5 May 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 3 9 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
3 2 9 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
4 6 9 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
5 5 8 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
6 4 9 Without You  – Nilsson
7 New 1 Amazing Grace  – Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
8 7 10 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
9 10 6 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
10 8 6 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
11 14 2 Beg, Steal or Borrow  – New Seekers
12 17 8 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
13 9 12 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
14 RE 3 Day After Day  – Badfinger
15 15 8 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
16 12 6 A Horse with No Name  – America
17 New 1 Pasadena  – John Edmond
18 20 4 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters
19 18 2 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)  – Robert John
20 New 1 The Rangers Waltz  – Mom and Dads

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ moved on to 3 weeks at number 1 and no longer had to worry about Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’, the previous number 1, breathing down its neck, but did have to be concerned about a resurgence of the number 1 before Chicory Tips’ hit, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’, which moved back up the charts from 3 to 2.

The Sweet’s ‘Poppa Joe’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 17 to 12. This was the 13th time a song had taken biggest climber after having been the faller of the week. The song had been last week’s biggest faller. This was The Sweet’s 3rd time with the climber of the week award.

There were no other songs that made a 4 place or more star rater climb this week.

Faller of the week honours went to The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ and America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’ which both dropped 4 places to land at 13 and 16 respectively.

James Lloyd’s ‘If You Go’ lasted just 1 week on the charts and spent that week at number 19. It would not, however, be the end of his SA chart career.

Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ had spent 13 weeks in the chart and 3 of those had been in an interrupted run at number 1. This brought the curtain down on Melanie’s SA chart career. Apart from ‘Brand New Key’ she had seen one other song chart and that was her cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’. In total she spent 19 weeks in the charts with her time at 1 with ‘Brand New Key’ being her best peak. She accumulated 215 points which was the 15th highest total to date for a female artist.

We ended up saying goodbye to both versions of ‘Mother’ this week as Barbra Streisand’s and John Lennon’s versions both left the charts. Streisand had spent 15 weeks in the chart with her version and had enjoyed 1 week at 1 being the song that interrupted ‘Brand New Key’s chart topping escapades mentioned above. Lennon’s original version only made it to number 5 during its 12 week run. So far 12 weeks was the best an ex-Beatle hit had managed on our charts and aside from ‘Mother’, we had also seen George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’, Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ and John Lennon’s other hit to date, ‘Imagine’, manage this. The final position of 11 in the charts for ‘Mother’ would be the highest position that we would ever see an ex-Beatle would leave the chart from.

The Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ ‘Amazing Grace’ became the 13th song (of an eventual total of 14) that would enter the charts at 7 or higher. It was also the 30th instrumental song to chart and the 30th song to chart in more than 1 version as we had already seen Judy Collins’ vocal version chart. The artist on the new entry (whose full name I am not going to keep typing for fear of getting RSI) would have the longest name of any act to chart (and that includes duets!) coming in at 59 characters (excluding spaces). The next best would only be 30 characters, a good 29 letters shorter. ‘Amazing Grace’ by TPADATMBOTRSDG (even typing the initials can give one a sprained wrist) made number 1 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day’ became the 26th song to re-appear in the charts as it bounced back after an absence of 1 week. Its entry position for this run was a tied second highest to date for a re-entry equalling the 14th place re-entry position that Matt Monro’s ‘Wednesday’s Child’ had managed, but was outdone by Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ and Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ which both re-entered the charts at 10. We would see 1 more song re-enter at 10 and 1 more do so at 14 making 10 and 14 the overall top 2 positions for a re-entry. This was the 8th time a song had re-entered the charts this year and this was the record to date number of re-entries for a year so far. 1971 had seen 6 and now dropped into second place.

John Edmond also returned to the charts, but his return was with a new song. ‘Pasadena’ was his 4th SA top 20 hit and was a cover of a song by John Paul Young. The latter version would peak at number 16 on the Australian charts where Young lived. We would have to wait 4 years before we would see him chart on our charts. This was the 15th song to chart where Terry Dempsey was listed as the producer (producers were not always listed) and this put him 4th for hits by a producer (where they were mentioned). Mickie Most and Peter Sullivan shared first place with 21, while Jeff Barry was next with 16. There were 134 songs to charts so far where no producer is listed.

