9 June 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 2 6 Amazing Grace  – Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
3 3 14 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
4 4 13 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
5 5 14 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
6 8 4 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
7 9 3 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  – Roberta Flack
8 6 14 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
9 10 8 Day After Day  – Badfinger
10 7 14 Without You  – Nilsson
11 11 4 Too Beautiful to Last  – Engelbert Humperdinck
12 13 7 Beg, Steal or Borrow  – New Seekers
13 17 2 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
14 15 11 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
15 12 6 The Rangers Waltz  – Mom and Dads
16 18 2 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
17 14 15 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
18 20 2 Puppy Love  – Donny Osmond
19 New 1 Radancer  – Marmalade
20 16 7 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)  – Robert John

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ became the 6th song to spend at least 7 weeks at 1 as it hold on to the top spot for another week, but it was the first of these 6 to manage this with a broken run at the top. The next 4 positions from 2 to 5 were also unmoved from last week.

Middle Of The Road picked up their 6th biggest climber to date as ‘Samson And Delilah’ moved up 4 from 17 to 13. This was the only star rater climber this week.

Robert John’s ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)’ was the biggest faller, dropping 4 places from 16 to 20.

The oldest song on the chart remained the one by the youngest person to chart to date, Neil Reid. His ‘Mother Of Mine’ moved on to 15 weeks and was enjoying its 3rd week as the oldest in the top 20.

Only 1 song left the chart and that was John Edmond’s ‘Pasadena’ which had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 17, his lowest peak of 4 hits to date, but tied equal lowest weeks count as his first hit, ‘Fairytales’ also only managed 5 weeks. We would see further hits from Edmond, but his departure meant that for a second week running we had seen the local content of the chart  halve as last week it dropped from 4 to 2 and now we were down to just 1, The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’.

In ‘Pasadena’s place came Marmalade’s 5th hit ‘Radancer’. The song was written by band member Hugh Nicholson who also wrote their previous SA hit ‘Cousin Norman’ as well as an in between hit ‘Back On The Road’ which made the UK charts, but not the South African ones. ‘Radancer’ also entered the LM charts this week where it would go on to peak at number 4. In the UK it peaked at number 6 on 13 May 1972.

The British acts moved back into the lead for number of hits to date as they had brought us 314 to the American’s 313. To date the British acts had been top of this list for 203 weeks while the Americans had topped it for 149 weeks and there had been 14 weeks where they were tied.

Engelbert Humperdinck became the 15th act so far to reach the 80 weeks in the charts. This caused Cliff Richard, who had shared 15th place with Engelbert last week, to fall to 16th place on the weeks count list while Engelbert was unmoved at 15.

The Rising Sons moved into tied 19th place on the local weeks count list as their 24 weeks put them on level pegging with Al Debbo.

‘Amazing Grace’s 2 versions to chart so far (by Judy Collins and The Pipes And Drums etc etc) had now clocked up a total of 16 week and it sat tied 18th on the list of songs to chart in more than 1 version, sharing the spot with ‘Elusive Butterfly’ (Judy page and Bob Lind) and ‘This Is My Song’ (Petula Clark and Harry Secombe).

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