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> One Week Wonders in the UK Chart, An ongoing journey through the shortest lived hits (now in Mar 1984)
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post Oct 22 2019, 01:50 AM
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As chartologists we often spend a lot of time discussing the biggest selling hits, or those that spent the longest in the charts. Or perhaps those hits that 'would have been' number ones if a chart rule had've been different, or if a different chart source had been used for a certain time period. We also, of course, spend time each week looking at the newly released charts.

But it occured to me that sometimes it can be more interesting for nostalgia purposes, or to better understand the past, to look at the more obscure details, rather than always rehashing the most well-known and well worn facts and stories, and if we're going for the obscure, then why not go the whole hog and look at the very obscurest chart hits, the ones that spent a single solitary week in the charts and were never seen (or more accurately heard from) again. Sometimes these were minor releases from otherwise major stars (in the 50s these could simply be the 'other side' of a major hit), some others were knock-off versions of hits that charted for longer in a more well-known version. At the other extreme sometimes the week of chart action represents the only week that that chart act ever appeared on the chart.

This then is the journey I propose we go on. I intend to plod along from the first chart in 1952 to within a few weeks of whatever the current date will be when/if I get that far, and detail those chart entries each week that never got another week of chart action ever. I intend to be a bit liberal with regard to what constitutes the same single, so that if a song later charted as a remixed, re-issued or re-recorded version then I will generally consider that to be the same song having further chart action and thus not include it here, though if the act is slightly different (say an old hit has been reversioned with an additional act or acts added/featured) then I probably will still include it if it only charted for a week. I also intend to be as accurate as possible in terms of sourcing the charts etc. I have already done the basic research for the 50's, using the NME chart book, and am in the process of checking against the OCC website, just to catch any re-emergences that may have happened in the download/streaming eras (probably only xmas-based tracks, but you never know). I will use the Record Retailer Top 50 through to 1978 (I believe there is a xmas week in the 60s where Record Mirror published a new chart and RR didn't, so that should be referred too as well), then move to the full 75 from 1978-1983. I'm undecided on whether or not to move to the Top 100 from 1983-1991, as I believe the OCC versions are compressed, as are all publically available sub 75 positions in that era. The OCC also has a Top 100 from February 1994, so we'll have to make a judgement on that too nearer the time, as I don't know if those sub 75s are compressed or uncompressed (or change between the two at different times between then and the download era). I do also have the Chartwatch books from 1995 to 2001, and gather that they use the uncompressed top 200s until May 2001, so may refer to the 75-100 portion of those. I'll have to see what will both make sense and be reasonably manageable to actually compile the ongoing list from.

