70s Music Chart 6th January 1973

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This was the week in the UK that the Open University gave out its very first awards to the students. Out of the very first 1000 a 867 people passed.

This was the week in the UK that the Open University gave out its very first awards to the students. Out of the very first 1000 a 867 people passed.

It was also the week that in the US President Nixon was considering all his options about the Vietnam war. His decision would only be days away.

7os music entered the year of 1973 with an amazing top twenty. From Scots guards to the Osmonds there was everything in it, including David Bowie.

This post looks at the numbers 20 to number 11 inclusive of the charts compiled by the BBC by the British Market Research Bureau.

No. 20

You’re So Vain by Carly Simon
Carly Elizabeth Simon was born in 1945 and is a Grammy Winner, Golden Globe and Academy winner in her long career. Going solo in 1971 with Elektra records she had a couple of hits, then she had this major best selling single. There has never been a final answer to who the song is about, but a number of famous people have been put in the frame. But right up to now Carly has now has said the person the song was about was…..It is in the public domain, but I shall not say it here. Yet.

Mick Jagger was on vocals on this record.

No. 19

Little Drummer Boy by Royal Dragoon Scots Guards

A follow up to last years “Amazing Grace”, the follow up single was originally a Christmas hit called “Carol Of The Drum” from 1941.

No. 18

Getting A Drag by Lynsey De Paul

Born in London as Lynsey Monckton Rubin, this was the follow up to the 1972 hit “Sugar Me”. More hits to follow later in the year, plus she would write a TV theme that would win her a big award. In the 1970s she had a love affair with heartthrob singer Barry Blue. Barry was a little bit disco.

No. 17

Crocodile Rock by Elton John

Elton John  was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 and has sold around 250 million records thus far. Written by Elton and Bernie Taupin, the song came from the album “Don’t Shoot Me I Am Only The Piano Player”. The song was inspired by an Australian band called Daddy Cool.

Lyrics to “Crocodile Rock”.

No. 16

Why by Donny Osmond

Article about Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond without his brothers with yet another solo hit. Donald Clark Osmond was born in 1957, and after a few years joined his famous singing brother on the US show “The Andy Williams Show”. He  was so popular that within a short time he became one of the worlds teen heart throbs.

This song was originally a hit in 1957 by Frankie Avalon.

No. 15

Ball Park Incident by Wizzard
Article about Wizzard

Roy Wood was the founder of Wizzard, and before this he had been with ELO and The Move. Even when he was with Wizzard, Roy Wood was also doing solo albums, and playing a host of musical instruments himself. The next hit would catapult them in to glam rock history with “See My Baby Jive”.

No. 14

Help Me Make It Through The Night by Gladys Knight and the Pips

Gladys was born in 1944 in Atlanta, and with her pips in 1966 joined Motown and had a few hits including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” which was recorded before Marvin Gaye had his version out. This weeks single was written by Kris Kristofferson who based the song on an interview with Frank Sinatra who said he needed booze to get him through the night.

It would be a hit again in 1974 for John Holt.

No. 13

Always On My Mind by Elvis Presley

Article about Elvis Presley

Originally a hit for Brenda Lee and then a hit for hundreds of others. Elvis did a fantastic version of the country song. The song won a Grammy in 1983 for the three writers.

Lyrics to “Always On My Mind”

No. 12

Ben by Michael Jackson

“Willard” was a 1971 film about a killer Rat, the sequel was called “Ben”, and the song is about a rat called Ben. Written by Walter Scharf and Don Black. This hit was supposed to have been sung by American heart throb Donny Osmond, but his schedule was too tight, so it was handed over to Michael Jackson instead. This rat song won a Golden Globe and an Academy award too.

Michael was fourteen years of age when he recorded this classic, and on the Tamla Motown label too.

No. 11

Big Seven by Judge Dread

Article about Judge Dread

This record was banned from the UK radio, but still managed to chart. Judge Dread made many banned records in his time, most of them charted in the 1970s.

Born Alexander Minto Hughes, he was in fact a very talented reggae star. He died in 1998


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