3 March 1972


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

The last act whose first hit went to number 1 and who would eventually go on to see 5 hits or more in the charts was John Lennon. He was the 20th act who would do this. This week, the 21st act who would do this, Barbra Streisand, did so with a cover of a John Lennon song as her version of ‘Mother’ took over from Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ at the top of the charts. This was the 3rd time we had seen a solo woman take the top spot from another solo woman. Melanie’s hit dropped to 2 giving us the 5th time we saw solo female artists holding the top 2 positions.

The New Seekers picked up their 3rd biggest climber award as ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’ moved up 8 places from 18 to 10 to be the climber of the week. Their previous hit, ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ had managed this 2 times. This was the 3rd week running that biggest climber had been 8 weeks and it was the 15th time we had seen 3 or more week running with climbs of at least 8 places. It was also the 13th time we had seen 3 weeks running with the same amount of places being the biggest climber and 8 was the second highest number of places climbed that had seen 3 weeks running with 10 being the record to date.

There were no other songs that climbed 4 or more places this week.

John Lennon’s Imagine’ and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ took the faller of the week award, both songs dropping 7 places to land at 13 and 20 respectively. Lennon was the last of the ex-Beatles to see a biggest faller and we had now seen 3 occasions where The Beatles took the faller of the week and 8 times when an ex-Fab Four had done so.

There were 3 songs that left the charts this week and all 3 of them were local ones. This was the 6th occasion we had lost 3 local hits in a week.

Jody Wayne’s ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ dropped off the charts after just 1 week at 20 and it was the 21st song to have a chart run of 1 week at 20 with 4 of those 20 re-entering the chart for a further run while 1 was when a song re-entered the chart after having had a longer run the first time round. With ‘Cilla Black’s ‘Something Tells Me (Somethings Gonna Happen Tonight)’ having spent just 1 week at 20 the previous week, this was the second of only 2 occasions we would see this happen in consecutive weeks. Jody Wayne’s SA chart career was not over though.

Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get Me Some Help’ lasted 18 weeks and peaked at 2, outperforming his 2 previous hits as a member of The Outlet for weeks, but equalling the best peak that The Outlet’s ‘Working On A Good Thing’ managed. A solo Whitmill would return to the charts later.

Last to go was the record holder to date for weeks at 1, Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ which lasted 20 weeks, 12 of which were spent at 1. This would be their only SA chart hit. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ on 17 weeks took over as the oldest on the charts and was the 30th local song to take this title.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sailor’s Lament’ returned to the chart after being absent for just 1 week. It was the 23rd song to re-enter the top 20 with 3 of those 23 re-entering the charts twice.

The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’ was their 3rd SA chart hit and the 160th song by a local act to make the top 20. The song was a cover of Dutch band Mouth & McNeal’s number 8 hit in the US. That version also made number 1 in Holland and top 5 in Germany. The Rising Sons version was produced by Grahame Beggs who was the main force behind the departing act Charisma.

Of the acts whose birth date is known, Neil Reid was the youngest to date to chart. Although I could only find the year in which he was born (1959), even if he was born on the 1st of January that year, he would have been a maximum of 4,810 days old when he entered the charts with ‘Mother Of Mine’. The previous youngest was Heintje who was 4,949 days old when he first charted. ‘Mother Of Mine’ gave Reid a number 2 hit in the UK and shifted over 400,000 units in Japan.

This week 10 of the songs in the chart were by acts from the UK. The last time we had seen a nation have at least half the hits in the chart was back on 3 April 1970 when the Americans had 10 in the top 20.

The gap between number of hits to date by acts from the US and those from the UK was down to just 3 with the Yanks on 305 and the Brits on 302. This was the lowest the gap had been since 19 September 1969.

Elvis became the 14th act to reach the 80 weeks in the chart mark. This was not enough to move him up the weeks count list, but he no longer shared 14th place with Cliff Richard who dropped to 15.

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