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  • Looks good to me Brian. And if you had also done the hierarchy method, and the 'throw out the outlier' method, you would have gotten the same results that you got above in each case. So that's even more confirmation.

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    • Thanks to all you guys above for your replies. I can now use all your suggestions as the need arises.
      The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

      The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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      • Wow Wow Wow.

        See above guys, this thread has been nominated in the Outstanding General Charts Thread in the UK MIX 2020 awards. I'm amazed and ecstatic at its recognition and inclusion.
        I've always said though this is our thread not my thread, you guys keep it alive through your interest, input, comments and constant visits.

        Please watch out for the start of voting and see how we do
        The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

        The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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        • Here's what the nomination says.

          The Ultimate Averaged Chart - The BBC Chart Re-Imagined ( MrTibbs )

          Another brand new entry in this category, its also MrTibbs frst nomination! If you are a chart lover and Retro fan, god this thread is EVERYTHING! With barely more than 7 months it already has almost 1400 replies and +36000 views! It definetly should have more!!!
          The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

          The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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          • Greetings Pop Pickers ​​

            There are again12 differences this week in chart positions between the BBC Chart Top 20 and The Ultimate Averaged Chart Top 20.

            Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending December 24th 1960.

            The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending December 24th 1960 NME RM MM DISC RR Total
            Last This The Sound Survey Stores 80 60 110 50 30 Points
            Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart BBC TOP 30 Scored
            1 1 It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley 1 1 1 2 1 8050
            3 2 I Love You / 'D' In Love - Cliff Richard 2 3 2 1 2 7800
            2 3 Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters 3 2 3 5 3 7540
            5 4 Little Donkey - Nina and Frederick 4= 7 4 4 6 6990
            10 5 Lonely Pup - Adam Faith 6 5 5 7 4 6950
            4 6 Strawberry Fair / A Boy Without A Girl - Anthony Newley 4= 6 6 3 7 6870
            8 7 Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson 7 4 7 8 5 6730
            6 8 Goodness Gracious Me - Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren 8 8 8 6 8 6310
            9 9 Man Of Mystery / The Stranger - The Shadows* 11 11 10 11 9 5650
            7 10 Rocking Goose - Johnny and The Hurricanes 9 9 12 9 10 5580
            11 11 Gurney Slade - Max Harris 10 12 9 10 12 5560
            14 12 Perfidia - The Ventures 12 10 14 12 15 4980
            16 13 Blue Angel / Today's Teardrops - Roy Orbison 16= 20 11 19 11 4280
            13 14 Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette 13 18 13 14 23 4110
            20 15 Counting Teardrops - Emile Ford and The Checkmates 14= 17 19 13 20 3670
            17 16 As Long As He Needs Me - Shirley Bassey 16= 14 15 14 3630
            19 17 Lively - Lonnie Donegan 19= 20 17 20 17 3390
            18 18 My Love For You - Johnny Mathis 18 15 18 16 3160
            12 19 My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own - Connie Francis 14= 13 15 13 2780
            15 20 Ol' MacDonald - Frank Sinatra 22 16 19 2730
            24 21 Milord - Edith Piaf 27 20 24 1740
            30 22 Little Girl - Marty Wilde 19= 19 17 1660
            27 23 Even More Party Pops - Russ Conway 16 1200
            21 24 Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles 16 28 840
            NEW 25 Portrait Of My Love - Matt Monro 25 22 750
            NEW 26 Black Stockings - The John Barry Seven 18 650
            NEW 27 Like Strangers - The Everly Brothers 24 30 590
            28 28 Mr. Custer - Charlie Drake 18 390
            29 29 Buona Sera - Mr. Acker Bilk 27 320
            22 30 Just As Much As Ever - Nat King Cole 21 300
            The Stranger - The Shadows 22
            D' In Love - Cliff Richard 26
            G. I. Blues (LP) - Elvis Presley 29 160
            Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison 25 180
            Kommotion - Duane Eddy 26 150
            Sway - Bobby Rydell 30 29 140
            Virgin Mary - Lonnie Donegan 27 120
            Till - Tony Bennett 30 80
            Ten Swingin' Bottles- Pete Chester and The Consulates 30 80
            RM did not compile a chart for this week.
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            * This week the split sides would have affected NME's 0
            averaged chart position so an average was taken 0
            from the other 3 charts giving an average of 10 0
            to The Shadows and awarded to NME to give a 0
            more representative chart position for both sides 0
            together. 0
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            The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

            The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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            • This is really the chart of charts that eventually will cover every week from the UK charts was broadened from two to three competing charts March 56 all the way till they finally based the charts on actual sales in 69. There’s no need to be surprised at the nomination, only that it came so quickly, which may be caused by the speed of Brian’s work. Congratulations!

