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    CHART LIST



    This Article will list all no 1ís in each chart separately in the period when charts were independently compiled starting with the New Musical Express chart and ending with Top Pops/Music Now. Charts in most cases will be displayed until their cessation date. In the case of New Musical Express and Melody Maker the cut off date will be 14 May 1988 when both papers ceased compiling their own charts and began running the Music Research Information Bureau listings. The Record Retailer chart lasted to 8 February 1969. British Market Research Bureau/Gallup charts are omitted as they were from an outside agency and the first Industry/Trade chart which have been logged extensively.


    THE NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS (N.M.E)



    New Musical Express evolved from Accordion Times and Musical Express (1946-1948) Then Musical Express (1948-1952). The revamped New Musical Express as part of its new outlook began displaying Britainís first ever Record chart on 15 November 1952. (The papers publishing date was 14 November).

    The NME (As it became known) was very much aimed at the average fan in the street. It started to overtake the Melody Maker by the late 1950s mostly due to it not being anywhere as hostile to the emerging ďRock Ní RollĒ music sweeping both the United States and the UK. The NME had been reticent to cover Rock and Roll at first, but finding that articles, particularly about the musicís greatest star; Elvis Presley; sent sales soaring, it soon embraced the trend.

    By the 1960s its populist style had made it the clear leader in terms of sales from its competitors. By 1964 sales were around 300.000 which was an astronomically high figure! The paper was selling more than all its other rivals combined. In 1964 owner Maurice Khinn sold his shares to the IPC publishing group making the NME a sister paper to its major competitor, Melody Maker.

    The paper became the `bible` for artists and management in this era as it carried such influence in pop circles. This authority made its charts a very powerful force in the industry with virtually every artist and manager eagerly trying for a feature or interview with the paper.

    By the late sixties the paper started to lose touch with music trends. The editorial staff were rather elderly for a music paper; and though age should never be a barrier to the enjoyment of music, it did leave staff at the paper rather out of their depth with the late 1960s early 1970s music scene.

    The `Heavy and Progressive` mode of music, circa 1968 to 1971 caught the paper flatfooted as of how to cover it. A fine young writer, Ian Macdonald was recruited late in 1967 to help out. Up until then the papers editor, Andy Gray had been the sole album reviewer (under the pseudonym of Alan Evans). The massive surge in LP releases of what could be some very complex and convoluted works made the reviewing task impossible for one man.

    The paper rarely went past 16 pages in content size, which by 1969 was seen as too brief to cover the quickly expanding music scene.

    By 1970 the paper was losing readers at an alarming rate as many music fans wanted more from a music paper than artistís favourite foods, colours or girls. In 1971 the paper was overtaken by Melody Maker and the new progressive paper Sounds.

    In a drastic move to save the paper, Andy Gray left, with his job as editor taken over by long term staffer Alan Smith. Smith was only a stop-gap. His main function was to recruit many radical young writers from what was termed the `Underground Press`. Names such as Charles Shaar Murray, Nick Logan,Tony Tyler, Nick Kent, Mick Farren etc were now contributing to a radically altered paper. In February 1972 Alan Smith handed over to Ian Macdonald who steered the paper to renewed interest by fans in its anarchic irreverent style.

    The paper really scored with its close identification of the ďPunk-New WaveĒ movement of 1976- 77. In this period the paper really had its hand on the `pulse` of the new direction in music.

    The paper has never looked back. Today it is the `Last man standing` as all its old rivals have gone. Though sales are not what they were, the paper, now in tabloid size, is still marching on.

    New Musical Express Chart History.

    The early years of the chart were compiled by advertising manager Percy Dickins along his normal duties of gathering advertisers to the paper. Mr Dickins worked from a master list of 53 willing record outlets, from these he would choose about 15 to 25 depending on time allowed each Monday to phone for a list of each stores twenty best selling records. He would rotate the stores used within the 53 never using exactly the same stores each week.

    The stores though keeping precise internal sales figures would however relay the top sellers as a list which Mr Dickins would give 20 points to the top seller, 19 to second best and so on. He would then tally up the points to give the chart placings. In the late fifties as more and more stores came into the scheme the work was allocated to one of the new opinion polling agencies who phoned around 70 to 80 stores.

    By the early to mid sixties the paper had reverted to using its own staff for phoning led by Fiona Foulgar; helped by up to five staffers. By the 1970s Karen Walter and Fred Dellar helped with these duties.

    The maximum figure that the NME sample reached in the boom sales period of the sixties was 150. It was reduced down to exactly 100 in 1972 up to when the MRIB chart was used on 14 May 1988.

    The size of displayed chart in 1952 was a top 12. It would often be larger due to the unusual method of dealing with tied positions e.g. a joint no2 instead of being followed by no 4 would be followed by no 3! This method was soon changed. On 2 October 1954 the chart expanded to a top 20. It became a top 25 for the Christmas sales of week ending 31 December 1955, resuming top 20 size the following week until 14 April 1956 when it grew to a published top 30. The NME chart stayed this size until 23 April 1983 when it became a top 50. This is how it stayed up to the MRIB listing of 14 May 1988, which too was a top 50 in size.

    The NME chart became the most referred to and quoted chart of the fifties. It still carried a lot of influence well into the nineteen sixties though by then the Melody Maker chart was a serious rival. The chart was displayed in some national and many more regional newspapers. It was also used throughout the 1950ís and 1960s by Radio Luxembourg.

    The drawbacks of the NME chart were that for many years B-sides would be included as well as the splitting of double `A` sides, which impeded many other titles from entering. The chart also included LPs even after it ran its own LP chart from June 1962. It had a high reliance on advance order figures which caused the chart to register some records at higher first week entries than pure sales across the counter tallying. A perfect example of this is The Rolling Stones ďLittle Red RoosterĒ an instant number 1, but only entering in the 20s of two rival charts. Worst was the practise of `chart hyping`. The NME chart as it was so influential, was a major target and was subject to these machinations for a time in the sixties.

    The NME chart never separated tied positions so it has the highest proportion of joint placings of the major charts including eleven joint number 1 records from 1952 to 1966.

    On 14 May 1988 the NME stopped compiling its own chart and began running the Music Research Information Bureau top 50 thereby ending the longest independently compiled chart service.



    NME No 1ís. 15 November 1952-14 May 1988

    Key

    *= Joint No 1

    + = Straight Entry At No 1


    1952

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    15 November Here In My Heart (Al Martino) 9



    1953

    17 January You Belong To Me (Jo Stafford) 1
    24 January Comes-A Long A-Love (Kay Starr) 1
    31 January Outside Of Heaven (Eddie Fisher) 1
    7 February Donít Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes (Perry Como) 5
    14 March She Wears Red Feathers (Guy Mitchell) 4
    11 April Broken Wings (Stargazers) 1
    18 April How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? (lita Rosa) 1
    25 April I Believe (Frankie Laine) 9
    27 June Iím Walking Behind You (Eddie Fisher) 1
    4 July I Believe (Frankie Laine) 6
    15 August Moulin Rouge (Mantovani) 1
    22 August I Believe (Frankie Laine) 3
    12 September Look At That Girl (Guy Mitchell) 6
    24 October Hey Joe (Frankie Laine) 2
    7 November Answer Me (David Whitfield) 1
    14 November Answer Me (Frankie Laine) 4
    12 December *Answer Me (Frankie Laine)
    *Answer Me (David Whitfield) * =1
    19 December Answer Me (Frankie Laine) 3


    1954

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No1

    9 January Oh Mein Papa (Eddie Calvert) 9
    13 March I See The Moon (Stargazers) 5
    17 April Secret Love (Doris Day 1
    24 April I See The Moon (Stargazers) 1
    1 May Such A Night (Johnnie Ray) 1
    8 May Secret Love (Doris Day) 8
    3 July Cara Mia (David Whitfield) 10
    11 September Little Things Mean A Lot (Kitty Kalen) 1
    18 September Three Coins In The Fountain (Frank Sinatra) 3
    9 October Hold My Hand (Don Cornell) 4
    6 November My Son, My Son (Vera Lynn) 2
    20 November Hold My Hand (Don Cornell) 1

    27 November This Old House (Rosemary Clooney) 1
    4 December Letís Have Another Party (Winifred Atwell) 5



    1955

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    8 January Finger Of Suspicion (Dickie Valentine) 1
    15 January Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) 1
    22 January Finger Of Suspicion (Dickie Valentine) 2
    5 February Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) 2
    19 February Softly Softly (Ruby Murray) 3
    12 March Give Me Your Word (Tennessee Ernie Ford) 7
    30 April Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (Perez Prado) 2
    14 May Stranger In Paradise (Tony Bennett) 2
    28 May Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (Eddie Calvert) 4
    25 June Unchained Melody (Jimmy Young) 3
    16 July Dreamboat (Alma Cogan) 2
    30 July Rose Marie (Slim Whitman) 11
    15 October The Man From Laramie (Jimmy Young) 4
    12 November Hernandoís Hideaway (Johnson Brothers) 2
    26 November Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & The Comets) 3
    17 December Christmas Alphabet (Dickie Valentine) 3


    1956

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    7 January Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & The Comets) 2
    21 January Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford) 4
    18 February Memories Are Made Of This (Dean Martin) 4
    17 March Itís Almost Tomorrow (Dream Weavers) 2
    31 March Rock And Roll Waltz (Kay Starr) 1
    7 April Itís Almost Tomorrow (Dream Weavers) 1
    14 April Poor People Of Paris (Winifred Atwell) 3
    5 May No Other Love (Ronnie Hilton) 6
    16 June Iíll Be Home (Pat Boone) 5
    21 July Why Do Fools Fall In Love ? (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers) 3
    11 August Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Doris Day) 6
    22 September Lay Down Your Arms (Anne Shelton) 4
    20 October A Woman In Love (Frankie Laine) 4
    17 November Just Walkiní In The Rain (Johnnie Ray) 7



    1957

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    5 January Singing The Blues ( Guy Mitchell) 1
    12 January Singing The Blues (Tommy Steele) 1
    19 January Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) 1
    26 January The Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughn) 1
    2 February *The Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughn)
    *Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) * =1
    9 February The Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughn) 2
    23 February Young Love (Tab Hunter) 7
    13 April Cumberland Gap (Lonnie Donegan) 5
    18 May Rock-A-Billy (Guy Mitchell) 1
    25 May Butterfly (Andy Williams) 2
    8 June Yes Tonight Josephine (Johnnie Ray) 3
    29 June Gambling Man/Putting On The Style (Lonnie Donegan) 2
    13 July All Shook Up (Elvis Presley) 7
    31 August Diana (Paul Anka) 9
    2 November Thatíll Be The Day (Crickets) 3
    23 November Maryís Boy Child (Harry Belafonte) 7


    1958

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    11 January Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) 2
    25 January + Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) +3
    15 February The Story Of My Life (Michael Holiday) 2
    1 March Magic Moments (Perry Como) 8
    26 April Whole Lotta Woman (Marvin Rainwater) 3
    17 May Whoís Sorry Now (Connie Francis) 6
    28 June On The Street Where You Live (Vic Damone) 1
    5 July *On The Street Where You Live (Vic Damone)
    *All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers) *=1
    12 July All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers) 6
    23 August When (Kalin Twins) 5
    27 September Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon (Connie Francis) 6
    8 November Itís All In The Game (Tommy Edwards) 3
    29 November Hoots Mon! (Lord Rockinghamís XI) 3
    20 December Itís Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) 5



    1959

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No1

    24 January The Day That The Rains Came Down (Jane Morgan) 1
    31 January I Got Stung/One Night (Elvis Presley) 3
    21 February As I Love You (Shirley Bassey) 4
    21 March Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Platters) 1
    28 March Side Saddle (Russ Conway) 4
    25 April It Doesnít Matter Any More (Buddy Holly) 3
    16 May A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight (Elvis Presley) 5
    20 June Roulette (Russ Conway) 2
    4 July Dream Lover ( Bobby Darin) 4
    1 August Liviní Doll (Cliff Richard) 6
    12 September Only Sixteen (Craig Douglas) 4
    10 October Here Comes Summer (Jerry Keller) 1
    17 October Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin) 2
    31 October Travelliní Light (Cliff Richard) 5
    5 December What Do You Want? (Adam Faith) 2
    19 December * What Do You Want? (Adam Faith)
    *What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) *=1
    26 December What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) 6



    1960

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    30 January Starry Eyed (Michael Holliday) 1
    6 February Why (Anthony Newly) 4
    5 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 2
    19 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 1
    26 March +My Old Manís A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) +4
    23 April Do You Mind? (Anthony Newley) 1
    30 April Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 9
    2 July Good Timing (Jimmy Jones) 3
    23 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 4
    20 August Apache (Shadows) 6
    1 October Tell Laura I Love Her (Ricky Valance) 2
    15 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 3
    5 November + Itís Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) +9


    1961

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    7 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 3
    28 January Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Elvis Presley) 5
    4 March Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 3
    25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 2
    8 April Are You Sure? (Allisons) 1
    15 April Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 1
    22 April Are You Sure? (Allisons) 1
    29 April Youíre Driving Me Crazy (Temperence Seven) 1
    6 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 2
    20 May Runaway (Del Shannon) 1
    27 May +Surrender (Elvis Presley) +4
    24 June Runaway (Del Shannon) 3
    15 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 1
    22 July Well I Ask You (Eden Kane) 2
    5 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 3
    26 August Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 1
    2 September *Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton)
    *You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) =1
    9 September Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 2
    23 September Wild In The Country (Elvis Presley) 1
    30 September Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 1
    7 October Michael (Row The Boat) (Highwaymen) 1
    14 October Walkinní Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 4
    11 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 3
    2 December *Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn)
    *Take Good Care Of My Baby (Bobby Vee) =1
    9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 3
    30 December Moon River (Danny Williams) 1


    1962

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    6 January Stranger On The Shore (Acker Bilk) 1
    13 January +The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) +6
    24 February Lets Twist Again (Chubby Checker) 2
    10 March March Of The Siamese Children (Kenny Ball) 1
    17 March Wonderful Land (Shadows) 8
    12 May *Wonderful Land (Shadows)
    *Nut Rocker (B.Bumble & The Stingers) =1
    19 May Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley) 5
    23 June Come Outside (Mike Sarne & Wendy Richard) 2
    7 July A Picture Of You (Joe Brown) 1
    14 July I Canít Stop Loving You (Ray Charles) 1
    21 July I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 8
    15 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 3
    6 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
    10 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
    15 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 2
    29 December The Next Time (Cliff Richard) 1


    1963

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    5 January Dance On (Shadows) 3
    26 January Diamonds (Jet Harris & Tony Meehan) 4
    23 February *The Wayward Wind (Frank Ifield)
    *Please Please Me (Beatles) =1
    2 March Please Please Me (Beatles) 1
    9 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
    30 March Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
    6 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and the Pacemakers) 3
    27 April From Me To You (Beatles) 5
    1 June *From Me To You (Beatles)
    *Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) =1
    8 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) 1
    15 June I Like It (Gerry and the Pacemakers) 4
    13 July Iím Confessiní (Frank Ifield) 3
    3 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 3
    24 August Bad To Me (Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) 2
    7 September She Loves You (Beatles) 4
    5 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and the Tremeloes) 3
    26 October Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and the Pacemakers) 4
    23 November She Loves You (Beatles) 2
    7 December +I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles) +6




    1964

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1
    18 January Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 2
    1 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
    22 February Anyone Who Had A Heart (Cilla Black) 4
    21 March Little Children (Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas) 1
    28 March +Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) +4
    25 April A World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
    9 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 1
    16 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 2
    30 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 3
    20 June Itís Over (Roy Orbison) 2
    4 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 2
    18 July +A Hard Dayís Night (Beatles) +4
    15 August Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
    29 August Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 2
    12 September You Really Got Me (Kinks) 1
    19 September Iím Into Something Good (Hermanís Hermits) 3
    10 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 3
    31 October Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 2
    14 November Baby Love (Supremes) 1
    21 November +Little Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) +2
    5 December +I Feel Fine (Beatles) +6



    1965

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    16 January Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame) 1
    23 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 2
    6 February Youíve Lost That Loviní Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 1
    13 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
    20 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
    6 March Itís Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
    13 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 4
    10 April *The Minute Youíre Gone (Cliff Richard)
    *For Your Love (Yardbirds) =1
    17 April +Ticket To Ride (Beatles) +5
    22 May Where Are You Now (Jackie Trent) 1
    29 May Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 2
    12 June The Price Of Love (Everly Brothers) 1
    19 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 2
    3 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
    17 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
    31 July +Help (Beatles) + 4
    28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 1
    4 September (I Canít Get No) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 3
    25 September Tears (Ken Dodd) 6
    6 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 3
    27 November 1.2.3 (Len Barry) 1
    4 December The Carnival Is Over (Seekers) 1
    11 December +Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (Beatles) +5



    1966

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    15 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 3
    5 February Michelle (Overlanders) 1
    12 February These Boots Are Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 1
    19 February Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones) 3
    12 March I Canít Let Go (Hollies) 1
    19 March *I Canít Let Go (Hollies)
    *The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) =1
    26 March The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) 3
    16 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 1
    23 April You Donít Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 2
    7 May Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann) 3
    28 May Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) 1
    4 June Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra) 3
    25 June Paperback Writer (Beatles) 2
    9 July Sunny Afternoon (Kinks) 2
    23 July Out Of Time (Chris Farlowe) 2
    6 August With A Girl Like You (Troggs) 2
    20 August Yellow Submarine/ Paperback Writer (Beatles) 4
    17 September All Or Nothing (Small Faces) 1
    24 September Distant Drums (Jim Reeves) 5
    29 October Reach Out, Iíll Be There (Four Tops) 3
    19 November Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 2
    3 December Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 7


    1967

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    21 January Iím A Believer (Monkees) 4
    18 February This Is My Song (Petula Clark) 2
    4 March Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 6
    15 April Something Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra) 1
    22 April Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw) 4
    20 May Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) 3
    10 June A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procul Harum) 5
    15 July +All You Need Is Love (Beatles) +4
    12 August San Fransisco (Scott McKenzie) 4
    9 September The Last Waltz (Englebert Humperdink) 6
    21 October Massachussetts (Bee Gees) 3
    11 November Baby; Now That Iíve Found You (Foundations) 3
    2 December Let The Heartaches Begin (Long John Baldry) 1
    9 December Hello Goodbye (Beatles) 6







    1968

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    20 January The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (Georgie Fame) 1
    27 January Everlasting Love (Love Affair) 3
    17 February The Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann) 2
    2 March Cinderella Rockafella (Esther and Abi Ofarim) 4
    30 March Lady Madonna (Beatles) 2
    13 April Congratulations (Cliff Richard) 1
    20 April What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) 4
    18 May Young Girl (Union Gap) 5
    22 June Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) 2
    6 July Baby Come Back (Equals) 3
    27 July Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 4
    24 August Help Yourself (Tom Jones) 2
    7 September Iíve Gotta Get A Message To You (Bee Gees) 1
    14 September Hey Jude (Beatles) 3
    5 October Those Were The Days (Mary Hopkin) 5
    9 November With A Little Help From My friends (Joe Cocker) 1
    16 November The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro) 1
    23 November Eloise (Barry Ryan) 2
    7 December Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 5


