AMERICAN TOP 40- MAY 12, 1973

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On the 70’s at 7 this week- the AT40 that was repeated was -American Top 40 for the week of May 12, 1973– 45 years ago today. A number of these songs I had never heard before- this is an odd week as far as quality of songs go- a number of memorable classic singles- then a lot of mediocre songs very little in between. My grades of the songs are alongside.

1 1 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE –•– Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando (Bell)-13 (4 weeks at #1) (1) B
2 4 YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-9 (2) A
3 3 LITTLE WILLY –•– The Sweet (Bell)-17 (3) A
4 2 THE CISCO KID –•– War (United Artists)-11 (2) A
5 6 DRIFT AWAY –•– Dobie Gray (Decca)-12 (5)  A+
6 7 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU –•– Stealers Wheel (A&M)-11 (6)  A+
7 10 FRANKENSTEIN –•– The Edgar Winter Group (Epic)-10 (7) A
8 5 THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA –•– Vicki Lawrence (Bell)-14 (1) B+
9 14 DANIEL –•– Elton John (MCA)-6 (9) A
10 8 THE TWELFTH OF NEVER –•– Donny Osmond (MGM)-11 (8)  F

11 15 REELING IN THE YEARS –•– Steely Dan (ABC)-10 (11) A+
12 13 WILDFLOWER –•– Skylark (Capitol)-13 (12)  C-
13 26 MY LOVE –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Apple)-5 (13) C
14 20 PILLOW TALK –•– Sylvia (Vibration)-8 (14) B
15 18 DAISY A DAY –•– Jud Strunk (MGM)-13 (15)  F
16 9 SING –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-12 (3)  B-
17 23 HOCUS POCUS –•– Focus (Sire)-11 (17)  B
18 19 OUT OF THE QUESTION –•– Gilbert O’Sullivan (MAM)-11 (18) A
19 21 FUNKY WORM –•– The Ohio Players (Westbound)-12 (19)  D
20 16 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE –•– Lou Reed (RCA)-13 (16)  A+

21 25 THE RIGHT THING TO DO –•– Carly Simon (Elektra)-7 (21)  A
22 27 THINKING OF YOU –•– Loggins and Messina (Columbia)-7 (22) C+
23 12 PEACEFUL –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-15 (12)  C
24 37 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY –•– Barry White (20th Century)-5 (24)  B-
25 11 MASTERPIECE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-12 (7)  C
26 30 STEAMROLLER BLUES / FOOL –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-5 (26)  B
27 32 PLAYGROUND IN MY MIND –•– Clint Holmes (Epic)-8 (27)  F-
28 33 I’M DOIN’ FINE NOW –•– New York City (Chelsea)-11 (28)  A
29 36 IT SURE TOOK A LONG, LONG TIME –•– Lobo (Big Tree)-6 (29)  C+
30 35 LEAVING ME –•– The Independents (Wand)-6 (30)  C

31 31 “CHERRY CHERRY” FROM HOT AUGUST NIGHT –•– Neil Diamond (MCA)-9 (31) B
32 34 ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS –•– First Choice (Philly Groove)-10 (32) B-
33 17 AIN’T NO WOMAN (Like the One I Got) –•– The Four Tops (Dunhill)-15 (4)  A
34 47 RIGHT PLACE WRONG TIME –•– Dr. John (Atco)-5 (34) A+
35 43 SUPER FLY MEETS SHAFT –•– John and Ernest (Rainy Wednesday)-5 (35) C
36 38 I CAN UNDERSTAND IT –•– The New Birth (RCA)-8 (36)  C
37 45 TEDDY BEAR SONG –•– Barbara Fairchild (Columbia)-12 (37)  B-
38 40 BLUE SUEDE SHOES –•– Johnny Rivers (United Artists)-9 (38)  C
39 41 NO MORE MR. NICE GUY –•– Alice Cooper (Warner Brothers)-5 (39)  A+
40 42 LET’S PRETEND –•– The Raspberries (Capitol)-8 (40)    B+

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