UK Top 20: June 17, 1972 Ft. The Kinks

After four weeks at Number 1, glam rockers T.Rex relinquished the top spot in favour of the more laid back tones of Don McLean's Vincent.

The American's ode to Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh led a Top 20 which contained four new entries and seven climbers - many of which were the newbies from the previous week.

Pop purveyors Chicory Tip spearheaded the new entries with more synthesised sounds and they were followed by two big names in the world of rock: The Kinks and Neil Diamond.

Bringing up the rear at Number 19 were the reformed Blues boys - namely Free - who were riding a wave of deserved popularity.

Slade were also a collection of cool guys at the time, evidenced by their latest single, Take Me Bak 'Ome, leaping eleven places to Number 3.

Don McLean at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (02) Don McLean - Vincent 
  • 02 (01) T. Rex - Metal Guru 
  • 03 (14) Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 04 (06) The Drifters - At the Club / Saturday Night at the Movies 
  • 05 (10) Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin 
  • 06 (03) Lindisfarne - Lady Eleanor 
  • 07 (08) The Move - California Man 
  • 08 (04) Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say? 
  • 09 (09) New World - Sister Jane 
  • 10 (12) Wings - Mary Had A Little Lamb 
  • 11 (05) Elton John - Rocket Man 
  • 12 (18) Diana Ross - Doobedood'ndoobe Doobedood'ndoobe Doobedood'ndoo 
  • 13 (21) Chicory Tip - What's Your Name? 
  • 14 (07) David Cassidy - Could It Be Forever? 
  • 15 (15) The Moody Blues - Isn't Life Strange? 
  • 16 (23) Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue 
  • 17 (24) The Kinks - Supersonic Rocket Ship 
  • 18 (11) The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace 
  • 19 (28) Free - Little Bit Of Love 
  • 20 (13) Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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13: Chicory Tip: What's Your Name?

Just four months after Son of My Father topped the UK chart, Chicory Tip were back in the Top 20 with the follow-up single, What's Your Name?

It was very much in the same vein as the earlier hit, its main feature the Moog synthesizer - as well as having been written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.

The similarities were probably too much for many record buyers. The single stalled at this week's Number 13 before dropping out of the Top 20 the following week.

16: Neil Diamond: Song Sung Blue

Neil Diamond had to wait a year before making this appearance on the UK chart.

Previously in the Top 10 in June 1971 with I Am...I Said, Diamond returned with Song Sung Blue - the lead single from his then-latest album called Moods.

Although the track could only peak at Number 14 in the UK, it went on to become Diamond's second Number 1 in the States and a future concert standard.

In the meantime, Diamond would not see further UK chart action for another four years.

17: The Kinks: Supersonic Rocket Ship

Although The Kinks had enjoyed two Top 10 hits in 1970, in the interim, the group had gone quiet chart-wise.

Enter Supersonic Rocket Ship, another Ray Davies composition - this one heavy on Caribbean flavours and probably influenced by the then-prevalence for reggae music.

It would later feature on the band's 1972 double album, Everybody's in Show-Biz, but would become The Kinks' final hit of the decade on the singles chart in the UK before they returned in 1983 with Come Dancing.

19: Free: Little Bit of Love

Little Bit of Love was the UK follow-up to Free's 1971 success My Brother Jake and returned the group to a more recognisable rock/bluesy sound.

Included on the band's UK Top 10 album Free At Last, it sadly failed to impress in the US where it flopped. It managed to rise to Number 13 at home though becoming, at the time, the group's third best selling single.




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


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)



UK Top 20: June 10, 1972 Ft. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson / Rockin' Robin
Michael Jackson at Number 10
Motown's grip on the UK Singles Chart continued when one of its very-soon-to-be biggest stars, Michael Jackson, gatecrashed the Top 10 with his latest recording. 

Rockin' Robin was one of just two new entries into this Top 20 of June 1972, the other courtesy of Slade - chartwise, the act that would become the most successful British band of the 1970s.

T. Rex, another eminent Glam Rock group of the decade, continued their reign at Number 1 - although this would be Metal Guru's fourth and final week at the top. Don McLean, with his ode to Vincent Van Gogh, was waiting in the wings to knock Marc Bolan off his perch - no doubt justifiable reparation for missing out on the UK Number 1 spot with his classic American Pie.

T. Rex at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) T. Rex - Metal Guru 
  • 02 (05) Don McLean - Vincent 
  • 03 (06) Lindisfarne - Lady Eleanor 
  • 04 (04) Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say? 
  • 05 (02) Elton John - Rocket Man 
  • 06 (03) The Drifters - At the Club / Saturday Night at the Movies 
  • 07 (07) David Cassidy - Could It Be Forever 
  • 08 (11) The Move - California Man 
  • 09 (16) New World - Sister Jane 
  • 10 (22) Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin 
  • 11 (08) The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace 
  • 12 (20) Wings - Mary Had A Little Lamb 
  • 13 (15) Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale 
  • 14 (25) Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome 
  • 15 (13) The Moody Blues - Isn't Life Strange? 
  • 16 (12) Leeds United FC - Leeds United 
  • 17 (10) Vicky Leandros - Come What May 
  • 18 (18) Diana Ross - Doobedood'ndoobe Doobedood'ndoobe Doobedood'ndoo 
  • 19 (09) Johnny Cash and the Evangel Temple Choir - A Thing Called Love 
  • 20 (19) Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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10: Michael Jackson: Rockin' Robin

Having enjoyed a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic with his début solo release, Got to Be There, Michael Jackson was about to repeat the feat with his cover of Bobby Day's 1958 US hit, Rockin' Robin.

This bubbly pop confection was miles away from the social and political commentary of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and the self-examination that would feature on many of Stevie Wonder's later releases.

But this was the sound of "Young America" and Michael and his brothers were among the leading torch bearers of the movement - for now, at least.

14: Slade: Take Me Bak 'Ome

It was about now that many realised that Slade were a force to be reckoned with: a second UK Number 1 was on the cards, as well as a fourth straight Top 20 hit.

It didn't matter that song titles like Take Me Bak 'Ome mangled the English language because the spelling was the last thing that concerned their fans. Instead it was the energetic and rowdy nature of the group's music which attracted most, if not all, of the group's followers.

This single - unlike the previous two - was much more of a blueprint of the band's sound in the ensuing years: Loud, anthemic and allowing Noddy Holder to bellow at the top of his voice. Take Me Bak 'Ome would ultimately march to the Number 1 spot over the next few weeks, further consolidating Slade's early Seventies dominance of the UK Singles Chart.

The UK Number 1 album this week:
  • The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)