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  • #26
    Originally posted by Splodj View Post
    When I try to recreate the BBC chart I get 6 records in different positions:

    11 Big Dee Irwin (46 points) BBC-13
    12 Adam Faith (47 points) BBC-11
    13 Manfred Mann (50 points) BBC-12

    16 Fourmost (67 points) BBC-17
    17 Merseybeats (71 points) BBC-18
    18 Presley (76 points) BBC-16

    This could have been caused by only two mistakes - demoting Irwin and promoting Presley.
    You have BBC chart positions right,

    https://www.mixcloud.com/peteseaton/...reeman-020264/

    Starts off with Manfred Mann at #12 & then Merseybeat at #18

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    • Splodj
      Splodj commented
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      Great to hear.

      Whoever recorded it has skipped Dusty Springfield at number 7!

  • #27
    A couple more apparent mistakes in previous BBC charts ...

    - 18th January : Maria Elena got 73 points and should have tied at number 16 with Gerry and Brenda, not been at 18.

    - 25th January : The Beatles got 45 points and should have tied with Brenda at number 10, not tied with Billy at 13.

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    • #28
      Yeah the fact that the BBC made quite a few errors some already known some yet to be discovered like yours above was the initial driving force behind my goal to re-compile these charts but with the addition of store returns factored in to make them much more robust and balanced.
      The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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      • #29
        Important to bear in mind that the BBC presented their chart as a Top 20. On the recording above, Alan Freeman back announces 54321 at number 12 as a new entry, not a climber from 21.

        By calculating 21-30 they avoided the distortions in the Top 20 that would have occurred by allocating 21 points to the 'others'. The 'others' to which they allocated 31 points are almost always outside the 20.

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        • #30
          The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 8th 1964 BBC NME RM MM Disc RR
          Last This Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart
          Week Week Title and Artist Total Chart Positions 30
          1 1 Needles And Pins - The Searchers 1 1 1 1 1
          4 2 I'm The One - Gerry and The Pacemakers 2 2 2 2 2
          2 3 Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans 3 3 3 3 3
          3 4 Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five 4 5 4 4 4
          10 5 As Usual - Brenda Lee 5 7 5 5 5
          5 6 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney 6 8 6 6 6
          13 7 5 4 3 2 1 - Manfred Mann 7 6 8 7 9
          19 8 Diane - The Bachelors 8 4 11 8 8
          9 9 Don't Blame Me - Frank Ifield 9 9 7 9 10
          6 10 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 10 10 9 11 7
          8 11 Stay - The Hollies 11 11 10 10 12
          7 12 I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield 12 13 12 13 11
          17 13 I Think Of You - The Merseybeats 13 12 13 12 15
          21 14 Baby I Love You - The Ronettes 14 16 14 14 13
          16 15 I'm In Love - The Fourmost 15 15 15 15 17
          12 16 We Are In Love - Adam Faith 16 21 17 17 18
          11 17 Swinging On A Star - Big Dee Irwin 17 23 16 18 16
          30 18 Candy Man - Brian Poole and The Tremeloes 19 17 19 19 22
          15 19 Do You Really Love Me Too - Billy Fury 18 22 18 20 14
          NEW 20 I'm The Lonely One - Cliff Richard 20 14 26 16 23
          26 21 For You - Rick Nelson 21 25 21 23 21
          22 22 The Rolling Stones (EP) - The Rolling Stones 22 24 23 21
          14 23 She Loves You - The Beatles 23 29 22 25 19
          25 24 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen 26= 18 27 26
          27 25 Whispering - Nino Tempo and April Stevens 24= 20 28 20
          NEW 26 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black 24= 18 22 28
          20 27 I Wanna Be Your Man - The Rolling Stones 26= 27 24 27 24
          NEW 28 All My Loving (EP) - The Beatles 28 18 24
          18 29 Kiss Me Quick - Elvis Presley 29 28 25 25
          NEW 30 My Baby Left Me - Dave Berry 30= 26
          Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaras 28
          You Were Made For Me - Freddie and The Dreamers 29 30
          If I Ruled The World - Harry Secombe 30= 26
          Eight By Ten - Ken Dodd 30 29
          Boys Cry - Eden Kane 30 30
          Secret Love - Kathy Kirby 27
          Dominique - The Singing Nun 29
          Last edited by MrTibbs; Fri June 19, 2020, 22:51.
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          • #31
            The big disadvantage as you probably already know with that system though Splodj was that by using the 21 points for a record outside a Top 20, and later 31 for outside the Top 30 this awarded equal points to all such records irregardless of what position they would have held outside the chart so this in effect let to fundamental inaccuracy.
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            • #32
              The inverse method also gives the same score to those records - just that it is zero instead of 31. That is why I say there is no inherent difference between the two methods.

