25 August 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
2 2 7 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
3 3 13 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
4 5 9 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
5 4 11 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
6 8 6 Vincent  – Don McLean
7 6 10 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
8 16 3 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
9 9 10 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 7 15 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
11 10 8 Little Willy  – Sweet
12 13 22 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
13 14 4 Talk of All The U.S.A.  – Middle of the Road
14 11 9 Morning Has Broken  – Cat Stevens
15 19 2 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
16 New 1 Popcorn  – Hot Butter
17 12 10 Feels Like a Woman  – Troggs
18 15 13 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
19 New 1 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
20 17 7 Metal Guru  – T. Rex

Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ moved onto 3 weeks at 1 and this brought the total weeks at 1 by local solo female artists up to 15 with Carike Keuzenkamp accounting for 1 week, Hilary 7, Cornelia 4 and now 3 for Jessica. Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ and Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ were unmoved at 2 and 3 respectively.

Cyan’s ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ was the biggest climber for the second week running as it moved up 8 from 16 to 8. This meant that of the 2 songs by Italian acts that had managed a biggest climb had both done so twice (the other one that managed this was Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’).

John Edmond was enjoying his 30th week in total in the chart and he had manged 5 hits to date, but the star rater climb of 4 places from 19 to 15 that ‘Every Day Every Night’ managed this week was only his 2nd star rater climb. On the other hand he could boast that he had never had a biggest faller. He was the 9th act so far to see a run of 30 weeks without experiencing a biggest fall. 3 acts so far, The Seekers, The Tremeloes and Simon & Garfunkel, had managed to get past the 40 weeks mark and The Seekers held the record to date of 57 weeks without a faller.

The Troggs on the other had had now seen 6 of their 10 hits to date take the biggest faller at some point as ‘Feels Like A Woman’ took the award this week with a 5 place fall from 12 to 17.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ moved on to 22 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

We lost 2 songs from the charts this week, the first of which was Marmalade’s ‘Radancer’ which had spent 11 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 8. This brought to an end their SA chart career after 5 hits, 51 weeks and a best peak of 3 with ‘Baby Make It Soon’. ‘Radancer’s peak of 8 was their second lowest with ‘Rainbow’s peak of 13 being their lowest.

We also bid farewell to Badfinger’s ‘Baby Blue’ which had lasted just 2 weeks on the chart and peaked at 18. With both of their previous 2 hits getting double figures for weeks and making the top 10, this was by far their worst performance on the charts so far. There was more to come from the band.

In at 16 was Hot Butter’s ‘Popcorn’ which had originally been recorded in 1969 but it was only when it was re-recorded and released in 1972 that it became a worldwide smash hit, getting to number 1 in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Norway and Switzerland. It made number 5 in the UK and 9 in the US. One story is that the song got its title from being POP music and CORNy although other sources say it was the popping staccato sound of the music that gave it its title. This was the 32nd instrumental to grace our charts. In 2005 Crazy Frog took a cover of the song to number 1 in 4 countries (Belgium, France, New Zealand and Spain).

Also new was Slade’s first song to chart in SA, ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’. It was their 4th to chart in the UK where it topped the charts there on 1 July 1972 for 1 week. It would also be their first hit to chart in the US where it made it to number 93. Their first hit in the UK was ‘Get Down And Get With It’ and there would be 5 more Slade hits after ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’ before they had another correctly spelt song title (‘My Friend Stan’).

Middle Of The Road saw their weeks count move on to 60 and they were the 25th act so far to reach that milestone.

Neil Diamond moved his weeks count on to 72 and while this left him unmoved at 19 on the weeks count list, it did mean that The Tremeloes, whom Diamond shared 19th place with last week, dropped to 20th. Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Troggs continued to close the gap between themselves in tied second place on the list and Tom Jones who led the way, but that gap was still a formidable 69 weeks.

John Edmond’s 30 weeks mentioned above moved him into tied 15th place with Dickie Loader on the local weeks count list while Alan Garrity, whose total moved on to 24, sneaked into the top 20 of the list, sharing 20th spot with Al Debbo.

On the points front Neil Diamond became the 20th act to move past the 800 points mark as his total ticked over to 807.

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