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post Mar 22 2015, 09:01 PM
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Someone asked about this on Facebook the other day but I can't find the original post, and I thought it might be of some interest here.

It shows the 50 artists with the longest gaps between appearances in the Top 10 in the UK singles chart. All chart days are re-set to Saturdays for ease of comparison, dates shown are the date of the last appearance before the "gap" and the first appearance that broke the "gap". All refer to named apperances only, so for example Robin Gibb's multiple Top 10s with the Bee Gees don't break his sequence as a named individual, that didn't happen until his appearance on "(Barry) Island In The Stream"

It doesn't matter whether the Top 10 re-appearance was with new material or a re-release of old stuff, it just matters that that act made the Top 10 again!

Robin Gibb 13-Sep-69 to 21-Mar-09
Leeds United FC 27-May-72 to 29-May-10
Perez Prado 20-Sep-58 to 13-May-95
Nancy Sinatra 23-Oct-71 to 04-Jun-05
Cat Stevens 29-Jan-72 to 25-Dec-04
Lou Reed 02-Jun-73 to 31-Jul-04
Mamas & Papas 26-Aug-67 to 02-Aug-97
Donny Osmond 15-Feb-75 to 02-Oct-04
Yes 08-Oct-77 to 28-May-05
Tony Christie 10-Jul-71 to 23-Jan-99
Pink Floyd 26-Jan-80 to 13-Jan-07
Sham 69 25-Aug-79 to 24-Jun-06
Louis Armstrong 01-Jun-68 to 26-Nov-94
Mick Jagger 12-Oct-85 to 18-Feb-12
Paul McCartney 10-Jun-89 to 07-Feb-15
Nat King Cole 17-Nov-62 to 26-Dec-87
Andy Williams 23-Feb-74 to 27-Mar-99
Sam Cooke 28-Apr-62 to 29-Mar-86
Leo Sayer 10-Apr-82 to 18-Feb-06
Carl Douglas 12-Oct-74 to 13-Jun-98
Rolf Harris 21-Feb-70 to 13-Feb-93
Isaac Hayes 08-May-76 to 26-Dec-98
Roy Orbison 08-Oct-66 to 21-Jan-89
Elvis Presley 04-Oct-80 to 22-Jun-02
Petula Clark 08-Apr-67 to 24-Dec-88
Righteous Brothers 22-Mar-69 to 27-Oct-90
Gene Pitney 06-Jan-68 to 21-Jan-89
Temptations 24-Jul-71 to 22-Feb-92
Bing Crosby 17-Aug-57 to 24-Dec-77
Dubliners 03-Jun-67 to 11-Apr-87
David Bowie 03-Apr-93 to 19-Jan-13
Brian May 03-Oct-92 to 10-Mar-12
Vanilla Ice 09-Feb-91 to 13-Feb-10
Kate Bush 22-Nov-86 to 05-Nov-05
Real Thing 21-Jun-86 to 23-Apr-05
Al Martino 16-Oct-54 to 04-Aug-73
Nina Simone 15-Feb-69 to 21-Nov-87
Dusty Springfield 11-Jan-69 to 22-Aug-87
Guru Josh 24-Mar-90 to 01-Nov-08
Kool & The Gang 10-Aug-85 to 27-Dec-03
Smurfs 12-Aug-78 to 07-Sep-96
Free 10-Feb-73 to 02-Mar-91
Blondie 14-Feb-81 to 13-Feb-99
Kirsty MacColl 09-Jan-88 to 31-Dec-05
Pogues 09-Jan-88 to 31-Dec-05
Des O'Connor 04-Jan-69 to 06-Dec-86
A-Ha 09-Apr-88 to 04-Feb-06
Eric Clapton 24-Aug-74 to 21-Mar-92
Mike Berry 16-Feb-63 to 30-Aug-80
Robin Beck 10-Dec-88 to 27-May-06

with both ends of the Kirsty MacColl and Pogues gap being "Fairytale Of New York", if you want to treat that as one, the 50th place would then be with

Smokie 11-Sep-76 to 20-Nov-93

As usual, please let me know of any errors or omissions.
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post Mar 22 2015, 09:56 PM
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Smokie 11-Sep-76 to 20-Nov-93

Smokie's gap went from 1978 (Oh Carol) to 1995 (Living Next Door To Alice (Who The F**k Is Alice)), but the length seems about right!

Thanks for the list, though!
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post Mar 22 2015, 09:57 PM
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Thanks for that list. I'm not sure I'd count Leeds United FC as the line-ups will have been completely different.
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