UK Top 20: August 12, 1972 Ft. Faron Young

New Entry: Number 16: Faron Young

Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending 12 August, 1972


The boyish charisma of a young Donny Osmond had finally given up its stranglehold on the top of the UK charts, yielding to something altogether different in the form of the Alice Cooper band. The controversial rockers climbed to Number 1 with their first major international hit, School's Out

In addition to that track, just six other records were climbing within the Top 20 - the biggest leap coming from Hot Butter with their electronic instrumental Popcorn, rising five places to Number 6. 

Elsewhere, the listing was very light on new entries with only two songs breaking into the Top 20. These were courtesy of US country music star Faron Young, as well as a welcome return by the Brothers Gibb with a track from the album, To Whom It May Concern.

Alice Cooper at Number 1




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

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16: Faron Young: It's Four in the Morning

The highest new entry to the 20 was an unusual occurrence in the British charts: an old-style Country song that was usually reserved for an audience at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

However, Faron Young's It's Four in the Morning found traction in the UK, selling phenomenally well and becoming a major smash hit.

It was already in week five of a twenty-three week chart run, where it would peak at Number 3 and go on to shift in excess of a half a million copies.

In the States however, although it would rise to the top of the Hot Country Singles Chart, It's Four in the Morning made little impression on the pop listing only rising to a lowly Number 92.

19: The Bee Gees: Run to Me

The early 1970s was a fairly barren period for the Bee Gees as far as major singles success in the UK was concerned.

Their last Top 10 hit had been Don't Forget to Remember in late 1969 and, despite two Top Three hits in the States, their British chart stats were at one their lowest ebbs.

Neither of the aforementioned American hits had made much impression on the UK Top 40 and it wasn't until the release of My World earlier this year that The Bee Gees had, once again, featured in the Top 20.

Run to Me would become the trio's highest placed single for three years, peaking at Number 9. Equally, it was the only real bright spot in a period of six years which would see the brothers absent from the British Top 10.


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


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)



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)