MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS
1972 was the year that saw Glam Rock become the most popular form of music in the UK. The main exponents of the genre were T Rex, Slade, and Sweet.
The music was simply good Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop played by bands who dressed flamboyantly and usually wore make up on their faces.
Other successful acts in this year included Elton John, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and Gilbert O’Sullivan.
These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart. You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as BBC Radio 1 and Radio Luxembourg.
Title: Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens was born on 21 Jul 1948 in central London, England.
His father was Greek-Cypriot and his mother Swedish. They ran a restaurant in the West End of
London, and the family lived above it. Cat developed an interest in music at a young age and at 15
had his first guitar. Once he had left school he began performing in local pubs and coffee
bars. When only 18 he was spotted by a record producer who arranged a recording contract.
His first hit came in the autumn of 1966, "I Love My Dog", which he had written himself, and
which reached number 28 in the UK charts. His next release, "Matthew And Son", taken from
his debut album of the same title, climbed to number two in the charts. He enjoyed considerable
success though to the late 1970s, but in 1979 converted to the Muslim faith and went into musical
retirement. At that time he changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He returned to some
recording again in the 2000s under his new name.
Title: Brand New Key
Melanie (whose surname is Safka) was born on 3 Feb 1947 in New York City, USA. She began singing in New York bars as a teenager in the early 1960s. Her first hit single came in 1969, and she performed at the Woodstock Music Festival that year as well. Her first UK hit was in 1970 when she recorded the Rolling Stones song "Ruby Tuesday" which reached the Top 10. That recording and "Brand New Key" brought her TV appearances and much acclaim in the UK. Unfortunately, this hit turned out to be her last substantial chart entry in the UK. Only three minor hits followed, one each in the years 1972, 1974 and 1983. Nevertheless she has continued to record and perform into the 2010s.
Title: Moon River
British Reggae band Greyhound began as the
Rudies in the late 1960s, led by Danny Smith and Freddie
Notes. They made several records, one of which, "Montego
Bay", reached number 45 in the UK charts during October
1970. Notes then left the band, and the name was changed to
Greyhound in late 1970. Under the new name they had the Top 10
hit "Black And White" in the summer of 1971, followed by
two Top 20 hits in 1972. Their popularity waned after that and
the members went their separate ways.
Title: Family Affair
Sly & The
Family Stone was a Soul-Funk band formed in San Francisco in
1966. It was fronted by Sly Stone (born 15 Mar 1943), and
included family members Freddie and Rose Stone, and was one of the
first multi-racial groups in the USA. Their first release was
"Dance To The Music" (see year 1968, song 58), which led to a successful career. They had
five Top 10 hits, including three Number Ones, in the USA between
1968 and 1971. In the UK the follow-up singles only reached
lower positions on the charts. As the 1970s went on they
tended to concentrate on the Funk sound, but by 1975 Sly's
drug-taking, and squabbles between group members led to the band
splitting up. Sly was declared bankrupt in 1976, but he
continued performing with a changing roster of band members until
1987 when his worsening drug problem forced retirement.
Title: Lets Stay Together
Al Green was born
on 13 Apr 1946 in Arkansas, USA. The family moved to Michigan
in the late 1950s, and by his teens he had left home. He formed
a Soul band in the mid-1960s, but eventually he went solo. He
signed a recording contract in 1969, and his first album featured the song
"Tired Of Being Alone". Released as a single, it
reached number eleven in the USA and number four in Britain.
His second album contained the recording "Let's Stay
Together" which reached Number One in the USA (number seven in
the UK). His success in the album and singles charts continued
into the late 1970s when Green decided to record and perform Gospel
music. However, he returned to Soul/R&B in the late 1980s,
and had a few small hits in the UK after that time. He has continued
performing and occasionally recording into the 2010s.
Title: Where Did Our Love Go
(25 May 1936 - 26 Jan 1989) was born in New Orleans, USA, but his
family relocated to Buffalo, New York State when he was a
child. In 1955 he formed a Doo-wop group. They recorded
a single, but Elbert left in 1957 for a solo career. For the
next decade he toured and recorded, but made little impact on the
charts. He recorded the Supremes hit "Where Did Our Love
Go" 1966, but that version was not a hit. However, in
1970 he recorded it again, and this time it was a hit on both sides
of the Atlantic. He had another couple of hits in the USA and
UK, but not after 1972. By the mid-1980s, Elbert had retired from performing and became director of A&R for Polygram's Canadian division.
