21 July 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
2 2 10 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
3 3 17 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
4 12 3 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
5 4 9 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  – Roberta Flack
6 6 5 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 7 4 Morning Has Broken  – Cat Stevens
8 5 8 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
9 13 4 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
10 9 5 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
11 10 5 Feels Like a Woman  – Troggs
12 20 2 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
13 8 7 Radancer  – Marmalade
14 New 1 Vincent  – Don McLean
15 14 6 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
16 16 12 Amazing Grace  – Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
17 11 20 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
18 18 3 Little Willy  – Sweet
19 15 3 Chicken Heart  – Stone Jug
20 RE 3 Metal Guru  – T. Rex

Vicky Leandros held on to the top spot with ‘Come What May’ which enjoyed its second week there. A former number 1, The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’ was unmoved at 2 and Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’, which had already had 3 runs at the top, was still lurking around the top of the charts as it spent a second week at number 3.

We had 2 songs climb 8 places this week to take the climber of the week award. These were Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ and Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ with the former moving up to 4 and the latter climbing to 12. So far 145 songs had climbed 8 or more in a week which meant that on average it was just over every 2.5 weeks that we saw such a climb. That average would drop to 2.3 by the time the charts ended in 1989.

Gallery’s ‘Nice To be With You’ made a 4 place climb from 13 to 9 to be the only other star rater this week.

Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ took the faller of the week award with a 6 place drop from 11 to 17. This was his first time experiencing this as he had not seen a biggest faller as part of Simon & Garfunkel despite the latter spending a total of 49 weeks in the chart. He did, however see a song that he had writing credits on be the biggest faller and that was when The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ which he co-wrote, picked up the award twice.

‘Mother And Child Reunion’ became the 11th song to reach the magical 20 weeks on the top 20 mark. Within those 11, only Four Jacks & A Jill had managed more than 1 as they had 2 (‘Timothy’ and ‘Master Jack’). Simon’s hit was the oldest on the chart while Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’, which had shared the ‘oldest’ title with it last week, was 1 of 2 songs that left the top 20 this week. It fell just short of the 20 week mark, managing 19, of which 1 was spent at the top spot. This would be their only SA chart entry and they were the 24th act so far who would only have 1 SA chart hit, but see that hit top the charts. In total we would see 78 acts have 1 chart topping hit had that would be their total SA chart career.

Also leaving the top 20 was Roy Memphis’ ‘Maar In Amerika’ which had lasted just the 1 week in the charts and had spent that week at number 17. Like Chicory Tip, this would be Memphis’ only SA chart hit. He was the 11th act so far whose entire SA chart career would last just 1 week with 1 hit. 25 acts in total would see this happen.

The first of the new entries was Don McLean’s tribute to the painter Vincent van Gogh. Despite being called ‘Vincent’ many would probably remember it better from the first line of the song (‘Starry Starry Night’) rather than the song’s actual title. The song went to number 12 in the US and knocked T. Rex’s ‘Metal Guru’ off the top spot in the UK 4 days before this week’s SA chart went out. It would also go to 2 in Canada, 3 in Australia and 7 in New Zealand. This was McLean’s first SA chart hit.

T. Rex’s ‘Metal Guru’ which, as mentioned above was knocked off the UK chart top spot by ‘Vincent’, returned into our charts this week after a 1 week absence. It was the 30th song to re-enter the charts and the first time a UK number 1 had fallen from our charts, then re-entered (this excludes Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ which re-entered our charts twice, but the version that made the top of the UK charts was a re-recording one which included comedian Peter Kay on it, so was not exactly the same song).

The US and UK were again neck and neck in the number of hits to chart race. Both nations had contributed 318 hits each to the hit count tally. Together they accounted for 72.3% of the total number of songs to chart so far.

The Troggs and Creedence Clearwater Revival both hit the 110 week mark and they sat tied 2nd on the weeks count list, 74 behind leader Tom Jones. As mentioned above, Paul Simon hit the 20 week mark as a solo artist. He was the 101st artist to reach this milestone.

The Hollies drew level with The Bee Gees in tied 4th place on the weeks count list with both acts having seen 108 weeks in the charts.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ became the 7th and 8th song to reach the 300 points mark for a song. The former moved on to 309 while the latter clocked up 302. Of the 8 songs to manage this 3 had been by US acts, 3 by local acts and the UK and Germany contributed 1 each.

Also on the points front we saw The Hollies and Creedence Clearwater Revival both pass the 1,300 mark with both being on 1,302. They sat tied 4th overall for points. Middle Of The Road meanwhile became the 23rd act to pass the700 points mark as they moved onto 707.

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