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  • Here's the next batch. No contest between "Cant Help Falling In Love" and "Rock a Hula Baby". And no printed sheet music for Denver's "Wimoweh" for some strange reason! Weeks are missing in May and June.



    MPA Mar 1962
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/anjld76r9m...01962.pdf?dl=0

    MPA Apr 1962
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/mwoufrgqwl...01962.pdf?dl=0

    MPA May-Jun 1962
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/pc84tep9wf...01962.pdf?dl=0

    more to come....

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    • Here's the next batch. Interesting that first names between employees were not used in a music office at this time. A bit different only a few years later.


      MPA Jul 1962
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptq4pkhj06...01962.pdf?dl=0

      MPA Aug 1962
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/y9uqyoay25...01962.pdf?dl=0

      MPA Sep 1962
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/hwqc8zz56k...01962.pdf?dl=0

      more to come...

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      • Here's the next batch. Frank Ifield manages a B-side hit. Note that the 2 versions of "Some People" on record considerably diluted the overall sales for the song on these charts.

        MPA Oct 1962
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/w7nnrcmxuq...01962.pdf?dl=0


        MPA Nov 1962
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/i90tn6ibwa...01962.pdf?dl=0

        MPA Dec 1962
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mtatqnfni...01962.pdf?dl=0

        more to come....

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        • Apologies to everyone for delays. I have the flu. As soon as that is sorted, normal service will be resumed.....

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          • ^
            Hope you feel better soon.

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            • Originally posted by membranemusic View Post
              Apologies to everyone for delays. I have the flu. As soon as that is sorted, normal service will be resumed.....
              Sorry to hear that membrane. Take care of yourself that comes before all else. I have heard from a few folks today all down with a bad flu already. I'm dreading this winter
              The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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              • Yes, hope you feel better soon
                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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                • Originally posted by MrTibbs View Post
                  As I mentioned earlier guys I have scanned Pat Hetherington's copied down versions of what was played on Luxembourg's Top 20 shows between April 1958 and December 1959 and copied these to my Dropbox.

                  Here is the link for all of you who wish to access these if interested for your enjoyment and information.

                  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/epn5x52eg...-QeyGaxQa?dl=0

                  Brian
                  Is there a page two to some of these scans?

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                  • Not to the best of my knowledge beauregard. I think those are the complete set.
                    The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                    • Many thanks for the best wishes. Having been hospitalized, I am very pleased to say that I am back in the saddle. I feel a huge debt of gratitude to the NHS for putting me back on my feet. Wonderful people.

                      We digress. In the next batch, note that "Bachelor Boy" gets the upper hand of "The Next Time". There are 2 entries for the same song "Loo Be Loo"/"Loop De Loop" - this is because 2 arrangers were able to slap a copyright credit on each recorded version of this trad tune.

                      MPA Jan 1963
                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/pujp2ngbcn...01963.pdf?dl=0

                      MPA Feb 1963
                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/sofyz3wc9u...01963.pdf?dl=0

                      MPA Mar 1963
                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/a3fzosts5q...01963.pdf?dl=0

                      more to come...

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                      • Originally posted by membranemusic View Post
                        Many thanks for the best wishes. Having been hospitalized, I am very pleased to say that I am back in the saddle. I feel a huge debt of gratitude to the NHS for putting me back on my feet. Wonderful people....
                        Hi membrane,

                        I'm really sorry to hear you have been in hospital as I wondered why you weren't around as usual here. That said I'm glad you feel a lot better again and it's great to have you back posting these wonderful charts. I missed them
                        The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                        • Yes really sorry to hear you have been unwell. Hope your on the mend and will be back for and healthy soon.
                          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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                          • Originally posted by membranemusic View Post
                            Many thanks for the best wishes. Having been hospitalized, I am very pleased to say that I am back in the saddle. I feel a huge debt of gratitude to the NHS for putting me back on my feet. Wonderful people.

                            .
                            Glad to hear you're on the mend..

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                            • Thanks for the best wishes again! Here's the next batch. A few weeks missing here, including all of July sadly. 2 charts were dated 21 Sep 63, but from risers and fallers, I have noted what may have been logically 14 Sep 63. Someone may be able to check against either the website or old NMEs.

                              Note that the Beatles score another 2 sheet music hits from B-sides and album tracks.

