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  • Graham76man
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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.

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  • MrTibbs
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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.

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  • MrTibbs
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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.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Yeah and arguably the UK's best ever female vocalist of all time.

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  • Splodj
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    First appearance of Shirley Bassey.

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  • MrTibbs
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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.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Greetings Pop Pickers !

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

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

    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 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 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 1 1 1 4500
    11 2 Young Love - Tab Hunter 2 3 2 4325
    2 3 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 3 2 3 4225
    5 4 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 4 4 4 4050
    3 5 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 6 5 6 3775
    4 6 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 8 6 5 3680
    16 7 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 4 12 8 3610
    6 8 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 9 9 7 3420
    13 9 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 7 10 10 3345
    8 10 St.Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 10 8 9 3260
    7 11 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 14 7 12 2845
    23 12 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis 12 16 14 2630
    9 13 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 13 16 13 2625
    12 14 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 11 15 17 2540
    24 15 Young Love - Sonny James 19 11 11 2480
    21 16 You Don't Owe Me A Thing / Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray 15 14 15 2425
    28 17 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard 17 18 15 2195
    10 18 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley 16 13 20 2085
    18 19 Rock The Joint - Bill Haley and His Comets 22 18 18 1690
    19 20 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 24 20 20 1390
    22 21 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller 25 19 1110
    15 22 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 18 845
    20 23 Green Door - Frankie Vaughan 20 715
    NEW 24 Knee Deep In The Blues - Guy Mitchell 21 650
    17 25 Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray 23 520
    NEW 26 Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele 26 325
    NEW 27 The Banana Boat Song - Shirley Bassey 27 260
    14 28 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 28 195
    NEW 29 Mystery Train - Elvis Presley 29 130
    26 30 You Me And Us - Alma Cogan 30 65
    25 I Dreamed - The Beverley Sisters
    27 Give Her My Love - The Johnston Brothers
    29 It Isn't Right - You'll Never Never Know - The Platters
    30 Cindy Oh Cindy - Tony Brent

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  • MrTibbs
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    Yeah Kitty Kallen's version was the first released and that was in October '56 followed by a whole string of others including Bing/Grace in November '56, so it wasn't even the first out of the box.

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  • Splodj
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    The film 'High Society' was released in July 1956 so I wonder why 'True Love' wasn't issued earlier to coincide.
    Last edited by Splodj; Mon December 20, 2021, 11:11.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Agreed Robbie. He was all over the 1956 chart but was swept aside after Don't Knock The Rock probably because so many other Rock'n'Roll artists came to prominence this year with new exciting sounds, eg, Little Richard who made his mark big time i n '57. Also this was the year when skiffle made a big impact too. Without a doubt after Elvis this was Lonnie's year with some stunning material for the time.

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  • Robbie
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    Bill Haley's chart fortunes fell away quite quickly once 'Don't Knock The Rock' fell from the top 10. Indeed this was his last ever chart entry, re-issues of 'Rock Around The Clock' aside.

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  • MrTibbs
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    It doesn't happen often but all 3 charts agree on the entire Top 5.
    Lonnie edges up a couple of places to #5 but The Vipers take a leap into the Top 10 hot on his heels.
    Elvis's Hound seems to have been around forever and actually moves back into the Top 10 again this week.
    Tab Hunter has a very high new entry this week but Sonny James is on his tail albeit a bit lower down.
    Bill Haley too has a high new entry but this will prove to be his last Top 10 record.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Greetings Pop Pickers !

