Entered chart 8 Sep 1973; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 10.

Manfred Mann was born on 21 October 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He studied music at University in South Africa, and worked as a jazz pianist at a number of clubs in Johannesburg from 1959 to 1960.  In 1961 he moved to the UK and began work as a music journalist, as well as helping form a jazz band, in which he played keyboards.  This evolved into the pop music five-piece group called Manfred Mann.  The group enjoyed considerable success in the UK and USA during the 1960s, but was dissolved by Mann in 1969.  Mann formed his Earth Band in 1971, and although early releases failed to chart, they were in the UK Top 10 in 1973 with "Joybringer".  A few singles and albums entered the respective charts into the mid-1980s, but they continued performing into the 2010s.
# The melody of the song is adapted from English composer Gustav Holst's "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity", part of his work "The Planets", a seven movement orchestra suite, written between 1914 and 1916.

74

Title: Oh No Not My Baby
Artist: Rod Stewart
Writer(s): Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Entered chart 8 Sep 1973; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 9.

Rod Stewart was born 10 Jan 1945 in north London, England.  His father was Scottish, and Stewart has always celebrated his Scottish roots.  He came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Jeff Beck Group, and then the Faces, but he recorded solo in addition to his group duties.  Stewart's 1971 solo album "Every Picture Tells a Story" made him a household name, reaching Number One in the UK and USA.  The album contained the Tim Harding song "Reason To Believe", which was issued as a single.  The B-side of that record was "Maggie May" which soon became the dominant side, reaching Number One on both sides of the Atlantic (see song 72).  His fame grew to worldwide proportions, and he has sold over 120 million records throughout the world.  He has had nine Number One albums in the UK Album chart, and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the Top 10, six of which were chart toppers.  Stewart has had 16 Top 10 singles in the USA.  From 2002 to 2010 he issued five albums in his "Great American Songbook" series, which were all successful in the charts.  He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.  His most recent original album, "Blood Red Roses", was issued in 2018.
# This was his only major hit of 1973 - his release in May having stalled at number 27.  His next Top 10 hit came in October 1974.
# The song, written by prolific 1960s songwriters Goffin and King, was first recorded by American vocalist Maxine Brown, whose version reached number 24 on the USA charts at the beginning of 1965.  It was not a hit in the UK.

75

Title: Caroline
Artist: Status Quo
Writer(s): Francis Rossi & Bob Young
Entered chart 8 Sep 1973; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 13.

This was the band's first Top 10 single since "Paper Plane" reached number eight in January (song 5).  A release in April only reached number 20, but "Caroline" marked the start of a consistent run of major hits until 1977.  Even after that they had twelve Top 10 hits through to 1990.  Their next hit single came in May 1974, although their album "Hello" (from which this single is taken) charted in October 1973, reaching Number One, and remaining on the album chart for 28 weeks.

76

Title: Ooh Baby
Artist: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Writer(s): Gilbert O'Sullivan
Entered chart 15 Sep 1973; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 7.

This was O'Sullivan's follow-up to his Number One hit of March, "Get Down" (song 22).  This release fared disappointingly in the UK, although it reached number two in his native Ireland.  Despite that set back he was in the UK Top 10 in November, although that turned out to be his final Top 10 entry.  Meanwhile, his album "I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter" entered the UK album chart in October 1973, reaching number two, and charting for 25 weeks.

77

Title: That Lady
Artist: Isley Brothers
Writer(s): Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley & O'Kelly Isley Jr
Entered chart 22 Sep 1973; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Isley Brothers are a Soul and R&B group from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.  They began by singing Gospel music, but moved to New York City in 1957 and began recording R&B tracks.  In 1959 they had a moderate hit with their song "Shout", which was later a hit for Lulu.  They first appeared in the UK charts in 1963 with "Twist And Shout", although it was only a minor hit for them.  "This Old Heart Of Mine" first charted in 1966, when it peaked at number 47.  However, it became a number three hit two years later.  At the time of this hit the Isley brothers were: Ronald, Rudolph, O'Kelly, Marvin and Ernie plus Chris Jasper.  During the 1970s and early 1980s they enjoyed enormous success in the USA and elsewhere.  In 1984, however,  Chris Jasper and Marvin left the band which was dissolved.  It was reformed in 1991, with Ronald, Ernie, and Marvin.  In 1996 Marvin left due to ill health, leaving Ronald and Ernie as a duo, and the pair have continued performing until the present time.
# This was the group's first UK hit on the Epic record label, having left Motown at the end of the 1960s.  It also marked a resurgence of interest in the UK, after a hitless gap of four years.  They were next in the British Top 20 in 1974 with their classic "Summer Breeze".

