26 January 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
2 2 21 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
3 3 10 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
4 4 7 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
5 5 15 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
6 10 8 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
7 6 11 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
8 8 9 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
9 12 3 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
10 7 13 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
11 13 8 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
12 16 2 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
13 15 4 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
14 11 22 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
15 RE 3 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
16 9 33 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
17 18 2 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
18 17 6 Ben  – Michael Jackson
19 14 19 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
20 RE 3 Annabelle  – Daniel Boone

‘I’d Love You to Want Me’ moved on to 3 weeks at 1 and in doing so clocked up 150 weeks at the top of the charts for songs by American acts. They still lagged behind the Brits in this one as the latter had seen 162 weeks to date. The Americans had, however, dominated of late as this was the 23rd straight week with a Yank at 1.

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Clair’ picked up its 3rd biggest climber award with a 4 place jump from 10 to 6. It shared the award with Barbara Ray’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’ which climbed into 12th place from 16 and gave Ray her 5th biggest climber to date. She joined Billy Forrest and The Staccatos at the top of the list for number of biggest climbers by a local act. These were the only 2 star raters this week.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ took faller of the week for a second time with a 7 place drop from 9 to 16. It was still the oldest in the top 20 sitting on 33 weeks and. This was the 12th week the song was the oldest and it was now tied second for most weeks as the oldest, equalling Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and sitting second to The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ which managed 19.

We said goodbye to Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest’s ‘Hello-A’ which had enjoyed a run of 13 weeks and seen a peak of 5. To date this was the best weeks and peak figures for a local duet/collaboration unless one regards Barbara Ray & 5th Association’s co-credit for ‘Like I Do’ which only beat ‘Hello-A’ on peak, making it to 4 during a 13 week stay.

Shuki & Aviva’s ‘Signorina Concertina’ lasted just 1 week at number 19. It was the 20th song to date to have a run of just 1 week at 19 with 2 of the previous 19 seeing the 1 week run when they re-entered the charts.

And talking of re-entries, both the songs that replaced the leavers this week were having a second stab at a chart run. Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was the 33rd song to re-enter the chart while Daniel Boone’s ‘Annabelle’ was the 34rd. This week was the 4th time we had seen 2 re-entries in the same week and we would only see this happen 1 more time. Rabbitt’s re-entry was the 6th by a local song and returning to the charts at number 15 was the highest re-entry position we had seen a local song manage so far and this would be an all-time record that would be equalled once but never beaten.

Solo male artists once more accounted for 50% of the charts. This was the 3rd week in the last 4 where they had 10 songs in the charts.

We still had more songs by local acts than by any other nation in our top 20 and 8 were lekker local hits while the Brits and Yanks contributed 5 each and Ireland and Italy with 1 each made up the numbers. This was the 38th time the locals had the lion share of the charts.

Alan Garrity reached a half century of weeks in the charts and was the 35th act to clock up 50 weeks. He sat 5th on the local weeks count list, shaking off The Peanut Butter Conspiracy whom he shared the spot with last week. The latter dropped to 6th. Another local act also celebrated a weeks landmark and that was Jessica Jones who had now been in the charts with at least 1 hit for 30 consecutive weeks. She was way out in front for a consecutive week run by a woman with the next best being Vicky Leandros’ 23 weeks in a row on the charts.

Barbara Ray, Jessica Jones and Lauren Copley all moved into tied 12th spot on the local weeks count list, their 34 to date putting them level with Groep Twee.

Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ became the 15th song to reach the 300 points mark as its total moved on to 300 exactly. She was the 6th local act and second local woman after Jessica Jones to see a song accumulate this many points.

Terry Dempsey reached a landmark of weeks in the charts as a songwriter as his total moved on to 200 and was the first song writer to manage this. He was now 32 ahead of his nearest rival, Les Reed.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us crept over 10 for the 8th time since the charts started. It sat on 10.3 this week.

As the top 3 songs were unchanged we experienced the 4th time that the top 3 all started with the same letter (ignoring ‘The’, ‘A’’ and the Afrikaans ‘Die’).

