15 September 1972

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

‘Sylvia’s Mother’ by Dr Hook entered its 3rd week at the top of the charts but was coming under threat from renewed interest in Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ which moved back up from 4 to 2. Another local song, Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ was in 3rd place, but it had dropped from 2 last week.

Johnny Nash took the climbing honours this week as his ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ moved up 6 from 18 to 12 and this was the only song that made a 4 or more place star rater climb this week.

The faller of the week award went to Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ which dropped 5 from 11 to 16. This was the second time the song had taken the award.

The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ was the oldest on the chart for a second week and it celebrated this by moving up 2 places from 13 to 11 and becoming the new record holder for the most number of times a song changed its direction of movement in the chart as this was the 10th time it had headed in the opposite direction of what it had with its previous movement. It sat on 18 weeks in the top 20. The Hollies became the 10th act to have seen 11 weeks with the oldest song in the charts having managed 1 week as the oldest with ‘I’m Alive’, 2 weeks with ‘Carrie-Ann’ and 3 weeks each with ‘That’s My Desire’ and ‘Sorry Suzanne’. Their effort this week heralded the 200th week where the oldest in the chart was by a British act.

Middle Of The Road’s run with 2 in the chart came to an end as ‘Samson And Delilah’ dropped off the top 20 this week. This run with 2 had lasted 6 weeks and added to the 7 weeks that they had managed previously in 2 separate runs with 2 different pairing, their total of 13 weeks to date with more than 1 hit in the chart fell agonisingly short of the record to date 14 which our very own Four Jacks & A Jill held. ‘Samson And Delilah’ spent 15 weeks in the charts and peaked at 5.

The Eagles’ first single release ‘Take It Easy’ was the new entry this week. The song was written by Jackson Browne (who would eventually chart on our charts in his own right) with the help of a certain Glenn Frey who was his neighbour. It would give The Eagles a number 12 hit in the US. Browne himself would eventually record a version of the song for his album ‘For Everyman’ and he did release it as a single, but that failed to chart for him, but I guess he doesn’t complain too much about that as the royalty cheques must still be rolling in from his little ditty.

Having finally overtaken the Brits last week for the number of hits in the top 20, the Americans pressed home their advantage and opened the gap to 3 as they accounted for 8 of the top 20 this week while the British only had 5. The locals had 4 with Germany, Greece and Italy supplying the other 3. Overall though, the Brits were still in the lead (just) as they had supplied 323 hits so far compared to the American’s 321, a slender lead of 2.

The Hollies shrugged off the Troggs on the weeks count list to take 3rd place for themselves, their 116 weeks to date putting them 1 ahead of The Troggs causing the latter to fall to 4. John Edmond continued to climb up the local weeks count list as his 33 put him tied 10th with Groep Twee and Murray Campbell. Alan Garrity took 18th place for himself as his 27 weeks put him 1 ahead of The Rising Sons whom he shared 18th place with last week. The Rising Sons were falling rather than rising as they dropped to 19th.

The Hollies also celebrated going past the 1,400 points mark and this put them in 2nd place on the points list, jumping ahead of the Troggs who sat on 1,395. Tom Jones was the only one ahead of The Hollies and he sat 769 points ahead on 2,169.

The average number of weeks the songs in this week’s chart had been with us moved back up over 8 after dropping below this for 1 week. Last week it was 7.95 but now moved up to 8.2.

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