As most of you know, we spent the better part of the past year trying to find a Top 40 Chart from a Vermont Radio Station in order to call this year's Coast-To-Coast Chart Sweep complete.
In what has to be close to a hundred different inquiries, we still came up empty. (Seriously ... was there NO station in all of Vermont publishing a Top 40 weekly sheet in 1972?!?!)
As a back-up plan, we had Randy Price prepare a SUPER CHART to cover the week of August 14th just in case ...
And today we have to throw in the towel and admit defeat.
Still, you'll never hear me complain about The Super Charts ...
As they paint the clearest picture of what was really going on radio-wise and record sales-wise at the time.
So, thanks again, Randy, for keeping this one in our back pocket ...
Today, we share it with the rest of the world!
As you can see (despite evidence to the contrary in some of the other major cities we've covered these past few weeks), "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Brandy" and "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" still rank at or near the top of the national trades. ("Alone Again" is already in its third week at #1 ... and "Brandy," which fell to both #3 and #4 in recent weeks, has climbed back up into the #2 position for the second week in a row!!!)
Top Ten Songs earning a bullet include "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" by The Hollies, "I'm Still In Love With You" by Al Green, "The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA" by Donna Fargo and "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent.
Songs that we've seen already making their way DOWN the charts are earning bullets on their way UP the charts on this national representation. I'm talking about songs like "Goodbye To Love" by The Carpenters, "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" by Jim Croce and "Motorcycle Mama" by Sailcat, ALL experiencing upward movement on this week's Super Chart.
And how about "You're Still A Young Man," climbing the chart for Tower of Power at #41? We saw that one at #1 last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
Looking beyond The Top 40, we see that Donny Osmond has the week's highest debut (with his remake of the Frankie Avalon hit "Why" ... it premiers at #73), while a couple of vintage rock and roll acts, Rick Nelson and Elvis Presley, both have debuts on this week's chart with "Garden Party" and "Burning Love" respectively. (And, if we're talking '50's Rock And Roll Revival, you'll also find Chuck Berry at #60 with his latest, "My Ding-A-Ling," a future #1 Record!)
All the way down at #96 (first week on the chart) is Gladstone's "A Piece Of Paper" ... we saw this record in The Top Five just a week or two ago!!!
Likewise, records that have already made impressive showings on our featured local hits that are just starting to make their move nationally would have to include "Black And White" by Three Dog Night (#32, but up 19 places), "The Guitar Man" by Bread (#22), "Popcorn" (#37), "Sweet Inspiration" / "Where You Lead" (#52) and "Melissa" by The Allman Brothers, shown here all the way down at #108!!!
If I'm going to pick three favorites from this week's chart, I'd have to go with "Go All The Way" by The Raspberries (#38), "Run To Me" by The Bee Gees (#40) and "Everybody Plays The Fool" by The Main Ingredient (#46) And there is just NO way I'm going to pass up an opportunity to feature "Summer Sun" by Chicago's own Jamestown Massacre ... you'll find it WAY down at #90 in its second week on the chart!