14 January 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 6 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
2 7 5 Imagine  – John Lennon
3 1 14 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
4 2 10 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
5 3 12 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
6 6 9 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
7 5 15 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
8 9 8 Desiderata  – Les Crane
9 8 24 You  – Peter Maffay
10 RE 2 I Will Return  – Springwater
11 11 9 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
12 10 4 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
13 12 6 Till  – Tom Jones
14 18 2 Sweet City Woman  – Miracles
15 14 9 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
16 16 4 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
17 15 4 Sultana  – Titanic
18 20 2 All of the Time Girl  – Dealians
19 19 12 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
20 13 19 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’s run at the top of the charts finally came to an end after a massive 12 consecutive week at number 1. Only 1 song would better this performance. The new chart topper was Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ which jumped up from 4. ‘Mammy Blue’ fell to 3 while the climber of the week, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ moved up 5 into second place, thus seeing the local acts drop from having the top 3 hits to having just 1 in the top 3. Lennon’s biggest climb was the                 4th time an ex-Beatle had taken biggest climber in a week with George having done so twice and Paul once. It was only Ringo now who was biggest climberless.

Local act, The Miracles, brought us the only other star rater this week as their ‘Sweet City Woman’ climbed 4 from 18 to 14.

The New Seekers’ ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 7 from 13 to 20.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ now equalled Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ for weeks in the charts and the 2 songs sat tied 2nd with The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ topping this list with 38 weeks to its name. It was ‘You’s 7th week as the oldest on the chart.

‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better’ by William E. (aka Billy Forrest) was the only song to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 8, Forrest’s second highest weeks and peak figures with his chart topping ‘Lazy Life’ as Quentin E. Klopjaeger being the one to better this. That song spent 16 weeks in the chart. This was the first time in 17 weeks that the local hit count dropped below 7 as we were left with 6 local hits in the top 20.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ lived up to its title as it became the 22nd song to re-enter the charts. It had been gone from the top 20 for just 1 week and it equalled the all-time record for highest position for a re-entry as it rocketed back into the charts at number 10. Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ had set that record the previous week.

The top 20 this week was split equally between groups and solo male artists with there being 10 of each. This was the 13th time we had only seen a 50/50 split between 2 types of acts in the charts. All of these had been when we had seen 10 groups and 10 solo male artists. We would never see a straight 50/50 split in the top 30 era.

Tony Christie was enjoying his 20th week in the charts while Tom Jones, who was way out in front for weeks count, reached the 180 mark. He was 72 weeks ahead of nearest rivals, The Bee Gees who were on 108. To date songs were spending an average of 8.4 weeks in the charts which meant that The Bee Gees would have to have to have 8.6 hits spending the average amount of time in the charts in order for them to catch up with Jones.

Tommy Roe moved into tied 9th place on the weeks count list, sharing the spot with The Rolling Stones on 92 weeks. Over on the local weeks count list, The Dealians moved into tied 15th place alongside Tidal Wave. Both acts were on 28 weeks.

This week the average number of weeks the songs had been in the top 20 for was a new record high of 8.8. This overtook the previous record of 8.75 which had stood for 255 weeks having last been seen at this level back on 24 February 1967.

We also enjoyed a second week with the record to date 7 one word titles in the charts.

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