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              • Thanks kjell for that. Your continuing support along with same from the other guys keeps me morivated ind interested in this. I never knew there were awards thats why i was taken aback.
                The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                • Kudos and Congratulations, Brian! No question it's the best thread of the year. (I didn't even know UKMix gave out awards, ha.)
                  Rock on...

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                  • You were just as important in this project Robin you devised the spreadsheets that are used and with the other guys provided support and advice throughout keeping it accurate and relevant.
                    The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                    The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                    • Greetings Pop Pickers ​​

                      There are 9 differences this week in chart positions between the BBC Chart Top 20 and The Ultimate Averaged Chart Top 20.

                      Here is the next Ultimate Averaged Chart for Week Ending December 31st 1960.

                      The Ultimate Averaged Chart - Week Ending December 31st 1960 NME RM MM DISC RR Total
                      Last This The Sound Survey Stores 80 60 110 50 30 Points
                      Week Week The Top 30 Singles Chart BBC TOP 30 Scored
                      1 1 It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley 1 1 1 2 2 2 9710
                      2 2 I Love You / 'D' In Love - Cliff Richard 2 4 2 1 1 1 9600
                      3 3 Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters 3 2 3 3 5 5 9160
                      7 4 Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson 4= 3 4 6 3 6 8760
                      5 5 Lonely Pup - Adam Faith 4= 5 7 4 4 7 8560
                      4 6 Little Donkey - Nina and Frederick 6 5 6 5 7 4 8450
                      6 7 Strawberry Fair / A Boy Without A Girl - Anthony Newley 7 7 5 8 6 3 8100
                      8 8 Goodness Gracious Me - Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren 8 8 8 7 8 13 7550
                      12 9 Perfidia - The Ventures 9 12 9 9 9 12 6930
                      11 10 Gurney Slade - Max Harris 10 11 10 10 10 11 6820
                      9 11 Man Of Mystery / The Stranger - The Shadows 11 9 12 11 13 9 6660
                      10 12 Rocking Goose - Johnny and The Hurricanes 12 10 11 13 11 8 6550
                      15 13 Counting Teardrops - Emile Ford and The Checkmates 13 14 12 12 14 4910
                      18 14 My Love For You - Johnny Mathis 15 19 20 15 19 21 4280
                      17 15 Lively - Lonnie Donegan 18= 18 18 16 15 3950
                      16 16 As Long As He Needs Me - Shirley Bassey 14 13 17 17 3400
                      13 17 Blue Angel / Today's Teardrops - Roy Orbison 16= 19 14 19 3190
                      23 18 Even More Party Pops - Russ Conway 16= 23 18 15 27 2990
                      22 19 Little Girl - Marty Wilde 18= 24 20 14 26 2770
                      25 20 Portrait Of My Love - Matt Monro 16 17 16 2490
                      NEW 21 Strawberry Blonde - Frank D'Rone 20 15 13 2360
                      14 22 Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette 30 19 20 18 2340
                      19 23 My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own - Connie Francis 21 18 10 2080
                      27 24 Like Strangers - The Everly Brothers 25 16 24 1440
                      NEW 25 Sway - Bobby Rydell 17 28 1210
                      NEW 26 Ten Swingin' Bottles - Pete Chester and The Chesternuts 14 1020
                      NEW 27 Pepe - Russ Conway 15 960
                      NEW 28 It's You That I Love - Marion Ryan 28 20 900
                      RE 29 Wild Side Of Life - Josh McCrae 16 900
                      29 30 Buona Sera - Mr. Acker Bilk 22 720
                      G. I. Blues (LP) - Elvis Presley 27 320
                      Time Will Tell - Ian Gregory 19 720
                      Black Stockings - The John Barry Seven 17 700
                      Milord - Edith Piaf 26 25 580
                      Ol' MacDonald - Frank Sinatra 20 330
                      Just As Much As Ever - Nat King Cole 22 270
                      Till - Tony Bennett 28 240
                      Mr. Custer - Charlie Drake 23 240
                      Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles 29 60
                      Kicking Up The Leaves - Mark Wynter 30 30
                      Last edited by MrTibbs; Wed January 13, 2021, 22:36.
                      The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                      The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                      • Elvis is #1 as he has both most overall points and also has the closest profile to #1, 8 to Cliff's 9.
                        The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                        The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                        • I didn't have time yesterday but just to specify how # 1 will be calculated definitively going forward based on ALL your helpful advice to get a 'best' result if one record holds most points but another holds most places at #1 across the charts.

