1972 charts

Olympic Torch Upton Dorset 2012 13th July

Time for another 40-years-ago chart update:

NOV 19TH 1972

  1. (13) CROCODILE ROCK – Elton John
  2. (1) LEADER OF THE PACK – Shangri-Las
  3. (-) YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND – Hot Chocolate
  4. (3) OH CAROL – Neil Sedaka
  5. (2) HI HO SILVER LINING – Jeff Beck Group
  6. (5) LET’S DANCE – Chris Montez
  7. (4) LOOP DI LOVE – Shag (aka Jonathan King)
  8. (12) MOULDY OLD DOUGH – Lt Pigeon
  9. (-) LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOWS – Jackson 5
  10. (15) CRAZY HORSES – Osmonds
  11. (6) HERE I GO AGAIN – Archie Bell & the Drells
  12. (8) NEW ORLEANS – Harley Quinn
  13. (7) MY DING A LING – Chuck Berry
  14. (10) GOODBYE TO LOVE – Carpenters
  15. (14) DONNA – 10CC
  16. (-) BABY DON’T GET HOOKED ON ME – Mac Davis
  17. (-) LAY DOWN – Strawbs
  18. (16) I’M STONE IN LOVE WITH YOU – Stylistics
  19. (-) STAY WITH ME – Blue Mink
  20. (20) ELECTED – Alice Cooper

A little more like a time warp to the 50’s n 60’s than 70’s! Not only are there actual oldies from the previous decades reissued and back in the UK charts, there are cover versions of oldies, and classic artists. Most of them were new to 14-year-old me, even if they sounded like period pieces, and that in any case didn’t stop me loving a great pop record. Still doesn’t. Of the new stuff Elton sounded like a 50’s hit, the Jackson 5 track is one of their best, brilliant song, and under-rated, 10CC sounds like a 50’s pastiche and came from an absolutely brilliant and under-rated album (“10CC”), many of the tracks even better, and Blue Mink had yet another wonderful pop song, this time a gorgeous ballad that no-one remembers, criminally. A forgotten band, yet one with a great back catalogue and pedigree. Of course there’s also the Carpenters finest moment, with that perfect guitar solo, an all-time classic, and The Osmonds best remembered hit, a goodie!

OCT 1ST 1972, this is what I loved, and how I listed them, 14 years old (the order would be different now, of course, the Top 3 would all be lower down)

1. (-) DONNA – 10CC
2. (1) WIG WAM BAM – The Sweet
3. (5) MOULDY OLD DOUGH – Lieutenant Pigeon
4. (3) LEAN ON ME – Bill Withers
5. (8) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING – David Bowie
6. (4) I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVE YOU (TILL I SAW YOU ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) – Gary Glitter
7. (2) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION – T.REX
8. (7) SUGAR ME – Lynsey De Paul
9. (6) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Michael Jackson
10. (9) YOU WEAR IT WELL – Rod Stewart
11. (-) BURNING LOVE – Elvis Presley
12. (-) BACKSTABBERS – The O’Jays
13. (-) HOW CAN I BE SURE – David Cassidy
14. (11) WHO WAS IT – Hurricane Smith
15. (12) WALK IN THE NIGHT – Junior Walker & The Allstars
16. (13) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES – Mott The Hoople
17. (15) POPCORN – Hot Butter
18. (14) SUZANNE BEWARE OF THE DEVIL – Dandy Livingstone
19. (10) VIRGINIA PLAIN – Roxy Music
20. (17) THE LOCOMOTION – Little Eva

Records which made Number 1 in my chart: 10CC, Sweet, Lt Pigeon, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Lynsey De Paul, Hot Butter, O’Jays, T.Rex. Some of them were charming pop novelty hits of the time, 40 years on the classics that I haven’t already mentioned are largely the soul and glam hits:
The O’Jays were fabulous, and this is a great record, as was Junior Walker with the gorgeous Walk In The Night. Both had other brilliant tracks. Elvis was back with his first proper rocknroll track in years, and Little Eva was a reissued hit from the timeless Goffin/King. T.Rex were in a long streak of brilliant hit singles, Bowie ditto, this one is lesser known but is his most exciting record to me. Gary Glitter had a soundalike, but more uptempo, second hit, which still sounds great, and lastly, David Cassidy and his finest moment. Even though the immortal Dusty Springfield had done a fabulous version already, this both restrained and histrionic French-sounding version brings me to tears. No, for the right reasons! It’s a great vocal performance, honest! When he got all breathy and intimate, ol David could carry it off.

