Sunday, 1 September 2013

1972 USA Hit Parade

JANUARY 15,  1972

1.  American Pie  -  Don McLean
2.  Let's stay together  -  Al Green
3.  You are everything  -  Stylistics
4.  Got to be there  -  Michael Jackson
5.  Day after day  -  Badfinger

6.  Sunshine  -  Jonathan Edwards
7.  Sugar daddy  -  Jackson Five
8.  Never been to Spain  -  Three Dog Nights
9.  So far away  - Carole King 
10. Levon  -  Elton John 
FEBRUARY  19,  1972

1.  Without you  -  Nilsson
2.  Precious and few  -  Climax
3.  The lions sleeps tonight  -  Robert John
4.  Hurting each other  -  Carpenters
5.  Joy  -  Apollo 100

6.  Down by the lazy river  -  The Osmonds
7.  Everything I own  -  Bread
8.  Stay with me  -  Rod Stewart & Faces
9.  Roundabout  -  Yes
10. Sweet seasons  -  Carole King 

M A R C H  18, 1972

1.  Heart of gold  -  Neil Young
2.  A horse with no name  -  America
3.  Puppy love  -  Donny Osmond
4.  Mother and child reunion  -  Paul Simon 
5.  Rockin Robin  -  Michael Jackson 

6.  Vincent  -  Don McLean
7.  I gotcha  -  Joe Tex
8.  Wah wah  -  George Harrison
9.  A cowboy's work is never done  -  Sonny & Cher 
10. Rock and roll lullaby  -  B.J. Thomas 

A P R I L  15, 1972

1.  The first time ever I saw your face  -  Roberta Flack  
2.  Betcha by Golly wow  -  Stylistics
3.  Morning has broken  -  Cat Stevens
4.  In the rain  -  Dramatics
5.  Look what you done for me  -  Al Green 

6.  I saw the light  -  Todd Rundgren 
7.  Tumbling dice  -  Rolling Stones
8.  Suavecito  -  Malo 
9.  Day dreaming  -  Aretha Franklin 
10. Jungle fever  -  The Chakachas

M A Y  13,  1972

1.  I'll take you there  -  The Staple Singers 
2.  Diary  -  Bread 
3.  It's gonna take some time  -  Carpenters
4.  Walking in the rain with the one I love  -  Love Unlimited Orchestra
5.  Sylvia's mother  -  Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 

6.  Doctor my eyes  -  Jackson Browne 
7.  Taxi  -  Harry Chapin 
8.  How can I be sure?  -  David Cassidy 
9.  Baby blue  -  Badfinger 
10. Back off Boogoloo  -  Ringo Starr
11. Mister, can't you see?  -  Buffy Sainte-Marie

J U N E  10,  1972

1.  Oh girl  -  Chi Lites
2.  The Candy Man  -  Sammy Davis Jr. 
3.  Me and Julio down by the school yard  -  Paul Simon 
4.  Nice to be with you  -  Gallery 
5.  Outa-space  -  Billy Preston 

6.  Last night I didn't get to sleep at all  -  The 5th Dimension
7.  I need you  -  America
8.  Troglodyte (Cave Man)  -  The Jimmy Castor Bunch 
9.  Slippin' into darkness  -  War
10. Day by day  -  Godspell

J U L Y  8, 1972

1.  Lean on me  -  Bill Withers
2.  Song sung blue  -  Neil Diamond 
3.  Too late to turn back now  -  Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
4.  School's out  -  Alice Cooper  
5.  Rocket man  -  Elton John 

6.  If loving you is wrong I don't want to be right  -  Luther Ingram
7.  Daddy don't you walk so fast  -  Wayne Newton 
8.  Rock and roll Part II  -  Gary Glitter 
9.  Layla  -  Derek & the Dominoes
10.  Hold your head up  -  Argent

AUGUST  5,  1972 

1.  Alone again (Naturally) -  Gilbert O'Sullivan 
2.  Brandy (You're a fine girl)  -  Looking Glass
3.  Where is the love?  -  Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
4.  Long cool woman in a black dress  -  The Hollies
5.  I'm still in love with you  -  Al Green 

6.  Back stabbers  -  O' Jays
7.  How do you do?  -  Mouth & McNeal 
8.  Conquistador  -  Procol Harum 
9.  Sealed with a kiss  -  Bobby Vinton 
10. Honky cat -  Elton John 
SEPTEMBER 30,  1972

1.  Ben  -  Michael Jackson 
2.  Black and white  -  Three Dog Night 
3.  Baby don't get hooked on me  -  Mac Davis
4.  Freddie's dead  -  Curtis Mayfield
5.  Burning love  -  Elvis Presley

6.  Saturday in the park  -  Chicago 
7.  Popcorn  -  Hot Butter 
8.  Go all the way  -  Raspberries  
9.  Get on the good foot, Part I  -  James Brown 
10. Power of love  -  Joe Simon 

