It’s the week of June 23rd, 1973. Former President Nixon lawyer John Dean’s televised hearings before the Watergate Committee begin this week. TV Soap Opera fans all over the country are upset that their favorite daily dramas are being preempted for coverage of the proceedings. In intensely watched testimony, John Dean will submit a voluminous White House “enemies list,” and offer the most damaging evidence yet, arguing that the president was an active participant in the Watergate cover-up. In other news of the week, Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger is named in a London paternity suit by Marsha Hunt, who claims that Mick is the father of her two-year-old daughter. Mick will take a blood test when he returns to England. Marsha is a model who once was cast in the show “Hair,” and also sang with a group called White Trash. She says of Mick, “He was just a friend.” The suit will prove unsuccessful.
And these are the Top Ten Songs This Week In 1973….
This Week (Last Week’s Chart Position Is In Brackets)
1. MY LOVE/Paul McCartney and Wings (1) — Paul is celebrating his 31st birthday (18th) with the number one song in the country this week. It’s the 4th and final week on top. Ironically, his ex-bandmate, George Harrison, will reach #1 next week!
2. PLAYGROUND IN MY MIND/Clint Holmes (2) — Clint was born in England, raised in New York, and had this huge hit that peaked at #2 on the charts. He never placed another song on the Top 100. Now THAT’S a ONE HIT WONDER!!!
3. I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY/Barry White (4) — Barry was born in Galveston, Texas and raised in L.A. This is his FIRST hit. He’d score five more top ten songs in the 70’s, his biggest being “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe,” which would reach #1 on September 21st of NEXT year.
4. WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES/Billy Preston (7) — Billy is one of those few artists who had both instrumentals AND vocals in the Top Ten. This is his biggest hit and will reach #1 after George Harrison drops out of the position. Billy will score another #1 hit next summer with “Nothing From Nothing.” His two Top Ten instrumental hits? “Outa-Space” and “Space Race.”
5. GIVE ME LOVE – (Give Me Peace On Earth)/George Harrison — George was the first ex-Beatle to score a number one hit with “My Sweet Lord” in late 1970-early ’71. This would be his 2nd #1 song. It wouldn’t be until late 1987 that he’d enjoy his 3rd and last #1 solo hit, “Got My Mind Set On You.”
6. PILLOW TALK/Sylvia (3) — In 1957, Sylvia was half of a duo named “Mickey and Sylvia.” Together, they scored one of the true classics of the 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll era; “Love Is Strange.” Fast forward to 16 years later, and here she is again; this time as a solo act.
7. KODACHROME/Paul Simon (9) — This is Paul’s 2nd Top Ten Hit as a solo act after Simon & Garfunkel broke up in 1970. It’s also his 2nd biggest hit of all-time. A word in this song was censored by some radio stations. “When I think back to all the (BLEEP) I learned in high school.”
8. DANIEL/Elton John (5) — The songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin scores again with this one. “Daniel” peaked at #2 in early June and was Elton’s follow-up to “Crocodile Rock,” his FIRST #1 hit. This was written and recorded on the SAME DAY!
9. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’/The Doobie Brothers (12) — Tom Johnston was the lead singer of the group. Michael McDonald was added in 1975. Tom left in 1978. This was the Doobies’ first Top Ten Hit.
10. RIGHT PLACE WRONG TIME/Dr. John (11) — This New Orleans artist is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, but he only had this ONE hit of note. He must’ve been in the right place at the RIGHT time!