Last of the new entries went some way to make up for the loss of ‘Mothers’ as it was by a band called The Moms and Dads and featured a 67 year old woman (Doris Crow), a 60 year old man (Leslie Welch), a 53 year old man (Harold Hendren) and a youngster (Quentin Ratcliff was a mere 34 years old). There was a 44 year age gap between Doris Crow and Neil Reid at number 8 as he was a tender 13 year old. ‘The Ranger’s Waltz’ would be the 31st instrumental song to chart in SA. It just missed out on a Billboard Hot 100 placing in the US as it apparently peaked at 101 there.

The departure of Melanie and Barbra Streisand from the charts this week meant we were once again with no solo female artist in the top 20. This was the 13th time we had seen this and the run of having solo women in the charts that had just ended had lasted 15 weeks. Barbra Streisand’s departure also meant that the baton for oldest song on the chart was handed over from ‘Mother’ to The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ which sat on 12 weeks and this was the lowest weeks total for the oldest on the charts that we had seen in 32 weeks.

John Edmond moved into tied 18th place on the local weeks count list where he equalled Al Debbo’s total of 24. The Sweet led the way for total weeks for the artists who were in this week’s top 20 as they had accumulated 42 to date. Middle Of The Road were second with 36 while Michael Holm was 3rd with 34.

‘I Will Return’ moved into tied 9th position for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version as its 24 weeks in total (16 by Springwater’s version and 8 by Michael Holm’s) put it on level pegging with ‘Sugar, Sugar’ which had charted for The Archies and Sakkarin.

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28 April 1972

boone_sunday

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 2 8 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
3 3 8 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
4 5 8 Without You  – Nilsson
5 4 7 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
6 6 8 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
7 8 9 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
8 11 5 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
9 7 11 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
10 9 5 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
11 10 12 Mother  – John Lennon
12 15 5 A Horse with No Name  – America
13 12 15 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
14 New 1 Beg, Steal or Borrow  – New Seekers
15 13 7 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
16 17 13 Brand New Key  – Melanie
17 14 7 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
18 New 1 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)  – Robert John
19 New 1 If You Go  – James Lloyd
20 19 3 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters

‘Beautiful Sunday’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 while previous chart topper, Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’, was unmoved at 2. The number 1 before that, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ spent a second week at 3.

Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ became the second song by a Canadian act to pick up 2 biggest climber awards as the song managed to be the climber of the week with just a 3 place jump from 15 to 12. The only other Canadian song to have 2 biggest climbers to its name was Lucille Starr’s ‘Send Me No Roses’ which managed it with 2 6 place climbs. ‘Heart Of Gold’ shared the award this week with America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’ which moved up from 15 to 12.

The Sweet picked up their 6th biggest faller as ‘Poppa Joe’ took the honours with a 6 place drop from 11 to 17. They were the 12th act to see this many biggest fallers.

‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’ by The New Seekers was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It had spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 10 but was a far cry from the 21 weeks and a peak of 2 that their only other hit to date, ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ had managed.

Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day’ lasted just 2 weeks in the charts and spent both of them at 18. This was not the end of their SA chart career though.

Last to go was Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ which had managed a return to the charts once, but would not be able to repeat this as this was the end of the road for them. The song, Springwater’s only SA chart hit, spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2. It would be 1 of only 2 songs that would re-enter the charts that would peak at 2. No re-entry would top the chart.

This week saw the 14th occasion where an act replaced themselves on the charts as The New Seekers’ 3rd SA chart hit, ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’, took the place of the departing ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’. Of the 13 previous occasions that an act had replaced themselves, 2 where managed by Cliff Richard. No other act had managed it twice. ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’ was the UK’s entry into the Eurovision Song Competition in 1972 which was held in Edinburgh. It came second to ‘Apres Toi’ (also known as ‘Come What May’), the Luxembourg entry performed by Vicky Leandros. In the UK both of these songs peaked at 2 on the charts there but ‘Beg Steal Or Borrow’ fared better in the US than ‘Come What May’ as it made 81 while Vicky Leandros’ hit never made the Billboard Hot 100.