78

Title: Ballroom Blitz
Artist: The Sweet
Writer(s): Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman
Entered chart 22 Sep 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the band's third Top 10 hit of the year (see songs 1 and 36).  They were now one of the top bands in the UK, and this recording reached number five in the USA, as well as Number One in Germany and Canada.  In the later part of 1973 they were on an extensive tour of Germany.  Their next hit came in January 1974.

79

Title: Let's Get It On
Artist: Marvin Gaye
Writer(s): Marvin Gaye & Ed Townsend
Entered chart 22 Sep 1973; Highest Position 31; Weeks on chart: 7.

Marvin Gaye (2 Apr 1939 - 1 Apr 1984) was born in Washington DC, USA.  He joined a Doo-Wop group whilst still at high school, but in 1960 he moved to Detroit, and having been seen singing by Barry Gordy Jr, he was signed to Gordy's record label Tamla Motown.  He had a few smallish hits in the USA from 1962, and his first British hit came in 1964, although it only just entered the Top 50.  His early successes were duets with female performers - first with Mary Wells, then with Kim Weston, and later with Tammi Terrell.  He is probably best remembered for his 1970s and 1980s hits which often contained social commentary and civil rights messages.  Gaye was shot dead by his own father, when Gaye was just 44 and arguably at the peak of his career.
# This was Gaye's first Top 40 hit in the UK since 1970 when "Abraham, Martin And John" was in the Top 10 (see year 1970, song 42).  Although its showing in the UK charts was disappointing, the recording reached Number One in the USA.  Gaye's next UK hit came in spring 1974 with the Diana Ross duet "You Are Everything".

80

Title: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Artist: Elton John
Writer(s): Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Entered chart 29 Sep 1973; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 16.

This was John's follow-up to his hit of July, "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" (song 55).  This recording was the second track taken from his album of the same title, which was a Number One hit on the album charts of both the UK and USA.  The single reached number two in the USA.  His next hit was the Christmas song "Step Into Christmas" which reached only number 24 in December 1973, but remains a seasonal regular on radio.  However, due to downloads and streaming, it reached number eight on the UK chart in 2019.

81

Title: Ghetto Child
Artist: Detroit Spinners
Writer(s): Linda Creed & Thom Bell
Entered chart 29 Sep 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was the group's follow-up to their hit of April, "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" (song 34).  This was the band's first UK Top 10 hit, although it only got as high as number 29 in the USA.  Their next British Top 20 hit came in September 1976, and two Top 10 hits (one of which made Number One) came in 1980.

82

Title: My Friend Stan
Artist: Slade
Writer(s): Noddy Holder & Jim Lea
Entered chart 6 Oct 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 8.

This was Slade's eighth consecutive Top 10 hit dating back to 1971, with another four to come in the sequence.  It followed their hit of the summer, "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" (song 52).  Their next hit, and Number One, was the Christmas perennial "Merry Xmas Everybody".  Following that they were in the UK Top 10 again in April 1974 with "Everyday".  See song 16 for more info.

83

Title: Top Of The World
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Richard Carpenter & John Bettis
Entered chart 13 Oct 1973; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 18.

This was the duo's follow-on from their hit of July, "Yesterday Once More" (song 56).  This recording reached Number One in the USA, Canada and Australia.  The Carpenters were on a comprehensive tour of the USA during the second half of 1973.  Their next UK hit came in March 1974.