    1969

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    11 January Ob, La-Di; Ob, La-Da (Marmalade) 2
    25 January Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) 3
    15 February Blackberry Way (Move) 1
    22 February If Paradise Was-Half As Nice (Amen Corner) 2
    1 March Where Do You Go To My Lovely (Peter Sarstedt) 4
    29 March I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye) 3
    19 April The Israelites (Desmond Dekker) 2
    3 May Get Back (Beatles) 5
    7June Dizzy (Tommy Roe) 2
    21 June The Ballad Of John And Yoko (Beatles) 2
    5 July Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman) 2
    19 July In The Ghetto (Elvis Presley) 1
    26 July Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones) 5
    30 August In The Year 2525 (Zagar and Evans) 3
    20 September Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 3
    11 October Iíll Never Fall In Love Again (Bobbie Gentry) 3
    1 November Sugar Sugar (Archies) 2
    15 November Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac) 1
    22 November Sugar Sugar (Archies) 2
    6 December Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (Stevie Wonder) 1
    13 December Ruby- Donít Take Your Love To town (Kenny Rogers & the First Edition) 1
    20 December Two Little Boys (Rolf Harris) 6





    1970

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    31 January Reflections Of My Life (Marmalade) 1
    7 February Love Grows (Edison Lighthouse) 3
    28 February I Want You Back (Jackson Five) 1
    7 March Wanderiní Star (Lee Marvin) 3
    28 March Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel) 4
    25 April Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum) 2
    9 May Back Home (England World Cup Squad) 3
    30 May Question (Moody Blues) 1
    6 June Yellow River (Christie) 1
    13 June In The Summertime (Mungo Jerry) 4
    11 July All Right Now (Free) 3
    1 August Lola (Kinks) 1
    8 August The Wonder Of You (Elvis Presley) 3
    29 August The Tears Of a Clown (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles) 4
    26 September Band Of Gold (Freda Payne) 5
    31 October Black Night (Deep Purple) 1
    7 November Woodstock (Matthews Southern Comfort) 3
    28 November Voodoo Chile (Jimi Hendrix) 1
    5 December I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds) 3
    26 December When Iím Dead And Gone (McGuinness Flint) 1


    1971

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    2 January Grandad (Clive Dunn) 4
    30 January My Sweet Lord (George Harrison) 6
    13 March Baby Jump (Mungo Jerry) 1
    20 March Another Day (Paul McCartney) 5
    27 March Hot Love (T.Rex) 5
    1 May Double Barrel (Dave and Ansil Collins) 2
    15 May Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones) 1
    22 May Knock Three Times (Dawn) 3
    12 June My Brother Jake (Free) 1
    19 June I Did What I Did For Maria (Tony Christie) 1
    26 June Chirpy Chirpy-Cheep Cheep (Middle Of The Road) 5
    31 July Get It On (T.Rex) 3
    21 August Never Ending Song Of Blues (New Seekers) 1
    28 August Iím Still Waiting (Diana Ross) 3
    18 September Hey Girl Donít Bother Me (Tams) 3
    2 October Reason To Believe/Maggie Mae (Rod stewart) 6
    13 November Coz I Luv You (Slade) 3
    4 December Ernie-The Fastest Milkman In The West (Benny Hill) 5


    1972
    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

    8 January Iíd Like To teach The world To sing (New Seekers) 4
    5 February A Horse With No Name (America) 1
    12 February Telegram Sam (T.Rex) 1
    19 February Son Of My Father (Chicory Tip) 2
    4 March American Pie (Don McLean) 1
    11 March Without You (Nilsson) 6
    22 April Amazing Grace (Royal Scots Dragoon Guards) 4
    20 May Metal Guru (T.Rex) 4
    17 June Vincent (Don McLean) 3
    8 July Take Me Bak Ome (Slade) 1
    15 July Puppy Love (Donny Osmond) 4
    12 August Schools Out (Alice Cooper) 3
    2 September You Wear It Well (Rod Stewart) 2
    16 September Mama Weer Orl Crazee Now (Slade) 2
    30 September Children Of The Revolution (T.Rex) 1
    7 October How Can I Be Sure (David Cassidy) 1
    14 October Mouldy Old Dough (Luitenant Pigeon) 4
    11 November Claire (Gilbert Oí Sullivan) 2
    25 November My Ding-A-Ling (Chuck Berry) 3
    16 December Gudíbuy Tí Jane (Slade) 1
    23 December Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (Little Jimmy Osmond) 4


    1973
    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

    20 January Jean Genie (David Bowie) 1
    27 January Blockbuster (Sweet) 4
    24 February Part Of The Union (Strawbs) 2
    10 March Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade) 3
    31 March Twelfth Of Never (Donny Osmond) 2
    14 April Get Down (Gilbert Oí Sullivan) 1
    21 April Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree (Dawn) 5
    26 May See My Baby Jive (Wizzard) 2
    9 June Can The Can (Suzie Quatro) 3
    30 June Rubber Bullets (10.CC) 1
    7 July Skweeze Me Pleeze Me (Slade) 2
    21 July Welcome Home (Peters and Lee) 2
    4 August Iím The Leader Of The Gang (Gary Glitter) 4
    1 September Young Love (Donny Osmond) 2
    15 September Angel Fingers (Wizzard) 1
    22 September Rock On (David Essex) 1
    29 September Ballroom Blitz (Sweet) 1
    6 October Eye Level (Simon Park Orchestra) 4
    3 November Puppy song/Daydreamer (David Cassidy) 2
    17 November Let Me In (Osmonds) 1
    24 November I love, You Love, Me Love (Gary Glitter) 4
    22 December Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade) 2

  • #2
    And there's more!

    1974

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    5 January You wonít find another Fool like Me (New Seekers) 2
    19 January The Show Must Go On (Leo Sayer) 1
    26 January Teenage Rampage (Sweet) 1
    2 February Tiger Feet (Mud) 3
    23 February Devil Gate Drive (Suzie Quatro) 2
    9 March Jealous Mind (Alvin Stardust) 2
    23 March Billy Donít Be A Hero (Paper Lace) 3
    13 April Seasons In The sun (Terry Jacks) 3
    27 April The Cat Crept In (Mud) 1
    4 May Waterloo (Abba) 2
    18 May Sugar Baby Love (Rubettes) 4
    15 June The Streak (Ray Stevens) 2
    29 June Always Yours (Gary Glitter) 1
    6 July She (Charles Aznavour) 3
    27 July Rock Your Baby (George McCrea) 3
    17 August When Will I See you again (Three degrees) 3
    7 September Love Me For a reason (Osmonds) 2
    21 September Kung-Fu-fighting (Carl Douglas) 4
    19 October Gee Baby (Peter Shelley) 1
    26 October Everything I Own (Ken Boothe) 2
    9 November Gonna Make You a Star (David Essex) 5
    14 December Youríe The First, My Last, My Everything (Barry White) 1
    21 December Lonely This Christmas (Mud) 3


    1975

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    11 January The Streets Of London (Ralph McTell) 2
    25 January Down Down (Status Quo) 1
    1 February Ms Grace (Tymes) 1
    8 February January (Pilot) 2
    22 February Please Mr Postman (Carpenters) 1
    1 March Come Up And See Me-Make Me Smile (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel) 1
    8 March If (Telly Savalas) 2
    22 March Bye Bye Baby (Bay City Rollers) 6
    3 May Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) 1
    10 May Loving You (Minnie Ripperton) 1
    17 May Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette) 3
    7 June Whispering Grass (Windsor Davies and Don Estelle) 1
    14 June Three Steps To Heaven (Showaddywaddy) 1
    21 June Whispering Grass (Windsor Davies and Don Estelle) 1
    28 June Iím Not In Love (10. C.C) 2
    12 July Tears On My Pillow (Johnny Nash) 2
    26 July Give A Little Love (Bay City Rollers) 1
    2 August Barbados (Typically Tropical) 2
    16 August I Canít Give You Anything-But My Love (Stylistics) 2
    30 August Sailing (Rod Stewart) 4
    27 September Moonlighting (Leo Sayer) 1
    4 October Hold Me Close (David Essex) 3
    25 October I Only Have Eyes For You (Art Garfunkel) 2
    8 November Space Oddity (David Bowie) 2
    22 November D.I.V.O.R.C.E (Billy Connolly) 1
    29 November You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate) 1
    6 December Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) 7


    1976

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

    24 January Glass Of Champagne (Sailor) 1
    31 January Mama Mia (Abba) 2
    14 February Forever And Ever (Slik) 1
    21 February December 63-Oh What A Night (Four Seasons) 2
    6 March I Love To Love (Tina Charles) 3
    27 March Save All Your Kisses For Me (Brotherhood Of Man) 5
    1 May Fernando (Abba) 6
    12 June No Charge (J.J.Barry) 1
    19 June Silly Love Songs (Wings) 1
    26 June You To Me Are Everything (Real Thing) 2
    10 July Young Hearts Run Free (Candi Statton) 1
    17 July The Roussos Phenomenon (E.P) (Demis Roussos) 1
    24 July Donít Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee) 7
    11 September Dancing Queen (Abba) 5
    16 October Mississippi (Pussycat) 3
    6 November If You Leave Me Now (Chicago) 4
    4 December Under The Moon Of Love (Showaddywaddy) 3
    25 December When A Child Is Born (Johnny Mathis) 3


    1977

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    15 January Donít Give Up On Us (David Soul) 2
    29 January Donít Cry For Me Argentina (Julie Covington) 1
    5 February Donít Give Up On Us (David Soul) 1
    12 February Donít Cry For Me Argentina (Julie Covington) 2
    26 February When I Need You (Leo Sayer) 2
    12 March Chanson DíAmour (Manhattan Transfer) 2
    26 March Knowing Me, Knowing You (Abba) 6
    7 May Free (Denice Williams) 3
    28 May I Donít Want To Talk About It/First Cut Is The Deepest (Rod Stewart) 3
    18 June God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) 1
    25 June Show You The Way To Go (Jacksons) 2
    9 July So You Win Again (Hot Chocolate) 1
    16 July Ma Baker (Boney M) 1
    23 July I Feel Love (Donna Summer) 5
    27 August Angelo (Brotherhood Of Man) 1
    3 September Way Down (Elvis Presley) 1
    10 September Magic Fly (Space) 3
    1 October Way Down (Elvis Presley) 2
    15 October Silver Lady (David Soul) 1
    22 October Yes Sir I Can Boogie (Baccara) 1
    29 October Youíre In My Heart (Rod Stewart) 1
    5 November Yes Sir I Can Boogie (Baccara) 1
    12 November Name Of The Game (Abba) 2
    26 November Rocking All Over The world (Status Quo) 1
    3 December Mull Of Kintyre (Wings) 9


    1978

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    4 February Uptown top Ranking (Althea & Donna) 2
    18 February Take A Chance On Me (Abba) 3
    11 March Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush) 3
    1 April Denis (Blondie) 2
    15 April I Wonder Why (Showaddywaddy) 1
    22 April Night Fever (Bee Gees) 4
    20 May Rivers Of Babylon (Boney M) 4
    17 June Youíre The One That I Want (John Travolta & Olivia Newton John) 10
    26 August Three Times A Lady (Commodores) 4
    23 September Dreadlock Holiday (10.C.C) 2

    7 October Summer Nights (John Travolta & Olivia Newton John) 6
    18 November Rat Trap (Boomtown Rats) 3
    9 December Do Ya Think Iím Sexy (Rod Stewart) 1
    16 December Maryís Boy child-Oh my Lord (Boney M) 3


    1979

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    6 January Y.M.C.A (Village People) 3 27 January Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Ian Dury) 2
    10 February Heart Of Glass (Blondie) 1
    17 February Chiquitita (Abba) 1
    24 February Heart Of Glass (Blondie) 2
    10 March Tragedy (Bee Gees) 1
    17 March Olivers Army (Elvis Costello) 1
    24 March I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) 2
    7 April In The Navy (Village People) 1
    14 April Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel) 5
    19 May Pop Music (M) 1
    26 May Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel) 1
    2 June Sunday Girl (Blondie) 1
    9 June Dance Away (Roxy Music) 1
    16 June Ring My Bell (Anita Ward) 3
    7 July Are Friends Electric? (Tubeway Army) 2
    21 July Silly Games (Janet Kay) 1
    28 July Are Friends Electric? (Tubeway Army) 1
    4 August I Donít Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats) 4
    1 September We Donít Talk Any More (Cliff Richard) 3
    22 September Cars (Gary Numan) 2
    6 October Message In A Bottle (Police) 2
    20 October Video Killed The Radio Star (Buggles) 2
    3 November One Day At A Time (Lena Martell) 1
    10 November When Youíre In Love With A Beautiful Woman (Dr Hook) 4
    8 December Walking On The Moon (Police) 1
    15 December Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd) 5


    1980

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

    19 January Brass In Pocket (Pretenders) 2
    2 February My Girl (Madness) 1
    9 February The Special A.K.A (E.P) (Specials) 1
    16 February Coward Of The County (Kenny Rogers) 2
    1 March Atomic (Blondie) 3
    22 March Together We Are Beautiful (Fern Kinney) 1
    29 March Going Underground (Jam) 2
    12 April Dance Yourself Dizzy (Liquid Gold) 2
    26 April Call Me (Blondie) 2
    10 May Geno (Dexyís Midnight Runners) 1
    17 May Whatís Another Year (Johnny Logan) 2
    31 May No Doubt About It (Hot Chocolate) 1
    7 June Suicide Is Painless Ė Theme From M*A*S*H (The Mash) 2
    21 June Funky Town (Lipps Inc) 1
    28 June Crying (Don Maclean) 2
    12 July Xanadu (Olivia Newton John and The Electric Light Orchestra) 3
    2 August Use It Up And wear It Out (Odyssey) 1
    9 August Upside Down (Diana Ross) 1
    16 August The Winner Takes It All (Abba) 2
    30 August Ashes To Ashes (David Bowie) 2
    13 September Start (Jam) 1
    20 September One Day Iíll Fly Away (Randy Crawford) 2
    4 October Donít Stand So Close To Me (Police) 4
    1 November A Woman In Love (Barbara Streisand) 3
    22 November The Tide Is High (Blondie) 2
    6 December Super Trouper (Abba) 2
    20 December Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie) 2


    1981

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    3 January Just Like-Starting Over (John Lennon) 1
    10 January Imagine (John Lennon) 4
    7 February In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) 2
    21 February Vienna (Ultravox) 1
    28 February Shaddup Your Face (Joe Dolce) 2
    14 March Jealous Guy (Roxy Music) 2
    28 March This Olíe House (Shakiní Stevens) 3
    18 April Making Your Mind Up (Bucks Fizz) 2
    2 May Chia Mai-Lloyd George Theme (Ennio Morriconni) 1
    9 May Stars On 45 (Starsound) 1
    16 May Stand And Deliver (Adam And The Ants) 4
    13 June Bieng With You (Smokey Robinson) 2
    27 June One Day In Your Life (Michael Jackson) 3
    18 July Ghost Town (Specials) 2
    1 August Chant No 1 (Spandau Ballet) 1
    8 August Green Door (Shakiní Stevens) 1
    15 August Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder) 1
    22 August Green Door (Shakiní stevens) 2
    5 September Japanese Boy (Aneka) 1
    12 September Tainted Love (Soft Cell) 1
    19 September Prince Charming (Adam And The Ants) 5
    24 October Itís My Party (Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin) 2
    7 November Happy Birthday (Altered Images) 1
    14 November Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Police) 2
    28 November Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie) 2
    12 December Begin The Beguin (Julio Inglesias) 1
    19 December Donít You Want Me? (Human League) 2


    1982

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    2 January One Of Us (Abba) 1
    9 January Donít You Want Me (Human League) 1

    16 January In The Land Of Make Believe (Bucks Fizz) 2
    30 January The Model (Kraftwerk) 3
    20 February A Town Called Malice (Jam) 3
    13 March The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Tight Fit) 3
    3 April Seven Tears (Goombay Dance band) 2
    17 April My camera never Lies (Bucks Fizz) 2
    1 May Ebony and Ivory (Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder) 2
    15 May I Wonít Let You Down (PHD) 1
    22 May A Little Peace (Nicole) 1
    29 May Goody Two shoes (Adam Ant) 1
    5 June House Of Fun (Madness) 2
    19 June Goody Two shoes (Adam Ant) 2
    3 July Iíve never Been To Me (Charlene) 1
    10 July Happy Talk (Captain Sensible) 1
    17 July Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band) 1
    24 July Fame (Irene Cara) 2
    7 August Come On Eileen (Dexyís Midnight Runners) 4
    4 September Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor) 3
    25 September Private Investigations (Dire Straits) 1
    2 October The Bitterest Pill (Jam) 1
    9 October Pass The Dutchie (Musical Youth) 2
    23 October Do You Really want To Hurt Me (Culture Club) 3
    13 November I Donít Wanna Dance (Eddie Grant) 2
    27 November Heartbreaker (Dionne Warwick) 1
    4 December Here Comes The-Mirror Man (Human League) 1
    11 December Beat Surrender (Jam) 2
    25 December Time Clock Of The Heart (Culture Club) 2


    1983

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    8 January Save Your Love (Renee and Renato) 1
    15 January You Canít Hurry Love (Phil Collins) 2
    29 January Down Under (Men At Work) 3
    19 February Too Shy (Kajagoogoo) 2
    5 March Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 2
    19 March Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Bonnie Tyler) 2
    2 April Is There something I Should Know? (Duran Duran) 2
    16 April Letís Dance (David Bowie) 3
    7 May True (Spandau Ballet) 4
    4 June Candy Girl (New Edition) 1
    11 June Every Breath You Take (Police) 2
    25 June China Girl (David Bowie) 1
    2 July Every Breath You Take (Police) 1
    9 July Baby Jane (Rod Stewart) 1
    16 July Wherever I Lay My Hat-Thatís My Home (Paul Young) 5
    20 August Give It Up (K.C and The Sunshine Band) 1
    27 August Gold (Spandau Ballet) 2
    10 September Red Red Wine (UB 40) 3
    1 October Karma Chameleon (Culture Club) 6
    12 November Uptown Girl (Billy Joel) 3
    3 December Never Never (Assembly) 1
    10 December Love Of The Common People (Paul Young) 1
    17 December Only You (Flying Pickets) 5

    1984

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    21 January Pipes Of Peace (Paul McCartney) 1
    28 January Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 3
    18 February Radio Ga-Ga (Queen) 1
    25 February Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 1
    3 March 99 Red Balloons (Nena) 4
    31 March Hello (Lionel Richie) 5
    5 May Against All Odds (Phil Collins) 1
    12 May The Reflex (Duran Duran) 2
    26 May Automatic (Pointer Sisters) 2
    9 June Wake Me up before You Go-Go (Wham) 2
    23 June Two Tribes (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 8
    18 August Careless Whisper (George Michael) 3
    8 September I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) 6
    20 October The War Song (Culture Club) 1
    27 October Freedom (Wham) 2
    10 November I Feel For You (Chaka Khan) 4
    8 December I Should Have Known Better (Jim Diamond) 1
    15 December + Do They Know Itís Christmas? (Band Aid) +5


    1985

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    19 January Everything She Wants/Last Christmas (Wham) 1
    26 January I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner) 2
    9 February I Know Him So well (Elaine Page and Barbara Dickson) 1
    16 February Love And Pride (King) 1
    23 February I Know Him So Well (Elaine Page And Barbara Dickson) 2
    9 March You Spin Me Round (Dead Or alive) 2
    23 March Easy Lover (Phil Collins and Phil Bailey) 3
    13 April Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 1
    20 April Every Body Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears) 3
    11 May Move Closer (Phyllis Nelson) 1
    18 May 19 (Paul Hardcastle) 5
    22 June Youíll Never Walk Alone (In Crowd) 1
    29 June Crazy For You (Madonna) 1
    6 July Frankie (Sister Sledge) 3
    27 July There Must Be An Angel (Eurythmics) 2
    10 August Into The Groove (Madonna) 4
    7 September I Got You Babe (Chrissie Hynde & UB40) 1
    14 September Dancing In The Street (Mick Jagger & David Bowie) 3
    5 October If I Was (Midge Ure) 1
    12 October The Power Of Love (Jennifer Rush) 3
    2 November Take On Me (A-Ha) 1
    9 November The Power Of Love (Jennifer Rush) 1
    16 November Nikita (Elton John) 1
    23 November A Good Heart (Feargal Sharkey) 2
    7 December Iím Your Man (Wham) 2
    21 December Saving All My Love For you (Whitney Houston) 2


