18 August 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
2 3 6 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
3 2 12 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
4 4 10 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
5 6 8 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
6 5 9 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
7 7 14 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
8 8 5 Vincent  – Don McLean
9 10 9 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 9 7 Little Willy  – Sweet
11 11 8 Morning Has Broken  – Cat Stevens
12 13 9 Feels Like a Woman  – Troggs
13 12 21 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
14 18 3 Talk of All The U.S.A.  – Middle of the Road
15 16 12 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
16 20 2 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
17 14 6 Metal Guru  – T. Rex
18 19 2 Baby Blue  – Badfinger
19 New 1 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
20 17 11 Radancer  – Marmalade

‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ by Jessica Jones enjoyed its second week at the top of the charts while Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ crept into second place.

Middle of the Road became the 8th act of a total of 20 who would manage at least 8 biggest climber awards as their ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ picked up the honours this week with a 4 place climb from 18 to 14. They shared the spoils with Cyan’s ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ which climbed from 20 to 16. Of the 3 songs by Italian acts to chart so far (of which Cyan was one) only Nini Rosso’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ failed to be a biggest climber although the version of that song by Murray Campbell which Rosso co-wrote did manage to be a biggest climber. As the biggest climb was 4 places, there were no other star raters this week.

‘Metal Guru’ by T. Rex and ‘Radancer’ by Marmalade were the fallers, both songs falling just 3 spots to end up with the award. ‘Metal Guru’ fell from 14 to 17 while ‘Radancer’ dropped from 17 to 20.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ moved on to 21 weeks in the chart and was enjoying its 3rd week as the oldest in the top 20. It sat tied 4th with 3 other songs for weeks in the charts by a song beaten only by Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ on 24, Petter Maffay’s ‘You’ on 27 and The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ in the lead on 38.

There was only 1 song that left the charts this week and that was Roberta Flack’s ‘The First Time Every I Saw Your Face’. There had been 66 times so far when we only had 1 song leave the chart and of those this was the 5th time that 1 song was by a solo female act. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 2. In terms of points this was the 16th best performance by a song by a solo female artists so far. This was not the last we would see of Roberta on our charts.

The newbie on the chart was John Edmond’s ‘Every Day Every Night’ which was his 5th hit to date, making him the 9th local act to reach this number of hits. 7 of the other 8 to reach 5 hits sat on 6 with Four Jacks And A Jill still leading the way with 7. ‘Every Day Every Night’ was an English version of a Gigliola Cinquetti hit (‘Gira L’amore (Caro Bebé)’) which was written by Daniele Pace and Mario Panzeri. Pace had been responsible for The Tremeloes ‘My Little Lady’ and Tom Jones’ ‘Love Me Tonight’. Edmonds himself and Terry Dempsey also shared songwriting credits on this song (presumably for the English lyrics). This gave the latter his 18th hit as a songwriter and he joined Les Reed at the top of the list for number of hits by a song writer. The song was arranged by Robin Netcher who had song writing credits on 4 previous top 20 hits.

The Sweet saw their 50th week in the chart this week and they were the 32nd act to reach this total and they followed Marmalade who had hit this milestone last week and this was the third time we had seen acts reach the 50 weeks milestone in 2 consecutive weeks.

Neil Diamond moved into tied 19th spot on the weeks count list as he ticked over to 71 weeks and drew level with The Tremeloes. This had the effect of knocking Donovan off the top 20 of the weeks count list. On the local list John Edmond shook off Tidal Wave as he moved on to 29 weeks. Tidal Wave, on 28, dropped to 17th place while Edmond now was on his own in 16th spot.

Marmalade became the 36th act to accumulate a total of 500 points as they moved onto exactly 500.

We also saw the 17th occasion where an act had songs in adjacent position on the charts as Middle Of The Road’s ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ was at 14 and ‘Samson And Delilah’ was at 15. They were the 3rd act (after Four Jacks And A Jill and Donovan) to manage this twice and they also celebrated their 10th week with 2 or more in the charts having managed 2 weeks with ‘Sacramento’ and ‘Soley Soley’ sharing chart space, then we had 5 weeks with ‘Sacramento’ and ‘Samson And Delilah’ on the charts and now they had 3 weeks under the belt with the current pair.

The average number of weeks the songs in this top 20 had been with us moved over 8 for the first time in 24 weeks as it climbed to 8.1. This week was also the 20th where we saw the top 2 songs starting with the same letter.

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