3 November 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 4 10 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
3 5 21 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
4 6 9 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
5 2 17 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
6 8 19 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
7 3 18 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
8 10 7 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
9 7 13 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
10 11 7 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
11 15 2 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
12 14 4 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
13 13 10 Popcorn  – Popcorn Makers
14 9 12 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
15 17 3 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
16 12 23 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
17 16 6 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)  – Looking Glass
18 19 3 Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from “The Godfather”)  – Andy Williams
19 New 1 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
20 New 1 Living in Harmony  – Cliff Richard

It was week 4 at number 1 for Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and it had a new challenger as last week’s number 2, Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’, dropped to 5 while Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ moved up into second place.

Billy Forrest became the second local act (after The Staccatos) to manage 5 biggest climbers as his duet with Sharon Tandy, ‘Hello-A’ moved up 4 from 15 to 11 to take the award. It was Tandy’s first biggest climber. This was the second week running where the biggest climb was 4 places so there were no other star raters other than the biggest climbers.

John Edmond’s ‘Every Day Every Night’ fell 5 places from 9 to 14 to take the faller of the week award and it was his second time with it. This was the 19th time that we saw local acts take the climber and faller in the same week. The last time this happened the same John Edmond song was involved as the faller, but the climber that time was Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ and this was 4 weeks previous.

Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ entered its 23rd week on the charts, extending the record run by a song by a solo female artist. It was the song’s 3rd week as the oldest in the charts.

Two songs left the charts this week, the first of which was The Partridge Family’s ‘Beaking Up Is Hard To Do’ which spent just 3 weeks in the top 20 and managed to get to number 19 in that time. This brought to an end their 2 hit SA chart career (the other hit being ‘I Think I Love You’). They managed 16 weeks in total and ‘I Think I Love You’ had their best peak of 4. We would still see David Cassidy, who was part of The Partridge Family, in a solo capacity on our charts.

We also bid farewell to Slade’s ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’ which spent 10 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 8. We would see them feature on the charts again.

It’s not often a band would call on the mum of 1 of their members to help out with a recording and then go on and have a number 1 hit. Lieutenant Pigeon managed this with ‘Mouldy Old Dough’, the first of our new entries this week. The song which featured very few lyrics was written by band members Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward and featured Woodward’s mother Hilda on piano. The song spent 4 weeks on top of the UK charts and was the second best selling single of 1972 in the UK that year (behind The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ ‘Amazing Grace’). It also topped the charts in Belgium and made top 10 in Holland, Switzerland and Norway.

Cliff Richard’s 15th hit in SA was our second new entry this week, ‘Living In Harmony’.  Cliff was now just 2 behind leader Tom Jones for number of hits to date and moved 2 ahead of The Hollies who were in 3rd place. ‘Living In Harmony’ was the first song that Alan Tarney was involved in writing to chart is SA. Tarney and Richard would have a long collaboration as artist and songwriter. It was Cliff’s 60th UK hit and would reach number 12 there. We had seen Cliff in our charts for at least 1 week every year since the charts started in 1965, a run of 8 years. The only other act to manage such a run so far was Tom Jones.

The German acts clocked up their 100th week in our charts and it was The Popcorn Makers’ ‘Popcorn’ that brought up the milestone for them.

John Edmond brought up his 40 weeks in the charts milestone and this moved him into tied 7th place on the local weeks count list where he shared the spot with Jody Wayne. Cliff Richard’s new entry this week moved him onto 80 weeks but this was not enough to move him up from number 16 of the overall weeks count list as he still sat 1 week behind Manfred Mann who were at 15.

Elvis Presley did move up the weeks count list as his 92 weeks to date put him tied 10th with Tommy Roe. Alan Garrity made position 11 his own on the local weeks count list as his 34 put him 1 ahead of Groep Twee and Murray Campbell with the latter 2 acts dropping to tied 12.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ became the 13th song to reach the 300 points mark as it ticked over to 308. It was the 3rd song by a solo female artist to do this, following on from Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ and Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’.

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