    1986

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    11 January West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys) 2
    25 January The Sun Always Shines On TV (A-Ha) 3
    15 February When The Going Gets Tough (Billy Ocean) 4
    15 March Chain Reaction (Diana Ross) 2
    29 March Absolute Beginners (David Bowie) 1
    5 April Living Doll (Cliff Richard & The Young Ones) 3
    26 April A Different Corner (George Michael) 3
    17 May Rock Me Amadeus (Falco) 1
    24 May The Chicken Song (Spitting Image) 2
    7 June Spirit In The Sky (Dr and The Medics) 4
    5 July The Edge Of Heaven (Wham) 1
    12 July Papa Donít Preach (Madonna) 3
    2 August The Lady In Red (Chris De Burgh) 3
    23 August I Want To Wake Up With You (Boris Gardner) 3
    13 September Donít Leave Me This Way (Communards) 5
    18 October True Blue (Madonna) 1
    25 October Every Loser Wins (Nick Berry) 3
    15 November Take My Breath away (Berlin) 3
    6 December The Final Countdown (Europe) 2
    20 December Caravan Of Love (Housemartins) 3


    1987

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    10 January Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson) 3
    31 January Cíest La Vie (Robbie Neville) 1
    7 February I Knew You Were Waiting (Aretha Franklin and George Michael) 3
    28 February Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 3
    21 March Everything I Own (Boy George) 1
    28 March Respectable (Mel and Kim) 2
    11 April Let It Be (Ferry Aid) 2
    25 April La Isla Bonita (Madonna) 3
    16 May Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship) 3
    6 June I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston) 3
    27 June Star Trekkiní (The Firm) 2
    11 July Itís A Sin (Pet Shop Boys) 3
    1 August Whoís That Girl (Madonna) 1
    8 August La Bamba (Los Lobos) 2
    22 August I Just Canít Stop Loving You (Michael Jackson) 2
    5 September Iím Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley) 4
    3 October Pump Up The Volume (M.A.R.R.S) 2
    17 October Full Metal Jacket (Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding) 1
    24 October You Win Again (Bee Gees) 2
    7 November Faith (George Michael) 1
    14 November You Win Again (Bee Gees) 1
    21 November China In Your Hand (TíPau) 4
    19 December When I Fall In Love (Rick Astley) 3



    1988

    Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

    9 January Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys) 2
    23 January Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Brenda Carlisle) 2
    6 February I Think Weríe Alone Now (Tiffany) 2
    20 February I Should Be So Lucky (Kylie Minogue) 2
    5 March Beat Dis (Bomb The Bass) 2
    19 March Together Forever (Rick Astley) 1
    26 March Donít Turn Around (Aswad) 3
    16 April Heart (Pet Shop Boys) 2
    30 April Theme From SíExpress (Sí Express) 2

    From 14 May The Chart Was Now Compiled By The Music Research Information Bureau. Ending NMEís Years Of Compiling Itís Own Chart.

    Comment


    • #3
      And now! The RECORD MIRROR section!

      RECORD MIRROR


      The Record Mirror commenced on 17 June 1954. From 29 August 1959 it became Record and Show Mirror. Then from 18 March 1961 it became New Record Mirror. Finally from 16 November 1963 it reverted back to Record Mirror, which it stayed at until the papers demise on 6 April 1991. Record Mirror in the fifties also covered stage, film and television in its pages; pop music was only a part of this spectrum. Only in 1961 did the paper devote itself entirely to music.

      The 1950ís editions of the paper not only covered music, but Film, Television and Radio stars. The paper was a full entertainment guide. It was by far the best looking and set out paper of the time.

      Unfortunately sales were not too good and by 1960 the paper re -launched as New Record Mirror now covering just pop music. The paper changed title again in 1962 to Record Mirror settling down in this incarnation.

      Record Mirror prided itself on being the first with news on artists before they became popular. Its greatest scoop in this field was in early 1963 with a feature on the Rolling Stones. It could have been the first to do an article on the Beatles in October 1962 but did not use the interview due to the group not being sufficiently interesting to write about!

      Record Mirrorís Editor Peter Jones was very in touch with music trends of the sixties and often got good interviews with many pop acts. The paper was the first to feature a colour cover when on 16 November 1963 it featured the Beatles as its first colour cover picture.

      The paper was only twelve pages in content and often printed text in very small type to compensate this lack of page content.

      When Billboard Publications took the majority shareholding in late 1969 the paper changed to very expensive glossy paper. This did not reverse the sales dip it had suffered in the late sixties which left it just behind Disc and Music Echo in terms of the nations best selling colour music paper (NME and Melody Maker were always monochrome).

      Record Mirror achieved good sales in the early 1970s by aligning closely with the `Glam - Glitter` Rock movement and Teenybopper music!
      Record Mirror finally ceased in November 1989, the same week as sister paper Sounds.

      Record Mirror Chart History.


      The paper became the second magazine to compile and publish a record chart on 22 January 1955. Unlike the New Musical Express who conducted a phone poll of retailers for a chart, Record Mirror arranged for its pool of retailers to send in a list of best sellers by post. The paper would finance the costs of this survey.

      Record Mirror would actually print each shops list of top ten best sellers plus the name and address of each shop contributing. This now seems a very reckless thing to do, but back in 1955 the spectre of chart `hyping` was basically unknown. The paper recommended (later in the decade) that other papers producing charts do the same! Record Mirrors first chart of 22 January 1955 was compiled from exactly 24 shops. As with NMEs method of tallying, Record Mirror would tot up points for placement to gauge a chart with 10 points for no1, 9 points for no2 and so on. By 1956 returns came from a higher number of shops (around 40) and by 1957 over 60 shops would be regularly contributing from a rotating pool of over 80.

      The chart was a top 10 until 8 October 1955. It then became a top 20; which it stayed at until being replaced by the Record Retailer top 50.

      By the late fifties the Record Mirror chart became a serious rival to the New Musical Express counterpart.
      It proudly boasted its use by the majority of national newspapers. It also inaugurated the countries first Long Player chart, which commenced as a top five on 28 July 1956.

      The early sixties saw fortunes change for the Record Mirror chart. It was by then receiving competition for publication in newspapers from Melody Maker and NME. It was also hit badly by the rise in postal costs of April 1961. Record Mirror had neither the financial backup nor staff levels to support the scope of chart they had been providing. The paper had decided to drop its printing of shops top tens and addresses in March 1961. By March the following year costs became too much and Record Mirror adopted publication of Record Retailers top 50 from 24 March 1962. Record Mirror never achieved sales levels of NME or Melody Maker; if it had, its own chart may have lasted many years longer.


      Record Mirror No 1ís 22 January 1955 to 17 March 1962

      Key
      * = Joint No 1

      + = Straight No 1

      Note! A Print strike from 27 June to 8 August affected all papers except New Musical Express. However, Melody Maker, Record Mirror and Disc still compiled the charts in that period. They have recently surfaced and are now included in the listings.

      1955

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      22 January Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) 3
      12 February Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane (Dean Martin) 1
      19 February Give Me Your Word (Tennessee Ernie Ford) 3
      12 March Softly, Softly (Ruby Murray) 1
      19 March Give Me Your Word (Tennessee Ernie Ford) 7
      7 May Stranger In Paradise (Tony Bennett) 5
      11 June Unchained Melody (Al Hibbler) 4
      9 July Dreamboat (Alma Cogan) 2
      23 July Rose Marie (Slim Whitman) 10
      1 October Cool Water (Frankie Laine) 1
      8 October The Man From Laramie (Jimmy Young) 5
      12 November Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley and The Comets) 8


      1956

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      14 January Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford) 5
      18 February Zambezi (Lou Busch) 2
      3 March Memories Are Made Of This (Dean Martin) 2
      17 March Itís Almost Tomorrow (Dream Weavers) 3
      7 April Poor People Of Paris (Winifred Atwell) 5
      12 May No Other Love (Ronnie Hilton) 4
      9 June Iíll Be Home (Pat Boone) 6
      21 July Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers) 3
      11 August Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Doris Day) 6
      22 September Lay Down Your Arms (Anne Shelton) 4
      20 October Woman In Love (Frankie Laine) 3
      10 November Just Walkiní In The Rain (Johnnie Ray) 8



      1957

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      5 January Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) 2
      19 January Singing The Blues (Tommy Steele) 1
      26 January Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) 1
      2 February Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughn) 3
      23 February Young Love (Tab Hunter) 7
      13 April Cumberland Gap (Lonnie Donegan) 4
      11 May Butterfly (Andy Williams) 4
      8 June Yes Tonight Josephine (Johnny Ray) 4
      6 July Gambling Man (Lonnie Donegan) 1
      13 July All Shook Up (Elvis Presley) 7
      31 August Diana (Paul Anka) 8
      26 October Thatíll Be The Day (Buddy Holly & Crickets) 4
      23 November Maryís Boy Child (Harry Belafonte) 6


      1958

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      4 January Ma! Heís Making Eyes At Me (Johnny Otis Show) 2
      18 January Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) 1
      25 January +Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) +3
      15 February The Story Of My Life (Michael Holliday) 2
      1 March Magic Moments (Perry Como) 7
      19 April Whole Lotta Woman (Marvin Rainwater) 4
      17 May Whoís Sorry Now (Connie Francis) 6
      28 June All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers) 8
      23 August When (Kalin Twins) 5
      27 September Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon (Connie Francis) 5
      1 November Bird Dog (Everly Brothers) 3
      22 November Hoots Mon! (Lord Rockinghamís X1) 5
      27 December Its Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) 4


      1959

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      24 January + I Got Stung/One Night (Elvis Presley) +5
      28 February Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Platters) 5
      4 April Side Saddle (Russ Conway) 2
      18 April It Doesnít Matter Any More (Buddy Holly) 2
      2 May A Fool Such As I/ I Need Your Love Tonight (Elvis Presley) 7
      20 June Roulette (Russ Conway) 1
      27 June Dream Lover (Bobby Darin) 5
      1 August Liviní Doll (Cliff Richard) 4
      29 August Only Sixteen (Craig Douglas) 7
      17 October Travelling Light (Cliff Richard) 7
      5 December What Do You Want (Adam Faith) 5


      1960

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      9 January What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) 2
      16 January Why? (Anthony Newley) 6
      5 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 1
      12 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 2
      26 March +My Old Mans A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) +5
      30 April Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 9
      2 July Good Timiní (Jimmy Jones) 4
      30 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 3
      20 August Apache (Shadows) 6
      1 October Tell Laura I Love Her (Ricky Valance) 2
      15 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 3
      5 November +Its Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) +9


      1961

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      7 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 3
      28 January Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley) 4
      25 February Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 4
      25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 3
      15 April Are You Sure? (Allisons) 2
      29 April *Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley)
      *Youíre Driving Me Crazy (Temperance Seven) *=1
      6 May Youíre Driving Me Crazy (Temperance Seven) 1
      13 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 2
      27 May *Runaway (Del Shannon)
      +*Surrender (Elvis Presley) *=1
      3 June Surrender (Elvis Presley) 4
      1 July Runaway (Del Shannon) 1
      8 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 4
      5 August Well I Ask You (Eden Kane) 1
      12 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 2
      26 August Johnny Remember Me (John Layton) 5
      30 September Kon-Tiki (Shadows) 1
      7 October Michael Row The Boat (Highwaymen) 1
      14 October Walkiní Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 4
      11 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 3
      2 December Take Good Care Of My Baby (Bobby Vee) 1
      9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 4


      1962

      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

      6 January Stranger On The Shore (Acker Bilk) 2
      20 January The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) 5
      24 February Rocka-Hula-Baby/Canít Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) 4

      From 24th March Record Mirror commenced publication of the Record Retailer top 50.

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      • #4
        Now! Part 1 of MELODY MAKER!

        MELODY MAKER

        The Melody Maker was the earliest major British music paper. It started in January 1926 as a monthly publication, which primarily covered Jazz. It combined with the magazine Metronome from vol no 3 in March 1926. The title lasted to June 1927 when it became solely Melody Maker. On May 27 1933 the paper became a weekly. On December 1 1935 the paper again merged; this time with Rhythm VolX1 no 132. As Melody Maker Incorporating Rhythm.

        With the onset of World War Two the paper reverted to a monthly publication due to staff call-ups. It managed to become a weekly again on 6 July 1940 but in a smaller A4 format. The paper expanded size a little after the war. On May 1952 it was back to title of Melody Maker.

        By the early 1950s the paper was the clear sales leader, but trouble was around the corner. The rise of Rock and Roll was seen by the Melody Maker as a `stain` on the music industry. The paper adhered closely to Jazz and saw the new music as primitive and without worth. One reviewer, Steve Race, not only rounded Elvis Presleyís ďHound DogĒ but also questioned the intelligence of fans (and Melody Maker readers) who bought the record.

        Soon Melody Maker had fallen behind its main competitor New Musical Express with both Record Mirror and the new paper Disc catching up quickly. The paper did slightly modify its hostility to Rock and Roll, but had alienated many readers.

        Though the `Trad Jazz` boom of 1961-62 helped gain the paper some of its former readership, sales were collapsing by early 1963.

        The rise of the Beatles and `Mersey beat` saw the paper determined not too make the same mistake with Rock and Roll, but sales were still falling. Ironically, the Beatles themselves admitted a preference to interviews by Melody Maker as its more `grown up` style of music reporting was more to their liking.

        With sales still declining drastic action was needed. Editor Jack Hutton decided to alter the papers format to near broadsheet size (a little bigger than A3) and a new emphasis that concentrated more on pop music and the charts. Jazz coverage wasnít abolished, but it was no longer the prime subject for the paper. The new style Melody Maker appeared in late September 1963.

        Many long standing Jazz advocating readers were outraged, but new `pop` fans were impressed. It was still a struggle though as new recruit (late 1963) writer Chris Welch once recounted that he wasnít certain his new job would last past six weeks, things were so balanced between survival and failure.

        Luckily for him the paper climbed back to second place (behind runaway sales leader NME) by mid 1964. The mid to late 1960s were a good period for the paper. It was the only music paper to forecast `Psychedelic` music and the first to mention ďHippiesĒ and ďFlower PowerĒ.

        The papers letter page often became something of a `Bear Pit` in the 1960s with some awfully arrogant and intolerant readers who only seemed to enjoy slating other fans music tastes; or worse still, virtual assassination jobs on many artists. The paper was the one that artists themselves wrote to, the most famous examples being Paul McCartneyís ďLimping DogĒ letter of August 1970 (making clear The Beatles were not getting back together) and the violent (in words!) spat between McCartney and John Lennon in November and December 1971.

        The paper was probably most renowned for its advertising section for musicians, which was situated towards the back of the paper. The Melody Maker `ads` section was the place to look for work or recruit musicians.

        By 1967 the paper was in fine form. It gave clear coverage of the ďFlower PowerĒ scene and ran superb interviews with Beatles manager Brian Epstein (his last before his death) George Harrison and Ringo Starr that year.

        Also in 1967 the paper was the only one to align itself with the plight of Rolling Stones member Mick Jagger and Keith Richard when both were jailed in the early summer that year. The paper roundly praised the Times newspaper for its leader concerning the case!

        Melody Maker had by 1964 the highest page content of UK music papers; by 1969 it was reaching the 40 page content.

        Melody Maker was the first to embrace the `Heavy and Progressive` scene of the late 1960s, early 1970s. Its success in this arena gave it the lead in sales over New Musical Express. Melody Maker was sales leader from late 1971 to mid 1975.

        In August 1970 the paper lost some staff members who joined the new progressive music paper Sounds. It was feared that the paper might suffer due to the direct competition from Sounds, but under new editor Ray Coleman, the Melody Maker actually prospered. As mentioned, it became clear sales leader in the early to mid 1970s.

        The Jazz content of the paper finally ceased in 1979, thereafter the paper concentrated solely on current pop trends.

        The paper finally ceased at Christmas 2.000. Part of its features were incorporated into sister paper New Musical Express.

        Melody Maker Chart History.

        The papers first chart appeared on 7 April 1956 just after the paper returned from a print strike. This chart was a top twenty which appeared as part of the Song Sheet section which had been running sheet music lists (which continued until 1962) the chart was a phoned list which dealers would relay their top twenty best selling titles. As with other charts it was compiled on a points- per-place basis. The paper printed the shops and their addresses each week but unlike Record Mirror it didnít print shops individual lists.

        The first chart was based on calls to 19 stores. The paper would rotate those premises it contacted even using stores from Northern Ireland Ėyears before any other compiler used the province. Melody Maker was not as pop orientated as New Musical Express or Record Mirror in the Fifties. Its Jazz slanted august outlook meant that pop charts were only a minor consideration in its outlook by that period. However at the start of the nineteen sixties with pop music becoming more prominent in the entertainment media the paper moved to improve upon its chart service.

        The change came between the weeks of 23 and 30 July 1960. Melody Maker changed from a phoned survey to a master list of around 150 record stores from which it financed the posting of around 110 of each shops best selling titles; again rotating shops used within the main list. The paper (from 30 July) no longer printed each shops address but did display that it sampled over 100 stores each week. The Melody Maker was now producing a chart, which was based on the largest sample of shops. The size of published chart changed; on 14 April 1962 it became a top 30, and on 15 September 1962 a top 50.

        By 1963 the chart was based on around 150 shop returns (postal and phoned) and in May 1963 the paper discontinued its EP chart in order to concentrate more on the singles chart. It had now the advantage of superseding Record Mirrors Newspaper outlet for chart publication. By the mid 1960s Melody Makers chart was being published by a majority of UK papers and it also had a worldwide syndication, particularly in the United States. By 1967 the chart was being compiled by four staff members using a calculating machine as it now reached over 200 shops in range. The chart was under attack from people trying to `hype` record into it.

        To counter this on 1 April 1967 the chart was reduced to a top 30 in size. A top 50 was still compiled in order
        to look for discrepancies but only the 30 top titles saw publication. The Melody Maker finally returned to a published top 50 singles chart on 14 January 1984. On 26 August 1967 sister paper Disc and Music Echo discontinued the bulk of its chart compiling and combined its remaining 50 phoned samples to Melody Makers. The papers then both published the combined survey of over 250, which was still seen as the Melody Maker chart With the onset of the `official` BMRB chart in 1969 Melody Maker and the rival NME chart lost some of their authority. Both were still seen as accurate guides well into the 1970s. As with NME, Melody Makers chart was discontinued in favour of MRIBís listing on 14 May 1988.


