24 November 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 4 10 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
3 2 13 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
4 3 24 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
5 9 4 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
6 6 5 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
7 8 10 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
8 13 7 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
9 11 6 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
10 5 21 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
11 12 22 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
12 10 12 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
13 7 20 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
14 18 2 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
15 14 15 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
16 16 16 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)  – Cyan
17 17 2 Bottoms Up  – Middle of the Road
18 New 1 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
19 New 1 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
20 New 1 Lovely Lorraine  – William E.

Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ became the 7th song to manage 7 weeks at number 1. Only 3 of those 7 songs had gone on to have more weeks at 1. Denise Freeman’s ‘A Shoulder to Cry On’ took over the number 2 spot from Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ with the former climbing 2 and the latter dropping 1 place to number 3.

The Sweet’s ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ was the climber of the week, moving up 5 from 18 to 13. This was their 7th time with the award and they were the 14th act to reach this many.

Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ and Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden Party’ were the other star raters this week with both songs climbing 4 places to land at 5 and 14 respectively. It was ‘Mouldy Old Dough’s second week running as a star rarter.

‘Sylvia’s Mother’ by Dr Hook was the faller of the week. It dropped 6 places from 7 to 13.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 24 weeks in the chart and enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest in the top 20.

Groep Twee’s ‘Dink Jy Darem Nog Aan My’ became the 20th song to spend just 1 week at number 20 as it left the top 20 this week. This brought to an end their SA chart career after 3 hits, 34 weeks and a best peak of 3 which both ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ and ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ managed.

Rod Stewart’s first outing in our charts was rather brief as ‘You Wear It Well’ dropped out of the top 20 after just 2 weeks with us and a highest placing of 19. This was, of course, just the start of an illustrious SA chart career for Stewart.

Last to leave was Andy Williams’ ‘Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From “The Godfather”)’. It spent 5 weeks in the charts and peaked at 14. We were not yet done with Williams in our charts.

‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ was Giorgio (Moroder)’s 2nd hit to chart in SA. He wrote the song himself and was his 3rd to chart as a songwriter as he had penned his first hit (‘Looky Looky’) and Chicory Tips ‘Son Of My Father’. ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ didn’t make a dent on any of the other world charts, but did make number 6 on the LM Radio charts. Giorgio’s hit was the 4th by an Italian act. Italy were still the 11th highest nation in terms of hit count and were 1 behind The Netherlands who were at 10th on 5 hits.

Letta Mbulu became the first of only 2 local black solo female artists to chart. The other one would be Margaret Singana. Mbulu’s ‘I Need Your Love’ was the 20th song by a local solo female to chart and was written by her one time husband Caiaphas Semenya along with someone listed as O. Drake.

Last of the new entries was William E. (better known as Billy Forrest) with ‘Lovely Lorraine’.  This was his 2nd song to chart under this name and his 8th overall, putting him on top of the list of number of hits by a local act, 1 ahead of Four Jacks & A Jill and Jody Wayne. ‘Lovely Lorraine’ was written by Chris Andrews (who had had 6 hits as an artist) and was the 10th one written by him to chart. He was the 16th song writer so far to get to double figures for number of hits. ‘Lovely Lorraine’ was also recorded by 2 different German artists Tony Summer and Perry Baden. With Forrest’s duet with Sharon Tandy also sitting in the charts, he became the 6th local act to manage 2 in the top 20 at the same time.

With there being 2 new entries by local acts and 1 leaving, the local hit count moved up to 8 and this was the first time in 50 weeks that it had been this high. It was the 3rd week running where there were more local acts in the charts than any other nation.

Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ became the 18th song to reach 20 weeks in the charts.

Elvis Presley climbed into tied 8th position on the weeks count list alongside Herman’s Hermits as his total moved on to 95 while Middle Of The Road’s 71 weeks moved them into the top 20 of the list for the first time as they shared 20th place with The Tremeloes. On the local list, Billy Forrest was now tied 4th with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy with 48 to their respective names. They were, however, 20 weeks behind 3rd placed Four Jacks & A Jill who were on 68. Alan Garrity shook off Virginia Lee to make 10th spot his own as his 37 was 1 more than Lee’s. Lee dropped to 11th. Lauren Copley’s weeks count climbed to 25 and this placed her tied 20th with Ken J. Larkin on the local weeks count list.

We saw the average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with move on to 10.2 and this equalled the record highest to date and it was only the second time this average had climbed over 10.

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