22 September 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
2 2 12 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
3 3 15 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
4 4 13 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
5 6 7 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
6 7 4 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
7 12 3 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
8 5 17 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
9 10 4 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
10 8 6 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
11 17 3 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
12 9 5 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
13 11 19 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
14 13 8 Talk of All The U.S.A.  – Middle of the Road
15 18 5 Popcorn  – Hot Butter
16 19 2 Take it Easy  – Eagles
17 New 1 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
18 14 14 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond
19 16 10 Vincent  – Don McLean
20 New 1 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley

Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ saw off the challenge from Jessica’s Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ as it enjoyed a 4th week at 1 while the latter sat at 2 for a second week and was (so far) unable to regain the top spot. Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ and Gallery’s ‘Nice To be With You’ were also unmoved at 3 and 4 respectively.

Daniel Boone picked up his 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Sunshine Lover’ moved up to 11 from 17, a 6 place climb. Both of his previous 2 hits (‘Beautiful Sunday’ and ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’) had managed to get the award.

Last weeks’s climber, Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ was the only other star rater this week as it climbed 5 from 12 to 7.

Neil Diamond’s ‘Song Sung Blue’ took the faller of the week award with a 4 place drop from 14 to 18. This was his 5th time with the award.

Excluding songs on the very first chart, The Hollies became the 9th act to clock up 12 weeks with the oldest song in the chart as ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ spent its 19th week in the chart and its 3rd as the oldest.

The Sweet’s ‘Little Willy’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the charts this week and it was the second of only 7 songs that would have a peak of 9 and a weeks count of 11. What is so special about those particular weeks and peak figures you may well ask. Well, if one calculates the average weeks and peak of all the songs that would eventually chart, then they would round to a peak of 9 during an 11 week run, so, using this criteria, ‘Little Willy’ was an average song. However, in terms of songs by The Sweet which charted in SA, it had the 3rd highest weeks and peak of their 4 chart hits so far. We were not done with them yet.

We also said goodbye to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Someday Never Comes’. It had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 6 during that time. This brought the curtain down on Creedence’s SA chart career. They had seen 11 songs chart and spent 118 weeks in the chart which placed them second for weeks to date. They managed 3 number 1 hits which were ‘Proud Mary’ (2weeks), ‘Bad Moon Rising’ (1 week) and ‘Have you Ever Seen The Rain?’ (1 week), giving a total of 4 weeks at 1. By the time the charts finished in 1989, they would sit 17th overall for points earned based on a slightly skewed method which included the top 30 when the charts expanded and simply allocating 30 points for a week at 1, 29 for a week at 2 etc. If one ignores the positions 21 to 30 once the charts expanded and sticks to a 20 points for a week at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc, then it only slightly improves things for Creedence as they end up 16th overall on that basis.

First of the new entries was another British born artist who moved to South Africa and recorded there, so that we claim her as local – Denise Freeman. Her ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’ was from the movie ‘The Winners’ and was written and produced by Robin Netcher. This would be Netcher’s 5th and final song to chart where he was songwriter.

Elvis Presley became the 11th act to reach double figures for hits as ‘Burning Love’ became his 10th SA hit. In the UK it would be his 84th hit and would peak at 7 while in the US it would be his 123rd hit, reaching number 2 there (Chuck Berry’s ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ keeping him from the top spot). In Europe it would make number 17 in Holland and Belgium and 72 in Switzerland while down under in Australia it would peak at 37. It would also get to number 3 on the LM Radio charts.

It had been 29 weeks since less than half the chart was made up of hits by groups and this week we saw the total for hits by groups drop to 9 with 6 being by solo male artists and the other 3 being by solo female artists. We also saw the Brits’ total drop to just 4 in the chart where they had recently been so dominant. The Americans had 8 of the top 20, the South Africans 5 (the highest total it had been for 30 weeks) while Germany, Greece and Italy added the final 3. Overall, the Brits lead was down to just 1 now as they had contributed 323 hits so far compared to the American’s 322.

The top 20 of the weeks count list was unchanged this week, but on the local list we saw Groep Twee and Murray Campbell drop to tied 11th as John Edmond (who was unmoved at 10) moved 1 week ahead of them with his total of 34 weeks to date. Alan Garrity climbed into tied 17th place with Tidal Wave with both acts on 28 weeks.

Middle Of The Road extended their record to date run of consecutive weeks in the chart as they had had at least 1 song in the chart for 42 straight weeks now.

The 2 versions of ‘Popcorn’ that were bouncing around the charts had clocked up a total of 9 weeks between them (5 by Hot Butter and 4 by The Popcorn Makers). This was the 28th highest total for songs charting in more than 1 version with 31 songs so far making it in more than 1 version.

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