January 1972 - After breaking from the duo Simon & Garfunkel at the height of their fame in 1970, Paul Simon's solo debut gives him a top ten US hit with "Mother and Child Reunion" and a #4 US album (#1 UK). Simon mixes Jamaican and Latin styles with his traditionally introspective lyrics. January 1972 - New Rochelle, NY singer / songwriter Don McLean breaks big with his second album American Pie. Going to #1 in the US with both the album and the single of the same name (#2 UK). He would follow with the single "Vincent" from the same album which reaches #12 US, #1 UK.January 1972 - Forrest City, AR soul singer Al Green's album "Let's Stay Together" goes top ten in the US and the single of the same name hits #1 US, #7 UK.March 1972 - Canadian Neil Young has a #1 album in the US and UK with his fourth album Harvest. The single "Heart of Gold" also hits #1 US, #10 UK. The album would be the best selling album of 1972 in the US.March 1972 - Brooklyn, NY singer / songwriter Harry Nilsson has a number one single in both the US and UK with his cover of Badfinger's song "Without You".March 1972 - UK hard rock band Deep Purple release their sixth album Machine Head which goes to #1 in the UK (#7 US) and features the #4 US single "Smoke On The Water". March 1972 - America, a folk rock group formed in London, release their debut album to moderate success, but after adding the single "Horse With No Name" and re-releasing the album it goes to #1 US along with the single. The second single from the album "I Need You" charts at #9 US. April 1972 - After leaving the Motown label, Detroit vocal group The Spinners debut album for Atlantic Records yields two US top ten and five US top 100 singles including "I'll Be Around" #3 US and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" #4 US, #11 UK.April 1972 - Philadelphia, PA soul group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes score a hit on the Philadelphia International label with "If You Don't Know Me By Now" reaching #3 US, #9 UK.April 1972 - After being featured in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me, the song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" goes to #1 for Arlington, VA singer Roberta Flack. The song would go on to win the 1973 Grammy for Record of the Year.May 1972 - Cleveland, OH band The Raspberries score a #5 US hit with "Go All The Way" from their debut album.May 1972 - The Rolling Stones spend a year recording in Southern France and release the double album Exile on Main Street which goes to to number one in the US and UK. The first single "Tumbling Dice" reaches #5 UK, #7 US. The single "Happy" with lead vocals by Keith Richards reaches the US top 30.May 1972 - London, UK progressive / hard rock band Uriah Heep break into the US top 40 with their single "Easy Livin" from their fourth album Demons and Wizards (#23 US, #20 UK).May 1972 - Following up on their #3 US hit "Have You Seen Her", Chicago vocal group the Chi-Lites have another smooth soul hit with "Oh Girl" at #1 US, #14 UK.May 1972 - Sixties hitmakers The Hollies have a #2 US, #32 UK hit with the single "Long Cool Woman" with group co-founder Allan Clarke on lead vocals and guitar.June 1972 - California band The Doobie Brothers score a hit off their second album Toulouse Street with the single "Listen To The Music" (#11 US, #29 UK). June 1972 - UK artist David Bowie releases his breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The album goes to #5 UK (#75 US).June 1972 - Phoenix, AZ hard rock band Alice Cooper have a top five album and a #1 UK, #7 US single with "School's Out". June 1972 - After touring as Linda Ronstad's backing band, California country rockers The Eagles release their debut album and have two top twenty US hits with "Take It Easy" and "Witchy Woman". June 1972 - Chicago family band The Staple Singers follow up on their single "Respect Yourself" #12 US and score a #1 US hit with "I'll Take You There".June 1972 - UK art rock band Roxy Music release their debut album which goes to #10 UK and includes the UK #4 hit single "Virginia Plain".June 1972 - Curtis Mayfield is back in the charts with his soundtrack for the film Super Fly. The album yields two US top ten hits with "Freddie's Dead" and the title track "Super Fly".July 1972 - The former keyboardist for sixties band The Zombies, Rod Argent, has a hit album and #5 single in the US and UK with "Hold Your Head Up" by his new band Argent.July 1972 - Soul singer Bill Withers tops the US charts (UK #18) with the single "Lean on Me" from his second album.July 1972 - Jimmy Cliff stars in the Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come with a soundtrack that helps popularize reggae in the US.July 1972 - Jackson, TN soul singer Luther Ingram (shown above in the Stax studio) scores a #3 US hit with "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right". August 1972 - The Wattstax Music Festival is held at the L.A. Coliseum on the seventh anniversary of the Watts Riots. The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas and Isaac Hayes headline. August 1972 - Fifties teen idol Rick Nelson has a US top ten hit with "Garden Party" written about an audience booing him for playing new music, rather than his old hits.September 1972 - American singer / songwriter John Denver goes to #4 US, #11 UK with the album and US top ten single of the same name - Rocky Mountain High. September 1972 - Struggling UK band Mott the Hoople get help from fan David Bowie, who produces their album and writes them a hit "All The Young Dudes" #3 UK #37 US.September 1972 - New York singer / songwriter Harry Chapin's performance of the song "Taxi" on the Tonight Show two nights in a row leads to a #24 US hit.September 1972 - Wolverhampton, UK band Slade have their third UK #1 with their glam rock single Mama Weer All Crazee Now. Their third album Slayed? also tops the UK charts.September 1972 - Boston R&B band The J. Geils Band release their live album Full House, which becomes a '70's party favorite. October 1972 - Steely Dan's debut album makes the US top twenty, boosted by the singles "Reelin' In The Years" and "Do It Again" which reach US #11 and #6 respectively. October 1972 - Fifties Rock & Roll pioneer Chuck Berry is #1 in the US and UK with the novelty song "My Ding a Ling". November 1972 - The Edgar Winter Group release the instrumental single "Frankenstein" and the album They Only Come Out At Night (#3 US). The single goes to #1 in the US in the spring of 1973.November 1972 - American singer / songwriter Neil Diamond records his ten sold out concerts at the Greek Theatre in L.A and releases a successful double live album Hot August Nights.November 1972 - Carly Simon releases her #1 album No Secrets (#3 UK) including the single "You're So Vain" which goes to #1 US in early 1973.November 1972 - Former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed releases his second solo album Transformer, produced by David Bowie, and scores a US #16 hit with the single "Walk On The Wild Side" in early 1973.November 1972 - Long time pop vocalist Johnny Nash has a comeback hit with the reggae influenced "I Can See Cleary Now" #1 US, #5 UK.December 1972 - The Temptations twelve minute long remake of the 1971 song "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by the Undisputed Truth tops the US charts (#14 UK).December 1972 - Australian vocalist Helen Reddy has a #1 US single with the feminist anthem "I Am Woman". Reddy is the first Australian to top the US charts.December 1972 - Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul is #1 in the US for the last three weeks of the year with "Me and Mrs. Jones".Hit Singles Chart KGB Radio San Diego, CA Jan. 1972Hit Singles Chart KXOK St. Louis, MO April 1972
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