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    I have just completed the uk record charts dating from 7th January 1950 up to 1960. Is anybody interested ?

  • #2
    What do you mean by "completed"? Are these your own charts or have you obtained them from somewhere? The only sales charts I've seen from prior to November 1952 were a number of charts posted on usenet many years ago which were compiled from sales records kept by one record shop which the poster of the charts was in possession of. The only other chart was based on Sheet Music sales though I don't know if they have already been posted at ukmix. I don't recall seeing them here though.

    However, if you do have sales charts from those years I would be very interested in seeing them.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by juliecarter
      I have just completed the uk record charts dating from 7th January 1950 up to 1960. Is anybody interested ?
      Yes offcourse...

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      • #4
        YES !!!!

        LET THEM COME ....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by juliecarter
          I have just completed the uk record charts dating from 7th January 1950 up to 1960. Is anybody interested ?
          Hi Julie welcome to UKMIX We would love to see these charts of yours. Just ignore Robbie, he doesn't bite
          Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Graham76man
            Originally posted by juliecarter
            I have just completed the uk record charts dating from 7th January 1950 up to 1960. Is anybody interested ?
            Hi Julie welcome to UKMIX We would love to see these charts of yours. Just ignore Robbie, he doesn't bite
            oh, I didn't mean it in a rude way! Reading back I can see that it can be read that way I just wasn't sure what the original poster meant by "completed" and was wondering whether these charts were sales or sheet music charts.

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            • #7
              I am bound to say on this issue that if Julie does have any kind of sales-based charts of recorded musical performances as opposed to sheet music from the 1950-'52 period, she would be in possession of some seriously game-changing information, given that, as Robbie has already confirmed, the only known rankings of songs that pre-date NME's first stab at a chart based on sales of discs in November 1952 were charts based on sales of sheet music, which was I believe had been available albeit perhaps periodically since the mid-1930s, and were perceived by the industry for many years as being the main component of, and therefore driver of, music-related sales in the UK, until the 1950s when sales of 78rpm discs began to make a more significant impact on the scene. I have never quite been persuaded that sales of releases (singles, if not albums) before the early '50s were that insignificant, and so it would be utterly fascinating for me and all chartologists to peruse even a very limited and unsophisticated attempt by anyone to rank singles by sales before the crucial November 1952 threshold.

              But I should stresst that it would be absolute total gold to discover anything earlier than Percy Dickens' maiden efforts at NME - and any posts would inevitably be made the subject of very serious scrutiny; not least by enthusiasts on this site!

              In any case, welcome Julie. If you have only sheet music charts after all, don't be afraid to post them herein as I don't know anyone else has. And if you were just teasing and wanted to test reactions, then fair enough. I daresay even the keenest of chart geeks can laugh it off!!

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              • #8
                You can extract the UK sheet music charts from Billboard, if you can get hold of the issues. There are some on Google's site. You have to use a capture software to get the charts off the screen, unless you are a fast hand writer or typist. I have not seen any other source of UK music paper's sheet music charts.
                As you know the Real Chart top 40 started 1948, which is sales based. However I just can't find all the release records to put the full top 40's together. Plus the time taken to actually construct these charts is big! Added to the fact with the changeover to the new system and software I have a back log of charts just to re-correct what I have already done!
                Someday I might be able to present at least what the top 40's looked like, but adding that sales figures will take twice as long.
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                • #9
                  Hi, folks, newbie making my first post. I've been lurking for a number of years, but finally found a reason to join!

                  Apologies if this has already been discussed, but are you aware of the book that will be published in November that will list the weekly UK Top 30 selling 78s from 1940 to 1952? Having read the story behind it, I have to say it left me feeling slightly dubious, but as the book seems to have OCC endorsement, I must assume it's genuine! Take a look at this: www.missingcharts.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    I tried posting this earlier, but I suspect I triggered the spam detector! In case you're not aware, there is a book, listing the weekly Top 30 UK 78s from 1940 to 1952, due for publication in November. The book has OCC's blessing. As Gambo said - "absolute total gold."