*Original comment edited to add two ongoing lists, one of all the One Week Wonder singles so far, and another of all the acts and artists so far whose entire UK chart career was one week:
Singles
01. 1952/11/15 – 10 – Vera Lynn – Auf Wiedersehen (Sweetheart) – Decca F 9927 ▲
02. 1952/11/15 – 12 – Johnnie Ray – Walkin’ My Baby Back Home – Columbia DB 3060
03. 1952/11/22 – 09 – Al Martino – Take My Heart – Capitol 13769
04. 1953/01/10 – 11 – Jimmy Young – Faith Can Move Mountains – Decca F 9986
05. 1953/01/17 – 11 – Ted Heath and his music – Vanessa – Decca F 9983
06. 1953/01/24 – 12 – Tony Brent – Got You On My Mind – Columbia DB 3226
07. 1953/01/31 – 10 – The Mills Brothers – The Glow Worm – Brunswick 05007
08. 1953/02/21 – 12 – Dickie Valentine – Broken Wings – Decca F 9954
09. 1953/03/07 – 11 – Joni James – Why Don’t You Believe Me? – MGM 582 ▲
10. 1953/03/21 – 11 – Frankie Laine – The Girl In The Wood – Columbia DB 2907
11. 1953/03/21 – 12 – Buddy Morrow – Night Train – HMV B 10347
12. 1953/04/04 – 12 – Doris Day and Johnnie Ray – Ma Says, Pa Says – Columbia DB 3242
13. 1953/04/18 – 11 – Doris Day and Johnnie Ray – Full Time Job – Columbia DB 3242
14. 1953/06/06 – 07 – Dickie Valentine – In A Golden Coach (There’s A Heart Of Gold) – Decca F 10098
15. 1953/06/06 – 11 – Vera Lynn – The Windsor Waltz – Decca F 10092
16. 1953/06/06 – 12 – Dorothy Squires – I’m Walking Behind You – Polygon P 1068
17. 1953/07/11 – 12 – Vivian Blaine – Bushel And A Peck – Brunswick 05100
18. 1953/10/03 – 09 – David Whitfield – The Bridge Of Sighs – Decca F 10129
19. 1954/01/30 – 11 – Frankie Vaughan with The Peter Knight Singers – Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – HMV B 10599
20. 1954/02/27 – 11 – Guy Mitchell – Sippin’ Soda – Philips PB 210B
21. 1954/04/10 – 12 – Stargazers – The Happy Wanderer – Decca F 10259
22. 1954/04/17 – 10 – Nat ‘King’ Cole – Tenderly – Capitol CL 14061
23. 1954/05/08 – 08 – Jo Stafford – Make Love To Me! – Philips PB 233 ▲
24. 1954/07/10 – 12 – Frank Sinatra – Young-At-Heart – Capitol CL 14065
25. 1954/11/06 – 18 – Joan Regan with The Johnston Brothers – Wait For Me, Darling – Decca F 10362
26. 1954/11/06 – 19 – Dickie Valentine – Endless – Decca F 10346
27. 1954/11/13 – 17 – Norman Brooks – A Sky-Blue Shirt And A Rainbow Tie – London L 1228
28. 1954/12/11 – 16 – Perry Como – Papa Loves Mambo – HMV B 10776
29. 1955/01/22 – 16 – Max Bygraves – Mister Sandman – HMV B 10801
30. 1955/02/05 – 13 – Mario Lanza – Drink Drink Drink (The Drinking Song) – HMV DA 2065
31. 1955/02/12 – 20 – The De Castro Singers with Skip Martin and his Orchestra – Teach Me Tonight – London HL 8104
32. 1955/02/19 – 16 – Joan Weber – Let Me Go Lover – Philips PB 389 ▲
33. 1955/03/05 – 20 – The Stargazers – Somebody – Decca F 10437
34. 1955/03/12 – 20 – Frankie Laine – In The Beginning – Philips PB 404
35. 1955/04/02 – 20 – The McGuire Sisters – No More – Vogue Coral Q 72050
36. 1955/04/23 – 17 – Frankie Vaughan – Tweedle Dee – Philips PB 423
37. 1955/04/23 – 20 – Georgia Gibbs – Tweedle Dee – Mercury MB 3196
38. 1955/05/07 – 19 – Joan and Rusty Regan – Open Up Your Heart – Decca F 10474
39. 1955/05/21 – 20 – Johnnie Ray – Paths Of Paradise – Philips PB 441
40. 1955/06/18 – 20 – Liberace – Unchained Melody – Philips PB 430
41. 1955/07/23 – 20 – The Five Smith Brothers – I’m In Favour Of Friendship – Decca F 10527
42. 1955/09/03 – 18 – Frank Sinatra – Not As A Stranger – Capitol CL 14326
43. 1955/09/10 – 20 – Doris Day – Love Me Or Leave Me – Philips PB 479
44. 1955/09/17 – 18 – Tony Bennett – Close Your Eyes – Philips PB 445
45. 1955/09/24 – 17 – Alma Cogan – The Banjo’s Back In Town – HMV B 10917 (A)
46. 1955/09/24 – 20 – Charlie Applewhite with Victor Young and Chorus – Blue Star – Brunswick 05416
47. 1955/10/01 – 16 – Sammy Davis Jr – That Old Black Magic – Brunswick 05450
48. 1955/10/08 – 19 – Sammy Davis Jr – Hey There – Brunswick 05469
49. 1955/10/22 – 18 – The Central Band of The Royal Air Force – The Dam Busters March – HMV B 10877
50. 1955/10/29 – 20 – Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra – Blue Star (The Medic Theme) – Parlophone R 4074
51. 1955/11/12 – 16 – Frankie Laine – Hummingbird – Philips PB 498
52. 1955/11/26 – 20 – The Coronets – Twenty Tiny Fingers – Columbia DB 3671
53. 1955/12/17 – 17 – Alma Cogan – Twenty Tiny Fingers – HMV POP 129 (A)
54. 1955/12/31 – 09 – The Johnston Brothers and The George Chisholm Sour-Note Six – Join In And Sing Again – Decca F 10636
55. 1955/12/31 – 24 – Perry Como – Tina Marie – HMV POP 103
56. 1956/01/14 – 19 – Edna Savage – Arriverderci Darling – Parlophone R 4097
57. 1956/01/28 – 20 – Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra – The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Part 1 – London HLD 8205
58. 1956/02/18 – 20 – Max Bygraves – The Ballad Of Davy Crockett – HMV POP 153
59. 1956/03/03 – 20 – Dean Martin – Young And Foolish – Capitol CL 14519
60. 1956/04/14 – 22 – The Johnston Brothers – No Other Love – Decca F 10721
61. 1956/04/14 – 29 – Tony Bennett – Come Next Spring – Philips PB 537
62. 1956/04/21 – 28 – Sammy Davis Jr – In A Persian Market – Brunswick 05518
63. 1956/05/05 – 28 – Frankie Laine – Hell Hath No Fury – Philips PB 585
64. 1956/06/09 – 27 – Jimmy Young – The Wayward Wind – Decca F 10736
65. 1956/06/09 – 30 – Vera Lynn – Who Are We – Decca F 10715
66. 1956/06/23 – 25 – Jimmy Young – Rich Man, Poor Man – Decca F 10736
67. 1956/06/23 – 28 – The Stargazers – Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) – Decca F 10731
68. 1956/07/14 – 24 – Georgia Gibbs – Kiss Me Another – Mercury MT 110
69. 1956/08/25 – 27 – Clyde McPhatter – Treasure Of Love – London HLE 8293
70. 1956/09/01 – 29 – David Whitfield – My Unfinished Symphony – Decca F 10769
71. 1956/09/15 – 30 – The Hilltoppers – Tryin’ – London HLD 8298
72. 1956/09/22 – 27 – David Hughes – By The Fountains Of Rome – Philips PB 606
73. 1956/09/22 – 30 – Ronnie Hilton – A Woman In Love – HMV POP 248
74. 1956/10/13 – 28 – Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps – Race With The Devil – Capitol CL 14628
75. 1956/10/20 – 28 – Liberace – I Don’t Care – Philips PB 430
76. 1956/12/01 – 27 – The Johnston Brothers – In The Middle Of The House – Decca F 10781
77. 1956/12/01 – 30 – Sonny James – The Cat Came Back – Capitol CL 14635
78. 1956/12/08 – 29 – The Deep River Boys – That’s Right – HMV POP 263
79. 1956/12/15 – 26 – Vince Martin and The Tarriers – Cindy, Oh Cindy – London HLN 8340
80. 1956/12/29 – 28 – Sammy Davis Jr – All Of You – Brunswick 05629
81. 1957/01/05 – 29 – The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts – Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) – Brunswick 05623
82. 1957/01/12 – 29 – Mitchell Torok – Red Light, Green Light – Brunswick 05626
83. 1957/02/02 – 29 – Fats Domino – Honey Chile – London HLU – 8356
84. 1957/02/09 – 27 – The Johnston Brothers – Give Her My Love – Decca F 10828
85. 1957/02/23 – 29 – Little Richard – Tutti Frutti – London HLO 8366
86. 1957/03/09 – 27 – Elvis Presley – Rip It Up – HMV POP 305
87. 1957/05/04 – 30 – Jimmy Young – Round And Round – Decca F 10875
88. 1957/07/06 – 28 – Nat ‘King’ Cole – When Rock And Roll Came To Trinidad – Capitol CL 14733
89. 1957/07/20 – 25 – Fats Domino – Valley Of Tears – London HLP 8449
90. 1957/07/20 – 29 – Gary Miller – Wonderful, Wonderful – Pye Nixa N 15094
91. 1957/08/24 – 30 – Shirley Bassey – Fire Down Below – Philips PB 723
92. 1957/09/28 – 30 – The Coasters – Searchin’ – London HLE 8450
93. 1957/10/26 – 27 – Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys – Blue, Blue Heartaches – Columbia DB 3996
94. 1957/11/02 – 30 – Jimmie Rodgers – Honeycomb – Columbia DB 3986 ▲
95. 1957/11/23 – 28 – Tommy Steele and The Steelmen – Hey You! – Decca F 10941
96. 1957/11/30 – 30 – Billy Ward and The Dominoes – Deep Purple – London HLU 8502
97. 1957/12/14 – 29 – Pat Boone – White Christmas – London HLD 8520
98. 1957/12/28 – 28 – Dickie Valentine – Snowbound For Christmas – Decca F 10950
99. 1958/01/04 – 27 – The Kaye Sisters – Shake Me I Rattle/Alone – Philips PB 752
100. 1958/01/11 – 26 – Charlie GracIe – Cool Baby – London HLU 8521
101. 1958/01/11 – 27 – Jim Dale – Just Born (To Be Your Baby) – Parlophone R 4376
102. 1958/01/18 – 29 – Sam Cooke – You Send Me – London HLU 8506 ▲
103. 1958/02/22 – 25 – Louis Prima – Buona Sera – Capitol CL 14821
104. 1958/02/22 – 30 – Bobby Helms – No Other Baby – Brunswick 05730
105. 1958/05/31 – 26 – Paul Anka – Crazy Love – Columbia DB 4110
106. 1958/06/28 – 29 – Jackie Dennis – The Purple People Eater – Decca F 11033
107. 1958/07/05 – 25 – Renato Carosone and his Sextet – Terero – Cha Cha Cha – Parlophone R 4433
108. 1958/07/05 – 26 – Fats Domino – Sick And Tired – London HLP 8628
109. 1958/07/12 – 27 – Michael Holliday – I’ll Always Be In Love With You – Columbia DB 4155
110. 1958/08/09 – 30 – David Whitfield – The Right To Love – Decca F 11039
111. 1958/08/30 – 30 – Russ Conway – Got A Match – Columbia DB 4166
112. 1958/09/27 – 26 – Paul Anka – Midnight – Columbia DB 4172
113. 1958/09/27 – 28 – Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group – Lonesome Traveller – Pye Nixa 7N 15158
114. 1958/10/11 – 30 – Frankie Avalon – Gingerbread – HMV POP 517
115. 1958/11/22 – 27 – Ricky Nelson – I Get A Feeling – London HLP 8732
116. 1958/12/06 – 29 – Cozy Cole – Topsy (Part 1 and 2) – London HL 8750
117. 1958/12/06 – 30 – Pat Boone – Gee But It’s Lonely – London HLD 8739
118. 1959/01/31 – 24 – Joni James – There Must Be A Way – MGM 1002
119. 1959/02/28 – 30 – The Mudlarks – The Love Game – Columbia DB 4250
120. 1959/03/07 – 29 – Ritchie Valens – Donna – Lond HL 8803
121. 1959/03/28 – 29 – Domenico Modugno – Ciao Ciao Bambina (Piove) – Oriole CB 1489
122. 1959/03/28 – 30 – Conway Twitty – The Story Of My Love – MGM 1003
123. 1959/05/02 – 28 – Jerry Lee Lewis – Lovin’ Up A Storm – London – HLS 8840
124. 1959/05/16 – 30 – Frank Sinatra – Come Dance With Me (LP) – Capitol LCT 6179
125. 1959/05/23 – 27 – Jane Morgan – If I Could Only Live My Life Again – London HLR 8810
126. 1959/06/27 – 28 – Billy Fury – Margo, Don’t Go – Decca F 11128
127. 1959/08/08 – 29 – Tommy Edwards – My Melancholy Baby – MGM 1020
128. 1959/08/22 – 28 – The Impalas – Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) – MGM 1015
129. 1959/09/05 – 23 – Ray Peterson – The Wonder Of You – RCA 1131
130. 1959/09/26 – 30 – Jack Scott – The Way I Walk – London HLL 8912
131. 1959/10/03 – 26 – Dee Clark – Just Keep It Up (And See What Happens) – London HL 8915
132. 1959/10/24 – 27 – Clinton Ford – Old Shep – Oriole CB 1500
133. 1959/10/24 – 28 – Joe ‘Mr Piano’ Henderson – Treble Chance – Pye 7N 15224
134. 1959/10/31 – 28 – Dickie Pride – Primrose Lane – Columbia DB 4340
135. 1959/11/07 – 23 – Ivo Robic – Morgen – Polydor 23923
136. 1959/11/21 – 27 – Anne Shelton – The Village Of St Bernadette – Philips PB 969
137. 1959/11/28 – 25 – Paul Evans and The Curls – Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat – London HLL 8968
138. 1959/11/28 – 30 – Johnny Mathis – The Best Of Everything – Fontana H 218
139. 1959/12/05 – 29 – The Kingston Trio – San Miguel – Capitol CL 15073
140. 1959/12/19 – 26 – Nina and Frederik – Mary’s Boy Child – Columbia DB 4375
141. 1960/01/16 – 27 – The Crickets – When You Ask About Love – Coral Q 72382
142. 1960/01/16 – 29 – Bill Forbes – Too Young – Columbia DB 4386
143. 1960/01/16 – 30 – Ricky Nelson – I Wanna Be Loved – London HLP 9021
144. 1960/02/13 – 30 – Toni Fisher – The Big Hurt – Top Rank JAR 261
145. 1960/03/10 – 43 – Don Lang – Sink The Bismarck – HMV POP 714
146. 1960/03/10 – 45 – Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra – No Hiding Place – HMV POP 713
147. 1960/03/10 – 46 – Fabian - Hound Dog Man – HMV POP 695
148. 1960/03/17 – 33 – The England Sisters – Heartbeat – HMV POP 710
149. 1960/03/17 – 42 – Freddy Cannon – Indiana – Top Rank JAR 309
150. 1960/03/17 – 44 – Maureen Evans – Love Kisses And Heartaches – Oriole CB 1540
151. 1960/03/17 – 47 – Dick Jordan – Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Oriole CB 1534
152. 1960/03/17 – 49 – The Champs – Too Much Tequila –London HLH 9052
153. 1960/03/24 – 40 – Shaye Cogan – Mean To Me – MGM 1063