84

Title: Daydreamer
Artist: David Cassidy
Writer(s): Terry Dempsey (South African songwriter)
Entered chart 13 Oct 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

This recording was Cassidy's follow-up to his double A-side hits of March (songs 26/27).  This release was also a double A-side, with song 85 below.  Interestingly this recording was not a hit single in the USA, although it reached the Top 10 of the charts in Australia, Ireland and South Africa.

85

Title: The Puppy Song
Artist: David Cassidy
Writer(s): Harry Nilsson (American singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 13 Oct 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

This recording was a double A-side with song 84 above.  Both tracks were on Cassidy's 1973 album "Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes" which charted in the UK during November 1973, reaching Number One on the album chart.  Like the single, the album did not chart in the USA.
# This song was written in 1969 for Mary Hopkin's debut album "Post Card".  Nilsson also recorded the song for his own album "Harry" in 1969.

86

Title: Sorrow
Artist: David Bowie
Writer(s): Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer
Entered chart 20 Oct 1973; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 15.

This was Bowie's fourth Top 10 hit of 1973 (including a re-release from the 1960s).  This track was taken from his 1973 album "Pin-Ups" which reached Number One on the UK album chart.  He was in the singles Top 10 twice during 1974.  For more info see song 30 above.
# The song was written in 1965, and recorded that year for an album by the American group the McCoys (best known for the 1965 hit "Hang On Sloopy").  In the UK it was recorded by the Merseys (two former members of the Merseybeats), whose version reached number four in 1966 (see year 1966, song 39).

87

Title: Let Me In
Artist: The Osmonds
Writer(s): Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond & and Wayne Osmond
Entered chart 27 Oct 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 14.

This recording was the Osmonds' third UK Top 10 hit, following their July hit "Goin' Home" (song 57).  This release was a close harmony ballad rather than the rocky sounds of their earlier hits.  The band's next hits came in 1974, but Donny Osmond was charting with a solo entry in November (song 90).
# In 1997 Irish band OTT recorded the song and their almost exact copy reached number 12 in the UK charts early in that year.

88

Title: Photograph
Artist: Ringo Star
Writer(s): Ringo Starr & George Harrison
Entered chart 27 Oct 1973; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 13.

Ringo Starr was born on 7 Jul 1940 in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Starr pursued a solo career, as did the others.  His first solo hit came in April 1971 with "It Don't Come Easy" (year 1971, song 29), which reached number four in the UK charts.  He had four Top 10 entries on the UK singles charts, one each in the years from 1971 to 1974.  Two of those reached Number One in the USA.  He also enjoyed two Top 10 albums in the British album chart.  As well as performing and recording music, Starr also narrated the first two series of the children's television programme "Thomas & Friends" and portrayed "Mr. Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's television series "Shining Time Station".  Since 1989, he has frequently toured with his All-Starr Band.  He has continued recording from time to time, and issued his twentieth album in 2019.
# This was Starr's only hit single of 1973, which reached Number One in the USA.  His album "Ringo" entered the UK album chart in December 1973, reaching number seven.  His final UK Top 10 hit came in February 1974.

89

Title: My Coo-Ca-Choo
Artist: Alvin Stardust
Writer(s): Peter Shelley
Entered chart 3 Nov 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 21.

Alvin Stardust (27 Sep 1942 - 23 Oct 2014) was born in north London, England.  He first found fame in the early 1960s, when he performed under the name of Shane Fenton.  His real name was Bernard Jewry, and in the early 1960s he was working as a roadie for a band called Shane Fenton & The Fentones.  Unfortunately, the lead singer (real name Johnny Theakstone) died just before the band was asked to audition for the BBC.  With the blessing of the mother of the deceased singer, the band members asked Jewry to take on the role of lead singer so they could attend the audition.  So Jewry became Shane Fenton.  The audition was a success, and this led to a record deal with EMI.  Several smallish hits followed, plus the Top 20 entry "Cindy's Birthday" (see year 1962, song 53).  There were no more hits after 1962 for the band, and Jewry turned to music management for a decade.  However, in 1973 he took on another persona, as Alvin Stardust, after Peter Shelley had written and recorded the song "My Coo-Ca-Choo".  Shelley had used the pseudonym Alvin Stardust on the recording, but did not wish to perform it on TV.  Bernard Jewry was contacted and he agreed to become that singer to promote the song on TV.  The song was a big success and Stardust went on to enjoy several hits from 1973 to 1985.  Following that he went into stage musicals and TV presentation work.  He died from prostate cancer at age 72.
# Although this recording featured Shelley's voice, Stardust (Jewry) sang on all following hits.  His next hit came in February 1974, the Number One recording "Jealous Mind", also written by Peter Shelley.

