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  • Greetings Pop Pickers

    ​​​​Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending December 12th 1959

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

    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending December 12th 1959 NME MM DISC RM Total
    Last This The Sound Survey 75 35 45 60 Points
    Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart BBC TOP 30 Scored
    2 1 What Do You Want - Adam Faith 1 1 1 2 1 6405
    1 2 What Do You Want To MAKE Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates 2 2 2 1 2 6280
    3 3 Travellin' Light - Cliff Richard 3= 3 4 3 4 5925
    4 4 Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka 3= 4 3 4 3 5900
    8 5 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - The Avons 5 5 5 5 5 5590
    5 6 Red River Rock - Johnny and The Hurricanes 6 6 6 6 6 5375
    6 7 Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin 7 7 7 8 8 5055
    7 8 Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka 8= 7 8 12 9 4780
    10 9 Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson 8= 9 10 10 7 4770
    12 10 Snow Coach - Russ Conway 10 9 12 11 10 4475
    27 11 Among My Souvenirs - Connie Francis 11 12 9 19 12 3875
    13 12 Rawhide - Frankie Laine 12 13 13 17 11 3810
    18 13 Little White Bull - Tommy Steele 15 11 17 20 13 3565
    11 14 Sea Of Love - Marty Wilde 14 20 15 9 16 3275
    9 15 ('Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers 17 19 16 14 17 3030
    24 16 Little Donkey - The Beverley Sisters 13 14 11 13 2785
    14 17 Mr Blue - Mike Preston 16 17 18 7 2585
    20 18 More And More Party Pops - Russ Conway 18= 15 20 15 2545
    15 19 Piano Party - Winifred Atwell 20 16 18 20 2370
    25 20 Bad Boy - Marty Wilde 18 19 19 2115
    19 21 Deck Of Cards - Wink Martindale 18= 24 14 15 1840
    16 22 Poison Ivy - The Coasters 23 16 1275
    NEW 23 Some Kind-a Earthquake - Duane Eddy 14 1020
    RE 24 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans and The Curls 18 780
    17 25 One More Sunrise (Morgen) - Dickie Valentine 21 750
    29 26 The Three Bells - The Browns 22 675
    25 27 San Miguel - Lonnie Donegan 25 450
    RE 28 Living Doll - Cliff Richard 26 375
    21 28 Makin' Love - Floyd Robinson 26 375
    NEW 30 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Johnnie Ray 28 225
    If You Were The Only Boy In The World - Stevie Marsh 29 150
    Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte 30 75
    30 Little Donkey - Gracie Fields 30 75
    22 Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell
    23 Broken-Hearted Melody - Sarah Vaughan
    28 Ivy Will Cling - Arnold Strang
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    • It's poignant that three of the most prominent male vocalists throughout the 1950's Frankie Laine, Guy Mitchell and Johnnie Ray all enjoy their very last Top 30 hit each will have at the very end of the decade and in the last month.
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      • Originally posted by Splodj View Post
        According to Discogs 'Ivy Will Cling' by Arnold Stang was the B-side, so I wonder if it was flipped.
        his version (featuring The Sunshine Kids) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StCQGn5quWw is better than the cloying version by Bernard Bresslaw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnSZaCskFpA

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        • 'I'll Never Fall In Love' will be Johnnie Ray's last chart entry. It's also one of his best singles. The track was sampled by Portishead in 1994 on the track 'Biscuit', from the album 'Dummy'.

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          • Greetings Pop Pickers

            ​​​​Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending December 19th 1959

