21 January 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
2 2 6 Imagine  – John Lennon
3 3 15 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
4 5 13 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
5 4 11 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
6 8 9 Desiderata  – Les Crane
7 7 16 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
8 6 10 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
9 10 3 I Will Return  – Springwater
10 12 5 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
11 New 1 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
12 9 25 You  – Peter Maffay
13 14 3 Sweet City Woman  – Miracles
14 11 10 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
15 18 3 All of the Time Girl  – Dealians
16 15 10 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
17 13 7 Till  – Tom Jones
18 20 20 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
19 17 5 Sultana  – Titanic
20 16 5 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos

Having knocked the longest running number 1 to date from the top spot last week, Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ enjoyed a second week as the nation’s favourite. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ was the nation’s second favourite for a second week.

The Dealians’ ‘All Of the Time Girl’ climbed from 18 to 15 and that small jump of 3 places gave it the climber of the week award. This was the 12th time the biggest climb had been 3 places or less and the 4th time of those where only 1 song managed the biggest climb. Of those 4 times, this was the second time it had been a local song which had taken the honours with such a small climb. The previous one to do this was Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Thread And Golden Needles’. The latter was also 1 of only 2 songs which had twice managed a biggest climber with a climb of 3 or less. We Five’s ‘You Were On My Mind’ was the other one to do so. In total by the time the charts ended 9 songs would manage this with 1 managing it 3 times.

On the falling front we had 2 songs drop 4 to take the faller of the week award and both of the songs started with the letter ‘T’. Tom Jones’ ‘Till’ dropped 4 to 17 while John Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’ dropped its 4 places to land at 20. With Kongos having a faller and The Dealians having the climber of the week, this was the 17th time local acts had taken climber and faller in the same week.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ was now in second place on its own for weeks in the charts as it clocked up its 25 week with us and moved 1 ahead of Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’. The former was enjoying its 8th week as the oldest in the top 20.

And talking of Tommy Roe, his ‘Stagger Lee’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 10 during that time. To date this was the second lowest peak for a song spending 12 weeks in the charts. Only Lauren Copley’s ‘Flower Of Love’ which peaked at 11 had a worse peak. Tommy Roe’s SA chart career came to an end with the departure of ‘Stagger Lee’. He had enjoyed 8 hits, spent 92 weeks in the top 20 (tied 9th highest to date) and had enjoyed 2 number 1’s in the shape of ‘Sweet Pea’ and ‘Dizzy’ which spent 6 and 2 weeks at 1 respectively. He also manged 6 biggest climbers, 12 star raters, 4 biggest fallers and spent 12 weeks in total with the oldest song in the charts.

The new entry was a cover of John Lennon’s ‘Mother’. The version which made the charts was that by Barbra Streisand. This meant we had a solo female artist in the charts after having been without one for the past 2 weeks. Streisand managed to get to number 79 in the US with this song, but would be outdone by the original by Lennon which went to 43. It was the 8th time Lennon’s name had appeared in the writing credits of a song that made our top 20 which was the tied 17th highest number of hits by a song writer to date and this placed him 1 ahead of fellow ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney who had 7 hits to his name as song writer. George Harrison had 2 and Ringo had 1 for those who want the complete Beatles picture. A last note on this was that the debut position of 11 which ‘Mother’ managed would be the tied equal highest of all time for a song written by one of The Beatles. George Harrison’s 1971 hit, ‘My Sweet Lord’, was the only other one to enter the charts this high.

The New Seekers’ ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ became the 9th song to manage 20 weeks in the charts. As this was their debut single, the band was also celebrating 20 weeks in the charts.

The top 20 of the overall weeks count list was unchanged, but on the local front The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved into tied 5th place with Billy Forrest. Both acts were on 42 weeks. The Dealians’ total ticked over to 29 weeks and they moved tied 14th with Dickie Loader.

The average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us crept over the 9 mark as it moved on to a new high of 9.2

The arrival of ‘Mother’ on the chart meant that we had a new record to date 8 songs in the chart that had a one word title.

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