154. 1960/03/24 – 43 – Richard Allan – As Time Goes By – Parlophone R 4634
155. 1960/03/24 – 44 – Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson – Ooh! La! La! – Pye 7N 15257
156. 1960/03/24 – 47 – Ray Peterson – Answer Me – RCA 1175
157. 1960/03/31 – 41 – Paul Evans – Midnite Special – London HLL 9045
158. 1960/03/31 – 44 – Carl Dobkins Jr – Lucky Devil – Brunswick 08517
159. 1960/03/31 – 49 - Al Martino – Summertime – Top Rank JAR 312
160. 1960/03/31 – 50 – Santo And Johnny – Teardrop – Parlophone R 4619
161. 1960/04/14 – 49 – Pat Suzuki – I Enjoy Being A Girl – RCA 1171
162. 1960/04/21 – 45 – Lloyd Price – Lady Luck – HMV POP 712
163. 1960/04/21 – 47 – Russ Conway – Things Ain't What They Used To Be – Coulmbia DB 4422
164. 1960/05/12 – 40 – Stan Freburg ft Jesse White – Old Payola Roll Blues – Capitol CL 15122
165. 1960/05/12 – 42 – Crickets – More Than I Can Say – Coral Q 72395
166. 1960/05/12 – 48 – Alma Cogan – Dream Talk – HMV POP 728
167. 1960/05/19 – 47 – Marty Wilde – The Fight – Philips PB 1022
168. 1960/05/26 – 48 – Marty Robbins – Big Iron – Fontana H 229
169. 1960/06/02 – 49 – George Chakiris – Heart Of A Teenage Girl – Triumph RGM 1010
170. 1960/06/09 – 47 – Jerry Lee Lewis – Baby, Baby, Bye Bye – London HLS 9131
171. 1960/06/09 – 50 – Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band – Goodnight Sweet Prince – Melodisc MEL 1547
172. 1960/06/16 – 46 – Sammy Davis Jr and Carmen McCrae – Happy To Meet Your Acquaintance – Brunswick 05830
173. 1960/06/23 – 46 – Jerry Wallace – You’re Singing Our Love Song To Somebody Else – London HLH 9110
174. 1960/06/30 – 39 – Jess Conrad – Cherry Pie – Decca F 11236
175. 1960/06/30 – 44 – Bobby Rydell – Swinging School – Columbia DB 4471
176. 1960/07/07 – 48 – Ricky Nelson – Young Emotions – London HLP 9121
177. 1960/07/14 – 49 – John Barry Orchestra – Never Let Go – Columbia DB 4480
178. 1960/07/21 – 50 – Jimmy Clanton – Another Sleepless Night – Top Rank JAR 382
179. 1960/07/28 – 43 – Staiffi and his Mustafas – Mustafa – Pye International 7N 25057
180. 1960/07/28 – 49 – Johnny Preston – I’m Starting To Go Steady – Mercury AMT 1104
181. 1960/07/28 – 50 – Max Bygraves – Consider Yourself – Decca F 11251
182. 1960/08/04 – 41 – Steve Perry – Step By Step – HMV POP 745
183. 1960/08/11 – 43 – Craig Douglas – Oh! What A Day – Top Rank JAR 406
184. 1960/08/11 – 50 – Marv Johnson – Ain’t Gonna Be That Way – London HLT 9165
185. 1960/08/18 – 44 – Ferrante and Teicher – Theme from ‘The Apartment’ – London HLT 9164
186. 1960/08/18 – 47 – Keith Kelly – Listen Little Girl – Parlophone R 4676
187. 1960/08/18 – 49 – Steve Lawrence – Girls Girls Girls – London HLT 9166
188. 1960/08/25 – 50 – Hal Page and the Whalers – Going Back To My Home Town – Melodisc MEL 1553
189. 1960/09/01 – 50 – Michael Holliday – Little Boy Lost – Columbia DB 4475
190. 1960/09/08 – 50 – Bill Black’s Combo – White Silver Sands – London HLU 9090
191. 1960/09/15 – 44 – Paul Anka – Hello Young Lovers – Columbia DB 4504
192. 1960/09/29 – 49 – Frank Ifield – Gotta Get A Date – Columbia DB 4496
193. 1960/10/06 – 46 – Ella Fitzgerald – How High The Moon – HMV POP 782
194. 1960/10/27 – 50 – Chaquito and his Orchestra – Never On Sunday – Fontana H 265
195. 1960/11/03 – 41 – Eddie Cochran – Lonely – London HLG 9196
196. 1960/11/10 – 47 – Umberto Bindi – Il Nostro Concerto – Oriole CB 1577
197. 1960/11/17 – 46 – Jimmy Jones – Ready For Love – MGM 1103
198. 1960/11/24 – 47 – Joan Regan – One Of The Lucky Ones – Pye 7N 15310
199. 1960/11/24 – 49 – David Whitfield – I Believe – Decca F 11289
200. 1960/12/15 – 46 – Bob Luman – Why Why Bye Bye – Warner Bros. WB 28
201. 1960/12/22 – 50 – Jackie Wilson – Alone At Last – Coral Q 72412
202. 1960/12/29 – 40 – Tommy Steele – Must Be Santa – Decca F 11299
203. 1960/12/29 – 42 – Cleo Laine – Let’s Slip Away – Fontana H 269
204. 1961/01/05 – 42 – Joan Regan – Must Be Santa – Pye 7N 15303
205. 1961/01/19 – 40 – Olympics – I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate – Vogue V 9174
206. 1961/01/19 – 47 – Dion – Lonely Teenager – Top Rank JAR 521
207. 1961/02/16 – 45 – Tommy Zang – Hey Good Looking – Polydor NH 66957
208. 1961/02/16 – 50 – Brook Benton – Fools Rush In – Mercury AMT 1121
209. 1961/02/23 – 49 – Packabeats – Gypsy Beat – Parlophone R 4729
210. 1961/02/23 – 50 – Tony Osbourne Sound – Man From Madrid – HMV POP 827
211. 1961/03/09 – 45 – Ventures – Ram-Bunk-Shush – London HLG 9292
212. 1961/03/16 – 50 – Jim Reeves – Whispering Hope – RCA 1223
213. 1961/04/06 – 45 – Brenda Lee – Emotions – Brunswick 05847
214. 1961/04/13 – 44 – Petula Clark – Something Missing – Pye 7N 15337
215. 1961/04/13 – 47 – Johnny Kidd and The Pirates – Linda Lu – HMV POP 853
216. 1961/05/04 – 43 – Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents – Billy Boy – Top Rank JAR 558
217. 1961/05/04 – 47 – Bert Weedon – Mr. Guitar – Top Rank JAR 559
218. 1961/05/11 – 46 – Velvets – That Lucky Sun – London HLU 9328
219. 1961/05/11 – 50 – Frankie Laine – Gunslinger – Philips PB 1135
220. 1961/06/08 – 49 – Jimmy Crawford – Love Or Money – Columbia DB 4463
221. 1961/07/27 – 48 – Nero and The Gladiators – In The Hall Of The Mountain King – Decca F 11367
222. 1961/07/27 – 49 – Fats Domino – It Keeps Rainin’ – London HLP 9374
223. 1961/08/17 – 48 – Clinton Ford – Too Many Beautiful Girls – Oriole CB 1623
224. 1961/08/17 – 50 – Velvets – Tonight (Could Be The Night) – London HLU 9372
225. 1961/08/24 – 49 – Joe Barry – I’m A Fool To Care – Mercury AMT 1149
226. 1961/09/07 – 48 – Al Saxon – There I’ve Said It Again – Picadilly 7N 35011
227. 1961/09/14 – 50 – Linda Scott – Don’t Bet Money Honey – Columbia DB 4692
228. 1961/10/19 – 48 – Joe Loss – Sucu Sucu – HMV POP 937
229. 1961/10/26 – 50 – Bobby Darin Orchestra – Come September – London HLK 9407
230. 1961/11/02 – 50 – Moontrekkers – Night Of The Vampire – Parlophone R 4814
231. 1961/11/30 – 43 – Fats Domino – What A Party – London HLP 5496
232. 1962/01/11 – 48 – Chakachas – Twist Twist – RCA 1264
233. 1962/01/25 – 37 – Brook Brothers – He’s Old Enough To Know Better – Pye 7N 15409
234. 1962/02/22 – 47 – Brad Newman – Somebody To Love – Fontana H 357
235. 1962/02/22 – 50 – Tommy Bruce – Babette – Columbia DB 4776
236. 1962/03/08 – 43 – Emile Ford – I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now – Piccadilly 7N 35033
237. 1962/03/29 – 41 – Fats Domino – Jambalaya – London HLP 9520
238. 1962/04/19 – 45 – Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell – Teach Me To Twist – Columbia DB 4802
239. 1962/04/26 – 43 – Patsy Cline – She’s Got You – Brunswick 05866
240. 1962/05/03 – 49 – Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen – Tavern In The Town – Columbia DB 4822
241. 1962/09/06 – 47 – The Vernon Girls – Loco-Motion – Decca F 11495
242. 1962/09/27 – 48 – Fentones – The Breeze And I – Parlophone R 4937
243. 1962/10/04 – 49 – George Shearing – Bauble, Bangles and Beads – Capitol CL 15269
244. 1962/10/04 – 50 – Tony Hatch – Out Of This World – Pye 7N 15460
245. 1962/11/08 – 50 – Roy Orbison – Workin’ For The Man – London HLU 9607
246. 1962/12/20 – 48 – Connie Francis – I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter – MGM 1185
247. 1963/01/10 – 48 – Johnny Kidd and The Pirates – Shot Of Rhythm & Blues – HMV POP 1088
248. 1963/01/10 – 50 – Cookies – Chain – London HLU 9634
249. 1963/02/21 – 46 – Exciters – Tell Him – United Artists UP 1011
250. 1963/04/04 – 49 – Johnny Mathis – What Will My Baby Say – CBS AAG 135
251. 1963/06/06 – 48 – Tony Sheridan and The Beatles – My Bonnie – Polydor NH 66833
252. 1963/07/25 – 42 – The Isley Brothers – Twist And Shout – Stateside SS 112
253. 1963/07/25 – 45 – Mickie Most – Mister Porter – Decca F 11664
254. 1963/08/15 – 43 – Alice Babs – After You’ve Gone – Fontana TF 409
255. 1963/08/29 – 48 – Al Martino – I Love You Because – Capitol CL 15300
256. 1963/08/29 – 49 – Duane Eddy – Your Baby’s Gone Surfin’ – RCA 1357
257. 1963/10/03 – 50 – The Angels – My Boyfriend’s Back – Mercury AMT 1211 ▲
258. 1964/02/13 – 49 – Tony Sheveton – A Million Drums – Oriole CB 1895
259. 1964/02/20 – 49 – John Leyton – Make Love To Me – HMV POP 1264
260. 1964/02/27 – 49 – Mary May – Anyone Who Had A Heart – Fontana TF 440
261. 1964/04/09 – 49 – Undertakers – Just A Little Bit – Pye 7N 15607
262. 1964/04/30 – 46 – Johnny Kidd and The Pirates – Always And Ever – HMV POP 1269
263. 1964/07/30 – 50 – Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells – Once Upon A Time – Stateside SS 316
264. 1964/09/17 – 48 – Denny Seyton and The Sabres – The Way You Look Tonight – Mercury MF 824
265. 1964/09/24 – 47 – Frank Sinatra – Hello Dolly – Reprise R 20351
266. 1964/10/01 – 43 – Rockin’ Berries – I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You – Piccadilly 7N 35197
267. 1964/11/12 – 50 – Lulu – Here Comes The Night – Decca F 12017
268. 1964/12/10 – 49 – Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is – Stateside SS 360
269. 1964/12/31 – 50 – Mrs Mills – Mrs Mills Party Medley – Parlophone R 4856
270. 1965/01/07 – 50 – Peddlers – Let The Sunshine In – Philips BF 1375
271. 1965/02/18 – 48 – Ned Miller – Do What You Do Do Well – London HL 9937
272. 1965/03/11 – 46 – Frankie Vaughan – Someone Must Have Hurt You A Lot – Philips BF 1394
273. 1965/03/18 – 48 – Zephyrs – She’s Lost You – Columbia DB 7481
274. 1965/03/18 – 49 – Heinz – Digging My Potatoes – Columbia DB 7482
275. 1965/05/13 – 45 – Quiet Five – When The Morning Sun Dries The Dew – Parlophone R 5273
276. 1965/05/20 – 48 – In Crowd – That’s How Strong My Love Is – Parlophone R 5276
277. 1965/05/27 – 45 – Birds – Leaving Here – Decca F 12140
278. 1965/06/03 – 42 – Cadets with Eileen Reid – Jealous Heart – Pye 7N 15852
279. 1965/10/14 – 49 – Johnny and Charley – La Yenka – Pye International 7N 25326
280. 1965/10/21 – 48 – Roger Miller – Kansas City Star – Philips BF 1437
281. 1965/10/21 – 49 – Jody Miller – The Home Of The Brave – Capitol CL 15415
282. 1965/11/11 – 48 – Millie – Bloodshot Eyes – Fontana TF 617
283. 1965/12/09 – 47 – Barry St John – Come Away Melinda – Columbia DB 7783
284. 1966/01/20 – 46 – The Pretty Things – Midnight To Six Man – Fontana TF 647
285. 1966/02/10 – 50 – Ray Charles with The Jack Halloran Singers and the Ray Charles Orchestra with The Raeletts – Cryin’ Time – HMV POP 1502
286. 1966/03/17 – 49 – Unit Four Plus Two – Baby Never Say Goodbye – Decca F 12333
287. 1966/04/21 – 48 – Ray Charles – Together Again – HMV POP 1519
288. 1966/04/21 – 49 – Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times – Pye 7N 17071
289. 1966/04/21 – 50 – Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours – Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me Baby – Decca F 12377
290. 1966/05/05 – 43 – Genevieve – Once – CBS 202061
291. 1966/05/19 – 45 – Kenny Damon – While I Live – Mercury MF 907
292. 1966/05/19 – 50 – The Dave Clark Five – Look Before You Leap – Columbia DB 7909
293. 1966/05/26 – 46 – Bob Lind – Remember The Rain – Fontana TF 702
294. 1966/05/26 – 50 – Keith Relf – Mr Zero – Coulmbia DB 7920
295. 1966/06/02 – 49 – Tony Merrick – Lady Jane – Columbia DB 7913
296. 1966/07/07 – 49 – Creation – Making Time – Planet PLF 116
297. 1966/07/14 – 50 – Ivy League – Willow Tree – Piccadilly 7N 35326
298. 1966/07/28 – 48 – Ike and Tina Turner – Tell Her I’m Not Home – Warner Bros. WB 5753
299. 1966/07/28 – 49 – Eddy Arnold – If You Were Mine Mary – RCA 1529
300. 1966/07/28 – 50 – Joan Baez – Pack Up Your Sorrows – Fontana TF 727
301. 1966/08/25 – 49 – Wayne Fontana – Goodbye Bluebird – Fontana TF 737
302. 1966/09/08 – 49 – Tommy McClain – Sweet Dreams – London HL 10065
303. 1966/09/29 – 49 – Paul and Barry Ryan – Have You Ever Loved Somebody – Decca F 12494
304. 1966/09/29 – 50 – Marvin Gaye – Little Darlin’ (I Need You) – Tamla Motown TMG 574
305. 1966/12/29 – 46 – Donald Peers – Games That Lovers Play – Columbia DB 8079
306. 1967/01/05 – 50 – Tim Hardin – Hang On To A Dream – Verve VS 1504
307. 1967/01/19 – 50 – Sandie Shaw – I Don’t Need Anything – Pye 7N 17239
308. 1967/02/02 – 45 – Adge Cutler and The Wurzels – Drink Up Thy Cider – Columbia DB 8081
309. 1967/02/02 – 49 – The Drifters – Baby What I Mean – Atlantic 584 065
310. 1967/02/09 – 45 – The Bystanders – 98.6 – Piccadilly 7N 35363
