UK Top 20: August 5, 1972 Ft. The Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra 1972 / 10538 Overture
New Entry: Number 20: The Electric Light Orchestra

Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending 5 August, 1972


Donny Osmond continued his reign with the best selling single in the UK this week in 1972, accruing a fifth week at the top of the charts with his cover of the 1960 minor British hit from Paul AnkaPuppy Love.

Meanwhile, several singles were challenging for the Number One spot and were beginning to line up behind him. Most notably Alice Cooper whose recording of School's Out leapt a further four places to Number 2 and who would soon replace the American teen idol at the top.

One of last week's new entries recorded the biggest climb within the Top 20 as Popcorn by Hot Butter moved up eight places to Number 11. Elsewhere, the chart was somewhat bereft of new songs with only Gilbert O'Sullivan briefly returning to the Twenty, although a significant twenty-five place rise saw The Electric Light Orchestra register their first UK Top 20 hit with the now-classic 10538 Overture

Donny Osmond at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) - Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 02 (06) - Alice Cooper - School's Out 
  • 03 (02) - Dr Hook and the Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother 
  • 04 (05) - Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs - Seaside Shuffle 
  • 05 (04) - The Partridge Family - Breaking Up is Hard to Do 
  • 06 (03) - Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2 
  • 07 (12) - Hawkwind - Silver Machine 
  • 08 (07) - Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now 
  • 09 (08) - The New Seekers - Circles 
  • 10 (17) - The Supremes - Automatically Sunshine 
  • 11 (19) - Hot Butter - Popcorn 
  • 12 (10) - David Bowie - Starman 
  • 13 (09) - Bruce Ruffin - Mad About You 
  • 14 (20) - Mary Wells - My Guy 
  • 15 (13) - The Who - Join Together 
  • 16 (15) - The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Wow 
  • 17 (11) - The Sweet - Little Willy 
  • 18 (16) - Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 19 (21) - Gilbert O'Sullivan - Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day (Re)
  • 20 (45) - The Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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20: The Electric Light Orchestra: 10538 Overture

The only new entry to this week's Top 20 was the first ever single release by the recently formed Electric Light Orchestra - a concept originated by The Move's Roy Wood together with new band mate, Jeff Lynne.

Written by Lynne, 10538 Overture was originally intended as a B-Side for The Move. However, with Wood and Lynne more interested in the ELO project, the song became the new band's first song.

Consequently, The Move folded and the Electric Light Orchestra became the pair's focus, giving birth to one of the classic rock/pop bands of the era.

This track would go on to peak at Number 9, but all was not well in the ELO camp. Roy Wood left the group during 10538 Overture's chart run, re-emerging some months later with his band, Wizzard. This left Jeff Lynne to take the reins as the creative force behind ELO, leading it through the 1970s and beyond.

The UK Number 1 album this week:
  • Various Artists: 20 Dynamic Hits


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)



UK Top 20: July 29, 1972 Ft. The Supremes

Automatically Sunshine - The Supremes
New Entry: Number 17: The Supremes

Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending 29 July 1972


Still no change at the top of the UK Singles Chart as Donny Osmond accumulated a fourth week at Number 1 with his recording of the Paul Anka composition, Puppy Love.

However, there were several big climbers lining up behind him, one of which would soon successfully challenge for the Number 1 position. That would be the single making the greatest jump within the Top 20, courtesy of Alice Cooper whose recording of School's Out climbed eleven places to Number 6.

Three new records made their first appearance in the Twenty as discs by Hot Butter, The Supremes and Mary Wells replaced recordings by Don McLean, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Michael Jackson.

Donny Osmond at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 02 (03) Dr Hook and the Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother 
  • 03 (02) Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2 
  • 04 (07) The Partridge Family - Breaking Up is Hard to Do 
  • 05 (12) Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs - Seaside Shuffle 
  • 06 (17) Alice Cooper - School's Out 
  • 07 (05) Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now 
  • 08 (04) The New Seekers - Circles 
  • 09 (14) Bruce Ruffin - Mad About You 
  • 10 (18) David Bowie - Starman 
  • 11 (06) The Sweet - Little Willy 
  • 12 (20) Hawkwind - Silver Machine 
  • 13 (09) The Who - Join Together 
  • 14 (16) Love Unlimited - Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love 
  • 15 (13) The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Wow 
  • 16 (08) Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 17 (25) The Supremes - Automatically Sunshine 
  • 18 (10) Elvis Presley - American Trilogy 
  • 19 (41) Hot Butter - Popcorn 
  • 20 (26) Mary Wells - My Guy
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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17: The Supremes: Automatically Sunshine

Written by Motown stalwart Smokey Robinson, Automatically Sunshine became The (reconfigured) Supremes' fifth UK Top 10 hit and the second lifted from the group's album Floy Joy.

Like the previous single, Floy Joy, lead vocals were shared by original Supreme Mary Wilson and Diana Ross's replacement Jean Terrell.

By now, The Supremes were not a priority within the Motown stable and promotion of their new material became conspicuous by its absence.

Consequently, Automatically Sunshine became the group's last US Top 40 entry for four years (#37) and their final UK Top 10 placing (#10).

19: Hot Butter: Popcorn

Originally recorded by its composer Gershon Kingsley in 1969, Popcorn became one of the earliest examples of synthpop and was brought to international attention when covered by Stan Free under the moniker Hot Butter.

Employing substantial use of the Moog synthesizer, Popcorn became one of the earliest hit recordings to be classed as electropop or technopop - or at least a forerunner to those musical terms.

It was a massive global hit, appearing in the charts in Australia and across mainland Europe and Scandinavia. In the US it peaked at Number 9, while in the UK it would rise to Number 5.

20: Mary Wells: My Guy

The third of this week's new entries was not new at all, having previously peaked at Number 5 on the UK chart in 1964.

In a year of re-releases, Mary Wells found herself back in the listing with her classic recording of the Smokey Robinson song, My Guy.

In fact, this would turn out to be the biggest song of Wells's career. It took her to Number 1 in the States in 1964, but would be her final hit for Motown, leaving the company in the same year when she became 21-years-old.

Her follow-up releases at various record labels never managed to have the impact of this much-loved tune.

In the UK, the revival of My Guy achieved a peak of Number 14.

The UK Number 1 album this week:
  • Various Artists: 20 Dynamic Hits


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)