1972 THE FACTS AND FIGURES

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Well, that’s 1972 done with. All that’s left is to wrap up the year with an analysis of the shakers and movers that rocked (and popped and heavy metalled and folked and all other genre-ed) our lives that year.

There were 117 hits that spent at least 1 week in the chart during 1972 and, other than the 79 that we saw in the half year of charts in 1965 when the charts began, this was by far the lowest number of hits we had seen. It broke the record lowest for a full year of 135 that we had seen in 1971 by 18 hits. The 97 acts (duets counting as 2, it would be 96 if duets counted as 1) that brought us these 117 hits were tied lowest (again excluding the half year of 1965) to date, equalling what we had seen in 1966 and 1968. The average number of hits these acts had this year was 1.21 the second lowest to date with 1971’s 1.18 holding that record. The table below sets out the figures for these stats by years:

Year No Of Hits No Of acts Hits/Act
1965 79 55 1.44
1966 136 97 1.40
1967 146 98 1.49
1968 142 97 1.46
1969 153 112 1.37
1970 141 114 1.24
1971 135 114 1.18
1972 117 97 1.21

The local acts accounted for 29 of the 117 which the 3rd best we had seen so far, but it was a fair bit down on the 41 we saw in 1971 and just below the 30 we saw in 1966. 25 acts (this would be 24 if duets are counted as 1 act) brought us these 29 hits.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 40 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 417
2 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
=3 Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone 363
=3 Sylvia’s Mother Dr. Hook 363
5 Nice to be with You Gallery 359
6 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
7 Mother and Child Reunion Paul Simon 306
8 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash 294
9 Son of My Father Chicory Tip 283
10 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress Hollies 273
11 It’s too Late Now Lauren Copley 262
12 Sacramento Middle of the Road 228
13 Mother Barbra Streisand 218
14 Without You Nilsson 211
15 I Will Return Springwater 204
16 Soley Soley Middle of the Road 202
=17 Amazing Grace Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 187
=17 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana) Cyan 187
19 A Shoulder to Cry On Denise Freeman 186
20 Softly Whispering I Love You Congregation 185
21 Brand New Key Melanie 180
22 How Do You Do Rising Sons 177
23 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack 168
24 Mother John Lennon 162
25 Mother of Mine Neil Reid 155
26 Every Day Every Night John Edmond 150
27 Imagine John Lennon 149
28 Burning Love Elvis Presley 148
29 Sunshine Lover Daniel Boone 147
30 Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond 145
31 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo Tony Christie 142
32 Samson and Delilah Middle of the Road 137
33 Mouldy Old Dough Lieutenant Pigeon 130
34 Cousin Norman Marmalade 128
35 Hello-A Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest 124
36 Run to Me Bee Gees 119
37 Someday Never Comes Creedence Clearwater Revival 118
38 Amen Peanutbutter Conspiracy 115
39 Desiderata Les Crane 114
40 Mammy Blue Charisma 113

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:

Top 40 Magazine 1972 List

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ was the 4th local song to be the song of the year on this points basis. We had seen 2 songs by American acts make the top of this list and 1 British and 1 German act do so. ‘I Need Someone’s 417 points in a calendar year was the best we had seen so far and beat the previous record of 349 that Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ managed in 1971.

The cumulative points to date gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Cry to Me Staccatos 447
2 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 417
3 You Peter Maffay 399
4 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
=5 Sylvia’s Mother Dr. Hook 363
=5 Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone 363
7 Nice to be with You Gallery 359
8 Mammy Blue Charisma 347
9 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
10 Timothy Four Jacks & a Jill 312

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1972 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 417
2 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
3 It’s too Late Now Lauren Copley 262
4 A Shoulder to Cry On Denise Freeman 186
5 How Do You Do Rising Sons 177

And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965, the top 5 were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Cry to Me Staccatos 447
2 I Need Someone Alan Garrity 417
3 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
4 Mammy Blue Charisma 347
5 Timothy Four Jacks & a Jill 312

NUMBER OF HITS

So far no one had managed to spend at least 1 week in the charts with more than 5 hits in a calendar year and 1972 did not change this as Middle Of The Road had the most hits this year and that was 5. They were the 6th act to manage this and joined Engelbert Humperdinck and The Bee Gees who did so in 1968, The Archies, Percy Sledge and The Bee Gees (again) in 1969 and Neil Diamond in 1971.