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

            The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending December 19th 1959 NME MM DISC RM Total
            Last This The Sound Survey 75 35 45 60 Points
            Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart BBC TOP 30 Scored
            1 1 What Do You Want - Adam Faith 1 1 1 1 1 6450
            2 2 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates 2 1 2 2 2 6310
            4 3 Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka 3 3 3 3 3 6020
            3 4 Travellin' Light - Cliff Richard 4 5 4 4 4 5730
            5 5 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - The Avons 5 4 6 5 5 5630
            6 6 Red River Rock - Johnny and The Hurricanes 6 6 5 6 6 5410
            10 7 Snow Coach - Russ Conway 7 10 12 8 9 4595
            12 8 Rawhide - Frankie Laine 8= 8 8 16 14 4225
            8 9 Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka 8= 7 9 12 18 4205
            13 10 Little White Bull - Tommy Steele 11 12 13 13 11 4065
            11 11 Among My Souvenirs - Connie Francis 10 13 7 18 10 4035
            18 12 More And More Party Pops - Russ Conway 13 8 20 15 11 4030
            7 13 Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin 12 16 11 10 16 3670
            9 14 Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson 15 21 19 9 8 3540
            23 15 Some Kind-a Earthquake - Duane Eddy 14 17 10 7 3225
            19 16 Piano Party - Winifred Atwell 18 10 19 15 3075
            16 17 Little Donkey - The Beverley Sisters 16 15 17 7 2770
            NEW 18 Jingle Bell Rock - Max Bygraves 17 14 15 14 2600
            21 19 Deck Of Cards - Wink Martindale 18 20 19 2190
            20 20 Bad Boy - Marty Wilde 20 14 20 2080
            NEW 21 Johnny Staccato Theme - Elmer Bernstein 19= 19 13 1980
            NEW 22 Be My Guest - Fats Domino 22 17 1515
            17 23 Mr Blue - Mike Preston 19= 25 11 1350
            15 24 ('Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers 28 18 17 1310
            27 25 San Miguel - Lonnie Donegan 23 600
            RE 26 Little Donkey - Gracie Fields 24 525
            28 27 Living Doll - Cliff Richard 16 525
            NEW 28 Mary's Boy Child - Nina and Frederick 26 375
            RE 29 Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell 27 300
            NEW 30 We Got Love - Alma Cogan 29 150
            30 30 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Johnny Ray 29 150
            14 Sea Of Love - Marty Wilde
            22 Poison Ivy - The Coasters
            24 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans and The Curls
            25 One More Sunrise (Morgen) - Dickie Valentine
            26 The Three Bells - The Three Browns
            28 Makin' Love - Floyd Robinson
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            • It's the famous 'What Do You Want...' dead heat on the NME chart. Elsewhere the clear winner is Adam Faith.

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              • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                It's the famous 'What Do You Want...' dead heat on the NME chart. Elsewhere the clear winner is Adam Faith.
                Yeah the way these two titles swopped and counter swopped the #1 position on the various charts suggests they were pretty close sales wise for weeks.
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                • Yes, earlier in the thread we identified 11 NME joint number ones.

                  Disc and RM each have a record at 7 that is nowhere on the other.

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                  • 1 What Do You Want - Adam Faith
                    2 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates

                    Is this the first time that a song title has been included as part of another song?

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                    • 30 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Johnny Ray

                      Is this the same song as Bobbie Gentry's 1969 hit?

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                      • Originally posted by brian05 View Post
                        30 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Johnny Ray

                        Is this the same song as Bobbie Gentry's 1969 hit?
                        No Brian completely different song. The Bobbie Gentry song was a Bacharach/David composition from the musical Promises Promises.
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                        • Originally posted by brian05 View Post
                          1 What Do You Want - Adam Faith
                          2 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates

                          Is this the first time that a song title has been included as part of another song?
                          I wonder how many singles were returned because they bought the wrong one due to the similarity with the song title? Presumably that would negate a sale?

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                          • Gracie Fields - Little Donkey is a re-entry.

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                            • I've fixed that above and on the spreadsheet thanks David.

                              Later today guys I will post the last chart for 1959, and then post the handful of 'bridging' charts to complete the set. The last chart for 1959 is itself a 'bridging' chart also for MM who did not compile that week.
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                              • Originally posted by brian05 View Post
                                1 What Do You Want - Adam Faith
                                2 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates

                                Is this the first time that a song title has been included as part of another song?
                                "Which No.1 single included the complete title of the previous No.1 within its own title?" is an old favourite pub quiz question!

                                Another good one: "Which lyrics of which No.1 single open with the title of the previous No.1?" (clue - it was in 1975)

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                                • I can see a no. 1 where the lyrics open with the title of the next no. 1.

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                                  • Well here it is, the very last actual chart in the journey of the UAC.

                                    After this the remainder of the 'bridging charts' to come to complete the set, listed in sequential order .
                                    The Record Mirror Chart Re-Calculated, Re-Worked, Extended

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                                    • Greetings Pop Pickers

                                      ​​​​Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending December 26th 1959

