AMERICAN TOP 40- THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 1973

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This weeks American Top 40 replay on the 70’s on 7 is from the week of October 13, 1973. Some of the past 1973’s they have played this year very weak but this is a pretty good one- a lot of ‘giants’- Dylan, The Stones, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Allman Brothers, Paul Simon… of course there are two entries from the Osmond Family and those aren’t the worst- considering the DeFranco Family is in the Top 40.  but you can’t let a couple bad apples spoil a good week. This may be the strongest Top 10 I have seen in ages. Also an oddity- both Marvin Gaye and Diana “Call Me Miss” Ross have hits in the countdown and a duet together.

1 1 HALF-BREED –•– Cher (MCA)-11 (2 weeks at #1) (1)  B+
2 7 RAMBLIN’ MAN –•– The Allman Brothers Band (Capricorn)-8 (2) A+
3 3 LET’S GET IT ON –•– Marvin Gaye (Tamla)-14 (1) A+
4 5 HIGHER GROUND –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-9 (4) A+
5 8 ANGIE –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-6 (5) A
6 6 THAT LADY (Part 1) –•– The Isley Brothers (T-Neck)-14 (6) A
7 2 LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK –•– Paul Simon (with the Dixie Hummingbirds) (Columbia)-11 (2) A+
8 11 MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-7 (8) A+
9 10 KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ (Part 1) –•– Eddie Kendricks (Tamla)-8 (9) B
10 4 WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND –•– Grand Funk (Capitol)-12 (1) A

11 14 YES WE CAN CAN –•– The Pointer Sisters (Blue Thumb)-9 (11) B
12 23 HEARTBEAT-IT’S A LOVEBEAT –•– The DeFranco Family Featuring Tony DeFranco (20th Century)-6 (12) F—
13 25 PAPER ROSES –•– Marie Osmond (MGM)-5 (13) D
14 17 FREE RIDE –•– The Edgar Winter Group (Epic)-10 (14) A
15 15 CHINA GROVE –•– The Doobie Brothers (Warner Brothers)-9 (15) B
16 12 MY MARIA –•– B.W. Stevenson (RCA)-12 (9) A-
17 20 BASKETBALL JONES FEATURING TYRONE SHOELACES –•– Cheech and Chong (Ode)-6 (17) A
18 9 DELTA DAWN –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-17 (1) A
19 29 ALL I KNOW –•– Garfunkel (Columbia)-5 (19) B
20 26 KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR –•– Bob Dylan (Columbia)-7 (20) A+

21 13 SAY, HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY SWEET GYPSY ROSE –•– Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando (Bell)-14 (3) B
22 16 BROTHER LOUIE –•– The Stories (Kama Sutra)-17 (1) A+
23 21 WHY ME –•– Kris Kristofferson (Monument)-28 (21)  A+
24 30 ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY –•– Joe Walsh (Dunhill)-10 (24) A+
25 18 TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING –•– Diana Ross (Motown)-20 (1) A-
26 42 SPACE RACE –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-4 (26) B+
27 22 YOU’VE NEVER BEEN THIS FAR BEFORE –•– Conway Twitty (MCA)-10 (22) B
28 28 GET IT TOGETHER –•– Jackson 5 (Motown)-7 (28) B
29 34 HURTS SO GOOD –•– Millie Jackson (Spring)-6 (29) A
30 31 IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR –•– Cross Country (Atco)-9 (30) C-

31 41 WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY (Again) –•– Seals and Crofts (Warner Brothers)-4 (31) B-
32 40 FUNKY STUFF –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-6 (32) B-
33 39 SUMMER (The First Time) –•– Bobby Goldsboro (United Artists)-8 (33) B
34 45 ECSTASY –•– The Ohio Players (Westbound)-10 (34) C
35 66 YOU’RE A SPECIAL PART OF ME –•– Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye (Motown)-2 (35) B-
36 38 LET ME IN –•– The Osmonds (MGM)-6 (36) D
37 19 THEME FROM “CLEOPATRA JONES” –•– Joe Simon Featuring the Mainstreeters (Spring)-12 (18) B
38 44 JESSE –•– Roberta Flack (Atlantic)-4 (38) B-
39 33 JIMMY LOVES MARY-ANNE –•– Looking Glass (Epic)-13 (33) B
40 76 I GOT A NAME –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-2 (40)  A+

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7 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 1973

  1. Remarkable difference to the UK top songs. Bowie (Laughing Gnome) was being kept off the no 5 slot by Bobby Pickett (Monster Mash). No 1 was the theme tune to a TV detective series, set in the Netherlands called Van der Valk. See if you can find it on Youtube or similar. Eye Level by Simon Parks Orchestra. The well known bit is at about 40 seconds in – it still makes me smile.

  2. I have a few CDs that centre around Neal Morse. [Tiny bit of history, Morse, along with brother, formed a band called Spock’s Beard. He also was in a supergroup called Transatlantic (US, UK and Swedish members – geddit?). As they were getting successful, he found god and quit. Recorded some christian stuff which initially was woolly sweater with the family around the fire, but then became ‘excellent music, shame about the preaching’, stuff]
    As warm ups, solo album sessions and reformed Transatlantic stuff (both with Mike Portnoy) featured songs particular band members loved. Highlights are Sylvia (Focus), Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs), Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees) and …. Crazy Horses (Osmonds).

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