The second new entry was a song about which much has been written. Based on ‘Mbube’ a song by Solomon Linda & The Evening Birds, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ (sometimes called ‘Wimoweh’) has gone on to sell millions of copies worldwide. The first major version was The Weavers 1952 one (‘Wimoweh’) which made number 6 in the US. Then in 1961 Karl Denver took ‘Wimoweh’ to number 4 in the UK while The Tokens took ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ to number 1 in the US and 11 in the UK. Robert John’s version, which was a new entry on our charts this week, was the next to hit the US charts in 1972 and went to number 3 and later that same year, Dave Newman managed to get to 34 with it. In 1982 Tight Fit topped the UK charts with a version that featured South Africa’s very own Richard Jon Smith on backing vocals.

The last of the new entries was the second hit for James Lloyd. Lloyd had last been seen on the charts 77 weeks previously with ‘Keep On Smiling’. ‘If You Go’ was written by Albert W. Ketelby who would go on to have 1 more hit on our charts, but we would have to wait till 1976 before this arrived and it would be with a song recorded by a local act. This was the 9th song by a Jamaican act to make our charts and Jamaica sat 7th on the list of hits by artists from a nation, 1 behind Germany and Australia and 2 ahead of France.

The number of hits by British acts accounted for 8 of the top 20 and this was the first time in 8 weeks that this was less than half the chart as the Poms had accounted for between 10 and 12 out of the top 20 in the last 8 weeks. In total 6 different nations were represented in this week’s charts with the Brits having 8, the Americans 7, local acts 2 and Canada, Germany and Jamaica having 1 each. It was 13 week previously that the chart had been this diverse.

John Lennon passed George Harrison’s weeks count as he ticked over to 24 week in total in the chart and he now led the way for weeks by an ex-Beatle.

This was the 14th week that we had seen 6 songs in the chart that had a peak of number 1 (including the current chart topper). There had only been 2 weeks so far where this had been an all-time record of 7.

‘Mother’ moved into 6th place for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as its total moved on to 27. As mentioned above ‘I Will Return’ lost 1 of its 2 versions from the chart, but its weeks count moved on to 23 and the song moved into tied 10th place on the list sharing the spot with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Boxtops and Trini Lopez).

As a final stat, this week saw the lowest movement up the charts that we had seen to date with the total of all the upwards movements (2 songs climbing 3 and 3 songs climbing 1) coming to 9 which was 1 less than 17 September 1965 which had seen a total climb count of 10, the previous lowest total.

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21 April 1972

boone_sunday

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 1 7 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
3 2 7 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
4 6 6 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
5 3 7 Without You  – Nilsson
6 8 7 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
7 5 10 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
8 7 8 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
9 11 4 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
10 9 11 Mother  – John Lennon
11 16 4 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
12 10 14 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
13 13 6 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
14 12 6 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
15 15 4 A Horse with No Name  – America
16 17 16 I Will Return  – Springwater
17 14 12 Brand New Key  – Melanie
18 18 2 Day After Day  – Badfinger
19 20 2 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters
20 19 9 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers

Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’ lasted just 1 week at the top of the charts as it was ousted from the number 1 position this week by Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ which moved up from 4 to 1 and was the 28th song so far to move up 3 or more places to take pole position. ‘Son Of My Father’ dropped to 2. Just over 60% of the time so far that a song had dropped from the top spot it had landed at number 2.

Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 16 to 11. This was the 9th time a Canadian act had taken the award with 4 of the previous 8 being when Lucille Starr managed it and 2 were with R Dean Taylor. Andy Kim and Gordon Lightfoot were the other 2 for those who really want to know. There were no other star raters this week.

Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ was the biggest faller for the second week running and it only took a 3 place fall for it to take the award.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ enjoyed its 16th week on the chart and was the oldest in the top 20 for the 4th week running. It was the 5th instrumental song so far to be the oldest in the charts and the 4 weeks it had been the oldest was the second longest an instrumental had managed this with 2 songs having manged 8 weeks and they were ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ by Roger Williams and ‘Time Is Tight’ by Booker T & The MG’s.

For the 4th time since the charts started we had no movement on or off the top 20. One of the previous occasions was when the charts were ‘frozen’ over what was the Easter weekend that particular year.