90

Title: When I Fall In Love
Artist: Donny Osmond
Writer(s): Edward Heyman & Victor Young
Entered chart 10 Nov 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 13.

This was his follow-up to his Number One hit of August, "Young Love" (song 65).  Despite having had a run of six Top 10 hits (including three chart toppers) over the two years 1972 and 1973, this was his last solo Top 10 entry, and indeed his penultimate solo hit of any size during the 1970s.  However, during 1974 he was in the UK Top 10 twice in duet with his sister Marie, and at Number One with his brothers, the Osmonds.
# This song was written in 1952 and was first heard in the 1952 film "One Minute To Zero" starring Robert Mitchum.  The first hit version in the UK was by Nat King Cole in 1957, whose rendition reached number two in the charts.  In 1987, British singer Rick Astley recorded the song, and his version reached number two over the Christmas period that year.  To compete with the Astley version, EMI reissued Nat King Cole's recording, which climbed to number four in the UK charts, his first (posthumous) hit since 1962.

91

Title: Why Oh Why Oh Why
Artist: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Writer(s): Gilbert O'Sullivan
Entered chart 10 Nov 1973; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 14.

This was O'Sullivan's follow-up to his hit of September, "Ooh Baby" (song 76).  That particular recording stalled at a disappointing number 18 in the UK charts, but "Why Oh Why Oh Why" brought him back into the Top 10.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be his final Top 10 chart hit, although he enjoyed three more Top 20 chart entries up to 1975.  His next hit came in February 1974.  For more info see song 22 above.

92

Title: Lamplight
Artist: David Essex
Writer(s): David Essex
Producer: Jeff Wayne
Entered chart 10 Nov 1973; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 15.

This recording was his follow-up to "Rock On" (song 66) which was a number three hit in August.  This track was also taken from his debut album "Rock On".  His next chart entry, in May 1974, was a disappointment, but he was at Number One in October 1974 with his classic "Gonna Make You A Star".

93

Title: Paper Roses
Artist: Marie Osmond
Writer(s): Fred Spielman & Janice Torre (American composers)
Entered chart 17 Nov 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

Marie Osmond was born on 15 Oct 1959 in Utah, USA, and is a member of the Osmond family, who collectively and singularly were having enormous success in the UK and USA charts during the early 1970s.  Marie was just 14 when this recording reached the charts.  She tended to record Country music songs, rather than the pop songs of the brothers.  This was the only solo hit single she had in the UK, although she had hits in 1974 in duet with her brother Donny.  She enjoyed success on the USA Country music charts for a few years, and her and Donny went on to have their own TV show in America from 1975 to 1979.  She continued to make occasional recordings through the 1980s and 1990s.  In the 2010s she had her own TV variety  show, and has participated in a TV talk/discussion programme series.
# The song was first recorded in 1960 by American singer Anita Bryant, whose version reached number five on the USA (pop) charts.  The Marie Osmond version went to Number One on the American Country chart, and number five (same as Bryant) on the USA pop charts.

94

Title: Love On A Mountain Top
Artist: Robert Knight
Writer(s): Buzz Cason & Mac Gayden
Entered chart 24 Nov 1973; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 16.

Robert Knight (21 Apr 1940 - 5 Nov 2017) was born in Tennessee, USA.  He started singing with a group of friends as the Paramounts in 1960, and they had a small hit.  No further success came and the group broke up.  In 1967 he was offered a new record deal, and recorded the song "Everlasting Love" which reached number 13 in the USA.  The song was covered by British group Love Affair who took their recording to Number One in the UK charts during 1968 (see year 1968, song 6), which prevented the Knight version getting any higher than number 40.  However, when reissued in 1974, it reached number 19 in the UK.  "Love On A Mountain Top", recorded in 1968, was not a hit for Knight in the USA, but following plays in the Northern Soul clubs of the UK, the record sold enough to reach number ten in Britain during 1973.  As success faded in the late 1970s, Knight became a university chemical lab technician and a chemistry teacher.
# In 1989 Anglo-American vocalist Sinitta recorded the song, and her version reached number 20 on the UK charts in autumn of that year.