                    I'll try and avoid triggering the spam detector again - you need to go to a website that has missingcharts followed by dot co dot uk. You can see a few excerpts from pages as well as the story behind the charts. It did strike me as a little too good to be true, but the OCC seem to have swallowed it as genuine!

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                    • #11
                      Yes they really are sales charts! Some chap managed to get music publishers to supply returns and data to him and he collected it all together to make real charts.
                      This explains it here:
                      http://missingcharts.co.uk/foreword.html
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                      • #12
                        This "missing chart story" sounds too beautiful to be true. Why these charts have never surfaced before? What made those publishers eventually share their sales data with the bloke? Somehow i can believe they could do it once, but doing that on a week-by-week basis and even dug out their 8 years archives to share with him... It's beyond me.
                        If such a stuff as publisher's Charts existed why didn't they publish them anywhere for advertising purpose? If there was no idea of advertising, then what was the reason to compile them anyway?
                        I'm looking for "TOP POPS/MUSIC NOW" and "MERSEYBEAT / MUSIC ECHO" Charts to complete my 60's singles charts collection.

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                        • #13
                          Read the Link!
                          Bits from it to wet your appetite:
                          The star of this remarkable enterprise turns out to be one Colin Brown, a man readily known within the music industry, having worked variously as a performer, musician, manager, agent, and back-room boy for various music publishers and record companies, for more years than he cared to remember. In more recent years he operated as a consultant, specialising in ‘vintage’ music, and he handled upwards of thirty or so out-of-copyright releases each year. Colin’s infatuation with record sales and charts had bitten in the late ‘40s, and once he realised that there were no readily available stats for him to consult, he’d set about compiling his own

                          How he got the figures:
                          He subsequently approached a couple of the larger music publishers – who, back in those days, owned various record wholesale and distribution companies – and asked if he might be allowed to see their weekly sales figures. Although they declined, as this information was confidential, Chappells eventually agreed to let him have historical data, showing the sales reps’ order and re-order sheets, and once he was up and running, the other publishers and wholesalers followed suit. Colin began to collate the information and he also set up a system where he would be supplied with re-order sheets on a regular weekly basis. When he asked about historical sales figures, he was delighted to find that he was able to get re-orders going back to 1940, and so his data-collecting began in earnest.

                          They seem to be genuine. Backed off with some top chart people to give it credence. Remember it took while 1977 to get the first Chart Book made.
                          Sounds like the chap one Colin Brown just couldn't get it published before.

                          "Once his work was ‘finished’, so to speak, he had to decide what he was going to do with it. Colin first tried to get his chart data published in the mid-‘50s – but this was long before such books existed and he was unable to get a regular publisher interested in the project, whereupon he decided to try and do it himself. Having shopped around he found a printer willing to try and print the book in ‘down time’, at a ‘special rate’, and pre-paid around 50% of the fee. Indeed, he twice put the project with printers – the second time in the ‘60s, some ten years later, once he’d seen the birth of chart books – partially pre-paying them each time. But both went out of business before they could deliver. On each occasion Colin very nearly lost his precious database and it was setbacks like these that led to him gradually losing interest in the project, and his listings gathering dust for forty-odd years."

                          Is seems that from what I've read that they date from 1940 to 1952, presumably a ten top for each week. And they are sales figures not sheet music positions.
                          The method involved to collect the data means it's going to be more accurate than the NME charts of the 1950's and the sample methods used by later compilers of charts. For they are shipment figures for ALL shops, not just a some in London and then a scattering from elsewhere. At least that's how I read it!
                          I've got it on my wish list on Amazon, for it's on there - just not in stock!
                          Link below.
                          http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-British-..._gw_p_t_2_B4R5
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                          • #14
                            Could a mod rename this thread say to: New Chart Book 1940-52
                            As the title seems to be misleading.
                            Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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                            • #15
                              As the Book goes from January 1940 to October 1952, it means that 2 Charts will still be 'missing. Those of
                              W/E 1st November & W/E 8th November 1952. Unless people repeat the Chart of 25th October for 2 Weeks.

                              That is if the Book uses Saturday as its Week Ending Dates.

