28 January 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Imagine  – John Lennon
2 1 8 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
3 3 16 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
4 5 12 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
5 4 14 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
6 9 4 I Will Return  – Springwater
7 6 10 Desiderata  – Les Crane
8 8 11 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
9 7 17 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
10 11 2 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
11 10 6 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
12 12 26 You  – Peter Maffay
13 17 8 Till  – Tom Jones
14 13 4 Sweet City Woman  – Miracles
15 15 4 All of the Time Girl  – Dealians
16 18 21 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
17 14 11 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
18 20 6 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
19 19 6 Sultana  – Titanic
20 16 11 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate

Despite being the last ex-Beatle to make our charts as a solo artist, John Lennon was the first of the ex-Fab Four to top the charts in South Africa (something that The Beatles themselves managed once for 1 weeks with ‘Help!’). Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ knocked Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ from the top spot after the latter had spent 2 weeks at 1. It would be almost 9 years later to the day that ‘Imagine’ would eventually take the top position in the UK charts when, after his murder, there was a surge of sales of Lennon’s songs. Lennon was now the 20th act who would see their first hit go to number 1 and then go on to score 5 or more hits.

Tom Jones’ ‘Till’ became the 11th song to pull off a biggest climber after having claimed a biggest faller award. Last week ‘Till’ fell 4 places to 17 to be the faller of the week. This week it moved back up those 4 places to 13 to take climber of the week and was also the only star rater we saw. This was Jones’ 16th biggest climber and he was way ahead for climber count with Herman’s Hermits and The Bee Gees sitting tied second with 9 each to their names, a full 7 behind Jones. Jones’ 23 star raters to date was also 7 ahead of the following pack which was made up of Percy Sledge, The Bee Gees and Creedence Clearwater Revival who sat on 16.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘I Believe (In Love)’ was the faller of the week, dropping 4 places from 16 to 20 to give them their second time with the award.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ continued its run it the charts. It had now been with us for 26 weeks which equalled the record to date for consecutive weeks in the charts which The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ had managed in its second run on the charts. Over its 2 runs, The Staccato’s hit had amassed a massive total of 38 weeks in total, so was way ahead on the total weeks count. It was Maffay’s 9th week with the oldest in the charts.

This week was the 4th time that we saw no movement on or off the charts. The previous time we had seen this was on 20 November 1970 and one of the other previous occasions was when there was no movement on the whole top 20, presumably due to the top 20 falling over the Easter week end. The effect of there being no new or re-entries this week was that the average weeks the top 20 songs had been in the charts moved up by 1 from 9.2 to 10.2, beating the record set last week.

Two acts celebrated milestone weeks counts and they were Middle Of The Road who reached the 20 weeks mark while The Dealians were enjoying their 30th.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved 1 week ahead of Billy Forrest for weeks count with the effect that they remained at 5 on the local weeks count list while Forrest dropped to 6th. Similarly the aforementioned Dealians, shook off Dickie Loader with their 30 weeks giving them 14th spot to themselves while Loader dropped to 15th.

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ became the 6th song so far to clock up 300 points as its total ticked over to 308 which placed it 4th overall for points. 3 of the 6 that had reached a triple century of points were by local acts with The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ on 447 (and the only one to go past 400 so far) leading the way. Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ was the other one and it sat 3rd overall with 312. They also sat in 7th spot with ‘Master Jack’ which just fell short of the 300 mark, managing to get 295. Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ was in second place and was just shy of 400 sitting as it did on 399.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ by The Seekers had now clocked up 21 weeks and along with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version of the song had managed a total of 29 weeks which put it tied 4th for weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. It shared 4th place with ‘Goodbye My Love’ which had charted for Murray Campbell as a solo artist and another version where Campbell was part of a duet with Virginia Lee and lastly a version by Nini Rosso.

This was the last week we would see a record 8 one word song titles on the charts and that would end up being the all-time record.

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