311. 1967/02/09 – 49 – Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) – Reprise RS 20532
312. 1967/02/16 – 45 – Guess Who – His Girl – King KG 1044
313. 1967/02/16 – 48 – Chris Farlowe – My Way Of Giving In – Immediate IM 041
314. 1967/03/16 – 50 – Keith – Tell It To My Face – Mercury MF 968
315. 1967/05/04 – 50 – Otis Redding – Let Me Come On Home – Stax 601 007
316. 1967/08/02 – 45 – Andy Williams – More And More – CBS 2886
317. 1967/08/30 – 50 – Vicki Carr – There I Go – Liberty LBF 15022
318. 1967/11/01 – 50 – The Voice of Scott McKenzie – Like An Old Time Movie – CBS 3009
319. 1967/11/08 – 47 – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – Ladybird – Reprise RS 20629
320. 1967/12/13 – 50 – The Seekers – Emerald City – Columbia DB 8313
321. 1967/12/20 – 47 – Cat Stevens – Kitty – Deram DM 156
322. 1967/12/27 – 47 – Gladys Knight and The Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Tamla Motown TMG 629
323. 1968/02/21 – 50 – Sun Dragon – Green Tambourine – MGM 1380
324. 1968/02/28 – 47 – Classics IV – Spooky – Liberty LBS 15051
325. 1968/03/06 – 45 – The Temptations – I Wish It Would Rain – Tamla Motown TMG 641
326. 1968/03/06 – 50 – Petula Clark – Kiss Me Goodbye – Pye 7N 17466
327. 1968/03/13 – 47 – Arethra Franklin – Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby) – Atlantic 584 172
328. 1968/04/03 – 50 – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – If You Can Want – Tamla Motown TMG 648
329. 1968/04/10 – 46 – Arthur Conley – Funky Street – Atlantic 583 175
330. 1968/04/24 – 43 – Willie Mitchell – Soul Serenade – London HLU 10186
331. 1968/04/24 – 50 – Procol Harum – Quite Rightly So – Regal Zonophone RZ 3007
332. 1968/05/22 – 48 – Joe Cocker – Marjorine – Regal Zonophone RZ 3006
333. 1968/06/12 – 47 – The Temptations – I Could Never Love Another – Tamla Motown TMG 658
334. 1968/08/28 – 48 – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – Woman Woman – CBS 3110
335. 1968/12/04 – 42 – Moody Blues – Ride My See-Saw – Deram DM 213
336. 1969/01/08 – 50 – Hugo Montenegro – Hang ‘Em High – RCA 1771
337. 1969/02/05 – 45 – Tiny Tim – Great Balls Of Fire – Reprise RS 20802
338. 1969/02/12 – 50 – Vince Hill – Doesn’t Anybody Know My Name? – Columbia DB 8515
339. 1969/03/19 – 36 – Small Faces – Afterglow Of Your Love – Immediate IM 077
340. 1969/03/26 – 45 – Monkees – Teardrop City – RCA 1802
341. 1969/04/02 – 43 – Second City Sound – Dream Of Olwen – Major Minor MM 600
342. 1969/04/23 – 48 – Val Doonican – Ring Of Bright Water – Pye 7N 17713
343. 1969/05/28 – 46 – Pentangle – Once I Had A Sweetheart – Big T BIG 124
344. 1969/06/25 – 47 – Monkees – Someday Man – RCA 1824
345. 1969/08/06 – 44 – Tyrannosaurus Rex – King Of The Rumbling Spires – Regal Zonophone RZ 3022
346. 1969/10/25 – 42 – Vince Hill – Little Bluebird – Columbia DB 8616
347. 1970/01/10 – 41 – The Melodians – Sweet Sensation – Trojan TR 695
348. 1970/01/17 – 49 – Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop – Crab 32
349. 1970/02/21 – 49 – Barry Ryan – Magical Spiel – Polydor 56 370
350. 1970/03/28 – 49 – The Bee Gees – I.O.I.O. – Polydor 56 377
351. 1970/05/02 – 41 – Marsha Hunt – Keep The Customer Satisfied – Track 604 037
352. 1970/05/16 – 47 – Stamford Bridge – Chelsea – Penny Farthing PEN 715
353. 1970/06/27 – 46 – Thunderclap Newman – Accidents – Track 2094 001
354. 1970/07/11 – 49 – Canned Heat – Sugar Bee – Liberty LBF 15350
355. 1970/11/07 – 45 – Peter E. Bennett and the Co-operation Choir – The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson – RCA 1991
356. 1971/01/02 – 48 – Shirley Bassey – The Fool On The Hill – United Artists UP 35156
357. 1971/01/16 – 39 – Melanie – What Have They Done To My Song Ma – Buddah 2011 038
358. 1971/01/30 – 49 – Edison Lighthouse – It’s Up To You Petula – Bell 1136
359. 1971/02/06 – 40 – Grand Funk Railroad – Inside Looking Out – Capitol CL 15668
360. 1971/03/20 – 33 – Edwin Starr – Stop The War Now – Tamla Motown TMG 764
361. 1971/04/03 – 47 – Roger Whittaker – Why – Columbia DB 8752
362. 1971/04/03 – 49 – Early Music Consort – Henry VIII Suite (EP) – BBC RESL 1
363. 1971/06/19 – 41 – Mac and Katie Kissoon – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Young Blood YB 1026
364. 1971/07/30 – 46 – Mary Hopkin – Let Thy Name Be Sorrow – Apple 34
365. 1972/01/01 – 47 – Charlie Drake – Puckwudgie – Columbia DB 8829
366. 1972/01/29 – 47 – Murray Head – Superstar/Yvonne Elliman – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – MCA MMKS 5077
367. 1972/03/25 – 42 – Henry Mancini – Theme from ‘Cade’s County’ – RCA 2182
368. 1972/03/25 – 47 – Christie – Iron Horse – CBS 7747
369. 1972/11/18 – 50 – Millie Jackson – My Man, A Sweet Man – Mojo 2093 022
370. 1973/05/12 – 50 – New World – RAK 148
371. 1975/05/10 – 46 – Tony Rees and The Cottagers – Viva El Fulham – Sonet SON 2059
372. 1976/05/08 – 50 – Manchester United Football Club – Manchester United – Decca F 13633
373. 1976/06/19 – 49 – Buster – Sunday – RCA 2678
374. 1977/04/02 – 48 – Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes – Reaching For The World – ABC 4161
375. 1977/06/25 – 44 – Garnett Mimms and Truckin’ Company – What It Is – Arista 109
376. 1977/07/23 – 48 – Berni Flint – Southern Comfort – EMI 2621
377. 1977/08/20 – 49 – Delegation – You’ve Been Doing Me Wrong – State STAT 55
378. 1977/09/17 – 43 – Joe Dolan – I Need You – Pye 7N 45702
379. 1977/12/17 – 49 – Jet Bronx and The Forbidden – Ain’t Doin’ Nothin’ – Lightning LIG 50
380. 1978/01/14 – 49 – Judge Dread – Up With The Cock/Big Punk – Cactus CT 110
381. 1978/02/11 – 41 – Biddu Orchestra – Journey To The Moon – Epic EPC 5910
382. 1978/04/01 – 48 – Sidney Devine – Scotland Forever (EP) – Philips SCOT 1
383. 1978/04/15 – 45 – Stargard – Love Is So Easy – MCA 354
384. 1978/06/17 – 72 – Celi Bee and The Buzz Bunch – Hold Your Horses Babe – TK TKR 6032
385. 1978/08/12 – 71 – Devo – Be Stiff - Stiff BOY 2
386. 1978/08/19 – 72 – Patti Smith Group – Privelege (Set Me Free) – Arista 197
387. 1978/09/02 – 72 – Platinum Hook – Standing On The Verge (Of Getting It On) – Motown TMG 1115
388. 1978/09/16 – 68 – Sarr Band – Magic Mandrake – Calendar Day 111
389. 1978/09/30 – 62 – Cirrus – Rollin’ On – Jet 123
390. 1979/02/24 – 67 – Aquarian Dream – You’re A Star – Elektra LV 7
391. 1979/06/09 – 72 – The Lurkers – Out In The Dark/Cyanide – Beggars Banquet BEG 19
392. 1979/06/09 – 73 – Skyhooks – Women In Uniform – United Artists UP 36508
393. 1979/06/09 – 74= - J. Geils Band – One Last Kiss – EMI America AM 507
394. 1979/07/14 – 64 – Vladimir Cosma – David’s Song (Main Theme from ‘Kidnapped’) – Decca FR 13841
395. 1979/07/14 – 72 – Light Of The World – Midnight Groovin’ – Ensign ENY 29
396. 1979/11/17 – 72 – The Lurkers – New Guitar In Town – Beggars Banquet – BEG 28
397. 1979/12/08 – 70 – Lori and The Chameleons – Touch – Sire SIR 4025
398. 1979/12/08 – 73 – Dr Feelgood – Put Him Out Of Your Mind – United Artists BP 306
399. 1980/02/02 – 75 – The Jags – Woman’s World – Island WIP 6531
400. 1980/04/19 – 69 – Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind – Warner Bros. 17582
401. 1980/05/17 – 62 – Echo and The Bunnymen – Rescue – Korova KOW 1
402. 1980/06/17 – 75 – Angelwitch – Sweet Danger – EMI 5064
403. 1980/07/19 – 68 – Charlie Harper – Barmy London Army – Gem GEMS 35
404. 1980/07/26 – 64 – Gayle Adams – Stretchin’ Out – Epic EPC 8791
405. 1980/09/20 – 75 – Scorpions – The Zoo – Harvest HAR 5212
406. 1981/01/31 – 72 – Cloud – All Night Long/Take It To The Top – UK Champagne FUNK 1
407. 1981/05/16 – 71 – 999 – Obsessed – Albion ION 1011
408. 1981/07/18 – 68 – Modettes – Tonight – Deram DET 3
409. 1981/12/05 – 70 – The Exploited and Anti-Pasti – Don’t Let ‘Em Grind You Down – Superville EXP 1003
410. 1982/01/09 – 71 – Rose Of Romance Orchestra – Tara’s Theme from ‘Gone With The Wind’ – BBC RESL 108
411. 1982/02/13 – 68 – Vice Squad – Out Of Reach – Zonophone Z 26
412. 1982/02/20 – 74 – Brandi Wells – Watch Out – Virgin VS 479
413. 1982/02/27 – 75 – Grand Prix – Keep On Believing – RCA 162
414. 1982/08/21 – 75 – Nicole – Give Me More Time – CBS A 2467
415. 1982/10/09 – 73 – Robert Plant – Burning Down One Side – Swansong SSK 19429
416. 1982/10/30 – 74 – The Mood – Passion In Dark Rooms – RCA 276
417. 1982/11/13 – 57 – Dramatis – I Can See Her Now – Rocket XPRES 83
418. 1983/01/08 – 71 – Nevada – In The Bleak Mid Winter – Polydor POSP 203
419. 1983/01/08 – 92 – Julio Iglesias – So Close To Me –
420. 1983/01/08 – 100 – Ozzy Osbourne – Symptom Of The Universe –
421. 1983/01/29 – 97 – The Undertones – The Love Parade –
422. 1983/01/29 – 98 – Mick Karn – Sensitive –
423. 1983/01/29 – 100 – Yosser’s Gang – Gis A Job –
424. 1983/02/19 – 91 – Yarborough and Peoples – Heartbeats –
425. 1983/02/19 – 93 – Leisure Process – Cash Flow –
426. 1983/02/19 – 98 – David – Am I Normal? –
427. 1983/02/26 – 95 – Merrick and Tibbs – Call Of The Wild –
428. 1983/03/05 – 87 – The Pinkees – I’ll Be There –
429. 1983/03/19 – 91 – Valerie Dunbar – Pal Of My Cradle Days –
430. 1983/03/19 – 94 – Danse Society – Somewhere –
431. 1983/03/19 – 99 – Billy Griffin – Be With Me –
432. 1983/03/26 – 99 – Wide Boy Awake – Bona Venture –
433. 1983/04/09 – 97 – Compo and Nora Batty – Nora Batty’s Stockings –
434. 1983/04/16 – 91 – The Tremeloes – Words –
435. 1983/04/23 – 83 – Fleetwood Mac – Can’t Go Back –
436. 1983/04/23 – 95 – Roger Whittaker – Stranger On The Shore –
437. 1983/04/23 – 99 – Peter and The Test Tube Babies – Zombie Creeping Flesh –
438. 1983/05/07 – 94 – Pete Shelley – (Millions Of People) No One Like You –
439. 1983/05/21 – 96 – Julie Tzuke – Black Furs –
440. 1983/06/04 – 98 – Taco – Singin’ In The Rain –
441. 1983/06/04 – 100 – Dead Or Alive – Misty Circles –
442. 1983/06/11 – 87 – Russell Grant – No Matter What Your Sign –
443. 1983/06/18 – 71 – F.R. David – Music – Carrere CAR 282
444. 1983/06/25 – 87 – Jane – It’s A Fine Day –
445. 1983/06/25 – 100 – Frida – Here We’ll Stay –
446. 1983/07/02 – 97 – Howard Devoto – Rainy Season –
447. 1983/07/16 – 92 – Wang Chung – (Don’t Be My) Enemy –
448. 1983/07/23 – 94 – Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination –
449. 1983/07/30 – 99 – Cashmere – Try Your Lovin’ –
450. 1983/08/27 – 99 – Project Future – Ray-Gun-Omics –
451. 1983/09/03 – 97 – Patrick Gammon – Do My Ditty –
452. 1983/09/10 – 88 – D Train – The Shadow Of Your Smile –
453. 1983/09/24 – 94 – Queensryche – Queen Of The Reich –
454. 1983/10/01 – 97 – Natural Ites – Picture On The Wall –
455. 1983/10/08 – 93 – Intaferon – Get Out Of London –
456. 1983/10/22 – 83 – New Edition – Is This The End –
457. 1983/10/22 – 87 – The Gap Band – I’m Ready If You’re Ready –
458. 1983/10/22 – 99 – Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross – How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye –
459. 1983/10/29 – 88 – Haircut 100 – So Tired –
460. 1983/10/29 – 99 – The Flirtations – Earthquake –
461. 1983/11/05 – 91 – Helix – Heavy Metal Love –
462. 1983/11/12 – 95 – The Four Tops – I Just Can’t Walk Away –
463. 1983/11/12 – 97 – The Haines Gang – So Hot –
464. 1983/11/12 – 98 – Ian Dury – Really Glad You Came –
465. 1983/11/19 – 92 – The Walkers – Whatever Happened To The Party Groove –
466. 1983/11/19 – 97 – Modern Romance – Good Friday –
467. 1983/11/19 – 100 – Flesh For Lulu – Roman Candle –
468. 1983/11/26 – 99 – Central Line – Time For Some Fun –
469. 1983/12/03 – 90 – Marc and The Mambas – Torment –
470. 1983/12/03 – 91 – Y&T – Midnight In Tokyo –
471. 1983/12/17 – 90 – Michael Barrymore – Kenny The Kangaroo –
472. 1983/12/17 – 100 – Renee and Renato – He Loves Us All –
473. 1984/01/21 – 95 – Watusi Brothers – Bodywork –
474. 1984/01/21 – 97 – The Three Degrees – Liar –
475. 1984/01/21 – 100 – Luther Vandross – I’ll Let You Slide –
476. 1984/01/28 – 93 – Jimmy Cliff – We All Are One –
477. 1984/02/04 – 91 – Stewart Copeland and Stan Ridgway – Don’t Box Me In –
478. 1984/02/18 – 97 – Blue Oyster Cult – Shooting Shark –
479. 1984/02/18 – 99 – Indians In Moscow – Naughty Miranda –
480. 1984/02/25 – 91 – Alabama – Feels So Right –
481. 1984/03/03 – 97 – Trans Lux – Big Apple Noise –
482. 1984/03/17 – 91 – Quiet Riot – Bad Boy –
483. 1984/03/17 – 92 – Cutting Edge – Dancing With The Rebels –