The New Seekers reached the 30 weeks in the chart mark while The Sweet moved on to 40. They were the 61st and 42nd act respectively to reach those particular milestones.

Barbra Streisand and John Lennon’s respective versions of ‘Mother’ had now clocked up a total of 25 weeks between them and this placed them 8th on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. Springwater and Michael Holm’s version of ‘I Will Return’ moved on to 22 weeks between the 2 versions and moved into 12th place on that list, sharing the spot with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ which Herman’s Hermits and The New Vaudeville Band had charted with.

This week John Lennon equalled George Harrison for weeks in the chart by an ex-Beatle as his total ticked over to 23 to match that of his fellow bandmate.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us moved back up over the 7 mark for the first time in 7 week. It now sat at 7.3.

This week our chart featured 5 songs that were also on the Norwegian top 10, 4 on the Belgium top 20, 3 on the Dutch and US top 20s and 2 on the Swiss top 10 and UK top 20, so we most closely resembled the Norwegians this week.

This week also featured half of the Neil’s that would ever make our charts with Neil Young and Neil Reid featuring in the top 20. Only Neil Diamond and Neil Herbert (who was still to feature) were missing in order to complete a full house of Neil’s.

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14 April 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
2 1 6 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
3 5 6 Without You  – Nilsson
4 9 3 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
5 4 9 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
6 3 5 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
7 7 7 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
8 12 6 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
9 10 10 Mother  – John Lennon
10 8 13 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
11 17 3 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
12 13 5 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
13 11 5 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
14 6 11 Brand New Key  – Melanie
15 14 3 A Horse with No Name  – America
16 18 3 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
17 15 15 I Will Return  – Springwater
18 New 1 Day After Day  – Badfinger
19 16 8 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
20 New 1 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters

Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’ moved into the number 1 spot this week, climbing up 1 from 2 while last week’s number 1, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child reunion’ fell to 2. ‘Son Of My Father’ was the 57th song by a British act to top our charts but more significantly it brought up the 150 weeks at 1 for British acts. The Brits led the way for this stat with the Americans on 128 weeks in second place and local acts on 63 coming third.

Waterloo picked up the 73rd biggest climber award for a local act as their hit ‘Rock And Roll Lullaby’ climbed 6 places from 17 to 11 to take the honours. Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’ were the other star raters this week which climbed 5 and 4 places respectively to land at 4 and 8 (also respectively).

Former chart topper Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 8 from 6 to 14. This was the 3rd time a song by a solo female artist had fallen 8 places in a week with only Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’ which dropped 9 in a week and Sandie Shaw’s ‘You’ve Not Changed’ which fell a record to date 10 in a week having seen bigger fallers.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest on the charts as its weeks count ticked over to 15.

Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ ended its SA chart career with a 3rd run of only 1 week in the top 20. The first 2 runs had been 1 week at 18 and the last one was a week at 20 giving the song a chart career of 3 weeks and a peak of 18. This would be their only SA chart success.

Elvis Presley’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ was the only other song leaving the chart this week. It spent 9 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 6. This made it the closest to average in terms of chart performance by Elvis’ 9 hits to date as he averaged 9.44 weeks per hit with an average peak of 5. One other Elvis hit matched the average peak exactly (‘Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby’) but was a bit further off the average weeks as it managed 12.

The first of our new entries was Badfinger’s second single to chart in SA. ‘Day After Day’ arrived at number 18 approximately a year and 2 weeks after ‘No Matter What’ was last seen in the charts. Like ‘No Matter What’, ‘Day After Day’ was penned by band member Peter Ham, but unlike its predecessor, it was produced by a certain George Harrison. It gave Badfinger a number 4 hit in the US (their highest ever placing there) and a number 10 hit in the UK. It also charted in Holland (number 19) and Belgium (number 29).

The second new entry was The Carpenters first song to chart in SA, ‘Hurting Each Other’. The song was written by Gary Geld and Peter Udell in 1965 and had been recorded a number of times before The Carpenters laid their hands on it. It was their 9th song to get onto the Billboard Hot 100 and their 4th to get to number 2 there. It didn’t chart in the UK, but made number 2 in Canada.