He suffered a massive stroke and died in 1989, at the age of 52.
Title: All I Ever Need Is You
Sonny & Cher were Sonny Bono (16 Feb 1935 - 5 Jan 1998) and Cherilyn Sarkisian (born 20 May 1946),
who has always gone by the single name of Cher (pronounced 'share').
They first met in 1962 when Sonny was working for record producer Phil
Spector, and Cher was looking for work as a singer.
They began performing together as backing singers on many of Spector's recording sessions. Bono was also writing songs at
this time, and he produced a Sonny & Cher album in early 1965, called "Look At Us", and
the single "I Got You Babe" (see
year 1965, song 70) was taken from that album. The single was a great success, reaching
Number One in the USA, UK and
elsewhere. The duo fitted the "hippie movement" image which was beginning at this time, and the
song was regarded as a hippie anthem. More duets were issued, but the two released solo recordings
as well. The pair had their own TV series in the early 1970s, but eventually the act broke up.
Sonny Bono went on to an acting career and later entered
politics. As a politician he was mayor of Palm Springs,
California from 1988 to 1992, and a USA Congressman from 1992 to his
death. He was killed in a skiing accident in 1998 at the age of 62.
Cher went on to become an internationally famous, Grammy Award-winning solo singer and an Academy Award-winning actress.
Title: Baby I'm A Want You
Bread was an American easy-listening Soft Rock
band, led by David Gates (born 11 Dec 1940 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA). The band was formed in Los Angeles, California, and included Jimmy Griffin and Rob Royer who
together wrote many of the band's hits along with Gates. Their first album was not a great success, but the second reached number 12 on the American album chart,
and featured the single "Make It With You"
(see year 1970, song 64), which was a Number One in the USA. Several more hit singles and albums followed, but after internal disagreements, the band split in 1973.
Their record company released the album "The Best Of Bread" which remained on the USA album chart for over two years, and almost two years (100 weeks) on the UK album
chart, where it peaked at number seven. In 1976 the group reunited for another album and concert tour, but broke up again in 1977. They all followed
separate careers until 1996 when another reunion tour was arranged to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band, but the members did not perform together again. In 2002
Gates issued an album called "The David Gates Songbook" which combined old Bread hits and some new solo recordings. It reached number eleven on the UK
album chart. Gates is now retired and living in Washington state in north west USA.
Title: Have You Seen Her
The Chi-Lites were formed in Chicago, USA
during 1964 with lead singer and songwriter Eugene Record and
Marshall Thompson. Their first UK hit came in 1971, but in
1972 their recording "Have You Seen Her" reached number
three on both sides of the Atlantic. This was followed by five
Top 10 hits in the UK up to the summer of 1976. In the
mid-1970s, most of the group's personnel changed, even seeing the
departure of Eugene Record, although Marshall Thompson has remained
throughout. The often-revised band has continued until the present
time. A new album was released in 2006.
Title: Diamonds Are Forever
Shirley Bassey was born on 8 Jan 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales. She went on to become an international star with
countless hit singles and albums throughout the world. She began singing professionally in 1953, and performed up
and down the UK. She signed a recording contract in 1956, and had her first Top 10 hit in 1957 ("Banana Boat
Song"). She enjoyed a string of hits during the 1960s, and recorded three James Bond movie themes. She had
her own TV series during the 1970s, and continued performing into the 21st century. By 2015 she had scored 33 hit
singles and 39 hit albums. She was honoured with a Damehood in 2000, and was back in the recording studios in 2014.
Title: Storm In A Teacup
were established in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. It
was a five-piece band led by Rod Allen (1944-2008), and they were
signed by Decca records in 1963. Their early releases were not
hits, although one of those, "Caroline", was used as a
theme song by the pirate radio ship Radio Caroline. The first
hit, "You've Got Your Troubles", came in summer 1965,
which reached the Top 10 in both the UK and USA. Their next
two releases were hits, but no more came in the 1960s. They
spent time in the USA during the late 1960s, and recorded some radio
and TV commercial jingles there, including one for Coca-Cola titled
"It's The Real Thing". They returned to the UK in
the early 1970s and enjoyed two more hits in 1971-1972, both
reaching the Top 10. With members coming and going they
continued to perform on the nostalgia circuits into the 21st
century. Even after the death of Rod Allen in 2008, the others
recruited a new lead singer, and they still tour the UK theatres up
to the present time.
