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RankSong TitleArtistLabel
1. Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan Mam
2. Ben Michael Jackson Motown
3. American Pie Don McLean U.A.
4. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack Atlantic
5. Brandy Looking Glass Epic
6. Horse With No Name America Warner Bros.
7. Theme From "Shaft" Isaac Hayes Enterprise
8. Without You Nilsson RCA
9. You Are Everything The Stylistics Avco
10. Honkey Cat Elton John Uni
11. Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr. MGM
12. Summer Sun Jamestown Massacre Warner Bros.
13. Respect Yourself Staple Singers Stax
14. Have You Seen Her Chillites Brunswick
15. Nice To Be With You Gallery Sussex
16. Old Fashioned Love Song Three Dog Night ABC-Dunhill
17. Don't Say You Don't Remember Beverly Bremers Sceptor
18. Baby I'm A Want You Bread Elektra
19. Rockin' Robin Michael Jackson Motown
20. Heart Of Gold Neil Young Reprise
21. The Way Of Love Cher Kapp
22. Puppy Love Donny Osmond MGM
23. Betcha By Golly Wow / Ebony Eyes The Stylistics Avco
24. Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast Wayne Newton Chelsea
25. Suavecito Malo Warner Bros.
26. Where Is The Love? Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Atlantic
27. Rocket Man Elton John Uni
28. Layla Derek & the Dominoes Atco
29. Got To Be There Michael Jackson Motown
30. Freddie's Dead Curtis Mayfield Enterprise
31. Down By The Lazy River Osmonds MGM
32. Family of Man Three Dog Night ABC-Dunhill
33. Diary Bread Elektra
34. Sugar Daddy Jackson Five Motown
35. Everybody Plays The Fool Main Ingrediant RCA
36. Didn't Get To Sleep Fifth Dimension Bell
37. Louisiana Mike Kennedy ABC
38. Floy Joy The Supremes Motown
39. Oh Girl The Chillites Brunswick
40. Goodbye To Love The Carpenters A&M
41. I'll Be Around The Spinners Atlantic
42. Saturday In the Park Chicago Columbia
43. (Put The Lime In The) Coconut Nilsson RCA
44. Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone Mercury
45. Too Late To Turn Back Now Cornelius Bros. & Sister Rose U.A.
46. Sylvia's Mother Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show Columbia
47. Footstompin' Music Grand Funk Railroad Capitol
48. Life & Breath Climax Rocky Road
49. Day By Day Godspell Bell
50. Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens A&M
51. Old Man Neil Young Reprise
52. Cherish David Cassidy Bell
53. Brand New Key Melanie Neighbourhood
54. Troglodytes (Cave Man) Jimmy Castor Bunch RCA
55. Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond Uni
56. It's Gonna Take Sometime The Carpenters A&M
57. Little Bitty Pretty One Jackson Five Motown
58. I Need You / Riverside America Warner Bros.
59. Outtaspace Billy Preston A&M
60. Run To Me Bee Gees Atco
61. Lean On Me Bill Withers Sussex
62. Backstabbers O'Jays Phil. Inter.
63. You're Still A Young Man Tower of Power Warner Bros.
64. Living In A House Divided Cher Kapp
65. Day After Day Badfinger Apple
66. Go All The Way The Raspberries Capitol
67. Wonderful Feeling Fanny Reprise
68. Looking Through The Windows Jackson Five Motown
69. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) The Hollies Epic
70. Too Young Donny Osmond MGM
71. Tumblin' Dice Rolling Stones Rolling Stones
72. Hurting Each Other The Carpenters A&M
73. I Saw The Light Todd Rundgren Bearsville
74. Everything I Own Bread Elektra
75. Stella's Candy Store Sweet Marie Yardbird
76. Roundabout Yes Atlantic
77. Walking In The Rain With The One I Love Love Unlimited Uni
78. Take It Easy The Eagles Asylum
79. I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash Epic
80. Daydreaming Aretha Franklin Atlantic
81. American Trilogy Mickey Newbury Elektra
82. Garden Party Rick Nelson MCA
83. Starting All Over Again Mel & Tim Stax
84. Black And White Three Dog Night ABC-Dunhill
85. Hold Her Tight Osmonds MGM
86. Guitar Man Bread Elektra
87. Sunshine Jonathan Edwards Capricorn
88. Vincent Don McLean U.A.
89. If I Could Reach You Fifth Dimension Bell
90. Bang A Gong (Get It On) T. Rex Reprise
91. The Lion Sleeps Tonight Robert John Atlantic
92. Let's Stay Together Al Green Hi
93. Pipeline Sequence Honk Granite
94. I Gotcha Joe Tex Dial
95. Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis Columbia
96. Mother And Child Reunion Paul Simon Columbia
97. How Do You Do? Mouth & McNeal Phillips
98. Motorcycle Mama Sailcat Elektra
99. Burning Love Elvis Presley RCA
100. Rock n Roll Led Zeppelin Atlantic