Billy Forrest, The New Seekers, Daniel Boone and The Sweet were tied second in 1972 with 3 hits each. Forrest was therefore the top local act with Jessica Jones, Jody Wayne and John Edmond being the only other local acts to have more than 1 hit as they managed 2.

Tom Jones had no new hits in 1972, but did see 1 of his new entries in 1971 continue its chart run into 1972. He still sat top of the hits count list overall with 17 hits to his name so far. Cliff Richard was in second place with 15, The Hollies in 3rd place with 13 while The Bee Gees and Percy Sledge sat on 12.

On the local front Billy Forrest under his numerous guises (William E., Quentin E. Klopjaeger, Dennis and his duet with Sharon Tandy) led the way with 8 to his name. Four Jacks & A Jill and Jody Wayne on 7 were tied second.

WEEKS ON THE CHARTS

Middle Of The Road set a new record for weeks in the charts in a calendar year (2 hits in the chart in the same week count as 2) as they amassed 59 weeks during 1972. This comprehensively beat the previous record of 48 weeks that Chris Andrews had managed in 1970. Daniel Boone managed 42 in 1972 and was second and The Sweet on 32 were 3rd. Jessica Jones was the top local act with 30 weeks and was 4th overall with Alan Garrity on 29, 5th overall and the second highest for the local acts.

Tom Jones added 6 more weeks on to the cumulative total that he had at the end of 1971 and still led the way with 184 weeks to his name. The Hollies sat second with 120 and The Bee Gees just crept into 3rd place with 119, going 1 ahead of Creedence Clearwater Revival in the last week of the year. The top 3 of the local acts were unchanged with The Staccatos on 83, Dave Mills on 69 and Four Jacks & A Jill on 68. None of them had seen any chart action in 1972.

NUMBER 1’S

1972 joined 1966 in being the only years to date where no artist managed more than 1 number 1. There were 15 songs in total that spent time at the top during 1972 and the 12 weeks that Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ was the best effort we saw. Daniel Boone’s 10 weeks (in a broken run) with ‘Beautiful Sunday’ was second best. Chris Andrew’s 3 number 1s in 1970 remained the best to date as did The Sweet’s 14 weeks at 1 (with 2 hits) in 1971. Nash’s 12 weeks was second and Boone’s 10 weeks also beat the 9 that Chis Andrews managed in 1970 and which was second best at the end of 1971.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ and Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ were the only local songs spending time at 1 in 1972 with the former managing 3 weeks and the latter spending the last weeks of its 12 week run at number 1 on the first week of the year.

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ and Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ had both managed a total of 12 weeks at 1 each and this was the best we had seen to date. Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ on 10 and The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ on 8 were the next highest 2.

Tom Jones still led the way for most chart toppers overall as he had seen 6 songs get to number 1. The Hollies and Chris Andrews on 4 each were in tied second place. Four Jacks & A Jill remained the only local act to have seen more than 1 number 1 as they had 2 to their name.

Unsurprisingly Tom Jones also led the way for total weeks at 1 as he had clocked up 18. The Bee Gees and The Sweet were tied second with 14 while Chris Andrews’ 13 put him in 4th place. Charisma’s 12 was the most we had seen from a local act with Four Jacks & A Jill and Hilary on 7 each were the second placed locals.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS

It was not the best year for the woman as they only saw 10 hits chart, 11 if you include the 1 where a woman was half of a duet. Of the 8 years charts we had seen so far, this was the 4th highest total for the girls with the 23 of 1967 still being their high point.

Local lass Jessica Jones was the only female artist who managed more than 1 hit in the year and she saw 2. Petula Clark still held the record for most hits in a year by a woman when she managed 4 in 1967. Apart from Jessica Jones, we also saw local lasses Lauren Copley, Denise Freeman, Sharon Tandy (as one half of a duet with Billy Forrest) and Letta Mbulu chart.

The top 3 woman for number of hits was unchanged from the end of last year with Petula Clark in front on 11, Nancy Sinatra second on 7 and Virginia Lee 3rd on 6. None of them had added to their tally during 1972. Lee was obviously the top local woman with Judy Page on 4 second and Barbara Ray on 3 coming in 3rd.