Title: Telegram Sam
Rex was a British Glam Rock band formed in 1967 by vocalist and
guitarist Marc Bolan (30 Sep 1947 - 16 Sep 1977). The band was
originally called Tyrannosaurus Rex, and they released a few Psychedelic
tracks in 1968-9. They changed their style to a more mainstream
sound and shortened the name in 1970 which resulted in their first
Top 10 hit, "Ride A White Swan" in the autumn of that
year. They went on to enjoy enormous success in the first half
of the 1970s, and became one of the biggest bands in the UK during
that time. From 1970 to 1973 they had a run of eleven Top 10
singles, with four of those reaching Number One. They also had
three consecutive Number One albums in the early seventies.
However, their popularity began to wane after about 1975, and sadly,
Marc Bolan will killed in a car crash in 1977, just before his 30th
birthday, which brought the band to an end.
Title: Son Of My Father
Chicory Tip was a British five-piece band formed in 1967. Their first releases failed to chart, but then their manager came across the song "Son Of My Father". The band made the recording and the single climbed to Number One and sold a million copies. They had two further Top 20 chart entries and then no more. The group broke up in 1975. However in 1996 three of the original members reformed the band, and they have continued performing into the 21st century with two original members.
Title: Without You
(15 Jun 1941 - 15 Jan 1994) was born in New York City, USA.
His father abandoned the family when Nilsson was three, and he was
largely brought up by his grandparents who were circus
performers. Once in his teens he moved to Los Angeles and took
work as a computer programmer. He wrote songs in his spare
time, and had some recorded by popular artists in the late
1960s. He recorded his first album in 1967. Looking for
songs to fill his second album, he recorded "Everybody's Talkin".
It was selected for the soundtrack of the 1969 film "Midnight
Cowboy", starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Released
as a single, it reached number six in the USA charts. His most
successful album came in 1971. Titled "Nilsson Schmilsson",
it included the single "Without You" which went to Number
One in both the UK and USA during early 1972. From the
beginning of the 1980s he did little recording, and during the early
1990s he suffered from ill-health. He died from a heart attack
early in 1994 at the age of 52.
Title: Got To Be There
Michael Jackson (29 Aug 1958 – 25 Jun 2009)
was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. He made his professional debut
in 1964 with his brothers in the group Jackson Five. Their
first UK hit came in 1970 (see year 1970, song 8). Michael
began recording solo, as well as remaining part of the group.
This was his first solo recording. By the 1980s he was an
international superstar with million-selling albums throughout the
world. His 1983 album "Thriller" is the
biggest-selling album ever, with sales in excess of 60
million. In later years, his behavior and physical appearance
attracted much media attention, but he continued to sell records in
vast quantities, and enjoyed four Number One singles in the UK in
the 1990s alone. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.
In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, Jackson died from an overdose of
sedatives administered by his personal physician.
Title: Say You Don't Mind
was born on 24 Jun 1945 in Hatfield, England. He met Rod
Argent and others at high school, and they formed a band called the
Zombies in 1961 whilst still at school. The band won a talent
contest and they recorded their first single "She's Not
There" (see year 1964, song 70), which was a hit in the UK and
USA. Only one minor hit entered the British charts after that
and the band broke up in 1967. Rod Argent formed a new band
called Argent (see song 21), and Blunstone went solo. This was
his first hit as a solo artist, and although it reached only a
modest number 15 in the UK (his biggest solo hit), Blunstone has
continued recording and performing up to the present time.
Title: Mother And Child Reunion
Paul Simon was
one half of the famous duo Simon & Garfunkel, who enjoyed
numerous hits in the latter half of the 1960s (see year 1966, song
27). Paul Simon was born on 13 Oct 1941 in Newark, New Jersey,
USA. After his partnership with Art Garfunkel broke up in
1970, Simon launched a solo career. This was his first solo
hit in the UK, and is taken from his album "Paul
Simon". His main success was in the sale of albums rather
than singles, and he has enjoyed having many Top 10 albums in the UK
album chart up to and including his latest in 2018. He has won
numerous awards for his songs including 12 Grammy Awards and two
Title: Meet Me On The Corner
a Folk-Rock band formed in Newcastle, England in 1968. The
band comprised Alan Hull, Ray Jackson, Ray Laidlaw, Rod Clements and Simon Cowe.
Rod Clements was their bass guitarist, and he wrote this song.
