6 October 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 13 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
2 2 14 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
3 4 17 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
4 3 15 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
5 5 9 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
6 9 6 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
7 10 5 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
8 6 5 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
9 11 6 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
10 7 8 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
11 8 19 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
12 14 3 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
13 12 7 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
14 15 3 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
15 13 7 Popcorn  – Hot Butter
16 17 21 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
17 19 2 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)  – Looking Glass
18 16 10 Talk of All The U.S.A.  – Middle of the Road
19 New 1 Bonely Bonela  – Gries Heimer
20 New 1 Daddy Cool  – Drummond

Dr Hook’s ‘Syliva’s Mother’ ticked over to 6 weeks at 1 while at number 2 Jessica Jones was busy equalling the record to date consecutive weeks at number 2 for a local song as ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ spent its 4th straight week there. The only other local song to manage this so far had been Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’.

Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ and Daniel Boone’s ‘Sunshine Lover’ were the climbers of the week with both songs moving up 3 places to land at 6 and 7 respectively. It was a second time with the award for Copley and a 4th time for Boone.

There were also 2 fallers of the week and they also moved 3 places to take the award and, like the climbers, one of them was local. The songs were John Edmond’s ‘Every Day Every Night’ which fell to 10 and Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ which fell to 11 and gave the faller another thing in common with the climbers in that the 2 fallers ended up sitting next to each other in the chart as the climbers had done at 6 and 7. This was the 18th time we saw local acts taking climber and faller in the same week.

The Hollies ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ entered its 21st week in the charts and its 5th as the oldest. The band had now seen 14 weeks in total with an oldest song in the charts and they were the 5th act to clock up this many weeks.

The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ lasted just 3 weeks in the chart, peaking at 16 during that time and this would be the sum total of the band’s SA chart career. In the US they have managed 21 Hot 100 hits, 5 of which have topped the charts there while their greatest hits album (‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975’) has spent over 200 weeks in the top 200 of the album charts and was the best-selling album in the US in the 20th century (outselling Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ which only moved past The Eagles album after Jackson’s death in 2009). All that success in the US and all we gave them was 3 measly weeks!

Don McLean had a much better outing with ‘Vincent’ which managed 11 weeks and peaked at 6, outperforming its peak of 12 in the US. This would not be McLean’s only sojourn into our top 20.

The first of the new entries was by a local artist called Gries Heimer. This name was an attempt to disguise the real identity of the artist as he happened to be the man who presented the Top 20. Yes, this was David Gresham using a pseudonym. The song was a cover of an obscure Italian song originally recorded by Filipino singer Antonio Morales Barretto who went under the name of Junior (not the same Junior who had a hit in 1982 with ‘Mama Used To Say’). While the song itself was obscure, its writer, Fernando Arbex, was no stranger to our charts as 2 of his compositions had already charted (Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ and Cyan’s ‘Mama Papa (Nana Nana)’ which was at 5 this week).

The other new entry was also a rather obscure song. ‘Daddy Cool’ was by Australian group Drummond and was not the same song as the Boney M hit which came later in 1976. Drummond’s song was written by Frank Slay and Bob Crewe and was originally recorded in 1957 by the Doo-wop group The Rays. UK band The Darts took a version of it to number 6 in the UK and Drummond topped the charts in their native Australia with it. Drummond would evolve into The Little River Band. The Aussie’s had now seen a total of 11 hits make our charts, they still sat 6th overall for the most hits by a nation but were now just 1 behind the Germans who were on 12.

There were now 6 local songs in the charts and this equalled the number the US act had and the 2 nations tied for the most hits in the top 20. This was the 44th time that the local acts had had the most songs in the charts. 29 of those they were outright leaders, and 15 times they tied.

Daniel Boone hit the 40 weeks in the chart milestone while local lad, Alan Garrity reached the 30 weeks mark. This pushed Garrity into tied 17th place on the local weeks count list where he shared the spot with Dickie Loader.

On the overall weeks count list, The Hollies made 2nd place their own as their 119 weeks put them 1 ahead of The Troggs and the latter fell to 3rd. Despite having the biggest faller this week, John Edmond moved into tied 9th place on the local weeks count list where his 36 weeks to date put him level with Virginia Lee.

On the points front we saw Middle Of The Road reach the 800 Mark and Daniel Boone the 500 mark. Middle Of The Road sat 21st on the overall points list while Boone was at 36 and was the 37th act to reach a half grand of points.

Middle Of The Road extended their lead for consecutive weeks in the chart as they had seen at least 1 hit in the chart for 44 weeks in a row.

‘Popcorn’s 2 versions clocked up 13 weeks in total for the song and it sat tied 23rd for week in the chart for songs charting in more than 1 version. They shared the spot with ‘I’ll Step Aside’ (Ronnie Wilson and Tony Wells) and ‘Green Tambourine’ (Lemon Pipers and Sun Dragon).

The week saw the 20th time the act at the top of the charts and that at the bottom of the charts shared the same first letter as we had Dr. Hook at 1 and Drummond at 20. The last time we saw this was in June of this year when Daniel Boone was at 1 and Donny Osmond at 20.

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