1973

Number Ones:
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack [Atlantic 2940] (Fox, Gimbel) was from Lori Lieberman [‘72, Capitol 11081, and single Capitol 3379]. It was revived by the Fugees on The Score [‘96, Ruffhouse 67147].
Midnight Plane to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Buddah 383] (Weatherly) was ‘Midnight Plane to Houston’ from Jim Weatherly [‘72, Weatherly RCA 4747]. Under the current title it was a single for Cissy Houston [‘72, Janus 206].
Brother Louie - Stories [Kama Sutra 577] (Brown, Wilson) was a British hit for Hot Chocolate [‘73, RAK 149].
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich [Epic 11040] (Bourke, Sherrill, Wilson) was the single ‘Hey Mister’ for Norro Wilson [‘68, Smash 2192]: a rewrite of Wilson’s own ‘Mama McCluskey’[‘68, Smash 2151].
Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy [Capitol 3645] (Collins, Harvey) was a single for Alex Harvey [‘71, Capitol 3336] and Tanya Tucker [‘72, Columbia 45588].
The Morning After - Maureen McGovern [20th Century 2010] (Hirschhorn, Kasha) is from the movie The Poseidon Adventure, sung by Renee Armand dubbing for Carol Lynley [A&M single].
Number Twos:
Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandel [Warner 7659] (Smith) is from the movie Deliverance. It was a single for Arthur Smith with Don Reno, as ‘Feudin’ Banjos’, in 1955 [MGM 12006]. The Originals Project reports that ‘the melody is similar to Michael Praetorious's 17th-century dance tune "In The Mountains.”’
Neither One Of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Soul 35098] (Weatherly) was from Jim Weatherly [‘72, Weatherly RCA 4747] and charted country for Don Luman [’73, Epic 10943].
Playground In My Mind - Clint Holmes [Epic 10891] (Vance, Pockriss) was a single for Billy Lawrence [‘71, Atlantic 2813].
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Deodato [CTI 12] (Strauss) is an 1896 piece written by Richard Strauss. A recording by Herbert Von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was used in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2002: A Space Odyssey.
Top Fives:
Shambala - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4352] (Moore) charted at the same time for B.W. Stevenson [RCA Victor 0952].
Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) - Helen Reddy [Capitol 3768] (Laurie) was a single for Linda Laurie [‘73, MCA 40119]. (Laurie had charted in 1958 with the novelty ‘Ambrose.’)
Sing - Carpenters [A&M 1413] (Raposo) is from the Sesame Street TV show, sung by the Kids on Sesame Street 2 [‘71, Warner Brothers 2569].
Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got) - Four Tops [Dunhill 4339] (Lambert, Potter) is from the Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds LP Hallway Symphony [‘72, ABC Dunhill 50113].
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14609] (Spilelman, Torre) was a hit for Anita Bryant [‘69, Carlton 528].
Drift Away - Dobie Gray [Decca 33057] (Mentor Williams) was a single for John Kurtz [‘72, ABC 11341]. A version by Narvel Felts charted country [‘73, Cinnamon 763].
Hello It’s Me - Todd Rundgren [Bearsville 0009] (Rundgren) had charted by Rundgren’d group, the Nazz [‘69, SGC 001].
Top Tens:
That Lady - Isley Brothers [T-Neck 2251] (E., M., R., O., R. Isley, C. Jasper) was recorded by them originally as ‘Who’s That Lady’ [‘64, United Artists 714].
Rockin’ Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu - Johnny Rivers [United Artists 50960] (Vincent, Smith) was an R&B hit for Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & the Clowns [‘57, Ace 530].
Danny’s Song - Anne Murray [Capitol 3481] (Loggins) was a single for Kenny Loggins’ group Gator Creek [‘70, Mercury 73151] and on the Loggins & Messina album Sittin’ In [‘72, Columbia 31044].
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye [Tamla 54228] (Gaye) is a movie title song.
Superfly - Curtis Mayfield [Curtom 1978] (Mayfield) is a movie title song.
The Twelfth of Never - Donny Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14503] (Webster, Livingston) was a B-side hit for Johnny Mathis, backed with ‘Chances Are’ [‘57, Columbia 40993]. The tune is from ‘The Riddle Song’ or ‘I Gave My Love a Cherry.’
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Bette Midler [Atlantic 2964] (Raye, Prince) was a hit for the Andrews Sisters [‘41, Decca 3598], sung by them in the film Buck Privates. Woody Herman also had a version [Decca 3617].
Daddy’s Home - Jermaine Jackson [Motown 1216] (Sheppard, Miller) was a hit for Shep & the Limelites [‘61, Hull 740].
Monster Mash - Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt Kickers [Parrot 348] (Pickett, Capizzi) is a re-issue of the 1962 hit [Garpax 44167].