Acts and Artists
01. 1953/01/31 – 10 – The Mills Brothers
02. 1953/03/21 – 12 – Buddy Morrow
03. 1953/07/11 – 12 – Vivian Blaine
04. 1954/11/13 – 17 – Norman Brooks
05. 1955/02/12 – 20 – De Castro Singers with Skip Martin and his Orchestra
06. 1955/07/23 – 20 – The Five Smith Brothers
07. 1955/09/24 – 20 – Charlie Applewhite with Victor Young and Chorus
08. 1955/10/22 – 18 – The Central Band Of The Royal Air Force
09. 1956/01/14 – 19 – Edna Savage
10. 1956/08/25 – 27 – Clyde McPhatter
11. 1956/09/22 – 27 – David Hughes
12. 1956/12/01 – 29 – The Deep River Boys
13. 1956/12/15 – 26 – Vince Martin
14. 1958/02/22 – 25 – Louis Prima
15. 1958/12/06 – 29 – Cozy Cole
16. 1959/08/22 – 28 – The Impalas
17. 1959/10/31 – 28 – Dickie Pride
18. 1959/11/07 – 23 – Ivo Robic
19. 1960/01/16 – 29 – Bill Forbes
20. 1960/02/13 – 30 – Toni Fisher
21. 1960/03/10 – 46 – Fabian
22. 1960/03/24 – 40 – Shaye Cogan
23. 1960/03/24 – 43 – Richard Allan
24. 1960/03/31 – 44 – Carl Dobkins Jr
25. 1960/04/14 – 49 – Pat Suzuki
26. 1960/06/09 – 49 – George Chakiris
27. 1960/06/16 – 46 – Carmen McRae
28. 1960/06/23 – 46 – Jerry Wallace
29. 1960/07/21 – 50 – Jimmy Clanton
30. 1960/07/28 – 43 – Staiffi and his Mustafas
31. 1960/08/04 – 41 – Steve Perry
32. 1960/08/25 – 50 – Hal Page and The Whalers
33. 1960/10/27 – 50 – Chaquito and his Orchestra
34. 1960/11/10 – 47 – Umberto Bindi – Il Nostro Concerto
35. 1961/05/04 – 43 – Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents
36. 1961/08/24 – 49 – Joe Barry
37. 1961/11/02 – 50 – Moontrekkers
38. 1962/02/22 – 47 – Brad Newman
39. 1962/10/04 – 49 – George Shearing
40. 1962/10/04 – 50 – Tony Hatch
41. 1963/01/10 – 50 – Cookies
42. 1963/06/06 – 48 – Tony Sheridan
43. 1963/07/25 – 45 – Mickie Most
44. 1963/08/15 – 43 – Alice Babs
45. 1963/10/03 – 50 – The Angels
46. 1964/02/13 – 49 – Tony Sheveton
47. 1964/02/27 – 49 – Mary May
48. 1964/04/09 – 49 – Undertakers
49. 1964/09/17 – 48 – Denny Seyton and The Sabres
50. 1965/03/18 – 48 – Zephyrs
51. 1965/05/20 – 48 – In Crowd
52. 1965/05/27 – 45 – Birds
53. 1965/06/03 – 42 – Cadets with Eileen Reid
54. 1965/10/14 – 49 – Johnny and Charley
55. 1965/10/21 – 49 – Jody Miller
56. 1965/12/09 – 47 – Barry St John
57. 1966/05/05 – 43 – Genevieve
58. 1966/05/19 – 45 – Kenny Damon
59. 1966/05/26 – 50 – Keith Relf
60. 1966/06/02 – 49 – Tony Merrick
61. 1966/09/08 – 49 – Tommy McClain
62. 1967/01/05 – 50 – Tim Hardin
63. 1967/02/02 – 45 – Adge Cutler
64. 1967/02/09 – 45 – The Bystanders
65. 1968/02/21 – 50 – Sun Dragon
66. 1968/02/28 – 47 – Classics IV
67. 1969/02/05 – 45 – Tiny Tim
68. 1970/01/10 – 41 – The Melodians
69. 1970/01/17 – 49 – Derrick Morgan
70. 1970/05/16 – 47 – Stamford Bridge
71. 1970/11/07 – 45 – Peter E. Bennett and the Co-operation Choir
72. 1971/03/20 – 40 – Grand Funk Railroad
73. 1971/04/03 – 49 – Early Music Consort
74. 1975/05/10 – 46 – Tony Rees and The Cottagers
75. 1976/06/19 – 49 – Buster
76. 1977/06/25 – 44 – Garnett Mimms and Truckin’ Company
77. 1978/04/01 – 48 – Sidney Devine
78. 1978/06/17 – 72 – Celi Bee and The Buzz Bunch – Hold Your Horses Babe
79. 1978/09/02 – 72 – Platinum Hook
80. 1978/09/16 – 68 – Sarr Band
81. 1978/09/30 – 62 – Cirrus
82. 1979/02/24 – 67 – Aquarian Dream
83. 1979/06/09 – 73 – Skyhooks
84. 1979/07/14 – 64 – Vladimir Cosma
85. 1979/12/08 – 70 – Lori and The Chameleons
86. 1980/02/02 – 75 – The Jags
87. 1980/06/17 – 75 – Angelwitch
88. 1980/07/19 – 68 – Charlie Harper
89. 1981/01/31 – 72 – Cloud
90. 1982/01/09 – 71 – Rose Of Romance Orchestra
91. 1982/02/13 – 68 – Vice Squad
92. 1983/01/08 – 71 – Nevada
93. 1983/01/29 – 100 – Yosser’s Gang
94. 1983/02/19 – 93 – Leisure Process
95. 1983/02/19 – 98 – David
96. 1983/02/26 – 95 – Merrick and Tibbs
97. 1983/03/19 – 91 – Valerie Dunbar
98. 1983/03/26 – 99 – Wide Boy Awake
99. 1983/04/09 – 97 – Compo and Nora Batty
100. 1983/04/23 – 99 – Peter and The Test Tube Babies
101. 1983/06/04 – 98 – Taco
102. 1983/06/11 – 87 – Russell Grant
103. 1983/06/25 – 87 – Jane
104. 1983/07/02 – 97 – Howard Devoto
105. 1983/08/27 – 99 – Project Future
106. 1983/09/03 – 97 – Patrick Gammon
107. 1983/10/01 – 97 – Natural Ites
108. 1983/10/29 – 99 – The Flirtations
109. 1983/11/05 – 91 – Helix
110. 1983/11/12 – 97 – The Haines Gang
111. 1983/11/19 – 100 – Flesh For Lulu
112. 1984/01/21 – 95 – Watusi Brothers
113. 1984/02/18 – 99 – Indians In Moscow
114. 1984/02/25 – 91 – Alabama
115. 1984/03/03 – 97 – Trans Lux

