31 March 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
2 8 4 Without You  – Nilsson
3 4 4 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
4 6 4 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
5 3 9 Brand New Key  – Melanie
6 7 8 Mother  – John Lennon
7 11 3 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
8 10 5 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
9 5 13 I Will Return  – Springwater
10 2 11 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
11 20 3 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
12 17 3 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
13 New 1 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
14 14 4 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
15 9 8 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
16 New 1 A Horse with No Name  – America
17 12 9 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
18 16 6 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
19 New 1 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
20 New 1 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young

The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ spent a second week at the top of the charts while Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ slipped into second place with a star rater climb of 6 places. It was however, beaten to the biggest climber award by Michael Holm’s ‘I Will Return’ which jumped 9 places from 20 to 11 to take the award this week.

There were 2 other songs which made a star rater climb of 4 or more places and they were Middle Of The Road’s ‘Sacramento’ which moved up 4 from 11 to 7 and The Sweet’s ‘Poppa Joe’ which climbed 5 from 17 to 12. For Holm and Middle Of The Road it was their 5th star rater climb while The Sweet celebrated their 4th and Nilsson his 3rd.

Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ was the faller this week, dropping 8 from 2 to 10 and this would be the all-time record biggest fall a song would see from the number 2 spot. We would have to wait just over 7 years before we saw a song drop 7 places from number 2.

Middle Of The Road’s run of 2 weeks with 2 in the chart came to an end as ‘Soley Soley’ was the first of 4 songs to leave the chart this week. It had lasted 16 weeks and enjoyed 4 of those sitting at the number 1 spot. Its departure meant that Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ on 13 weeks was the new oldest song in the charts.

Apollo’s ‘Joy’ managed to emulate its first chart run exactly with a second 1 week stay at number 18 bringing its total weeks count up to 2.

Another song which had also been a re-entry was also leaving the charts. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sailor’s Lament’ did fare a little better than Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ as it lasted 4 weeks with a peak of 13. Its total chart run was 5 weeks and 13 was the best place it managed. This was by far the worst performance for a Creedence hit with all 9 of their previous hits having gone top 10.

The last song to go had also been a re-entry and it re-entered the charts twice. ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ by Tony Christie finally managed a longer run in the charts than the 2 one-week runs it had started its SA chart career with. This run lasted 12 weeks and the song peaked at 6 during that time. Overall its weeks total was 14.

Daniel Boone followed up the recent success of ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ with a new hit, ‘Beautiful Sunday’. The song, which Boone co-wrote with Ronnie McQueen, would be the first of 3 Top 100 hits that he would have in the US and the only one to make top 20, peaking as it did at number 15 there. It would also be the second of only 2 of his hits to chart in the UK and it peaked at number 17 there. His previous SA hit, ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’, had made 17 in the UK.

America, the band not the country, joined us at number 16 this week with ‘A Horse With No Name’, which, despite the name and nationality of the band (they were American), was recorded in England. The 3 members of America were sons of U.S. Air Force personnel based in the UK and they started their career in the UK. ‘A Horse With No Name’ topped the Billboard 100 in the US as well as going to number 1 in Canada and Finland. In the UK it got to number 3. It was the first of 4 songs to chart in SA that mentioned ‘horse’ (or ‘horses’) in its title.

Local band Waterloo were the third new entrant this week and they managed this with a cover version of B.J. Thomas’ hit ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Lullaby.’ The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who had brought us Elvis Presley’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’. Overall it was a 5th hit for Mann as song writer and a 3rd for Weil. Waterloo was the 3rd act to chart that would share a name with a song that would eventually chart. The other 2 so far to do this were The Shadows (ignoring the ‘The’) and The Moody Blues (again ignoring the ‘The’ and also the song that would chart would be a singular ‘Moody Blue’). There had also been 3 songs so far to chart where we would see later an act that shared the same name as the song chart and there were Sunny, Sailor and Joy.

Last new entry was the only Neil Young song we would see on the charts. ‘Heart Of Gold’ was the 18th song by a Canadian artist to chart. This consolidated the Canadians position on the hits by a nation list as they sat 4th and were 8 clear of the Aussies and the Germans who were tied 5th with 10 each.  ‘Heart Of Gold’ topped the US charts for 1 week, knocking our number 2 song this week, Nilsson’s ‘Without You’, off the top spot before being knocked off the number 1 spot itself by fellow new entrant, ‘A Horse With No Name’. It also made it to number 1 in Young’s native Canada and managed number 4 hit in Norway, 8 in Holland, 10 in the UK and 14 in Zimbabwe. The song has been widely covered by such diverse acts as Diana Krall, Johnny Cash, Boney M and Tori Amos, but as yet no cover version has made the UK or US charts.

John Lennon reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark and was the second ex-Beatle after George Harrison to reach this milestone. Harrison still led the way for weeks by an ex-Beatle with 23 to his name. Lennon was second on 20 with Ringo on 12 and Paul sitting last at this point with 10.

Elvis shook off The Staccatos on the weeks count list as his total ticked over to 84, but this was not enough to move him off 11th place. The Staccatos dropped to 12th.

‘Mother’ moved into tied 12th place for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. Its 19 weeks to date put it level with ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love (Mindbenders and Petula Clark) and ‘For Your Precious Love’ (Flames and Oscar Toney Jr). ‘I Will Return’ on 16 weeks shared 17th place with ‘Elusive Butterfly’ (Judy Page and Bob Lind) and ‘This Is My Song (Harry Secombe and Petula Clark).

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