8 September 1972


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

‘Sylvia’s Mother’ by Dr Hook enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts and this clocked up the 130th week that an American act had been our chart topper. Alan Garrity moved into second spot with ‘I Need Someone’. He became the 6th local act to see at least 2 songs go top 2 with Dave Mills and Four Jacks And A Jill being the only ones who had seen 3.

Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ accounted for the 13th time the biggest climber was by a local solo female artist as it moved up 8 from 20 to 12. This was the 5th time we had seen a local woman climb 8 or more places in a week and this would only happen 10 times during the life of the charts.

Two other songs made a star rater climb and they were John Edmond’s ‘Every Day Every Night’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9 while The Popcorn Makers’ ‘Popcorn’ climbed 7 from 14 to 7.

Middle Of The Road picked up a 6th biggest faller award as ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ dropped from 9 to 15, a fall of 6 places. There were 15 acts so far that had seen 6 or more biggest fallers.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’, was 1 of 2 songs that left the charts this week. It had spent 23 weeks in the top 20, and topped the charts for 10 of those in 3 separate runs at 1.

The new oldest on the chart was The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ which sat on 17 weeks and they became the 10th act to have seen 10 week or more with an oldest song in the charts. It also equalled the record to date for number of times changing directions it was moving in as this was the 9th time it changed direction. The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ and Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ (which managed this last week) had also changed direction 9 times during their chart careers.

Also going was Cat Stevens’ ‘Morning Had Broken’ which lasted 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 5, the worst peak of his 3 hits to date. He would return to the charts again.

The first new entry this week was Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which he had penned himself. The song knocked Chuck Berry’s ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ (a song too rude for our South African ears as it never charted in SA) off the top spot in the US and had a 4 week run at number 1 there. In the UK it only managed to get to number 5, equalling Steven’s previous best on those charts which he had managed with ‘Hold Me Tight’. In 1993 Jimmy Cliff covered the song for the movie ‘Cool Running’ and managed to top the French and New Zealand charts as well as getting to number 23 in the UK and 18 in the US.

Daniel Boone gave us the 15th occasion where an act replaced themselves in the charts as his ‘Sunshine Lover’ was the other new entry this week which took the place of ‘Beautiful Sunday’. Only Cliff Richard so far had replaced himself twice. ‘Sunshine Lover’ was Boone’s 3rd hit in SA and like the former was written by him and Ronnie McQueen. The song did not chart in the UK nor the US, but gave him a number 6 hit is Austria and a number 30 in Belgium. Closer to home (South Africa that is, not Boone’s home in the UK) he scored a number 4 hit in what was then Rhodesia with this as well as getting to 4 on the LM charts.

Middle Of The Road celebrated having seen at least 1 song in the charts for 40 consecutive weeks and this was a new record, beating the 39 that Creedence Clearwater Revival had managed previously.

The Hollies moved into tied 3rd place on the weeks count list as their 115 weeks to date put them level with The Troggs. Further down that list we saw Neil Diamond shake off Petula Clark to make 18th spot his own as his 74 weeks meant that Petula on 73 dropped down 1 place. On the local list John Edmond moved into tied 12th place with Barbara Ray and The Dealians with all 3 acts on 32 weeks. Alan Garrity’s 26 weeks to date put him tied 18th with the Rising Sons.

Middle Of The Road were now just 1 week off Four Jacks & A Jill’s record 14 weeks with 2 or more in the chart as their total ticked over to 13. They sat tied with The Rolling Stones at this level.

It had been 43 weeks since we last saw more hits by the Americans in our charts than those by the Brits, but this week featured 7 hits by the Yanks while The Poms only had 6.

This week also saw the 28th time the song at number 1 and at number 20 both started with the same letter.

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