                          This doesn't affect any charts posted thus far as all these already meet this criteria.

                          1) Where there are 4 or 5 charts used and a record is #1 in ALL charts except one then the outlier will be discounted. Where 3 or less charts are used this rule won't apply as this smaller sample does not offer the same broad result.

                          2) In all other cases 3 criteria will apply and the record meeting 2 out of the 3 criteria will be deemed to be the most competent to be awarded the #1 position.


                          - Holding the #1 position on most charts

                          - Holding most overall points

                          - Holding the closest profile to #1 by adding the music paper chart positions together for example :

                          1 1 2 2 3 = 9
                          4 3 1 1 1 = 10

                          So 9 points holds the closest profile. Where this ties too, best positions apply, eg, 1,1,3 will beat 1,2,2.

                          This comprehensive methodology takes all your suggestions on board and uses them all to give a definitive #1.

                          Remember though that this will only need to be applied in very few cases. Of all the charts thus compiled and posted there has only been 5 charts and 2 more yet to be posted to July 1961 where this computation has been employed.

                          Thanks again for helping me with this and please when the time comes vote vote vote for our chart in the awards

                          Last edited by MrTibbs; Wed January 13, 2021, 12:35.
                          The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                          The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                          • On the subject of entering at Number One pre-69 ...

                            If you accept that ‘Dustman’ didn’t, it was achieved by only Elvis and the Beatles.

                            ‘It’s Now Or Never’ was Presley’s biggest selling UK single, but even so it was quite an accomplishment to enter at number one in all 5 charts.

                            His second biggest selling single ‘Jailhouse Rock’ had entered at number one in 2 of 3 charts.

                            It will be interesting to see what happens shortly on the Ultimate with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. As his third biggest selling single this really is the only other possibility for him to have a record come straight in at the top. It didn’t in the BBC chart, whereas the other two did.

                            Then there are the 6 Beatles records from ‘Hand’ to ‘Help’ that achieved it, if you ignore RR. It is another tragedy of the 'Official' chart that by using RR it is claiming that none of these records entered at number one.

                            So this may be the full list, with the exceptional chart position (if any) shown:

                            Jailhouse Rock – MM 3
                            It’s Now Or Never
                            I Want To Hold Your Hand - RR 10
                            Can't Buy Me Love - RR 8

                            A Hard Day’s Night – RR 3
                            I Feel Fine - RR 6
                            Ticket To Ride - RR 11

                            Help – RR 5

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                            • I am happy to confirm for you here and now that both Elvis records and the six Beatles records above ( although you already know some of these did from the charts already posted) will debut at #1 on The Ultimate chart.
                              Are You Lonesome will fall short though making a debut at at 3.
                              The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                              The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                              • So the Ultimate and BBC charts are in agreement on this matter, except of course for ‘Hand’. And the BBC implicitly admitted making a mistake with ‘Hand’ when they introduced a system to avoid the same thing (maverick prevents number one) happening again.

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                                • Hello
                                  Re the tie break for no. 1 records, I have a bold suggestion.
                                  From October 1959 right through to the 1970s the U.S. Cashbox magazine compiled a weekly UK chart. Because this was not published in the UK at all, it would not have been eligible for the BBC chart (or the Re-imagined chart). Furthermore it was always a week late once published in the USA.
                                  However if Cashbox compiled their UK chart with all the rigour that it was proud to display on compiling the USA domestic charts, it must have a retrospective value.
                                  If, for example, you need a tie break for a UK chart dated 15 Sep 1960, refer to the Cashbox UK chart dated 22 Sep 1960 (which usually matched the 15/9/60 UK chart week).
                                  Just an idea.

