24 March 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
2 3 10 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
3 1 8 Brand New Key  – Melanie
4 7 3 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
5 4 12 I Will Return  – Springwater
6 10 3 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
7 5 7 Mother  – John Lennon
8 13 3 Without You  – Nilsson
9 6 7 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
10 11 4 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
11 14 2 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
12 9 8 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
13 12 14 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
14 17 3 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
15 16 5 Sailor’s Lament  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 18 5 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
17 20 2 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
18 RE 2 Joy  – Apollo 100
19 8 16 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
20 19 2 I Will Return  – Michael Holm

The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ was the new number 1 this week as it displaced Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ from the top spot after the latter had enjoyed an interrupted run of 3 weeks in pole position. The former chart topper dropped to 3 while another former number 1, Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ climbed up 1 from 3 to 2.

Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ gave him his first biggest climber as it moved up 5 from 13 to 8 to take the award this week. Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ was once again one off the pace for the biggest climber award as it made a star rater climb of 4 from 10 to 6 and this followed up last week’s 9 place jump which was 1 shy of the 10 place biggest climb that ‘Son Of My Father’ by Chicory Tip made.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ was the faller of the week for a second time (last time was 2 weeks previous) as it fell 11 from 8 to 19. This was a record to date equalling fall with The Who’s ‘See Me Feel Me’ being the only other song to manage a fall this big. To date 9 songs had seen a fall 10 or more places in a week. Middle Of The Road could take some comfort from the fact that ‘Soley Soley’ was the oldest in the charts for a second week running as its weeks count moved on to 16.

There was only 1 song that left the chart this week and it was André’s ‘Ek Is Verlief Op Jou’ which had spent 4 weeks with us and peaked at 14. This was the second lowest peak by an Afrikaans song to date and the lowest weeks count. In terms of points it sat at the bottom of the list for Afrikaans songs to date. This left us with just 1 local song on the chart in the form of The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’

It was only the March of 1972 and already we had seen 5 re-entries this year and this week we saw the 6th in the shape of Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ which returned after just 1 week out of the charts to keep the 100% record of all instrumentals that initially spent just 1 week in the charts, managing to come back for a second run. ‘Joy’ was the 25th song to re-enter the charts and the 6 times we had seen re-entries so far in 1972 equalled the total that we saw in 1967 and was one shy of the record to date 7 we had seen in a year and that was in 1971.

The Brits accounted for 12 of the top 20 songs this week and the last time we had seen a nation dominate the charts to this extent was on 13 February 1970 when the Americans where the ones who had 12 in the chart.

Tony Christie and Middle Of The Road both celebrated their 30th week in the chart. 59 acts so far had reached this milestone.

Elvis climbed in to 11th place on the weeks count list with his total ticking over to 83 and he shared the spot with the highest placed local act on that list, The Staccatos. Nearer the top of the list, Creedence Clearwater Revival joined Percy Sledge and The Troggs in 3rd place on 105 weeks with The Bee Gees on 108 and Tom Jones on 184 ahead of them.

‘Mother’ moved into 16th place for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 17 weeks in total. The other song on the chart that had 2 versions and was clocking up the weeks was ‘I Will Return’ which moved on to 14 weeks and this put it tied 19th.

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