AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S -WEEK OF JULY 8, 1972

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American Top 40- The 1970’s- Week Of July 8, 1972. A number of great songs here- and a handful of rotten eggs- my favorite is an easy pick- ‘Layla’. I still can’t believe Paul McCartney recorded ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’…..

1 4 LEAN ON ME –•– Bill Withers (Sussex)-12 (1 week at #1) (1) A+
2 3 OUTA-SPACE / I WROTE A SIMPLE SONG –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-17 (2) A
3 1 SONG SUNG BLUE –•– Neil Diamond (Uni)-10 (1) B+
4 5 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW –•– Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (United Artists)-7 (4) A
5 2 THE CANDY MAN –•– Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation (MGM)-18 (1) C
6 6 TROGLODYTE (Cave Man) –•– The Jimmy Castor Bunch (RCA)-9 (6) F
7 8 ROCKET MAN (I Think It’s Gonna Be A long, Long Time) –•– Elton John (Uni)-10 (7) A
8 10 DADDY DON’T YOU WALK SO FAST –•– Wayne Newton (Chelsea)-12 (8) F
9 9 I NEED YOU –•– America (Warner Brothers)-8 (9) A-
10 14 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT –•– Luther Ingram (KoKo)-6 (10) A

11 7 NICE TO BE WITH YOU –•– Gallery (Sussex)-20 (4) A
12 27 BRANDY (You’re a Fine Girl) –•– Looking Glass (Epic)-4 (12) A
13 19 HOW DO YOU DO –•– Mouth and MacNeal (Philips)-11 (13) A
14 18 TOO YOUNG –•– Donny Osmond (MGM)-5 (14) F
15 16 LAYLA –•– Derek and the Dominos (Atco)-19 (15) A+
16 23 SCHOOL’S OUT –•– Alice Cooper (Warner Brothers)-6 (16) A+
17 20 TAKE IT EASY –•– Eagles (Asylum)-6 (17) C
18 21 I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE –•– Michael Jackson (Motown)-7 (18) B
19 26 WHERE IS THE LOVE –•– Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (Atlantic)-7 (19) A
20 34 ALONE AGAIN (Naturally) –•– Gilbert O’Sullivan (MAM)-4 ( B

21 11 AMAZING GRACE –•– The Pipes and Drums and the Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (RCA)-8 (11) A
22 30 CONQUISTADOR –•– Procol Harum (A&M)-7 (22) B+
23 13 (Last Night) I DIDN’T GET TO SLEEP AT ALL –•– The 5th Dimension (Bell)-15 (8) A
24 15 OH GIRL –•– The Chi-Lites (Brunswick)-14 (1) A+
25 12 I’LL TAKE YOU THERE –•– The Staple Singers (Stax)-14 (1) A+
26 29 ALL THE KING’S HORSES –•– Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)-6 (26) A
27 28 I’VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG –•– Frederick Knight (Stax)-12 (27) A-
28 32 DAY BY DAY –•– Godspell (Bell)-8 (28) C
29 17 SYLVIA’S MOTHER –•– Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show (Columbia)-15 (5) B
30 22 LIVING IN A HOUSE DIVIDED –•– Cher (Kapp)-8 (22) B

31 39 PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-8 (31) B
32 25 HOW CAN I BE SURE –•– David Cassidy (Bell)-8 (25) C
33 50 LONG COOL WOMAN (In a Black Dress) –•– The Hollies (Epic)-3 (33) A+
34 44 COCONUT –•– Nilsson (RCA)-5 (34) A
35 46 THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE U.S.A. –•– Donna Fargo (Dot)-7 (35) A-
36 49 SEALED WITH A KISS –•– Bobby Vinton (Epic)-5 (36) C
37 38 SUPERWOMAN (Where Were You When I Needed You) –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-8 (37) A
38 43 MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB / LITTLE WOMAN LOVE –•– Wings (Apple)-4 (38) D
39 76 HOLD HER TIGHT –•– The Osmonds (MGM)-2 (39) C
40 56 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP –•– Argent (Epic)-4 (40) A

3 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S -WEEK OF JULY 8, 1972

  1. I would take this random top 40 over all of the number 1’s in 1986. Paul couldn’t have painted a bigger target on his back for Lennon.

  2. Some goodies here.. It’s Too Late to… and School’s Out, I never seem to tire of.
    But some of the other good records have been tainted for me by being playing to death on the radio, even to this day on the oldies stations.
    Speaking of Procol Harem.. one day I really listened to the lyrics of Whiter Shade of Pale.. and realized it made no sense whatsoever ! They were just throwing random phrases together over a Bach organ backing, which made it sound ‘meaningful’, when it was Not, like for those high on weed. ‘Wow, heavy, man !’ I think the band was just playing a joke on everyone haha

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