                              I wonder if someone will add the Chart Stats in the Book, to those of November 1952 to September 2013
                              Singles Chart History? For a start Guy Mitchell would be a much bigger Act, as would Nat 'King' Cole'. As well
                              as Vera Lynn.


                              Zeus555

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                              • #16
                                There's a bigger problem than that.
                                These charts are a top 30! So you are going to have a massive fall out when switching over as the NME chart was only really a top ten!
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                                • #17
                                  I've been told that the biggest UK Singles Chart Act, from 1940 to October 1952, was Bing Crosby.

                                  This is shown in the Book, apparently.

                                  I'm not surprised. He had about 41 USA No.1 Hits from 1927 to 1948. With 27 of them pre-dating 1940 & Billboard.

                                  In Australia, he had about 29 No.1 Hits from 1943 to 1957. With 24 of them from 1943 to 1949. Until 1949 the Australian
                                  Charts were Monthly. In 1945 he was No.1 from February to December. There were 7 No.1's in that time, & all were by him.

                                  So, if someone were to combine the Data in the Missing Charts Book, with November 1952 to 2013 Chart History, we may well
                                  find that Bing Crosby has more No.1's than Elvis Presley, (21), & The Beatles, (17).

                                  Zeus555

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                                  • #18
                                    Amazon (and several other book sites) originally had a publication date of 3rd August for this book, but I received an email from Amazon saying it would be delayed. More recently, I used the "contact us" link on the publisher's website to ask when it would be available and they responded to say they expect stock to be in the country around mid to end of October.

                                    In the meantime, many of you will be fascinated by this site which I stumbled upon recently: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/popmusichistory

                                    As well as the weekly UK Top 30 charts from 1950 / 51 / 52 (unfortunately there's no clue as to where these originated, so whether or not they are the same as will be in the forthcoming book is impossible to say), you'll also find chart logs for the NME, MM, D&ME, RM and the complete Cash Box singles chart logs, by decade, from the 1950s through to 1996. And there's a set of spreadsheets which compares the peak positions of records on each of the NME, Guinness, RM, MM, Pop Weekly, D&ME, UK Sheet and US Pop charts.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by MyFriendJack
                                      In the meantime, many of you will be fascinated by this site which I stumbled upon recently: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/popmusichistory

                                      As well as the weekly UK Top 30 charts from 1950 / 51 / 52 (unfortunately there's no clue as to where these originated, so whether or not they are the same as will be in the forthcoming book is impossible to say), you'll also find chart logs for the NME, MM, D&ME, RM and the complete Cash Box singles chart logs, by decade, from the 1950s through to 1996. And there's a set of spreadsheets which compares the peak positions of records on each of the NME, Guinness, RM, MM, Pop Weekly, D&ME, UK Sheet and US Pop charts.
                                      Those countdown's can only be either the sales charts used in the book or sheet music charts. However since they contain mulity artist songs in different positions these charts can only be those sales charts. As to my knowledge nobody else compiled any sales charts earlier than 1952, apart from sheet music charts. But if these were sheet music then only one song title would appear. There wouldn't have been another for example "Goodnight Irene" at 18 if there was one at 4.

                                      Additional information added

                                      The 1952 sales charts do extend to the end of the year. Comparing the first NME chart to the "sales chart" reveals some odd instances. For example two records in that NME chart are below 30 on the other chart. And Max Bygraves in the NME chart doesn't appear at all on the other.

                                      General points with these 1950 to 52 charts. One conclusion is that there are two many tied records particular around the number one spot, with a tendency to be the same songs, just by different artists. If these are sales based of whatever kind, I think it highly unlikely that the number one or two records would sell the same amount. Further down yes, because record buyers can be a bit regular! Therefore it's suggest some kind of "points" system is in place, similar to which that was used by the NME in their first charts. Thus balancing sales out. And therefore not a simple adding up of what each record sold.
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                                      • #20
                                        This is nothing short of a revelation then. Still seems to be too good to be true - I hope this doesn't turn out to be the UK singles chart equivalent of the Hitler Diaries! Still, it would be a hugely elaborate and wasteful con so it looks like it's to be accepted as genuine. It's just a crying shame Mr Brown didn't keep his arrangement going after November 1952 as we may have more reliable data that arguably would rival or supplant the NME as the default chart of repute for the 1950s, and certainly a bigger listing for the mid-'50s. I shall definitely be ordering the tome which the website suggests is published early November.

