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British Chartbusters of the 60s & 70s

1973

The British charts of 1973 saw the Osmonds still running the show pushed now by glam rocker Gary Glitter and David Cassidy

 

  • Number one act for the year for the second year in a row was the Osmonds (including Donny, Marie and Little Jimmy as solo artists). Between them, the family had no fewer than seven top five hits - two of them hitting the number one spot. Pride of place went to Donny Osmond, who had chart toppers with "The Twelfth of Never" and "Young Love" followed by a top five hit with "When I Fall in Love". Sister Marie Osmond managed a number two hit single with "Paper Roses" and Little Jimmy Osmond was in the top five with "Tweedle Dee". The Osmonds as a band also reached the top five with "Going Home" and with "Let Me In" - the latter also the title of their top two hit album.
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  • Gary Glitter and the Glitter Band were second placed artists of 1973. The glam rock band had to settle for the number two spot for their first two singles of the year "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and "Hello Hello I'm Back Again". But their next two hits were both number ones: "I'm the Leader of the Gang" and "I Love You Love Me Love" (the biggest single of the year and a million seller). They enjoyed album success with "Touch Me" which peaked at number two.
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  • In third place overall was David Cassidy and the Partidge Family. David Cassidy followed up his solo success with chart number three "I'm a Clown" to reach number one with "Daydreamer/the Puppy Song" which was fourth biggest single of 1973. he also had a number one album with "Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes". The Partidge Family had top ten hits with "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" and "Walking in the Rain".
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  • Number four act was Wizzard. The band had been formed by Roy Wood, formerly of the Move (a group which also provided the building blocks for the Electric Light Orchestra). The new formation started with a top ten hit "Ball Park Incident" then followed this up with two chart toppers "See My Baby Jive" (the fifth biggest hit of the year) and "Angel Fingers" before driving perennial Christmas song "I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day" to the top five.
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  • Elton John captured fifth spot for the year more for his album work than his singles. However, he reached the top ten three times with "Daniel", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". His two albums were both big number ones: "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" was the top album of 1973 and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was number five for the year.
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  • The big singles of the year included "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" (number two hit of the year) from Tony Orlando and Dawn who also reached the top twenty with "Say, Has anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose". Number three single of the year was Sweet's "Blockbuster" which they followed up with two number two hits "Hell Raiser" and "Ballroom Blitz". Just failing to make the top five singles list was Slade and the Christmas number one, "Merry Xmas Everybody". The band had also hit the top spot twice earlier in the year with "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" while "My Friend Stan" was a number two record.
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  • Other big names for 1973 included David Bowie who had a pair of top selling albums "Aladdin Sane" and "Pin-Ups", respectively number three and four LPs of the year. He also managed four top five singles with "Drive-in Saturday", "Life on Mars", "The Laughing Gnome" and "Sorrow". T. Rex were still around and made top five positions with "Twentieth Century Boy" and "The Groover". Gilbert O'Sullivan had a number one single with "Get Down" and followed this with top ten hits "Ooh Baby" and "Why Oh Why Oh Why". 10cc were number one with "Rubber Bullets" and also had a top ten single with "The Dean and I". And the Carpenters spent a long time in the charts with top five hits "Yesterday Once More" and "Top of the World".

 

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