Early releases failed to chart, but they built a following by live
performance in concerts and festivals. As a result, their
second album ("Fog On The Tyne") went to Number One, and
spawned this hit single. More hit singes and albums followed
in 1972. Following disagreements, Laidlaw, Clements and Cowe
left the band in 1973 and were replaced. However, the magic
was gone, further releases failed, and the band split in 1976.
Following a couple of reunion concerts, the original five regrouped
in 1978 and were back in the singles charts with two hits in that
year. They continued performing until 2004 when they disbanded
for the final time.
Title: Alone Again (Naturally)
O'Sullivan was born on 1 Dec 1946 in Waterford, Ireland. When
he was just seven years old his family moved to England where he
grew up. He began playing when at art college in the
1960s. He signed a recording contract in 1967, but no hit
recordings came from that. It was not until 1970 when he came
under the management of Gordon Mills that things took off. To
gain publicity, he went for an unusual appearance comprising a pudding basin haircut, cloth cap and short trousers.
This did attract attention, and by late 1970 he was in the UK charts
with his debut hit "Nothing Rhymed". His style and
songs were certainly unique, and he enjoyed enormous success for the
first half of the 1970s. He changed his appearance to a
college boy look after a year or so, and the hits continued.
He had eleven Top 20 hits up to the end of 1974, two of which were
Number Ones, and he achieved four Top 10 albums during that period
as well. He also enjoyed three Top 10 hits in the USA
including a Number One. Later in the 1970s however, he
realised that he had not received a fair proportion of his earnings
from his management company. He sued them, but it was not
until 1982 that the courts found in his favour and awarded him seven
million pounds. His career had been on hold for most of the
second half of the 1970s, but he had another Top 20 hit in
1980. He has continued to record and perform, issuing four new
albums between 2007 and 2018. He has also toured the UK and
Ireland in recent years.
Title: Beg, Steal Or Borrow
The New Seekers was a British five-piece vocal
group, formed by Australian musician Keith Potger, after the break up of his group the
Seekers. The New Seekers comprised female lead singers Eve Graham
(born in Auchterarder, Scotland on 19 Apr 1943) and Lyn Paul (born
in Manchester, England on 16 Feb 1949), plus three males. The
first version of the group, formed in 1969, did not include Lyn
Paul, but after the first album release, several personnel changes
were made, including the addition of Paul. They had a minor
hit in late 1970, but made the big time in the summer of 1971 with
their first Top 10 entry "Never Ending Song Of
Love". This was followed later in the year by "I'd
Like To Teach The World To Sing", which was their first Number
One chart hit. They enjoyed considerable success through to
the mid-1970s, but broke up in the second half of 1974.
However, they reformed in 1976, but without Lyn Paul. They had
three smallish hits until 1978, when Eve Graham left. With new
personnel, the group has continued to tour and perform.
Title: Hold Your Head Up
Argent was an English Rock band formed in 1969
by Rod Argent, formerly of the group the Zombies. The band
also included Russ Ballard, formerly of Adam Faith's Roulettes and
Unit 4 Plus 2. The band had three hit singles and two hit
albums, but they broke up in 1976. Rod Argent went solo after
the split, recorded a few albums and wrote music for
television. He is still occasionally performing. Russ
Ballard mostly concentrated on songwriting, and he composed Hot Chocolate's 1977 UK chart topper "So You Win
Again", and Rainbow's 1979 hit "Since You Been Gone". He
has also written many songs which have appeared on the albums of
Title: Too Beautiful To Last
Humperdinck was born on 2 May 1936 in Madras, India to British
parents while his father was serving in the British army in that
country. They all returned to England in 1946 where he
completed his schooling. He began singing in his late teens
using the stage name Gerry Dorsey, and had the opportunity to start
recording in 1958, but none of his output reached the charts.
In 1965 he changed management to Gordon Mills who was Tom Jones'
manager. Mills suggested changing his name to that of a 19th
century German composer. So as Engelbert
Humperdinck, he started a new career. His breakthrough came in
1967, when having recorded "Release Me", he was able to
perform the song on the popular TV show "Sunday Night At The
London Palladium", standing in for the unwell Dickie Valentine.
This instantly changed his life. The record climbed to Number
One in the UK charts, remaining on the charts for an amazing 56
weeks, and keeping the Beatles off the top spot in March 1967.
