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THE UK SHEET MUSIC CHARTS - Week By Week From December 1939

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  • kingofskiffle
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    Originally posted by Gambo View Post
    What could be interesting is to compare the sheet music sales charts with the sales to retailers charts retro-compiled by Colin Brown for the 1940 to '52 period in the 'Missing Charts' book. It'd give some indication as to the degree of overlap there was between the two types of popular music consumption.
    I agree - however, there would be some issues with that. On the sheet music chart the song appears once, whilst on the sales chart it would (or could) appear multiple times in different versions. Quite the challenge to sort that lot out.

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  • Gambo
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    A Top 24 from 10 Mar '51?! You'd think they could've stretched that one place further to make it a neater 25. Great work Brian and thank for posting. At least you didn't have to put the mathematics in for this strand that you did for the averaged '60s chart!

    What could be interesting is to compare the sheet music sales charts with the sales to retailers charts retro-compiled by Colin Brown for the 1940 to '52 period in the 'Missing Charts' book. It'd give some indication as to the degree of overlap there was between the two types of popular music consumption.

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  • Metalweb
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    Plenty of well remembered patriotic wartime songs there!

    'Run Rabbit Run' referenced the first (ineffectual) German air raid of the war - in which a rabbit (but no people!) was reportedly killed.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Thanks Robbie for the interesting feedback, glad you like. Initially The Sheet Music Chart was compiled by The Wholesale Music Distributors' Association a body long since extinct. The Music Publisher's Association took over on May 28th 1949. The chart became a Top 24 on 10th March 1951 then a Top 30 on 16th August 1958.

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  • Robbie
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    Thanks Brian!

    The idea of people en masse buying sheet music rather than records seems a bizarre notion these days. However at one time it was the popular way to "consume" music. I don't know how many working class people would have purchased sheet music but back then musical instruments, especially pianos, could be found in many homes.

    Some of the above titles have been so well knwn over the years that it is hard to think there was a time where they were new songs. Many titles listed above are unknown to me though.

    Are these all compiled by the Music Publishers Association?

    It's interesting that the first charts appeared less than four months after the outbreak of World War II. Does anyone know if the outbreak of war led to an increase in sales of sheet music? I can imagine that people would have wanted a pick-me-up to the doom and gloom of daily life.