OCTOBER  21, 1972

1.  My ding-a-ling  -  Chuck Berry 
2.  Use me  -  Bill Withers
3.  Everybody plays the fool  -  The Main Ingredient
4.  The guitar man  -  Bread
5.  Nights in white satin  -  The Moody Blues

6.  Garden party  -  Ricky Nelson 
7.  Superfly  -  Curtis Mayfield 
8.  Don't ever be lonely (A poor little fool like me) - Cornelius Bros. & Sister Rose
9.  Beautiful Sunday  -  Daniel Boone
10. Tight rope  -  Leon Russell 

NOVEMBER 11,  1972

1.  I can see clearly now  -  Johnny Nash
2.  Listen to the music  -  Dobbie Brothers 
3.  I'd love you to want me  -  Lobo 
4.  If you don't know me by now  -  Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 
5.  You wear it well  -  Rod Stewart

6.  I'll be around  -  Spinners 
7.  The City of New Orleans  -  Arlo Guthrie
8.  Good time Charlie's got the blues  -  Danny O'Keefe
9.  Sweet surrender  -  Bread 
10. Operator (That's not the way it feels) - Jim Croce 

DECEMBER  16,  1972

1.  Me and Mrs. Jones  -  Billy Paul 
2.  Papa was a rolling stone  -  Temptations
3.  I am woman  -  Helen Reddy  
4.  It never rains in Southern California  -  Albert Hammond
5.  You ought to be with me  -  Al Green 

6.  Summer breeze  -  Seals & Crofts 
7.  Clair  -  Gilbert O'Sullivan 
8.  Rocking pneumonia and the boogie-woogie flu  -  Johnny Rivers 
9.  I'm stone in love with you  - Stylistics 
10. Your mama don't dance -  Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina 

October 31, 1972

"My Ding-a-Ling" is the title of a novelty song recorded in 1972 by Chuck Berry, his only U.S. number-one single on the pop charts. Later that year, in a longer unedited form, it was included on the album 'The London Chuck Berry Sessions'. Two members of the Average White Band, guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh, played on the single.

The song tells of how the singer received a toy consisting of "silver bells hanging on a string" from his grandmother, who calls them his "ding-a-ling." According to the song, he plays with it in school, and holds on to it in dangerous situations like falling after climbing the garden wall, and swimming across a creek infested with snapping turtles

The lyrics consistently exercise the double entendre with "ding-a-ling" standing in for the penis. During the live version, Berry calls on the audience to join in the chorus, and in the final verse, he admonishes "those of you who will not sing" that they "must be playing with [their] own ding-a-ling."

The lyrics with their sly tone and innuendo (and the enthusiasm of Berry and the audience) caused many radio stations to refuse to play it, like WABC New York's  Top 40 even when it reached number one. It was Berry's sole #1 single in his career.

In Icons of Rock, Scott Schinder calls the song "a sophomoric, double-entendre-laden ode to masturbation." Nevertheless, Berry still likes it and on the recording calls it "our Alma Mater".

"My Ding-a-Ling" was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952 for King Records. When Bartholomew moved to Imperial Records, he re-recorded the song under the new title, "Little Girl Sing Ding-a-Ling." In 1954, The Bees on Imperial released a version entitled "Toy Bell." 

Berry recorded a version called "My Tambourine" in 1968, but the version which topped the charts was recorded live during the Lanchester Arts Festival at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on 3 February 1972, where Berry – backed by The Roy Young Band – topped a bill that also included Slade and Billy Preston. 

Boston radio station WMEX disc jockey Jim Connors was credited with a gold record for discovering the song and pushing it to #1 over the airwaves and amongst his peers in the United States.

This controversy was lampooned in The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Pony", in which a Springfield Elementary School student attempted to sing the song during the school's talent show. He barely finished the first line of the refrain before an irate Principal Skinner rushed him off the stage.

Don Tandler of New Jersey's 101.5 would like to note that Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" dropped from the # One position at many New York City Top 40 stations this week like WNBC, WNBC-FM, WXLO, WPIX; and WWDJ (Hackensack, NJ), where it spent five straight weeks as Number One.  

This Chuck Berry record plus Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show's 1973 "Cover of the Rolling Stone," along with "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and the 1974's very patriotic spoken word recording "Americans" by Byron Mac Gregor are the only other monster hits I'm aware of WABC banned from its play-list and ignored its chart performance in the market. 
Folk tale is that the wife of WABC's General Manager heard "My Ding-a-Ling" and "ordered" her husband to take the record off the air, after it was played for two days as a Hot Prospect.  "Cover of the Rolling Stone" was allegedly banned because of the reference to cocaine in the lyrics, "The Ballad of John and Yoko" for profanity.

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