        Melody Maker no 1ís, 7 April 1956-14 May 1988

        1956

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        7 April Itís Almost Tomorrow (Dream Weavers) 3
        28 April Poor People Of Paris (Winifred Atwell) 2
        12 May No Other Love (Ronnie Hilton) 5
        16 June Iíll Be Home (Pat Boone) 5
        21 July Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers) 3
        11 August Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Doris Day) 1
        18 August Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers) 2
        1 September Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Doris Day) 3
        22 September Lay Down Your Arms (Anne Shelton) 4
        20 October A Woman In Love (Frankie Laine) 3
        10 November Just Walking In The Rain (Johnnie Ray) 9


        1957

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        12 January Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) 2
        26 January Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughn) 4
        23 February Young Love (Tab Hunter) 8
        20 April Cumberland Gap (Lonnie Donegan) 4
        18 May Butterfly (Andy Williams) 4
        15 June Yes Tonight Josephine (Johnnie Ray) 4
        13 July All Shook Up (Elvis Presley) 8
        7 September Diana (Paul Anka) 8
        2 November Party (Elvis Presley) 1
        9 November Thatíll Be The Day (Buddy Holly) 1
        16 November Party (Elvis Presley) 1
        23 November Maryís Boy Child (Harry Belafonte) 7



        1958

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        11 January Ma Heís Making Eyes At Me (Johnny Otis Show) 1
        18 January *Ma Heís Making Eyes At Me (Johnny Otis Show)
        *Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) *=1
        25 January Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) 1
        1 February Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) 2
        15 February The Story Of My Life (Michael Holiday) 2
        1 March Magic Moments (Perry Como) 7
        19 April Whole Lotta Woman (Marvin Rainwater) 4
        17 May Whoís Sorry Now (Connie Francis) 6
        28 June All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers) 9
        30 August When (Kalin Twins) 4
        27 September Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon (Connie Francis) 5
        1 November Bird Dog (Everly Brothers) 3
        22 November Hoots Mon! (Lord Rockinghams X1) 3
        13 December Its Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) 7


        1959

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

        31 January I Got Stung/One night (Elvis Presley) 3
        21 February As I Love You (Shirley Bassey) 1
        28 February Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Platters) 4
        28 March Side Saddle (Russ Conway) 3
        18 April It Doesnít Matter Any More (Buddy Holly) 5
        23 May A Fool Such as I/ I Need Your Love Tonight (Elvis Presley) 4
        20 June Roulette (Russ Conway) 1
        27 June Dream Lover (Bobby Darin) 5
        1 August Living Doll (Cliff Richard) 5
        5 September Only Sixteen (Craig Douglas) 6
        17 October Travelliní Light (Cliff Richard) 6
        5 December What Do you want to Make Those Eyes At Me For (Emile Ford) 1
        12 December What Do You want (Adam Faith) 3







        1960

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        2 January What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For (Emile Ford) 4
        30 January Why (Anthony Newley) 6
        12 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 1
        19 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 2
        2 April My Old Mans A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) 2
        16April Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 1
        23 April My Old Manís a Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) 1
        30 April Do You Mind (Anthony Newley) 1
        7 May Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 9
        9 July Good Timiní (Jimmy Jones) 3
        30 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 4
        27 August Apache (Shadows) 4
        24 September Mess Of Blues/Girl Of My Best Friend (Elvis Presley) 1
        1 October Tell Laura I Love Her (Ricky Valance) 2
        15 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 3
        5 November +Its Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) +8
        31 December I Love You (Cliff Richard) 1



        1961

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        7 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 3
        28 January Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley) 5
        4 March Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 3
        25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 6
        6 May Youíre Driving Me Crazy (Temperance Seven) 1
        13 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 2
        27 May Runaway (Del Shannon) 1
        3 June Surrender (Elvis Presley) 3
        24 June Runaway (Del Shannon) 5
        29 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 1
        5 August Well I Ask You (Eden Kane) 1
        12 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 2
        26 August Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 6
        7 October Kon-Tiki (Shadows) 1
        14 October Michael-Row The Boat (Highwaymen) 1
        21 October Walking Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 4
        18 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 3
        9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 3
        30 December Stranger On The Shore (Acker Bilk) 2



        1962

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        13 January +The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) +6
        24 January Rocka-Hula-Baby/Canít Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) 4
        24 March Wonderful Land (Shadows) 8
        19 May Nut Rocker (B.Bumble and The Stingers) 1
        26 May Good Luck charm (Elvis Presley) 6
        7 July Come Outside (Mike Sarne) 1
        14 July A Picture Of You (Joe Brown) 1
        21 July I Canít Stop Loving You (Ray Charles) 1
        28 July I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 8
        22 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 2
        6 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 6
        17 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
        22 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 2



        1963

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        5 January The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 4
        2 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 4
        2 March Please Please Me (Beatles) 2
        16 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
        6 April Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
        13 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 3
        4 May From Me To You (Beatles) 6
        15 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 1
        22 June I Like It (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
        20 July Iím Confessin` (Frank Ifield) 3
        10 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 2
        24 August Bad To Me (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
        7 September She Loves You (Beatles) 5
        12 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) 2
        26 October Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
        23 November She Loves You (Beatles) 2
        7 December +I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles) +5


        1964

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        11 January Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 3
        1 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
        22 February Anyone Who Had A Heart (Cilla Black) 4
        21 March Little Children (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 1
        28 March +Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) +3
        18 April World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
        2 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 2
        16 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 2
        30 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 3
        20 June Its Over (Roy Orbison) 2
        4 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 1
        11 July Its All Over Now (Rolling Stones) 1
        18 July +A Hard Days Night (Beatles) +4
        15 August Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
        29 August Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 3
        19 September You Really Got Me (Kinks) 1
        26 September Iím Into Something Good (Hermanís Hermits) 2
        10 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 3
        31 October Thereís Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 1
        7 November Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 1
        14 November Baby Love (Supremes) 3
        5 December +I Feel Fine (Beatles) +6

        1965

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        16 January Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame) 1
        23 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 1
        30 January Youíve Lost That Loviní Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 2
        13 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
        20 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
        6 March Its Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
        13 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 4
        10 April The Minute Youíre Gone (Cliff Richard) 1
        17 April +Ticket To Ride (Beatles) +5
        22 May Where Are You Now? (Jackie Trent) 1
        29 May Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 2
        12 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 3
        3 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
        17 July Mr Tambourine Sam (Byrds) 2
        31 July +Help (Beatles) +4
        28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 2
        11 September (I Canít get No) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 2
        25 September Make It easy on Yourself (Walker Brothers) 1
        2 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 5
        6 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 2
        20 November The Carnival Is Over (Seekers) 4
        18 December Day Tripper/We Can work It out (Beatles) 4


        1966

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        15 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 2
        29 January Michelle (Overlanders) 2
        12 February These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 1
        19 February Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones) 3
        12 March Sha-La-La-La, Lee (Small Faces) 1
        19 March The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine any More (Walker Brothers) 3
        9 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 2
        23 April You Donít Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 2
        7 May Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann) 3
        28 May Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) 1
        4 June Strangers In the Night (Frank Sinatra) 2
        18 June +Paperback Writer (Beatles) +4
        16 July Get Away (Georgie Fame) 2
        30 July Out Of Time (Chris Farlowe) 1
        6 August With a Girl Like You (Troggs) 2
        20 August Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) 3
        10 September All Or Nothing (Small Faces) 2
        24 September Distant Drums (Jim Reeves) 2
        8 October Iím a Boy (Who) 2
        22 October Reach Out; Iíll Be There (Four Tops) 3
        12 November Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 3
        3 December Green, Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 7


        1967

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

        21 January Iím A Believer (Monkees) 4
        18 February This Is My song (Petula Clark) 1
        25 February Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 1
        4 March Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane (Beatles) 3
        25 March Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 2
        8 April Somethiní Stupid (Nancy and Frank Sinatra) 2
        22 April Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw) 4
        20 May Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) 3
        10 June A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procul Harum) 5
        15 July Alternate Title (Monkees) 1
        22 July All You Need Is Love (Beatles) 3
        12 August San Fransisco (Scott McKenzie) 3
        2 September The Last Waltz (Englebert Humperdink) 7
        21 October Massachussetts (Bee Gees) 3
        11 November Baby, Now That Iíve Found You (Foundations) 2
        25 November Let The Heartaches Begin (Long John Baldry) 2
        9 December Hello Goodbye (Beatles) 5


        1968

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        13 January Magical Mystery Tour (E.P) (Beatles) 1
        20 January The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde (Georgie Fame) 1
        27 January Everlasting Love (Love Affair) 3
        17 February The Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann) 2
        2 March Cinderella, Rockafella (Esther and Abi Ofarim) 4
        30 March Delilah (Tom Jones) 2
        13 April What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) 5
        18 May Young Girl (Union Gap) 4
        15 June Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) 3
        6 July Baby Come Back (Equals) 3
        27 July Mony, Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 5
        31 August This Guyís In Love with You (Herb Alpert) 1
        7 September +Hey Jude (Beatles) +4
        5 October Those Were The days (Mary Hopkin) 5
        9 November With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker) 1
        16 November Eloise (Barry Ryan) 1
        23 November The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro) 3
        14 December Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 4



        1969

        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

        11 January Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Marmalade) 3
        1 February Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) 2
        15 February Blackberry Way (Move) 1
        22 February Half as Nice (Amen Corner) 2
        8 March Where Do You Go to My Lovely (Peter Sarstedt) 4
        5 April I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye) 3
        26 April The Israelites (Desmond Dekker) 1
        3 May Get Back (Beatles) 5
        7 June Dizzy (Tommy Roe) 2
        21 June The Ballad Of John and Yoko (Beatles) 3
        12 July Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman) 1
        19 July In The Ghetto (Elvis Presley) 1
        26 July Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones) 5
        30 August In The Year 2525 (Zagar and Evans) 3
        20 September Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 3
        11 October Iíll Never Fall In Love again (Bobbie Gentry) 3
        1 November Sugar, Sugar (Archies) 6
        13 December Yester-Me, Yester-you, Yesterday (Stevie Wonder) 1
        20 December Two Little Boys (Rolf Harris) 6

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        • #5
          Part two of M.M

          1970

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

          31 January Reflections Of My Life (Marmalade) 1
          7 February Love Grows (Edison Lighthouse) 3
          28 February I Want You Back (Jackson Five) 1
          7 March Wandering Star (Lee Marvin) 3
          28 March Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel) 4
          25 April Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum) 4
          23 May Back Home (England World Cup Squad) 1
          30 May Yellow River (Christie) 3
          20 June In The Summertime (Mungo Jerry) 4
          18 July All Right Now (Free) 3
          8 August The Wonder Of You (Elvis Presley) 5
          12 September The Tears Of a Clown (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles) 2
          26 September Band Of Gold (Freda Payne) 5
          31 October Black Night (Deep Purple) 1
          7 November Woodstock (Matthews Southern Comfort) 3
          28 November Indian Reservation (Don Fardon) 1
          5 December I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds) 2
          19 December When Iím Dead And Gone (McGuinness Flint) 3



          1971

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

          9 January Grandad (Clive Dunn) 3
          30 January My sweet Lord (George Harrison) 7
          20 March Baby Jump (Mungo Jerry) 1
          27 March Hot Love (T.Rex) 5
          1 May *HotLove (T.Rex)
          *Double Barrel (Dave and Ansil Collins) *=1
          8 May Double Barrel (Dave and Ansil Collins) 1
          15 May Knock Three Times (Dawn) 5
          19 June I Did What I Did For Maria (Tony Christie) 1
          26 June Chirpy, Chirpy Cheep, Cheep (Middle Of The Road) 5
          31 July Get It On (T.Rex) 3
          21 August *Never Ending Song Of Love (New Seekers)
          *Iím Still Waiting (Diana Ross) *=1
          28 August Never Ending Song Of Love (New Seekers) 1
          4 September Iím Still Waiting (Diana Ross) 2
          18 September Hey Girl Donít Bother Me (Tams) 3
          9 October Reason To Believe/Maggie Mae (Rod Stewart) 6
          20 November Coz I Luv You (Slade) 3
          11 December Ernie-The Fastest Milkman In The West (Benny Hill) 5



          1972

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

          15 January Iíd Like To teach The world To sing (New Seekers) 4
          12 February Telegram Sam (T.Rex) 2
          26 February Son Of My Father (Chicory Tip) 2
          11 March American Pie (Don McLean) 1
          18 March Without You (Nilsson) 5
          22 April Amazing Grace (Royal Scots Dragoon Guards) 5
          27 May Metal Guru (T.Rex) 3
          17 June Vincent (Don McLean) 3
          8 July Rock And Roll Parts 1 & 2 (Gary Glitter) 1
          15 July Puppy Love (Donny Osmond) 4
          12 August Schoolís Out (Alice Cooper) 3
          2 September You Wear It well (Rod Stewart) 2
          16 September Mama Weer Orl Crazee Now (Slade) 2
          30 September Children Of The Revolution (T.Rex) 1
          7 October How Can I Be Sure? (David Cassidy) 1
          14 October Mouldy Olí Dough (Lieutenant Pigeon) 5
          18 November Clair (Gilbert Oí Sullivan) 2
          2 December My Ding-A-Ling (Chuck Berry) 5



          1973

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          6 January Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (Jimmy Osmond) 2
          20 January The Jean Genie (David Bowie) 1
          27 January Blockbuster (Sweet) 4
          24 February Part Of The Union (Strawbs) 2
          10 March Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade) 3
          31 March The Twelfth Of Never (Donny Osmond) 2
          14 April Get Down (Gilbert Oí Sullivan) 1
          21 April Tie A Yellow Ribbon (Dawn) 4
          19 May *Tie A Yellow Ribbon (Dawn)
          *See My Baby Jive (Wizzard) *=1
          26 May See My Baby Jive (Wizzard) 2
          9 June Can The Can (Suzie Quatro) 3
          30 June Rubber Bullets (10.CC) 1
          7 July Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me (Slade) 2
          21 July Welcome Home (Peters and Lee) 1
          28 July Iím The Leader Of The Gang (Gary Glitter) 3
          18 August Yesterday Once More (Carpenters) 3
          8 September Young Love (Donny Osmond) 1
          15 September Dancing On A Saturday Night (Barry Blue) 1
          22 September Angel Fingers (Wizzard) 1
          29 September The Ballroom Blitz (Sweet) 1
          6 October Eye Level (Simon Park Orchestra) 4
          3 November Daydreamer/Puppy Song (David Cassidy) 3
          24 November I Love, You Love, Me Love (Gary Glitter) 4
          22 December Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade) 3



          1974

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          12 January The Show Must Go on (Leo Sayer) 3
          2 February Tiger Feet (Mud) 3
          23 February Devil Gate Drive (Suzie Quatro) 3
          16 March Jealous Mind (Alvin Stardust) 1
          23 March Billy Donít Be a Hero (Paper Lace) 3
          13 April Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks) 3
          27 April The Cat Crept In (Mud) 1
          4 May Waterloo (Abba) 3
          25 May Sugar Baby Love (Rubettes) 2
          8 June Thereís A Ghost In My House (R.Dean Taylor) 1
          15 June Hey Rock And Roll (Showaddywaddy) 1
          22 June The Streak (Ray Stevens) 1
          29 June Always Yours (Gary Glitter) 1
          6 July She (Charles Aznavour) 4
          3 August Rock Your Baby (George McCrea) 2
          17 August When Will I See You Again (Three Degrees) 3
          7 September Iím Leaving It All Up To You (Donny and Marie Osmond) 1
          14 September Love Me For A Reason (Osmonds) 1
          21 September Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas) 2
          5 October Annieís Song (John Denver) 1
          12 October Sad Sweet Dreamer (Sweet Sensation) 2
          26 October Everything I Own (Ken Boothe) 3
          16 November Killer Queen (Queen) 2
          30 November Iím Gonna Make You A Star (David Essex) 1
          7 December Oh Yes, Youíre Beautiful (Gary Glitter) 1
          14 December Youíre The First, The Last, My Everything (Barry White) 1
          21 December Lonely This Christmas (Mud) 3



          1975


          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          11 January Down, Down (Status Quo) 1
          18 January Streets Of London (Ralph McTell) 1
          25 January Ms Grace (Tymes) 2
          8 February January (Pilot) 2
          22 February Come Up And See Me Ė Make Me Smile (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel) 2
          8 March If (Telly Savalas) 2
          22 March Bye Bye Baby (Bay City Rollers) 6
          3 May Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) 1
          10 May Loving You (Minnie Ripperton) 2
          24 May Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette) 3
          14 June Whispering Grass (Windsor Davies and Don Estelle) 2
          28 June Iím Not In Love (10.CC) 3
          19 July Tears On My Pillow (Johnny Nash) 1
          26 July Give A Little Love (Bay City Rollers) 1
          2 August Barbados (Typically Tropical) 2
          16 August I Canít Give You Anything (Stylistics) 3
          6 September Sailing (Rod Stewart) 4
          4 October Hold Me Close (David Essex) 2
          18 October I Only Have Eyes For You (Art Garfunkel) 1
          25 October Hold Me Close (David Essex) 1
          1 November Space Oddity (David Bowie) 4
          29 November You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate) 1
          6 December Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) 7



          1976

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          24 January Mama Mia (Abba) 3
          14 February Forever and Ever (Slik) 2
          28 February Rodrigoís Guitar Concerto (Manuel and The Music Of The Mountains) 1
          6 March I Love To Love (Tina Charles) 4
          3 April Save All Your Kisses For Me (Brotherhood Of Man) 4
          1 May Fernando (Abba) 5
          5 June No Charge (J.J Barrie) 1
          12 June Combine Harvester (Wurzels) 1
          19 June You To Me Are Everything (Real Thing) 3
          10 July Young Hearts Run Free (Candi Statton) 2
          24 July The Roussos Phenomenon (E.P) (Demis Roussos) 1
          31 July Donít Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee) 5
          4 September Let Emí In (Wings) 1
          11 September Dancing Queen (Abba) 3
          2 October Canít Get By Without You (Real Thing) 1
          9 October Dancing Queen (Abba) 1
          16 October Mississippi (Pussycat) 2
          30 October If You Leave Me Now (Chicago) 6
          11 December Under The Moon Of Love (Showaddywaddy) 2
          25 December When A Child Is Born (Johnny Mathis) 3



          1977

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          15 January Under The Moon Of Love (Showaddywaddy) 1
          22 January Donít Give Up On Us (David Soul) 1
          29 January Donít Cry For Me Argentina (Julie Covington) 2
          12 February When I Need You (Leo Sayer) 4
          12 March Boogie Nights (Heatwave) 1
          19 March Chanson DíAmour (Manhattan Transfer) 2
          2 April Knowing Me, Knowing You (Abba) 1
          9 April Going In With My Eyes Open (David Soul) 1
          16 April Knowing Me, Knowing You (Abba) 3
          7 May Free (Denice Williams) 1
          14 May I Donít Want To Talk About It/First Cut Is The Deepest (Rod Stewart) 3
          4 June Ainít Gonna Bump No More, With No Fat Woman (Joe Tex) 1
          11 June I Donít Want To Talk About It/ First Cut Is The Deepest (Rod Stewart) 2
          25 June Show You The Way To Go (Michael Jackson) 2
          9 July So You Win Again (Hot Chocolate) 2
          23 July I Feel Love (Donna Summer) 5
          27 August Float On (Floaters) 2
          10 September Magic Fly (Space) 2
          24 September Oxygene (Joanne Michael Jarre) 1
          1 October Magic Fly (Space) 1
          8 October Way Down (Elvis Presley) 1
          15 October Black Is Black (La Belle …poque) 2
          29 October Youíre In My Heart (Rod Stewart) 2
          12 November The Name Of The Game (Abba) 2
          26 November Rockiní All Over The World (Status Quo) 1
          3 December Mull Of Kintyre (Wings) 8