              But the point I was making is that the BBC avoided this distortion in any case by presenting to the public only the Top 20. The records for which they allocated 31 points were invariably in the 21-30 section which they calculated only for their private use.

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              • #33
                The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 15th 1964 BBC NME RM MM Disc RR
                Last This Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart
                Week Week Title and Artist Total Chart Positions 30
                1 1 Needles And Pins - The Searchers 1 1 1 1 1
                2 2 I'm The One - Gerry and The Pacemakers 2 2 2 2 2
                8 3 Diane - The Bachelors 3 3 3 3 3
                7 4 5 4 3 2 1 - Manfred Mann 4 4 4 4 5
                3 5 Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans 5 5 5 5 4
                5 6 As Usual - Brenda Lee 7 8 6 7 7
                26 7 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black 8 5 8 6 10
                4 8 Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five 6 7 7 8 6
                13 9 I Think Of You - The Merseybeats 9 9 9 9 9
                18 10 Candy Man - Brian Poole and The Tremeloes 10 11 11 10 13
                9 11 Don't Blame Me - Frank Ifield 11 14 10 14 8
                20 12 I'm The Lonely One - Cliff Richard 12 10 13 11 14
                14 13 Baby I Love You - The Ronettes 13 13 12 12 12
                6 14 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney 14 12 15 13 11
                10 15 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 15 16 14 15 15
                11 16 Stay - The Hollies 17 18 17 16 19
                28 17 All My Loving (EP) - The Beatles 16 15 20 17
                15 18 I'm In Love - The Fourmost 18 19 16 20 18
                21 19 For You - Rick Nelson 19 22 19 19 16
                12 20 I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield 20 23 18 21 17
                17 21 Swinging On A Star - Big Dee Irwin 22 21 23 26 20
                22 22 The Rolling Stones (EP) - The Rolling Stones 21 20 27 18
                24 23 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen 23 16 28 22 26
                16 24 We Are In Love - Adam Faith 24 25 21 23 25
                19 25 Do You Really Love Me Too - Billy Fury 25 28 22 24 22
                NEW 26 Boys Cry - Eden Kane 26 26 25 25 24
                25 27 Whispering - Nino Tempo and April Stevens 27 24 28 23
                23 28 She Loves You - The Beatles 28 26 29 21
                NEW 29 Eight By Ten - Ken Dodd 29 24 29 27
                30 30 My Baby Left Me - Dave Berry 30= 27
                Top Six No 1 (EP) - Various Artists 29
                I Wanna Be Your Man - The Rolling Stones 30= 27
                Kiss Me Quick - Elvis Presley 30 30
                Nadine - Chuck Berry 30 30
                If I Ruled The World - Harry Secombe 28
                Um Um Um Um Um Um - Major Lance 30
                Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaras 29
                The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                • #34
                  In those last couple, there were tied scores not reflected by tied positions in the BBC chart.

                  - 8th Feb : 73 points apiece for Adam Faith and Irwin - implying joint 16th;

                  - 15th Feb : 28 points apiece for DC5 and Brenda Lee - implying joint 6th.

                  Either mistakes or the application of some type of tiebreaker methodology.