                              MPA Apr-May 1963
                              https://www.dropbox.com/s/behzko4hq6...01963.pdf?dl=0


                              MPA Jun-Aug 1963
                              https://www.dropbox.com/s/2m4m8kr45p...01963.pdf?dl=0


                              MPA Sep 1963
                              https://www.dropbox.com/s/rauh7pbkq1...01963.pdf?dl=0

                              more to come.....

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                              • Originally posted by membranemusic View Post
                                Note that the Beatles score another 2 sheet music hits from B-sides and album tracks.
                                I Saw her Standing There and I'll Get You? The former is significant because it was well before the November inclusion on an EP, so definitely only known as an album track.

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                                • Here's the next batch - complete as well.

                                  There's another Beatles original (as opposed to covers) album track in the listings.
                                  Also, "Mean Woman Blues" is notable by its absence as a double a-sider - all the stranger in that title proved to be the stronger long-term copyright.

                                  MPA Oct 1963
                                  https://www.dropbox.com/s/18zw1uld1b...01963.pdf?dl=0


                                  MPA Nov 1963
                                  https://www.dropbox.com/s/vat275xgw6...01963.pdf?dl=0

                                  MPA Dec 1963
                                  https://www.dropbox.com/s/smrcvxmlrx5ncua/MPA%20Dec%201963.pdf?dl=0

                                  more to come.....

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                                  • Here's the next batch - I think complete.

                                    There's another Beatles B-side sheet music hit. And 3 of 4 tracks (all covers) result in sheet music hits as a result of the Rolling Stones EP.

                                    In my excitement, the previous month I may have missed a C/R, so here it is again.

                                    MPA Dec 1963
                                    https://www.dropbox.com/s/smrcvxmlrx...01963.pdf?dl=0

                                    MPA Jan 1964
                                    https://www.dropbox.com/s/yq1k3r5qwv...01964.pdf?dl=0

                                    MPA Feb 1964
                                    https://www.dropbox.com/s/p83m0s0su3...01964.pdf?dl=0

                                    MPA Mar 1964
                                    https://www.dropbox.com/s/3d13s96igf...01964.pdf?dl=0


                                    MPA Apr 1964
                                    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7huyu4fyb9...01964.pdf?dl=0


                                    more to come....


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                                    • Originally posted by membranemusic View Post
                                      There's another Beatles original (as opposed to covers) album track in the listings.
                                      All My Loving did really well, just behind Hand for a while.

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                                      • Here's the next batch - some missing weeks in each month. Note that they announced postal returns collection trouble at the bottom of the final page.


                                        MPA May 1964
                                        https://www.dropbox.com/s/8vfs35771o...01964.pdf?dl=0

                                        MPA Jun 1964
                                        https://www.dropbox.com/s/lo270z49if...01964.pdf?dl=0


                                        MPA Jul 1964
                                        https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qtd43ww4p...01964.pdf?dl=0


                                        And that's it - end of Part 2 of this exercise - we have gone full circle as Aug 1964 has been posted all those months ago.

                                        As noted before, although I have most of the MPA charts from 1950 to 1959, there's no need to scan and post these, as spot checks against both the website and the Armstrong book revealed no obvious discrepancies. Mind you, I have not checked all 500(?) of the charts. If any of you punters are aware of missing numbers or strange joint positions in any chart weeks in this 50-59 period, I shall dig out that chart, scan it, and post it.

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                                        • And no, I am not going away!

                                          Part 3 - the Music Publishers Karaoke Chart!

                                          My mind had not played tricks with me - here is the publishers karaoke annual chart for 2009 (and the preceding 15 years) which the PRS prepared. The PRS apply a rigorously researched sampling method to ensure all writers are paid fairly, so this is not a finger-in -the wind list. Note that mention of the artist is purely for identification purposes. If I find any subsequent karaoke charts, I shall post them.

