Welcome back. Here, at last, are the 'missing' chart positions 41-50 for the seventies, 41-75 for the seventies and eighties and nineties and some between 76 and 100 later on as well. After a long break away, and much typing and sorting, I can now reveal the charts.
Many, many, many thanks are due to Polyhex and to Hanboo. Without whom this would not have been possible. As always, if you spot an error, please let me know. The database that exports the charts is very easy to alter and update. I've also altered the format a little, adding some color, and hopefully this will all work out in the end. The idea is to get a uniform approach to the charts, with exceptions being those, very few, records to spend more than 99 weeks on the chart. Any record spending that long on the chart deserves to have a style of it's own.
Also, as always, no (c) infringement is intended and I do know that the Official UK Charts Company own the (c) for all these charts. If they wish the posts will be removed. Only I hope they don't wish!
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Now, the charts. I'll try and add some sort of commentary to them, as best I can and time permitting. If you don't like this, it won't be too large!
We left the charts at the turning point in 1969 / 1970. On 15-Feb-1969 the BBC started to pay for an official Singles chart to be compiled and, after some teething problems, the chart settled down by the end of 1969. Many people have posted that the Record Retailer Singles Charts of the 1960's where the least accurate of the charts, and the BBC Chart remained fairly inaccurate, in terms of scope of sample, for the rest of 1969. By 1970 the chart had started to gain recognition as THE chart, helped no end by Top Of The Pops.
And so 1970 starts. Rolf Harris was spending his seventh week at number 1 on the 3rd of January, a chart that is a repeat of the previous weeks Top 50. Number 1's this year also come from Clint Eastwood (perhaps best forgotten) and the Eurovision Song Contest Winner for 1970, Dana. And yes, that was Ireland, not the UK. We lost in 1970 as well . . . .
The number 1 artist of the year was Elvis Presley with 58 weeks on chart. Frank Sinatra came in second with 47, with a peak of only 24 on the Singles Charts. His only record this year - 'My Way'. Thjis record eventually left the chart on 01-Jan-1972, 122 weeks and 8 re-entires later after it's debut at 50 on 05-Apr-1969. It actually left at 50 as well.
1970 saw 15 number 1 records (280-294), the longest runner being 7 weeks for Mungo Jerry with 'In The Summertime' charting, at 1, in June, July and August. In the summertime. A record Gareth Gates and the Kumas murdered (or re-invigorated, depending who you talk to) went to number 1 for Norman Greenbaum, with 'Spirit In The Sky', and the year ended with the Christmas number 1 coming from Dave Edmunds and 'I Hear You Knocking'. 1971 and Clive Dunn, George Harrison, T. rex, Slade and Benny Hill was waiting just around the corner.