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CHART NOTES: 1972 was a bittersweet year for me and my family. All of the songs from 1972 brings back a lot of memories as to what I was doing and where I was that year.

Despite that, the year had some excellent songs as presented in this chart from Maui's KMVI radio. (I lost the KKUA Top 69 chart of 1972)

KMVI was Maui's most popular station at the time with the teen crowd. The nightly L.D. Reynolds show featured top 40 music and a weekly countdown of the Top 35 hits every Monday night. At the end of the year, they compiled their chart data and played the Top 100 on New Year's Eve. Being the fanatic chart freak that I was, I actually listened to this entire broadcast and jotted all the song positions. I recently decided to transfer this data to a computer file, and hence to HTML. Note that KMVI billed itself as "Radio Free Maui" back then... some 19 years before there was a "Radio Free Hawaii!"

Looking upon the Top 100, one will immediately notice that KMVI's list more or less reflected what was popular nationwide at the time. 1972 was not a good year for local artists to cross over into the mainstream Top 40. As this chart shows, only one remotely local artist made it to the Top 100.

The rock group Sweet Marie was a local favorite here, having had a big hit in 1970 with their single "Remember Mary" and another lesser hit, "Stuck In Paradise" in 1971. "Stella's Candy Store", an electrifying rocker issued on a clear red 45 rpm single by Yardbird Records turned out to be the groups' swan song. It rocked and rolled itself to the top of the local charts. The song was very popular in Hilo, where KPUA radio d.j. Jim Kennedy (J.K.) jokingly called the small Pepeekeo store outside of Hilo "Stella's Candy Store". Other than that, I know very little of this group and am not sure if they were from Hawaii or not. I do remember seeing them on Don Robbs' old AM Hawaii TV show one morning. Local hits are indicated by bold type on the Top 100.

The only other local artist that I remember getting heavy airplay and crossover hit status on top 40 radio was New Zealander John Rowles. He charted in 1972 with the single "(Don't Take Her) She's All I Got." It was issued on the Kapp label, a subsidiary of MCA Records. Rowles is most well known in Hawaii for his enchanting, romantic ballad, "Cheryl Moana Marie" which was a big hit in 1970.

Several singles became big hits in Hawaii in 1972 despite being flops elsewhere in the nationa and world. One of the biggest is "Summer Sun" by the Jamestown Massacre. This song was the band's only hit, but was big enough to be number 1 on almost all of the local radio stations. The song is a brassy Chicago-ish type, upbeat pop tune. So far, this single released on Warner Bros., cannot be found on compact disc. I would not mind owning this on CD since my original copy of it is long, long gone.

Outside the chart, several songs and albums were big with Hawaii audiences. Probably one of the biggest was Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" which became a dance favorite at proms that year. The song which was never released as a single, was destined from that time to become one of the biggest album rock tracks ever. The Stylistics were a very big R & B group in 1972, and all of their albums and singles were best sellers in Hawaii. The group is most noted for their hits "You Are Everything," "Betcha By Golly Wow," "Ebony Eyes" (a b-side that became a hit in Hawaii) and "I'm Stone In Love With You," which came at the end of 1972 but did not make Maui's chart until the next year. It was however, the #1 song on the KKUA Top 69 chart for that year.

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