15 December 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 15 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 2 7 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
3 5 13 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
4 6 27 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
5 7 8 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
6 3 16 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
7 4 9 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
8 11 13 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
9 16 4 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
10 12 10 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
11 9 5 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
12 8 25 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
13 10 24 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
14 14 4 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
15 13 23 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
16 17 2 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
17 19 5 Bottoms Up  – Middle of the Road
18 New 1 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
19 20 2 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
20 New 1 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson

‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash enjoyed at 10th straight week at 1 and was only the second song to manage this. Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ was the only other song so far to do this and that had gone on to manage 12. ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ did equal the number of weeks that Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ had managed, but that was done in 3 different runs at 1. This also equalled the record to date for consecutive weeks with a number 1 by acts from the same nation as we had now seen 16 straight weeks with an American act at the top of the charts with ‘I Can See Clearly’ accounting for 10 of those 16 weeks and Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ making up the other 6. The previous time a nation had held the top spot for 16 straight weeks was when the Brits managed it in 1967 and they took 6 chart toppers to get to this total.

Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ was unmoved at 2 for a 3rd straight week.

Letta Mbulu’s ‘I Need Your Love’ accounted for the 18th time the climber of the week had been by a local female artist with                2 of the previous occasions being where the woman was one half of a duet. ‘I Need You Love’ jumped up 7 from 16 to 9.

Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ picked up its 3rd biggest faller award with a drop of 4 from 8 to 12 and in doing so equalled the all time record for changing direction of movement by song as this was the 13th time it had moved in the opposite direction it had previously travelled.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 27 weeks in the charts and was now tied second for weeks in the chart by a song as it matched the 27 weeks that Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ had managed. It also enjoyed its 6th week as the oldest in the top 20.

John Edmond’s ‘Every Day Every Night’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had enjoyed a run of 17 weeks in the top 20 and a peak of 7. Of his 5 hits to date, this was his best performer in both weeks and peak terms with his second best being 10 weeks and a peak of 10 by ‘Boom Sha La La Lo’. We were not yet done with Edmond in the charts.

We also said farewell to Daniel Boone’s ‘Sunshine Lover’ which lasted 14 weeks and peaked at 4. This brought to an end a run of 37 consecutive weeks with Boone featuring on the top 20, the 3rd best effort on this front to date. There was still more to come from Boone.

We had last seen Lobo (real name Kent LaVoie) in the charts in August 1971 (70 weeks previously) with ‘Me And You And A Dog Named Boo’. A year and a few months later, he was back this time with ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’. The song topped the Canadian, Australian and German charts and just missed out in the US where it peaked at 2, kept off the number 1 spot by our current number 1 ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash. In the UK the song made it to a respectable number 5, 1 place lower than ‘Me And You And A Dog Named Boo’

Also new to the charts was Donald Eugene Gibson (Don to his fans) with ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’. There was also a version of the song entitled ‘Woman (Sensuous Woman)’ but that may have been too risqué for our ears back in the conservative 70s. The song topped the Billboard Country Music charts in the US, but did not make the Hot 100. It also topped the Canadian Country Music charts.

After 5 weeks with the most hits in the top 20, the locals had to settle for being the tied most as the Americans equalled the SA acts 7 in the top 20. The Brits were on 4 and Ireland and Italy gave us the other 2. As both new entries were by American acts, the Yanks drew level with the Brits for total hits count to date with both nations having given us 329 hits each so far.

The local acts did reach a milestone of clocking up a total of 1,500 weeks in the chart and if one assumes that the weeks accrue from number 1 downwards, then it would have been Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ that gave the locals their 1,500th week. Garrity was also enjoying a personal milestone as his weeks count moved on to 40 which meant that he had 9th place on the local weeks count to himself as he was now 1 ahead of Gene Rockwell who dropped to 10th.

Also on the local weeks count list, Lauren Copley moved tied 18th with Tidal Wave on 28 weeks and Jessica Jones entered the top 20, being tied 20th with The Rising Sons on 26 weeks.

On the overall weeks count list Elvis took 8th place for himself as his 98 put him 1 ahead of The Beach Boys and the latter dropped to 9th. Similarly Middle Of The Road’s 74 weeks put them 1 ahead of Petula Clark and they were still 19th while Clark dropped to 20th.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ set a new record for weeks in the chart by a song by a solo female artist as the 24 weeks the song had been in the top 20 eased past the 23 that Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ had managed.

After last week’s record to date 11.25 average weeks that the songs in the top 20 had been with us, the figure dropped back below 11 as it fell to 10.7. This was still the 5th time the average had been in double figures so far.

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