14 April 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
2 1 6 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
3 5 6 Without You  – Nilsson
4 9 3 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
5 4 9 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
6 3 5 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
7 7 7 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
8 12 6 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
9 10 10 Mother  – John Lennon
10 8 13 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
11 17 3 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
12 13 5 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
13 11 5 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
14 6 11 Brand New Key  – Melanie
15 14 3 A Horse with No Name  – America
16 18 3 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
17 15 15 I Will Return  – Springwater
18 New 1 Day After Day  – Badfinger
19 16 8 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
20 New 1 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters

Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’ moved into the number 1 spot this week, climbing up 1 from 2 while last week’s number 1, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child reunion’ fell to 2. ‘Son Of My Father’ was the 57th song by a British act to top our charts but more significantly it brought up the 150 weeks at 1 for British acts. The Brits led the way for this stat with the Americans on 128 weeks in second place and local acts on 63 coming third.

Waterloo picked up the 73rd biggest climber award for a local act as their hit ‘Rock And Roll Lullaby’ climbed 6 places from 17 to 11 to take the honours. Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’ were the other star raters this week which climbed 5 and 4 places respectively to land at 4 and 8 (also respectively).

Former chart topper Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 8 from 6 to 14. This was the 3rd time a song by a solo female artist had fallen 8 places in a week with only Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’ which dropped 9 in a week and Sandie Shaw’s ‘You’ve Not Changed’ which fell a record to date 10 in a week having seen bigger fallers.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest on the charts as its weeks count ticked over to 15.

Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ ended its SA chart career with a 3rd run of only 1 week in the top 20. The first 2 runs had been 1 week at 18 and the last one was a week at 20 giving the song a chart career of 3 weeks and a peak of 18. This would be their only SA chart success.

Elvis Presley’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ was the only other song leaving the chart this week. It spent 9 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 6. This made it the closest to average in terms of chart performance by Elvis’ 9 hits to date as he averaged 9.44 weeks per hit with an average peak of 5. One other Elvis hit matched the average peak exactly (‘Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby’) but was a bit further off the average weeks as it managed 12.

The first of our new entries was Badfinger’s second single to chart in SA. ‘Day After Day’ arrived at number 18 approximately a year and 2 weeks after ‘No Matter What’ was last seen in the charts. Like ‘No Matter What’, ‘Day After Day’ was penned by band member Peter Ham, but unlike its predecessor, it was produced by a certain George Harrison. It gave Badfinger a number 4 hit in the US (their highest ever placing there) and a number 10 hit in the UK. It also charted in Holland (number 19) and Belgium (number 29).

The second new entry was The Carpenters first song to chart in SA, ‘Hurting Each Other’. The song was written by Gary Geld and Peter Udell in 1965 and had been recorded a number of times before The Carpenters laid their hands on it. It was their 9th song to get onto the Billboard Hot 100 and their 4th to get to number 2 there. It didn’t chart in the UK, but made number 2 in Canada.

There was no movement on the top 20 of the overall weeks count list and the local weeks count list but there was movement on the weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as ‘Mother’, which was currently charting with versions by Barbra Streisand (13 weeks) and John Lennon (10 weeks), moved on to 23 weeks in total and climbed into tied 9th spot on the list. It shared that place with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg & We Three). The other song that was enjoying chart success with 2 versions, ‘I Will Return’ (Springwater – 15 weeks, Michael Holm – 5 weeks), moved on to 20 weeks in total and into 13th place.

We had seen a total of 16 songs so far that had Beatles involvement. These were 4 Beatles tracks, 2 covers of Beatles songs, 3 songs that members of the Beatles had produced, 6 songs by Beatles members as solo artists and a cover of one of those solo songs. The sum total of weeks of these 16 songs was 156 and 3 of the songs had made number 1. These were The Beatles’ ‘Help’, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’.

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