UK Top 20: August 26, 1972 Ft. Lynsey de Paul

Lynsey de Paul
Lynsey de Paul enters at Number 20

Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending 26 August, 1972

Alice Cooper's School's Out maintained its grip on the summit of the British music charts for a third and final week as the school holidays continued for a little while longer.

However, a couple of songs were making steady progress up the Top 10 and it would not be long before one of them - courtesy of Rod Stewart - would become the nation's next No.1 hit single.

Further down the Top 20, we welcomed three new entries (as well as a brief re-entry), all of which would enjoy Top 10 status in the weeks to come.

Read on...

Above image by AVRO (Beeld En Geluid Wiki - Gallerie: Toppop 1974) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Alice Cooper at Number 1

The Chart: 
  • 01 (01) - Alice Cooper - School's Out 
  • 02 (07) - Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well 
  • 03 (03) - Hawkwind - Silver Machine 
  • 04 (11) - Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes 
  • 05 (02) - Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs - Seaside Shuffle 
  • 06 (05) - Hot Butter - Popcorn 
  • 07 (13) - Derek and the Dominos - Layla 
  • 08 (06) - The Partridge Family - Breaking Up is Hard to Do 
  • 09 (14) - The Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture 
  • 10 (04) - Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 11 (09) - The Bee Gees - Run to Me 
  • 12 (10) - Faron Young - It's Four in the Morning 
  • 13 (15) - Little Eva - The Loco-Motion 
  • 14 (25) - Blackfoot Sue - Standing in the Road 
  • 15 (16) - Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now 
  • 16 (08) - Dr Hook and the Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother 
  • 17 (24) - Jackie Wilson - I Get the Sweetest Feeling 
  • 18 (12) - Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2 
  • 19 (21) - The New Seekers - Circles (RE-ENTRY)
  • 20 (47) - Lynsey De Paul - Sugar Me
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

Download This Week's New Hits:

14: Blackfoot Sue: Standing in the Road

The first and only Top 20 hit for Blackfoot Sue came courtesy of this glam rock pretender, Standing in the Road.

A stomping pop number, it reflected a burgeoning appetite for all things glam and there was a feeling that the group would continue to be commercially successful for some time.

However, once Standing in the Road peaked at Number 4 and subsequently fell off the chart, the group's fortunes changed dramatically.

There was one further minor hit (Sing Don't Speak, No. 36, December '72) after which further releases failed to chart. The group split in 1977.

17: Jackie Wilson: I Get the Sweetest Feeling

What became just a moderately successful single for Jackie Wilson in the US in 1968 took on a whole new life when it was released in the UK in 1972.

Co-written by Van McCoy, I Get the Sweetest Feeling was recorded with the assistance of the Motown in-house band and backing singers giving the entire production the quality of a Tamla hit.

On this occasion it would climb into the Top 10 (to Number 9) but it was subsequently re-released both in 1975 (No.25) and in 1987 when it peaked at Number 3 following the unexpected No.1 success of his 1957 hit Reet Petite.

20: Lynsey de Paul: Sugar Me

Starting out primarily as a songwriter - she had written The Fortunes' Top 10 hit earlier in the year, Storm in a Teacup - the late Lynsey de Paul's appearance on the British charts came about somewhat accidentally.

Sugar Me was intended for Peter Noone, but Lynsey was persuaded to record the self-penned song herself and it was subsequently released as her first single.

As well as becoming a Top 10 hit in the UK, the song also found its way into numerous European charts in addition to those in Scandinavia, Japan and Australia.

Sugar Me eventually peaked at No.5 and began a five-year chart career of a further six Top 40 entries for the English singer.

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

The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)

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