Singles that were ‘two week wonders’ or ‘three week wonders’ due to skipped charts at Christmas, 1952-1983
1952/12/20 – 8 – 8 – Bing Crosby – Silent Night
1952/12/20 – 10 – 10 – Jo Stafford – Jambalaya
1953/12/19 – 12 – 12 – 12 – Billy Cotton and his Band – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
1969/12/27 – 43 – 43 – Moira Anderson – The Holy City
1972/12/23 – 48 – 48 – 48 – Vicky Leandros – The Love In Your Eyes
1977/12/24 – 48 – 48 – 48 – Debby Boone – You Light Up My Life
1980/12/27 – 70 – 70 – Slade – Xmas Ear Bender (EP)
1981/12/26 – 68 – 68 – Fogwell Flax and the Ankle Biters from Freehold Junior School – One-Nine for Santa
1981/12/26 – 74 – 74 – Johnny Mathis and Gladys Knight – When A Child Is Born
1983/12/24 – 77 – 77 – Joe Fagin Breaking Away
1983/12/24 – 78 – 78 – Brendan Shine – Thank God For Kids
1983/12/24 – 97 – 97 – The Damned – There Ain’t No Sanity Clause
1983/12/24 – 99 – 99 – Men Without Hats – I Got The Message
1983/12/24 – 100 – 100 – Hooray Henry’s – All Stuck Up


