28 April 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 2 8 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
3 3 8 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
4 5 8 Without You  – Nilsson
5 4 7 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
6 6 8 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
7 8 9 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
8 11 5 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
9 7 11 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
10 9 5 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
11 10 12 Mother  – John Lennon
12 15 5 A Horse with No Name  – America
13 12 15 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
14 New 1 Beg, Steal or Borrow  – New Seekers
15 13 7 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
16 17 13 Brand New Key  – Melanie
17 14 7 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
18 New 1 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)  – Robert John
19 New 1 If You Go  – James Lloyd
20 19 3 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters

‘Beautiful Sunday’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 while previous chart topper, Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’, was unmoved at 2. The number 1 before that, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ spent a second week at 3.

Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ became the second song by a Canadian act to pick up 2 biggest climber awards as the song managed to be the climber of the week with just a 3 place jump from 15 to 12. The only other Canadian song to have 2 biggest climbers to its name was Lucille Starr’s ‘Send Me No Roses’ which managed it with 2 6 place climbs. ‘Heart Of Gold’ shared the award this week with America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’ which moved up from 15 to 12.

The Sweet picked up their 6th biggest faller as ‘Poppa Joe’ took the honours with a 6 place drop from 11 to 17. They were the 12th act to see this many biggest fallers.

‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’ by The New Seekers was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It had spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 10 but was a far cry from the 21 weeks and a peak of 2 that their only other hit to date, ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ had managed.

Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day’ lasted just 2 weeks in the charts and spent both of them at 18. This was not the end of their SA chart career though.

Last to go was Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ which had managed a return to the charts once, but would not be able to repeat this as this was the end of the road for them. The song, Springwater’s only SA chart hit, spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2. It would be 1 of only 2 songs that would re-enter the charts that would peak at 2. No re-entry would top the chart.

This week saw the 14th occasion where an act replaced themselves on the charts as The New Seekers’ 3rd SA chart hit, ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’, took the place of the departing ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’. Of the 13 previous occasions that an act had replaced themselves, 2 where managed by Cliff Richard. No other act had managed it twice. ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’ was the UK’s entry into the Eurovision Song Competition in 1972 which was held in Edinburgh. It came second to ‘Apres Toi’ (also known as ‘Come What May’), the Luxembourg entry performed by Vicky Leandros. In the UK both of these songs peaked at 2 on the charts there but ‘Beg Steal Or Borrow’ fared better in the US than ‘Come What May’ as it made 81 while Vicky Leandros’ hit never made the Billboard Hot 100.

The second new entry was a song about which much has been written. Based on ‘Mbube’ a song by Solomon Linda & The Evening Birds, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ (sometimes called ‘Wimoweh’) has gone on to sell millions of copies worldwide. The first major version was The Weavers 1952 one (‘Wimoweh’) which made number 6 in the US. Then in 1961 Karl Denver took ‘Wimoweh’ to number 4 in the UK while The Tokens took ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ to number 1 in the US and 11 in the UK. Robert John’s version, which was a new entry on our charts this week, was the next to hit the US charts in 1972 and went to number 3 and later that same year, Dave Newman managed to get to 34 with it. In 1982 Tight Fit topped the UK charts with a version that featured South Africa’s very own Richard Jon Smith on backing vocals.

The last of the new entries was the second hit for James Lloyd. Lloyd had last been seen on the charts 77 weeks previously with ‘Keep On Smiling’. ‘If You Go’ was written by Albert W. Ketelby who would go on to have 1 more hit on our charts, but we would have to wait till 1976 before this arrived and it would be with a song recorded by a local act. This was the 9th song by a Jamaican act to make our charts and Jamaica sat 7th on the list of hits by artists from a nation, 1 behind Germany and Australia and 2 ahead of France.

The number of hits by British acts accounted for 8 of the top 20 and this was the first time in 8 weeks that this was less than half the chart as the Poms had accounted for between 10 and 12 out of the top 20 in the last 8 weeks. In total 6 different nations were represented in this week’s charts with the Brits having 8, the Americans 7, local acts 2 and Canada, Germany and Jamaica having 1 each. It was 13 week previously that the chart had been this diverse.

John Lennon passed George Harrison’s weeks count as he ticked over to 24 week in total in the chart and he now led the way for weeks by an ex-Beatle.

This was the 14th week that we had seen 6 songs in the chart that had a peak of number 1 (including the current chart topper). There had only been 2 weeks so far where this had been an all-time record of 7.

‘Mother’ moved into 6th place for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as its total moved on to 27. As mentioned above ‘I Will Return’ lost 1 of its 2 versions from the chart, but its weeks count moved on to 23 and the song moved into tied 10th place on the list sharing the spot with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Boxtops and Trini Lopez).

As a final stat, this week saw the lowest movement up the charts that we had seen to date with the total of all the upwards movements (2 songs climbing 3 and 3 songs climbing 1) coming to 9 which was 1 less than 17 September 1965 which had seen a total climb count of 10, the previous lowest total.

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