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  • Tab Hunter quickly leaves Sonny James in the shadows as he soars from #11 to #2.
    The Vipers surrender to Lonnie as they dip back out of the Top 10 whilst he climbs further.
    Little Richard's Long Tall Sally finally takes off. It graced the chart for one week back in 1956 but this time it means business.
    Guy Mitchell's obsession with the 'blues' continues, last time he was singing them and this time he is knee deep in them.
    Tommy Steele not content with trying to upstage Guy last time tries again with his cover of Guy's cover of Marty Robbins' originals.
    The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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    • First appearance of Shirley Bassey.

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      • Yeah and arguably the UK's best ever female vocalist of all time.
        The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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        • Greetings Pop Pickers !

          Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending February 23rd 1957

          Here are all '' the uppers, the downers, the just hanging 'arounders '

          The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 23rd 1957 NME MM RM Total NME
          Last This The Sound Survey Stores 65 25 60 Points Inverse
          Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart TOP 30 Scored Points
          2 1 Young Love - Tab Hunter 1 1 1 4500 30
          1 2 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 2 2 2 4350 29
          3 3 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 3 3 3 4200 28
          7 4 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 4 5 4 4025 27
          4 5 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 5 4 5 3925 26
          6 6 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 6 8 7 3640 25
          24 7 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 10 6 6 3490 21
          5 8 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 7 10 8 3465 24
          9 9 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 8 15 10 3155 23
          15 10 Young Love - Sonny James 12 7 9 3155 19
          8 11 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 9 11 11 3130 22
          10 12 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 11 13 12 2890 20
          11 13 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 13 8 13 2825 18
          12 14 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 16 13 16 2325 15
          NEW 15 You Don't Owe Me A Thing - Johnnie Ray (B) 19 12 14 2275 12
          20 16 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 14 18 17 2270 17
          13 17 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 18 15 15 2205 13
          26 18 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 15 17 18 2170 16
          17 19 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (B) 17 19 1630 14
          19 20 Rock The Joint - Bill Haley and His Comets 25 19 20 1350 6
          30 21 You Me And Us - Alma Cogan 23 20 1180 8
          28 22 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 20 715 11
          14 23 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 21 650 10
          18 24 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley 22 585 9
          27 25 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 24 455 7
          NEW 26 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (A) 29 19 430 2
          29 27 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley 26 325 5
          NEW 28 Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray (A) * 27 260 4
          NEW 29 Let's Rock'n'Roll - Winifred Atwell 28 195 3
          22 30 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 30 65 1
          21 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller
          23 Green Door - Frankie Vaughan
          25 Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray
          * NME this week splits the sides on the Johnnie Ray single in line with MM and RM so both sides now chart as new entries in their own right.
          The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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          • Please note that up until now Johnnie Ray had been listed as a double side single but NME this week splits the sides in line with MM and RM so both sides now chart as new entries in their own right.

            Winifred Atwell getting into rock'n'roll, em, not really and totally not credible.

            Both versions of Young Love now in the top ten but Tab grabs the top spot this week.
            The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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            • Just put up the video of Donny Osmond's version of Young Love from 1973 on my blog site number ones. So far I have only done the video for Cliff Richard - Livin' Doll from the 1950's number ones. There's far less film footage where the act sings the same thing as the record for the 50's.
              Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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              • Greetings Pop Pickers !

                Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending March 2nd 1957

                Here are all '' the uppers, the downers, the just hanging 'arounders '