                                        By the way, the dates used for these 1940s charts seem to be Mondays presumably week-commencing rather than Saturdays ending.

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                                        • #21
                                          But Gambo they do go past November 1952. For example here's the chart for December 20 1952. Note that Because Your Mine appears in several different places. That could not happen in a Sheet Music chart. And also it's a top 42!
                                          20-Dec-52 1 1 HERE IN MY HEART AL MARTINO Capitol CL13779
                                          20-Dec-52 3 2 WALKIN' TO MISSOURI TONY BRENT Columbia DB3147
                                          20-Dec-52 2 3 ISLE OF INNISFREE BING CROSBY Brunswick 04900
                                          20-Dec-52 4 4 HALF AS MUCH ROSEMARY CLOONEY Columbia DB3129
                                          20-Dec-52 NEW 5 BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13811
                                          20-Dec-52 6 6 FORGET-ME-NOT VERA LYNN Decca F9985
                                          20-Dec-52 15 7 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS JOHNNIE RAY Columbia DB3154
                                          20-Dec-52 4 8 HALF AS MUCH ALMA COGAN HMV B10338
                                          20-Dec-52 11 9 ZING A LITTLE ZONG BING CROSBY & JANE WYMAN Brunswick 04981
                                          20-Dec-52 7 10 FEET UP GUY MITCHELL Columbia DB3151
                                          20-Dec-52 8 11 SUGARBUSH DORIS DAY & FRANKIE LAINE Columbia DB3123
                                          20-Dec-52 8 11 SUGARBUSH EVE BOSWELL Parlophone R3561
                                          20-Dec-52 8 11 SUGARBUSH STARGAZERS Decca F9960
                                          20-Dec-52 19 14 YOU BELONG TO ME JO STAFFORD Columbia DB3152
                                          20-Dec-52 12 15 THE HOMING WALTZ ALMA COGAN HMV B10307
                                          20-Dec-52 12 15 THE HOMING WALTZ VERA LYNN Decca F9959
                                          20-Dec-52 35 17 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER BING CROSBY Brunswick 04581
                                          20-Dec-52 21 18 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13811
                                          20-Dec-52 19 19 YOU BELONG TO ME ALMA COGAN HMV B10344
                                          20-Dec-52 14 20 BLUE TANGO RAY MARTIN Columbia DB3051
                                          20-Dec-52 25 21 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS JIMMY YOUNG Decca F9986
                                          20-Dec-52 16 22 SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13774
                                          20-Dec-52 36 23 BELLE OF THE BALL MANTOVANI Decca F9956
                                          20-Dec-52 36 23 BELLE OF THE BALL RAY MARTIN Columbia DB3072
                                          20-Dec-52 17 25 WALKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME JOHNNIE RAY Columbia DB3060
                                          20-Dec-52 17 25 WALKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13774
                                          20-Dec-52 30 27 BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE MARIO LANZA HMV DA2017
                                          20-Dec-52 28 28 MY LOVE AND DEVOTION DORIS DAY Columbia DB3157
                                          20-Dec-52 28 28 MY LOVE AND DEVOTION PERRY COMO HMV B10357
                                          20-Dec-52 26 30 AUF WIEDERSEH'N SWEETHEART VERA LYNN Decca F9927
                                          20-Dec-52 27 31 BLUE TANGO ALMA COGAN HMV B10338
                                          20-Dec-52 22 32 MEET MR. CALLAGHAN CYRIL STAPLETON Decca F9974
                                          20-Dec-52 31 33 FAITH JIMMY YOUNG Po;ygon P1041
                                          20-Dec-52 22 34 MEET MR. CALLAGHAN LES PAUL Capitol CL13793
                                          20-Dec-52 22 34 MEET MR. CALLAGHAN RAY MARTIN Columbia DB3150
                                          20-Dec-52 31 36 FAITH VAUGHN MONROE HMV B10320
                                          20-Dec-52 33 37 I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING ALMA COGAN HMV B10344
                                          20-Dec-52 33 37 I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING PATTI PAGE Oriole CB1129
                                          20-Dec-52 38 39 COMES A-LONG A-LOVE KAY STARR Capitol CL13808
                                          20-Dec-52 42 40 OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN EDDIE FISHER HMV B10362
                                          20-Dec-52 44 41 TAKES TWO TO TANGO LOUIS ARMSTRONG Brunswick 04995
                                          20-Dec-52 43 42 OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN VERA LYNN Decca F10009
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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by Graham76man
