4 August 1972


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

Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ moved on to 4 weeks at 1 and this was the 5th song by a solo woman to see this number of weeks at the top of the charts. Last week’s number 2, Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ dropped from 2 to 3 so we only had solo female artists at numbers 1 and 2 for 1 week. Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ moved up 1 into second place.

It was 6 weeks ago that Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ took the biggest climber award and this week it managed it again with a 6 place climb from 10 to 4. Only 3 songs had seen a bigger gap between biggest climbers and they were Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Timothy’ and Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles’ which had seen 10 weeks between biggest climbers while Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ held the record to date of 19 weeks between times picking up the award. Garrity’s effort this week was also the only song to make star rater status. It was his 6th star rater and he was the 4th local act to reach this many.

Roberta Flack’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ was the song heading in the opposite direction at the greatest pace as it fell 5 from 6 to 11.

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Tumbling Dice’ was a tumbling song, so much so that it tumbled right out of the top 20 after having spent just 1 week at 19. There were 33 songs to date that had seen a chart run of only 1 week and The Stones joined Cliff Richard as the only acts that appeared twice on that list. The other Stones song to last just 1 week was their previous hit, ‘Brown Sugar’. ‘Tumbling Dice’ out did ‘Brown Sugar’ in that it spent its solitary week 1 place higher than ‘Brown Sugar’ had spent its one. There were still a few more hits to come for Mick Jagger and the boys.

Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ was the only other song to leave the chart this week. It had lasted 21 weeks in the top 20 and spent 1 of those weeks at number 1. This would not be the last we would hear from Simon. The departure of ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ did mean we had a new oldest on the charts and that honour went to Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ which was sitting on 19 weeks.

‘Metal Guru’ became the 5th of 7 songs that we would see re-enter the charts twice as it re-appeared in the top 20 listing this week after another week’s absence. 3 of the 5 songs to re-enter the charts twice had now been by British acts while 1 local act and a Norwegian act made up the other 2. We would never see a US act manage to do this.

The new entry this week was Middle Of The Road’s ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ This was their 5th hit to date. Their previous 3 had all started with the letter ‘S’ (‘Soley, Soley’, ‘Sacramento’ and ‘Samson And Delilah’) and the one before that was a ‘T’ (‘Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum’), giving them a palindrome of first letters from their first 5 hits. Like ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’, ‘Sacramento’ and ‘Samson And Delilah’, ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ was written by Giosy Capuano, Lally Stott and Mario Capuano. The song didn’t chart in the US or the UK, but made number 1 in Holland, 19 in Belgium and 11 in what was then Rhodesia. It was also just 5 weeks since Middle Of The Road had last had 2 songs in the top 20 at the same time as ‘Samson And Delilah’ and ‘Sacramento’ had both been on the charts. This was their 3rd different pairing of songs in the chart and they were the 7th act so far to see 3 different pairings of songs in the charts at the same time.

The Hollies reached the 110 weeks in the chart mark but that could not move them up the weeks count list where they sat 4th. The 2 acts in tied second place, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Troggs, both moved their totals up to 112, but still lagged way behind Tom Jones who led the way with 184.

The Sweet became the 29th act to reach the 600 points mark as their total ticked over to 603.

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