For the second year running we saw a local woman spend the most weeks on the charts of all the female artists as Jessica Jones’ 30 was the highest this year and followed up Barbara Ray’s top score for the woman of 22 in 1971. This was the 4th time in the 8 years of charts so far that a local woman had seen the highest weeks in the year. Vicky Leandros on 23 was second for 1972 and another local lass, Lauren Copley was 3rd with 18.

As with the number of hits, the top 3 for cumulative weeks was also unchanged both in the artists positions and in terms of the weeks they had spent on the charts. The top 3 were Petula Clark (73 weeks) and then Sandie Shaw and Nancy Sinatra tied on 54 weeks. Virginia Lee was still the top local woman (and 5th overall) with 36 weeks. Barbara Ray was the second highest local woman on 32.

Although it was not a great year for the woman for number of hits, it was quality not quantity that they looked for this year as we saw 4 number 1s by solo female acts, the second best to date after the 5 that we had in 1967 (when we saw 27 hits by women make the charts). The 4 chart toppers for the ladies this year were Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ (3 weeks), Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ (1 week), Vicky Leandros’ ‘Come What May’ (4 weeks) and Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ (3 weeks).

Nancy Sinatra was still the only woman who had made the top spot twice since the start of the chart. One of her chart toppers was as half of the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet. Hilary’s 7 weeks at the top was still the longest any woman had managed so far.

The top 5 hits by woman in 1972 based on the points system were:

1 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
2 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
3 It’s too Late Now Lauren Copley 262
4 Mother Barbra Streisand 218
5 A Shoulder to Cry On Denise Freeman 186

On a cumulative basis, the top 5 read:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Jessica Jones 391
2 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321
3 Single Girl Sandy Posey 302
4 Sunglasses Hilary 279
5 It’s too Late Now Lauren Copley 262

NATIONALITIES

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321 Greece
2 Mama, Papa (Nana, Nana) Cyan 187 Italy
3 Popcorn Popcorn Makers 110 Germany
4 Heart Of Gold Neil Young 95 Canada
5 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 69 France

Other then 1965 and 1966 (the first 2 years of the charts) when the Australians had the top hit for the ‘Rest of the World’ acts, every year since had seen a new nation take the honours and 1972 continued this habit with an act from Greece (Vicky Leandros) having the top hit. In the interim we had had acts from Canada, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Germany be the top acts for this category.

There were a total of 14 songs that charted that were not by American, British or South African acts and this was the 3rd highest total to date after 1970’s 19 and 1971’s 16. Germany’s Michael Holm was the only one who managed to have 2 hits with all the others only managing 1. Overall The Seekers from Australia still had the most hits with 7 to their name. Canada’s Lucille Starr was second with 5 and Michael Holm sat 3rd on 4.

After 3 years of American domination, we saw the Brits have the most hits in the chart for the first time since 1968. So far the Americans had been the top nationality for 5 of the 8 years with the other 3 being taken by the Brits. Germany was the highest of the ‘rest of the world’ nations with 5 hits from there spending time in the charts this year. Canada and Australia had been top for 3 years each (once when they shared top spot). Germany on 2 was next highest with Jamaica managing to be the highest once. Other nationalities to see hits this year were Italy (who managed 2) and France, Norway, Canada, Jamaica, Greece, Australia and Ireland who all managed 1.

In total acts from 12 different nations managed to spend at least a week in the charts in 1972 and this was the second most, just 1 less than the record to date 13 that managed it in 1972.

The year ended with the Brits and American acts necks and neck with both nations supplying us with 330 hits each. The locals were next highest with 179. Then came Canada on 18, Germany on 12 and Australia on 11.

The cumulative best hits for ‘rest of the world’ artists was as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 You Peter Maffay 399 Germany
2 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi) Vicky Leandros 321 Greece
3 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 276 France
4 Looky Looky Giorgio 261 Italy
5 Ma Belle Amie Tee Set 231 Netherlands

WHAT DIDN’T MAKE IT

There were 19 songs that topped either the UK or US (or both) charts in 1972 that didn’t make our top 20. This was the second highest total that we had seen to date, 2 less than 1971’s 21. Of the 19 there would be 3 that would eventually make our charts in subsequent years giving us 16 US/UK chart toppers that would never make our top 20. This was the 3rd highest we had seen in a year with 1971 seeing 20 and 1970 seeing 17.