                The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending March 2nd 1957 NME MM RM Total
                Last This The Sound Survey Stores 65 25 60 Points
                Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart TOP 30 Scored
                1 1 Young Love - Tab Hunter 1 1 1 4500
                4 2 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 3 3 2 4260
                2 3 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 2 2 4 4230
                7 4 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 5 6 3 3995
                3 5 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 4 4 5 3990
                5 6 Don't You Rock Me Daddy -O - Lonnie Donegan 6 5 6 3775
                6 7 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 7 7 7 3600
                8 8 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 8 11 9 3315
                10 9 Young Love - Sonny James 11 8 10 3135
                19 10 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (B) 13 10 8 3075
                16 11 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield (B) 9 15 11 3030
                11 12 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 10 15 12 2905
                9 13 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 12 18 15 2520
                NEW 14 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte 16 19 13 2355
                12 15 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 15 14 18 2245
                14 16 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 14 12 20 2240
                15 17 You Don't Owe Me A Thing - Johnnie Ray (B) 22 8 14 2180
                18 18 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 18 20 16 2020
                NEW 19 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers 20 16 1615
                22 20 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 17 17 1260
                30 21 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 24 18 1235
                13 22 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 21 13 1100
                25 23 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 23 20 795
                17 24 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 19 780
                28 25 Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray (A) 25 390
                23 26 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 26 325
                NEW 27 If I Lost You - David Whitfield (A) 20 275
                RE 28 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller 27 260
                29 29 Let's Rock'n'Roll - Winifred Atwell 28 195
                27 30 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley 29 130
                Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience and Prudence 30 65
                20 Rock The Joint - Bill Haley and His Comets
                21 You Me And Us - Alma Cogan
                24 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
                26 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (A)
                The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                • Guys !

                  I've just noticed that views to this thread have just gone over 100,000.

                  I can't believe that posting old charts and an updated 'averaged chart' based on these would attract such interest.

                  I don't quite know what the attraction is but something must be present to warrant such interest.

                  A huge thanks to all of you who have 'liked' the thread (22 to date please feel free to 'like' if you haven't already done so) and faithfully followed it

                  Brian
                  The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                  • 14 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte
                    19 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers
                    23 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey

                    So 3 bananas so far, will there be anymore?

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                    • It's too loud man!

                      Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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                      • Originally posted by brian05 View Post
                        14 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte
                        19 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers
                        23 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey

                        So 3 bananas so far, will there be anymore?
                        No that was all they had in store Brian
                        The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                        • You’re covering every chart 54 thru’ 71 that lasted more than a few years Brian. Whichever chart folks used to follow you’ve got it in addition to making the most reliable chart of charts. No reason to be surprised, think of all those that don’t even know of uk.mix, and how many followers you would have if all chart fans were aware of your work. Merry Xmas.

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                          • Originally posted by kjell View Post
                            You’re covering every chart 54 thru’ 71 that lasted more than a few years Brian. Whichever chart folks used to follow you’ve got it in addition to making the most reliable chart of charts. No reason to be surprised, think of all those that don’t even know of uk.mix, and how many followers you would have if all chart fans were aware of your work. Merry Xmas.
                            Thanks kjell, I too would like to think the UAC forms a bridge that links all important charts together to offer a more balanced averaged chart that supersedes any individual chart.

                            If the likes are anything to go by there are at least 22 guys who regularly follow the charts that are being posted here and probably lots more who share a casual interest. That motivates me to ensure the UAC is accurately compiled, transparent, and regularly posted to satisfy that hunger that you and the other chart enthusiasts share with myself.

                            There are so many, many, more younger chart enthusiasts on UK Mix who prefer to post and debate the charts and artists of today with the same interest, fascination, and enthusiasm as we do with the charts and artists of yesteryear. This diversity of musical interest and hunger for facts and statistics is what makes the UK Mix site special. It embraces the broad appreciation of the chart spectrum over the years offering a plethora of knowledge, opinion, and facts.

                            Contributing to this 'college of musical knowledge' is a privilege I enjoy and although I give, I also take ,by gaining every day new facts and insights from the wealth of knowledge, experience, and facts offered by you regularly my collective UK Mix family.

                            Keep reading, Keep commenting, Keep posting, but above all Keep Safe in these difficult times.
                            The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                            • Greetings Pop Pickers !