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

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

    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 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 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 1 1 1 4500
    2 2 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 2 2 2 4350
    3 3 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 3 3 3 4200
    5 4 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 4 4 4 4050
    7 5 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 5 5 5 3900
    8 6 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 6 8 7 3640
    4 7 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 8 6 6 3620
    6 8 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 7 7 9 3480
    15 9 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 10 14 8 3170
    11 10 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (A) 10 9 12 3055
    NEW 11 Young Love - Tab Hunter 12 10 10 3020
    9 12 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 9 11 16 2830
    NEW 13 Don't Knock The Rock - Bill Haley and His Comets 15 20 11 2515
    12 14 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 18 12 13 2400
    20 15 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 14 14 20 2190
    30 16 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 15 14 2060
    13 17 Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray 17 19 18 1990
    19 18 Rock The Joint - Bill Haley and His Comets 21 17 15 1960
    14 19 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 21 16 16 1925
    10 20 Green Door - Frankie Vaughan 13 17 1520
    17 21 You Don't Owe Me A Thing / Look Homeward Angel - Johnnnie Ray 21 19 1370
    18 22 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller 24 13 905
    NEW 23 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - Jerry lewis 19 780
    NEW 24 Young Love - Sonny James 20 715
    28 25 I Dreamed - The Beverley Sisters 24 455
    22 26 You Me And Us - Alma Cogan 26 325
    NEW 27 Give Her My Love - The Johnston Brothers 27 260
    RE 28 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard 28 195
    26 29 It Isn't Right / You'll Never Never Know - The Platters 29 130
    RE 30 Cindy Oh Cindy - Tony Brent 30 65
    16 Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
    21 Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino
    23 The Garden Of Eden - Dick James
    24 Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and The Comets
    25 Rocking Through The Rye - Bill Haley and His Comets
    27 Two Different Worlds - Ronnie Hilton
    29 Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (B)

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  • MrTibbs
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    Yesterday I finished compiling the UAC for 1957 and have moved on to start 1958. To return to the end of year mid-point charts for non compiled weeks I have just repeated this exercise for the last chart of 1957 where again MM and RM did not compile a chart and I'm actually more impressed with the outcome for 1957 than I was for 1956. The 'bridge' chart between both weeks for the missing week fits seamlessly into place and provides a realistic outcome for the UAC for that missing week. I'm impressed

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  • MrTibbs
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    Lonnie Donegan is winning the battle of the 'Daddy-O's' by quite a margin.
    Joe Valino's version of 'Garden' surrenders and leaves the chart while Gary Miller and Dick James have to be content as 'also rans'.
    Pat Boone's easy listening assault on the chart continues. Not content with Friendly Persuasion going Top 3 Don't Forbid Me enters to eventually go Top 3 too.
    Ballads and novelty tunes though which up until now have held the dominant hand will this year surrender the crown to Rock'n'Roll and Skiffle as teenagers finally awaken to embrace new exciting music in all its forms.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Greetings Pop Pickers !

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

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

    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending February 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 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan 1 1 1 4500
    2 2 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 1 2 2 4415
    4 3 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 3 4 4 4115
    3 4 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 6 3 3 4005
    5 5 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 5 5 5 3900
    6 6 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 4 6 6 3880
    10 7 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 9 7 8 3410
    11 8 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 10 10 7 3330
    8 9 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 8 9 11 3245
    7 10 Green Door - Frankie Vaughan 7 10 12 3225
    12 11 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (A) 11 8 10 3135
    13 12 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 13 13 9 2940
    9 13 Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray 12 10 17 2600
    18 14 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 15 15 15 2400
    19 15 Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 14 13 2185
    14 16 Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley 17 18 18 2015
    16 17 You Don't Owe Me A Thing / Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray 16 15 1935
    17 18 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller 24 14 14 1900
    NEW 19 Rock The Joint - Bill Haley and His Comets 20 19 1435
    15 20 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 18 17 1195
    NEW 21 Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino 23 20 1180
    23 22 You Me And Us - Alma Cogan 18 845
    22 23 The Garden Of Eden - Dick James 20 715
    30 24 Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets 22 585
    24 25 Rocking Through The Rye - Bill Haley and His Comets 28 18 520
    21 26 It Isn't Right - The Platters 15 400
    25 27 Two Different Worlds - Ronnie Hilton 25 390
    NEW 28 I Dreamed - The Beverly Sisters 26 325
    27 29 Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (B) 20 275
    NEW 30 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone 27 260
    Honey Chile - Fats Domino 29 130
    When Mexico Gave Up The Rumba - Mitchell Torok 30 65
    20 The Garden Of Eden - Joe Valino
    26 A Woman In Love - Frankie Laine
    27 The Green Door - Jim Lowe
    29 Blue Moon - Elvis Presley

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  • MrTibbs
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    Greetings Pop Pickers !

    Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending January 26th 1957

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

    The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending January 26th 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
    3 1 The Garden Of Eden - Frankie Vaughan * 1 1 3 4380
    1 2 Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell 2 2 1 4410
    2 3 Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele 4 3 2 4195
    5 4 Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone 3 4 5 4055
    4 5 True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly 5 6 4 3935
    8 6 St. Therese Of The Roses - Malcolm Vaughan 6 5 6 3775
    6 7 Green Door - Frankie Vaughan 9 9 7 3420
    9 8 Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher 7 8 11 3335
    7 9 Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray 8 7 12 3235
    13 10 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan 12 11 8 3115
    11 11 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 10 13 10 3075
    10 12 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (A) 10 9 13 2995
    14 13 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine 13 12 9 2965
    15 14 Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley 13 14 2190
    12 15 Rip It Up - Bill Haley and His Comets 15 14 20 2125
    23 16 You Don't Owe Me A Thing / Look Homeward Angel - Johnnie Ray 17 17 19 1980
    16 17 The Garden Of Eden - Gary Miller 21 15 17 1890
    NEW 18 The Adoration Waltz - David Whitfield 16 16 1875
    NEW 19 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group 24 17 15 1765
    20 20 The Garden Of Eden - Joe Valino 29 17 970
    NEW 21 It Isn't Right / You'll Never Never Know - The Platters 23 16 895
    19 22 The Garden Of Eden - Dick James 18 845
    22 23 You Me And Us - Alma Cogan 19 780
    RE 24 Rocking Through The Rye - Bill Haley and His Comets 20 715
    18 25 Two Different Worlds - Ronnie Hilton 21 650
    21 26 A Woman In Love - Frankie Laine 25 390
    25 27 Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (B) 17 350
    RE 27 The Green Door - Jim Lowe 17 350
    17 29 Blue Moon - Elvis Presley 26 325
    28 30 Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets 27 260
    My Prayer - The Platters 28 195
    Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino 30 65
    24 Ain't That A Shame - Pat Boone
    26 I'll Be Home - Pat Boone
    27 A House With Love In It - Vera Lynn
    29 See You Later Alligator - Bill Haley and His Comets
    30 When Mexico Gave Up The Rumba - Mitchell Torok
    * 3 Point Rule Applied

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  • MrTibbs
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    Originally posted by kjell View Post
    Back in these times jazz was an important part of popular music and some shops specialized in that. At least one of them sent dealers returns to RM as I remember. What is important is that those dealer charts is the only way to increase our insight into the years till 1960 and also to check against RR till the spring of 61. Looking into what Brian said a few weeks ago I feel sure that there is a wealth of additional interesting info there that can be better structured by far than the Colin Driscoll book.
    If we ever get to escape these dreadful times kjell and REALLY get to move around again with complete confidence I still intend to get back down to London to grab the RM dealer charts for the remainder of 1955 till RM discontinued printing them. They are an important part of chart history and the only surviving evidence we have of the raw data used to compile early charts.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Originally posted by Splodj View Post
    I must have put it badly. I was not suggesting changing the NME chart, just applying the mid-point system using it and the other either-side charts in years where the NME-only chart has strange positionings. Indeed if the NME-only chart looked like a smooth transition between the either-side charts I would be happy to go with it alone.
    Your valuable take on things is always welcome Splodj as I find your comments well thought out and informative. I'll be doing the 1957 end of year mid point chart on Friday for MM and RM so it will also be interesting to see if the NME chart looks better this time around.

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  • kjell
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    Back in these times jazz was an important part of popular music and some shops specialized in that. At least one of them sent dealers returns to RM as I remember. What is important is that those dealer charts is the only way to increase our insight into the years till 1960 and also to check against RR till the spring of 61. Looking into what Brian said a few weeks ago I feel sure that there is a wealth of additional interesting info there that can be better structured by far than the Colin Driscoll book.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Yeah it was Brian my father had it and I heard it often enough lol

  • Splodj
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    I must have put it badly. I was not suggesting changing the NME chart, just applying the mid-point system using it and the other either-side charts in years where the NME-only chart has strange positionings. Indeed if the NME-only chart looked like a smooth transition between the either-side charts I would be happy to go with it alone.