          1978

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          28 January Uptown Top Ranking (Althea and Donna) 3
          18 February Take A Chance On Me (Abba) 3
          11 March Wishing On A Star (Rose Royce) 1
          18 March Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush) 1
          25 March Denis (Blondie) 3
          15 April I Wonder Why (Showaddywaddy) 2
          29 April Night Fever (Bee Gees) 3
          20 May Rivers Of Babylon (Boney M) 4
          17 June Youíre The One That I Want (John Travolta and Olivia Newton John) 9
          19 August Three Times A Lady (Commodores) 6
          30 September Summer Nights (John Travolta and Olivia Newton John) 6
          11 November Sandy (John Travolta) 1
          18 November Rat Trap (Boomtown Rats) 2
          2 December Do Ya Think Iím Sexy? (Rod Stewart) 2
          16 December Maryís Boy Child-Oh My Lord (Boney M) 4



          1979

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          13 January Y.M.C.A (Village People) 1
          20 January Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Ian Dury) 2
          3 February Heart Of Glass (Blondie) 4
          3 March Tragedy (Bee Gees) 1
          10 March Olivers Army (Elvis Costello) 1
          17 March I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) 4
          14 April Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel) 5
          19 May Pop Musik (M) 1
          26 May Dance Away (Roxy Music) 1
          2 June Sunday Girl (Blondie) 2
          16 June Ring My Bell (Anita Ward) 2
          30 June Are Friends Electric? (Tubeway Army) 3
          21 July Silly Games (Janet Kay) 1
          28 July I Donít Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats) 5
          1 September We Donít Talk Anymore (Cliff Richard) 3
          22 September Cars (Gary Numan) 2
          6 October Message In a Bottle (Police) 2
          20 October Video Killed The Radio Star (Buggles) 2
          3 November When Youíre In Love With A Beautiful Woman (Dr Hook) 2
          17 November Eton Rifles (Jam) 3
          8 December Walkiní On The Moon (Police) 2
          22 December Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd) 4



          1980

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at no 1

          19 January Brass In Pocket (Pretenders) 2
          2 February My Girl (Madness) 1
          9 February Too Much, Too Young (E.P) (Specials) 2
          23 February Coward Of The County (Kenny Rogers) 1
          1 March Atomic (Blondie) 3
          22 March Together We Are Beautiful (Fern Kinney) 1
          29 March Going Underground (Jam) 3
          19 April Working My Way Back To You (Detroit Spinners) 1
          26 April # Call Me (Blondie) 1#
          # = Strike affected paper from 3 May to 7 June.
          7 June Theme From Mash (The Mash) 3
          28 June Crying (Don Mclean) 1
          5 July Two Pints Of Lager (Splodgenessabounds) 1
          12 July Xanadu (Olivia Newton John and Electric Light Orchestra) 2
          26 July Use It Up And Wear It Out (Odyssey) 2
          9 August Upside Down (Diana Ross) 1
          16 August The Winner Takes It All (Abba) 2
          30 August Ashes To Ashes (David Bowie) 2
          13 September Start (Jam) 1
          20 September One Day Iíll Fly Away (Randy Crawford) 2
          4 October Donít Stand So Close To Me (Police) 4
          1 November A Woman In Love (Barbara Streisand) 2
          15 November The Tide Is High (Blondie) 3
          6 December Supertrouper (Abba) 2
          20 December Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie) 3



          1981

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          10 January Just Like- Starting Over (John Lennon) 1
          17 January Imagine (John Lennon) 1
          24 January Ant Music (Adam and The Ants) 1
          31 January In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) 2
          14 February Vienna (Ultravox) 1
          21 February Shaddup You Face (Joe Dolce) 2
          7 March Vienna (Ultravox) 1
          14 March Jealous Guy (Roxy Music) 2
          28 March Kids In America (Kim Wilde) 1
          4 April This Ole House (Shakiní Stephens) 2
          18 April Making Your Mind Up (Bucks Fizz) 2
          2 May Theme From Lloyd George (Ennio Morriconne) 1
          9 May Stars On 45 (Starsound) 1
          16 May Stand And Deliver (Adam and The Ants) 3
          6 June You Drive Me Crazy (ShakiníStevens) 1
          13 June Bieng With You (Smokey Robinson) 3
          4 July One Day In Your Life (Michael Jackson) 1
          11 July Ghost Town (Specials) 3
          1 August Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder) 1
          8 August Green Door (Shakiní Stevens) 2
          22 August Hooked On Classics (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 1
          29 August Japanese Boy (Aneke) 1
          5 September Tainted Love (Soft Cell) 2
          19 September Prince Charming (Adam and The Ants) 3
          10 October Invisible Sun (Police) 1
          17 October Its My Party (Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin) 3
          7 November Happy Birthday (Altered Images) 1
          14 November Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Police) 1
          21 November Under Pressure (David Bowie and Queen) 3
          12 December Begin The Beguine (Julio Inglesias) 1
          19 December Donít You Want Me (Human League) 5



          1982

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          23 January The Land Of Make Believe (Bucks Fizz) 1
          30 January The Model (Kraftwerk) 1
          6 February Golden Brown (Stranglers) 1
          13 February A Town Called Malice/Precious (Jam) 3
          6 March The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Tight Fit) 3
          27 March Seven Tears (Goombay Dance Band) 2
          10 April Just An Illusion (Imagination) 1
          17 April Ainít No Pleasing You (Chas and Dave) 1
          24 April Ebony And Ivory (Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder) 4
          22 May A Little Peace (Nicole) 1
          29 May Only You (Yazoo) 1
          5 June House Of Fun (Madness) 2
          19 June Goody Two Shoes (Adam Ant) 1
          26 June Torch (Soft Cell)
          3 July Iíve Never Been To Me (Charlene) 1
          10 July Happy Talk (Captain Sensible) 1
          17 July Fame (Irene Cara) 3
          7 August Come On Eileen (Dexyís Midnight Runners) 4
          4 September Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor) 2
          18 September Private Investigations (Dire Straits) 2
          2 October The Bitterest Pill (Jam) 1
          9 October Pass The Dutchie (Musical Youth) 2
          23 October Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? (Culture Club) 3
          13 November I Donít Want To Dance (Eddy Grant) 3
          4 December Here Comes The-Mirror Man (Human League) 1
          11 December Beat Surrender (Jam) 4



          1983

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          8 January You Canít Hurry Love (Phil Collins) 3
          29 January Down Under (Men At Work) 3
          19 February Change (Tears For Fears) 1
          26 February Too Shy (Kajagoogoo) 1
          5 March Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 2
          19 March Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Bonnie Tyler) 1
          26 March Speak Like A Child (Style Council) 1
          2 April Is There Something I Should Know? (Duran Duran) 1
          9 April Lets Dance (David Bowie) 4
          7 May True (Spandau Ballet) 3
          28 May Temptation (Heaven 17) 1
          4 June Every Breath You Take (Police) 3
          25 June China Girl (David Bowie) 1
          2 July Baby Jane (Rod Stewart) 2
          16 July Wherever I Lay My Hat (Paul Young) 4
          13 August I.O.U (Freeze) 1
          20 August Give It Up (K.C and The Sunshine Band) 1
          27 August Gold (Spandau Ballet) 2
          10 September Red Red Wine (UB 40) 2
          24 September Karma Chameleon (Culture Club) 6
          5 November All Night Long (Lionel Ritchie) 1
          12 November Uptown Girl (Billy Joel) 2
          26 November Say, Say, Say (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) 1
          3 December Never, Never (Assembly) 1
          10 December Only You (Flying Pickets) 5



          1984

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          14 January Pipes Of Peace (Paul McCartney) 1
          21 January Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 6
          3 March 99 Red Baloons (Nena) 3
          24 March Hello (Lionel Ritchie) 5
          28 April Against All Odds (Phil Collins) 4
          26 May Automatic (Pointer Sisters) 1
          2 June Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham) 3
          23 June Two Tribes (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 7
          11 August Careless Whisper (George Michael) 4
          8 September I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) 5
          13 October The War Song (Culture Club) 1
          20 October Freedom (Wham) 3
          10 November I Feel for You (Chaka Khan) 4
          8 December The Power Of Love (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 1
          15 December Do They Know Its Christmas? (Band Aid) 5



          1985

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          19 January Everything She Wants/Last Christmas (Wham) 1
          26 January I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner) 1
          2 February 1999 (Prince) 1
          9 February Love and Pride (King) 2
          23 February I Know Him So Well (Barbara Dickson and Elaine Page) 1
          2 March You Spin Me Round (Dead or Alive) 3
          23 March Easy Lover (Phil Collins and Phil Bailey) 4
          20 April Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears) 2
          4 May Move Closer (Phyllis Nelson) 1
          11 May 19 (Paul Hardcastle) 5
          15 June Youíll Never Walk Alone (The Crowd) 2
          29 June Crazy For You (Madonna) 1
          6 July Frankie (Sister Sledge) 1
          13 July Axel F (Harold Faltemeyer) 2
          27 July There Must Be An Angel (Eurythmics) 1
          3 August Into The Groove (Madonna) 5
          7 September +Dancing In The Street (Mick Jagger and David Bowie) +5
          12 October The Power Of Love (Jennifer Rush) 3
          2 November Take On Me (Ah-Ha) 2
          16 November A Good Heart (Feargal Sharkey) 2
          30 November Iím Your Man (Wham) 2
          14 December Saving All My Love For You (Whitney Houston) 4



          1986

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          11 January West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys) 2
          25 January The Sun Always Shines On TV (Ah-Ha) 2
          8 February Only Love (Nana Mouskouri) 1
          15 February When The Going gets Tough (Billy Ocean) 3
          8 March Chain Reaction (Diana Ross) 3
          29 March Liviní Doll (Cliff Richard and The Young Ones) 3
          19 April A Different Corner (George Michael) 3
          10 May What Have You Done For Me Lately? (Janet Jackson) 1
          17 May On My Own (Pattie Labelle and Michael MacDonald) 1
          24 May The Chicken Song (Spitting Image) 1
          31 May Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel) 2
          14 June Holding Back The Years (Simply Red) 1
          21 June I Canít Wait (Nu Shooze) 1
          28 June The Edge Of Heaven (Wham) 2
          12 July Papa Donít Preach (Madonna) 3
          2 August The Lady In Red (Chris De Burgh) 3
          23 August I Want To Wake Up With You (Boris Gardner) 2
          6 September Donít Leave Me This Way (Communards) 5
          11 October True Blue (Madonna) 1
          18 October Every Loser Wins (Nick Berry) 3
          8 November You Take My Breath Away (Berlin) 5
          13 December Sometimes (Erasure) 1
          20 December Caravan Of Love (Housemartins) 3



          1987

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          10 January Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson) 2
          24 January Jack Your Body (Steve `Silk` Hurley) 2
          7 February I Knew You Were Waiting For Me (Aretha Franklin and George Michael) 3
          28 February Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 3
          21 March Everything I Own (Boy George) 1
          28 March Respectable (Mel and Kim) 1
          4 April +Let It Be (Ferry Aid) +3
          25 April Lean On Me (Club Nouveaux) 1
          2 May La Isla Bonita (Madonna) 1
          9 May Canít Be With You Tonight (Judy Boucher) 1
          16 May Nothingís Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship) 3
          6 June I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston) 3
          27 June Star Trekkiní (The Farm) 1
          4 July Itís A Sin (Pet Shop Boys) 3
          25 July Whoís That Girl? (Madonna) 2
          8 August La Bamba (Los Lobos) 1
          15 August I Just Canít Stop Loving You (Michael Jackson) 2
          29 August Iím Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley) 4
          26 September Pump Up The Volume (M.A.R.R.S) 3
          17 October You Win Again (Bee Gees) 3
          7 November Faith (George Michael) 2
          21 November China In Your Hand (TíPau) 4
          19 December When I Fall In Love (Rick Astley) 3



          1988

          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

          9 January Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys) 1
          16 January Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Belinda Carlisle) 2
          30 January I Think Weíre Alone Now (Tiffany) 3
          20 February I Should Be So Lucky (Kylie Minogue) 2
          5 March Beat Dis (Bomb The Bass) 1
          12 March Together Forever (Rick Astley) 2
          26 March Donít Turn Around (Aswad) 3
          16 April Heart (Pet Shop Boys) 2
          30 April Theme From SíExpress (SíExpress) 1
          7 May Perfect (Fairground Attraction) 2


          From 14 May 1988 Melody Maker Along With New Musical Express Displayed The Chart Compiled By The Music Research Information Bureau.

          Comment


          • #6
            Phew!! I'm taking a break till Monday when I will post `Disc & Music Echo`, `Record Retailer` `Pop Weekly` `Merseybeat/Music Echo` and `Top Pops/ Music Now` No 1's!

            Comment


            • #7
              Thanks. Very interesting historical facts.
              I was mainly an NME fan myself.

              How did Beatles Penny Lane/Strawberry fields manage to get to number one in Melody Maker for 3 weeks and not in any of the other charts? Surely actual sales were far behind those of Englebert?

              Comment


              • #8
                I've not checked week by week.
                If my data were correct, they should be the same as in my web-site:
                http://www.it-charts.it/UK-index.htm
                italian charts: http://www.it-charts.it/ (old web site) http://www.italycharts.com/ (will be out on next months)

                Comment


                • #9
                  What a fantastic web site. Congratulations!!

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Melody Maker were actually sampling more stores than any other paper circa 1960 (July) to Feb 1969 when the BMRB chart replaced Record Retailers Brian. Engleberts sold over a lot longer period- Beatles records apart from first three, sold very quickly over a few weeks then dropped off rapidly!

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      And now the rest of the UK chart paper No 1's!

                      DISC/ DISC and MUSIC ECHO


                      Disc along with its singles chart commenced on 1 February 1958. It was owned by the John Buchan publishing company who were better known for their popular series of football annuals.

                      The paper was the first British body to recognise and award gold and silver discs for sales achievements. A gold disc was earned for one million copies of a single sold; silver for a quarter of a million. The paper relied on the goodwill and trust of record companies in informing the paper when a record achieved such status. It was an uneven system. Some Record companies hardly bothered to involve themselves, others were very lax in notification, while some exaggerated achievements of records. Even worse was many instances of companies; either by mistake or deliberately, under logging artists sales.

                      Both Cliff Richard and The Beatles were later, after proper accounting to have sold more records in the 1960s than first announced. A particular example of a record being over accounted was `Sugar Sugar` by The Archies. This was announced a having sold one million units in the UK by early 1970. It was awarded a gold disc by Disc in February 1970. However recent calculations show the record fell short by over 100,000.

                      The paper was very much aimed at the teenage pop audience of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It vied with the New Musical Express in this arena coming very much second place to the NME.

                      There wasnít much to set the paper apart in the early 1960s from its competitors and it trailed in sales behind NME, Melody Maker, and Record Mirror. In 1964 a new record reviewer joined the paper, Penny Valentine. She proved to be a very astute forecaster of what would `hit` or `miss`. Many artists respected her perceptive column which was seen as important in helping records get publicity. The Beatles often dropped in to visit her at her desk, such was her popularity.

                      When the paper changed to colour cover on April 23 1966 (when becoming Disc and Music Echo) sales improved making it the rival to Record Mirror as best selling colour paper.

                      In 1966 IPC publications took control of the paper bringing it into the same family as NME and Melody Maker. Where as NME and Melody Maker were still fierce rivals, even though both were owned by the same company. Disc became very much a `sister` paper to Melody Maker. Both shared the same building in Fleet Street working closely together.

                      By 1969 Disc had overtaken Record Mirror as top selling colour paper and sales were very healthy. Sadly the paper suffered a loss of staff when the new progressive music paper Sounds was set up in 1970. Biggest loss was Penny Valentine. The paper was sold by IPC in 1975 to merge with Record Mirror.

                      Disc Chart History.

                      Disc ran a top 20 chart up until 6 October 1962. From this date it ran a top 30. On 29 February 1964 the paper decided to show readers when records achieved silver disc status by posting a black dot by the qualifying title alongside its position in the chart. No different distinction was made for gold discs, as they were so rare in the 1950s and 1960ís. It would just be announced in the papers news page when this happened.

                      The paper did not carry an LP chart until 1966. This appeared when Disc incorporated Music Echo into its title on 23 April 1966. From that date Disc and Music Echo also ran a top 50 singles chart; this lasted to 1 April 1967 when the paper announced that due to the unreliability of the bottom section of the chart due to low sales figures; a top 30 only would be published. On 26 August 1967 Disc and Music Echo shared Melody Makers chart. Disc did add around fifty returns to the list, but it was seen as the Melody Maker chart. From 31 August 1975 Disc was incorporated with Record Mirror.


                      Disc No 1ís, 8 February 1958 Ė 26 August 1967


                      1958

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      8 February * Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
                      8 February * The Story Of My Life (Michael Holliday) *=1
                      15 February The Story Of My Life (Michael Holliday) 2
                      1 March Magic Moments (Perry Como) 8
                      26 April Whole Lotta Woman (Marvin Rainwater) 3
                      17 May Whose Sorry Now (Connie Francis) 6
                      28 June All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers) 8
                      23 August When (Kalin Twins) 5
                      27 September Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon (Connie Francis) 5
                      1 November Bird Dog (Everly Brothers) 2
                      15 November Hoots Mon! (Lord Rockinghamís X11) 8


                      1959

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      10 January Itís Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) 3
                      31 January I Got Stung/One Night (Elvis Presley) 3
                      21 February As I Love You (Shirley Bassey) 3
                      14 March Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Platters) 3
                      4 April Side Saddle (Russ Conway) 3
                      25 April It Doesnít Matter Any More (Buddy Holly) 4
                      23 May A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight (Elvis Presley) 4
                      20 June Roulette (Russ Conway) 1
                      27 June Dream Lover (Bobby Darin) 5
                      1 August Living Doll (Cliff Richard) 5
                      5 September Only Sixteen (Craig Douglas) 5
                      10 October Here Comes Summer (Jerry Keller) 2
                      24 October Travelling Light (Cliff Richard) 6
                      5 December What Do You want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) 2
                      19 December What Do You want? (Adam Faith) 2


                      1960

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      2 January What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) 4
                      30 January Starry Eyed (Michael Holliday) 1
                      6 February Why? (Anthony Newley) 5
                      12 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 1
                      19 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 2
                      2 April My Old Manís A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) 3
                      23 April Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 1
                      30 April Do You Mind? (Anthony Newley) 1
                      7 May Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 7
                      25 June Mama/Robot Man (Connie Francis) 2
                      9 July Good Timiní (Jimmy Jones) 2
                      23 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 4
                      20 August Apache (Shadows) 6
                      1 October Tell Laura I Love Her (Ricky Valance) 3
                      22 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 2
                      5 November + Itís Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) 7+
                      24 December I Love You (Cliff Richard) 3


                      1961

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      14 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 1
                      21 January +Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley) 5+
                      25 February Sailor (Petula Clark) 2
                      11 March Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 2
                      25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 3
                      15 April Are You sure? (Allisons) 2
                      29 April Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 1
                      6 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 3
                      27 May +Surrender (Elvis Presley) 3+
                      17 June Runaway (Del Shannon) 4
                      15 July A Girl Like You (Cliff Richard) 1
                      22 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 1
                      29 July Well I ask You (Eden Kane) 1
                      5 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 2
                      19 August Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 7
                      7 October Michael-Row The Boat (Highwaymen) 2
                      21 October Walking Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 3
                      11 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 4
                      9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 4


                      1962

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      6 January Stranger On The Shore (Acker Bilk) 1
                      13 January +The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) 5+
                      17 February Rocka Hula Baby/Canít Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) 3
                      10 March March Of The Siamese Children (Kenny Ball) 2
                      24 March Wonderful Land (Shadows) 7
                      12 May Nut Rocker (B.Bumble and The Stingers) 1
                      19 May Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley) 7
                      7 July A Picture Of You (Joe Brown) 1
                      14 July I Canít Stop Loving You (Ray Charles) 1
                      21 July I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 5
                      25 August Speedy Gonzales (Pat Boone) 2
                      8 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 4
                      6 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                      10 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                      15 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 2
                      29 December The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 5