                              Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending March 9th 1957

                              Here are all '' the uppers, the downers, the just hanging 'arounders '

                              The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending March 9th 1957 NME MM RM Total
                              Last This The Sound Survey Stores 65 25 60 Points
                              Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart TOP 30 Scored
                              1 1 Young Love - Tab Hunter 1 1 1 4500
                              2 2 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 2 2 2 4350
                              4 3 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 3 3 3 4200
                              3 4 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 5 5 5 3900
                              5 5 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 4 6 6 3880
                              6 6 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 7 4 4 3855
                              7 7 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 6 9 8 3555
                              10 8 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard 9 7 7 3470
                              8 9 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 8 8 10 3330
                              14 10 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte 10 11 9 3185
                              9 11 Young Love - Sonny James 11 10 11 3025
                              11 12 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield (B) 13 16 12 2685
                              23 13 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 12 15 15 2595
                              12 14 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 14 13 16 2455
                              13 15 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 15 20 13 2395
                              18 16 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 18 14 17 2110
                              19 17 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers 19 14 1800
                              16 18 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 22 12 19 1780
                              17 19 You Don't Owe Me A Thing - Johnnie Ray (B) 20 19 19 1735
                              15 20 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 17 16 1285
                              24 21 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 16 975
                              22 22 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 21 18 975
                              21 23 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 30 18 845
                              26 24 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 23 520
                              25 25 Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray (A) 24 455
                              30 26 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley 25 390
                              NEW 27 She's Got It - Little Richard 26 325
                              NEW 28 I Dreamed - Jill Day 20 275
                              NEW 29 Rip It Up - Elvis Presley 27 260
                              20 30 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 28 195
                              Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience and Prudence 29 130
                              27 If I Lost You - David Whitfield (A)
                              28 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller
                              29 Let's Rock'n'Roll - Winifred Atwell
                              The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                              • Greetings Pop Pickers !

                                Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending March 16th 1957

                                Here are all '' the uppers, the downers, the just hanging 'arounders '

                                The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending March 16th 1957 NME MM RM Total
                                Last This The Sound Survey Stores 65 25 60 Points
                                Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart TOP 30 Scored
                                1 1 Young Love - Tab Hunter 1 1 1 4500
                                2 2 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 2 2 2 4350
                                3 3 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 3 3 3 4200
                                6 4 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 5 4 4 3985
                                8 5 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (B) 4 7 5 3915
                                5 6 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 6 5 7 3715
                                10 7 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte 7 8 6 3635
                                4 8 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 8 6 9 3440
                                7 9 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 10 10 8 3270
                                9 10 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 11 8 10 3135
                                13 11 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 9 12 11 3105
                                11 12 Young Love - Sonny James 14 11 13 2685
                                12 13 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 13 15 14 2590
                                17 14 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers 15 17 12 2530
                                15 15 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 12 18 16 2460
                                18 16 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 16 14 18 2180
                                19 17 You Don't Owe Me A Thing - Johnnie Ray (B) 21 13 15 2060
                                25 18 Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray (A) 27 19 17 1400
                                NEW 19 The Wisdom Of A Fool - Norman Wisdom 20 20 1375
                                20 20 St.Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 18 20 1120
                                14 21 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 17 910
                                NEW 22 The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard (A) 19 780
                                23 23 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 19 720
                                NEW 24 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience and Prudence 22 585
                                16 25 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 23 520
                                RE 26 Let's Rock'n'Roll - Winifred Atwell 24 455
                                26 27 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley 25 390
                                22 28 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 16 375
                                21 29 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 26 325
                                RE 30 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (A) 20 275
                                30 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 28 195
                                The Faithful Hussar (Don't Cry My Love) - Vera Lynn 29 130
                                27 She's Got It - Little Richard (B) 30 65
                                24 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher
                                28 I Dreamed - Jill Day
                                29 Rip It Up - Elvis Presley
                                The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                • A very static top 3 as once again Tab Hunter, Pat Boone and Guy Mitchell block out everyone. Guy's 'Singing The Blues' is continuing to perform very well and had certainly been the more successful in his battle with Tommy Steele's version. Steele's version didn't top the UAC and very quickly fell down this chart. Guy's is certainly the better version.

                                  The excellent 'The Girl Can't Help It' by Little Richard is in at number 22. The song will make the UK charts again in 1977 in a cover by Darts as part of a medly along with 'Daddy Cool'. Another song that would return in the late 1970s is 'Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now'. I never cared much for Viola Wills' version but its far better than this by Patience and Prudence. 'Singing the Blues' makes a reappearance in 1980, in a version by Dave Edmunds.

