1 September 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
2 1 9 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
3 4 10 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
4 3 14 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
5 5 12 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
6 8 4 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
7 7 11 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
8 10 16 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
9 13 5 Talk of All The U.S.A.  – Middle of the Road
10 9 11 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
11 19 2 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
12 6 7 Vincent  – Don McLean
13 15 3 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
14 New 1 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
15 11 9 Little Willy  – Sweet
16 14 10 Morning Has Broken  – Cat Stevens
17 16 2 Popcorn  – Hot Butter
18 12 23 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
19 18 14 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
20 New 1 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley

Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ became the 49th song by an American act to top the charts as it ousted Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ after the later had been the nation’s favourite for 3 weeks. The latter dropped to position2.

Slade’s new entry from last week was the climber this weeks as it moved up 8 places from 19 to 11. With the biggest climb last week also being 8 weeks, this was the 26th time we had seen a climb of 8 or more weeks in 2 consecutive weeks. The record though was 5 consecutive weeks with a climb of at least this magnitude.

Middle Of The Road became the 22nd act to reach 10 star raters as their ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ moved up 4 from 13 to 9 to take the band’s total into double figures. 15 of the 22 acts who had managed this were British with 6 being from the US and local act The Staccatos being the only other one to reach this total so far.

Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ and Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ took the faller of the week award as both songs dropped 6 places to land at 12 and 18 respectively. Boone’s hit was enjoying its 23rd week with us and its 5th as the oldest in the charts.

‘Metal Guru’ by T. Rex ended its 3rd chart run having manged 4 weeks this time and a peak of 14. It had previously had a 1 week run at 20 and before that 2 weeks with 18 being its peak then. In total its week’s count was 7 and the peak of 14 was the best it managed. This brought to an end T. Rex’s SA chart career. They had managed 2 hits (the other one being ‘Hot Love’), spent 13 weeks in the charts and ‘Hot Love’ gave them their best peak of 12.

The Troggs’ SA chart career also came to an end as ‘Feels Like A Woman’ fell off the top 20. It lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 7. They had seen a total of 10 songs chart and spent 115 weeks in the top 20. They currently sat 3rd overall for weeks count, having seen a highest position of 2 on the weeks count list. They saw 3 of their songs top the charts, ‘With A Girl Like You’ (4 weeks), ‘Love Is All Around’ (2 weeks) and ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ (4 weeks), giving them a total of 10 weeks at 1 which put them tied 6th on the list of weeks at 1.

The highest of the new entries was almost an exact replica of the song currently at number 17 (the single even went so far as to have the same b-side as Hot Butter – ‘Toad In The Hole’) and was the 31st song to chart by 2 or more acts and the 33rd instrumental song to chart. The Popcorn Makers’ ‘Popcorn’ sat higher in the charts this week than the original by Hot Butter. This was the 12th song and 2nd instrumental by a German act to make the charts.

Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ became her second hit to chart in SA. It was the 19th Terry Demspey composition to chart and this moved him out on his own for most number of hits by a song writer as he was now 1 ahead of Les Reed. Dempsey also produced the song and the backing band was previous Top 20 charters, Lincoln. The song went on to earn Copley a gold disc. We now had 4 local songs in the top 20.

Cat Stevens reached the 30 weeks in the charts mark this week. He was the 65th act to make this milestone.

Neil Diamond moved into tied 18th place on the weeks count list as his 73 weeks to date equalled Petula Clarke’s total. The Troggs, as mentioned above, were in 3rd place on the list having dropped from tied 2nd as Creedence Clearwater Revival moved 1 week ahead of them on to 116 weeks. Creedence retained 2nd place.

On the local list John Edmond moved into tied 14 spot with Des Lindberg as the 2 acts were on 31 weeks. Alan Garrity’s 25 weeks put him tied 19th with Ken J. Larkin and caused Al Debbo to drop off the top 20 of the list.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ which was the faller of the week had been moving up the charts last week and this was a record equalling 9th change in direction that a song had seen.

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