                                          Abba the most performed at Karaoke
                                          Waterloo the nation’s favourite over last 15 years
                                          PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters, today reveals that Swedish pop band ABBA hold the top spot for most performed Karaoke work in the UK with ‘Waterloo’. A close second are Queen with their 1975 hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
                                          The chart is dominated by some of the most famous songs of all time; written and performed by the best in the business, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Kylie, Neil Diamond and the Beatles all feature in the songs we like to sing at Karaoke bars and pubs across the country.
                                          The full top 25 list is as follows:
                                          Rank Song Performer(s)
                                          1 Waterloo Abba Benny Andersson & Bjoern Ulvaeus
                                          2 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen Freddie Mercury
                                          3 My Way Frank Sinatra Claude Francois & Jacques Revaux / Paul Anka
                                          4 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor Frederick Perren & Dino Fekaris
                                          5 Dancing Queen Abba Benny Andersson & Bjoern Ulvaeus
                                          6 Angels Robbie Williams Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers
                                          7 Like a Virgin Madonna Billy Steinberg & Kelly Thomas
                                          8 It's Raining Men Weather Girls Paul Jabara & Paul Shaffer
                                          9 Summer Nights Olivia Newton John & John Travolta Jim Jacobs & Casey Warren
                                          10 I Should Be So Lucky Kylie Minogue Mike Stock, Matt Aiten & Peter Waterman
                                          11 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John & Kiki Dee Elton John & Bernie Taupin
                                          12 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Neil Diamond
                                          13 American Pie Don McLean / Madonna Don McLean
                                          14 Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack / Fugees Charles Fox & Norman Grimble
                                          15 Hey Jude The Beatles John Lennon & Paul McCartney
                                          16 Don't Stop Me Now Queen Freddie Mercury
                                          17 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
                                          18 Delilah Tom Jones Barry Mason & Les Reed
                                          19 New York, New York Liza Minelli / Frank Sinatra Fred Ebb & John Kander
                                          20 Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler Jim Steinman
                                          21 Livin' La Vida Loca Ricky Martin Draco Rosa & Desmond Child
                                          22 Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi
                                          23 I'm a Believer Monkees John Stewart
                                          24 Love Shack B-52s Catherine Pierson, Fred Scheider, J Strickland, Cynthia Wilson
                                          25 River Deep Mountain High Ike and Tina Turner Phillip Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
                                          Based on Karaoke performances 1993 - end of Sept 2009


                                          Part 4 to come!

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                                          • I think 23 should be either:
                                            - 'I'm a Believer' written by 'Neil Diamond'; or
                                            - 'Daydream Believer' written by 'John Stewart'.

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                                            • Glenn Miller's In The Mood does not even chart on the Sheet Music Chart, which I am very surprised about. In the US it was a huge hit in early 1940, I would have thought it would have also been a huge hit in the UK at the same time, but no mention on these charts.

                                              In the "UK Missing Record Charts" it reached number 10 in April 1940, so again not a huge hit in the UK.
                                              I wonder if it was instead a sleeper hit. Any ideas?

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                                              • Splodj: well spotted. It's quite an alarming error on the PRS's part. I would guess it should be the bigger hit "I'm A Believer".

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                                                • And now we come to Part 4 – The Music Publishers Ringtones chart, starting in October 2005. To remind you, these were plinky-plonk Casio keyboard renditions of top tunes.

                                                  The chart lasted only a brief while until the record industry woke up and started realtones, using excerpts of the actual tracks, which made ringtones redundant. “Publisher guys, these sales count toward the OCC chart, the artist, label, the writer and publisher all get royalties. Everybody wins!”
                                                  Except the general public. You are gently dozing on a train. Then an ear-splitting “YOURE SIMPLY THE BEST! BETTER THAN ALL THE REST!”

                                                  If you kept your Music Weeks from the period, you already have these; but I guess several punters do not.

                                                  The OCC website archive is quite good now, but they have a policy on ignoring redundant formats. I and a few others have bees in our bonnets about EPs. You can see 1950s EP sales in the archive; you can see 1970s EP sales; but they have not archived the RR EP chart 1960-1967, the prime period for the EP. Hello?

                                                  Anyway, I cast aspersions on the OCC, because before checking I thought they had produced the ringtones chart. This chart was compiled by auditors KPMG for Music Week. There are no notes on methodology, whether they attempted to capture 100% of sales, or as close as they could get before the MW deadline. PRS/MCPS were not involved, because they work on monthly or quarterly reports, not weekly.

                                                  As an accidental bonus the page also includes the OCC downloads chart. This is not relevant I know to this particular thread, but I cannot be bothered to chop it out. At this time, most downloads were counted in the main singles chart, but not for releases that had no physical release. These charts are actually in the OCC archive, but not analysed per artist on that website.

                                                  MW ringtones charts Oct-Nov 2005


                                                  https://www.dropbox.com/s/52gpsxh51z...02005.pdf?dl=0

                                                  Are people interested in these? If so, I shall continue to scan them.

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                                                  • I think artists should have recorded bespoke realtones ...
                                                    "Ring, ring, someone is trying to call.
                                                    Ring, ring, the happiest sound of them all."

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