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                                  • This is very much going to be Little Richard's year as his hits just keep coming and coming. His 'Long Tall Sally' at least being recognised at last and being a massive hit for him thankfully eclipsing Pat Boone's absolutely awful cover a bit earlier.
                                    On the topic of Pat Boone for me personally he sang dreadful monotonous sugary sweet songs all in the same vein although he did redeem himself in my eyes with 1962's excellent Speedy Gonzales which I loved.
                                    Guy Mitchell along with a few of his Columbia record stable mates surprisingly managed to have some hits into the 'rock'n'roll era, Johnny Ray will also do well this year, Frankie Laine will return to the top10 in 1959 and Doris Day in 1964. Tony Bennett will become a legend for decades to come.
                                    As for Patience and Prudence, the least said the better, you know my thoughts on their previous chart outing and this was no better. If you want to hear how it should be done listen To Trini Lopez's version. Perfection Personified.
                                    The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                    • Greetings Pop Pickers !

                                      Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending March 23rd 1957

                                      Here are all '' the uppers, the downers, the just hanging 'arounders '

                                      The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending March 23rd 1957 NME MM RM Total
                                      Last This The Sound Survey Stores 65 25 60 Points
                                      Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart TOP 30 Scored
                                      1 1 Young Love - Tab Hunter 1 1 1 4500
                                      2 2 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 2 2 2 4350
                                      3 3 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 3 3 3 4200
                                      5 4 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (B) 4 4 4 4050
                                      4 5 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 5 5 5 3900
                                      7 6 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte 6 7 6 3725
                                      11 7 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 9 6 7 3495
                                      6 8 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 8 8 8 3450
                                      9 9 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 7 9 9 3430
                                      8 10 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 11 13 10 3010
                                      10 11 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 10 11 12 3005
                                      17 12 You Don't Owe Me A Thing - Johnnie Ray (B) 15 10 13 2645
                                      14 13 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers 18 15 11 2445
                                      13 14 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 14 19 16 2305
                                      12 15 Young Love - Sonny James 17 14 17 2175
                                      22 16 The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard (A) 12 18 2015
                                      NEW 17 She's Got It - Little Richard (B) 20 20 14 2010
                                      18 18 Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray (A) 18 16 18 2000
                                      19 19 The Wisdom Of A Fool - Norman Wisdom 13 20 1830
                                      RE 20 Only You - The Platters 17 14 1370
                                      16 21 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 22 11 1085
                                      RE 22 The Great Pretender - The Platters 17 20 1010
                                      15 23 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 16 975
                                      NEW 24 The Man Who Plays The Mandolino - Dean Martin 21 650
                                      21 25 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 23 520
                                      24 26 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience and Prudence 24 455
                                      NEW 27 Cumberland Gap - The Vipers Skiffle Group 25 390
                                      20 28 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 26 325
                                      RE 29 My Prayer - The Platters 20 275
                                      25 30 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 27 260
                                      26 Let's Rock'n'Roll - Winifred Atwell 28 195
                                      29 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 29 130
                                      The Faithful Hussar (Don't Cry Me Love) - Vera Lynn 30 65
                                      23 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets
                                      27 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
                                      28 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell
                                      30 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (A)
                                      The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                      • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                                        'Singing the Blues' makes a reappearance in 1980, in a version by Dave Edmunds.
                                        And also in 2009 by Cliff Richard - his last ever Top 40 hit.

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                                        • There is a great deal of consistency again at the top end of the chart between the three charts this week. All agree on the top 5, and broadly agree with positions 6 to 9.
                                          As The Vipers leave the chart with 'Don't You Rock...' they are first out of the box to chart immediately with 'Cumberland Gap'. Again, a certain someone (I wonder who) will steal their thunder once again.
                                          My problem with Tommy Steele's blatant copy of 'Singing The Blues' was that, note for note, beat for beat, whistle for whistle it was just a weaker direct copy of the Guy Mitchell version. He didn't do anything to make it his own individual interpretation.
                                          The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                          • Greetings Pop Pickers !

