Monday 11 December 2017

The UK charts this week in 1973

Top tens:

1 Eye Level (1973) Simon Park Orchestra

2 Ballroom Blitz The Sweet

3 Angel Fingers Wizzard

4 Monster Mash Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers

5 Rock On David Essex

6 Oh No Not My Baby Rod Stewart

7 Angie Rollin Stones

8 Nutbush City Limits Ike and Tina Turner

9 For The Good Times Perry Como

10 All The Way From Memphis Mott The Hoople

Instrumentals were far more popular in the early years of the music charts than in later years. Between 1953 and 1970, 19 tracks without vocals topped the UK charts; after that just six reached the top. 'Eye Level'. the theme tune for Thames Television's Netherlands-based crime drama 'Van der Valk', was originally released in 1972 but achieved No.1 on re-release a year later, buoyed up by the success of the series. It was the only hit for Englishman Park, though he did compose the music for a number of TV programmes in the 1970s and 1980s.

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