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  • MrTibbs
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    Date WO LW TW Title
    30 Dec 1939 1 - 1 I'm Sending A Letter To Santa Claus
    1 - 2 There'll Always Be An England
    1 - 3 Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
    1 - 4 We'll Meet Again
    1 - 5 I'll Remember
    1 - 6 We're Gonna Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line
    1 - 7 They Can't Black Out The Moon
    1 - 8 The Man With The Mandolin
    1 - 9 Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt. Major
    13 Jan 1940 2 - 1 I'll Remember
    2 - 2 We'll Meet Again
    1 - 3 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    1 - 4 Somewhere In France With You
    2 - 5 There'll Always Be An England
    1 - 6 Goodnight Children Everywhere
    1 - 7 Goodbye Sally
    1 - 8 Run Rabbit Run
    1 - 9 Love Never Grows Old
    2 - 10 Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
    1 - 11 Beer Barrel Polka
    1 - 12 An Apple For The Teacher
    27 Jan 1940 1 - 1 Scatterbrain
    2 - 2 Somewhere In France With You
    2 - 3 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    2 - 4 Goodnight Children Everywhere
    3 - 5 I'll Remember
    3 - 6 We'll Meet Again
    1 - 7 I'll Pray For You
    2 - 8 Goodbye Sally
    3 - 9 There'll Always Be An England
    2 - 10 Beer Barrel Polka
    03 Feb 1940 3 3 1 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    3 2 2 Somewhere In France With You
    2 1 3 Scatterbrain
    2 7 4 I'll Pray For You
    3 4 5 Goodnight Children Everywhere
    3 8 6 Goodbye Sally
    1 - 7 Faithful Forever
    4 9 8 There'll Always Be An England
    4 6 9 We'll Meet Again
    1 - 10 I Shall Be Waiting
    4 5 11 I'll Remember
    17 Feb 1940 3 - 1 Scatterbrain
    4 - 2 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    4 - 3 Somewhere In France With You
    3 - 4 I'll Pray For You
    4 - 5 Goodnight Children Everywhere
    1 - 6 It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
    2 - 7 I Shall Be Waiting
    1 - 8 Bella Bambina
    4 - 9 Goodbye Sally
    5 - 10 I'll Remember
    09 Mar 1940 4 - 1 Scatterbrain
    1 - 2 Who's Taking You Home Tonight
    5 - 3 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    5 - 4 Somewhere In France With You
    4 - 5 I'll Pray For You
    2 - 6 It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
    1 - 7 In The Quartermaster's Stores
    1 - 8 There Goes My Dream
    1 - 9 Rosita (Her Name was Rosita)
    1 - 10 Over The Rainbow
    16 Mar 1940 5 1 1 Scatterbrain
    6 3 1 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    2 2 2 Who's Taking You Home Tonight
    1 - 2 So Deep Is The Night
    2 10 3 Over The Rainbow
    2 9 3 Rosita (Her Name was Rosita)
    6 4 4 Somewhere In France With You
    3 6 4 It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
    2 8 5 There Goes My Dream
    1 - 5 Careless
    1 - 6 Neath The Shanty Town Moon
    5 - 7 Goodnight Children Everywhere
    2 7 8 In The Quartermaster's Stores
    5 5 9 I'll Pray For You
    1 - 10 Seventeen Candles
    06 Apr 1940 3 - 1 Over The Rainbow
    3 - 2 Who's Taking You Home Tonight
    6 - 4 Scatterbrain
    3 - 5 Rosita (Her Name was Rosita)
    4 - 6 It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
    3 - 7 There Goes My Dream
    2 - 8 Seventeen Candles
    1 - 9 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    3 - 10 In The Quartermaster's Stores
    13 Apr 1940 4 1 1 Over The Rainbow
    1 - 2 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
    3 8 3 Seventeen Candles
    2 9 4 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    4 2 5 Who's Taking You Home Tonight
    1 - 6 On Moonlight Avenue
    4 7 7 There Goes My Dream
    4 10 8 In The Quartermaster's Stores
    5 6 9 It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
    7 - 10 In An 18th Century Drawing Room
    27 Apr 1940 5 - 1 Over The Rainbow
    2 - 1 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
    3 - 2 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    2 - 2 So Deep Is The Night
    1 - 3 When You Wish Upon A Star
    1 - 3 Walkin' Thru' Mocking Bird Lane
    1 - 4 A Little Rain Must Fall
    1 - 4 Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
    1 - 5 In An Old Dutch Garden
    2 - 5 On Moonlight Avenue
    5 - 6 Who's Taking You Home Tonight
    5 - 7 There Goes My Dream
    5 - 8 In The Quartermaster's Stores
    4 - 9 Seventeen Candles
    1 - 10 Dreaming
    04 May 1940 6 1 1 Over The Rainbow
    1 - 1 Arm In Arm (Just You And Me)
    3 1 2 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
    2 3 2 When You Wish Upon A Star
    4 2 3 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    2 4 3 A Little Rain Must Fall
    3 2 4 So Deep Is The Night
    2 4 4 Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
    2 5 5 In An Old Dutch Garden
    3 5 5 On Moonlight Avenue
    1 - 6 Let The Curtain Come Down
    1 - 7 Rainbow Valley
    2 3 8 Walkin' Thru' Mocking Bird Lane
    1 - 9 No Souvenirs
    5 9 10 Seventeen Candles
    18 May 1940 1 - 1 The Woodpecker Song
    5 - 1 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    2 - 2 Arm In Arm (Just You And Me)
    3 - 2 In An Old Dutch Garden
    7 - 3 Over The Rainbow
    2 - 3 Let The Curtain Come Down
    4 - 4 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
    3 - 4 When You Wish Upon A Star
    3 - 5 Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
    4 - 6 On Moonlight Avenue
    01 Jun 1940 2 - 1 The Woodpecker Song
    6 - 1 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    1 - 2 The Nightingale Song
    1 - 2 When Our Dreams Grow Old
    8 - 3 Over The Rainbow
    2 - 3 No Souvenirs
    3 - 4 Arm In Arm (Just You And Me)
    1 - 4 If I Should Fall In Love Again
    1 - 5 Don't Ever Pass Me By
    4 - 5 So Deep Is The Night
    3 - 6 Let The Curtain Come Down
    5 - 7 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
    3 - 8 Walkin' Thru' Mocking Bird Lane
    4 - 9 Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
    2 - 10 Dreaming
    08 Jun 1940 3 1 1 The Woodpecker Song
    2 2 1 When Our Dreams Grow Old
    2 5 2 Don't Ever Pass Me By
    2 4 2 If I Should Fall In Love Again
    2 2 3 The Nightingale Song
    7 1 3 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    9 3 4 Over The Rainbow
    4 4 4 Arm In Arm (Just You And Me)
    5 5 5 So Deep Is The Night
    4 6 5 Let The Curtain Come Down
    3 3 6 No Souvenirs
    5 9 7 Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
    1 - 8 The Singing Hills
    6 7 9 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
    4 8 10 Walkin' Thru' Mocking Bird Lane
    15 Jun 1940 4 1 1 The Woodpecker Song
    3 2 1 Don't Ever Pass Me By
    3 1 2 When Our Dreams Grow Old
    3 2 2 If I Should Fall In Love Again
    3 3 3 The Nightingale Song
    5 4 3 Arm In Arm (Just You And Me)
    2 8 4 The Singing Hills
    1 - 4 Too Romantic
    7 5 5 So Deep Is The Night
    5 5 5 Let The Curtain Come Down
    8 3 6 You Made Me Care (When I Wasn't In Love)
    6 7 7 Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh
    4 6 8 No Souvenirs
    3 - 9 Dreaming
    7 9 10 There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave