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19 January 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
2 2 20 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
3 4 9 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
4 8 6 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
5 5 14 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
6 7 10 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
7 3 12 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
8 11 8 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
9 6 32 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
10 10 7 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
11 9 21 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
12 20 2 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade
13 14 7 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
14 12 18 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
15 17 3 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
16 New 1 I Don’t Wanna Play House  – Barbara Ray
17 15 5 Ben  – Michael Jackson
18 New 1 Crocodile Rock  – Elton John
19 New 1 Signorina Concertina  – Shuki and Aviva
20 13 13 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You to Want Me’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while previous chart topper, Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, was unmoved at 2 but was enjoying its 20th week in the charts. It was the 20th song to reach this milestone.

Kincade’s ‘Dreams Are Ten a Penny’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 8 from 20 to 12. So far we had seen a song climb 8 or more places in a week 152 times with 85 of those occasions being a climb greater than 8 places.

Only 1 other song managed to climb 4 or more places to be a star rater and that was Don Gibson’s ‘Woman (Beautiful Woman)’ which moved up 4 from 8 to 4. It was the 3rd time the song had seen a star rater climb.

The duet between Sharon Tandy and Billy Forrest, ‘Hello-A’, was the faller this week. It dropped 7 from 13 to 20. This was the 20th time a song by a local act had fallen by 7 or more places.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 32 weeks in the chart and had now been the oldest in the top 20 for 11 weeks and this placed it tied 3rd for most weeks as the oldest with only the 12 weeks that Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and the 19 weeks that The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ were the oldest beating it.

Rabbitt’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ lasted just 2 weeks in the top 20 as it fell off the charts this week after peaking at 18. They would grace our charts again.

Daniel Boone had enjoyed great success with his first 3 SA chart hits with all of them spending more than 10 weeks in the top 20 (averaging 16.3 weeks) and one of them (‘Beautiful Sunday’) spending 10 weeks at 1. His latest offering ‘Annabelle’ was not nearly as successful, lasting just 2 weeks and peaking at 16. This brought his average weeks per song down to 12.75, but he would be back.

Elvis Presley, on the other hand saw his best performance weeks wise with ‘Burning Love’ which lasted 17 weeks in the top 20, beating his previous best of 16 which ‘Suspicious Minds’ had managed. However, the peak of 7 that ‘Burning Love’ managed was his tied 3rd lowest. It was the 2nd of 5 songs that would spend 17 weeks in the chart to only make 7 or lower with John Edmond’s 1972 hit ‘Every Day Every Night’ being the only other one to do this so far. It also peaked at 7. Fans of The King will be pleased to know that we still had a few more hits to come from him.

Barbara Ray’s 4th hit to make our charts was ‘I Don’t Want To Play House’ which was a cover of a Tammy Wynette hit. The song was written by Glenn Sutton and Billy Sherill. Tammy’s version made number 1 on the Billboard Country Singles charts and won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Barbara’s version managed to chart in Australia and, depending on which charts you look at, it made number 7 (on the Go Set Charts) or number 4 (on the David Kent Charts). Either way it was a great achievement for her. Ray was the 7th female to see 4 hits chart and moved tied 2nd for hits by a local woman, equalling Judy Page and sitting 2 behind Virginia Lee. The number of hits by local solo female acts was back up to the all time high of 5 with the arrival of Barbara Ray’s new one.

Reginald Dwight made his debut on our charts this week. Better known as Elton John, his first SA hit was ‘Crocodile Rock’. It was his 4th UK hit and made number 5 there. It gave him his first US number 1 and also topped the Canadian, Italian and Swiss charts. John wrote the song with his long-time collaborator Bernie Paul and it was produced by Gus Dudgeon who had produced John Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’ and ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’.

