27 October 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 2 16 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
3 4 17 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
4 5 9 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
5 6 20 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
6 9 8 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
7 7 12 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
8 3 18 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
9 8 11 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
10 13 6 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
11 11 6 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
12 12 22 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
13 10 9 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
14 18 3 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
15 New 1 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
16 14 5 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)  – Looking Glass
17 20 2 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
18 15 10 Take Me Bak ‘ome  – Slade
19 16 2 Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from “The Godfather”)  – Andy Williams
20 19 3 Breaking Up is Hard to Do  – Partridge Family

John Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ entered its 3rd week at the top of the charts and a previous number 1, Dr. Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’, had spent those 3 weeks at number 2, but had been unable to recapture the top spot. Another former number 1, Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ was moving back up the charts and sat at 3.

The Sweet’s ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ followed up its biggest climber award last week with another one this week. This time it climbed 4 places from 18 to 14 to take the award. This was The Sweet’s 6th time having a biggest climber and they were the 19th act to see this many. Being the biggest climber with a 4 place climb meant that there were no other star raters this week.

Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ was the faller this week as it dropped 5 places from 3 to 8.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ continued on as the oldest in the chart. It had now clocked up 22 weeks.

Hot Butter’s version of ‘Popcorn’ dropped off the charts this week. It had lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 13 during this time. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit. The song, ‘Popcorn’, however still featured in the chart in the form of The Popcorn Makers version of it which sat at 10 this week. In total it had clocked up 18 weeks and sat tied 17th on the list of weeks for a song charting in more than 1 version. It shared the spot with ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega One) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

New to the charts was the 22nd song by a collaboration of artists to chart. Sharon Tandy teamed up with Billy Forrest for a cover of the Mouth & MacNeal song ‘Hello-A’. Sharon, whose real name was Sharon Finkelstein had had some international success working with Booker T and Isaac Hayes and had married the UK head of Atlantic records Frank Fenter. She returned to South Africa after her marriage to Fenter broke up and at one point could be seen working at Street Records in Braamfontein. Sadly she passed away in March 2015. This was the 7th time we saw Billy Forrest in our charts, but the first time under this name (he had gone under the names William E., Quentin E. Klopjaeger and Dennis even though his real name was William Broadman). He now equalled Four Jacks & A Jill at the top of the list for number of hits by a local act. The Mouth & MacNeal version of ‘Hello-A’ reached number 1 in Holland and Belgium and made top 10 in Switzerland and Norway. This was the second local cover of a Mouth & MacNeal song to chart in SA as we had had The Rising Sons version of ‘How Do You Do’ in our charts earlier this year in March.

The Bee Gees reached the 110 weeks mark for time spent in the charts. They sat 5th overall for weeks, but were still 5 behind The Troggs in 4th place. On the local weeks count list John Edmond went tied 8th with Gene Rockwell on 39 weeks while Alan Garrity climbed into tied 11th spot with Groep Twee and Murray Campbell with 33 weeks.

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