95

Title: You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me
Artist: New Seekers
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay & Geoff Stephens
Entered chart 24 Nov 1973; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 16.

The New Seekers was a British five-piece vocal group, formed by Australian musician Keith Potger, after the break up of his group the Seekers.  The New Seekers comprised female lead singers Eve Graham (born in Auchterarder, Scotland on 19 Apr 1943) and Lyn Paul (born in Manchester, England on 16 Feb 1949), plus three males.  The first version of the group, formed in 1969, did not include Lyn Paul, but after the first album release, several personnel changes were made, including the addition of Paul.  They had a minor hit in late 1970, but made the big time in the summer of 1971 with their first Top 10 entry "Never Ending Song Of Love".  This was followed later in the year by "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing", which was their first Number One chart hit.  They enjoyed considerable success through to the mid-1970s, but broke up in the second half of 1974.  However, they reformed in 1976, but without Lyn Paul.  They had three smallish hits until 1978, when Eve Graham left.  With new personnel, the group has continued to tour and perform.
# This was the group's first major hit since the summer of 1972 when "Circles" was in the Top 10 (see year 1972, song 48).  Their next Top 10 hit came along in March 1974, but that turned out to be their last.

96

Title: Mind Games
Artist: John Lennon
Writer(s): John Lennon
Entered chart 24 Nov 1973; Highest Position 26; Weeks on chart: 9.

John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980) was born in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Lennon pursued a solo career, as did the others.  His first hit after the break up was "Power To The People", although he had enjoyed three hits over 1969-1970 as a member of the Plastic Ono Band.  He had also released albums from 1968 with Yoko Ono, although the first to chart was not until 1971.  His first major album was "Imagine" later in 1971, which not only reached Number One in the album chart, but eventually remained on the chart for 101 weeks.  He had success with both singles and albums until 1975.  He had been fighting deportation from the USA for a couple of years, and having finally been given permanent residency of the USA, he took off the next five years from any recording.  However, in 1980, he and Yoko released their "Double Fantasy" album which hit the top of the album charts in the UK and USA.  From the album came the single "(Just Like) Starting Over", which went to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic.  However in December that year he was shot dead outside his New York apartment by Mark Chapman.  He remains in prison in December 2020.  In the aftermath of Lennon's murder, several of his past recordings re-entered the charts, with the song "Imagine" climbing to Number One, following on directly from "(Just Like) Starting Over".  "Imagine" was re-issued in December 1999, when it reached number three in the UK charts.
# This recording is taken from Lennon's 1973 album, also called "Mind Games" which reached number 13 on the UK album chart.  The single did somewhat better in the USA by reaching number 18 on the American charts, whilst the album reached number nine in the USA.

97

Title: Take Me High
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Tony Cole
Entered chart 1 Dec 1973; Highest Position 27; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was Cliff's follow-up to his hit of May "Help It Along" which had reached number 29 on the UK charts.  This recording was featured in Cliff's film of the same title, which was also his final starring-role film.  The sound track album peaked at number 41 on the UK album chart.  He was in the Top 20 in May 1974 (his only hit of the year), before failing completely to reach the charts in 1975.  1976, however, saw him with four hits, two of which reached the Top 20 and one reached the Top 10 ("Devil Woman").  For more info see song 24 above.

98

Title: Solitaire
Artist: Andy Williams
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka & Phil Cody
Entered chart 8 Dec 1973; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 18.