Last of the new entries was ‘Signorina Concertina’ by Shuki And Aviva. Shuki was Shuki Levy an Israeli-American who has written a lot of music for television programmes while Aviva was Aviva Paz who was an Israeli actress. This would be the only song by an Israeli act to chart in SA. The song sold over 2 million copies in Europe. Israel were the 18 nation to give us a top 20 hit.

This was the 37th week where the local acts outdid any other nation for number of hits in the top 20 as they contributed 8 to this week’s countdown while the Americans managed 5, the Brits 4, with the three ‘I’s (Italy, Ireland and Israel) contributing the rest. The UK acts were starting to open up a little gap at the top of the list for overall number of hits as they had given us 333 so far compared to the American’s 330.

Johnny Nash became the 109th act to reach 20 weeks in the charts while Rick Nelson was the 69th to reach the 30 weeks mark.

Alan Garrity’s weeks count tally ticked over to 48 and he moved tied 5th on the local weeks count list, equalling The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. A little lower down that list, 3 local lasses joined Murray Campbell in tied 13th spot as Jessica Jones, Lauren Copley and Barbara Ray all saw their totals move on to 33 weeks.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ set a new record for points for a song as its total moved on to 459, moving it 12 ahead of The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ which it shared the top spot with last week.

The Bee Gees, who sat second on the points by an artist list, closed the gap between themselves and Tom Jones as they passed the 1,500 mark to move on to 1,515. They were still 654 behind Jones who was on 2,169.

This week saw the 3rd time that the top 3 songs titles all started with the same letter. The previous 2 times were with ‘I Need Someone’ and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and ‘It’s Too Late Now’ on the 3rd and 17th of November 1972. We did see the ‘D’s in the top 3 spots way back in 1966, but that included Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ and I’ve excluded ‘The’ and ‘A’ at the start of a title, so an Afrikaans ‘Die’ shouldn’t count.

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12 January 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
2 1 19 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
3 4 11 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
4 5 8 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
5 3 13 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
6 6 31 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 13 9 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
8 7 5 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
9 12 20 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
10 8 6 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
11 10 7 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
12 11 17 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
13 15 12 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
14 9 6 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
15 14 4 Ben  – Michael Jackson
16 17 17 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
17 19 2 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
18 16 2 Annabelle  – Daniel Boone
19 18 2 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
20 New 1 Dreams are Ten a Penny  – Kincade

Johnny Nash’s run at the top of the charts with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ finally came to an end after an all-time record 13 straight weeks there. No other song would match this feat. Lobo gave us our first new number 1 in 3 months with his ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ which moved up from 2 while Nash’s hit fell 1 to 2. This continued our run with an American act at the top of the charts and this was the 20th straight week that the yanks had held the number 1 spot with Lobo’s 1 week being added to Nash’s 13 and the 6 that Dr Hook managed before Nash.

Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden Party’ picked up a second biggest climber award 5 weeks after it had last managed this. It moved up 6 from 13 to 7. This was the only star rater climb we saw this week. In so doing it became the 14th song so far to have a biggest climb after experiencing a biggest fall which it had seen the previous week.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 5 from 9 to 14. It was the second time she had seen a biggest faller with ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ picking up her first one 12 weeks previously.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ was the oldest on the charts and this was the 100th week where we had seen the oldest on the chart be by a local act. ‘I Need Someone’ had been with us for 31 weeks.

There was only 1 song that left the charts this week and that was The Sweet’s ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ which spent 13 weeks on the charts and peaked at 8. This was a 1 place better peak than their previous hit, ‘Little Willy’ which in turm had been better than the hit before that, ‘Poppa Joe’ which went to 12. Their 2 hits before that (which were their first 2 hits) both topped the charts.

New to the charts was British band Kincade with their song ‘Dreams Are Ten a Penny’. This was the first song to chart that mentioned a form of currency in its title. There would be 2 more (both referring to the dollar). Ironically, the song was released on the British label Penny Farthing. The song failed to chart in the UK or the US, but did make it to 2 in Germany, 6 in Australia, 13 in Austria and 18 in the Netherlands. A cover version by the band First Class (whom we would see on our charts in 1975) made number 83 in the US.