Two more major hits followed in the same year, and by the end he had
the top three best-selling singles of 1967. Success continued
through the following decades, and from the mid-1970s onwards he
spent a great deal of time performing in the USA, much of it in Las
Vegas. He has continued to perform and record into the 21st
century, giving concerts in most parts of the world. An album
celebrating his 50 years in the charts was released in 2017, which
reached number five in the UK album chart. He splits his time
between homes in Leicestershire, England and Los Angeles,
Title: Floy Joy
Founding member of the Supremes, Diana Ross, had left the group
in 1970. She had been replaced by Jean Terrell, with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong continuing with their
roles in the trio. This new lineup enjoyed great success in the UK with five Top 10 hits by 1972.
They had two Top 10 hits in the USA. With some more personnel changes, the trio continued
after 1972, but with little
chart success. They remained a popular live act however, continuing to 1977, when they performed their
farewell concert (in London), and then disbanded. For more info about the group see year 1965,
Title: Sweet Talkin' Guy
The Chiffons were a
group of four girls from New York, USA. Their first release as
a quartet was "He's So Fine" (see year 1963, song 33)
which went to Number One in the USA, although it only reached the
Top 20 in the UK. Two other recordings charted in the UK, but
they were up against the wealth of British bands that were
dominating the UK charts in the mid 1960s. Their follow-up,
"One Fine Day" (song 57) scraped into the Top 30 in the
summer of 1963, but their next hit was not until 1966. That
was "Sweet Talkin' Guy", which stalled at number 31
initially, but when re-released in 1972, it raced up to number four
on the British charts.
Title: I Am What I Am
This was the Reggae
band's follow-up to their hit in January, "Moon River"
(song 3). Unfortunately this proved to be their final hit
single, and no albums reached the UK album chart.
Title: Turn Your Radio On
Ray Stevens was born on 24 January 1939 in Georgia,
USA. Following his secondary education he went to college to study music. He was soon making
records, often with a comedy slant. In 1966 he began recording more mainstream material, and several
of his songs were recorded by other artists. In 1970 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee,
and became a record producer, whilst still making records himself. Also in 1970 he recorded his
song "Everything Is Beautiful" which went to Number One in the USA charts. Several more
hits followed during the 1970s, either comedy, Country, or mainstream. He has continued to
record and perform in the Country/Comedy genre into the 2010s.
Title: Back Off Boogaloo
Starr was born on 7 Jul 1940 in Liverpool, England, and
found fame as a member of the Beatles group. After the breakup
of the band, Starr and the others pursued a solo career. His
first solo hit came in April 1971 with "It Don't Come
Easy" (year 1971, song 29), which reached number four in the UK
charts. He had four Top 10
entries on the UK singles charts, one each in the years from 1971 to
1974. Two of those reached Number One in the USA. He
also enjoyed two Top 10 albums in the British album chart. As
well as performing and recording music, Starr also
narrated the first two series of the children's television programme
Friends" and portrayed "Mr. Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's
television series "Shining Time Station". Since 1989, he has
frequently toured with his All-Starr Band.
He has continued recording from time to time, and issued his
twentieth album in 2019.
Title: Until It's Time For You To Go
# This was the second in a run of five Top 10 hits for Presley, and the first of four that he enjoyed in 1972. The song was written by Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. She recorded it for an album in 1965, and it was a Top 20 hit for British group the Four Pennies in autumn 1965. The Presley version peaked at number 40 in the USA.
# Presley's next hit, "An American Trilogy" came in June, and the next hit in this list was in autumn 1972 (song 80).
# This song was written by Hugh Nicholson who only joined the group in 1971 (replacing Junior Campbell), and left in 1973. It turned out to be the group's last hit until 1976, when they reached the Top 10 for one final time.
Title: Saturday Night At The Movies
Title: Could It Be Forever
# This recording was issued as a double A-side with song 32 below.
# The hit recording by Kool & The Gang in 1985, and the hit recording by Madonna in 1989 which are also called "Cherish" are both different songs from each other and different to this song.
Title: A Thing Called Love
# This song was written and originally recorded by Country music singer-songwriter Jerry Reed in 1968.
Title: Rocket Man
# This was Elton's first hit since his chart debut in January 1971. His next release ("Honky Cat") (song 70), stalled at number 31, but the release after that ("Crocodile Rock") (song 86), took him up to number five in the UK and Number One in the USA.
