29 September 1972


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

‘Sylvia’s Mother’ spent a 5th week at number 1 and it was the 20th song so far to manage at least this many weeks at the top spot. Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ was enjoying a 3rd consecutive week at 2.

Elvis became the 13th of 35 acts who would see at least 7 biggest climbers as ‘Burning Love’ took the award for him this week as it moved up 5 from 20 to 15. It was the only star rater this week and Elvis’ 13th making him the 9th of 28 who would eventually manage at least this many climbs of 4 or more.

The Popcorn Makers’ ‘Popcorn’ accounted for the 5th time a song by a German act took the faller of the week award as it did so with a drop of 5 places from 6 to 11. We had twice seen a drop of 7 places for a German hit, a 6 place drop once and this was now the second time we were seeing a 5 place fall by a song by a German act.

While Elvis was the 13th act to reach 10 hits, The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ became the 13th song to reach the magical 20 weeks in the chart total. This was only the 3rd song by a British act to manage this. The Americans had seen 4 do so, but it was the locals who led the way with 5. Germany’s Peter Maffay made up the balance. It was The Hollies’ hit’s 4th week as the oldest in the chart.

Neil Diamond’s ‘Song Sung Blue’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 14 weeks and peaked at 5. Only 1 song so far (Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way To) Amarillo’) had a lower peak (it made 6) for a song spending 14 weeks in the chart while 1 other (Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Turn Around’) had also peaked at 5. Of Diamond’s 8 hits to date, ‘Song Sung Blue’ had the 3rd highest peak and the second best weeks figures. There was still plenty to come from him.

Replacing ‘Song Sung Blue’ on the charts was Looking Glass’ ‘Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)’. The song knocked Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ off the top spot in the US on 26 August 1972, but was immediately knocked off the number 1 spot the next week by O’Sullivan returning to the top. In South Africa, it did not have anything to fear from ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ as that particular O’Sullivan track did not chart on our charts. Looking Glass did not chart in the UK, but ‘Brandy…’ made it to number 30 in Holland.

With a song by solo male leaving the chart and the new entry being by a group, we were back into a situation where at least half the songs in the top 20 were by groups after last week’s dip to 9 having ended a previous run of 28 weeks with groups dominating. We also saw the Americans drawing level with the British acts for total number of hits in the charts. Both nations had given us 323 hits so far.

The Hollies moved into tied second place on the weeks count list as their 118 to date placed them alongside Creedence Clearwater Revival. They were still 66 weeks behind Tom Jones who led the way.

Alan Garrity made 17th place on the local weeks count list his own as his 29 weeks put him 1 ahead of Tidal Wave and the latter, whom he had shared 17th place with last week, dropped to 18th.

Elvis became the 12th act to reach 1,000 point in the charts as his total ticked over to 1,005. Of the 12 to manage this so far 7 had been British acts and 5 were now Americans.

Middle Of The Road’s consecutive weeks in the chart run moved on to 43 as ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ at 16 was still flying the Top 20 flag for them.

‘Popcorn’s total weeks moved on to 11 between its 2 versions and this moved it up to 25th for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version.

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