For a second week running we had 10 songs by solo male artists in the charts and more songs by local acts than from any other nationality as we had 8 with the Americans contribution 6, the Brits 4 and Ireland and Italy providing the other 2.

The Bee Gees overtook The Hollies for weeks in the charts as they had 121 to their name compared to the Hollies’ 120. The Bee Gees sat 2nd overall for weeks while The Hollies dropped into 3rd place.

Having 2 hits in the charts meant that Alan Garrity leapfrogged The Bats and John Edmond on the local weeks count list as he jumped from 8th to 6th with 46 weeks to his name. Jessica Jones and Lauren Copley both moved into tied 14th place on the local list, sharing the spot with Barbara Ray and The Dealians with all 4 acts being on 32.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ moved on to 447 points which equalled the best effort to date which The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ had managed.

Lauren Copley’s ‘It’s Too Late Now’ became the 19th song to reach 20 weeks in the charts. It was the 8th song by a local act to make this milestone and second (after Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’) by a local solo female.

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5 January 1973

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 18 I Can See Clearly Now  – Johnny Nash
2 6 4 I’d Love You to Want Me  – Lobo
3 4 12 Run to Me  – Bee Gees
4 2 10 Mouldy Old Dough  – Lieutenant Pigeon
5 3 7 I Need Your Love  – Letta Mbulu
6 5 30 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
7 9 4 Woman (Beautiful Woman)  – Don Gibson
8 13 5 Clair  – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
9 11 5 Wake Up Wake Up  – Jessica Jones
10 14 6 Today’s a Tomorrow  – Giorgio
11 12 16 A Shoulder to Cry On  – Denise Freeman
12 8 19 It’s too Late Now  – Lauren Copley
13 7 8 Garden Party  – Rick Nelson
14 18 3 Ben  – Michael Jackson
15 10 11 Hello-A  – Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest
16 New 1 Annabelle  – Daniel Boone
17 16 16 Burning Love  – Elvis Presley
18 New 1 Locomotive Breath  – Rabbitt
19 New 1 Home Isn’t Home Anymore  – Alan Garrity
20 19 13 Wig-Wam Bam  – Sweet

For the 3rd year running the first number 1 of the new year was the same song that had been at number 1 the last week of the previous year and this was a record run for this occurring. In total we had seen this happen 5 times. The number 1 in question this year was Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which set a new all-time record of 13 weeks at 1.

Lobo’s ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ made a star rater climb of 4 to get to number 2. But it was Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Clair’ which made the biggest climb moving up 5 from 13 to 8. There were 2 other star raters this week and they were Giorgio’s ‘Today’s A Tomorrow’ which moved up 4 from 14 to 10 and Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ which climbed 4 from 18 to 14.

Rick Nelson’s ‘Garden Party’ was the faller of the week with a 6 place drop from 7 to 13. This was 385 weeks since Nelson had seen his previous (and only other to date) biggest drop with ‘I Need You’ and this was the biggest gap between biggest faller awards to date, comprehensively beating the previous record of 235 weeks that Nancy Sinatra had held. Overall this would rank as the tied 17th biggest gap by the time the charts finished.

There were 3 songs which did not make it from 1972 into 1973 and the first of those was The Moody Blues’ ‘Nights In White Satin’. This was the 21st song we would see that would have a run of just 1 week at 20. There had been a further 7 that had spent just 1 week at 20 in a run, but they had had also seen other runs in the chart. This brought the curtain down on The Moody Blues’ SA Chart career. They had seen only 2 songs chart (the other being ‘Question’), spent a total of 7 weeks in the chart and ‘Question’s peak of 7 was their best.