Title: Oh Babe, What Would You Say
# This was Hurricane's last major hit. A release in September this year peaked at number 23, and there were no more.
Title: Everything I Own
# Despite Bread's own version of the song under-performing in the UK, two other renditions have been British Number Ones. First Jamaican Reggae performer Ken Boothe reached the top of the UK charts in 1974 with his recording of the song. Then in 1987 Boy George (formerly with Culture Club), also reached Number One with his Reggae-based version of the song.
Title: Me And Julio Down By The School Yard
# Paul Simon was next in the UK singles charts in June 1973 with "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", which reached number seven.
Title: Come What May
Title: Metal Guru
# Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty and bold colour, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. Most of his productive years were spent in France. He suffered from bouts of depression and in 1888 he cut off part of his lower ear. He later documented the event in a painting titled "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear". After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices. (Info from Wikipedia)
Title: California Man
# This was the Move's final chart entry. Between 1967 and 1972 they had ten hits in the UK charts, seven of which reached the Top 10. By July this year, Wood's and Lynn's new band, the ELO had their first UK hit single.
Title: Song Sung Blue
# This recording reached Number One in the USA. It was Diamond's last UK singles hit until the summer of 1976, although six albums entered the UK album chart during the intervening period.
Title: Lady Eleanor
# In addition to the Telly Savalas version of the song, it has been in the UK charts for other artists as follows: Yin & Yan (1975, number 25); John Alford (1996, number 24); Dolly Parton (2002, number 73).
Title: Rockin' Robin
# The song was written in 1958, and recorded that year by American R&B singer Bobby Day, who reached number two with it in the USA charts. Bobby Day was also one half of the duo Bob & Earl (see year 1969, song 22).
Title: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
# She was next in the UK charts in August, in duet with Donny Hathaway (song 60).
Title: Take Me Bak 'Ome
# They had been in the UK charts in February this year with "Look Wot You Dun", which reached number four. This recording was the second of six chart-toppers that the band enjoyed in the UK. They were next in the charts in September with their third Number One (song 67).
Title: Little Willy
# This was the band's first Top 10 hit since June 1971 (see year 1971, song 44), although they reached number eleven in February this year. However, this was the first in a run of seven Top 10 hits until the summer of 1974. This recording went one better in the USA, reaching number three in the charts there.
Title: Puppy Love
# His next hit came in September this year (song 71).
# The song was written by Paul Anka who had a string of hits during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Anka's original version charted in spring 1960, reaching number two in the USA (see year 1960, song 30 in these lists).
# In 2013, a re-worded version of the song, featuring 300 people singing the song whilst going about their daily lives, was used in a TV advert for the British National Lottery.
Title: Walkin' In The Rain With The One I
# This recording preceded White's first solo hit, which reached the charts in 1973.
Title: Betcha By Golly Wow
# The Stylistics were next in the UK charts in November with one of their most famous songs, "I'm Stone In Love With You" (song 85).
# This song was first recorded in 1970 by American actress and singer Connie Stevens (see year 1960, song 42), with the title "Keep Growing Strong", which is a line in the lyrics. It was not a hit. In 1996 a version of the song was released by USA singer Prince, which reached number eleven in the UK charts.
# Van McCoy went on to have a few Disco instrumental hits in the UK during 1975-1977.
Title: Take It Easy
# In 1999, in honour of the lyrics of this song that made it famous, the city of Winslow, Arizona erected a life-size bronze statue and mural at the Standin' on the Corner Park. The statue of a young man with a guitar is by a sign displaying the words "Standin' on the Corner". A mural on the wall behind the statue is that of a storefront, and includes what would appear to be the reflection of a red flatbed Ford pickup truck driven by a blonde-haired woman. The upper floor window shows an eagle perched on the sill. The lyrics that prompted this response are:
Well, I'm a-standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford
Slowin' down to take a look at me
Title: I Can See Clearly Now
# Nash was next in the UK charts in October with "There Are More Questions Than Answers" (song 82).
Title: Automatically Sunshine
Title: Run To Me
# This was the trio's first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1969. They did have three smaller hits during the intervening time, one of which reached the Top 20 earlier in 1972. However, they did not have another UK hit until June 1975 when they began their Disco period.
# This was Bowie's first hit since 1969 when his "Space Oddity" was in the UK Top 10 (see year 1969, song 73). This recording was taken from his fifth studio album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", with which Bowie assumed the persona of Ziggy Stardust, appearing on TV and in concert as that character. Bowie's next Top 10 hit came in December (song 97).
