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)

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