UK Top 20: July 8, 1972 Ft. Johnny Nash

Johnny Nash: New at Number 12
The latest male teen heartthrob to capture the attention of Britain's female youth was just about to set up residency as a permanent fixture of the UK charts for the next few years.

It all started with Donny Osmond's début British solo hit, a recording of Paul Anka's Puppy Love, which climbed to the top of the Hit Parade this week in 1972.

Osmond reigned supreme over a Top 20 which included five new entries - two of which were introductory hits for American groups Love Unlimited and Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Elsewhere, British rockers The Who returned to the charts, along with a single which had been a UK smash 10 years earlier.

Johnny Nash was back too, debuting with a record which would become his most successful international hit, his self-penned song I Can See Clearly Now.

Donny Osmond at Number 1




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

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12: Johnny Nash: I Can See Clearly Now

After three years away from the UK chart, 1972 proved to be a fruitful year for Johnny Nash.

He had already reached Number 13 during April with his cover of Bob Marley's Stir It Up and he now took a thirteen place leap into the Top 20 with his own composition, I Can See Clearly Now.

In time, this light reggae groove proved to be even more popular, peaking at Number 5 in late July and going all the way to Number 1 when released in the US.

13: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Sylvia's Mother

Having just peaked at Number 5 in America, Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show's début hit, Sylvia's Mother, found just as much success on the British charts only a few weeks later.

The group, led by Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere, were masters of the soft rock genre and this single was no exception.

Written by American poet Shel Silverstein - the group recorded several of his compositions - Sylvia's Mother would become one of the band's biggest UK hits, peaking at Number 2. It did even better in both Australia and Ireland where it topped their respective charts.

16: The Who: Join Together

The Who's previous Top 20 single, Let's See Action, was intended to be a part of the group's abandoned Lifehouse  rock opera project, as was their latest single which entered this part of the chart at this week's Number 16.

Join Together would eventually climb into the Top 10. It  then followed up its British success by scaling the American charts to peak at Number 17.




19: Love Unlimited: Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love

Featuring Barry White's future wife Glodean James, Love Unlimited was a female soul vocal trio fashioned in the style of Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love was the group's first hit in both the UK and the US and was not only composed by Barry White, but also featured his voice on the telephone.

The single peaked at Number 14 on both sides of the Atlantic.



20: B. Bumble and the Stingers: Nut Rocker

Originally a UK Number 1 hit in 1962 Nut Rocker, a piano instrumental based on Tchaikovsky's March of the Toy Soldiers, was re-released in 1972 - possibly prompted by a new recording of the tune by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

B. Bumble and the Stingers' original became a hit all over again, although not quite so big as a decade earlier. This time around, it peaked at Number 19.




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


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)



UK Top 20: July 1, 1972 Ft. Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley / An American Trilogy
New Entry: Elvis at Number 8
In their fifth week on the British chart, Slade finally climbed to the top, securing the second of what would become six Number 1 singles, with the unsurprisingly misspelled Take Me Bak 'Ome.

As one of glam rock's headliners, the group led an ever growing list of successful acts releasing singles in the genre - another three of which were well represented in the Top 20:  The Sweet, Gary Glitter and T. Rex.

Elsewhere, there was a sparse number of new songs entering the listing, with only the latest recordings by Elvis Presley and The New Seekers managing to make an impression.

However, half of the chart was on the rise, represented most notably by the first UK hit from teen idol Donny Osmond. Puppy Love was currently at Number 3, but would soon dominate the Top 20 for the bulk of the summer.

Slade at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (02) Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 02 (01) Don McLean - Vincent 
  • 03 (13) Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 04 (08) The Sweet - Little Willy 
  • 05 (06) Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2 
  • 06 (03) Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin 
  • 07 (07) The Move - California Man 
  • 08 (24) Elvis Presley - An American Trilogy 
  • 09 (09) Wings - Mary Had A Little Lamb 
  • 10 (05) The Drifters - At the Club / Saturday Night at the Movies 
  • 11 (21) The New Seekers - Circles 
  • 12 (18) Gilbert O'Sullivan - Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day 
  • 13 (20) Free - Little Bit of Love 
  • 14 (15) Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue 
  • 15 (04) T. Rex - Metal Guru 
  • 16 (17) Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 
  • 17 (11) New World - Sister Jane 
  • 18 (14) The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl 
  • 19 (16) The Kinks - Supersonic Rocket Ship 
  • 20 (12) Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say?
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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08: Elvis Presley: An American Trilogy

Elvis Presley smashed his way into the UK Top 20 this week in 1972 with a sixteen place rise to peak at Number 8 with An American Trilogy.

The single became his tenth British Top 10 hit of the decade and could possibly have risen higher were it not in competition with Mickey Newbury's original recording. His version was also released as a single and managed a No. 42 peak at around the same time.

An American Trilogy is an amalgamation of three nineteenth century patriotic songs: Dixie, All My Trials and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

11: The New Seekers: Circles

The New Seekers were on a roll of Top 5 hits in the UK - and Circles proved to be another to add to the list.

The song is a Harry Chapin composition and included on his 1972 album Sniper and Other Love Songs under the title Circle.

Pluralised, it became the title track of the group's sixth album and is considered by many to be The New Seekers' finest song.

It certainly became one of their most successful, peaking at Number 4 (Number 87 in the US) and remaining within the Top 50 for sixteen weeks.

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


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)