1972

Number Ones:
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack [Atlantic 2864] is from Flack’s 1970 LP First Take [Atlantic 8230], and was made popular by its inclusion in the movie Play Misty For Me. It was introduced by Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger on New Briton Gazette, Vol. 2 [‘62, Folkways 8734], and was also recorded by Kitty White [‘62, but I can’t find any information] and the Kingston Trio [‘63, New Frontier Capitol 1809]. It has been recorded by many others.
Without You - Nilsson [RCA 0604] (Evans, Ham) is from Badfinger’s No Dice [‘70, Apple 3367].
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. [MGM 14320] (Bricusse, Newley), sung by Aubrey Woods in the 1971 movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, appeared on Anthony Newley’s LP Pure Imagination [‘71, MGM 4781], released as a single [MGM 14252]. Davis’s vocals were sung over a recording by the Mike Curb Congregation (not released by them separately?).
My Ding-a-Ling - Check Berry [Chess 2131] (Berry) is a live recording of a song that Berry had used in his shows for many years but never recorded. It was recorded twice by Dave Bartholomew [‘52, King 4544 and ‘Little Girl Sings Ding-a-Ling’ Imperial 5210] and by the Bees [‘54, ‘Toy Bell’ Imperial 5314]. The melody is very similar to the 1869 song ‘Little Brown Jug’, written by J.E. Winner.
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone - Temptations [Gordy 7121] (Strong, Whitfield) was previously a single for the Undisputed Truth [‘72, Gordy 7117].
Ben - Michael Jackson [Motown 1207] (Black, Scharf) was a movie title song.
Black & White - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4317] (Arkin, Robinson) appeared first on Pete Seeger’s Love Songs for Friends and Foes [‘56, ‘Ink Is Black’ Folkways 2453], and then in 1957 by its co-author Earl Robinson [A Walk in the Sun Folkways 2324]. Three Dog Night’s version is based on a reggae version by Greyhound, which charted in the U.K. [‘71, Trojan TR 7820].
Number Twos:
Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues [Deram 85023] (Hayward) is from their 1968 LP Days of Future Passed [Deram 18012].
Rockin’ Robin - Michael Jackson [Motown 1197] (Thomas) was a hit for Bobby Day [‘58, ‘Rock-in Robin’ Class 229].
Hurting Each Other - Carpenters [A&M 1322] (Geld, Udell) was recorded by Jimmy Clanton [‘65, Mala 500], Guess Who [‘65, Scepter 12118] and Ruby & the Romantics [‘69, A&M 1042].
Burning Love - Elvis Presley [RCA 0769] (Linde) was first recorded by Arthur Alexander [‘71, Warner Brothers 7658]. Writer Dennis Linde recorded it in 1973 [self-titled LP, Elektra 75062].
Top Fives:
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Robert John [Atlantic 2846] (Peretti, Creatore, Ilene, Stanton, Weiss) is a remake of the Tokens’ hit (see 1962).
Betcha By Golly, Wow - Stylistics [Atco 4591] (Bell, Creed) was a single for Connie Stevens [‘70, Bell 922], as ‘Keep Growing Strong’, produced by Thom Bell.
Puppy Love - Donny Osmond [MGM 14367] (Anka) was a hit for Paul Anka [‘60, ABC Paramount 10082].
Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton [Chelsea 0100] (Callander, Stephens) was a single for Daniel Boone [‘71, Epic 10787].
Freddie’s Dead - Curtis Mayfield [Curtom 1975] (Mayfield) is from the movie Superfly.
Never Been to Spain - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4299] (Axton) is from Hoyt Axton’s LP Joy to the World [‘71, Capitol 788].
Top Tens:
Joy - Apollo 100 [Mega 0050] (Bach, arranged by Tom Parker) is based on Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ or ‘Jesu Bleibet Meine Freunde’, the Chorale from Cantate Nr. 147: Herz und Mund (1723). It was recorded as ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’ by Dame Myra Hess (1928). It was the basis of the Beach Boys’ ‘Lady Lynda’ [‘79, Caribou CRB 7427].
The Way of Love - Cher [Kapp 2158] (Stillman, Dieval, Rivgauche) is a French song, ‘J’ai le mal de toi’, written for Lili Castel, recorded only on a tape in 1965, which was circulated among various radio stations internationally. It was translated into English as a single for Kathy Kirby [‘65, Parrot 9775]. A slightly altered French version, with different words, was recorded by Dalida [’66, ‘Parlez-moi d’amour’]. A Spanish version - ‘Somos Novios’ - was recorded by Armando Manzanero [‘69] and was translated into English again as ‘It’s Impossible’, a hit for Perry Como (see 1971).
I’d Like to Teach the World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) - New Seekers [Elektra 45762] (Backer, Davis, Cook, Greenaway) was originally ‘True Love and Apple Pie’ by Australian Susan Shirley [‘70]. That year the Coca-Cola had the words rewritten as ‘I’d Like to Give the World a Coke’ for a commercial by the New Seekers. It eventually caught on, and also charted for the Hillside Singers [Metromedia 231].
