UK Top 20: May 20, 1972 Ft. Lindisfarne

Lady Eleanor Lindisfarne
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We have now reached the UK Top 20 of May 20, 1972 which features Lady Eleanor by Lindisfarne as the highest new entry of the week at Number 19.

Although three songs had dropped out since last week, their replacements were made up of two re-entries - in addition to the single by Lindisfarne.

Judy Collins' version of Amazing Grace had already enjoyed an extended chart life when it began a 32-week run during 1971 - peaking at Number 5. It never really went away, continuing to bounce in and out of the Top 50 over subsequent weeks. However, because of the immense success of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' recording of the same song, Judy Collins' interpretation gained new momentum, selling enough copies to bring it back to Number 20 this week. It would eventually appear on the British charts for an interrupted 67 weeks over a two year period.

Sly and the Family Stone's chart run was less distinguished, however. Runnin' Away had first appeared in the 20 just two weeks previously when it hit Number 19. Having dropped off the listing, it was back this week at its peak of Number 17, only to disappear for good next week.

One act which had no intention of fading away just yet was T. Rex. Not content with entering the album chart at Number 1 with Bolan Boogie - dethroning Deep Purple in the process - the band also leapt eight places to the top of the singles chart with Metal Guru, its fourth Number 1 in two years

T. Rex at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (09) T. Rex - Metal Guru 
  • 02 (01) The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace 
  • 03 (03) David Cassidy - Could It Be Forever 
  • 04 (02) Vicky Leandros - Come What May 
  • 05 (07) Elton John - Rocket Man 
  • 06 (04) Johnny Cash and the Evangel Temple Choir - A Thing Called Love 
  • 07 (05) The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice 
  • 08 (19) The Drifters - At The Club / Saturday Night at the Movies 
  • 09 (06) Marmalade - Radancer 
  • 10 (08) Jo Jo Gunne - Run Run Run 
  • 11 (10) The Chiffons - Sweet Talking Guy 
  • 12 (11) Ringo Starr - Back Off Boogaloo 
  • 13 (17) The Temptations - Take A Look Around 
  • 14 (20) Leeds United FC - Leeds United 
  • 15 (18) Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say? 
  • 16 (12) Tyrannosaurus Rex - Debora / One Inch Rock 
  • 17 (21) Sly and the Family Stone - Runnin' Away (Re-entry)
  • 18 (14) Johnny Nash - Stir It Up 
  • 19 (29) Lindisfarne - Lady Eleanor 
  • 20 (23) Judy Collins - Amazing Grace (Re-entry)
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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19: Lindisfarne: Lady Eleanor

Following the huge success of Lindisfarne's previous single, Meet Me on the Corner, the band decided to re-release Lady Eleanor as the follow-up.

Included on the band's début 1970 album Nicely Out of Tune, it was originally released in 1971, but proved to be unsuccessful.

Its fortunes changed second time around, mainly due to the spectacular success of the group's second album, Fog on the Tyne - and because it was (and still is) a fantastic song finally given the airplay it deserved.

It continued to climb the chart, eventually peaking at Number 3, but proved to be the band's last single to hit the Top 20 for six years.


The UK Number 1 album this week:
  • T. Rex: Bolan Boogie


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)



UK Top 20: May 13, 1972 Ft. T. Rex

UK Top 20: May 13, 1972 Ft. T. Rex
We have now arrived at the UK Top 20 of May 13, 1972 which features Metal Guru by T. Rex as the highest new entry of the week.

The band was one of the most successful in the United Kingdom during the early 1970s, so it was no surprise to see this latest single jump straight into the chart at Number 9.

Just two other discs were new to the twenty this week: the current release by record producer and recording engineer Hurricane Smith and the latest in a string of football club songs - this time from Leeds United.

In all, seven records within the Top 10 were climbers but, as yet, none of them were able to topple The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from the summit of the chart, as the military band's record achieved its fifth straight week at Number 1 with Amazing Grace.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at Number 1




The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace 
  • 02 (03) Vicky Leandros - Come What May 
  • 03 (04) David Cassidy - Could It Be Forever 
  • 04 (07) Johnny Cash and the Evangel Temple Choir - A Thing Called Love 
  • 05 (14) The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice 
  • 06 (09) Marmalade - Radancer 
  • 07 (12) Elton John - Rocket Man 
  • 08 (06) Jo Jo Gunne - Run Run Run 
  • 09 (**) T. Rex - Metal Guru 
  • 10 (05) The Chiffons - Sweet Talking Guy 
  • 11 (02) Ringo Starr - Back Off Boogaloo 
  • 12 (08) Tyrannosaurus Rex - Debora / One Inch Rock 
  • 13 (11) Tom Jones - The Young New Mexican Puppeteer 
  • 14 (15) Johnny Nash - Stir It Up 
  • 15 (10) Nilsson - Without You 
  • 16 (13) Elvis Presley - Until It's Time For You to Go 
  • 17 (16) The Temptations - Take A Look Around 
  • 18 (27) Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say? 
  • 19 (20) The Drifters - At the Club / Saturday Night at the Movies 
  • 20 (42) Leeds United F.C. - Leeds United
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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09: T. Rex: Metal Guru

The latest release from T. Rex proved to be yet another winner on the UK Singles Chart as Metal Guru stormed into the Top 10 at Number 9.

Its popularity was such that, in a week, it would climb to the top of the chart, just three months after the band's Telegram Sam had achieved the same feat.

Both songs were included on the group's album The Slider, which charted well in the UK (#4) and was their highest placed long-player in the US (#17).  Strangely, however, Metal Guru would make no impression on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nevertheless, in the UK, the band's singles continued to make impressive inroads into the Top 20, although this single would prove to be the band's final Number 1.

18: Hurricane Smith: Oh Babe, What Would You Say?

Famed for his role as the engineer of many of The Beatles' studio recordings, Hurricane Smith turned to recording himself during the early '70s.

Having enjoyed a UK Number 2 hit with his ecologically-themed Don't Let It Die, he was back on the chart with what would pan out to be a transatlantic hit.

Oh Babe, What Would You Say? would climb to Number 4 in Britain, but American record buyers also took it to their hearts and sent it to Number 3 in the US charts.

Although his follow-up managed a Top 30 placing, this would be the last time Smith appeared in the 20.

20: Leeds United F.C.: Leeds United

Leeds United FC had fought their way to the 100th FA Cup Final, so it seemed a foregone conclusion that they would record an official team song.

In fact, with different lyrics, the track had been released the previous year under the title Sally Sunshine, but failed to chart for either Miki Antony or The Mills Brothers.

However, with new words, the Leeds United team singing and an army of fans behind it, the song finally raced up the UK Chart, peaking at Number 10 following the team's 1-0 victory over Arsenal.

The UK Number 1 album this week:
  • Deep Purple: Machine Head


The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)