I'll begin with the 1952 hits as a taster, and to see if this is something people are interested in (whilst accepting that admittedly popular music circa 1952 is unlikely to be in and of itself of great interest to many people, but remember it's just the start of what I hope will be an ongoing, ever evolving list of one week wonders).

The first chart, 15th November 1952, actually yields the first two one week wonders, although this is rather unfair to both, as had the NME chart begun earlier then they would have achieved more weeks and not be here, but we have to start somewhere right?

So at number 10 we have Vera Lynn - Auf Wiedersehen (Sweetheart)


Auf Wiedersehen (Sweetheart) had actually been selling well during June and July of 1952, being the UK's bestseller for several weeks during that time, if 'The Missing Charts' by Steve Waters is referred to. It took over the unofficial top spot from the next one-week wonder on our list, which had it's only week in the NME chart at #12 in the same week. That single was Walkin' My Baby Back Home by Johnnie Ray.


Week two, 22/11/1952, and we probably have our first genuine one week wonder, or at least we have one that doesn't feature in the 'Missing Charts' books, suggesting it had no 'previous' as it were in terms of sales/popularity. The single in question is actually by the first NME charttopper, Al Martino, and is at number 9 in the week he was enjoying his 2nd week at the top. The one week wonder is Take My Heart.


And that's it for 1952, except for a technicality. The chart of 20th December 1952 was followed by a week where a new chart was not compiled, meaning that most chart sources, whether books or online databases, count the same chart as applying for two weeks. This means that there are two new entries in that chart that only get a second week on chart by virtue of that convention, as they only actually charted in one compiled chart, it just happened to be one that was 'repeated' by chartologists to plug a gap. These two records are added here as a sort of bonus, as we can't be sure if they would have got a genuine second week had a chart been compiled, or whether they are saved from one week wonder status purely by happening to chart in the week in question.

At #8 was Bing Crosby - Silent Night

I'm actually suprised that it doesn't seem to have re-emerged at any point in the download or streaming era, given the wholesale invasion of the charts at christmas by even the most obscure christmas hits. Also it appears from searching youtube that there are multiple recordings of this song by Bing, and can only take this youtube accounts word for it that they have uploaded the 1952 version (or indeed that a specifically 1952 version even existed), so do let me know if I have linked the wrong version.
[Edited on 11th September 2021 to fix a dead link. The previous link was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNwwFZRMxbQ If Bing recorded more than one version of this song then the new link may not be the correct version.]

At #10 was Jo Stafford with Jambalaya

This song was of course later made popular by The Carpenters.

And that really is it for 1952. Feel free to post corrections and additions to the thread as I go along (though I'd prefer not to be overtaken, so stick to the period already covered by the thread). Let me know which of the 1952 one week wonders you liked or disliked, and whether (or not) you'd be interested in this as an ongoing thread/project.


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A very interesting and insightful topic!
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I love this idea! Shall make sure to follow along biggrin.gif
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A true piece of chart geekery. What’s not to like?
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Keep going with this. I will certainly be interested. From the late 70s onwards,there are likely to be some songs that I will know.
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A very interesting idea for a thread! Sounds good to me.

To answer a question in your first post: the 76 to 100 part of the Top 100 Singles charts on the OCC website are the "compressed" version (that is, exclusion rules as per 1983-91 applied) from 12 February 1994 to 16 April 2005. From 23 April 2005 downloads were incorporated into the chart and the old exclusion rules were dropped though of course new exclusion rules did get introduced.

What isn't in the OCC archive are positions 76-100 from April 1991 to January 1994. While it looks like the full top 100 charts from April 1991 to August 1992 are now unobtainable (unless someone can get access to the BPI library as they do have them) I do have positions 76-100 (again with exclusion rules being applied) from September 1992 to January 1994. If you haven't got them and want them then let me know and I can direct you to a thread at ukmix where I posted them...
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Given the number of exclusion rules in place now, not to mention ACR, there seems no reason to exclude positions 76-100 at any other time.
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This is a great idea but I don't think it will get interesting for most people until at least the 70s or maybe 80s.
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Great idea!

I'm very interested by the two week Wonder for Bing Crosbys version of 'Silent Night'. I imagine it depends on which day Christmas fell in December 1952 to guess whether it would have sold well enough to gain a second week.

On the song itself - which is the defining version and which versions have charted throughout the OCC records? I usually hear this version (as well as a video they play on MTV) and probably the Michael Buble version each year these days.
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Oct 23 2019, 11:15 PM) *
Great idea!

I'm very interested by the two week Wonder for Bing Crosbys version of 'Silent Night'. I imagine it depends on which day Christmas fell in December 1952 to guess whether it would have sold well enough to gain a second week.