The 19 chart toppers in the US or UK or both that didn’t make our charts in 1972 were as follows:

Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert O’Sullivan
American Pie Don McLean
Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis
Black & White Three Dog Night
Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) Benny Hill
How Can I Be Sure David Cassidy
I Am Woman Helen Reddy
I’ll Take You There* Staple Singers
Lean On Me Bill Withers
Let’s Stay Together Al Green
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool* Little Jimmy Osmond
Mama Weer All Crazee Now Slade
Me And Mrs Jones Billy Paul
My Ding-A-Ling Chuck Berry
Oh Girl Chi-Lites
Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone* Temptations
School’s Out Alice Cooper
Telegram Sam T.Rex

* Would chart in subsequent years

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

Both of the acts who had manged to spend at least 1 week in the charts every year from 1965 to 1971 also saw chart action in 1972 ,making it 8 years in a row for Tom Jones and Cliff Richard. Apart from these 2 aforementioned acts, no act had charted every year since 1966, but The Bee Gees had managed to have a hit in the charts in every year since 1967, a run of 6 consecutive years. Percy Sledge who had seen chart action every year from 1967 to 1971 failed to continue that run into 1972. No act (except the aforementioned) had managed a run of 5 years from 1968, but Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Marmalade and Neil Diamond had all managed 4 years running now.

Of the local acts we had 3 that charted in 1972 that had seen top 20 action in both 1971 and 1970. No other local act charting in 1972 had a run going further back. There were 10 other local acts who had been in the charts in both 1971 and 1972. Dave Mills who had charted in 1969, 1970 and 1971 (the only local act last year to have had a 3 year run) failed to chart in 1972. The record to date (and all-time record) for charting in sequential years by a local act was The Staccatos’ 6 year run from 1965 to 1970.

I WRITE THE SONGS

It took 155 people to write the 117 songs that spent time on the charts this year and this was the lowest total we had seen for a full year of hits with only the half year of 1965 where we saw 104 song writers have hits charts being lower. The record to date so far was the 206 we had seen in 1967.

We also saw the lowest total (again excluding 1965) for an individual song writer as the most hits that any one writer managed this year was 4 and 5 song writers managed this. They were Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Mario Capuano, Lally Stott and Giosi Capuano with the last 3 having all 4 of their songs be hits by Middle of the Road while the 2 Rogers saw hits by The Congregation, Cilla Black, The New Seekers and The Hollies bear their name in the songwriter credits bit on the labels. Terry Dempsey’s 9 hits in 1971 was still the highest we had seen to date.

Dempsey also led the way overall as he had seen 20 of his compositions chart. During 1972 he had overtaken Les Reed who led that way at the end of 1971, but was now sitting second with 18 hits. Jeff Barry was in 3rd place with 16 to his name.

The 3 guys that wrote some of the Middle Of The Road hits, Giosy Capuano, Mario Capuano and Lally Stott took top honours for weeks in the charts with their compositions enjoying a total of 47. Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway were second highest with 46 weeks each and Hans van Hemert was 3rd with 42. Van Hemert had brought us The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’, Cyan’s ‘Mama,Papa (Nana, Nana)’ and the Tandy/Forrest duet ‘Hello-A’.

Dempsey had also taken the lead for total weeks to date, overtaking Les Reed. Dempsey was on 196 while Reed was second on 168. Barry Gibb sat 3rd with 145 and Barry Mason was 4th with 139.

The 2 Rogers (Cook and Greenaway) and John Lennon were the only writers to see more than 1 chart topper in 1972 and they all managed 2. Cook and Greenaway manged it with The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ and The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ while Lennon’s own ‘Imagine’ and Barbra Streisand’s cover of his song ‘Mother’ gave him his 2 chart toppers. In terms of total weeks at 1, Johnny Nash, who penned his hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ was tops with 12 weeks, while Daniel Boone and Ronnie McQueen who had written Boone’s hit ‘Beautiful Sunday’ were 2nd on 10.

Chris Andrews, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Les Reed and Geoff Stephens had all seen 4 of their compositions hit the number 1 spot so far and this was the record to date. Barry and Maurice Gibb led the way for cumulative weeks at 1 by a song writer as they had spent 15 weeks at the top spot. They were followed by their brother Robin, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman who had all seen 14. Neil Diamond and Chris Andrews were just behind them with 13.

