1 December 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 13 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 5 5 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
3 3 14 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
4 2 11 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
5 4 25 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
6 6 6 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
7 7 11 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
8 10 22 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
9 9 7 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
10 12 13 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
11 13 21 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
12 11 23 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
13 8 8 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
14 14 3 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
15 15 16 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
16 17 3 Bottoms Up  – Middle of the Road
17 18 2 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
18 New 1 Everlasting Faith  – Lincoln
19 19 2 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
20 20 2 Lovely Lorraine  – William E.

‘I Can See Clearly Now’ was racking up the weeks at 1. It had now spent 8 weeks at the top spot and was 1 of only 4 songs that had reached this total and 1 of the  previous 3 (Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’) did not manage this in a consecutive week run. Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ moved into 2nd place with a climber of the week award winning 3 place jump from 5.

There were no star raters this week.

The Sweet’s ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 5 places from 8 to 13. This was the band’s 8th time with the faller of the week and they were the 5th act to have this many.

‘I Need Someone’ by Alan Garrity continued its run as the oldest on the charts. This was its 4th week as such and it had been in the top 20 for 25 weeks in total. Only 3 songs so far had managed 25 weeks in the chart and they were Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ which managed 27 and The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ which held the all-time record of 38 weeks.

Cyan’s ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had enjoyed a run of 16 weeks and peaked at 5. This was the second highest weeks count for a song by an Italian act so far, falling 1 short of the 17 weeks that Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ managed. The latter’s chart topping exploits was also the highest peak we had seen so far for an Italian with Cyan’s effort being second.

Despite losing ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana)’ from the charts we still had at least 1 song that referred to a mother in some shape or form as Dr Hooks ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ was at 11. This was the 60th straight week we had seen the female parent referred to in at least 1 song title in the top 20 as we had had ‘Mammy Blue’, ‘Mother’ (by Barbra Streisand and John Lennon), ‘Mother Of Mine’, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’, ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ and ‘Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana) in the charts over that period.

The new entry was local act Lincoln’s ‘Everlasting Faith’. This was their 3 hit to date and it gave songwriter Terry Dempsey his 20th hit. Dempsey was the first song writer to reach this total and he was now 2 ahead of Les Reed who was in second place on 18. This new entry brought the local hit count to within one of the record to date 10 as Lincoln brought the total to 9.

Billy Forrest became the 4th local act to reach 50 weeks in the charts as he followed The Staccatos, Dave Mills and Four Jacks & A Jill to his half century. He no longer shared 4th place on the local weeks count list with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy as the latter dropped to 5th. Lauren Copley moved into tied 19th place on this list with her 26 weeks to date equalling The Rising Sons total and this meant that Ken J. Larkin dropped off the top 20 of that list.

The Bee Gees moved into tied 4th place on the weeks count list as their 115 to date equalled The Troggs total. Elvis Presley meanwhile moved on to 96 weeks which meant that Herman’s Hermits whom he shared 8th place with last week dropped to 9th while Elvis had 8th place to himself. With Middle Of The Road’s total moving on to 72, The Tremeloes on 71 fell out of the top 20 for weeks count.

On the points front, Daniel Boone moved past the 600 milestone, The Sweet went past 700 and Elvis Presley went passed 1,100 and he sat 9th overall for points.

Daniel Bone had been on the charts for 36 consecutive weeks and was the 4th act so far to manage such a run. Boone’s run was made up of 23 weeks with ‘Beautiful Sunday’ in the chart and then 13 so far with ‘Sunshine Lover’ which entered the charts the same week that ‘Beautiful Sunday’ departed.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us hit a new record high of 10.4. This was only the 3rd week this average had been over 10.

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