Jessica Jones’ ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ made it to the opposite end of the top 20 to what ‘Nights In White Satin’ managed as it spent 3 weeks at number 1. It, however, ended its top 20 adventure this week after a record to date 26 weeks in the chart for a song by a solo woman. This would end up being the tied 11th highest weeks count for a song by a solo female artist by the time the charts finished in 1989, but it would be the 2nd highest number of weeks in the top 20 by a song by a woman (i.e. ignoring positions 21 to 30 when the charts were extended). Jessica was still in the charts with her hit ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ sitting at 9 this week. The departure of ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ did mean that we dropped from the all time record of 5 hits by local women in the charts down to 4 after having seen 4 weeks at this record level. There would be 2 more weeks where we would see 5 hits by local solo female artists in the top 20.

Last of the leavers was Gallery’s ‘Nice To Be With You’ which lasted 27 weeks and peaked at 3. Of the 11 songs that would spend 27 weeks or more in the top 20 (ignoring time spent in positions 21 to 30 once the charts were extended), 7 would top the charts, 2 would peak at 2, ‘Nice To be With You’ would be the only one to peak at 3 and 1 (still to come) would only make it to 4. ‘Nice To Be With You’ would be Gallery’s only SA chart hit.

While the second biggest hit of 1972 based on points (Gallery’s ‘Nice To be With You’) left the charts, the artist on the 3rd biggest hit (‘Beautiful Sunday’) Daniel Boone returned to the charts with his 4th hit, ‘Annabelle’. As with ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and ‘Sunshine Lover’ he had written the song with Ronnie McQueen. However it did not chart in the UK, but did manage to become his 2nd US hit, climbing to number 86 on the charts there.

The second new entry was the 180th hit by a local band to chart and it was brought to us a Rabbitt, however, this was not the line-up that was to become the heartthobs in the mid to late 70s. Trevor Rabin would be the only member in this early line-up who would be on the 1975 album ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. Before Duncan Faure, Ronnie Robot and Neil Cloud joined the band, the members were Trevor Rabin, Errol Friedman, Francis Roos, Louis Forer and Cedric Samson. ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a cover version of the Jethro Tull song which appeared on their ‘Aqualung’ album. The famous Rabbitt line up re-recorded the song in 1975 for the album ‘Boys Will Be Boys.

Last of the new entries was by the man who brought us the top hit of 1972. Alan Garrity’s ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ which was his 3rd hit to chart. Garrity became the 42nd artist and 8th local one to have more than 1 song in the chart in the same week as the aforementioned top hit of 1972, ‘I Need Someone’, was sitting at 6. ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ was written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. It was the 6th hit for Murray and 9th for Callender who had brought us hits like Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’. The earliest recording of ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’ that I can find was by a group called Heathmore who recorded it in 1969. Joe Dolan also recorded it in 1972.

It had been 47 weeks since we last saw it, but this week we had half of the chart positions occupied by songs by solo male artists. There were 6 by groups, 5 by solo females and 1 by a duet to make up the rest of the charts. The local acts led the way again with 8 of the top 20. They had shared the lead with the Americans in 2 of the past 3 weeks and were second in one of those, but had had the outright lead 4 weeks back.

This week was also the 6th time that we only had 2 songs on the charts that were either at number 1, had been at number 1 or would become number 1. Aside from the current chart topper there were no previous number 1s in the top 20, just 1 future number 1.

The Brits took the outright lead once again for number of hits to chart to date as they had brought us 331 compared to the American’s 330.

Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ became the second song (after The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’) to reach the 30 weeks in the charts mark. The difference between the 2 was that Garrity achieved this with an unbroken run while The Staccato’s was not in consecutive weeks. We also saw The Bee Gees hit 120 weeks in the charts and Daniel Boone became the 34th act to clock up 50 weeks. The Bee Gees were now tied 2nd with The Hollies for weeks in the chats. They had also spent at least 1 week in the chart every year since 1967, a run of 7 years. Jessica Jones moved on to 31 weeks and this put her tied 16th for weeks on the local list.

Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ passed the 300 points mark as its total moved on to 314. It was the 14th song so far to pass this landmark number of points.

Like The Bee Gees, Giorgio was also seeing his consecutive years charting increase had he had been in the charts for at least 1 week in every year from 1970, a run of 4 years.

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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.

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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