THANKS

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped keep me on the straight and narrow as we have gone through 1972. Special thanks go to Peet van Staaden, Anton ‘Eagle-Eye’ van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying invaluable information and corrections as well as Chris Kimberly, Brian Currin, Stephen Segerman and Tertius Louw for being my go-to guys when I’m stumped.

1973 is up next.

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29 December 1972

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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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22 December 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 16 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 2 8 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
3 7 10 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
4 9 5 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
5 4 28 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
6 6 17 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
7 3 14 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
8 5 9 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
9 11 6 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
10 8 14 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
11 10 11 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet
12 12 26 Nice to be with You  – Gallery
13 13 25 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday  – Jessica Jones
14 19 3 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
15 16 3 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
16 20 2 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
17 New 1 Ben  – Michael Jackson
18 18 2 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
19 15 24 Sylvia’s Mother  – Dr. Hook
20 17 6 Bottoms Up  – Middle of the Road

Charisma’s record weeks at 1 with ‘Mammy Blue’ was under threat as Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ moved on to 11 weeks in the top spot and was just 1 behind Charisma’s record of 12. Lieutenant Pigeon’s ‘Mouldy Old Dough’ spent a 4th straight week at 2. It was the 7th song to manage an unbroken run of 4 weeks at 2 with only Danyel Gerrard’s ‘Butterfly’ managing to get to 5.

Letta Mbulu’s ‘I Need Your Love’ was the climber of the week for a second week running with a 5 place climb from 9 to 4. It shared the award with Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Clair’ which moved up 5 from 19 to 14.

The Bee Gees’ ‘Run To Me’ and Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ were the other star raters this week with both songs climbing 4 place to land 3 and 16 respectively.

The fallers of the week were Denise Freeman’s ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’ and Dr. Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ which dropped 4 places to 7 and 19 respectively. With Letta Mbulu being one of the climbers and Denise Freeman being one of the fallers, this was the 20th time that we had a local climber and faller in the same week and the first time local solo females had been climber and faller in the same week.

‘I Need Someone’ by Alan Garrity was the oldest on the chart for a 7th week and its total weeks count of 28 moved ahead of Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ to take second spot on its own for weeks count by a song, but also was now the record holder for longest consecutive week run in the charts as The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ which held the overall record for weeks in the chart had taken 2 runs to manage this and the best consecutive week run it managed was 26 weeks.

The only song to leave the chart was Giorgio’s ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ which had lasted 4 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 14.

The new entry was ‘Ben’ by a 14 year old Michael Jackson. This would be his 4th solo hit in the US and the UK where he had already had success as part of The Jackson 5. ‘Ben’ was written for a horror film also called ‘Ben’ and topped the US charts and made number 7 in the UK. In the film, Lee Montgomery who played the lead role sang the song to Ben, a telepathic rat. The song was nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar, but lost out to Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Morning After’ from The Poseidon Adventure’. In Holland it made number 2, 7 in Belgium, 81 in France and topped the Australian charts. It became the 5th song to chart in SA with only 3 letters in the title. The previous ones being ‘She’ by Glen Yarbrough, ‘You’ by Peter Maffay, ‘Hey’ by Hedgehoppers Anonymous and ‘Joy’ by Apollo 100. This was the shortest song title to date, but there was a two letter title to come.

The Americans took over totally for the most number of hits in the top 20 after having tied with the local acts last week. There were 8 songs by Americans in the chart this week and only 7 from the South African acts. The Americans also took the lead again for overall number of hits, their 330 to date eased them 1 ahead of the British acts who were on 329.

The Bee Gees ticked over to 118 weeks in the charts and this moved them tied 3rd overall sitting alongside Creedence Clearwater Revival on that total. On the local front Alan Garrity moved into tied 8th place with Jody Wayne with both acts on 41. Jessica Jones’ 28 weeks put her tied 19th with Tidal Wave and meant that The Rising Sons dropped off the top 20 of the local weeks count list. Lauren Copley, who had been tied with Tidal Wave in 18th place last week, added 1 to her total so sat on 29 and was in 18th place on her own.

‘I Need Someone’ by Alan Garrity became the second song to go past the 400 points mark as its total climbed to 401. The only other song so far to reach this milestone was The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’.

The average number of weeks that the songs in the chart had been with us hit a new high as this moved on to 11.5, beating the previous record set 2 weeks previously by 0.25.

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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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8 December 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

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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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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24 November 1972

I_can_see_clearly_now_(Johnny_Nash)

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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