1973

Top Selling Singles

  1. Dawn featuring Tony Orlando – Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
  2. Peters & Lee – Welcome Home
  3. The Sweet – Blockbuster
  4. Simon Park Orchestra – Eye Level
  5. Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
  6. Gary Glitter – I Love You Love Me Love
  7. Little Jimmy Osmond – Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
  8. Gary Glitter – I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)
  9. Perry Como – And I Love You So
  10. Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize

Top Selling Albums

At the Box Office

Cost of Living

Average house price
Average salary
Average car price
Petrol
Pint of beer
Packet of 20 Cigarettes
Pint of milk

In the News

  • On January 1st this year, The United Kingdom become a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.
  • The first graduates from the Open University were awarded their degrees after two years studying from home.
  • President Nixon ordered a halt to American bombing in North Vietnam, following peace talks in Paris.
  • The artist Pablo Picasso died at his chateau near Cannes on the French Riviera.
  • President Nixon took full responsibility for the Watergate scandal but denied any personal involvement. In a speech broadcast on American network TV he vowed to get to the bottom of the matter, saying: “There will be no whitewash at the Whitehouse.”
  • The Bahamas gained independence from the British Empire, ending over 300 years of British sovereignty.
  • Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time, from the US capital, Washington, to Paris in 3 hours and 32 minutes.
  • And on October 8th this year, Britain’s first independent radio station began broadcasting in London, challenge the BBC’s 50-year radio monopoly in the UK.
  • The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama, made his first ever visit to Britain.
  • And on 14th November, crowds cheer the marriage of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey.

On the Telly

  • Debuts of:
  • The world record-breaking long-running comedy series Last of the Summer Wine starts as a 30-minute pilot on the BBC
  • The sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes.
  • The Wombles
  • Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
  • Are You Being Served?
  • Open All Hours
  • M*A*S*H
  • That’s Life!
  • Man About the House – its success leads to two spin-off ITV sitcoms, George and Mildred and Robin’s Nest
  • The Streets of San Francisco
  • Children’s science fiction drama The Tomorrow People and Why Don’t You?
  • Experimental Ceefax and Oracle teletext transmissions begin.
  • The Smash Martians advertising campaign launches on ITV.

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