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

                                      The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending December 26th 1959 NME MM DISC RM Total
                                      Last This The Sound Survey 75 35 45 60 Points
                                      Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart BBC TOP 30 Scored
                                      1 1 What Do You Want - Adam Faith 1 2 1 1 1 6375
                                      2 2 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates 2 1 1 2 2 6345
                                      3 3 Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka 3 3 3 4 3 5975
                                      5 4 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - The Avons 4 4 5 3 4 5815
                                      4 5 Travellin' Light - Cliff Richard 5 8 4 5 5 5400
                                      7 6 Snow Coach - Russ Conway 7 7 8 10 6 5050
                                      12 7 More And More Party Pops - Russ Conway 6 5 16 7 9 4875
                                      6 8 Red River Rock - Johnny and The Hurricanes 8 9 6 6 12 4790
                                      18 9 Jingle Bell Rock - Max Bygraves 9 11 11 8 11 4435
                                      11 10 Among My Souvenirs - Connie Francis 11 12 6 15 8 4400
                                      21 11 Johnny Staccato Theme - Elmer Bernstein 10 6 18 17 10 4220
                                      15 12 Some Kind-a Earthquake - Duane Eddy 12 15 9 16 7 4085
                                      8 13 Rawhide - Frankie Laine 13 13 9 13 13 4010
                                      10 14 Little White Bull - Tommy Steele 18 10 11 18 20 3520
                                      14 15 Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson 14= 19 20 12 14 3160
                                      17 16 Little Donkey - The Beverley Sisters 16 21 17 9 16 3130
                                      16 17 Piano Party - Winifred Atwell 14= 13 14 18 2895
                                      20 18 Bad Boy - Marty Wilde 19= 18 13 19 20 2805
                                      9 19 Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka 17 15 15 11 2660
                                      13 20 Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin 20 14 20 1915
                                      22 21 Be My Guest - Fats Domino 19= 17 19 1770
                                      NEW 22 Reveille Rock - Johnny and The Hurricanes 19= 23 15 1560
                                      RE 23 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans and The Curls 16 900
                                      29 24 Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell 22 675
                                      NEW 25 If You Were The Only Boy In The World - Stevie Marsh 24 525
                                      19 26 Deck Of Cards - Wink Martindale 25 450
                                      27 27 Living Doll - Cliff Richard 19 420
                                      25 28 San Miguel - Lonnie Donegan 26 375
                                      30 29 We Got Love - Alma Cogan 27 300
                                      30 29 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Johnnie Ray 27 300
                                      But Not For Me - Ella Fitzgerald 29 150
                                      In The Mood - Ernie Fields 30 75
                                      23 Mr Blue - Mike Preston
                                      24 ('Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers
                                      26 Little Donkey - Gracie Fields
                                      28 Mary's Boy Child - Nina and Frederick
                                      * MM did not compile a chart this week so an average position was taken of likely chart position for this non compiled week by taking a mid point position between the chart for 19th December 1959 and the chart for 2nd January 1960 for MM in order to compile the Ultimate Averaged Chart.
                                      ** Although the BBC compiled a chart this week it did not say how this was done. I assume it used the NME, Disc and RM chart only.
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                                      • Originally posted by MrTibbs View Post
                                        Well here it is, the very last actual chart in the journey of the UAC.

                                        After this the remainder of the 'bridging charts' to come to complete the set, listed in sequential order .
                                        A massive thanks for posting all the UAC's. It's been quite a job for you compiling all these. You deserve a rest! BUT not until you've posted the bridging charts..

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                                        • So let's take a look at the first UAC where a 'bridging' chart was compiled when a music paper did not compile a chart.

                                          These charts will replace the earlier charts posted here on the thread.