                                            But Gambo they do go past November 1952. For example here's the chart for December 20 1952. Note that Because Your Mine appears in several different places. That could not happen in a Sheet Music chart. And also it's a top 42!
                                            20-Dec-52 1 1 HERE IN MY HEART AL MARTINO Capitol CL13779
                                            20-Dec-52 3 2 WALKIN' TO MISSOURI TONY BRENT Columbia DB3147
                                            20-Dec-52 2 3 ISLE OF INNISFREE BING CROSBY Brunswick 04900
                                            20-Dec-52 4 4 HALF AS MUCH ROSEMARY CLOONEY Columbia DB3129
                                            20-Dec-52 NEW 5 BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13811
                                            20-Dec-52 6 6 FORGET-ME-NOT VERA LYNN Decca F9985
                                            20-Dec-52 15 7 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS JOHNNIE RAY Columbia DB3154
                                            20-Dec-52 4 8 HALF AS MUCH ALMA COGAN HMV B10338
                                            20-Dec-52 11 9 ZING A LITTLE ZONG BING CROSBY & JANE WYMAN Brunswick 04981
                                            20-Dec-52 7 10 FEET UP GUY MITCHELL Columbia DB3151
                                            20-Dec-52 8 11 SUGARBUSH DORIS DAY & FRANKIE LAINE Columbia DB3123
                                            20-Dec-52 8 11 SUGARBUSH EVE BOSWELL Parlophone R3561
                                            20-Dec-52 8 11 SUGARBUSH STARGAZERS Decca F9960
                                            20-Dec-52 19 14 YOU BELONG TO ME JO STAFFORD Columbia DB3152
                                            20-Dec-52 12 15 THE HOMING WALTZ ALMA COGAN HMV B10307
                                            20-Dec-52 12 15 THE HOMING WALTZ VERA LYNN Decca F9959
                                            20-Dec-52 35 17 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER BING CROSBY Brunswick 04581
                                            20-Dec-52 21 18 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13811
                                            20-Dec-52 19 19 YOU BELONG TO ME ALMA COGAN HMV B10344
                                            20-Dec-52 14 20 BLUE TANGO RAY MARTIN Columbia DB3051
                                            20-Dec-52 25 21 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS JIMMY YOUNG Decca F9986
                                            20-Dec-52 16 22 SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13774
                                            20-Dec-52 36 23 BELLE OF THE BALL MANTOVANI Decca F9956
                                            20-Dec-52 36 23 BELLE OF THE BALL RAY MARTIN Columbia DB3072
                                            20-Dec-52 17 25 WALKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME JOHNNIE RAY Columbia DB3060
                                            20-Dec-52 17 25 WALKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME NAT 'KING' COLE Capitol CL13774
                                            20-Dec-52 30 27 BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE MARIO LANZA HMV DA2017
                                            20-Dec-52 28 28 MY LOVE AND DEVOTION DORIS DAY Columbia DB3157
                                            20-Dec-52 28 28 MY LOVE AND DEVOTION PERRY COMO HMV B10357
                                            20-Dec-52 26 30 AUF WIEDERSEH'N SWEETHEART VERA LYNN Decca F9927
                                            20-Dec-52 27 31 BLUE TANGO ALMA COGAN HMV B10338
                                            20-Dec-52 22 32 MEET MR. CALLAGHAN CYRIL STAPLETON Decca F9974
                                            20-Dec-52 31 33 FAITH JIMMY YOUNG Po;ygon P1041
                                            20-Dec-52 22 34 MEET MR. CALLAGHAN LES PAUL Capitol CL13793
                                            20-Dec-52 22 34 MEET MR. CALLAGHAN RAY MARTIN Columbia DB3150
                                            20-Dec-52 31 36 FAITH VAUGHN MONROE HMV B10320
                                            20-Dec-52 33 37 I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING ALMA COGAN HMV B10344
                                            20-Dec-52 33 37 I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING PATTI PAGE Oriole CB1129
                                            20-Dec-52 38 39 COMES A-LONG A-LOVE KAY STARR Capitol CL13808
                                            20-Dec-52 42 40 OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN EDDIE FISHER HMV B10362
                                            20-Dec-52 44 41 TAKES TWO TO TANGO LOUIS ARMSTRONG Brunswick 04995
                                            20-Dec-52 43 42 OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN VERA LYNN Decca F10009
                                            Yes, but all the three versions of Sugarbush are at the same position. And the same is for all the other songs with different versions. Very strange. This chart seems coming from a sheet chart.
                                            italian charts: http://www.it-charts.it/ (old web site) http://www.italycharts.com/ (will be out on next months)