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                  • #35
                    Originally posted by MrTibbs View Post
                    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 8th 1964 BBC NME RM MM Disc RR
                    Last This Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart
                    Week Week Title and Artist Total Chart Positions 30
                    22 22 The Rolling Stones (EP) - The Beatles 22 24 23 21
                    Brian: Small slip there!
                    trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                    trebor's - 2015 in Country Music

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                    • #36
                      Well spotted Trebor and thanks for picking up on that, somehow I missed that on the check . I've corrected it now .
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                      • #37
                        The record I most remember being played on the radio at this time was the Harry Secombe one lurking around the bottom - a sort of Light Programme 'turntable hit'. I don't think the more raunchy records like Hippy Hippy Shake got much airplay.

                        The following month Radio Caroline would arrive and herald the start of radio playlists more directly related to the charts.

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                        • #38
                          It has been a busy day for me today guys but will have another couple of charts on the thread tomorrow.
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                          • #39
                            Here is the next chart for February 22nd 1964.
                            When you look at the comparison table between Music Paper Chart positions you can really see how out of touch RR was in comparison to the other three charts. Yet again the BBC chart had a number of ties but these are successfully split by the factoring in of the number of music paper returns to give a much more robust and representative chart.
                            The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 22nd 1964 BBC NME MM Disc RR
                            Last This Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart
                            Week Week Title and Artist Total Chart Positions 30
                            7 1 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black 1 1 1 1 2
                            1 2 Needles And Pins - The Searchers 2 2 2 2 3
                            3 3 Diane - The Bachelors 3 3 3 3 1
                            2 4 I'm The One - Gerry and The Pacemakers 4 4 4 4 4
                            4 5 5 4 3 2 1 - Manfred Mann 5 5 5 5 5
                            9 6 I Think Of You - The Merseybeats 6 6 6 6 9
                            10 7 Candy Man - Brian Poole and The Tremeloes 7= 8 7 7 11
                            6 8 As Usual - Brenda Lee 7= 9 8 9 7
                            5 9 Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans 9 10 9 8 6
                            12 10 I'm The Lonely One - Cliff Richard 10 11 10 11 8
                            NEW 11 Bits And Pieces - The Dave Clark Five 12= 7 14 10 19
                            8 12 Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five 11 12 12 13 10
                            13 13 Baby I Love You - The Ronettes 12= 14 11 12 13
                            17 14 All My Loving (EP) - The Beatles 14 13 13 14
                            11 15 Don't Blame Me - Frank Ifield 15 16 16 15 12
                            14 16 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney 16 17 17 16 16
                            15 17 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 18 20 15 17 15
                            19 18 For You - Rick Nelson 17 17 18 18 14
                            22 19 The Rolling Stones (EP) - The Rolling Stones 19 15 20 19
                            26 20 Boys Cry - Eden Kane 20 22 19 20 18
                            18 21 I'm In Love - The Fourmost 21 27 21 21 20
                            16 22 Stay - The Hollies 23 25 22 23 21
                            23 23 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen 24= 19 26 22 29
                            NEW 24 Stay Awhile - Dusty Springfield 22 21 25 24 30
                            20 25 I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield 24= 23 25 17
                            29 26 Eight By Ten - Ken Dodd 26 24 27 22
                            28 27 She Loves You - The Beatles 27 27 30 23
                            NEW 28 Over You - Freddie and The Dreamers 23
                            NEW 29 Top Six No 1 (EP) - Various Artists 24
                            NEW 30 Let Me Go Lover - Kathy Kirby 30= 26 28
                            Whispering - Nino Tempo and April Stevens 28 28 25
                            We Are In Love - Adam Faith 30= 30 24
                            Nadine - Chuck Berry 28 26 27
                            Borne On The Wind - Roy Orbison 28 29
                            Do You Really Love Me Too - Billy Fury 29 28
                            Swinging On A Star - Big Dee Irwin 30 26
                            You Were There - Heinz 29
                            Last edited by MrTibbs; Sun June 21, 2020, 16:52.
                            The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                            • #40
                              I can't help wondering if RR used some returns from the previous week. New Entries appear lower and climb more slowly. If the low number of returns was the only reason for RRs outlier positions you would expect some records to rise faster and others slower - not all slower.

