UK Top 20: July 22, 1972 Ft. Alice Cooper

School's Out / Alice Cooper / Single 1972
New Entry: Number 17: Alice Cooper

Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending 22 July 1972


The top of this week's singles chart remained unchanged as Donny Osmond racked up his third week at Number 1 with his revamp of Paul Anka's Puppy Love.

The song making the biggest leap within the Top 20 was courtesy of another teen heartthrob: David Cassidy, as lead with The Partridge Family, climbing six places to Number 7 with their own remake. This cover of Neil Sedaka's Breaking Up is Hard to Do was on its way to a peak of Number 3.

Five new discs made their first appearances in the Twenty as records by Roberta Flack, The Move, Wings, Free and B. Bumble and the Stingers made way for the latest releases from Hawkwind, Alice Cooper, The Stylistics, Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs and Bruce Ruffin.

Donny Osmond at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) - Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 02 (02) - Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2 
  • 03 (04) - Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother 
  • 04 (05) - The New Seekers - Circles 
  • 05 (07) - Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now 
  • 06 (06) - The Sweet - Little Willy 
  • 07 (13) - The Partridge Family - Breaking Up is Hard to Do 
  • 08 (03) - Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 09 (12) - The Who - Join Together 
  • 10 (09) - Elvis Presley - American Trilogy 
  • 11 (11) - Gilbert O'Sullivan - Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day 
  • 12 (29) - Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs - Seaside Shuffle 
  • 13 (25) - The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Wow 
  • 14 (23) - Bruce Ruffin - Mad About You 
  • 15 (10) - Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin 
  • 16 (16) - Love Unlimited - Walkin' in the Rain With The One I Love 
  • 17 (44) - Alice Cooper - School's Out 
  • 18 (20) - David Bowie - Starman 
  • 19 (08) - Don McLean - Vincent 
  • 20 (37) - Hawkwind - Silver Machine
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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12: Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs: Seaside Shuffle

In 1980, Jona Lewie was the vocalist behind the British hits Stop the Cavalry and You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties, but back in the summer of 1972 his voice graced this (eventual) UK No. 2 hit by Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.

Seaside Shuffle had been released the previous year to little acclaim, but with the marketing clout of Jonathan King behind it, the disc soon climbed the chart upon re-release.

The group only ever appeared in the Top 20 with this song, as subsequent releases were largely ignored by record buyers. The follow-up, On A Saturday Night, managed a Top 50 showing but the next single, She Left; I Died, tanked and the band split not long after.

13: The Stylistics: Betcha By Golly, Wow

The much-covered Betcha By Golly, Wow was the first hit for The Stylistics in the UK - although even their version was not the first release of the song as a single.

Two years earlier, the actress and singer Connie Stevens had recorded the Thom Bell/Linda Creed composition under the title Keep Growing Strong, but it had failed to chart.

With Bell producing The Stylistics' eponymous début album, the vocal group recorded the song for the long player under its original title. When released as a single it hit No. 3 in the US and peaked at No. 13 in the UK, selling over a million copies in the process.

14: Bruce Ruffin: Mad About You

Ruffin was a member of the Jamaican rocksteady group The Techniques for a short period before branching out as a more successful solo artist.

He had already enjoyed some action in the UK Top 20 during 1971 with his cover of the Jose Feliciano song Rain, but it was the reggae-pop of Mad About You which gave Ruffin his biggest commercial achievement in the UK.

A self-penned composition with some quirky instrumentation and backing vocals, it was also Ruffin's final appearance on the UK chart, but his highest at No. 9.

17: Alice Cooper: School's Out

Destined for the No. 1 spot in the UK, School's Out was the début hit for Alice Cooper on the British Top 20 -  although the band had already enjoyed some success in the US, particularly with the single I'm Eighteen.

The group's arrival on this side of the Atlantic coincided nicely with the popularity of British glam rock; their make-up, glitter and theatrics dovetailing into the movement with some panache.

Of course, the look and the lyrics won over (or created) many a rebellious teenager who sent School's Out rocketing up the charts.

It finally settled at Number 1 in the UK for three weeks over the summer holidays until reality set in for most school kids upon their return to the classroom.

20: Hawkwind: Silver Machine

With vocals (eventually) by the late, great Lemmie, this was the only appearance in the UK Top 20 by the-then leading purveyors of space rock, Hawkwind.

Originally recorded live at The Roundhouse in London, the final product was mixed in the studio with band member Robert Calvert's inferior vocals overdubbed by those of Lemmie.

It worked. Silver Machine sped up the charts to a peak of No. 3 where it stayed for two weeks. It completed a fifteen week chart run in 1972, but was re-released on three further occasions (in 1976, 1978 and 1982) when it again managed to climb into the Top 75.

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


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)



UK Top 20: July 15, 1972 Ft. David Bowie

Starman / David Bowie / 1972
New at Number 20: David Bowie


Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending 15 July 1972


The Top 3 singles of the chart remained static with Donny Osmond clocking up a second week at the top with his reworking of the Paul Anka song, Puppy Love.

The biggest climber within the Top 20 was the début single by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. Sylvia's Mother would eventually peak at Number 2, but this week the disc rose nine places to settle at Number 4.

Just two new entries this week as Neil Diamond and The Chi-Lites are replaced by the latest singles from The Partridge Family and David Bowie.

Donny Osmond at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) - Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 02 (02) - Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2 
  • 03 (03) - Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 04 (13) - Dr Hook and the Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother 
  • 05 (06) - The New Seekers - Circles 
  • 06 (04) - The Sweet - Little Willy 
  • 07 (12) - Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now 
  • 08 (05) - Don McLean - Vincent 
  • 09 (09) - Elvis Presley - An American Trilogy 
  • 10 (07) - Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin 
  • 11 (08) - Gilbert O'Sullivan - Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day 
  • 12 (16) - The Who - Join Together 
  • 13 (30) - The Partridge Family - Breaking Up is Hard to Do 
  • 14 (10) - The Move - California Man 
  • 15 (11) - Wings - Mary Had A Little Lamb 
  • 16 (19) - Love Unlimited - Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love 
  • 17 (14) - Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 
  • 18 (15) - Free - Little Bit of Love 
  • 19 (20) - B. Bumble and the Stingers - Nut Rocker 
  • 20 (29) - David Bowie - Starman
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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13: The Partridge Family: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

The UK was a little slow to cotton on to the bubblegum pop of America's TV combo, The Partridge Family.

However, principally due to the increasing popularity of lead vocalist David Cassidy, the group's singles began to sell in ever greater amounts on this side of the Atlantic.

The band's latest offering was a cover of Neil Sedaka's signature song, Breaking Up is Hard to Do. While it stalled at just inside the Top 30 in America, it continued to climb the listing in the UK to eventually peak at Number 3.


20: David Bowie: Starman

It had been three long years since David Bowie had first appeared on the British charts with the seminal Space Oddity, but this had been one of the singer's most creative periods culminating in the birth of his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

No doubt, it was this character's appearance on the BBC's Top of the Pops during July (see left) performing Starman which secured Bowie's eventual British breakthrough.

Ultimately included on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Starman was the first in a succession of UK Top 20 singles for Bowie over the next eighteen months to two years - many peaking within the Top 5. It would eventually peak at No.10, but marked the beginning of one of the most commercially successful and artistically inventive rock careers of all time.


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


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)