14 July 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 7 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
2 3 9 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
3 1 16 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
4 2 8 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  – Roberta Flack
5 5 7 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
6 16 4 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 14 3 Morning Has Broken  – Cat Stevens
8 9 6 Radancer  – Marmalade
9 10 4 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
10 7 4 Feels Like a Woman  – Troggs
11 8 19 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
12 15 2 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
13 13 3 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
14 11 5 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
15 19 2 Chicken Heart  – Stone Jug
16 6 11 Amazing Grace  – Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
17 New 1 Maar in Amerika  – Roy Memphis
18 20 2 Little Willy  – Sweet
19 12 19 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
20 New 1 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook

Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ became the first song by a Greek artist to top our charts as it knocked Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ off the number 1 spot this week. The latter had seen 10 weeks in pole position in 3 runs. It dropped to 3, while The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’, which had been one of the songs to break up ‘Beautiful Sunday’s run at the top, climbed up into second place. Leandros’ hit was the 15th by a woman to make the number 1 spot.

Last week Neil Diamond became the 11th act to reach 7 biggest climbers and this week it was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s turn to manage this and they became the 12th act to do so as ‘Someday Never Comes’ moved up 10 from 16 to 6. This was the 46th time a song had climbed 10 or more places in a week.

Cat Stevens’ ‘Morning Has Broken’ and Stone Jug’s ‘Chicken Heart’ were the other star raters this week with the former climbing 7 from 14 to 7 and the latter moving up 4 from 19 to 15.

The Pipes And Drums And The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ ‘Amazing Grace’ picked up its second biggest faller award as it dropped 10 from 16 to 6. It was the 10th song so far to manage a drop of 10 or more in a week with only 2 of those 10 having a record to date 11 place drop.

Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’ and Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ enjoyed a 5th week as the oldest songs on the charts. They had both been with us for 19 weeks.

T-Rex’s ‘Metal Guru’ lasted just 2 weeks in the charts during which time it peaked at 18. Their previous hit, ‘Hot Love’ had lasted 6 weeks and peaked at 12.

Engelbert Humperdinck saw his SA chart career come to an end as ‘Too Beautiful To Last’ bowed out of the top 20 this week. The song had managed 8 weeks and a peak of 9. Engelbert had seen 9 songs chart and spent 84 weeks in the top 20 in total. He sat 12th on the weeks count list. Two of his 9 hits had reached the top spot with ‘Release Me’ spending 3 weeks there and ‘The Last Waltz’ managing 4. Six acts so far had finished their SA chart career with 9 or more hits to their name with 3 of those having 9 (Engelbert, Manfred Mann and Jim Reeves), 2 having 11 (Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark) with Percy Sledge on 12 leading the way.

The first of the new entries was by a local singer, Roy Memphis. His song ‘Maar In Amerika’ was a cover of an Italian song called ‘Ma Che Domenica’ by an artist called Fiammetta. It was written by Gino Mescoli and Vito Pallavicini and translated into Dutch by Tony Rendall and recorded by The Valentino’s and another version was done by Mark Dex in 1969. More recently it was recorded by Laura Lynn in 2007. Memphis’ version changed some of the lyrics to ‘Maar in Suid Afrika’, but did keep the ‘Amerika’ in some lines. This was the 14th Afrikaans song to chart and the 10th that was a pure Afrikaans song with the others being either a mixture of English and Afrikaans or an instrumental track with an Afrikaans title.

The second new entry was ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ by Dr. Hook (known as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show back then). It was a massive worldwide hit, reaching number 1 in Australia Ireland and New Zealand, 2 in Canada and the UK, 3 in Switzerland, Italy, Holland and Zimbabwe, 5 in Norway and the US and 9 in Belgium, Germany and Sweden.

The number of hits by British acts in this week’s charts dropped to 9 and this ended a 6 week run with 10 or more in the charts. This was a fair way off the record to date run with half or more of the  chart coming from one nation as the Americans had managed a 16 week run with 10 or more in the charts back in 1966. They had also managed a 15 week run in 1969 and for the first 15 weeks of the charts which started back in 1965 we had 10 or more British acts represented.

This week was also the first time since all the songs on the very first chart had left the top 20 that we had 8 songs that were either past number 1’s, at number 1 or going to be future number 1s in the top 20. At its peak during those first 17 weeks of the charts, this figure had been as high as 9, the record to date.

Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Troggs moved 1 week ahead of The Bee Gees, causing the latter to fall to 4 on the weeks count list while the former 2 were now tied 2nd. They were on 109 weeks each.

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