Popcorn - Hot Butter [Musicor 1458] (Kingsley) was on the LP Music to Mood By by Gershon Kingsley [‘69, Audio Fidelity].
Hey Girl - Donny Osmond [MGM 14322] (Goffin, King) was a hit for Freddie Scott [‘63, Colpix 692].
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen [Paramount 0146] (Ryan, Stevenson) is a remake of Johnny Bonds’ hit (see 1960).
Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues - Danny O’Keefe [Signpost 70006] (O’Keefe) was cut for Piccadilly, but not released, in 1967. It was a single for the Bards in 1969 [Jerden 907/Parrot 337], and appeared in a different version on Danny O’Keefe [‘71, Cotillion 9036].
Top Twenties:
Amazing Grace - Pipes and Drums and the Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards [RCA Victor 0709] (Newton, Walker) is the famous hymn (see 1971).
Family of Man - Three Dog Night [Dunhill/ABC 4306] (Williams, Conrad) preceded Paul Williams’ version on A Little Bit of Love [‘74, A&M 3655].
It’s Going to Take Some Time - Carpenters [A&M 1351] (King, Stern) is from Carole King’s LP Music [‘72, Ode 77013].
Too Young - Donny Osmond [MGM 14407] (Dee, Lippman) was a hit in 1951 for Nat King Cole [Capitol 1449], also charting for Toni Arden [Columbia 39271], Patti Andrews [Decca 27569], Fran Allison [RCA Victor 4105] and Richard Hayes [Mercury 5599].
Little Bitty Pretty One - Jackson 5 [Motown 1199] (Byrd) was a hit for Thurston Harris (see 1957).
Why - Donny Osmond [MGM 14424] (DeAngelis, Marcucci) was a hit for Frankie Avalon [‘59, Chancellor 1045].
Day By Day - Godspell [Bell 45,210] (Tebelka, Schwartz) is from the Broadway rock musical Godspell.
Don’t Say You Don’t Remember - Beverly Bremers [Scepter 12315] (Miller, Levitt) was a single for the Goggles [‘70, Audio Fidelity 168].
Conquistador - Procol Harum [A&M 1347] (Brooker, Reid) is a live recording of a song from their debut LP [‘67, Deram 18008].
City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie [Reprise 1103] (Goodman) was on Steve Goodman’s LP Gathering at Earl of Old Town [‘70, Mountain Railroad 52670] and re-recorded as a single [‘71, Buddah 270].
Corner of the Sky - Jackson 5 [Motown 1214] (Schwawrtz) is from the Broadway musical Pippin.
Sealed With a Kiss - Bobby Vinton [Epic 10861] (Geld, Udell) is Brian Hyland’s hit (see 1962).
Top Thirties :
I Believe in Music - Gallery [Sussex 239] (Davis) was a single for Mac Davis [‘70, Columbia 45245; and ‘71, Columbia 45456]; it also appeared on Kenny Rogers & the First Edition’s Greatest Hits [‘71, Reprise 6437].
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - Donnie Elbert [Avco 4587] (Holland, Dozier, Holland) was a hit for the Four Tops [‘65, Motown 1076].
Fire and Water - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2852] (Fraser, Rodgers) is the title song to Free’s 1970 LP [A&M 4268].
Every Day of My Life - Bobby Vinton [Epic 10822] (Crane, Jacobs) charted for the McGuire Sisters [‘56, Coral 61703].
Gone - Joey Heatherton [MGM 14387] (Rogers) was a hit for Ferlin Husky (see 1957).
How Can I Be Sure - David Cassidy [Bell 45220] was a hit for the Young Rascals [‘67, Atlantic 2438].
An American Trilogy - Mickey Newbury [Elektra 45750] is a medley of ‘Dixie’, ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ and ‘All My Trials’; it also charted for Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 74-0672]. ‘Dixie’ is the Civil War song written by Daniel Decatur Emmett in 1860. For ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’, see 1959. ‘All My Trials’ is said to be a Bahamian lullaby which may have originated in the South. Versions include Harry Belafonte [’59, Love Is a Gentle Thing RCA Victor 1927], Joan Baez [’60, Joan Baez Vanguard 2077], Pete Seeger American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4 [‘61, Folkways 2323], Anita Carter Folk Songs Old and New [‘62, Mercury SR-60770] and Peter, Paul & Mary [’63, In the Wind Warner 1507]. A variation ‘All My Sorrows’ was done by Glenn Yarbrough [‘58, Here We Go, Baby Elektra EKL-135] and the Kingston Trio [‘59, At Large Capitol 1199].
Midnight Rider - Joe Cocker [A&M 1370] (Gregg Allman) first appeared on the Allman Brothers’ Idlewild South [‘70, Capricorn 342] and charted again for Gregg Allman [‘74, Capricorn 0035].
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Partridge Family [Bell 45235] (Sedaka, Greenfield) was a hit for Neil Sedaka [‘62, RCA Victor 8046].
Softly Whispering I Love You - English Congregation [Atco 6865] (Greenaway, Cook) was a single for David & Jonathan [‘67, Amy 11012], and was also recorded in 1971 by the Mike Curb Congregation [MGM 14336].