                      1963

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      2 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 2
                      16 February The wayward Wind (Frank Ifield) 1
                      23 February Please Please Me (Beatles) 2
                      9 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
                      30 March Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                      6 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                      4 May From Me To You (Beatles) 5
                      8 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 1
                      15 June I Like It (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 5
                      20 July Iím Confessiní (Frank Ifield) 2
                      3 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 3
                      24 August Bad To Me (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                      7 September She Loves You (Beatles) 4
                      5 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) 3
                      26 October Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 5
                      30 November She Loves You (Beatles) 1
                      7 December +I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles) 5+


                      1964

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      11 January Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 2
                      25 January Hippy Hippy Shake (Swinging Blue Jeans) 1
                      1 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
                      22 February Anyone Who Had A Heart (Cilla Black) 3
                      14 March Bits And Pieces (Dave Clark Five) 1
                      21 March Little Children (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 1
                      28 March +Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) 3+
                      18 April World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
                      2 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 2
                      16 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 2
                      30 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 3
                      20 June Itís Over (Roy Orbison) 2
                      4 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 2
                      18 July +A Hard Days Night (Beatles) 4+
                      15 August Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
                      29 August Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 3
                      19 September Iím Into Something Good (Hermans Hermits) 3
                      10 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 3
                      31 October Thereís Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 2
                      14 November Baby Love (Supremes) 2
                      28 November Little Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) 1
                      5 December +I Feel Fine (Beatles) 6+


                      1965

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      16 January Yeh, Yeh (Georgie Fame) 1
                      23 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 2
                      6 February Youíve Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 1
                      13 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
                      20 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
                      6 March Itís Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
                      13 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 4
                      10 April Concrete And Clay (Unit Two + 4) 1
                      17 April +Ticket To Ride (Beatles) 4+
                      15 May A World Of Our Own (Seekers) 1
                      22 May Where Are You Now (Jackie Trent) 1
                      29 May Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 3
                      19 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 2
                      3 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
                      17 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
                      31 July +Help (Beatles) 4+
                      28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 2
                      11 September I Canít Get No, Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 2
                      25 September Make It Easy On Yourself (Walker Brothers) 1
                      2 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 5
                      6 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 3
                      27 November The Carnival Is over (Seekers) 2
                      11 December +Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (Beatles) 5+


                      1966

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      15 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 2
                      29 January Michelle (Overlanders) 2
                      12 February These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 1
                      19 February Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones) 3
                      12 March Sha La La La Lee (Small Faces) 1
                      19 March The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) 4
                      16 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 1
                      23 April You Donít Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 2
                      7 May Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann) 3
                      28 May Wild Thing (Troggs) 1
                      4 June Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra) 3
                      25 June Paperback Writer (Beatles) 2
                      9 July Sunny Afternoon (Kinks) 2
                      23 July Out Of Time (Chris Farlowe) 2
                      6 August With A Girl Like You (Troggs) 2
                      20 August Yellow Submarine/Eleonor Rigby (Beatles) 3
                      10 September All Or Nothing (Small Faces) 2
                      24 September Distant Drums (Jim Reeves) 4
                      22 October Reach Out-Iíll Be There (Four Tops) 4
                      19 November Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 2
                      3 December Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 4
                      31 December Morningtown Ride (Seekers) 1


                      1967

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      7 January Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 2
                      21 January Iím A Believer (Monkees) 4
                      18 February This Is My Song (Petula Clark) 2
                      4 March Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 5
                      8 April This Is My Song (Harry Secombe) 1
                      15 April Somethiní Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra) 2
                      29 April Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw) 3
                      20 May Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) 3
                      10 June A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procul Harum) 6
                      22 July All You Need Is Love (Beatles) 2
                      5 August San Fransisco (Scott McKenzie) 3#

                      #= 19th August was Discís last chart. From 26th it was combined with Melody Makers, with Disc contributing approximately 25% of the combined chart.




                      RECORD RETAILER


                      Record Retailer Chart History.

                      The Record Retailer chart which commenced on 12th March 1960 was the last of the major charts of the 50ís & 60ís. It originated from the independent trade magazine ďRecord RetailerĒ. This had started as a monthly in August 1959; it changed to a weekly format in March 1960 in order to be more current with trade news.

                      Its chart came about because of the feedback received from sections of the business that saw how important other charts such as N.M.E and Melody Maker were becoming to the trade. The Retailer in its first weekly issue set up facilities for a chart from surplus subscription fees from its membership.

                      The record Retailer chart was a Top 50 in size which was then (1960) larger than any of the Music paper charts. However the actual sample was extremely small, at just 30 shops phoned every Tuesday by Editor Roy Parker and his secretary Ann Smith.

                      A count back system was devised to virtually eliminate tied positions. As with other charts; it was a pointís based system. One misnomer is that it was the industry chart. This is not so; Record Retailer prided itself that it was independent from major Record Companies. It existed to serve the interests of independent record shops and to advise them on any dealings with the companies.

                      The chart was distributed to the member shops to display; only later around 1966 did record companies show much interest in it, particularly when it became a regular part of the calculations in the B.B.Cís ďPick Of The PopsĒ and ďTop Of The PopsĒ Top 20ís. Previous to 1966, not every Record retailer chart was available for ďPick Of The PopsĒ due to its later day (Tuesday) of compilation.

                      The Record Retailer chart was audited from January 1963 by the firm of Chantey, Button and Co. Other charts too, had their audits. Record Retailer had its sample size expanded from January 1964. This now became postal returns (Similar to Melody Makers) of around 75 to 80 returns from a pool of 100. The chart often suffered from wildly fluctuating positions and was quite often at odds with other charts in its positions. It was discontinued when the British Market Research Bureau chart was introduced on February 15 1969.


                      Record Retailer No 1ís. 10th March 1960 to 8th February 1969



                      1960


                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      12 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 1
                      19 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 2
                      2 April My Old Manís A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) 4
                      30 April Do You Mind? (Anthony Newley) 1
                      7 May Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 7
                      25 June Three Steps To Heaven (Eddie Cochran) 2
                      9 July Good Timiní (Jimmy Jones) 3
                      30 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 1
                      6 August Shakiní All Over (Johnny Kidd and The Pirates) 1
                      13 August Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 2
                      27 August Apache (Shadows) 5
                      1 October Tell Laura I love Her (Ricky Valance) 3
                      22 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 2
                      5 November +Itís Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) 8+
                      31 December I Love You (Cliff Richard) 2



                      1961

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      14 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 2
                      28 January Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley) 4
                      25 February Sailor (Petula Clark) 1
                      4 March Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 3
                      25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 6
                      6 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 2
                      20 May On The Rebound (Floyd Cramer) 1
                      27 May Youíre Driving Me Crazy (Temperance Seven) 1
                      3 June Surrender (Elvis Presley) 4
                      1 July Runaway (Del Shannon) 3
                      22 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 2
                      5 August Well I Ask You (Eden Kane) 1
                      12 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 3
                      2 September Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 3
                      23 September Reach For The stars/Climb Every Mountain (Shirley Bassey) 1
                      30 September Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 1
                      7 October Kon-Tiki (Shadows) 1
                      14 October Michael Row The Boat (Highwaymen) 1
                      21 October Walking Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 3
                      11 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 4
                      9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 3
                      30 December Moon River (Danny Williams) 2



                      1962


                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      13 January +The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) 6+
                      24 February Rocka- Hula Baby/Canít Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) 4
                      24 March Wonderful Land (Shadows) 8
                      19 May Nut Rocker (B.Bumble and The Stingers) 1
                      26 May Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley) 5
                      30 June Come Outside (Mike Sarne) 2
                      14 July I Canít Stop Loving You (Ray Charles) 2
                      28 July I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 7
                      15 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 3
                      6 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                      10 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                      15 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 3




                      1963

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

                      5 January The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 3
                      26 January Dance On (Shadows) 1
                      2 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 3
                      23 February The Wayward Wind (Frank Ifield) 3
                      16 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 2
                      30 March Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                      6 April Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 1
                      13 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 3
                      4 May From Me To You (Beatles) 7
                      22 June I Like It (Gerry and The Pace Makers) 4
                      20 July Iím Confessiní (Frank Ifield) 2
                      3 August Devil In Disguise (Elvis Presley) 1
                      10 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 2
                      24 August Bad To Me (Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas) 3
                      14 September She loves You (Beatles) 4
                      12 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) 3
                      2 November Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                      30 November She Loves You (Beatles) 2
                      14 December I Want To hold Your Hand (Beatles) 5


                      1964

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

                      18 January Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 2
                      1 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
                      22 February Diane (Bachelors) 1
                      29 February Anyone Who Had a Heart (Cilla Black) 3
                      21 March Little Children (Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                      4 April Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) 3
                      25 April World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
                      9 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 2
                      23 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 1
                      30 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 4
                      27 June Its Over (Roy Orbison) 2
                      11 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 1
                      18 July Its All Over Now (Rolling Stones) 1
                      25 July A Hard Days Night (Beatles) 3
                      15 August Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
                      29 August Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 2
                      12 September You Really Got Me (Kinks) 2
                      26 September Iím Into Something Good (Hermans Hermits) 2
                      10 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 2
                      24 October Thereís ĖAlways Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 3
                      14 November Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 1
                      21 November Baby Love (Supremes) 2
                      5 December Little Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) 1
                      12 December I Feel Fine (Beatles) 5



                      1965

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      16 January Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame) 2
                      30 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 1
                      6 February Youíve Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 2
                      20 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
                      27 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
                      13 March Itís Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
                      20 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 3
                      10 April Concrete And Clay (Unit Four + 2) 1
                      17 April The Minute Youíre Gone (Cliff Richard) 1
                      24 April Ticket To Ride (Beatles) 3
                      15 May King Of The Road (Roger Miller) 1
                      22 May Where Are You Now? (Jackie Trent) 1
                      29 May Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 3
                      19 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 1
                      26 June Iím Alive (Hollies) 1
                      3 July Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 1
                      10 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
                      24 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
                      7 August Help (Beatles) 3
                      28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 2
                      11 September I Canít Get no-Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 2
                      25 September Make It Easy On Yourself (Walker Brothers) 1
                      2 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 5
                      6 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 3
                      27 November The Carnival Is Over (Seekers) 3
                      18 December Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (Beatles) 5


                      1966

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      22 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 1
                      29 January Michelle (Overlanders) 3
                      19 February These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 4
                      19 March The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) 4
                      16 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 2
                      30 April You Donít Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 1
                      7 May Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann) 3
                      28 May Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) 1
                      4 June Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra) 3
                      25 June Paperback Writer (Beatles) 2
                      9 July Sunny Afternoon (Kinks) 2
                      23 July Get Away (Georgie Fame) 1
                      30 July Out Of Time (Chris Farlowe) 1
                      6 August With A Girl Like You (Troggs) 2
                      20 August Yellow Submarine/Eleonor Rigby (Beatles) 4
                      17 September All Or Nothing (Small Faces) 1
                      24 September Distant Drums (Jim Reeves) 5
                      29 October Reach Out-Iíll Be There (Four Tops) 3
                      19 November Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 2
                      3 December Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 7

                      1967

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

                      21 January Iím A Believer (Monkees) 4
                      18 February This Is My Song (Petula Clark) 2
                      4 March Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 6
                      15 April Somethiní Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra) 2
                      29 April Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw) 3
                      20 May Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) 3
                      10 June A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procul Harum) 6
                      22 July All You Need Is Love (Beatles) 3
                      12 August San Fransisco (Scott McKenzie) 4
                      9 September The Last Waltz (Englebert Humperdink) 5
                      14 October Massachussetts (Bee Gees) 4
                      11 November Baby, Now That Iíve Found You (Foundations) 2
                      25 November Let The Heartaches Begin (Long John Baldry) 2
                      9 December Hello Goodbye (Beatles) 7



                      1968

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      27 January The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (Georgie Fame) 1
                      3 February Everlasting Love (Love Affair) 2
                      17 February The Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann) 2
                      2 March Cinderella Rockafella (Esther and Abi Ofarim) 3
                      23 March The Legend Of Xanadu (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch) 1
                      30 March Lady Madonna (Beatles) 2
                      13 April Congratulations (Cliff Richard) 2
                      27 April What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) 4
                      25 May Young Girl (Union Gap) 4
                      22 June Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) 2
                      6 July Baby Come Back (Equals) 3
                      27 July I Pretend (Des O Connor) 1
                      3 August Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 2
                      17 August Fire (Arthur Brown) 1
                      24 August Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 1
                      31 August Do It Again (Beach Boys) 1
                      7 September Iíve Gotta Get A Message To You (Bee gees) 1
                      14 September Hey Jude (Beatles) 2
                      28 September Those Were The Days (Mary Hopkin) 6
                      9 November With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker) 1
                      16 November The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro) 4
                      14 December Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 3



                      1969

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      4 January Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Marmalade) 1
                      11 January Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 1
                      18 January Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Marmalade) 2
                      1 February Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) 1
                      8 February Blackberry Way (Move) 1

                      From the 15th February 1969 the new British Market Research Bureau chart was used by Record Retailer.



                      POP WEEKLY

                      Pop Weekly commenced (as a weekly publication) on the 1 September 1962.

                      The paper was run by the company responsible for the Elvis Presley Monthly magazine and also had the same editorial team (Albert Hand). It had previously been a monthly publication as Pop Monthl).

                      Pop Weekly was A5 in size and printed on glossy paper, it very much resembled a booklet in this format.

                      It sometimes featured incisive articles about the music industry. In late 1964 the paper ran a three part series on the various music and trade paper charts which were most informative.

                      Pop Weekly had some very `out-of-step` results in its popularity polls. One such in 1965 resulted in an Elvis Presley `B` side winning the best rated single of the year award!

                      Once the `pop boom` died down in 1965 the paper struggled to keep going. The overwhelming majority of its readership was avid Elvis Presley fans which tailed off a little as 1966 neared. By early 1966 sales were in steep decline. On the 12 February 1966 the paper combined with Show Monthly becoming Pop And Show Monthly with no charts printed.

                      Pop Weekly chart History.

                      Upon its first weekly edition on 1 September 1962 it commenced a top 30 singles chart. This chart was based on around 20 to 30 phone calls to shops. The magazine never produced a LP chart, so large selling LPs would sometimes be listed. This was similar to the practise in New Musical Express and Disc. From 13 November 1965 the chart became a top 10. On 27 November 1965 sales charts ended. From the next week; only a `readers write in` of favourite top 20 titles was printed until the papers conclusion on 12 February 1966.

                      Pop Weekly no 1ís -1 September 1962 to 27 November 1965. List of `Write In` No 1ís -4 December 1965 to 12 February 1966.


                      1962

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      1 September I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 3
                      22 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 3
                      13 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                      17 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                      22 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 3



                      1963

                      Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                      12 January The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 1
                      19 January Dance On (Shadows) 3
                      9 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 3
                      2 March Please Please Me (Beatles) 2
                      16 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
                      6 April Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                      13 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                      11 May From Me To You (Beatles) 4
                      8 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                      22 June I Like It

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                        DISC/ DISC and MUSIC ECHO


                        Disc along with its singles chart commenced on 1 February 1958. It was owned by the John Buchan publishing company who were better known for their popular series of football annuals.

                        The paper was the first British body to recognise and award gold and silver discs for sales achievements. A gold disc was earned for one million copies of a single sold; silver for a quarter of a million. The paper relied on the goodwill and trust of record companies in informing the paper when a record achieved such status. It was an uneven system. Some Record companies hardly bothered to involve themselves, others were very lax in notification, while some exaggerated achievements of records. Even worse was many instances of companies; either by mistake or deliberately, under logging artists sales.

                        Both Cliff Richard and The Beatles were later, after proper accounting to have sold more records in the 1960s than first announced. A particular example of a record being over accounted was `Sugar Sugar` by The Archies. This was announced a having sold one million units in the UK by early 1970. It was awarded a gold disc by Disc in February 1970. However recent calculations show the record fell short by over 100,000.

                        The paper was very much aimed at the teenage pop audience of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It vied with the New Musical Express in this arena coming very much second place to the NME.

                        There wasnít much to set the paper apart in the early 1960s from its competitors and it trailed in sales behind NME, Melody Maker, and Record Mirror. In 1964 a new record reviewer joined the paper, Penny Valentine. She proved to be a very astute forecaster of what would `hit` or `miss`. Many artists respected her perceptive column which was seen as important in helping records get publicity. The Beatles often dropped in to visit her at her desk, such was her popularity.

                        When the paper changed to colour cover on April 23 1966 (when becoming Disc and Music Echo) sales improved making it the rival to Record Mirror as best selling colour paper.

                        In 1966 IPC publications took control of the paper bringing it into the same family as NME and Melody Maker. Where as NME and Melody Maker were still fierce rivals, even though both were owned by the same company. Disc became very much a `sister` paper to Melody Maker. Both shared the same building in Fleet Street working closely together.

                        By 1969 Disc had overtaken Record Mirror as top selling colour paper and sales were very healthy. Sadly the paper suffered a loss of staff when the new progressive music paper Sounds was set up in 1970. Biggest loss was Penny Valentine. The paper was sold by IPC in 1975 to merge with Record Mirror.

                        Disc Chart History.

                        Disc ran a top 20 chart up until 6 October 1962. From this date it ran a top 30. On 29 February 1964 the paper decided to show readers when records achieved silver disc status by posting a black dot by the qualifying title alongside its position in the chart. No different distinction was made for gold discs, as they were so rare in the 1950s and 1960ís. It would just be announced in the papers news page when this happened.

                        The paper did not carry an LP chart until 1966. This appeared when Disc incorporated Music Echo into its title on 23 April 1966. From that date Disc and Music Echo also ran a top 50 singles chart; this lasted to 1 April 1967 when the paper announced that due to the unreliability of the bottom section of the chart due to low sales figures; a top 30 only would be published. On 26 August 1967 Disc and Music Echo shared Melody Makers chart. Disc did add around fifty returns to the list, but it was seen as the Melody Maker chart. From 31 August 1975 Disc was incorporated with Record Mirror.