Title: I Get The Sweetest Feeling
# This was Wilson's first return to the UK charts since May 1969 when his recording of "Higher And Higher" peaked at number eleven (year 1969, song 42). This became his final hit with a new song in the UK, but in late 1986 his 1957/1958 song "Reet Petite" was reissued, reaching Number One in the UK. That was followed by the reissue of "I Get The Sweetest Feeling", which reached number three in the UK charts in March 1987.
Title: Where Is The Love
Donny Hathaway (1 Oct 1945 – 13 Jan 1979) was born in Chicago, USA, but was brought up by his grandmother in St Louis. That grandmother was a professional Gospel singer, so Donny was involved in music from an early age. He studied music in Washington DC, then went to Chicago to work as a songwriter and producer. He recorded a couple of albums, but it was his collaboration with Roberta Flack that brought him fame. He made many recordings during the 1970s, but he also suffered from depression, and he committed suicide in New York in July 1979. Hathaway had no solo hit recordings in the UK.
Title: All The Young Dudes
# In 1992 Clapton recorded an accoustic version of the song, which formed part of the MTV series "MTV Unplugged". The single reached only number 45 in the UK singles charts, but the album from which it came ("Unplugged") peaked at number two in the UK and Number One in the USA.
Title: You Wear It Well
# This was Stewart's second Number One hit. The recording was taken from his album "Never A Dull Moment" which went to Number One in the UK album chart. His next hit single came in November (song 90).
Title: Lean On Me
# This was Wither's first hit in the UK, although his 1971 recording of "Ain't No Sunshine" (year 1971, song 73) was a Top 10 entry in the USA. He had no more hits in the UK until his recording of "Lovely Day" reached the Top 10 in early 1978.
# In 1987, the American group Club Nouveau recorded "Lean On Me", and their version reached number three in the UK charts.
Title: Ain't No Sunshine
Title: Living In Harmony
# This was Cliff's only substantial hit of 1972. However, he was back in the Top 10 in 1973, when he represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time.
# Writer Alan Tarney went on to write several songs for Cliff Richard into the 1980s.
Title: Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Title: Suzanne Beware Of The Devil
# In 1979, Livingstone's song "A Message To You Rudy" (written in 1967) was recorded by British band the Specials, and their version reached number 10 in the UK charts.
Title: Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
# This recording is basically a solo vocal by Allan Clarke. The rhythm and production is very reminiscent of the so-called Swamp Rock sound made by the American band Creedence Clearwater Revival (see year 1969, song 46). Despite the lowly peak position in the UK charts, this recording reached number two in the USA. Although the Hollies are generally regarded as a 1960s group, they continued successfully as a live act through the 1970s. Their next major hit came in 1974 with "The Air That I Breathe" which reached number two in the UK charts (number six in the USA).
Title: Honky Cat
Title: Too Young
# The song was written in 1951, and recorded that year by American crooner Nat King Cole. His version reached Number One in the USA, but it pre-dated the UK charts which did not start until November 1952. In the UK, British crooner Jimmy Young recorded a cover of that version, but again, it goes unlisted as a hit, as there were no British record sales charts at that time.
Title: Children Of The Revolution
Title: How Can I Be Sure
Title: You're A Lady
Title: Back Stabbers
# Co-writers McFadden and Whitehead had a Top 5 hit in the UK in 1979 with the Disco song "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now".
Title: I Won't Last A Day Without You
# This recording was not issued in the USA until 1974. It was a double A-side release with song 77 below.
Title: Goodbye To Love
# The Carpenters were next in the UK Top 10 in July 1973 with "Yesterday Once More".
Title: In A Broken Dream
Title: Guitar Man
Title: Burning Love
# This was Presley's 40th and final Top 10 hit in the USA. In the UK he went on to have a further seven Top 10 hits up to his death in 1977.
Title: Here I Go Again
# This song is different to the Hollies hit of the same title, the Whitesnake hit also of the same title, and indeed is different to any other hit recording which has the same title.
Title: There Are More Questions Than
Title: Hallelujah Freedom
# The song Clair was about the three-year-old daughter of O'Sullivan's producer-manager, Gordon Mills. The little girl's giggling is heard at the end of the song.
Title: I'm Stone In Love With You
# In 1975, American crooner Johnny Mathis recorded the song, which reached number ten in the UK charts, and was his first substantial hit since 1960.
