Atavico, I know that the Thread is about UK Hits that spent the longest at No.2, but never topped the Charts. However, Brettyboy mentioned that Kate Nash has spent 5 Weeks at No.2, & you mentioned that Shirley Bassey spent 5 Weeks at No.2, with, 'As Long As He Needs Me' - I was just pointing out that, although the 1952 Jo Stafford Hit got to No.1 for 1 Week, it spent 9 Weeks at No.2 - the longest time at No.2 by any UK Hit, by a Female Act - AND the longest time at No.2 by any UK No.1 Hit.
I was just adding to the Trivia in this Thread - I was not trying to 'misdirect' it into other areas. I did point out that the Frank Chacksfield Hit spent 8 Weeks at No.2 - the longest ever by a UK No.2 Hit.
I've also found that, 'Little Things Mean A Lot', by Kitty Kallen, (1954), was a 1 Week No.1, & that spent 8 Weeks at No.2, & 'Softly Softly' By Ruby Murray, (1955), spent 3 Weeks at No.1, & 7 Weeks at No.2. So the Jo Stafford, Kitty Kallen, & Ruby Murray Hits, would seem to be the Female Singer Hits, with the most Weeks at No.2 in the UK - even though all 3 reached No.1, too.
The Shirley Bassey & Kate Nash Hits seem to be the 2 Hits by Female Acts, that spent longest at No.2, without reaching No.1 - 5 Weeks each.
And - another piece of 'extra' Trivia - 'Such A Night', by Johnnie Ray, (1954), looks like being the UK No.1, that spent longest at No.2, after it dropped off the No.1 spot - it was No.1 for 1 Week, but then it spent 8 Weeks - in a row - at No.2. I can find no other UK No.1 that managed anything like that.....