There was no movement on the top 20 of the overall weeks count list and the local weeks count list but there was movement on the weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as ‘Mother’, which was currently charting with versions by Barbra Streisand (13 weeks) and John Lennon (10 weeks), moved on to 23 weeks in total and climbed into tied 9th spot on the list. It shared that place with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg & We Three). The other song that was enjoying chart success with 2 versions, ‘I Will Return’ (Springwater – 15 weeks, Michael Holm – 5 weeks), moved on to 20 weeks in total and into 13th place.

We had seen a total of 16 songs so far that had Beatles involvement. These were 4 Beatles tracks, 2 covers of Beatles songs, 3 songs that members of the Beatles had produced, 6 songs by Beatles members as solo artists and a cover of one of those solo songs. The sum total of weeks of these 16 songs was 156 and 3 of the songs had made number 1. These were The Beatles’ ‘Help’, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’.

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7 April 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
2 3 5 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
3 7 4 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
4 1 8 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
5 2 5 Without You  – Nilsson
6 5 10 Brand New Key  – Melanie
7 8 6 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
8 10 12 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
9 13 2 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
10 6 9 Mother  – John Lennon
11 11 4 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
12 14 5 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
13 12 4 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
14 16 2 A Horse with No Name  – America
15 9 14 I Will Return  – Springwater
16 18 7 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
17 19 2 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
18 20 2 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
19 15 9 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
20 RE 3 Joy  – Apollo 100

One of the 4 Simon & Garfunkel hits that made our charts had managed to go to number 1 and that was ‘The Sound Of Silence’, their first SA chart hit. Now Paul Simon managed to get to number 1 with his first solo hit, ‘Mother And Child Reunion’. It jumped up 4 places from 5 to take the top spot and was the 27th song to jump 4 or more places to get to number 1 with 12 of those 27 having a bigger jump than 4 places. Previous number 1, The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ dropped to number 4 and was the 14th song to drop to 4 or lower from the top spot with only 3 of those 14 falling further then number 4.

The biggest climb was 4 places this week so the 2 songs that managed this were also the only star raters. Middle Of The Road’s ‘Sacramento’ climbed 4 to 3 from 7 and Daniel Boone saw his ‘Beautiful Sunday’ move up 4 from 13 to 9. It was Middle Of The Road’s 5th time with the biggest climber and Boone’s second.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 9 to 15 to take the award. It was its first time as the faller of the week. The good news for Springwater was that for the second week running their song was the oldest in the top 20 as it moved on to 14 weeks.

Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Banks Of The Ohio’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It spent 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9, making it the 27th song to have an equal weeks and peak number. It was the 6th time that 9 had been the equal weeks and peak figure and this was the second highest total after the 8 times we had seen 7 be the matching pair with 8 being in 3rd place having occurred 5 times.

Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ became the 4th of 7 songs we would ultimately see re-enter the charts twice as it returned for a 3rd run with us. Its previous 2 runs had only lasted 1 week, both of which were at number 18 so thus far this was the songs worst run to date.

Michael Holm enjoyed his 30th week in the charts. He was the 60th act so far to reach this total and the 3rd act that was not from the UK, US or SA to do so. The other 2 ‘Rest Of The World’ acts to get to 30 weeks so far were Australia’s The Seekers and Canada’s Lucille Starr.

‘Mother’ by Barbra Streisand and John Lennon had now clocked up 21 weeks between the 2 versions. It remained in 12th spot on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version, but no longer shared the spot with ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ and ‘For Your Precious Love’. ‘I Will Return’ by Springwater and Michael Holm moved on to 18 weeks and moved into tied 15th place alongside ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Believer’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

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31 March 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
2 8 4 Without You  – Nilsson
3 4 4 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
4 6 4 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
5 3 9 Brand New Key  – Melanie
6 7 8 Mother  – John Lennon
7 11 3 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
8 10 5 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
9 5 13 I Will Return  – Springwater
10 2 11 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
11 20 3 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
12 17 3 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
13 New 1 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
14 14 4 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
15 9 8 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
16 New 1 A Horse with No Name  – America
17 12 9 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
18 16 6 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
19 New 1 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
20 New 1 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young

The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ spent a second week at the top of the charts while Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ slipped into second place with a star rater climb of 6 places. It was however, beaten to the biggest climber award by Michael Holm’s ‘I Will Return’ which jumped 9 places from 20 to 11 to take the award this week.

