20 October 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 2 15 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
3 5 17 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
4 3 16 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
5 4 8 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
6 6 19 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 7 11 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
8 8 10 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
9 9 7 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
10 10 8 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
11 12 5 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
12 11 21 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
13 13 5 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
14 15 4 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)  – Looking Glass
15 14 9 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
16 New 1 Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from “The Godfather”)  – Andy Williams
17 16 9 Popcorn  – Hot Butter
18 20 2 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
19 19 2 Breaking Up is Hard to Do  – Partridge Family
20 New 1 Run to Me  – Bee Gees

‘I Can See Clearly now’ by Johnny Nash enjoyed a second week at number 1 with the previous chart topper, Dr Hook’s ‘Sylivia’s Mother’, unmoved at 2. The threat to these 2 songs came from Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ which had spent the last 13 weeks bouncing around between positions 6 and 3. It moved back up to 3 this week from 5.

It only took a 2 place climb to be climber of the week and Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ mentioned above was 1 of only 2 songs that managed this. The other one was The Sweet’s ‘Wig Wam Bam’ which moved up from 20 to 18. Sitting on 17 weeks in the charts, Gallery’s hit was the second oldest to be a biggest climber with only Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ which managed it on 21 weeks being better. By the time the charts ended there would only be 1 song that would outdo both the 2 aforementioned hits in this respect.

On the falling front there were 5 songs that fell 1 place and this was the first time that dropping just a single place earned you the faller of the week award. The 5 songs that managed this were Hot Butter’s ‘Popcorn’ (down to 17), Slade’s ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’ (down to 15), Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ (down to 12), Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ (down to 5) and Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday Tuesday’ (down to 4). We had seen 3 weeks where there were 3 solo males as fallers and 3 weeks where 3 groups were the fallers, but this was the first time we saw 3 solo female artists take the award.

David Cassidy’s ‘Could It Be Forever’ lasted just 1 week in the chart and it spent that week at 18. This would not be his only SA chart hit however.

Apart from one of the youngest on the chart last week being a leaver, the oldest song also left the top 20 and that was The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ which had managed 22 weeks, 1 of which had been spent at number 1. As with David Cassidy, this would not be the last we would see of The Hollies in our charts.

The new oldest song in the top 20 was Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ which sat on 21 weeks and this was a new record to date for weeks in the chart by a song by a solo female artist. The song also became the 12th to reach the 300 points mark as its total ticked over to 307. This also placed it top of the points list for songs by solo female artists, overtaking Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which managed 302 points.

The first of the newcomers was Andy Williams with his 3rd SA chart hit, ‘Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From “The Godfather”)’ which, as the bit in brackets in the title suggests, was from the film ‘The Godfather’ which won the best picture Oscar and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It had been 123 weeks since we last saw Williams in the top 20 and this was the 36th time we had seen a gap of 100 or more weeks between hits by an artist and was the 23rd biggest gap we had seen to date. Nina Rota, who wrote the music for Williams’ hit, was disqualified at the last minute from the Music Score Oscar when it was discovered he had used the same tune in a 1958 film called ‘Fortunella’. Andy William’s song made number 34 in the US and 42 in the UK. It fared a little better in Holland where it managed a respectable number 11 and reached 21 in Belgium.

The Bee Gees enjoyed having a 12th hit on our charts this week as ‘Run To Me’ entered at 20. They were now tied 4th for number of hits on the charts equalling Percy Sledge and being 1 behind The Hollies who were on 13, 2 behind Cliff Richard on 14 and 5 behind Tom Jones who led the way with 17. ‘Run To Me’ would be their 14th UK hit where it managed to get to number 9. In the US it was their 17th hit and made it to number 16. On the LM Radio Charts it had a 22 week run which included 2 at the top. The Bee Gees had now had a hit in the charts for at least 1 week in every year from 1967 to 1972, a run of 6 consecutive years. The only other act to manage this so far was Tom Jones although his run went right back to 1965, a run of 8 years. The gap between ‘Run To Me’ and ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?’, the Bee Gees’ previous hit, was just over a year as the latter had vacated the charts 54 weeks previously. Writintg credits on the song went to all 3 of the Gibb brothers and Barry moved into tied 4th place for number of hits by a song writer with 15 to his name while Robin was 9th with 13 and Maurice was tied 14th with 10.

Lauren Copley saw her total weeks count reach the 20 mark and she was the 28th local act to manage this. Elvis Presley meanwhile reached the 90 weeks mark and was the 11th act to manage this. He was unmoved at 11th on the overall weeks count list and still sat 2 behind Tommy Roe who was in 10th place. Also celebrating a landmark was Daniel Boone, but his was for consecutive weeks in the charts as he had seen at least 1 hit in the chart for 30 straight weeks now. His overall weeks count was 42.

Alan Garrity climbed into tied 13th place on the local weeks count list with 32 weeks to his name. He shared the spot with Barbara Ray and The Dealians.

‘Popcorn’ moved into the top 20 for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 9 weeks from the Hot Butter Version and 8 from the Popcorn Makers version putting its total at 17.

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