Andy Williams (3 Dec 1927 - 25 Sep 2012) was an easy-listening crooner, who issued several songs during the 1960s and 1970s that entered the UK charts, three of them making the Top 10 during the sixties.  He was born in Iowa, USA, but he and his family moved to Los Angeles while he was at high school in 1943.  He and his three brothers formed a vocal quartet in the 1940s, and they soon found themselves in demand from record producers and film makers.  They had parts in several musical films, and in 1947 they made their debut in Las Vegas.  However, in 1953 the brothers went their separate ways and this gave Williams the opportunity to start a solo career.  He began appearing on TV, and by 1957 he was at the top of the UK charts with his recording of "Butterfly".  He hosted his own TV variety show, The Andy Williams Show, from 1962 to 1971, and recorded over forty albums.  He continued recording and performing until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and he died from the disease in 2012 at the age of 84.
# This was Williams' first UK Top 10 hit since the spring of 1971 (see year 1971, song 17).  This recording turned out to be his last Top 10 hit in Britain until 1999 when his re-issue of "Music To Watch Girls Go Buy" reached number nine.   He did, however, have a Top 10 album in each of the years 1974 and 1978.
# The song, co-written by Neil Sedaka, appeared on his 1972 album which was also called "Solitaire", although it was not a hit in the UK.
# In 1975 a recording of the song was issued by the Carpenters which reached number 32 in the UK charts that year.

99

Title: The Show Must Go On
Artist: Leo Sayer
Writer(s): Leo Sayer & David Courtney
Entered chart 15 Dec 1973; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 13.

Leo Sayer was born on 21 May 1948 at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.  Sayer began his music career co-writing songs with British singer-songwriter David Courtney (including "Giving It All Away", which gave Roger Daltrey of the Who his first solo hit in 1973 - see song 31 above).  The same year, Sayer began his career as a recording artist under the management of Adam Faith, who arranged Sayer's record deal.  He went on to have a very successful career, enjoying seven consecutive Top 10 hits until 1977, with three more up to 1982.  Also in 1977 he had two consecutive Number One hits in the USA.  In Britain he also had six Top 10 albums in the album chart.  In the 1990s he had financial difficulties, but successfully sued his management and record company for unpaid royalties.  He moved to Australia in the early 2000s and became an Australian citizen in 2009.  Since that time he has recorded in Australia and mostly performed in that country.
# Sayer was next in the UK charts in 1974 with two Top 10 hits.

100

Title: Time In A Bottle
Artist: Jim Croce
Writer(s): Jim Croce
Entered chart 29 Dec 1973; Highest Position 1 (USA chart data - not a UK hit)

Jim Croce (10 Jan 1943 20 Sep 1973) was born in Philadelphia, USA.  He was a Folk-rock singer-songwriter, and in the early 1960s he formed a singing duo with his wife, known as Jim & Ingrid, but they had no commercial success.  He always had doubts about having a singing career, and frequently took long breaks from performing to do other jobs.  However, in the early 1970s he got a recording deal in New York, and he recorded a few albums.  His 1972 album "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" went to Number One in the USA album chart.  The album included the track "Time In A Bottle", and released as a single it went to Number One in the USA and Canada in 1973.  His 1974 single release "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" was also a great success in the USA.  None of his singles or albums charted in the UK.  Sadly, on 20 September 1973, he and five others were killed when a plane they were in whilst touring the USA, crashed during take off in Louisiana.  Several of his biggest hits came posthumously.


 

Acts with most appearances in this list:

David Cassidy: 4
David Bowie: 3
Elton John: 3

Donny Osmond: 3
Gilbert O'Sullivan: 3
Neil Sedaka: 3
Slade: 3
The Sweet: 3

Composers with most appearances in this list:

Kenny Gamble: 4 (3 with Leon Huff; 1 with Thom Bell & Linda Creed)
Neil Sedaka: 4 (1 with Howard Greenfield; 1 with Phil Cody)
Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman: 3 (all for The Sweet)
Leon Huff: 3 (all with Kenny Gamble)
Elton John & Bernie Taupin: 3 (all for Elton John)
Jim Lea & Noddy Holder: 3 (all for Slade)
Gilbert O'Sullivan: 3 (all for himself)

New Names in 1973
To qualify, new acts must have gone on to have at least three entries in these lists.  One-hit Wonders do not qualify.

David Essex
Leo Sayer
Alvin Stardust
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