There were 2 other songs which made a star rater climb of 4 or more places and they were Middle Of The Road’s ‘Sacramento’ which moved up 4 from 11 to 7 and The Sweet’s ‘Poppa Joe’ which climbed 5 from 17 to 12. For Holm and Middle Of The Road it was their 5th star rater climb while The Sweet celebrated their 4th and Nilsson his 3rd.

Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ was the faller this week, dropping 8 from 2 to 10 and this would be the all-time record biggest fall a song would see from the number 2 spot. We would have to wait just over 7 years before we saw a song drop 7 places from number 2.

Middle Of The Road’s run of 2 weeks with 2 in the chart came to an end as ‘Soley Soley’ was the first of 4 songs to leave the chart this week. It had lasted 16 weeks and enjoyed 4 of those sitting at the number 1 spot. Its departure meant that Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ on 13 weeks was the new oldest song in the charts.

Apollo’s ‘Joy’ managed to emulate its first chart run exactly with a second 1 week stay at number 18 bringing its total weeks count up to 2.

Another song which had also been a re-entry was also leaving the charts. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sailor’s Lament’ did fare a little better than Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ as it lasted 4 weeks with a peak of 13. Its total chart run was 5 weeks and 13 was the best place it managed. This was by far the worst performance for a Creedence hit with all 9 of their previous hits having gone top 10.

The last song to go had also been a re-entry and it re-entered the charts twice. ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ by Tony Christie finally managed a longer run in the charts than the 2 one-week runs it had started its SA chart career with. This run lasted 12 weeks and the song peaked at 6 during that time. Overall its weeks total was 14.

Daniel Boone followed up the recent success of ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ with a new hit, ‘Beautiful Sunday’. The song, which Boone co-wrote with Ronnie McQueen, would be the first of 3 Top 100 hits that he would have in the US and the only one to make top 20, peaking as it did at number 15 there. It would also be the second of only 2 of his hits to chart in the UK and it peaked at number 17 there. His previous SA hit, ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’, had made 17 in the UK.

America, the band not the country, joined us at number 16 this week with ‘A Horse With No Name’, which, despite the name and nationality of the band (they were American), was recorded in England. The 3 members of America were sons of U.S. Air Force personnel based in the UK and they started their career in the UK. ‘A Horse With No Name’ topped the Billboard 100 in the US as well as going to number 1 in Canada and Finland. In the UK it got to number 3. It was the first of 4 songs to chart in SA that mentioned ‘horse’ (or ‘horses’) in its title.

Local band Waterloo were the third new entrant this week and they managed this with a cover version of B.J. Thomas’ hit ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Lullaby.’ The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who had brought us Elvis Presley’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’. Overall it was a 5th hit for Mann as song writer and a 3rd for Weil. Waterloo was the 3rd act to chart that would share a name with a song that would eventually chart. The other 2 so far to do this were The Shadows (ignoring the ‘The’) and The Moody Blues (again ignoring the ‘The’ and also the song that would chart would be a singular ‘Moody Blue’). There had also been 3 songs so far to chart where we would see later an act that shared the same name as the song chart and there were Sunny, Sailor and Joy.

Last new entry was the only Neil Young song we would see on the charts. ‘Heart Of Gold’ was the 18th song by a Canadian artist to chart. This consolidated the Canadians position on the hits by a nation list as they sat 4th and were 8 clear of the Aussies and the Germans who were tied 5th with 10 each.  ‘Heart Of Gold’ topped the US charts for 1 week, knocking our number 2 song this week, Nilsson’s ‘Without You’, off the top spot before being knocked off the number 1 spot itself by fellow new entrant, ‘A Horse With No Name’. It also made it to number 1 in Young’s native Canada and managed number 4 hit in Norway, 8 in Holland, 10 in the UK and 14 in Zimbabwe. The song has been widely covered by such diverse acts as Diana Krall, Johnny Cash, Boney M and Tori Amos, but as yet no cover version has made the UK or US charts.