                        Disc No 1ís, 8 February 1958 Ė 26 August 1967


                        1958

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        8 February * Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
                        8 February * The Story Of My Life (Michael Holliday) *=1
                        15 February The Story Of My Life (Michael Holliday) 2
                        1 March Magic Moments (Perry Como) 8
                        26 April Whole Lotta Woman (Marvin Rainwater) 3
                        17 May Whose Sorry Now (Connie Francis) 6
                        28 June All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers) 8
                        23 August When (Kalin Twins) 5
                        27 September Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon (Connie Francis) 5
                        1 November Bird Dog (Everly Brothers) 2
                        15 November Hoots Mon! (Lord Rockinghamís X11) 8


                        1959

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        10 January Itís Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) 3
                        31 January I Got Stung/One Night (Elvis Presley) 3
                        21 February As I Love You (Shirley Bassey) 3
                        14 March Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Platters) 3
                        4 April Side Saddle (Russ Conway) 3
                        25 April It Doesnít Matter Any More (Buddy Holly) 4
                        23 May A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight (Elvis Presley) 4
                        20 June Roulette (Russ Conway) 1
                        27 June Dream Lover (Bobby Darin) 5
                        1 August Living Doll (Cliff Richard) 5
                        5 September Only Sixteen (Craig Douglas) 5
                        10 October Here Comes Summer (Jerry Keller) 2
                        24 October Travelling Light (Cliff Richard) 6
                        5 December What Do You want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) 2
                        19 December What Do You want? (Adam Faith) 2


                        1960

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        2 January What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford) 4
                        30 January Starry Eyed (Michael Holliday) 1
                        6 February Why? (Anthony Newley) 5
                        12 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 1
                        19 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 2
                        2 April My Old Manís A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) 3
                        23 April Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 1
                        30 April Do You Mind? (Anthony Newley) 1
                        7 May Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 7
                        25 June Mama/Robot Man (Connie Francis) 2
                        9 July Good Timiní (Jimmy Jones) 2
                        23 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 4
                        20 August Apache (Shadows) 6
                        1 October Tell Laura I Love Her (Ricky Valance) 3
                        22 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 2
                        5 November + Itís Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) 7+
                        24 December I Love You (Cliff Richard) 3


                        1961

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        14 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 1
                        21 January +Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley) 5+
                        25 February Sailor (Petula Clark) 2
                        11 March Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 2
                        25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 3
                        15 April Are You sure? (Allisons) 2
                        29 April Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 1
                        6 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 3
                        27 May +Surrender (Elvis Presley) 3+
                        17 June Runaway (Del Shannon) 4
                        15 July A Girl Like You (Cliff Richard) 1
                        22 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 1
                        29 July Well I ask You (Eden Kane) 1
                        5 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 2
                        19 August Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 7
                        7 October Michael-Row The Boat (Highwaymen) 2
                        21 October Walking Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 3
                        11 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 4
                        9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 4


                        1962

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        6 January Stranger On The Shore (Acker Bilk) 1
                        13 January +The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) 5+
                        17 February Rocka Hula Baby/Canít Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) 3
                        10 March March Of The Siamese Children (Kenny Ball) 2
                        24 March Wonderful Land (Shadows) 7
                        12 May Nut Rocker (B.Bumble and The Stingers) 1
                        19 May Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley) 7
                        7 July A Picture Of You (Joe Brown) 1
                        14 July I Canít Stop Loving You (Ray Charles) 1
                        21 July I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 5
                        25 August Speedy Gonzales (Pat Boone) 2
                        8 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 4
                        6 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                        10 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                        15 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 2
                        29 December The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 5


                        1963

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        2 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 2
                        16 February The wayward Wind (Frank Ifield) 1
                        23 February Please Please Me (Beatles) 2
                        9 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
                        30 March Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                        6 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                        4 May From Me To You (Beatles) 5
                        8 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 1
                        15 June I Like It (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 5
                        20 July Iím Confessiní (Frank Ifield) 2
                        3 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 3
                        24 August Bad To Me (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                        7 September She Loves You (Beatles) 4
                        5 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) 3
                        26 October Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 5
                        30 November She Loves You (Beatles) 1
                        7 December +I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles) 5+


                        1964

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        11 January Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 2
                        25 January Hippy Hippy Shake (Swinging Blue Jeans) 1
                        1 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
                        22 February Anyone Who Had A Heart (Cilla Black) 3
                        14 March Bits And Pieces (Dave Clark Five) 1
                        21 March Little Children (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 1
                        28 March +Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) 3+
                        18 April World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
                        2 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 2
                        16 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 2
                        30 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 3
                        20 June Itís Over (Roy Orbison) 2
                        4 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 2
                        18 July +A Hard Days Night (Beatles) 4+
                        15 August Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
                        29 August Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 3
                        19 September Iím Into Something Good (Hermans Hermits) 3
                        10 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 3
                        31 October Thereís Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 2
                        14 November Baby Love (Supremes) 2
                        28 November Little Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) 1
                        5 December +I Feel Fine (Beatles) 6+


                        1965

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        16 January Yeh, Yeh (Georgie Fame) 1
                        23 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 2
                        6 February Youíve Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 1
                        13 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
                        20 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
                        6 March Itís Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
                        13 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 4
                        10 April Concrete And Clay (Unit Two + 4) 1
                        17 April +Ticket To Ride (Beatles) 4+
                        15 May A World Of Our Own (Seekers) 1
                        22 May Where Are You Now (Jackie Trent) 1
                        29 May Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 3
                        19 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 2
                        3 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
                        17 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
                        31 July +Help (Beatles) 4+
                        28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 2
                        11 September I Canít Get No, Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 2
                        25 September Make It Easy On Yourself (Walker Brothers) 1
                        2 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 5
                        6 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 3
                        27 November The Carnival Is over (Seekers) 2
                        11 December +Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (Beatles) 5+


                        1966

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        15 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 2
                        29 January Michelle (Overlanders) 2
                        12 February These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 1
                        19 February Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones) 3
                        12 March Sha La La La Lee (Small Faces) 1
                        19 March The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) 4
                        16 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 1
                        23 April You Donít Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 2
                        7 May Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann) 3
                        28 May Wild Thing (Troggs) 1
                        4 June Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra) 3
                        25 June Paperback Writer (Beatles) 2
                        9 July Sunny Afternoon (Kinks) 2
                        23 July Out Of Time (Chris Farlowe) 2
                        6 August With A Girl Like You (Troggs) 2
                        20 August Yellow Submarine/Eleonor Rigby (Beatles) 3
                        10 September All Or Nothing (Small Faces) 2
                        24 September Distant Drums (Jim Reeves) 4
                        22 October Reach Out-Iíll Be There (Four Tops) 4
                        19 November Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 2
                        3 December Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 4
                        31 December Morningtown Ride (Seekers) 1


                        1967

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        7 January Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 2
                        21 January Iím A Believer (Monkees) 4
                        18 February This Is My Song (Petula Clark) 2
                        4 March Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 5
                        8 April This Is My Song (Harry Secombe) 1
                        15 April Somethiní Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra) 2
                        29 April Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw) 3
                        20 May Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) 3
                        10 June A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procul Harum) 6
                        22 July All You Need Is Love (Beatles) 2
                        5 August San Fransisco (Scott McKenzie) 3#

                        #= 19th August was Discís last chart. From 26th it was combined with Melody Makers, with Disc contributing approximately 25% of the combined chart.




                        RECORD RETAILER


                        Record Retailer Chart History.

                        The Record Retailer chart which commenced on 12th March 1960 was the last of the major charts of the 50ís & 60ís. It originated from the independent trade magazine ďRecord RetailerĒ. This had started as a monthly in August 1959; it changed to a weekly format in March 1960 in order to be more current with trade news.

                        Its chart came about because of the feedback received from sections of the business that saw how important other charts such as N.M.E and Melody Maker were becoming to the trade. The Retailer in its first weekly issue set up facilities for a chart from surplus subscription fees from its membership.

                        The record Retailer chart was a Top 50 in size which was then (1960) larger than any of the Music paper charts. However the actual sample was extremely small, at just 30 shops phoned every Tuesday by Editor Roy Parker and his secretary Ann Smith.

                        A count back system was devised to virtually eliminate tied positions. As with other charts; it was a pointís based system. One misnomer is that it was the industry chart. This is not so; Record Retailer prided itself that it was independent from major Record Companies. It existed to serve the interests of independent record shops and to advise them on any dealings with the companies.

                        The chart was distributed to the member shops to display; only later around 1966 did record companies show much interest in it, particularly when it became a regular part of the calculations in the B.B.Cís ďPick Of The PopsĒ and ďTop Of The PopsĒ Top 20ís. Previous to 1966, not every Record retailer chart was available for ďPick Of The PopsĒ due to its later day (Tuesday) of compilation.

                        The Record Retailer chart was audited from January 1963 by the firm of Chantey, Button and Co. Other charts too, had their audits. Record Retailer had its sample size expanded from January 1964. This now became postal returns (Similar to Melody Makers) of around 75 to 80 returns from a pool of 100. The chart often suffered from wildly fluctuating positions and was quite often at odds with other charts in its positions. It was discontinued when the British Market Research Bureau chart was introduced on February 15 1969.


                        Record Retailer No 1ís. 10th March 1960 to 8th February 1969



                        1960


                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        12 March Poor Me (Adam Faith) 1
                        19 March Running Bear (Johnny Preston) 2
                        2 April My Old Manís A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan) 4
                        30 April Do You Mind? (Anthony Newley) 1
                        7 May Cathyís Clown (Everly Brothers) 7
                        25 June Three Steps To Heaven (Eddie Cochran) 2
                        9 July Good Timiní (Jimmy Jones) 3
                        30 July Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 1
                        6 August Shakiní All Over (Johnny Kidd and The Pirates) 1
                        13 August Please Donít Tease (Cliff Richard) 2
                        27 August Apache (Shadows) 5
                        1 October Tell Laura I love Her (Ricky Valance) 3
                        22 October Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) 2
                        5 November +Itís Now Or Never (Elvis Presley) 8+
                        31 December I Love You (Cliff Richard) 2



                        1961

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        14 January Poetry In Motion (Johnny Tillotson) 2
                        28 January Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley) 4
                        25 February Sailor (Petula Clark) 1
                        4 March Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers) 3
                        25 March Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) 6
                        6 May Blue Moon (Marcels) 2
                        20 May On The Rebound (Floyd Cramer) 1
                        27 May Youíre Driving Me Crazy (Temperance Seven) 1
                        3 June Surrender (Elvis Presley) 4
                        1 July Runaway (Del Shannon) 3
                        22 July Temptation (Everly Brothers) 2
                        5 August Well I Ask You (Eden Kane) 1
                        12 August You Donít Know (Helen Shapiro) 3
                        2 September Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 3
                        23 September Reach For The stars/Climb Every Mountain (Shirley Bassey) 1
                        30 September Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) 1
                        7 October Kon-Tiki (Shadows) 1
                        14 October Michael Row The Boat (Highwaymen) 1
                        21 October Walking Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro) 3
                        11 November His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley) 4
                        9 December Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughn) 3
                        30 December Moon River (Danny Williams) 2



                        1962


                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        13 January +The Young Ones (Cliff Richard) 6+
                        24 February Rocka- Hula Baby/Canít Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) 4
                        24 March Wonderful Land (Shadows) 8
                        19 May Nut Rocker (B.Bumble and The Stingers) 1
                        26 May Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley) 5
                        30 June Come Outside (Mike Sarne) 2
                        14 July I Canít Stop Loving You (Ray Charles) 2
                        28 July I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 7
                        15 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 3
                        6 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                        10 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                        15 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 3




                        1963

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

                        5 January The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 3
                        26 January Dance On (Shadows) 1
                        2 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 3
                        23 February The Wayward Wind (Frank Ifield) 3
                        16 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 2
                        30 March Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                        6 April Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 1
                        13 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 3
                        4 May From Me To You (Beatles) 7
                        22 June I Like It (Gerry and The Pace Makers) 4
                        20 July Iím Confessiní (Frank Ifield) 2
                        3 August Devil In Disguise (Elvis Presley) 1
                        10 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 2
                        24 August Bad To Me (Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas) 3
                        14 September She loves You (Beatles) 4
                        12 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) 3
                        2 November Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                        30 November She Loves You (Beatles) 2
                        14 December I Want To hold Your Hand (Beatles) 5


                        1964

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

                        18 January Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 2
                        1 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
                        22 February Diane (Bachelors) 1
                        29 February Anyone Who Had a Heart (Cilla Black) 3
                        21 March Little Children (Billy J.Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                        4 April Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) 3
                        25 April World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
                        9 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 2
                        23 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 1
                        30 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 4
                        27 June Its Over (Roy Orbison) 2
                        11 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 1
                        18 July Its All Over Now (Rolling Stones) 1
                        25 July A Hard Days Night (Beatles) 3
                        15 August Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
                        29 August Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 2
                        12 September You Really Got Me (Kinks) 2
                        26 September Iím Into Something Good (Hermans Hermits) 2
                        10 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 2
                        24 October Thereís ĖAlways Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 3
                        14 November Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 1
                        21 November Baby Love (Supremes) 2
                        5 December Little Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) 1
                        12 December I Feel Fine (Beatles) 5



                        1965

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        16 January Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame) 2
                        30 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 1
                        6 February Youíve Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 2
                        20 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
                        27 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
                        13 March Itís Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
                        20 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 3
                        10 April Concrete And Clay (Unit Four + 2) 1
                        17 April The Minute Youíre Gone (Cliff Richard) 1
                        24 April Ticket To Ride (Beatles) 3
                        15 May King Of The Road (Roger Miller) 1
                        22 May Where Are You Now? (Jackie Trent) 1
                        29 May Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 3
                        19 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 1
                        26 June Iím Alive (Hollies) 1
                        3 July Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 1
                        10 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
                        24 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
                        7 August Help (Beatles) 3
                        28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 2
                        11 September I Canít Get no-Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 2
                        25 September Make It Easy On Yourself (Walker Brothers) 1
                        2 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 5
                        6 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 3
                        27 November The Carnival Is Over (Seekers) 3
                        18 December Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (Beatles) 5


                        1966

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        22 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 1
                        29 January Michelle (Overlanders) 3
                        19 February These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 4
                        19 March The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) 4
                        16 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 2
                        30 April You Donít Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 1
                        7 May Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann) 3
                        28 May Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) 1
                        4 June Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra) 3
                        25 June Paperback Writer (Beatles) 2
                        9 July Sunny Afternoon (Kinks) 2
                        23 July Get Away (Georgie Fame) 1
                        30 July Out Of Time (Chris Farlowe) 1
                        6 August With A Girl Like You (Troggs) 2
                        20 August Yellow Submarine/Eleonor Rigby (Beatles) 4
                        17 September All Or Nothing (Small Faces) 1
                        24 September Distant Drums (Jim Reeves) 5
                        29 October Reach Out-Iíll Be There (Four Tops) 3
                        19 November Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 2
                        3 December Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones) 7

                        1967

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At no 1

                        21 January Iím A Believer (Monkees) 4
                        18 February This Is My Song (Petula Clark) 2
                        4 March Release Me (Englebert Humperdink) 6
                        15 April Somethiní Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra) 2
                        29 April Puppet On A String (Sandie Shaw) 3
                        20 May Silence Is Golden (Tremeloes) 3
                        10 June A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procul Harum) 6
                        22 July All You Need Is Love (Beatles) 3
                        12 August San Fransisco (Scott McKenzie) 4
                        9 September The Last Waltz (Englebert Humperdink) 5
                        14 October Massachussetts (Bee Gees) 4
                        11 November Baby, Now That Iíve Found You (Foundations) 2
                        25 November Let The Heartaches Begin (Long John Baldry) 2
                        9 December Hello Goodbye (Beatles) 7



                        1968

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        27 January The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (Georgie Fame) 1
                        3 February Everlasting Love (Love Affair) 2
                        17 February The Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann) 2
                        2 March Cinderella Rockafella (Esther and Abi Ofarim) 3
                        23 March The Legend Of Xanadu (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch) 1
                        30 March Lady Madonna (Beatles) 2
                        13 April Congratulations (Cliff Richard) 2
                        27 April What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) 4
                        25 May Young Girl (Union Gap) 4
                        22 June Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) 2
                        6 July Baby Come Back (Equals) 3
                        27 July I Pretend (Des O Connor) 1
                        3 August Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 2
                        17 August Fire (Arthur Brown) 1
                        24 August Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 1
                        31 August Do It Again (Beach Boys) 1
                        7 September Iíve Gotta Get A Message To You (Bee gees) 1
                        14 September Hey Jude (Beatles) 2
                        28 September Those Were The Days (Mary Hopkin) 6
                        9 November With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker) 1
                        16 November The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro) 4
                        14 December Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 3



                        1969

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        4 January Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Marmalade) 1
                        11 January Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 1
                        18 January Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Marmalade) 2
                        1 February Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) 1
                        8 February Blackberry Way (Move) 1

                        From the 15th February 1969 the new British Market Research Bureau chart was used by Record Retailer.



                        POP WEEKLY

                        Pop Weekly commenced (as a weekly publication) on the 1 September 1962.

                        The paper was run by the company responsible for the Elvis Presley Monthly magazine and also had the same editorial team (Albert Hand). It had previously been a monthly publication as Pop Monthl).

                        Pop Weekly was A5 in size and printed on glossy paper, it very much resembled a booklet in this format.

                        It sometimes featured incisive articles about the music industry. In late 1964 the paper ran a three part series on the various music and trade paper charts which were most informative.

                        Pop Weekly had some very `out-of-step` results in its popularity polls. One such in 1965 resulted in an Elvis Presley `B` side winning the best rated single of the year award!

                        Once the `pop boom` died down in 1965 the paper struggled to keep going. The overwhelming majority of its readership was avid Elvis Presley fans which tailed off a little as 1966 neared. By early 1966 sales were in steep decline. On the 12 February 1966 the paper combined with Show Monthly becoming Pop And Show Monthly with no charts printed.

                        Pop Weekly chart History.

                        Upon its first weekly edition on 1 September 1962 it commenced a top 30 singles chart. This chart was based on around 20 to 30 phone calls to shops. The magazine never produced a LP chart, so large selling LPs would sometimes be listed. This was similar to the practise in New Musical Express and Disc. From 13 November 1965 the chart became a top 10. On 27 November 1965 sales charts ended. From the next week; only a `readers write in` of favourite top 20 titles was printed until the papers conclusion on 12 February 1966.

                        Pop Weekly no 1ís -1 September 1962 to 27 November 1965. List of `Write In` No 1ís -4 December 1965 to 12 February 1966.


                        1962

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        1 September I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 3
                        22 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 3
                        13 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                        17 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                        22 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 3



                        1963

                        Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                        12 January The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 1
                        19 January Dance On (Shadows) 3
                        9 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 3
                        2 March Please Please Me (Beatles) 2
                        16 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
                        6 April Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                        13 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                        11 May From Me To You (Beatles) 4
                        8 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                        22 June I Like It

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Oh dear! It posted twice! Sorry! I'll try to get the other chart No 1s on now!

                          POP WEEKLY

                          Pop Weekly commenced (as a weekly publication) on the 1 September 1962.

                          The paper was run by the company responsible for the Elvis Presley Monthly magazine and also had the same editorial team (Albert Hand). It had previously been a monthly publication as Pop Monthl).

                          Pop Weekly was A5 in size and printed on glossy paper, it very much resembled a booklet in this format.

                          It sometimes featured incisive articles about the music industry. In late 1964 the paper ran a three part series on the various music and trade paper charts which were most informative.

                          Pop Weekly had some very `out-of-step` results in its popularity polls. One such in 1965 resulted in an Elvis Presley `B` side winning the best rated single of the year award!

                          Once the `pop boom` died down in 1965 the paper struggled to keep going. The overwhelming majority of its readership was avid Elvis Presley fans which tailed off a little as 1966 neared. By early 1966 sales were in steep decline. On the 12 February 1966 the paper combined with Show Monthly becoming Pop And Show Monthly with no charts printed.

                          Pop Weekly chart History.

                          Upon its first weekly edition on 1 September 1962 it commenced a top 30 singles chart. This chart was based on around 20 to 30 phone calls to shops. The magazine never produced a LP chart, so large selling LPs would sometimes be listed. This was similar to the practise in New Musical Express and Disc. From 13 November 1965 the chart became a top 10. On 27 November 1965 sales charts ended. From the next week; only a `readers write in` of favourite top 20 titles was printed until the papers conclusion on 12 February 1966.

                          Pop Weekly no 1ís -1 September 1962 to 27 November 1965. List of `Write In` No 1ís -4 December 1965 to 12 February 1966.


