11 February 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 10 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
2 3 6 I Will Return  – Springwater
3 5 4 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
4 8 12 Desiderata  – Les Crane
5 1 9 Imagine  – John Lennon
6 10 13 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
7 6 8 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
8 9 18 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
9 12 2 Brand New Key  – Melanie
10 4 14 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
11 16 6 Sweet City Woman  – Miracles
12 7 16 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
13 20 8 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
14 15 10 Till  – Tom Jones
15 New 1 Mother  – John Lennon
16 17 2 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
17 13 6 All of the Time Girl  – Dealians
18 11 19 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
19 New 1 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
20 18 2 Dancing in the Sun  – Michael Holm

While  songs had regained the top position just 1 week after losing it, Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ became the 4th song to regain the top spot after having vacated it for 2 weeks as it brought John Lennon’s 2 week run at the top with ‘Imagine’ to an end. Only 1 song so far had managed to recapture the number 1 spot after a 3 week absence (The Bee Gees’ ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’). ‘Soley Soley’s total weeks at 1 moved on to 3. ‘Imagine’ dropped into 5th place which was the tied second biggest fall from grace to date with Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’ also dropping to 5 from the top spot while the 1910 Fruitgum Company’s drop from 1 to 6 being the record to date.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ moved into second place. This set a new high for a song that had re-entered the charts, beating the previous best of 3 which The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ managed’.

John Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’ had looked like it was on its way out the chart last week as it fell 2 places to number 20. However, this week it made a dramatic come-back, climbing 7 places from 20 to 13. It was the 12th song to take biggest climber after having had a biggest faller and was the 5th song so far to manage a climb of 7 or more places after having experienced a fall (not necessarily the biggest in the week) in the charts. Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ and Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Hey’ had both managed a climb of 8 after falling, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Save Me’ had seen a 9 place climb while The Staccatos’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ had the record to date 10 place climb.

There were 3 other star raters this week and all of them were climbing after having experienced a fall previously in their chart run so far. Les Cranes’ ‘Desiderata’ climbed 4 to 4, Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ also climbed 4 and ended up at 6 while ‘Sweet City Woman’ by The Miracles moved up 5 to reach number 11.

Danyel Gerard picked up his first biggest faller as his hit, ‘Butterfly’, dropped 7 to take the award. Gerard could take some comfort from the fact that his hit was the oldest in the charts on 19 weeks. This came about by the departure of Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ from the top 20 after it had spent 27 weeks in the charts, the second highest weeks count for a song to date. It had spent 2 of those weeks at number 1.

We also bid farewell to Daniel Boone’s ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ which had seen a chart run of 12 weeks and a peak of 7. This was the tied 3rd lowest peak so far for a song spending 12 weeks in the charts with Lauren Copley’s peak of 11 with a 12 week run by ‘Flower Of Life’ being the lowest to date.

John Lennon became the 38th act to see 2 or more hits in the chart in the same week as his version of ‘Mother’ joined ‘Imagine’ in the top 20. George Harrison was the only other ex-Beatle to have managed this so far. ‘Mother’ was the 28th song to chart in more than 1 version with Barbra Streisand’s cover sitting at 3 this week. Streisand’s version had charted in the US in the October of 1971 so we were not too far behind then on that front, but John Lennon’s version which made number 43 there, had had its run in the January of 1971, over a year before we caught on to it.

Joining Lennon on the new entry front was another of the greats, Elvis Presley. ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ gave The King his 9th hit in SA. It had been 78 weeks since we last saw Elvis in our charts and this was the second biggest gaps between his hits that we had seen to date with the 135 weeks between ‘Crying In The Chapel’ leaving the charts in October 1965 and ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ entering them in the May of 1968 being his biggest gap so far. Overall it would be the 3rd biggest gap we would see between hits by him. ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ went to number 6 in the UK, but was not a US hit for him, instead it was BJ Thomas who took it to number 9 there. Thomas’ version would not chart in the UK.

Elvis’ new entry moved his total weeks in the charts on to 77 which meant that he moved 1 ahead of Engelbert Humperdinck and the latter fell to 17 on the overall weeks count list while Elvis took 16th place for himself. On the local front, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy drew level with The Bats on 45 weeks and the 2 acts sat tied 4th for weeks by a local act. The Dealians moved into 12th place alongside Barbara Ray with a total of 32 weeks to their name.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy also celebrated reaching the 600 points mark, their 608 so far putting them 27th overall and 4th on the local points total list.

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