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  • brian05
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    Another LP in the NME chart.

    29 Lonnie Donegan Showcase (LP) - Lonnie Donegan

    Apparently it was a 10 inch record.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Thanks for that detailed commentary Lonnie. Lots of interesting, relevant, and supportive points raised by you.

    The insight given to me by the early dealer returns posted in RM in 1954/1955 came as a revelation to me. I previously assumed (naively as it turned out) that these would be a clear unambiguous list of each store's best selling ten singles which largely were similar store by store with clear information and with just a few differing songs on each list. What I found was although some stores did present week on week a good structured meaningful list, lots of others did not. Some combined sides, some separated them, some listed one record along with a list of artists jointly, some had records and wrong artist and some right artist and wrong title, and that's just the issues that spring to mind.

    Also lots of charts bore no resemblance to each other, even stores close to each other could list a different ten bestselling records.
    So against this backdrop I can well understand that a) music papers experienced considerable head scratching when trying to compile a competent chart from this jumble of information and b) therefore the end result produced a chart of sorts but not a definitive or robust outcome.

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  • kingofskiffle
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    There is a whole piece around statistical analysis and what is and is not accurate data to accept or to ignore. As MrTibbs says, the originals are flawed, but thats all we have. Ignoring Record Mirror, we do not have the original data to re-compile the chart. And even then, we can not assume that the original data is accurate or reliable. We saw allegations (some proven some not) of hyping into the 1980’s as the returns where tried to be manipulated.

    So, let’s assume that what we have is accurate. It’s all we can do. So, with that in mind, if the data source is accurate, statistics then goes to look at outliers and anomalies to remove those. If we where in the 1952-1954 period (Of a Top 12) I would agree that most charts could be re-compiled as a hybrid of previous and following week, due to the slow nature of those charts. However, I would be against changing, as MrTibbs says, any chart we do have. You can argue - as many have - that the compilation methods of this or that chart are suspect /perfect etc but the point I’m making is that what we have is accurate for that specific charts compilation method - looking at the gaps is more worthwhile.

    I agree completely that we could try and create a missing chart. I also agree that this process MrTibbs uses is okay and is statistically accurate. Indeed, there are methods to create missing data that use pretty much the same approach (wrapped in mathematical language) for large data sets. I think the key though is the word ‘large’ as if you have a large sample the resulting errors will be minor. Now, clearly we have no large sample to choose from to locate the missing week, but I agree that Christmas week is probably the easiest to produce using this method as, effectively, ‘no’ new entries would be present. Now, that is of course not accurate as sometimes a record released three months before would chart for 1 week just because but, again, we are using the data set we have available rather than a huge set of data so whilst we can not say for certain, again, this method is as good as any and does have some basis in mathematical theory, so I certainly do not dismiss it, nor offer an alternative that is better.

    For myself, I feel that creating these is not a good idea in the case - and only in the case - where the created chart is being passed off as a sales chart of the time. And I want to make that distinction, because I know absolutely that this is not what MrTibbs is doing. I say this simply because, for the weeks when a Top 30 was compiled in the 1970’s, some have created a Top 50 for those weeks. I feel that this is not a good thing to do. However, in the case of the UAC which is trying to merge multiple charts to find a smoothing affect across the many charts of the 1950’s and 1960’s, I feel that this approach does work well.

    The charts here are a product of their time and a product of the technology available at that point. Indeed, if you want a truly accurate chart I think only the download chart comes close to that, as all digital sales are logged with the OCC and have been since day 1. Only a digital age like that - whereby all stores report their data - can be 100% accurate. There, that’s my controversial statement for this post! But we only have what we are working with here.

    I also agree that NME is, at least in this era, the gold standard so I would be loath to edit it. Melody Maker was the gold standard for a period in the 1960’s (when it had that huge sample size) so that’s the one I would not edit in that era.

    I’ve really enjoyed looking at this and reading the discussion.

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