                                          The first of these was for December 31st 1955 and I will also post the chart for the following week also in all cases as the Last Week chart positions may have changed for some records.
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                                          • The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending December 31st 1955 NME RM Total
                                            Last This The Sound Survey Stores 60 52 Points
                                            Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart 25 Scored
                                            2 1 Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets 2 1 2740
                                            1 2 Christmas Alphabet - Dickie Valentine 1 3 2696
                                            4 3 Meet Me On The Corner - Max Bygraves 3 4 2524
                                            3 4 Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing - The Four Aces 5 2 2508
                                            5 5 Let's Have A Ding Dong - Winifred Atwell 4 4 2464
                                            6 6 Twenty Tiny Fingers - The Stargazers 6 7 2188
                                            7 7 Suddenly There's A Valley - Petula Clark 8 9 1964
                                            9 8 Yellow Rose Of Texas - Mitch Miller 11 9 1784
                                            10 9 Ain't That A Shame - Pat Boone 14 6 1760
                                            11 10 When You Lose The One You Love - David Whitfield and Mantovani 12 11 1620
                                            8 11 Hawkeye - Frankie Laine 7 18 1556
                                            NEW 12 Rock A Beatin' Boogie - Bill Haley and His Comets 21 8 1236
                                            16 13 Join In And Sing Again - The Johnston Brothers 9 1020
                                            15 14 Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo - Alma Cogan 10 960
                                            14 15 Suddenly There's A Valley - Jo Stafford 13 780
                                            18 16 The Shifting Whispering Sands - Billy Vaughan 11 780
                                            NEW 16 Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan 11 780
                                            23 18 Tina Marie - Perry Como 24 14 744
                                            25 19 Pickin' A Chicken - Eve Boswell 25 14 684
                                            13 20 Hernando's Hideaway - The Johnston Brothers 15 660
                                            12 21 The Very First Christmas Of All - Ruby Murray 14 624
                                            NEW 21 The Ballad Of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes 14 624
                                            26 23 Someone On Your Mind - Jimmy Young 16 600
                                            24 24 Arrivederci Darling - Anne Shelton 17 540
                                            RE 25 Let's Get Together Again - The Big Ben Banjo Band 18 480
                                            28 25 Old Pianna Rag - Dickie Valentine 18 480
                                            19 27 Cloudburst - Don Lang 18 416
                                            NEW 27 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford 18 416
                                            27 29 Bluebell Polka - Jimmy Shand 20 360
                                            17 30 Suddenly There's A Valley - Lee Lawrence 22 240
                                            Seventeen - Boyd Bennett 23 180
                                            22 On With The Motley - Harry Secombe
                                            21 Suddenly There's A Valley - Julius La Rosa
                                            * RM did not compile a chart this week so an average position was taken of likely chart position for this non compiled week by taking a mid point position between the chart for 24th December and the chart for 7th January 1956 in order to compile an experimental Ultimate Averaged Chart.
                                            ** NME compiled a Top 25 this week
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                                            • The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending January 7th 1956 NME RM Total
                                              Last This The Sound Survey Stores 60 52 Points
                                              Week Week The Top 26 Singles Chart 20 Scored
                                              1 1 Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets 1 1 2240
                                              4 2 Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing - The Four Aces 3 2 2068
                                              3 3 Meet Me On The Corner - Max Bygraves 2 5 1972
                                              12 4 Rock A Beatin' Boogie - Bill Haley and His Comets 5 3 1896
                                              2 5 Christmas Alphabet - Dickie Valentine 9 4 1604
                                              6 6 Twenty Tiny Fingers - The Stargazers 4 10 1592
                                              5 7 Let's Have A Ding Dong - Winifred Atwell 10 6 1440
                                              9 8 Ain't That A Shame - Pat Boone 12 7 1268
                                              21 9 Ballad Of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes 13 9 1104
                                              7 10 Suddenly There's A Valley - Petula Clark 7 17 1048
                                              10 11 When You Lose The One You Love - David Whitfield and Mantovani 11 14 964
                                              14 12 Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo - Alma Cogan 6 20 952
                                              16 13 Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan 17 8 916
                                              11 14 Hawkeye - Frankie Laine 8 780
                                              27 15 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford 18 11 700
                                              19 16 Pickin' A Chicken - Eve Boswell 20 12 528
                                              23 17 Someone On Your Mind - Jimmy Young 14 420
                                              18 18 Tina Marie - Perry Como 13 416
                                              25 19 Old Pianna Rag - Dickie Valentine 15 360
                                              8 20 Yellow Rose Of Texas - Mitch Miller 15 312
                                              15 21 Suddenly There's A Valley - Jo Stafford 16 300
                                              16 22 The Shifting Whispering Sands - Billy Vaughan 16 260
                                              27 23 Cloudburst - Don Lang 18 156
                                              24 24 Arrivederci Darling - Anne Shelton 19 120
                                              NEW 25 Arrivederci Darling - Edna Savage 19 104
                                              NEW 26 Sixteen Tons - Frankie Laine 20 52
                                              13 Join In And Sing Again - The Johnston Brothers
                                              20 Hernando's Hideaway - The Johnston Brothers
                                              25 Let's Get Together Again - The Big Ben Banjo Band
                                              29 The Bluebell Polka - Jimmy Shand
                                              30 Suddenly There's A Valley - Lee Lawrence
                                              21 The Very First Christmas Of All - Ruby Murray
                                              The Record Mirror Chart Re-Calculated, Re-Worked, Extended

                                              The Biggest Chart Of The Time

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                                              • Mr Tibbs
                                                Many thanks and congratulations for a great project well presented. It has filled in many gaps in pop history.

                                                As for RM revised - yes please - but no hurry just yet!

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                                                • Congratulations on the conclusion of this epic thread (with just the revised 'missing' chart weeks over the christmas period to go). Its been great following along as the charts were revealed and entering into discussions with other fellow chart fans.

                                                  Stevie Marsh may be a re-entry for NME, but it is not for the UAC on the 26th December chart .....

                                                  I can confirm that excluding the MM chart from the BBC chart compilation does give the reported positions.
                                                  Last edited by braindeadpj; Thu July 7, 2022, 05:45.

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                                                  • Here are the next 2 end of year 'bridging' charts guys for 1956 and 1957 and their following week charts.
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