17 March 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Brand New Key  – Melanie
2 2 5 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
3 4 9 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
4 3 11 I Will Return  – Springwater
5 5 6 Mother  – John Lennon
6 7 6 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
7 17 2 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
8 6 15 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
9 9 7 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
10 19 2 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
11 16 3 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
12 8 13 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
13 14 2 Without You  – Nilsson
14 New 1 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
15 15 4 Ek is Verlief op Jou  – André
16 13 4 Sailor’s Lament  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 RE 2 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
18 11 4 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
19 New 1 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
20 New 1 Poppa Joe  – Sweet

‘Brand New Key’ by Melanie held on to the top spot to make this, its second run at number 1, double that of its first, or in numerical terms this run was 2 weeks compared to the first run of just 1 week. Pressure came in the form of The Congregations’ ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ which lurked at number 2 for a second week while the song that had interrupted ‘Brand New Key’s chart topping exploits, Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ climbed back up from number 4 where it had fallen to after vacating the top spot, and was at 3.

Chicory Tips’ ‘Son Of My Father’ became the 44th song to manage a climb of 10 or more places in a week and was the biggest climber this week as it jumped up from 17 to 7. Of the 44 songs so far to climb 10 or more places, 4 had not been the biggest climber in the week.

There were 2 other star raters this week and they were the 2 songs that had the word ‘Mother’ in the title, but were not simply called ‘Mother’ (there were 2 of the latter in case you hadn’t noticed). Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ moved up 9 from 19 to 10 while Neil Reid’s ‘Mother Of Mine’ jumped 5 from 16 to 11. Apart from the 4 songs that climbed 10 or more, but did not make the biggest climber as mentioned above, Paul Simon’s 9 place climb was the 7th time a song climbed 9 but wasn’t the biggest climber.

The New Seekers’ ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’ was the faller of the week, dropping 7 from 11 to 18. Their only other hit to date, ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ had picked up 1 of these awards and so their total moved on to 2.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ became the oldest on the chart on 15 weeks following the departure of Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ which had been the oldest for just 1 week. The latter song enjoyed a 17 week stay with us and peaked at 5. This was the lowest peak to date for a song managing 17 weeks with us, but that would not have upset The Marmalade as this was the best weeks effort of their 4 hits to date and tied second best peak behind the number 3 peak that ‘Baby Make It Soon’ managed. ‘Cousin Norman’ was the 32nd song to leave the charts from position 10 or higher as its final chart position was number 10. There was still more to come from them.

The Idiots’ ‘In The Park’ became the 22nd song to have a chart run of just 1 week at 20 as it fell off the charts this week. Of those 22, 4 had re-entered and 1 had been a run as a re-entry. This was the 5th local song to have such a run and The Idiots would be the 6th act for whom this 1 week at the bottom of the charts would be their entire SA chart history.

Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ lasted just 1 week as well, but that was spent at number 18. This was the 3rd and last time we would see an instrumental hit have a 1 week run in the charts and both of the previous 2 had ended up re-entering the top 20. Would ‘Joy’ also manage to re-appear on the charts? Stay tuned.

The last of the 4 songs to leave the chart this week was Michael Holm’s ‘Dancing In The Sun’ which lasted 6 weeks and peaked at number 12, the lowest weeks and peak of his 3 hits to date. The good news for Michael was that he became the 12th act to replace themselves on the charts as his version of ‘I Will Return’ was one of the 4 new entries this week. The song, Holm’s 4th SA chart hit to date, was a vocal version of the Springwater hit which sat at number 4 and was the 29th now to chart in more than 1 version. Holm also released the song in German under the title ‘Du Weinst Um Mich’, but that did not chart for him in Germany. The song should not be confused with his 1975 hit ‘I’ll Return’ which we shall see coming into our charts later.

Middle Of The Road’s 3rd chart hit to date, ‘Sacramento’ was also a new entry this week and as ‘Soley Soley’ was still in the charts, it meant that Middle Of The Road were the 39th act so far to see 2 or more hits in the chart in the same week. The song was written by the same team that wrote their earler hit ‘Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum (Giosy Capuano, Giovanni Battista Sposato, Lally Stott and Mario Capuano). The song gave them a number 23 hit in the UK and topped the German, Swiss, Norwegian and Dutch charts.

The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’ became the 24th song to re-enter the charts as it appeared back on the top 20 after having been absent for a week. Its re-entry position of 17 was 1 place higher than the 1 week it spent at 18 in its last run.

The Sweet brought us the final new entry this week in the form of ‘Poppa Joe’ and it helped the male parents of the world in trying to catch up with the female parents as we had 4 songs with ‘Mother’ in the title in this week’s top 20 and now 2 that referred to a father, the other being Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’. Both of The Sweet’s previous top 20 hits had gone to number 1. Would ‘Poppa Joe’ follow suit? They had made it to number 11 on the UK charts with the song, topped the Dutch and Belgium charts and made it to number 2 in Switzerland and Norway. It was the 4th song by the song writing team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn to chart in SA. Aside from the 2 previous Sweet hits (‘Funny Funny’ and ‘Co-Co’) Chinn & Chapman had been responsible for New World’s ‘Tom Tom Turnaround’.

The Brits were now just 1 hit behind the Americans as they had seen a total of 306 hits make the charts compared to the Yanks 307. The last time the gap between these 2 nations was this low was on 5 September 1969 which was 133 weeks previously. The Germans moved on to 10 hits with Michael Holm’s new one and they drew level in 5th place with the Australians for number of hits by a nation.

Elvis Presley moved into tied 12th place on the weeks count list, his 82 to date putting him level with Chris Andrews. The last time Elvis was this high in the weeks count list was back in the June of 1966.

The 2 ‘Mother’s (i.e. by Barbra Streisand and John Lennon) had clocked up 15 weeks between them and this moved the song into 18th place for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. ‘I Will Return’ by Springwater and Michael Holm had managed 12 weeks and was 23rd.

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