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                                            • #23
                                              It does seem that way, but it doesn't match the sheet music chart of the time. According to the book "First Hits" Nat King Cole's version of "Because You're Mine" (with the same catalogue number) was released in October 1952 but is shown here as a debut (maybe sales were not so immediate back then, I don't know). I look forward to a more full analysis in a month or so.

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by GaryG
                                                It does seem that way, but it doesn't match the sheet music chart of the time. According to the book "First Hits" Nat King Cole's version of "Because You're Mine" (with the same catalogue number) was released in October 1952 but is shown here as a debut (maybe sales were not so immediate back then, I don't know). I look forward to a more full analysis in a month or so.
                                                It might all be explained away by the method used to compile these "new" charts. From what I understand they are not retailer charts, but music publisher's returns.
                                                The Nat King Cole track is also a double AA side and the other side is listed at 18. So it suffers from the same problem as the NME chart, which also lists it as a new entry by the way around the same date.
                                                I was hoping that the record numbers around Capitol CL13811 would hint at an earlier or later release date. But none of them made the NME charts, so we can't use that method to confirm it's release date.
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                                                • #25
                                                  Regarding the release date query for 'Because Your Mine', it is possible that the official date given for release of that disc was October 1952, but for some reason the actual distribution of the stock to retail was delayed a while, perhaps due to logistical problems. Mind you I haven't heard of an instance where such delays ran into weeks.

                                                  The entry of this single as high as No 5 - assuming this is a Colin Brown sales returns from publishers ranking - as late as 20th December is peculiar. Had it slipped in quietly at a low berth one could perhaps suggest that it had taken a while for its sales to rise to a point where it could rank within a Top 40. I understand that as a rule discs were issued on Fridays in the 1950s, and as the last Friday in October 1952 was the 31st, it could've been feasible that this one took its time to 'climb' throughout November before breaching the chart threshold by mid-December. It is true that singles took far longer to reach sales peaks then than now. But this sudden arrival apparently from nowhere at 5 after what would have been at least six weeks on release - and from such a major artist too - would seem to debunk that explanation.

                                                  I believe the NME also lists this record as having initially charted in the same week (issue dated 19th December), at No 6, which clearly corresponds roughly to the position in this chart.

                                                  Maybe 'First Hits' just got it wrong? Let's face it, numerous errors have been made in all Chart books over the years, from those accidentally written in during the compilation of the original manuscripts through to those made in the printing process, and these made it into publication despite proof reads etc. I have found citation of dates particularly prone to this. Anyone without deep knowledge of the original data would take these 'facts' as read, especially from the only tome available on the topic (which I believe 'FH' was - and is, at least until the forthcoming publication appears).

                                                  I know there are copies of release lists available dating back to the early 1960s, but I don't know if any have been uploaded for the 1950s that could verify release dates and settle this sort of discrepancy.

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