7 April 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
2 3 5 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
3 7 4 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
4 1 8 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
5 2 5 Without You  – Nilsson
6 5 10 Brand New Key  – Melanie
7 8 6 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
8 10 12 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
9 13 2 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
10 6 9 Mother  – John Lennon
11 11 4 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
12 14 5 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
13 12 4 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
14 16 2 A Horse with No Name  – America
15 9 14 I Will Return  – Springwater
16 18 7 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
17 19 2 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
18 20 2 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
19 15 9 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
20 RE 3 Joy  – Apollo 100

One of the 4 Simon & Garfunkel hits that made our charts had managed to go to number 1 and that was ‘The Sound Of Silence’, their first SA chart hit. Now Paul Simon managed to get to number 1 with his first solo hit, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’. It jumped up 4 places from 5 to take the top spot and was the 27th song to jump 4 or more places to get to number 1 with 12 of those 27 having a bigger jump than 4 places. Previous number 1, The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ dropped to number 4 and was the 14th song to drop to 4 or lower from the top spot with only 3 of those 14 falling further then number 4.

The biggest climb was 4 places this week so the 2 songs that managed this were also the only star raters. Middle Of The Road’s ‘Sacramento’ climbed 4 to 3 from 7 and Daniel Boone saw his ‘Beautiful Sunday’ move up 4 from 13 to 9. It was Middle Of The Road’s 5th time with the biggest climber and Boone’s second.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 9 to 15 to take the award. It was its first time as the faller of the week. The good news for Springwater was that for the second week running their song was the oldest in the top 20 as it moved on to 14 weeks.

Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Banks Of The Ohio’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It spent 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9, making it the 27th song to have an equal weeks and peak number. It was the 6th time that 9 had been the equal weeks and peak figure and this was the second highest total after the 8 times we had seen 7 be the matching pair with 8 being in 3rd place having occurred 5 times.

Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ became the 4th of 7 songs we would ultimately see re-enter the charts twice as it returned for a 3rd run with us. Its previous 2 runs had only lasted 1 week, both of which were at number 18 so thus far this was the songs worst run to date.

Michael Holm enjoyed his 30th week in the charts. He was the 60th act so far to reach this total and the 3rd act that was not from the UK, US or SA to do so. The other 2 ‘Rest Of The World’ acts to get to 30 weeks so far were Australia’s The Seekers and Canada’s Lucille Starr.

‘Mother’ by Barbra Streisand and John Lennon had now clocked up 21 weeks between the 2 versions. It remained in 12th spot on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version, but no longer shared the spot with ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ and ‘For Your Precious Love’. ‘I Will Return’ by Springwater and Michael Holm moved on to 18 weeks and moved into tied 15th place alongside ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

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