John Lennon reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark and was the second ex-Beatle after George Harrison to reach this milestone. Harrison still led the way for weeks by an ex-Beatle with 23 to his name. Lennon was second on 20 with Ringo on 12 and Paul sitting last at this point with 10.

Elvis shook off The Staccatos on the weeks count list as his total ticked over to 84, but this was not enough to move him off 11th place. The Staccatos dropped to 12th.

‘Mother’ moved into tied 12th place for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. Its 19 weeks to date put it level with ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love (Mindbenders and Petula Clark) and ‘For Your Precious Love’ (Flames and Oscar Toney Jr). ‘I Will Return’ on 16 weeks shared 17th place with ‘Elusive Butterfly’ (Judy Page and Bob Lind) and ‘This Is My Song (Harry Secombe and Petula Clark).

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24 March 1972

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
2 3 10 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
3 1 8 Brand New Key  – Melanie
4 7 3 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
5 4 12 I Will Return  – Springwater
6 10 3 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
7 5 7 Mother  – John Lennon
8 13 3 Without You  – Nilsson
9 6 7 I Just Can’t Help Believing  – Elvis Presley
10 11 4 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
11 14 2 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
12 9 8 Banks of the Ohio  – Olivia Newton-John
13 12 14 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
14 17 3 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
15 16 5 Sailor’s Lament  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 18 5 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers
17 20 2 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
18 RE 2 Joy  – Apollo 100
19 8 16 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
20 19 2 I Will Return  – Michael Holm

The Congregation’s ‘Softly Whispering I Love You’ was the new number 1 this week as it displaced Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ from the top spot after the latter had enjoyed an interrupted run of 3 weeks in pole position. The former chart topper dropped to 3 while another former number 1, Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ climbed up 1 from 3 to 2.

Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ gave him his first biggest climber as it moved up 5 from 13 to 8 to take the award this week. Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ was once again one off the pace for the biggest climber award as it made a star rater climb of 4 from 10 to 6 and this followed up last week’s 9 place jump which was 1 shy of the 10 place biggest climb that ‘Son Of My Father’ by Chicory Tip made.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ was the faller of the week for a second time (last time was 2 weeks previous) as it fell 11 from 8 to 19. This was a record to date equalling fall with The Who’s ‘See Me Feel Me’ being the only other song to manage a fall this big. To date 9 songs had seen a fall 10 or more places in a week. Middle Of The Road could take some comfort from the fact that ‘Soley Soley’ was the oldest in the charts for a second week running as its weeks count moved on to 16.

There was only 1 song that left the chart this week and it was André’s ‘Ek Is Verlief Op Jou’ which had spent 4 weeks with us and peaked at 14. This was the second lowest peak by an Afrikaans song to date and the lowest weeks count. In terms of points it sat at the bottom of the list for Afrikaans songs to date. This left us with just 1 local song on the chart in the form of The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’

It was only the March of 1972 and already we had seen 5 re-entries this year and this week we saw the 6th in the shape of Apollo 100’s ‘Joy’ which returned after just 1 week out of the charts to keep the 100% record of all instrumentals that initially spent just 1 week in the charts, managing to come back for a second run. ‘Joy’ was the 25th song to re-enter the charts and the 6 times we had seen re-entries so far in 1972 equalled the total that we saw in 1967 and was one shy of the record to date 7 we had seen in a year and that was in 1971.

The Brits accounted for 12 of the top 20 songs this week and the last time we had seen a nation dominate the charts to this extent was on 13 February 1970 when the Americans where the ones who had 12 in the chart.

Tony Christie and Middle Of The Road both celebrated their 30th week in the chart. 59 acts so far had reached this milestone.

Elvis climbed in to 11th place on the weeks count list with his total ticking over to 83 and he shared the spot with the highest placed local act on that list, The Staccatos. Nearer the top of the list, Creedence Clearwater Revival joined Percy Sledge and The Troggs in 3rd place on 105 weeks with The Bee Gees on 108 and Tom Jones on 184 ahead of them.

‘Mother’ moved into 16th place for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 17 weeks in total. The other song on the chart that had 2 versions and was clocking up the weeks was ‘I Will Return’ which moved on to 14 weeks and this put it tied 19th.

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