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mick745
post May 31 2020, 11:09 AM
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There was a huge popularity for 12 inch singles in the 1980s.

Why was there never a 12 inch singles sales chart?
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post May 31 2020, 11:32 AM
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Yes sure was. I don't know anywhere it was published in terms of uniformly but old copies of record mirror would be your best bet
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post Jun 1 2020, 07:49 AM
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The chart began when Gallup started compiling the UK charts on 8 Jan 1983. I'm not sure how large a chart the industry compiled, but Music Week printed the Top 25 (at the bottom of the posted for the Top 75 singles charts). I have no idea when this chart stopped being printed in Music Week, but it continued to the last issue (6 April 1991) as a Top 20 in Record Mirror.

Below is the first chart, currently the only one I have typed up. I have scans of 1983-mid 1984 from Music Week and have yet to catalogue what I have from Record Mirror.

Pos - Title - Artist - Label CatNum
1 - I Feel Love - Donna Summer - Casablanca/Phonogram FEEL 12
2 - Buffalo Gals - Malcolm McLaren And The World's Famous Supreme Team - Charisma/Phonogram MALC 112
3 - Best Years Of Our Lives - Modern Romance - WEA ROM 1T
4 - Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club - Virgin VS 558-12
5 - Friends - Shalamar - Solar CHUM 1T
6 - The Story Of The Blues - Wah! - Eternal JF 1T
7 - Beat Surrender - The Jam - Polydor POSPX 540
8 - Young Guns (Go For It) - Wham! - Innervision IVL A132766
9 - You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins - Virgin VS 531-12
10 - Our House - Madness - Stiff BUYIT 163
11 - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby - RAC BOWT 12
12 - Hold Me Tighter IN The Rain - Billy Griffin - CBS A132935
13 - (Sexual) Healing - Marvin Gaye - CBS A132855
14 - The Smurf - Tyrone Brunson - Epic EPC A133024
15 - Living On The Ceiling - Blancmange - London BLANCX 3
16 - Where The Heart Is - Soft Cell - Some Bizare/Phonogram BZS 1612
17 - In And Out - Willie Hutch - Motown TMGT 1285
18 - Hymn - Ultravox - Chrysalis CHS 122657
19 - Rio - Duran Duran - EMI 12EMI 5346
20 - Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho - Kool And The Gang - De-Lite/Phonogram DEX 14
21 - Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out - A&M AMSX 8262
22 - Mirror Man - The Human League - Virgin VS 522-12
23 - Magic's Wand - Whodini - Jive JIVET 28
24 - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) - A Flock Of Seagulls - Jive JIVET 25
25 - In The Name Of Love - Sharon Redd - Prelude PRL A132905
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post Jun 1 2020, 09:22 AM
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When Gallup took over chart compilation duties in 1983 the 12" Singles chart was just a top 25 but by 1990 it had grown to a top 100.
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post Jun 1 2020, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Jun 1 2020, 09:22 AM) *
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When Gallup took over chart compilation duties in 1983 the 12" Singles chart was just a top 25 but by 1990 it had grown to a top 100.


Yikes! All Record Mirror printed was a Top 20 - wonder where the rest went smile.gif.
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post Jun 1 2020, 12:20 PM
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QUOTE(kingofskiffle @ Jun 1 2020, 10:34 AM) *
Yikes! All Record Mirror printed was a Top 20 - wonder where the rest went smile.gif.
In those Gallup weekly sales reports that the BPI have in their library! Well, hopefully they still have them...
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post Jun 1 2020, 01:34 PM
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Jun 1 2020, 12:20 PM) *
In those Gallup weekly sales reports that the BPI have in their library! Well, hopefully they still have them...

Ah! All I ever managed to get was the Compilation Top 50s. They closed it a few months after I found out about it and after one visit. I get they dont have the space... Maybe they should donate them to the British Library. Least then people who do want could investigate.

Ive always wondered if the BBC Written Archive would have copies as well.
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post Jun 1 2020, 10:18 PM
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I didn't know there was a 12" of Beat Surrender!
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post Jun 2 2020, 07:39 AM
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QUOTE(The Hit Parade @ Jun 1 2020, 10:18 PM) *
I didn't know there was a 12" of Beat Surrender!
Looking at discogs it seems there were three formats, a regular 7", a 7" double pack and a 12". The 7" double pack and 12" have the same tracklisting

https://www.discogs.com/The-Jam-Beat-Surrender/master/20258

One track on the double pack 7" and 12", 'War', features vocals by Afrodiziak, a female vocal trio that included Caron Wheeler who would later sing lead vocals on another number 1 single ('Back To Life' with Soul II Soul, in 1989).
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