                          1962

                          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                          1 September I Remember You (Frank Ifield) 3
                          22 September Sheís Not You (Elvis Presley) 3
                          13 October Telstar (Tornadoes) 5
                          17 November Lovesick Blues (Frank Ifield) 5
                          22 December Return To Sender (Elvis Presley) 3



                          1963

                          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                          12 January The Next Time/Bachelor Boy (Cliff Richard) 1
                          19 January Dance On (Shadows) 3
                          9 February Diamonds (Jet Harris and Tony Meehan) 3
                          2 March Please Please Me (Beatles) 2
                          16 March Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard) 3
                          6 April Foot Tapper (Shadows) 1
                          13 April How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                          11 May From Me To You (Beatles) 4
                          8 June Do You Want To Know A Secret? (Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas) 2
                          22 June I Like It (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                          20 July Iím Confessiní (Frank Ifield) 4
                          17 August Sweets For My Sweet (Searchers) 2
                          31 August Bad To Me (Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas) 3
                          21 September She Loves You (Beatles) 3
                          12 October Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) 3
                          2 November Youíll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and The Pacemakers) 4
                          30 November She Loves You (Beatles) 1
                          7 December +I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles) 7+


                          1964

                          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                          25 January *Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five)
                          *Hippy Hippy Shake (Swinging Blue Jeans) *=1
                          1 February Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five) 1
                          8 February Needles And Pins (Searchers) 3
                          29 February Anyone Who Had A Heart (Cilla Black) 4
                          28 March +Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) +4
                          25 April World Without Love (Peter and Gordon) 2
                          9 May Donít Throw Your Love Away (Searchers) 2
                          23 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 2
                          6 June Your My World (Cilla Black) 3
                          27 June Its Over (Roy Orbison) 2
                          11 July House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) 1
                          18 July +A Hard Days Night (Beatles) 5+
                          22 August Do Wah, Diddy-Diddy (Manfred Mann) 2
                          5 September Have I The Right? (Honeycombs) 2
                          19 September You Really Got Me (Kinks) 2
                          3 October Iím Into something Good (Hermans Hermits) 2
                          17 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 2
                          31 October Thereís Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) 3
                          21 November Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 1
                          28 November Baby Love (Supremes) 1
                          5 December +I Feel Fine (Beatles) +7


                          1965


                          Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                          23 January Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame) 1
                          30 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 2
                          13 February Youíve Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 1
                          20 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
                          27 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
                          13 March Itís Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 1
                          20 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 4
                          17 April +Ticket To Ride (Beatles) +6
                          29 May Where Are You Now (Jackie Trent) 1
                          5 June Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 2
                          19 June Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley) 3
                          10 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 2
                          24 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
                          7 August Help (Beatles) 3
                          28 August *Help (Beatles)
                          *I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) *=1
                          4 September I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 2
                          18 September I Canít Get No-Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 2
                          2 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 1
                          9 October If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Manfred Mann) 4
                          6 November Almost There (Andy Williams) 1
                          13 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 3

                          From 4 December through to final edition dated 12 February 1966 the chart is a ďReaders Write InĒ Poll of Top Twenty favourite songs. Just for interest these are-

                          4 December 1965 Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 1
                          11 December 1965 1.2.3 (Len Barry) 3
                          1 January 1966 We Can Work It Out /Day Tripper (Beatles) 4
                          29 January 1966 Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 2
                          12 February 1966 Michele (Overlanders) 1

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            And again!

                            MERSEYBEAT/MUSIC ECHO


                            Merseybeat started on 13 July 1961 as a bi-weekly publication. It started to publish a top 20 chart in 1963, but was still only published on alternate weeks. It was only a regional paper at first, covering the Liverpool and North West England music scene. Editor was Bill Harry who was an enthusiastic supporter of local acts.

                            Even before they became national favourites, the Beatles were extremely well known in the Merseyside region circa 1960 - 61. By early 1962 the paper was avidly reporting the hundreds of local groups who were becoming successful throughout the North of England.

                            As the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Searchers and the Mersey Beat sound swept the UK the papers sales soared. It was necessary to become a national publication to cater for demand.

                            Though Merseybeat became a national music paper in 1963 it was still a bi-weekly publication. It finally became a weekly in April 1964. By the autumn of 1964 Beatles manager Brian Epstein bought shares in the paper and an injection of finance. This enabled Merseybeat to start producing colour covers from December 3 1964, which gave it a very professional look

                            As the `beat boom` died down in 1965 it was obvious that the `Mersey` sound was all but dead. As a national paper, Merseybeat changed title to Music Echo but still kept a Mersey Beat section devoted to Liverpool region acts on the back page.

                            By 1966 sales were falling off rapidly and the paper was obviously doomed. Some form of `saviour` came when rival paper Disc incorporated Music Echo as part of an overhaul to colour. The new Disc And Music Echo was formed on 23 April 1966. That title lasted until 1972.

                            Bill Harry did not join the new Disc And Music Echo, joining colour rival Record Mirror, writing a Liverpool region column through to late 1967.

                            Merseybeat / Music Echo Chart History.


                            On 24 April 1964 the paper and its chart became weekly. The top 20 did not publish `Last Week` figures to show where each records previous weekly placing was It was only based on about ten stores surveyed as there wasnít much money to finance a very thorough chart until Brian Epstein acquired a share in the paper in late September 1964.

                            By December 1964 the paper produced the nations first top 100 chart. This appeared on 3 December 1964 and was based on approximately 40 to 50 postal returns. The paper underwent a change of title on March 6 1965 to Music Echo mainly because by then Merseybeat was becoming an out of date title.

                            The top 100 chart would sometimes be reduced to a top 75 or 50 if Bank Holidays or lower sales dictated. The chart eventually reduced to regular top 50 size on 8 January 1966 due to lower sales levels of records.

                            Merseybeat changed its date of publication at times during 1964 which caused its chart to be out of step with other lists, it finally stabilised on Friday publication (alongside most music papers) starting 2 January 1965. The paper ceased on 16 April 1966. It was incorporated into Disc which from 23 April 1966 became Disc And Music Echo. Music Echo had also been the first music paper to publish a top 50 LP charts on 29 May 1965; pre-empting Record Retailers top 50 LP chart by almost a year.


                            Merseybeat No 1ís;- 24 April 1964 to 16 April 1966


                            1964

                            Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                            24 April Canít Buy Me Love (Beatles) 1
                            1 May Donít Throw Your Love away (Searchers) 2
                            15 May Juliet (Four Pennies) 1
                            22 May Youíre My World (Cilla Black) 5
                            25 June Here I Go Again (Hollies) 1
                            2 July +House Of The Rising Sun (Animals) +1
                            9 July +Long Tall Sally E.P (Beatles) +1
                            16 July Itís All Over Now (Rolling Stones) 1
                            23 July +A Hard Days Night (Beatles) +4
                            20 August Do Wah, Diddy-Diddy (Manfred Mann) 3
                            10 September You Really Got Me (Kinks) 2
                            24 September Where Did Our Love Go (Supremes) 1
                            1 October Iím Into Something Good (Hermans Hermits) 1
                            8 October Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) 6
                            19 November All Day, And All Of The Night (Kinks) 1
                            26 November +Little Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) +1
                            3 December +I Feel Fine (Beatles) +4


                            1965

                            Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

                            2 January Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame) 2
                            16 January Terry (Twinkle) 1
                            23 January Go Now (Moody Blues) 2
                            6 February Youíve Lost That Loving Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 2
                            20 February Tired Of Waiting For You (Kinks) 1
                            27 February Iíll Never Find Another You (Seekers) 2
                            13 March The Last Time (Rolling Stones) 4
                            10 April The Minute Youíre Gone (Cliff Richard) 1
                            17 April +Ticket To Ride (Beatles) +4
                            15 May King Of The Road (Roger Miller) 2
                            29 May Where Are You Now? (Jackie Trent) 1
                            5 June Long Live Love (Sandie Shaw) 1
                            12 June The Price Of Love (Everly Brothers) 2
                            26 June Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Who) 1
                            3 July Iím Alive (Hollies) 1
                            10 July Looking Through The eyes Of Love (Gene Pitney) 1
                            17 July Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) 2
                            31 July +Help (Beatles) +4
                            28 August I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 1
                            4 September I Canít Get No- Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 1
                            11 September I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 1
                            18 September *I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)
                            *I Canít Get No- Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) *=1
                            25 September Tears (Ken Dodd) 2
                            9 October If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Manfred Mann) 2
                            23 October Tears (Ken Dodd) 2
                            6 November Here It Comes Again (Fortunes) 1
                            13 November Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones) 1
                            20 November My Generation (Who) 2
                            4 December The Carnival Is Over (Seekers) 1
                            11 December +Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (Beatles) +5


                            1966

                            Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks at No 1

                            15 January Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group) 3
                            5 February Michelle (Overlanders) 2
                            19 February These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra) 2
                            5 March Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones) 1
                            12 March Sha La, La, La, Lee (Small Faces) 1
                            19 March I Canít Let Go (Hollies) 1
                            26 March The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine Any More (Walker Brothers) 3
                            16 April Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group) 1

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                            • #15
                              And yet again!


                              TOP POPS/MUSIC NOW

                              Top Pops began in May 1967 as a monthly paper, though sometimes it would appear every three weeks. The paper carried a colour cover, centre and pack pages. It had higher colour content than either Disc and Music Echo or Record Mirror.

                              Original editor was the noted author Colin Bostock-Smith. The paper also employed for its first ten issues writer Miranda Ward. Miranda was very much in touch with the music scene of 1967 and had a radio spot on the newly set up Radio One.

                              The paper went bi-weekly in publication in November 1967 and finally weekly in June 1968 on its 26 issue.

                              Colin Bostock-Smith resigned in mid 1968 due to editorial disagreement with the papers owner MP Woodrow Wyatt. The paper struggled for a while, but sales picked up in 1969. The change in the music scene away from pure chart music was noticed by the paper and it started to change its style to compliment this.

                              The paper was virtually alone in having a column by staffer ďWaxie MaxieĒ (Max Needham) covering 1950s `Rock Ní Roll` and the current `Rock Revivalist acts.

                              Album reviews became extensive and the outdoor festival events were avidly covered. From issue 89 the paper started calling itself Top Pops - Music Now with emphasis on the latter.

                              In March 1970 the paper underwent a full change to being titled Music Now and renumbering each issue from its first publication as Music Now edition number one from 21 March 1970.

                              The launch of the music paper Sounds which was aimed at the `Progressive` side of the music scene helped to undermine Music Now. Sales started to fall quickly and by early 1971 the paper was in terminal decline. No known date of the final issue is known due to the scarcity of editions from this period. May 1971 has been mentioned as the final appearance of the paper. So far the latest edition held by the author is 27rth February 1971 which is where the chart ends.

                              Max Needham continued his ďMaxie WaxieĒ column for a few years in Record Mirror.

                              The paper recruited talented record reviewer Karen De Groot

                              It only started to run a chart on 25 May 1968. The paper was still a bi-weekly then, but it went to a weekly issue on 22 June 1968. The chart was compiled by its first editor Colin Bostock-Smith from branches of WH Smith And Son after the paper gave advertising space to the firm. Bostock-Smith phoned to a dozen branches of Smiths for each list of best selling records. The paper became Top Pops-Music Now on 20 September 1969; it re-launched as Music Now on 21 March 1970, the size of sample expanded to between 30 to 40 stores. The paper ceased in March 1971.

                              Top Pops/Music Now No 1ís 25 May 1968 to 27 February 1971

                              * Note!. The first two Bi-Weekly charts are included because it was only a very brief period.

                              1968

                              Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                              25 May Young Girl (Union Gap) 2 bi-weekly = 4
                              22 June Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) 3
                              13 July Baby Come Back (Equals) 2
                              27 July Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 2
                              10 August Fire (Arthur Brown) 1
                              17 August Mony Mony (Tommy James and The Shondelles) 2
                              31 August Iíve Gotta Get a Message To you (Bee Gees) 1
                              7 September +Hey Jude (Beatles) +4
                              5 October Those Were The Days (Mary Hopkin) 5
                              9 November With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker) 2
                              23 November The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro) 2
                              7 December Lily The Pink (Scaffold) 5

                              1969

                              Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No 1

                              11 January Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Marmalade) 2
                              25 January Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) 4
                              22 February Half As Nice (Amen Corner) 2
                              8 March Where Do You Go To? (Peter Sarstedt) 2
                              22 March I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye) 4
                              19 April The Israelites (Desmond Dekker) 2
                              26 April Get Back (Beatles) 3
                              24 May My Sentimental Friend (Hermans Hermits) 2
                              7 June Dizzy (Tommy Roe) 2
                              21 June The Ballad of John and Yoko (Beatles) 2
                              5 July Oh Happy Day (Edwin Hawkins Singers) 1
                              12 July In The Ghetto (Elvis Presley) 1
                              19 July Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman) 1
                              26 July Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones) 2
                              9 August Saved By The Bell (Robin Gibb) 2
                              23 August My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder) 1
                              30 August In The Year 2525 (Zagar and Evans) 4
                              27 September Donít Forget To Remember (Bee Gees) 1
                              4 October Iíll Never Fall In Love again (Bobbie Gentry) 2
                              18 October JíTaime (Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg) 2
                              1 November Sugar Sugar (Archies) 2
                              15 November Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac) 2
                              29 November Call Me Number One (Tremeloes) 2
                              13 December Ruby (Kenny Rodgers and the First Edition) 1
                              20 December Two Little Boys (Rolf Harris) 6



                              1970

                              Date Title Artist (Brackets) Weeks At No1

                              31 January Reflections Of My Life (Marmalade) 1
                              7 February Love Grows (Edison Lighthouse) 3
                              28 February I Want You Back (Jackson Five) 3
                              21 March Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel) 5
                              25 April Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum) 4
                              23 May Back Home (England World Cup Squad) 1
                              30 May Yellow River (Christie) 3
                              13 June In The Summertime (Mungo Jerry) 4
                              11 July All Right Now (Free) 4
                              8 August The Wonder Of You (Elvis Presley) 3
                              29 August Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles) 4
                              26 September Band Of Gold (Freda Payne) 5
                              31 October Black Night (Deep Purple) 1
                              7 November Woodstock (Matthews Southern Comfort) 3
                              28 November Indian Reservation (Don Fardon) 1
                              5 December I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds) 2
                              19 December When Iím Dead And Gone (McGuinness Flint) 3


                              1971

                              9 January Grandad (Clive Dunn) 3
                              30 January My Sweet Lord (George Harrison) up to 27 Feb. 5

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                              • #16
                                At last! Every UK No1 to 1988! Cheers!

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                                • #17
                                  Do you have the same for Albums?

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                                  • #18
                                    I did make a list of No 1 albums (R. Morror, R.Retailer, M.Maker, NME, Disc & Music Echo, Music Echo, Top Pops/Music Now, R.Retailer, BMRB) a few years back Jimmy.; but I never got around to putting it on Mem stick as a document! Not even sure where I put that list now! So many documents in storage, it would take an age to find it!

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                                    • #19
                                      UPDATE!! I checked one of my old mem sticks and I `DO` have some UK Album chart No 1's - but only some! M.Maker, NME, Disc & M.Echo and R.Retailer. I can put those up on a new thread!

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                                      • #20
                                        As a point of interest how did you collate all those charts - did you purchase all the papers (a right fortune) or researched in a library or got help from a number of friends?

                                        In the 1960s I bought NME, my brother bought DISC and I purchased a limited number of Record Mirror and Melody Maker.

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                                        • #21
                                          Brian! I spent a fortune on old music papers and I also went to the music Librarys in Colindale and Euston to get photo copies of many charts! Dave McAleer also sent me many charts and only asked postal costs!

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                                          • #22
                                            Here are the `Top Pops / Music Now` No 1 lps. The chart only ran 25 May 1968 to 27 Feb 1971 when the paper ceased!

                                            Top Pops / Music Now

                                            1968

                                            25 May `This is Soul` (Various) 7
                                            13 July `Ogdens Nut Gone Flake` (Small Faces) 3
                                            3 Aug `Crazy World of Arthur Brown` (Arthur Brown) 3
                                            24 Aug `Bookends` (Simon and Garfunkel) 5
                                            28 Sept `Mr Wonderful` (Fleetwood Mac`) 1
                                            5 Oct `Hollies Greatest Hits` (Hollies) 2
                                            19 Oct `Live at the Talk of the Town` (Seekers) 2
                                            2 Nov `Hollies Greatest Hits` (Hollies) 2
                                            16 Nov `The Good the Bad and the Ugly` (Soundtrack) 1
                                            23 Nov `Hollies Greatest Hits` (Hollies) 2
                                            7 Dec `The Beatles (White Album)` 7


                                            1969

                                            25 Jan `Best of the Seekers` (Seekers) 4
                                            22 Feb `Diana Ross & Supremes, Join the Temptations` (Diana Ross, Supremes & Temptations) 4
                                            22 March `Goodbye` (Cream) 7
                                            10 May `Best of the Seekers` (Seekers) 1
                                            17 May `On the Threshold of a Dream` (Moody Blues) 2
                                            31 May `Nashville Skyline` (Bob Dylan) 4
                                            28 June `On the Threshold of a Dream` (Moody Blues) 1
                                            5 July `This is Tom Jones` (Tom Jones) 4
                                            2 Aug `According to my Heart` (Jim Reeves) 2
                                            16 Aug `Stand Up` (Jethro Tull) 5
                                            20 Sept `Blind Faith` (Blind Faith) 1
                                            27 Sept `At San Quentin` (Johnny Cash) 1
                                            4 Oct `Abbey Road` (Beatles) 12
                                            27 Dec `Let it Bleed` (Rolling Stones) 9


                                            1970

                                            28 Feb `Bridge Over Troubled Water` (Simon and Garfunkel) 10
                                            9 May `McCartney` (Paul McCartney) 2
                                            23 May `Bridge Over Troubled Water` (Simon and Garfunkel) 1
                                            30 May `Let it Be` (Beatles) 4
                                            27 June `Live at Leeds` (Who) 1
                                            4 July `Bumpers` (Various Ė Sampler) 2
                                            18 July `Five Bridges Suite` (Nice) 2
                                            1 Aug `Fire and Water` (Free) 1
                                            8 Aug `Bridge Over Troubled Water` (Simon and Garfunkel) 3
                                            29 Aug `A Question of Balance` (Moody Blues) 3
                                            19 Sept `Get Yer Ya Ė Yaís Out` (Rolling Stones) 4
                                            17 Oct `Paranoid` (Black Sabbath) 2
                                            31 Oct `Atom Heart Mother` (Pink Floyd) 3
                                            21 Nov `Led Zeppelin III ` (Led Zeppelin) 3
                                            12 Dec `New Morning` (Bob Dylan) 4



                                            1971

                                            9 Jan `Emerson, Lake and Palmer` (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) 2
                                            23 Jan `Bridge Over Troubled Water` (Simon and Garfunkel) 3
                                            13 Feb `All Things Must Pass` (George Harrison) 3#

                                            # = `Music Now` ceased after 27th February 1971 issue.

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                                            • #23
                                              FYI, I thought I'd add 2 links of these 2 Wiki articles for the UK #1's across the many charts of the day, 1952 to 1988. Done in a spreadsheet style, comparing the various music papers in separate columns.

                                              First, the Wiki article of UK #1's from 1952 to 1969, for NME, Record Mirror, Melody Maker, Disc, and Record Retailer. This has been around for years, I'm sure many of you have seen and referred to this often. Many thanks to whomever cranked it out:

                                              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...es_(1952-1969)


                                              Then there's the followup, UK #1's from 1969 to 1988, for BMRB, NME, Melody Maker, Top Pops/Music Now, and Gallup. This was just put together this week by Hoffman forum member "W.B.", who has posted over there some incredible UK #1 threads by decade, with images of 45s and sleeves, and commentary by fellow Hoffman-ites.

                                              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...es_(1969-1988)

                                              Most interesting to see how NME, Melody Maker, and Top Pops/Music Now compared and contrasted (with their sampled record shop averaged sales rankings), against the new BMRB/Gallup era of sampled record shop summed actual sales.

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