                              The BBC should have realised that the only reason for their ties at 7 and 12 was the significant drag effect of RR (placing the upcoming record 4 and 7 places lower respectively) and untied accordingly.

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                              • #41
                                Loving this thread Brian! Excellent work!! :-)

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                                • #42
                                  Thanks for your feedback guys. Yeah seeing all the charts side by side really shows up variations between them and thus far the RR inadequacies are displayed and laid bare.
                                  The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                  • #43
                                    Here is the chart for February 29th 1964 guys.

                                    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 29th 1964 BBC NME MM Disc RR
                                    Last This Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart
                                    Week Week Title and Artist Total Chart Positions 30
                                    1 1 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black 1 1 1 1 1
                                    3 2 Diane - The Bachelors 2 2 2 2 2
                                    11 3 Bits And Pieces - The Dave Clark Five 3 3 3 3 4
                                    6 4 I Think Of You - The Merseybeats 4 5 4 4 5
                                    2 5 Needles And Pins - The Searchers 5 4 5 6 3
                                    4 6 I'm The One - Gerry and The Pacemakers 6 6 7 5 6
                                    7 7 Candy Man - Brian Poole and The Tremeloes 8 8 6 8 8
                                    5 8 5 4 3 2 1 - Manfred Mann 7 7 8 7 7
                                    8 9 As Usual - Brenda Lee 9 9 9 10 9
                                    10 10 I'm The Lonely One - Cliff Richard 10 10 10 9 10
                                    9 11 Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans 11 12 11 12 12
                                    13 12 Baby I Love You - The Ronettes 12 17 13 15 11
                                    20 13 Boys Cry - Eden Kane 13 16 14 14 13
                                    14 14 All My Loving (EP) - The Beatles 14 21 12 11
                                    28 15 Over You - Freddie and The Dreamers 15 13 15 16 20
                                    18 16 For You - Rick Nelson 16 15 18 20 16
                                    24 17 Stay Awhile - Dusty Springfield 18 14 19 21 18
                                    NEW 18 Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones 19 10 22 13 29
                                    12 19 Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five 17 22 16 19 14
                                    19 20 The Rolling Stones (EP) - The Rolling Stones 20 18 23 18
                                    15 21 Don't Blame Me - Frank Ifield 21 29 17 25 15
                                    17 22 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 22 24 20 26 17
                                    30 23 Let Me Go Lover - Kathy Kirby 24 18 26 23 24
                                    16 24 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney 25 26 21 27 19
                                    NEW 25 Borne On The Wind - Roy Orbison 23 23 29 17 21
                                    NEW 26 I Love You Because - Jim Reeves 26 20 28 22 26
                                    26 27 Eight By Ten - Ken Dodd 27 24 24 22
                                    21 28 I'm In Love - The Fourmost 28 25 23
                                    NEW 29 Nadine - Chuck Berry 29 29 27 30 27
                                    NEW 30 You Were There - Heinz 30= 25
                                    Little Children - Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas 30= 27 29
                                    Louie Louie - The Kingsmen 29 30 30
                                    That Girl Belongs To Yesterday - Gene Pitney 28
                                    I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield 30= 25
                                    Just One Look - The Hollies 28
                                    She Loves You - The Beatles 28
                                    The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                    • #44
                                      Brian,

                                      On the BBC 22-Feb chart you don't have equals signs for the two 24s, and the entries thereabouts might be worth checking as I make them:

                                      22 Hollies (91 points)
                                      23= Kingsmen (96 points)
                                      23= Dusty 'I only...' (96 points)
                                      25 Dusty 'Stay awhile' (100 points)

                                      I would like to think they did promote Dusty's new entry - to resist the RR drag effect!