On the song itself - which is the defining version and which versions have charted throughout the OCC records? I usually hear this version (as well as a video they play on MTV) and probably the Michael Buble version each year these days.

Surely the definitive version should be in German.
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Oct 23 2019, 11:15 PM) *
Great idea!

I'm very interested by the two week Wonder for Bing Crosbys version of 'Silent Night'. I imagine it depends on which day Christmas fell in December 1952 to guess whether it would have sold well enough to gain a second week.

On the song itself - which is the defining version and which versions have charted throughout the OCC records? I usually hear this version (as well as a video they play on MTV) and probably the Michael Buble version each year these days.


Well Steve there are actually five versions of Silent Night that have charted over the years, so by way of a bonus feature, here is a Silent Night top 5 pop pickers, though only the Bing Crosby version above is potentially elligible for our main list.

At 5th place is this sublime version by Sinead O'Connor which peaked at number 60 in December 1991


For 4th place we go from the sublime to, if not the ridiculous at least to the very different, with this punk version by The Dickies in December 1978, which peaked at number 47.


Up to 3rd place and we find a rather chilling version by Simon and Garfunkel, which was released as part of a double a side for xmas 1991, having been tracks from one of their albums. This Simon and Garfunkel version feature them singing the carol whilst a news bulletin from 3rd August 1966 fades up.


Number 2 is the Bing Crosby version mentioned and linked above, which, as mentioned, peaked at number 8 for just the two weeks, one of which was a repeated chart rather than a newly calculated chart.

That just leaves number one in your Silent Night chart, which is another double A side, this time paired with a track called Cat Among The Pigeons. I entered the chart at number two in w/e 3rd December 1988 and was by Bros.


I'm actually suprised that no version of Silent Night has reentered the Official Top 100 in the download/streaming era. Looking at the UK Spotfy Top 200 chart for xmas day 2018, which was almost exclusively Xmas songs, I can find three versions of Silent Night, in the following order, Michael Buble at #117, Mariah Carey at #153 and Bing Crosby at #190. The first two are probably helping their respective Xmas albums in the albums chart, even if they have not charted as an indidivual track in the Official Top 100 Singles Chart.

Again, as a reminder, only Bing's version is potentially elligible for our main list, the others having indisputably spent additional weeks in the chart.


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And on with 1953

The first one week wonder of 1953 was called Glow Worm, and was by the Mills Brothers. It charted at number 10 on 10/01/1953. The Mills Brothers were originally four actual brothers, but one of them, John Jr, had passed away aged just 25 in 1936, and was then replaced by his father, John Sr. Apparently their recordings have since been lost in the fire in 2008 that destroyed a vast number of masters by a large number of artists. The Mills Brothers entire chart career in the UK is literally just this one week, though in the US they were much more successful.


You wait for a one week wonder to occur, then two come along at once! It's strange how they have been mostly happening in pairs so far, with a particular chart either containing two one-week wonders, or none. Anyway we go down one place to number 11 on the same chart and find an alternative version of a more successful hit, a common occurence in the early years of the charts. In fact there were two versions that charted higher at around the same time. The song in question is 'Faith Can Move Mountains', which peaked highest, at #7, for Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads, on the Columbia label. The second versions was Capitol's version, by Nat 'King' Cole, which peaked at #10. These versions had 3 and 4 weeks on chart respectively. The version we are interested in here is on the Decca label (which seems to be something of a recurring theme for 1953 one week wonders), and is by one-time Radio 2 favourite Jimmy Young.


One week later, on 17th January 1953, again at #11 we have bandleader Ted Heath and his music, with a tune called Vanessa.


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None of that trio of songs are grabbing me that much really tbh (I do like the rat in the top left corner of the Mills Brothers embed though) - hoping for some better discoveries soon as I do really like some 50s stuff. Especially instrumentals like 'Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White' and Winifred Atwell's fabulous piano tunes.

The Vera Lynn song is probably my favourite of the thread so far.
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On to the 20th February 1953, and to the chart debut of an artist who would go on to top the charts. This single, which charted at #12, was the third version of Broken Wings to hit the charts. The most sucessful version was a charttopper for the Stargazers on the Decca label, and there was also a version on HMV's label, by Art and Dotty Todd, which peaked at number 6. But the version which joins our list is strangely also on the Decca label, which seems a bit bizarre as the label is essentially competing with itself, and potentially transferring some sales from the charttopping version to the minor version, but these were different times, and I guess the label was making money either way. This third version introduced the UK chart watching (and listening) public to Dickie Valentine.


Charting at #11 on 7th March 1953 is Joni James, with a song called Why Don't You Believe Me?. She escapes being the second act on our list to have a UK chart career of only one week, as she managed to gain one more week in 1959, with another single.


Also at #11, but on 21st March 1953, is Frankie Laine, with a song called the Girl In The Wood. I can see from Steve Waters' Missing Charts book that it must have been released around about September 1951, so I'm not quite sure how it came to trouble the NME chart in March 1953. It was the last of only two Columbia releases by Frankie Laine to chart on the NME chart. His next chart entry, now on the Phillips label, was the chart busting hit I Believe, which broke records for the length of time it spent at the top of the charts.


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I'll try and make sure to keep up with this thread but there isn't too much to say about these obscure 50s songs, gonna be a while before you get to songs that many people are going to care about - still an interesting and ambitious thread idea!
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When I first started looking at 50s charts,I thought the Conservative Party leader Ted Heath had a previous career as a bandleader. It was a while before I realised they were different people.
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Joni James has a lovely voice - I think that's my new favourite of the thread so far! Something I really enjoy about the 50s is the amount of classy vocalists in the chart. The Frankie Laine song is good too - I only knew 'I Believe', 'Hey Joe' and 'Answer Me' by him and I like all three in addition to this one, so he seems cool.

That version of 'Broken Wings' didn't do much for me - I do know and enjoy The Stargazers' version though. 'I See The Moon' is their best in my opinion though, pretty zany *.*

(yes don't mind me discovering pretty much everything here, my knowledge of the 50s is mostly artists who have #1s or #2s and I'm enjoying expanding that!)

Loving the commentary so far! The chart geekery is most pleasing.
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Staying with 21st March 1953, and moving down to #12, we find a tune with it's roots in 1940, in a piece by Duke Ellington sideman Johnny Hodges. Apparently this particular track, Night Train, by trombonist Buddy Morrow, was sometimes the soundtrack for burlesque striptease!


On 4th April 1953 a duet charted at #12, between two future chart toppers, Doris Day and Johnnie Ray. The song was 'Ma Says, Pa Says'.

[Edited on 11th September 2021 to fix a dead link. Old link was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]

Two weeks later, 18th April 1953, the same two artists charted another one week wonder, this time at #11. There something a little odd going on here though, as on closer inspection both duets have the same catalogue number, as they were in fact different sides of the same disc! Chart rules at the time meant that each sale in any of NME's chart return shops had to be logged under the side that was actually requested at the counter, and that both sides could thus chart separately of each other. Since the chart saw these singles as being separate, then so do I, and thus this duo achieve two one week wonders in a fortnight with either side of the same disc. The side that achieved it second was called A Full Time Job.

[Edited on 11th September 2021 to fix a dead link. Old link was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNV9IO2kA8I]


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QUOTE(E L Rollo @ Nov 2 2019, 12:13 AM) *
When I first started looking at 50s charts,I thought the Conservative Party leader Ted Heath had a previous career as a bandleader. It was a while before I realised they were different people.


Ha! I thought the same thing for a long time too!
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Our next trio of one week wonders are, for the first time, all from the same chart week, 6th June 1953, the week of the Queen's coronation. I think it's amazing that although this thread will (if it gets that far) span a fairly huge number of minor hits, over a period of nearly 70 years, nonetheless all of them have happened during the reign of just one monarch.... But on with our trio.

The first one was at #7, and was a second chart version of In A Golden Coach, a song directly about the Coronation, which was already charting in a version by Billy Cotton and his band. Again the one week wonder version is by Dickie Valentine, and again Decca are for some reason competing with themselves by releasing both versions. Possibly the in-house competition had more effect this time, as Billy had dropped to #7 in the week that Dickie entered at #8, but then the following week Dickie's version vanished from the charts, whilst Billy's shot up to #3. The Dickie version achieves the highest peak so far for a one week wonder, and despite my research having already reached the 60s I haven't yet found one with a higher peak.


The second one is the fourth single to chart for forces sweetheart Vera Lynn, The Windsor Waltz, which spent it's one chart week at #11. I suspect, from the Windsor connection, that this was also related in some way to the Coronation, but I can't find any mention of this anywhere, so perhaps any such connection was just in the mind of the sudden (comparative) rush of purchasers in that week?


Finally at number 12 is an alternative version of I'm Walking Behind You by Dorothy Squires, on the Polygon label, which was set up by Leslie Clark so he could control the distribution of his daughter, Petula's, recordings. The more well known version on HMV, by Eddie Fisher and Sally Sweetland, was at #6 in that same week, and would go on to top the charts.
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