Top Twenties:
Yes We Can Can - Pointer Sisters [Blue Thumb 229] (Toussaint) was a single ‘Yes We Can’ for Lee Dorsey [‘70, Polydor 14038].
Living in the Past - Jethro Tull [Chrysalis 2006] (Anderson) is a re-issue of their 1969 single [Reprise 0845], which charted in the U.K.
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door - Bob Dylan [Columbia 45913] (Dylan) is from the movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidd.
Stir It Up - Johnny Nash [Epic 10949] (Marley) was originally by Bob Marley’s group the Wailers [‘67, Tuff Gong] and re-recorded for the LP Catch a Fire [‘73, Island SW-9241].
Peaceful - Helen Reddy [Capitol 3527] (Rankin) was a single twice for Kenny Rankin: in 1967 [Mercury 72768] and in 1973 [Little David 726].
Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest [Perception 515] (Sherman Kelly) was originally by Boffalongo [‘70, United Artists 50699 and LP Beyond Your Head UAS 6770]; lead singer Doc Robertson had been a member of Boffalongo.
Space Oddity - David Bowie [RCA 0876] (Bowie) is a re-release from his 1969 U.K. hit [Mercury 72949].
Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces - Cheech & Chong [Ode 66038] (Chong, Marin) is a parody of ‘Love Jones’ by the Brighter Side of Darkness [‘73, 20th Century 2002].
Are You Man Enough - Four Tops [Dunhill/ABC 4354] (Lambert, Potter) is from the movie Shaft in Africa.
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Blue Ridge Rangers [Fantasy 689] (Williams) is the Hank Williams tune (see 1962).
Do You Want to Dance? - Bette Midler [Atlantic 2928] (Freeman) is the 1958 Bobby Freeman hit (see 1965).
Steamroller Blues - Elvis Preslsey [RCA 0910] (Taylor) was James Taylor’s ‘Steamroller’ from his 1970 LP Sweet Baby James [Warner Brothers WS 1843].
Let Me Serenade You - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4370] (Finley) was originally ‘I Will Serenade You’ by Rhinoceros [‘68, Elektra 45640 and self-titled LP 74030].
Theme from Cleopatra Jones - Joe Simon [Spring 138] (Simon) was a movie theme.
Pieces of April - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4331] (Dave Loggins) was a single by Dave Loggins [’72, Vanguard 35167].
Top Thirties :
Big City Miss Ruth Ann - Gallery [Sussex 248] (Lazaros) was a single for the Heroes of Cranberry Farm [‘70, Jamie 1386].
A Million to One - Donny Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14583] (Phil Medley) was a hit for Jimmy Charles [‘60, Promo 1002].
You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) - Stylistics [Avco 4618] (Bacharach, David) charted for Dionne Warwick [‘64, Scepter 1282].
Hurts So Good - Millie Jackson [Spring 139] (Mitchell) is from the movie Cleopatra Jones. It was first a single for Katie Love & the Four Shades of Black, as ’It Hurts So Good’ [‘71, Scepter 12304] and was a British hit for Susan Cadogan [‘75, Magnet MAG 23].
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Blue Haze [A&M 1357] (Harbach, Kern) was a hit for the Platters (see 1959).
Reelin’ and Rockin’ - Chuck Berry [Chess 2136] (Berry) is a live version of a previous B-side (see 1965).
Where Peaceful Waters Flow - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Buddah 363] (Weatherly) was a single for Jim Weatherly [‘73, RCA Victor 74-0949] and appeared on the Danny Thomas LP Tomorrow Belongs to You [‘73, Myrrh 6520].
And I Love You So - Perry Como [RCA 0906] (McLean), a single for Don McLean [‘70, Mediarts 108], also charted for Bobby Goldsboro [United Artists 50776].
Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out - Bobby Womack [United Artists 255] (Jimmie Cox), usually called ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out’, was made popular by Bessie Smith in 1929 [Columbia 14451]. Introduced in vaudeville in 1924 by Johnny DeDroit, it was first recorded by Bobby Leecan as Blind Bobby Baker [‘27, Pathé Actuelle 7533]. Other recordings include Pine Top Smith [’29, Vocalion 1256] and Nina Simone [’60, Colpix 158], but it has been recorded by numerous artists.
Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel Me - New Seekers [Verve 1079] (Townshend) is a medley of songs from the Who’s Tommy [‘69, Decca 7205].
Jesse - Roberta Flack [Atlantic 2982] (Ian) was later released as a single by its writer Janis Ian [‘74, Columbia 46034, from Stars Columbia KC 32837].
In the Midnight Hour - Cross Country [Atco 6934] (Pickett, Cropper) was a Wilson Pickett hit [‘65, Atlantic 2289].