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 Wednesday 12 December 2018

Our Service - The 1973 Hit List

2013 is Radio Warneford's 40th birthday year and to help celebrate, we've produced this 1973 Hit List. It includes most of the number one hits of 1973 plus some of the other classic songs from the year. But how many of them can you remember?

Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
Number 1 from December 23rd 1972 for 5 weeks

The 1972 Christmas number one spent the first three weeks of 1973 at the chart summit. Aged just 9½, Jimmy took over the title of "Youngest Chart-topper" from Frankie Avalon. He went on to have two more Top 20 hits before the end of Osmondmania.

Sweet - Blockbuster
Number 1 from January 27th 1973 for 5 weeks

Sweet were one of the top acts of the early 1970s, although Blockbuster was the group's only number one hit. Their next three singles all peaked at number two. One of those, Ballroom Blitz entered the chart at that position but failed to clear the final hurdle, an anomaly only ever previously experienced by The Beatles with Let It Be!

Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize
Number 1 from March 3rd 1973 for 4 weeks

Slade were in the midst of their most successful period. Cum On Feel The Noize was one of three number one hits for the group during 1973.

Donny Osmond - Twelfth Of Never
Number 1 from March 31st 1973 for 1 week

Donny's fourth solo hit in Britain and his second number one. The song was originally an American Top 10 hit for Johnny Mathis back in 1957 and Cliff Richard took it into the UK Top 10 in 1964.

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Get Down
Number 1 from April 7th 1973 for 2 weeks

This was Gilbert's second and last number one hit. From here it was all downhill. Although he continued having hits for another two years, only one of them reached the Top 10.

Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
Number 1 from April 21st 1973 for 4 weeks

Dawn's biggest hit went on to sell more than six million copies around the world. According to the Guinness Book Of Records, Tie A Yellow Ribbon... is one of the most recorded songs of all time with more than a thousand different versions!

Wizzard - See My Baby Jive
Number 1 from May 19th 1973 for 4 weeks

iThis was Wizzard's first number one hit. The band, led by Birmingham-born Roy Wood, went on to have a further chart-topper later in the year.

Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
Number 1 from June 16th 1973 for 1 week

Suzi had played the bongos in her father's jazz band and appeared on television as a go-go dancer before forming her first band, Pleasure Seekers. She went solo in 1972 and after a year of flops, Can The Can, written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, gave Suzi her first big hit.

10CC - Rubber Bullets
Number 1 from June 23rd 1973 for 1 week

This was 10CC's first number one hit and the only chart-topper for Jonathan King's UK record label.

Slade - Skweeze Me Pleeze Me
Number 1 from June 30th 1973 for 3 weeks

Skweeze Me Pleeze Me allowed Slade to join Elvis Presley as the only artists to have two records enter the UK charts at number one.

Peters & Lee - Welcome Home
Number 1 from July 21st 1973 for 1 week

Lenny Peters and Di Lee became famous after appearing on the TV show Opportunity Knocks in February 1973. They went on to have four more hits including Don't Stay Away Too Long.

Donny Osmond - Young Love
Number 1 from August 25th 1973 for 4 weeks

Originally a chart-topper for Tab Hunter back in 1957, Donny took Young Love back to number one after a gap of 16 years and 136 days.

Wizzard - Angel Fingers
Number 1 from September 22nd 1973 for 1 week

Wizzard's second consecutive number one came at the peak of Roy Wood's career. Although the group never reached the chart summit again, Roy did in 1989 when he sang on Let's Party by Jive Bunny!

Simon Park Orchestra - Eye Level
Number 1 from September 29th 1973 for 4 weeks

The first television theme to reach number one in Britain came from the ITV series Van Der Valk which starred Barry Foster. It was the last instrumental to top the charts for more than twenty years.

David Cassidy - Daydreamer
Number 1 from October 27th 1973 for 3 weeks

Teenage heartthrob David Cassidy starred in the American TV series The Partridge Family about a fictional family pop group. This was his second and last number one hit.

Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody
Number 1 from December 15th 1973 for 5 weeks

This was Slade's biggest hit by far, selling more than a million copies. It returned to the Top 75 in six consecutive years from 1981 to 1986, a record.

Other Hits Of 1973

Shirley Bassey

Never Never Never

Carpenters

Yesterday Once More

Perry Como

And I Love You So

Deodato

Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

Detroit Emeralds

Feel The Need In Me

Detroit Spinners

Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

Drifters

Like Sister And Brother

Electric Light Orchestra

Roll Over Beethoven

Roberta Flack

Killing Me Softly With His Song

Bobby Goldsboro

Summer (The First Time)

Jimmy Helms

Gonna Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

Hot Chocolate

Brother Louie

Elton John

Daniel

Kenny

Heart Of Stone

Al Marino

Spanish Eyes

Harold Melvin

If You Don't Know Me By Now

Olivia Newton-John

Take Me Home Country Roads

Marie Osmond

Paper Roses

Billy Paul

Me And Mrs Jones

Bobby 'Boris' Picket

Monster Mash

Cliff Richard

Power To All Our Friends

Diana Ross

Touch Me In The Morning

Neil Sedaka

Our Last Song Together

Carly Simon

You're So Vain

Alvin Stardust

My Coo-Ca-Choo

Stealers Wheel

Stuck In The Middle With You

Timmy Thomas

Why Can't We Live Together

Ike & Tina Turner

Nutbush City Limits

Wings

Live And Let Die

Stevie Wonder

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

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