                                            Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending March 30th 1957

                                            Here are all '' the uppers, the downers, the just hanging 'arounders '

                                            The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending March 30th 1957 NME MM RM Total
                                            Last This The Sound Survey Stores 65 25 60 Points
                                            Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart TOP 30 Scored
                                            1 1 Young Love - Tab Hunter 1 1 1 4500
                                            2 2 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 2 2 2 4350
                                            4 3 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (B) 3 4 3 4175
                                            3 4 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 3 3 4 4140
                                            6 5 The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte 5 6 5 3875
                                            5 6 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 6 5 6 3775
                                            9 7 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 7 8 7 3575
                                            7 8 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 8 7 8 3475
                                            8 9 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 9 11 11 3130
                                            27 10 Cumberland Gap - The Vipers Skiffle Group 13 12 9 2965
                                            16 11 The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard (A) 11 15 14 2720
                                            20 12 Only You - The Platters (B) 18 10 10 2630
                                            12 13 You Don't Owe Me A Thing - Johnnie Ray (B) 15 8 16 2515
                                            18 14 Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray (A) 17 14 12 2475
                                            17 15 She's Got It - Little Richard (B) 19 13 13 2310
                                            11 16 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 12 15 20 2295
                                            10 17 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 10 17 1715
                                            13 18 The Banana Boat Song - The Tarriers 30 18 15 1350
                                            19 19 The Wisdom Of A Fool - Norman Wisdom 13 1170
                                            14 20 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 16 975
                                            29 21 My Prayer - The Platters 22 20 860
                                            22 22 The Great Pretender - The Platters (A) 17 840
                                            30 23 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 23 20 795
                                            NEW 24 Freight Train - The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group and Nancy Whiskey 18 780
                                            21 25 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 19 720
                                            NEW 26 The Wisdom Of A Fool - Ronnie Carroll 20 715
                                            23 27 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 21 650
                                            NEW 28 Blue Monday - Fats Domino 23 520
                                            NEW 29 Mangos - Rosemary Clooney 25 390
                                            NEW 30 Whatever Lola Wants - Alma Cogan 26 325
                                            Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (A) 18 325
                                            I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent - Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers 27 260
                                            Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 28 195
                                            24 The Man Who Plays The Mandolino - Dean Martin 29 130
                                            15 Young Love - Sonny James
                                            25 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
                                            26 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now - Patience and Prudence
                                            28 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan
                                            The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                            • I believe this chart is a perfect example of where the UAC averaging system is better than the straight points system used by the BBC.

                                              Take Little Richard and Guy Mitchell at #3 and #4. Both equal #3 on NME, and #4 and #3, and #3 and #4 on the other two charts.
                                              On the BBC they would have been placed at joint #3 as both equal 10 points, but because of the store factoring in and adding further weighting, both are now split, Richard at #3 and Guy at #4 due to NME and RM having the higher store count. Much fairer I think.
                                              The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                              • Yes it is.

                                                But to me the main difficulty here is understanding why NME has so many ties in its upper echelons. It seems to me that either their sample is lower than supposed, or they are positively discriminating in favour of ties.

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                                                • Originally posted by Splodj View Post
                                                  Yes it is.

                                                  But to me the main difficulty here is understanding why NME has so many ties in its upper echelons. It seems to me that either their sample is lower than supposed, or they are positively discriminating in favour of ties.
                                                  It has occurred to me looking at these "averaged" charts, what such charts on the U.S. side would have looked like as drawn from Billboard, Cash Box, and Music Vendor / Record World - especially in the pre-1969 period. How would a "U.S. Averaged Chart, Imagined" thread come across?

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                                                  • There were strange happenings in the US charts over the years and all three main charts were affected. That went so far that even which chart was the most reliable seemed to change several times. Both CB and RW were especially strange when nearing their ends. BB had a period the unlikely ocurrence that the number one changed weekly and reputedly fell by the same number of positions the week after. I really miss a serious evaluation of the US charts. Making an average US chart would show that the number of weekly hits would be far above the hundred for long periods prior to the demise of CB and RW. There was a book some decades ago that listed US number ones of the 60ies that disclosed the differences at that position.

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