UK Disco Charts (Record Mirror)

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Postby DiscoDeeJay » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:15 am

Hi everyone, I'm new to this Forum, but an avid lover of chart facts and stats, so please bear with me, as I find my feet.

I am assisting with the running of a Blog which reproduces James Hamilton's weekly Disco Page and Disco Charts from Record Mirror Magazine, beginning with his very first column on 28 June 1975 and has just about reached the end of 1979. Hopefully, we will reproduce every Disco Column and Chart through till the end of 1990.

Throughout the years, the chart changed numerous times in both name and composition, as it developed into the foremost record of UK Dance music, through the 70's and 80's:

28/6/75 - 13/8/77: Disco Top 20
20/8/77 - 18/3/78: Disco Top 50 + “Breakers” (usually 10 positions, sometimes less)
25/3/78 - 6/2/82: Disco Top 90 + “Breakers” (records simply listed in column rather than ranked; not always printed)
13/2/82 - 6/3/82: Disco Top 90 + Pop-Oriented Dance Top 75 + “Breakers”
13/3/82 - 29/5/82: Disco Top 90 + Pop-Oriented Dance Top 75 + Nightclubbing Top 10 (compiled by Paul Barron, resident DJ at Tiffany's in Rotterdam; synthpop and new wave-heavy) + “Breakers”
5/6/82 - 31/7/82: Disco 45's Top 90 + Nightclub Top 65 (similar in content to old Pop-Oriented Dance chart) + “Breakers”
7/8/82 - 4/9/82: Disco 45's Top 90 + Nightclub Top 65 + “Gay Top 20” (Hi-NRG) + “Breakers”
11/9/82 - 13/11/82: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 65 + “Boystown Disco Top 20” (Hi-NRG) + “Breakers”
20/11/82 - 12/3/83: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 40 + “Boystown Disco Top 30” + “Breakers”
19/3/83 - 10/9/83: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 50 + “Boystown Disco Top 30” + “Breakers”
17/9/83 - 19/11/83: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 30 + “Boystown Disco Top 30” + “Breakers”
26/11/83 - 28/1/84: Disco Top 85 + Boystown Disco/Hi-NRG Top 30 + “Breakers”
4/2/84 - 25/2/84: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 30 + “Hi-NRG Disco Top 30” + “Breakers”
3/3/84 - 21/4/84: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 40 + “Hi-NRG Disco Top 30” + “Breakers”
28/4/84 - 21/9/84: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 50 (sometimes 60 places) + “Hi-NRG Disco Top 30” (sometimes 35, 40, or even 50 places) + “Breakers”
28/9/84 - 30/3/85: Disco Top 85 + Nightclub Top 40 (sometimes 50 places) + “Hi-NRG Disco Top 30”
6/4/85 - 21/9/85: RM Disco Top 85 + Hi-NRG Top 30
28/9/85 - 23/11/85: Disco Top 100 + Hi-NRG Top 30
30/11/85 - 30/5/87: Disco Top 100 + Eurobeat Top 30
6/6/87 - 15/8/87: Disco Top 100 + Hi-NRG Top 30
22/8/87 - 6/3/88: Black Dance Top 100 + Pop Dance Top 50 (sometimes 40 or 30 places) + Hi-NRG Top 30 (sometimes 40 or 50 places)
13/3/88 - 18/6/88: The Club Chart (100 places) + Pop Dance Top 20 + Hi-NRG Top 50
25/6/88 - 11/2/89: The Club Chart (100 places) + Pop Dance Top 20 + Hi-NRG Top 40
18/2/89 - 11/3/89: The Club Chart (100 places) + Hi-NRG Top 40
18/3/89 - 28.12.90: The Club Chart (100 places)

The blog can be found at www.jameshamiltonsdiscopage.com and hopefully some will find it useful.
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Postby DiscoDeeJay » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:23 am

We're still short of a few issues to complete what will be a unique record of the UK's Disco/Dance music history through the 70's and 80's. If anyone has access to the following issues of Record Mirror or can provide a link to where I can find them (without paying £20 a time on ebay), it would be greatly appreciated:

5 July - 30 Aug, 1975 (9 issues) - Disco Chart and James Hamilton Column.
9 Mar - 14 Sep, 1985 (27 issues) - Disco Chart only.
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Postby CatoFur » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:07 pm

Sounds like a worthy project. Thanks for doing this
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Postby Robbie » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:28 pm

Hi DiscoDeeJay and welcome to UKMix.

I've been following your blog since it started after the owner of the website at which the charts were originally posted (discomusic.com?) removed most of the content of the website including the forum in which the charts were posted.

I post at another board where I can remember a poster saying he did have some back issues of Record Mirror from the 70s and 80s. I've sent a PM to the poster I think it may be (though I'm not 100% sure if it is the correct poster) and have sent him a link to this thread. If it is the correct poster hopefully he may be able to help. Back in the day I used to have all the issues you are after but I binned 10 full years worth of RMs at the end of September 1985. And yes, the price of RMs that are on sale at ebay are sometimes a ridiculous price.
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Postby Robbie » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:01 pm

A follow up: the poster I was thinking of isn't the one who has the back issues you are after. In which case I can't remember who it is who may (or may not!) have them.