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                                  • No one throw stones, but just for the sake of a fun math discussion, how would Elvis and Cliff compare for Dec 31st 1960 when doing a hierarchy, a median, and a 'throw out an outlier'?

                                    Hierarchy: Cliff 1-1-1-2-4 beats Elvis 1-1-2-2-2.

                                    Median: Cliff 1 beats Elvis 2.

                                    Throw out an outlier (furthest from the average): Cliff average is 1.8, outlier is 4. Elvis average is 1.6, outlier is 1. So Cliff 1-1-1-2 beats Elvis 1-2-2-2.

                                    Alternate 'throw out an outlier' (furthest from the median): Cliff median is 1, outlier is 4. Elvis median is 2, outlier is 1. So Cliff 1-1-1-2 beats Elvis 1-2-2-2.

                                    So in the above 4 methods, Cliff scores over Elvis 4-0. Considering all 7 methods, Cliff scores over Elvis 5-2.

                                    Don't shoot the piano player !!

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                                    • membranemusic have you got any information on how Cashbox compiled their UK Top Twenty for it's magazine ?
                                      The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                                      The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                                      • Originally posted by MrTibbs View Post
                                        membranemusic have you got any information on how Cashbox compiled their UK Top Twenty for it's magazine ?
                                        Yes I'd be interested to hear about that as well. I see the charts and we all have access to those (There is a Top 10 EP and Albums as well) and was unsure how it was compiled. And as a result what value it had./. (I.e. more or less than other charts).
                                        http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                                        Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                                        • It has been claimed that Cashbox surveyed about 20 stores. I am a bit suspicious of this, as it seems a lot of trouble to go to for a tiny entry in their paper.

                                          Also, Cashbox switched to using RR in the late 60s even before BMRB arrived. I found this out when I looked to see what their chart said for the infamous 3-way split.

                                          If you want to use a third party arbiter I would have thought Music Echo and/or Top Pops would be better.

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                                          • I really don't think we need to add another source into the mix. I believe your suggestions offered on this topic condensed into the criteria I outlined above provide a robust solution that's both fair and credible.

                                            Splodj actually jolted my memory as I remember Dave Taylor mentioning to me way back that Cashbox used only a small sample to compile a chart for their magazine. It's also true that it doesn't have much prominence in the paper indicating it was maybe just a space filler in the International section.
                                            The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                                            The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                                            • Indeed. Billboard went through a period in the 60s with no UK chart at all in their 'Hits Of The World' section. We were a lot more interested in the USA chart than they were in the UK one.

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                                              • Before I discovered RM carried the Billboard Top 50 of The Hot 100 I used to ask the person behind the counter in one of my local record shops to see the Record Retailer every week and look at the American Billboard chart inside the issue.

                                                When I discovered RM carried the chart I started buying RM late 1969, Fifth Dimension were #1 in the first issue I bought with Wedding Bell Blues.

                                                Ah ! Memories Memories
                                                The Record Mirror Singles Chart 1954 - 1961 Revised Re-Calculated And Extended

                                                The Biggest Chart Of The Fifties

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                                                • Had you been living in New York this is what you would have been listening to on WABC ...
                                                  https://musicradio77.com/Surveys/196...eynov2569.html

                                                  The records above the dotted line (Top 14) were on high rotation and those below (Nos 15-20 and risers below) on low rotation.

                                                  On this website it is interesting to see their charts back to 1960 and how they formed the basis of the A-lists and B-lists on what was arguably the leading Top 40 station.

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                                                  • Since the NME position is the 'odd one out' for Cliff and you have previously modified the NME position by taking the average of the other positions when two sides of a record both charted, I thought it'd be interesting to see how this affected the positions. The average (excluding NME) for Elvis is 1.75, while Cliff is 1.25. Replacing the NME values with this gives Elvis 9650 and Cliff 9820.

                                                    Also, the previous week Cliff's record showed 2 positions on the NME chart, but doesn't this week. It is possible that Cliff appears only at 4 instead of higher because the record is split, though you could argue that since the other side didn't chart this week perhaps it didn't influence it enough to make a difference....

                                                    Of course MrTibbs you specify the criteria for no.1 in these situations and you make it clear each time how the decision was reached and so I agree with your decision, despite what I've written above.
                                                    Last edited by braindeadpj; Wed January 13, 2021, 20:47.

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