28 July 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
2 4 4 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
3 12 3 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
4 9 5 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
5 7 5 Morning Has Broken  – Cat Stevens
6 5 10 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  – Roberta Flack
7 10 6 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
8 2 11 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
9 3 18 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
10 15 7 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
11 6 6 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
12 14 2 Vincent  – Don McLean
13 11 6 Feels Like a Woman  – Troggs
14 8 9 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
15 13 8 Radancer  – Marmalade
16 18 4 Little Willy  – Sweet
17 17 21 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
18 19 4 Chicken Heart  – Stone Jug
19 New 1 Tumbling Dice  – Rolling Stones
20 RE 4 Pretty Maid  – Tony Marshall

Vicky Leandros became the 5th woman to spend 3 or more weeks at number 1 as ‘Come What May’ held on to the top spot for a third week running. Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ moved up 2 from 4 to 2 to give us the 6th time that we saw solo female artists occupying the top 2 spots.

Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ was the climber of the week for a second week running as it moved up a further 9 places to 3 to add to the 8 it managed the previous week. So far 5 songs had managed to climb 17 positions over 2 consecutive weeks while 3 had managed a record to date 18.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ and Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ both picked up star raters with the former climbing 5 places from 15 to 10 and the latter also climbing 5 as it moved from 9 to 4.

The biggest fall this week was 6 places and there were 3 songs that saw this. Middle Of The Road picked up their 4 biggest faller with ‘Samson And Delilah’s drop from 8 to 14, Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ fell from 3 to 9 and The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ moved down from 2 to 8. It was The Hollies’ 6th time with the biggest faller.

Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child reunion’ moved on to 21 weeks in the charts and this was its 7th week as the oldest on the chart but only the second week it had held the title on its own.

T.Rex’s return to the charts with ‘Metal Guru’ was short lived as the song only managed to add 1 week to the 2 weeks it had managed in its previous run. It had now clocked up a total of 3 weeks and a best peak of 18.

We also bid farewell to Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (thank goodness for cut and paste) and their number 1 hit, ‘Amazing Grace’. The song had spent 1 of its 12 weeks in the charts at the top spot. This would be their only contribution to our charts. In total ‘Amazing Grace’ had now clocked up 22 weeks with the other 10 coming from Judy Collins’ version. It sat tied 13th on the list of weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version, sharing the spot with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ which had been a hit for The New Vaudeville Band and Herman’s Hermits.

It had been 60 weeks since we last saw The Rolling Stones on the charts and this week we welcomed them back with their hit, ‘Tumbling Dice’. It was the 3rd time we had seen a gap of 60 weeks or more between hits by the band. This new entry brought up the double figures for number of hits for The Stones and they shared 9th spot on the number of hits to date list with The Troggs. In total only 25 acts would see 10 or more songs chart. As the first single off their critically acclaimed ‘Exile On Main Street’, ‘Tumbling Dice’ was The Stones’ 18th UK chart hit where it made it to number 5. It also made 7 in the US. On a list published in 2002 by Uncut magazine it was ranked the 5th best Rolling Stones song with ‘Gimme Shelter’ taking top honours on that list.

Tony Marshall’s ‘Pretty Maid’ was the 31st song to re-enter the charts. It had been missing from the top 20 for 3 weeks and was the 6th song so far to re-enter the top 20 after being away for 3 or more weeks. Of those 6 only 1 other had a gap of 3 weeks between chart runs. There were 2 that had seen a gap of 4 weeks and then we had The Staccato’s 23 weeks gap between chart runs with ‘Cry To Me’ and the record 217 weeks that we saw between the 2 runs by Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’.

This week saw Daniel Boone reach the 30 weeks in the chart mark and Alan Garrity clocked up his 20th week. 63 acts so far had reached the 30 weeks mark and 102 had seen at least 20 weeks.

The Hollies took 4th place on the weeks count list for themselves this week as their 109 to date put them 1 ahead of The Bee Gees so that they stayed at 4 while The Bee Gees fell to 5. Similarly, The Rolling Stones moved 1 week ahead of Tommy Roe with their 93 to date causing Tommy Roe to fall to 10th while they stayed in 9th place.

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2 thoughts on “28 July 1972

  1. Sylvia’s Mother went up to number 3 and not two as your typo depicts. Happy Festive Season to you and your Family.

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