29 December 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 17 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 2 9 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
3 4 6 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
4 3 11 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
5 5 29 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
6 18 3 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
7 9 7 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
8 6 18 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
9 16 3 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
10 8 10 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
11 15 4 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
12 7 15 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
13 14 4 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
14 RE 5 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
15 12 27 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
16 10 15 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
17 13 26 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
18 17 2 Ben  – Michael Jackson
19 11 12 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
20 New 1 Nights in White Satin  – Moody Blues

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 12 from 18 to 6. this was the 14th time we had seen a climb of 12 or more places in a week. Other star raters this week were Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ which climbed 7 from 16 to 9 and Jessica Jones’ ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ which moved up 4 from 15 to 11.We ended the year with Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ becoming tied top for weeks at 1 as it enjoyed a 12th week at the top of the charts and this equalled the record to date that Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ had set. We also had a record equalling 5 consecutive weeks with the same top 2 as Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ was unmoved at 2.

The Sweet’s ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ was the faller of the week with a drop of 8 from 11 to 19. This was their 9th time with the faller of the week and they were the 4th act to reach this many fallers. In total 18 acts would see 9 or more biggest fallers by the time the charts finished in 1989.

Alan Garrity’s’ ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 29 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 8th week as the oldest in the top 20.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Bottom’s Up’ saw its chart career bottom out as it left the top 20 after a run of 6 weeks and a peak of 16. It was the first of their 6 hits to date that did not go top 10 and did not make it to double figures for weeks. They still had another hit to come.

Dr Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ was 1 of 7 songs that had made it to 24 weeks on the chart so far, but its weeks count would not be increasing as it fell off the top 20 this week. It spent 6 of those 24 weeks at number 1.

Giorgio’s ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ became the 32nd song to re-enter the charts. Of those that had managed to get back into the top 20 after having dropped off the charts, 5 had re-entered twice. Its re-entry position of 14 was tied second highest with 3 songs now managing this, but 2 had seen their comeback start at 10. This gave us the all-time record for number of re-entries in a year as we had seen 15 in 1972.

‘Nights In White Satin’ by the Moody Blues arrived on our charts almost 5 years to the day after it first entered the UK charts on 30 December 1967. It had a run of 11 weeks there and peaked at 19. But it was only 27 days after the song re-entered the UK charts that it managed to creep into our charts at number 20. The second run in the UK was a bit more successful, reaching number 9 during another 11 week run. It would return to the charts there again in 1979 for a 12 week run peaking at 14. In 2010 it made a 1 week appearance on the UK charts at number 51. The 1972 success it had extended to the US were it reached number 2 and Canada where it topped the charts. We had last seen The Moody Blues on our charts 123 weeks previously and this was the 37th time we had seen a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits for an act and the tied 23rd biggest gap to date.

With no new entries from American acts and 1 of the leavers being by an American, we saw the Locals back up into equalled top place for providing the most number of hits in the top 20 as there were 7 American acts and 7 South African ones in this week’s chart. Overall, the British moved back level with the US for providing hits as both nations had given us 330 each to date.

Two local ladies both reached the 30 weeks in the chart milestone this week and they were Lauren Copley and Jessica Jones. 18 of Copley’s 30 had come with ‘It’s Too Late Now’ and 12 from ‘Flower Of Life’ while ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ had accounted for 26 of Jessica’s 30 and ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ had given her the other 4.

Elvis Presley became the 7th act to reach 100 week in the charts. He sat 5 behind Percy Sledge in 6th place.

The Bee Gees were in clear 3rd place now on the overall weeks count list as their 119 moved them 1 ahead of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The latter dropped into 4th place.

On the local weeks count list we saw Alan Garrity move 1 ahead of Jody Wayne and he stayed 8th on 42 weeks while Wayne dropped into 9th place. Jessica Jones who was adding 2 to her total each week at the moment as she had 2 hits in the charts moved into tied 17th place with Lauren Copley and Dickie Loader. As mentioned above they were on 30 weeks.

Alan Garrity and Billy Forrest both passed milestones on the points front as Garrity passed 600 to land on 608 and Forrest (in his many guises) moved on to exactly 500.

The average number of weeks the top 20 had been with us fell from last week’s record to date 11.5 but still remained above 11, working out at 11.2. This was the 3rd week we had seen where this figure was over 11.

1972 was the second year so far where none of the acts on the first top 20 of the year appeared in the last top 20 of the year. The only other time we had seen this so far was in 1971.

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