13 October 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 8 6 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 1 14 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
3 2 15 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
4 6 7 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
5 4 16 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
6 3 18 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 5 10 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
8 10 9 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
9 7 6 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
10 9 7 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
11 11 20 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
12 14 4 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
13 12 4 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
14 13 8 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
15 17 3 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)  – Looking Glass
16 15 8 Popcorn  – Hot Butter
17 16 22 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
18 New 1 Could it be Forever  – David Cassidy
19 New 1 Breaking Up is Hard to Do  – Partridge Family
20 New 1 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet

Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ became the 3rd song to make a record to date 7 place jump up to number 1 as it moved from number 8 last week into the top spot this week. The 2 previous songs to manage a 7 place jump to 1 were Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’, both of which had done so in 1969. Last week’s number 1, Dr’ Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ fell to 2 and ended Jessica Jones’ hopes of breaking the local record for consecutive weeks at 2 as her ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ fell to 3 after a record equalling 4 weeks at 2.

The new number 1 was the 50th song by an American act to top our charts. Not only that, it was also the climber of the week as well as the only star rater.

Faller of the week went to Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ which dropped 3 places from 3 to 6 to give him his 3rd biggest faller award. Garrity’s 3 fallers had come with a 5 then 4 and now 3 place fall. He must have been worried about dropping 2 places soon.

‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ moved on to 22 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its 6th week as the oldest. The 22 weeks placed it 5th overall for weeks in the chart by a song and the 6 weeks as the oldest moved The Hollies on to a total of 15 weeks where they had had the oldest in the chart. They were only the 4th act so far to see this many weeks with the oldest song in the chart. ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ also now had the all-time record for number of times the song changed its direction of movement in the charts as it dropped 1 after climbing 1 last week giving it its 13th change of direction.

Drummond’s ‘Daddy Cool’ became the 19th song to have a total chart run of just 1 week at number 20 as the song exited the top 20 after being a new entry last week. They were the 7th act so far where this would be the sum total of their SA chart action.

Gries Heimer (aka David Gresham) also only spent 1 week in the top 20 as his hit, ‘Bonely Bonela’, dropped off the chart of after entering it last week at 19. It was the 11th song so far to have a total run of 1 week at 19 and the 3rd local song to do this with Gene Petersen’s ‘Love Is Blue’ and Judy Page’s ‘What A Woman In Love Won’t Do’ being the other 2.

Last to go was Middle Of The Road’s ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ which lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 9. So far all 5 of their hits had gone top 10 and all of them had managed 10 or more weeks. ‘Talk Of All The U.S.A.’ was their worst performing to date on both weeks and peak fronts. There were still more hits to come from the band, but this brought to an end their record 44 consecutive weeks featuring in the charts.

New to the charts was David Cassidy (new only as a solo artist) with ‘Could It Be Forever’. He had managed a number 37 placing in the US with this song and got to number 2 in the UK where it was billed as a double a-side single along with ‘Cherish’.

The reason I mentioned that David Cassidy was new only as a solo artist was that he was part of the group that was responsible for the 2nd new entry this week. The Partridge Family who had already been on the charts in 1970 with ‘I Think I Love You’, returned with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’. This was a cover of a Neil Sedaka song and it gave Sedaka his 3rd hit as a songwriter in SA, but he never managed to chart as an artist. Sedaka’s version topped the US charts and made number 7 in the UK. The Partridge Family bettered Sedaka’s UK peak by reaching number 3 there, but only managed to get to 28 in the US.

The last of our new entries was the 5th hit by The Sweet, ‘Wig-Wam Bam’. This was the 6th composition by the song writing team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman to chart. It was apparently the first song on which the band was allowed to play the instruments as their record company had insisted on using session musicians on their previous singles. ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ would give them their 6th song to chart in the UK (the only one of the previous 5 UK hits not to chart in SA was ‘Alexander Graham Bell’) and it reached number 4 there. It also made number 2 in Switzerland, 5 in Austria, 6 in Holland, 3 in Belgium and 6 in Norway as well as getting to number 5 on the LM Radio charts and topping the charts in Zimbabwe. Despite all this, it failed to chart in the US. ‘Wig Wam Bam’ was the 900th song to make the charts.

With 2 of the new entries being by American acts and only 1 being by a British act, the Americans took the outright lead again for total number of hits to date with 325 to their name compared to the Brits 324. The 2 nations had been neck and neck for 2 weeks and the 8 weeks before that it had been the UK acts who had been the outright leader.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ became the 14th song to reach the 20 weeks in the charts mark and now equalled the record to date for weeks for a song by a solo female artists as it joined Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ on that total.

The Hollies reached the 120 weeks in the chart milestone while Vicky Leandros hit 20. The Hollies were in second place on the weeks count list, but still sat 64 weeks behind leader Tom Jones. 103 acts had reached 20 weeks in total in the chart so far.

John Edmond shook off Virginia Lee to have 9th place on the local weeks count list to himself as his 37 weeks to date put him 1 ahead of Virginia Lee who fell to 10th. Also on the local list, Alan Garrity moved into tied 15th place with Des Lindberg with both acts on 31.

The average weeks the top 20 songs had been with us moved on to 9 exactly. It had been 35 weeks since we had last seen this average at 9 or more.

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