25 February 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 6 4 Brand New Key  – Melanie
2 1 12 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
3 2 6 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
4 4 8 I Will Return  – Springwater
5 7 3 Mother  – John Lennon
6 3 11 Imagine  – John Lennon
7 8 10 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
8 16 2 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
9 13 3 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
10 9 15 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
11 11 4 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
12 5 14 Desiderata  – Les Crane
13 12 16 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
14 14 20 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
15 15 4 Dancing in the Sun  – Michael Holm
16 10 18 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
17 New 1 Ek is Verlief op Jou  – André
18 New 1 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
19 17 8 Sweet City Woman  – Miracles
20 New 1 Everything is Beautiful  – Jody Wayne

‘Brand New Key’ was the brand new number 1 and the Melanie hit became the 9th song so far to make a jump of 5 or more places to reach the top spot as it rocketed up from 6 to 1. Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ had enjoyed 4 weeks at 1 in total and did so in 2 runs of 2 weeks each with John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ squeezed in between those runs for 2 weeks.

The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 8 places from 16 to 8. This was the 181st time a UK act had taken the award.

Apart from the biggest climber and the star rater climb our brand new number 1 song made, there was 1 other star rater this week and that was Elvis Presley’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9. This was The King’s 12th star rater and he was the 11th act to reach this total. ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ joined ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ and ‘Crying In The Chapel’ to pick up 2 star raters for Presley. All his other hits that had managed a climb of 4 or more in a week had only done so once.

Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’ took faller of the week as it dropped 7 from 5 to 12 and Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the charts as it became the 10th song to reach 20 weeks in the charts.  Half of the 10 to spend this many weeks in the charts so far were by local acts.

Cilla Black’s ‘Something Tells Me (Something’s Gonna Happen Tonight) became the 19th song to have a chart run of 1 week in the chart at number 20. Of those 19, 4 had re-entered the charts at a later date, however this would not be the case for Cilla and this concluded her involvement in the SA charts. She had seen 2 hits chart (the other being ‘Conversations’), enjoyed 10 weeks with us and seen a best peak of 6.

John Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’ was also a leaver this week. It had spent 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at 13. Like Cilla, Kongos’ SA chart career came to an end this week and like Cilla, he had seen 2 hits make the top 20 (the other being ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’). His weeks count was double that of Cilla’s (20 for those who are too lazy to do the maths) and his best peak was a third of Cilla’s (i.e. 2 for the mathematically challenged).

Last to go was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sailor’s Lament’ which, erm, sailed off the top 20 after a stay of 1 week at 18. This was the first time in 10 hits so far that Creedence had failed to make the top 10.

André Allen dropped his surname when he brought us the first of the 3 new entries this week. Simply calling himself André, his hit was ‘Ek Is Verlief Op Jou’ which was our 13th Afrikaans song to make the top 20. Of those 13, this was the 9th pure Afrikaans hit with 3 of the previous ones being a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 being an instrumental with an Afrikaans title. André was born in Cape Town and won the ‘Hunt For Talent’ competition in 1962.

The New Seekers were quick to follow up the success of ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ and just 4 weeks after that song left the charts they were back with a new one, ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’. The song spent 4 weeks at number 1 in the UK and 2 weeks at the top of the charts in New Zealand. It would also go to number 2 in Norway and what was then Rhodesia. In the US it would make number 7.  The song had its origins in a Coca-Cola advert where the words were ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke’ and featured a group of people singing the song on a hillside in Italy. The apartheid Government apparently asked Coca-Cola to produce a version of the advert without any black actors. Coca-Cola refused. Song writers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway were joined by Raquel Davis and William Backer in the credits for this one and it was Cook and Greenaway’s 13th song to chart in SA. They sat tied 7th on the list of hits by a song writer.

The final new entry was Jody Wayne’s 6th hit to date, ‘Everything Is Beautiful’. We now had 7 local acts sitting on 6 hits with Four Jacks & A Jill on 7 the only ones to manage to go past that total so far. ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ was a cover of a song written and recorded by Ray Stevens in 1970. Stevens had already seen 1 song chart in SA in the form of ‘Gitarzan’ which went to number 17. His version of ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ went to the top of the Canadian charts for 1 week and spent 2 weeks at the top of the US charts. The gap of 63 weeks between ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ entering the chart and Wayne’s previous hit ‘A Time For Us (Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”) leaving the charts was the 11th biggest gap to date for a local act and the 5th biggest for a local male artist with Wayne accounting for 1 of the previous biggest gaps himself.

Charisma celebrated their 20th week in the charts and became the 2nd act to reach this milestone have spent 10 or more weeks at number 1. The previous act to do this was The Sweet who had spent exactly 10 weeks at 1 by then. Charisma had spent 12 of their 20 so far at 1. Jody Wayne’s new entry brought up 40 weeks for him and he sat 7th on the weeks count list and caused Gene Rockwell to drop to 8th as the latter was on 39. Elvis Presley climbed into 14th place on the overall weeks count list, joining Cliff Richard there on 79.

John Lennon’s ‘Mother’ sat at 5 and ‘Imagine’ was at 6 which made it the 15th time an act had seen songs in adjacent positions on the charts. 2 acts had managed this twice (Four Jacks & A Jill and Donovan) making Lennon the 13th act to do so. The Beatles would never manage this and this would be the only time a solo ex-Beatle would do so.

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