                                      Also that week the Swinging Blue Jeans score the same 33 points as the Tremeloes and Brenda Lee implying all three tie at number 7.

                                      On BBC 29-Feb chart, Searchers and Merseybeats score the same 18 points implying they tie at number 4.

                                      Once again difficult to know if their placings were deliberate or in error.
                                      Last edited by Splodj; Sun June 21, 2020, 15:34.

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                                      • #45
                                        Splodj I am happy to confirm both were equal 24 as I posted so it is accurate I just obviously missed out the = which are now added.
                                        Remember though you seem to be just using inverse points for your calculations I am factoring in points for the record store returns as well which does change things a bit.
                                        I am using Inverse Points for each chart, 30 points for No 1 down to 1 point for No 30 for each chart then multiplying those points by each music paper's store returns to get a score. 250 for MM, 200 for NME, 100 for Disc, and 85 for RR. So that is why you are getting a different result.
                                        Last edited by MrTibbs; Sun June 21, 2020, 16:53.
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                                        • #46
                                          Sorry, I should have been clearer that the 22-25 positions I calculated were for the BBC chart. When I saw that you had not put in the equals signs for two of them I thought there might be a connection between that omission and their strange positions - but it transpires there wasn't.

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                                          • #47
                                            It was a good pick up that you made though Splodj. On my copy of the BBC Chart it had both No 24's listed but no = sign so it didn't click in my head when I was typing them in. Hope you are enjoying the Ultimate Averaged chart a step beyond the BBC one.
                                            The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                            • #48
                                              Here is the Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending 7th March 1964.

                                              The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending March 7th 1964 BBC NME MM Disc RR
                                              Last This Chart Chart Chart Chart Chart
                                              Week Week Title and Artist Total Chart Positions 30
                                              1 1 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black 1 1 1 1 1
                                              3 2 Bits And Pieces - The Dave Clark Five 2 2 2 2 2
                                              2 3 Diane - The Bachelors 3 3 3 3 3
                                              4 4 I Think Of You - The Merseybeats 4 4 4 4 5
                                              5 5 Needles And Pins - The Searchers 5 5 6 6 4
                                              18 6 Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones 6 5 5 7 11
                                              7 7 Candy Man - Brian Poole and The Tremeloes 7 9 7 8 6
                                              NEW 8 Little Children - Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas 8 7 10 5 9
                                              6 9 I'm The One - Gerry and The Pacemakers 9 8 9 11 7
                                              13 10 Boys Cry - Eden Kane 10 10 8 9 12
                                              8 11 5 4 3 2 1 - Manfred Mann 11 11 12 12 8
                                              15 12 Over You - Freddie and The Dreamers 12 12 11 10 13
                                              10 13 I'm The Lonely One - Cliff Richard 13= 14 13 13 14
                                              9 14 As Usual - Brenda Lee 13= 15 14 15 10
                                              17 15 Stay Awhile - Dusty Springfield 15 13 15 16 16
                                              14 16 All My Loving (EP) - The Beatles 16 22 16 14
                                              NEW 17 Just One Look - The Hollies 17= 16 23 17 20
                                              12 18 Baby I Love You - The Ronettes 17= 25 17 19 15
                                              25 19 Borne On The Wind - Roy Orbison 19 21 19 21 17
                                              26 20 I Love You Because - Jim Reeves 21 18 21 23 21
                                              23 21 Let Me Go Lover - Kathy Kirby 20 19 24 20 18
                                              20 22 The Rolling Stones (EP) - The Rolling Stones 22 20 22 24
                                              16 23 For You - Rick Nelson 23 24 20 26 19
                                              11 24 Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans 24= 27 18 22 23
                                              NEW 25 That Girl Belongs To Yesterday - Gene Pitney 24= 17 27 18 28
                                              22 26 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 27 28 25 29 25
                                              NEW 27 Theme For Young Lovers - The Shadows 26 23 25
                                              21 28 Don't Blame Me - Frank Ifield 30 30 26 26
                                              27 29 Eight By Ten - Ken Dodd 28 29 27 22
                                              19 30 Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five 29 28 28 24
                                              You Were There - Heinz 26 29
                                              Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney 30 27
                                              King Of Kings - Ezz Reco and The Launchers 29
                                              Tell Me When - The Applejacks 30
                                              Nadine - Chuck Berry 30
                                              The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                              • #49
                                                In a Radio 2 documentary 'Carry on up the charts' in 2000, Paul Gambaccini says this:

                                                “All the pop papers in Britain had their own charts, and competed with claims about which was the true one. New Musical Express was probably the single most important one, although it famously had shall we say some very strange entries in the bottom positions. It was pretty well known that a record could be massaged into the upper twenties of the top 30. And Record Retailer, which was the forerunner of Music Week, was the source that we used for the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, and it happened to have ‘Please Please Me’ as a number 2. And the BBC used an average of the charts - I would love to have been the mathematician who figured that one out! So if you read the pop papers you would have thought ‘Please Please Me’ was number one, but if you read the Trades and listened to the radio you would have thought it was number two.”

                                                By talking about the Trades he implies that there was more than one trade paper. And he is simply wrong to say that it was number two on the radio.
                                                Last edited by Splodj; Sun June 21, 2020, 22:36.

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                                                • #50
                                                  Splodj, allow me to say Paul Gambaccini is spewing false information. He is simply spouting the company line and historical lie.

                                                  Point A, he is American. He was not even in the UK until 1970. He has no idea what was played on the radio or what was in the so-called trades. If you read Alan Smith's UK chart history article, he blows Paul out of the water. The other 3 authors of the Guinness books have publicly stated they chose Record Retailer for the 60s because it had 50 positions each week, and that was it. Never mind that it was the least accurate chart because it sampled so few record shops, only 30 in 1963, vs. NME and Melody Maker at 100, Disc at 70. Those 270 record shops, plus the BBC average of all 4 charts, said Please Please Me was #1, for 2 weeks on all 4 of those charts. Only Record Retailer, sampling only 30 shops, said it peaked at #2. Which is truth?

                                                  Point B, Record Retailer started out as a music paper for independent record shops not tied to a record label. They had nothing to do with the rest of the 'industry', they were an anti-industry publication. Eventually around 1966 they got infused with cash from Billboard and became more well known, but they were always in last place in terms of accuracy and importance.

                                                  Point C, but regardless if Record Retailer was an 'industry' publication or not, they were no more an 'industry' chart than any other. All the charts were compiled the same way, adding up chart ranking points of their reporting shops. None of them added up actual record sales until BMRB / BARS did so in Feb 1969. There was nothing unique or special about Record Retailer. It was the least known, least followed, least circulated chart of the 60s. And because it sampled the fewest shops, it was the least accurate. It also disagreed the most often with all the other charts, in terms of peaks of #1 records, Top 10 records. And if you look at Brian's weekly ultimate chart columns, Record Retailer is odd man out on most of these positions each week, just take a glance and see. On the above 7 Mar 64 chart, RR positions are the farthest away from the average in 10 of the Top 20 records. Even worse than that, because they sampled so few record shops, they had so many tied positions, which they forced tie-breakers upon, by looking at the previous weeks chart !! How bogus can you get?

                                                  Point D, the Guinness books did not claim Record Retailer as "'official" for the 60s, they just said they were using RR "for the purposes of this book." The self-named "official" charts did not declare RR as "official" until after 2001. How's that for revisionist history? There was no "official" chart going forward until Feb 1969, there was no "official" chart going backwards until after 2001 when the "official" charts made it all up.

                                                  Read Alan's article, the whole thread, and all will be revealed:

                                                  https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-di...-chart-history

                                                  Paul Gambaccini is historically and factually incorrect, and has helped brainwash UK chart followers with revisionist history for decades. But you knew all that, Splodj...
                                                  Last edited by RokinRobinOfLocksley; Mon June 22, 2020, 00:17.

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