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  • MrTibbs
    started a topic THE UK SHEET MUSIC CHARTS - Week By Week From December 1939

    THE UK SHEET MUSIC CHARTS - Week By Week From December 1939

    The First UK Music Charts From The Very Beginning ..

    On my other chart thread The Ultimate Averaged Charts recent comments were made which indicated some interest in what music and songs were being listened to prior to the first NME record chart on 14th November 1952.

    Long before this, sales of sheet music far exceeded record sales in the UK as more homes had pianos that record players so the chart compiled from sales of sheet music was a better indication back then as to the most popular music back in these early years of charted music.

    Indeed it was The Sheet Music Top 20 that Radio Luxembourg aired on their famed Top 20 show broadcast at 11pm every Sunday night right up until the end of December 1959.

    So here are those early charts which tragically nowadays are all but forgotten with the passing of time. Sadly we are not proud of our musical heritage which has whitewashed out of existence. The UK radio stations and music publications would have us believe nothing existed prior to November 1952 and the 1950's and early sixties are almost now non existent too as far as they are concerned. We are losing past musical culture as though we are ashamed of it rather than proud of it.

    So, let's bring back that period in history now almost totally gone from all minds and memories. Look over these old charts and keep in mind these were the tunes our great-grandparents and grandparents bought, listened to, sang along to, whistled, laughed with and cried over.

    Here are those old charts in all their former glory. Keep note though that between 1940 and and 1945 many weekly charts were not compiled due to the disruption of the war and the chaos and heartache it brought to so many people. You will see this reflected in many of the old songs appearing on these charts. From 1946 though the chart settles into a weekly pattern.

    Enjoy.

    Brian

    Editing this post to add a link to Dropbox so it’s more readily accessible.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/00rws2j69...mzfNKw2Ga?dl=0
    Last edited by kingofskiffle; Mon August 23, 2021, 06:48. Reason: Added Dropbox link
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