As a suggestion, and as the poster I contacted suggested and assuming you live in the UK, all back issues of Record Mirror are held in the British Library in London. Photocopying or scanning all you after won't be cheap but will be a lot cheaper than buying multiple back issues of RM from ebay...
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Postby kingofskiffle » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:11 pm

British Library now allow own photography using smart phones so is free if you can make it down.
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Postby chartwatcherdl » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:24 pm

I was able to supply DiscoDeejay with the pages that he was missing. I am in the process of scanning in all issues of my Record Mirror collection (1974-1991) before I have to see if I can find a new home for them.
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Postby Borobear » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:05 am

I remember buying Record Mirror every Thursday morning from 1974 onwards. Can't remember when I gave up but it must have been the late 1980's.

It would be great to see again some of those older editions of the magazine.

Would you consider passing the scans to David at americanradiohistory.com, they would complement the early Disc and NME magazines that are currently on there?
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Postby Borobear » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:44 am

9 issues of Record Mirror published on americanradiohistory.com, all from 1973 so I am not sure of the source but if it was you, chatwatcherdl, thank you. Also been catching up on the 1975 James Hamilton columns you passed to discodeejay. There were some weird records in those Disco charts!
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Postby chartwatcherdl » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:03 pm

It was me. More will be appearing there very soon.

If anyone out there is interested in acquiring the original magazines, please pm me.
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Postby Robbie » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:19 pm

chartwatcherdl wrote:It was me. More will be appearing there very soon.

If anyone out there is interested in acquiring the original magazines, please pm me.
Thanks for that and I'll also send you a PM later.

I did contact the owner of americanradiohistory.com last November via PM here at ukmix to make him aware of another website that had made available a number of Record Mirror's from 1973 and 1974 but my PM went unread and I deleted it a few weeks ago as it was obvious it was never going to be read.

If anyone wants to download them then the web page is http://www.dxarchive.com/press_record_mirror.html. There's also a couple of issues of Disc from 1971 and an NME from 1976. Not all issues are complete though, the website owner is a DX (pirate radio) fan so many issues are simply the front page, the chart pages and radio news related scans. The website owner is happy for anyone who wants to download them to do so.

One thing I'll say as an observation: the thread starter here came searching for some Record Mirror's but then seemingly vanished two days after signing up. He never even came back to thank chartwatcherdl! I can never understand why people sign up somewhere, ask for a favour and then just disappear without a trace. It's not a criticism of the poster as such but it would have been nice for him to have come back to thank chartwatcherdl. And I'm not being negative as I like his blog, it's great to read James Hamilton's columns and seeing the old Disco charts as they were one of the first things I used to read at Record Mirror. In the late 70s and to the mid 80s I must have bought about 1,000 12" singles, most of which were disco music.
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Postby Borobear » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:33 pm

chartwatcherdl, thanks for sending those scans, looking forward to seeing more issues soon. Really enjoyed reading the Radio news in those issues as Commercial Radio was just starting in the UK at that time.

Robbie, I agree with your comments on discodeejay. It is a great website and is close to being where they finished off on discomusic.com but to just register here, promote the website and not come back is poor form. As for americanhistory.com I reckon an email to David via his website would get a better response even though I would expect him to check here more frequently than he does. Still we should be thankful to both of them for great memories. By the way, are you enjoying the wonderful weather in the North East?
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Postby Robbie » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:12 pm

Borobear wrote:chartwatcherdl, thanks for sending those scans, looking forward to seeing more issues soon. Really enjoyed reading the Radio news in those issues as Commercial Radio was just starting in the UK at that time.

Robbie, I agree with your comments on discodeejay. It is a great website and is close to being where they finished off on discomusic.com but to just register here, promote the website and not come back is poor form. As for americanhistory.com I reckon an email to David via his website would get a better response even though I would expect him to check here more frequently than he does. Still we should be thankful to both of them for great memories. By the way, are you enjoying the wonderful weather in the North East?
I certainly am! We've had it all today, very heavy snow, blizzards even, high winds, thunder and lightening. At one stage the snow was blowing around so much there was zero visibility and literally everything was just white. There's close to 8 inches of snow in my back garden. And many of the buses in Tyne And Wear and Northumberland have been taken off the roads tonight. The last time that happened was in November and December 2010.

There was a great picture of Middlesbrough's ground on Look North tonight. It was totally covered in snow. And they are supposed to have a game taking place on Friday...

I'll contact David by email. I did originally think of doing that but thought a PM would be better as I don't think he knows who I am so wouldn't recognise my actaul name (which really is Robbie!). For a month after I sent the PM he didn't visit ukmix but then visited a few times over Christmas and in January. But when February came around I just concluded he was never going to read the PM so just deleted it.
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Postby trebor » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:47 pm

Thanks @Robbie, et al. :D
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Postby andrej » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:03 am

chartwatcherdl
thank you very much for your work and for sharing those wonderful magazines with us.
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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