UK Top 20: September 30, 1972 Ft. Peter Skellern

Peter Skellern / You're A Lady
New at Number 18: Peter Skellern

Presenting the UK Top 20 music chart for the week ending 30 September, 1972

After three weeks at the top of the UK chart, Slade relinquished the Number 1 spot in favour of David Cassidy who eased up two places with his cover of How Can I Be Sure?

Elsewhere, the Top 20 was relatively quiet with only two new records making the breakthrough into the listing. More glam rock came courtesy of the now-disgraced Gary Glitter, while Peter Skellern's first and biggest hit, You're A Lady, made its debut.

Most of last week's new entries enjoyed further upward movement - the biggest leap coming from Lieutenant Pigeon who would be vying for the Number 1 position within the next fortnight.

Read on...

David Cassidy at Number 1

The Chart: 
  • 01 (03) David Cassidy - How Can I Be Sure 
  • 02 (02) T. Rex - Children of the Revolution 
  • 03 (01) Slade - Mama Weer All Crazee Now 
  • 04 (20) Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough 
  • 05 (09) Donny Osmond - Too Young 
  • 06 (15) The Sweet - Wig-Wam Bam 
  • 07 (06) Faron Young - It's Four in the Morning 
  • 08 (08) Michael Jackson - Ain't No Sunshine 
  • 09 (10) The Drifters - Come on Over to My Place 
  • 10 (07) Roxy Music - Virginia Plain 
  • 11 (04) Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well 
  • 12 (12) Cliff Richard - Living in Harmony 
  • 13 (13) Jackie Wilson - I Get the Sweetest Feeling 
  • 14 (27) Gary Glitter - I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll) 
  • 15 (05) Lynsey De Paul - Sugar Me 
  • 16 (18) Dandy Livingstone - Suzanne Beware of the Devil 
  • 17 (17) Judge Dread - Big Six 
  • 18 (43) Peter Skellern - You're a Lady 
  • 19 (11) Blackfoot Sue - Standing in the Road 
  • 20 (16) Jr. Walker and the Allstars - Walk in the Night
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

Stream This Week's New Hits:

14: Gary Glitter: I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock and Roll)

Gary Glitter returns to the Top 20 with his second hit which would eventually peak at Number 4.

I Didn't Know I Love You (Till I Saw You Rock and Roll) also entered the US Top 40 at Number 35.

18: Peter Skellern: You're A Lady

In a complete contrast to Glitter's offering was the debut chart entry for Lancashire-born Peter Skellern, You're A Lady.

Enhanced with the inclusion of a brass band and additional choral vocals, the song is a romantic ballad with a nostalgic, homely quality.

Although Skellern would briefly return to the UK charts during the 1970s, this is probably the song by which he will be mostly remembered. It would go on to peak at Number 3, as well as enter America's Billboard Hot 100 at Number 50.

We would have to wait another three years before he returned with Hold on to Love, although his exceptional songwriting skills were successfully employed over the following thirty years in television, radio, theatre and later, in choral music through his decision to join the priesthood.

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

The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)

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