Title: Crocodile Rock
# The falsetto refrain 'la la la' in the song is very similar to the opening lines of the song "Speedy Gonzales". As a result, the copywriter owners of "Speedy Gonzales" sued John for copyright infringement. A settlement was reached out of court.
Title: Stay With Me
# There have been no less than nine completely different songs with the title "Stay With Me" in the UK charts. Apart from this Blue Mink song, the other notable recordings of songs called "Stay With Me" have been by the Faces (see year 1971, song 99), and Erasure in 1995, whose recording reached number 15.
# This song was first recorded by Frankie Avalon in 1959, whose version reached Number One in the USA. In the UK it peaked at number 20, as it was covered by British singer Anthony Newley, who took his version to Number One in the UK charts in January 1960 (see year 1960, song 3).
Title: I Don't Believe In Miracles
# The song was written by Russ Ballard who was a member of Adam Faith's backing band, the Roulettes. After that he joined Unit 4 + 2 who had the Number One hit "Concrete And Clay" in 1965 (see year 1965, song 21). When that band broke up he joined Argent as lead singer, and they had a major hit 1972 with "Hold Your Head Up" (song 21 above). Ballad wrote the Argent hit "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" in 1973. That song was recorded by American Rock band Kiss in 1992, whose version was a Top 5 hit in the UK. Ballard went on to write numerous songs, including Hot Chocolate's Number One "So You Win Again" in 1977, and Rainbow's Top 10 hit "Since You've Been Gone" in 1979.
# Stewart's next hit came in September 1973, although he had a number two hit with the Faces in February 1973.
Title: Help Me Make It Through The Night
# This was the group's first UK Top 20 hit since 1967 (see year 1967, song 45). Their next substantial hits in the UK began in 1975, after their move to Buddah records.
# The song was written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 1970. It was a hit in the USA for Country music performer Sammi Smith, reaching Number One on the Country chart and number eight on the pop chart. In 1974 Jamaican singer John Holt recorded a Reggae version of the song which reached number six in the UK.
# The song was written for the 1972 film "Ben", staring Lee Montgomery. The song is performed by Montgomery during the film, and by Jackson during the final scene and over the end credits.
# Don Black has written the lyrics for several film themes, notably some of the James Bond film themes, with music composed by John Barry.
Title: Ventura Highway
# Although this recording performed badly in the UK, it reached the Top 10 in the USA and Canada. They continued to enjoy hits in the USA and Canada into the mid-1970s.
# Ventura is a city in southern California, USA. There is no Venture Highway, but there is a Ventura Freeway, running from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line to Pasadena in Los Angeles County.
# The song's opening guitar riff and musical hook is sampled throughout Janet Jackson's 2001 song "Someone to Call My Lover", which reached number eleven in the UK charts that year.
Title: Nights In White Satin
# *The 35 weeks in the UK chart are the total of several appearances in the listings. The recording first charted in December 1967 when it peaked at number 19. Reissued in 1972, it reached number nine in the UK (number two in the USA). It charted again in 1979, climbing to number 14, and entered the charts yet again in 2010, that time peaking at number 51.
# This was the band's first appearance in the UK Top 10 since 1970 when their recording of "Question" reached number two. It also marked their final entry in the Top 10, although four smaller hits charted until 1988. However, albums in 1978 and 1981 reached the Top 10 of the British album chart.
Title: Solid Gold Easy Action
Title: C Moon
# The band had been in the UK Top 10 in May 1972 with "Mary Had A Little Lamb". "C Moon" was a double A-side with the song "Hi, Hi, Hi". Wings/Paul McCartney had two Top 10 hits in 1973, one of which was the James Bond film theme "Live And Let Die".
Title: Jean Genie
Title: It Never Rains In Southern
# This song was not a hit in the UK, but continues to be heard on radio. His only UK hit was "Free Electric Band" in 1973.
Title: You're So Vain
# Carly Simon married singer-songwriter James Taylor in 1972, but they divorced in 1983.
Title: Always On My Mind
# This song was written in 1970 and recorded by B J Thomas. In 1972 it was recorded by Brenda Lee as well as Elvis Presley. In 1982 it was recorded by American Country singer Willie Nelson whose version reached Number One on the American Country charts and number five on the pop charts. The Nelson version resulted in Grammy awards for the songwriters and Nelson. That version was a minor hit in the UK peaking at number 49.
# In 1987 the song was recorded by British duo the Pet Shop Boys. That version went to Number One in the UK over the Christmas period. It reached number four in the USA.
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