UK Top 20: September 2, 1972 Ft. Roxy Music

Roxy Music in 1973
Roxy Music are new at Number 18

Presenting the Top 20 music chart in the UK for the week ending 2 September, 1972

A new Number 1 graced the top of the British Singles listing as Rod Stewart's second chart topper knocked Alice Cooper off the summit, not surprisingly coinciding with the beginning of the school year.

While You Wear It Well became the nation's bestseller, but one of the decade's most popular outfits was hot on Stewart's heels and a very real contender to steal his crown. Slade were back and the band was not messing around - slamming straight in to the Top 20 at Number 2.

Mama Weer All Crazee Now was one of three new entries this week and the other two would join it in the Top 10 within the next couple of weeks.

Read on...

Above image by AVRO (Beeld En Geluid Wiki - Gallerie: Toppop 1973) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Rod Stewart at Number 1

The Chart: 
  • 01 (02) - Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well 
  • 02 (---) - Slade - Mama Weer All Crazee Now 
  • 03 (01) - Alice Cooper - School's Out 
  • 04 (03) - Hawkwind - Silver Machine 
  • 05 (04) - Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes 
  • 06 (12) - Faron Young - It's Four in the Morning 
  • 07 (07) - Derek and the Dominos - Layla 
  • 08 (06) - Hot Butter - Popcorn 
  • 09 (14) - Blackfoot Sue - Standing in the Road 
  • 10 (05) - Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs - Seaside Shuffle 
  • 11 (13) - Little Eva - The Loco-Motion 
  • 12 (20) - Lynsey De Paul - Sugar Me 
  • 13 (11) - The Bee Gees - Run to Me 
  • 14 (17) - Jackie Wilson - I Get the Sweetest Feeling 
  • 15 (09) - The Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture 
  • 16 (08) - The Partridge Family - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 
  • 17 (10) - Donny Osmond - Puppy Love 
  • 18 (26) - Roxy Music - Virginia Plain 
  • 19 (15) - Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now 
  • 20 (28) - Michael Jackson - Ain't No Sunshine
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

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02: Slade: Mama Weer All Crazee Now

Slade had become one the UK's hottest bands during the early part of the 1970s, so it was no surprise that the group's latest single would smash into the charts at Number 2.

The glam rock era was in full swing and the boys from Wolverhampton took full advantage of it, riding a wave of popularity on the singles chart that few other bands could equal.

Mama Weer All Crazee Now, exhibiting its usual bad spelling and ear-splitting vocals from Noddy Holder, would soon become the group's third UK Number 1 single - following in the wake of Coz I Luv You and Take Me Bak 'Ome.

18: Roxy Music: Virginia Plain

Talking of glam rock, Roxy Music's debut single has since become one of the genre's most loved songs, mixing art rock with some glitter and outrageous camp.

Virginia Plain, written by lead singer Bryan Ferry, is stuffed with a multitude of pop culture references but was a last-minute release as a single.

Both the band's record company - and the band itself - had been surprised by the instant success of the group's debut album, but there was no obvious single. Ferry had not finished writing Virginia Plain but quickly completed and recorded it and the rest, as they say, is history.

The track went on to peak at Number 4 in the UK and was later reissued in 1977 (together with Pyjamarama) to promote the band's Greatest Hits collection when it reached Number 11.

20: Michael Jackson: Ain't No Sunshine

The original Bill Withers version of Ain't No Sunshine was released in 1971, reaching Number 3 in the States, but made no impression on the British charts at the time.

However, Michael Jackson's record company decided to release his cover of it as the third and final single from his debut album, Got to Be There.

The strategy worked: the recorded zipped up the charts, entering the Top 10 in mid-September, peaking at Number 8 and staying at that position for three consecutive weeks.

It was never released in the US as a single.

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

The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)

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