Record Mirror archive on the internet

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Postby RokinRobinOfLocksley » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:49 pm

The website American Radio History is building an online archive for Record Mirror, the weekly UK music paper that ran from 1954 to 1991. It started the 2nd UK singles chart in 1955 after NME began theirs in 1952. Though they ceased running their own chart in 1962, instead starting carrying the Record Retailer chart. Living music history awaits every reader !!

Up so far are 70 issues of the 60s, 35 issues of the early 70s, all issues of 1974-1978 and 1980:

Also be sure to hover over the menu button Music Magazines to the Music Industry button to see 21 other UK and US music mags begin procured and archived, including all the big UK and US chart mags/papers.

If anyone has any missing issues of any of the mags/papers listed, I'm sure they'd like to hear from you. I contacted them once before, they will work with you, either accepting your scans, or paying for shipping and return postage for you to send your mags over for them to scan and return.

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Postby Robbie » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:20 am

Yeah, I'd noticed this a few months ago. I think someone here at ukmix had posted about the website and the Record Mirror issues that had been posted up to that point back then. The website is an excellent resource and it's good to see all the old Record Mirror issues that David has made available. I keep hoping that he'll add 1979 and 1981 sometime soon but he currently seems to be concentrating on adding issues from the 1960s and early 1970s.
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Postby Graham76man » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:06 pm

This is so fantastic. There's many of the major titles on here including some Music Weeks.
This will be excellent for pinning down when records were released, especially the early 60's and 50's material as the precise release dates for records are hard to come by.

I was reading a few of the Music Weeks and I didn't know that in 1988 many of the big stores including Woolies were going to remove Gallup's chart machines due to a new chart rule. It was settled at the last minute after a heated exchange of letters between the boss of Woolworth's and Gallup.
Apparently Gallup were concerned about some stores being unfair to some labels and acts. But the stores took it as Gallup nosing into their trade figures.
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Postby fiesta » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:11 pm

I was looking for something else & found Althia & Donna uptown top ranking sold 400,000 (RM 13/5/78) not bad for a one hit wonder!
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Postby Gambo » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:30 pm

Just had a rather lean period this afternoon at work and took a more extended delve into this archive - you're right guys; absolutely fascinating stuff in there! Especially-so for those of us who were not necessarily subscribers/readers of these publications at the time or weren't even born when some were first issued! Shame there is still such a paucity of MWs on there, but the RM section is already quite well-stocked, albeit clustered in certain years. Actually it's just as well there isn't more material yet, as I'd be constantly reading it and never doing any work!

Thanks for the heads-up here; even if I'd come across this site, I never would've guessed from its title ('American Radio History') that it would've contained any UK publications.
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