12 May 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 2 10 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
3 7 2 Amazing Grace  – Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
4 3 10 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
5 6 10 Without You  – Nilsson
6 5 9 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
7 4 10 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
8 10 7 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
9 8 11 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
10 9 7 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
11 11 3 Beg, Steal or Borrow  – New Seekers
12 14 4 Day After Day  – Badfinger
13 13 13 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
14 16 7 A Horse with No Name  – America
15 RE 2 If You Go  – James Lloyd
16 RE 13 Mother  – John Lennon
17 19 3 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)  – Robert John
18 17 2 Pasadena  – John Edmond
19 20 2 The Rangers Waltz  – Mom and Dads
20 12 9 Poppa Joe  – Sweet

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ continued its run at the top of the charts. It had now been there for 4 straight weeks. Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’, the number 1 hit 2 chart toppers back, enjoyed a second week at number 2.

The Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards brought us the climber of the week as their hit, ‘Amazing Grace’ jumped up 4 places from 7 to 3. This was the 13th instrumental out of 31 to chart so far that would be a biggest climber. The song was also the only star rater this week.

The faller of the week was The Sweet’s ‘Poppa Joe’ which had been the climber last week and the faller the week before that. This was the 7th song that had alternated between climber and faller twice either seeing a climber-faller-climber or a faller-climber-faller sequence. There were 3 songs in these 7 that had seen a fourth alternative movement in the sequence. ‘Poppa Joe’ dropped 8 places from 12 to 20 to give the band their 7th faller award to date.

The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ was the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 13 weeks and this was its second week as the granddaddy of the top 20.

2 songs fell off the chart this week. The first of which was The Carpenters’ ‘Hurting Each Other’ which lasted 4 weeks in the charts and peaked at 18. This was not the end of the road for The Carpenters though.

Michael Holm’s ‘I Will Return’ was the other song to leave the top 20. It lasted 8 weeks with us and peaked at 11. Unlike the version of the song by Springwater, this version would not manage to return to the charts, but Holm himself would be back.

The 2 songs that replaced the leavers were both re-entries and were the 27th and 28th song to manage this and this was the 3rd of 5 times we would see 2 re-entries in a week. They were also the 9th and 10th re-entries we had seen in 1972 so far and the year moved further into the lead for number of re-entries, now 3 ahead of 1971’s 7.

The first of these 2 re-entries was James Llloyd’s ‘If You Go’ which had been out of the charts for just 1 week. It would be the only song by a Jamaican artist that would re-enter the top 20.

John Lennon’s ‘Mother’ had also only been out the charts for 1 week. Its return to the top 20 meant that it now had the highest weeks count for a song by an ex-Beatle as it moved 1 ahead of his previous hit ‘Imagine’, George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’ and Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ which were all on 12 weeks.

This was a second week running with no solo women in the charts, but this was a long way off the longest period of 22 weeks where we had been female-less. That run which happened way back in 1966 would be the all-time record.

We also saw the Brits move back up to having 10 hits in the top 20 after having dropped below that magic half the chart figure for the previous 2 weeks. They were still 1 behind the acts from the US on the overall count with the Americans on 311 and the Brits on 310. This was the 9th week running that this gap had been just 1.

This week saw The Rising Sons reach the 20 weeks in the chart mark and was the 97th act so far to reach this milestone and the 26th local act to do so.

John Edmond moved into 17th place on the local weeks count list. His 25 weeks to date put him level with Ken J. Larkin.

Middle Of The Road celebrated hitting the 500 point mark as their total moved on to 503. They were the 35th act to reach this total so far.

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