8 December 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 14 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 2 6 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
3 3 15 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
4 9 8 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
5 4 12 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
6 5 26 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 6 7 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
8 12 24 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
9 14 4 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
10 8 23 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
11 7 12 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
12 13 9 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
13 11 22 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
14 17 3 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
15 10 14 Sunshine Lover  – Daniel Boone
16 19 3 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
17 New 1 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
18 15 17 Every Day Every Night  – John Edmond
19 16 4 Bottoms Up  – Middle of the Road
20 New 1 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan

‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash was into the top 3 for number of weeks at 1 as it clocked up its 9th week there. Only Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ which managed 10 weeks and Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ which managed 12 were ahead of it now. ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ was the first song to be on 14 weeks in the chart and be at number 1, a new record highest weeks figure for a song at the top of the charts. Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ spent a second week at 2.

The Bee Gees’ ‘Run To Me’ and Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden Party’ both climbed 5 to share the climber of the week award with the former landing at 4 and the latter at 9. It was The Bee Gees’ 10th time with the award and they were only the second act to reach double figures for this with Tom Jones on 16 out in front. The Troggs and Herman’s Hermits were tied 3rd on 9. In total only 10 acts would make it to 10 or more biggest climbers by the time the charts ended in 1989.

Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ was the only other star rater as it climbed 4 from 8 to 12. Only The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ had had a higher weeks in the chart figure when it had been a star rater as it had managed it in its 34th week. It must be said though that that 34th week was during its second run in the chart where ‘Nice To Be With You’ on 24 weeks was all a consecutive week run.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Sunshine Lover’ dropped 5 from 10 to 15 to take the faller of the week award. This was Boone’s 5th time with the award with 3 of the previous times being with ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and now 2 with ‘Sunshine Lover’.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 26 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 5th week as the oldest.

There were 2 leavers this week and both were local. William E.’s ‘Lovely Lorraine’ became the 8th song to have a chart career of 2 weeks spent at number 20. It was the 3rd song by a local artist to do this. To date Billy Forrest (the person behind the name William E.) had only had 2 songs (of his 8 hits so far) spend as little as 2 weeks on the chart and the other one, ‘We’re All Playing In The Same Band’ under the name Quentin E. Klopjaeger, had managed to get to 19, making ‘Lovely Lorraine’ Forrest’s worst performer to date. There was still more to come from the man.

The other disappearing song also did not fare too well as it was Lincoln’s ‘Everlasting Faith’ which had been a new entry last week. It spent that week at 18. This brought to an end Lincoln’s SA chart career with 3 hits to their name, 17 weeks in total and a best peak of 2 with ‘Long Days and Lonely Nights’.

Jessica Jones became the 6th solo female and the second local woman (after Hilary) to have 2 songs in the charts at the same time as ‘Wake Up, Wake Up’ entered at 17 to compliment ‘Sunday Monday Tuesday’ at 10. Like ‘Sunday Monday Tuesday’, ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ was also penned by Peter Morris. It was produced by a certain Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange who would go on to produce big names like Foreigner and AC/DC as well as marrying Shania Twain. The song managed to spend a week at number 20 on the New Zealand charts. This took the total number of hits by local women in the chart to an all-time record 5 hits. We would see 5 subsequent weeks with this maximum level of local solo female input into the charts.

Also new to the charts was Gilbert O’Sullivan as ‘Clair’ became his first hit to chart. He had already had 6 hits in the UK before ‘Clair’ became his 1st number 1 there. It gave him his first US hit where it got to number 2 and also topped the charts in Canada, Belgium and Holland. Being from Ireland, O’Sullivan helped bring the hit count for Ireland to 7 and this drew the nation level with the French and the 2 sat tied 8th overall for number of hits by a nation.

Giorgio’s total weeks in the chart moved on to 20. He was the 108th act to reach this total.

The Bee Gees’ took 4th place for themselves on the weeks count list as their 116 put them 1 ahead of The Troggs. The Troggs dropped to 5th. Elvis climbed into 7th place alongside The Beach Boys with 97 weeks and Middle Of The Road moved into tied 19th place with Petula Clark with 73. On the local list John Edmond ticked over to 45 weeks and was now tied with The Bats in tied 6th place, Alan Garrity moved tied 9th with Gene Rockwell on 39 weeks and Lauren Copley shook off The Rising Sons to take 19th place for herself on 27 weeks with the Sons falling to 20th.

On the points front The Bee Gees moved past the 1,400 milestone as their total moved on to 1,416. They were the 3rd act so far to reach this many points.

Daniel Boone was closing in on second placed Creedence Clearwater Revival for consecutive weeks in the charts as he moved on to 37 and was just 2 behind the 39 that Creedence had managed. Middle Of The Road’s 44 was still the best we had seen to date.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us broke its record for a second week running as it increased from last week’s record to date of 10.4 to a new high of 11.25. We would only see this average exceed 11 on 3 occasions during the top 20 era.

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