The Olympic torch passed by here today on it’s way to Bournemouth and then on to London over the next two weeks…

So here’s the first chart I did with Olympic connections, 1972 Munich Olympic week start:

27th Aug

  1. SUGAR ME – Lynsey De Paul
  2. LEAN ON ME – Bill Withers
  3. ALL THE YOUNG DUDES – Mott The Hoople
  4. POPCORN – Hot Butter
  5. THE LOCOMOTION – Little Eva
  6. 10538 OVERTURE – Electric Light Orchestra
  7. THE JOURNEY – Duncan Browne
  8. TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY – Mardi Gras
  9. STANDING IN THE ROAD – Blackfoot Sue
  10. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO – The Partridge Family
  11. I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING – Jackie Wilson
  12. VIRGINIA PLAIN – Roxy Music
  13. LAYLA – Derek & The Dominoes
  14. SEASIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
  15. AUTOMATICALLY SUNSHINE – The Supremes
  16. AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Michael Jackson
  17. YOU WEAR IT WELL – Rod Stewart
  18. ROCK AND ROLL PART 2 – Gary Glitter
  19. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – The Stylistics
  20. CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum

Some famous ones and lots of obscure ones too there. Terry Dactyl became better known as Jona Lewie. The Michael Jackson version of Bill Withers song was even better than the original, one of his best ever vocal performances at the age of 14! Bowie was so prolific and talented he gave away one of his greatest songs to Mott The Hoople, and Roxy Music was like nothing before, pure genius. That Layla guitar riff is epic, as is the ELO riff, and the romping Gary Glitter riff – of course one isn’t allowed to play or even mention that Gary Glitter existed these days. He did, he was a big star, his records were arrogant pompous fun, I refuse to retroactively try to change history even if the media would prefer that. Not wishing to in any way makes excuses (he got what he deserved), but Jerry Lee Lewis? 14-year-old bride? Don’t see his records banned….
The two 60’s oldies were in the British chart at the time…
1972 is my favourite chart year, I was 14, the perfect age for pop music. Most people pick the year they were 14 later in life as their favourite music year. Theory of mine….discuss!

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Continuing with “anniversary” spot charts, here’s my Exactly-As-I Liked-Them-Top-20 from 40 years ago this week (PS any oldies pre-dating 1972 are because they were in the UK singles charts at that time):

9th July

  1. NUT ROCKER – B.Bumble & The Stingers
  2. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO – The Partridge Family
  3. WALKING IN THE RAIN WITH THE ONE I LOVE – Love Unlimited
  4. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – The Stylistics
  5. STARMAN – David Bowie
  6. CIRCLES – The New Seekers
  7. OH GIRL – The Chi-Lites
  8. I’VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG – Frederick Knight
  9. MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB – Wings
  10. METAL GURU – T.Rex
  11. ROCK AND ROLL PART 2 – Gary Glitter
  12. OH BABE WHAT WOULD YOU SAY – Hurricane Smith
  13. OOH WACKA DO WACKA DEY – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  14. SYLVIA’S MOTHER – Dr Hook & The Medecine Show
  15. PUPPY LOVE – Donny Osmond
  16. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW – Johnny Nash
  17. SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP – The Kinks
  18. AT THE CLUB/SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – The Drifters
  19. SONG SUNG BLUE – Neil Diamond
  20. LITTLE WILLY – The Sweet

So, 40 years ago, 14 years old, I had a thing for British glam rock, American soul & teenpop, 60’s oldies, and a dash of MOR.
I’ve recently seen Dr Hook’s Dennis Loccoriere still touring the UK nicely, and the remaining member of the Chi-Lites (who bought many nostalgic tears to my eyes). My real hero was Marc Bolan, long-missed, and I was pretty much fans of most of these at one time or another, albeit some short-lived (eg Donny I grew to dislike till he grew up!). Paul McCartney, the greatest-living-pop-star, may prefer not to dwell on Mary Had A Little Lamb these days. Hey, little kids liked it, it’s fine for that!
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