7 January 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 13 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 9 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
3 3 11 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
4 8 5 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
5 4 14 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
6 5 8 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
7 9 4 Imagine  – John Lennon
8 7 23 You  – Peter Maffay
9 6 7 Desiderata  – Les Crane
10 RE 3 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
11 11 8 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
12 14 5 Till  – Tom Jones
13 10 18 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
14 15 8 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
15 RE 3 Sultana  – Titanic
16 19 3 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
17 13 10 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
18 New 1 Sweet City Woman  – Miracles
19 12 11 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
20 New 1 All of the Time Girl  – Dealians

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ moved its weeks at 1 total on to 12 as it became the 4th song to straddle a year end in the top spot. It was also the first song to be sitting on 13 weeks in the charts and be at number 1, the record highest to date. Both The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ and Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get Me Some Help’ were unmoved, sitting at 2 and 3 respectively this week. This gave us the 10th time we had seen the top 2 be by local songs and a record to date 5 consecutive weeks where we had seen this. It was also the 4th consecutive week with the top 3 being local.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ picked up its 3rd biggest climber award as it moved up 4 from 8 to 4. Middle Of The Road’s only other hit to date, ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’, had managed to get 1 biggest climber award and this was the first time the number of places moved up equalled not only the number of times the act had managed a biggest climber, but also the position the song landed at (4 biggest climbers with ‘Soley Soley’ climbing to 4 places to 4 in case that didn’t make sense). In total we would only see this happen 7 times. ‘Soley Soley’ was the only star rater this week.

Tommy Roe’s 7 place fall from 12 to 19 this week with ‘Stagger Lee’ gave him his 4th time with the biggest faller.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ continued its run in the charts. It was had now been with us for 23 weeks, 6 of which were as the oldest on the charts. It sat 1 week behind Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ which managed 24 and was the second best to date. The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ still led the way with 38.

Gentle People’s It’s Summertime Again’ became the 14th song to have a chart run of just 1 week at number 20 as it was the first of 4 songs to leave the chart this week. This brought to an end their SA chart career. They had seen 2 songs chart (the other was ‘Rain, Rain, Rain), spent 13 weeks in the top 20 with their earlier hit having the highest peak of 3.

We also bid farewell to Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles’ which had been with us for 16 weeks and peaked at 6 during that time. Ray had seen 3 songs chart so far and while this was her best weeks count, her first hit, ‘Like I Do’ pipped it for peak position as it had managed to get to number 4. There were plenty more hits in the Barbara Ray tank.

The departure of ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ meant that the charts were once again without a solo female hit. It was the start of the 12th time we were without a woman in the charts and marked the end of a run of 22 weeks where we did have at least one solo woman hit on the charts.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ was another of last week’s new entries that didn’t make it into this week’s chart. It spent its single week in the top 20 at number 17 and given its title, it was a perfect candidate to re-enter the charts – time will tell.

Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ was the last of the leavers this week. It had been with us for 2 weeks during this, its second run in the chart, but its peak of 16 during those 2 weeks was did not outdo the peak of 6 it managed it is first run which lasted 7 weeks. In total it managed 9 weeks with us. We were not done with Dawn yet.

Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ came crashing back into the charts at an all-time record highest re-entry position of 10. We would see 2 other songs return to the chart at position 10 during the top 20 era. There would be no song re-enter the top 20 at 10 or higher in the top 30 era. ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ was the 2nd of 7 songs that would re-enter the charts twice with it being absent from the chart for just 1 week both times it left the top 20.

The 3rd song to re-enter the charts twice was Titanic’s ‘Sultana’ which returned to the charts this week. It had been absent for 1 week the first time round, but this time 2 weeks had passed where it had not been in the charts. This was the second time we had seen 2 re-entries in a week. These 2 re-entries were also the first of 2 of 3 songs that would re-enter the charts in 2 different years as they had now been re-entries in 1971 and 1972.

A local band called The Miracles (not to be confused with the American one that Smokey Robinson fronted), brought us the first of the new entries in the form of ‘Sweet City Woman’. The band was formed in Johannesburg and featured Winston Campbell, Aubrey Campbell, Ray Campbell, Lance Saunders, Desmond White, Danny Adams and Lionel Magardie. The song was a cover of a number 1 hit in Canada by a Canadian band called The Stampeders. That Canadian version also made number 8 in the US.

The final new entry was also by a local band and was the 3rd hit for The Dealians. ‘All Of The Time Girl’ would be the only song written by R.J. Donk to chart. It was produced by Peter Lotis and was the 6th song to chart where he was noted as the produced although it should be added that producer information was not always shown on singles. 3 of these 6 hits were the 3 Dealians hits to date.

Tom Jones had spent at least 1 week in the charts every year since 1965 and as ‘Till’ was sitting at 12 this week, he extended his run into 1972, making it 8 consecutive years that we had seen him in the charts. Cliff Richard was the only other act who could possibly equal this as Cliff had charted every year from 1965 to 1971, but we had to wait and see if he would extend that run. Marmalade and Tommy Roe were both in this week’s charts and they had now seen chart action for 4 years in a row.

This week also saw the UK acts celebrating passing a total of 2,500 weeks on the charts and now sat on 2,507. They were 24 ahead of the Americans who sat on 2,483. The local acts were third on 1,304.

There were 2 local songs leaving the chart and 2 new ones coming in so their total in the top 20 remained at 7. The UK led the way with 8, The US had 2 and there was one apiece from France, Germany and Norway.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved their weeks count on to 40 and were the 6th local act to reach this total. They sat at number 6 on the local weeks count list while Gene Rockwell and Jody Wayne whom they had shared the spot with last week, both dropped to 7th.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ was still moving up the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. Its 2 versions by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and The New Seekers now had 26 weeks to its name and was tied 5th on the list with ‘Love Is Blue’ (Paul Mauriat Orchestra, Al Martin, Gene Petersen and The Dells) and ‘Sunglasses’/‘Sonbrilletjies’ (Hilary and Al Debbo).

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