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post Dec 17 2020, 10:53 PM
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Hi

Can anyone help me confirm the correct chart dates for 1960's charts. I have a database that I downloaded years ago with 1960's charts, but the dates differ from those shown on the OCC website.

For example, I've got the Christmas chart for 1967 as week ending 30th December 1967, but the Official Charts website lists this same chart as 27/12/67-02/01/68. I remember seeing a comment on a Facebook group that the OCC moved the dates by 3 days to tie in with the publication dates of later charts but does anyone know what dates were affected by this? Was it all of the 1960's?


Thanks in advance for any help.
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post Dec 17 2020, 11:23 PM
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The OCC, and some chart books, 'standardise' the chart dates' by converting them all to a 'week ending' date that falls on a Saturday, which arguably made sense when all charts post Feb 1969 where also week ending Saturday. Since the last few years and the move to a week ending Thursday chart, perhaps it doesn't make sense.

The actual singles charts of the 50s and 60s, as compiled and published by various different competing music magazines, were dated by chartologists either by a chart date published with the actual chart in that week's magazine, or by the publication date of the actual magazine. Neither of those two dating methods necessarily produces a date that tallies with the actual day the magazine became available in the shops, nor with the actual day of compilation of the chart (itself obviously at least a couple of days before the date the magazine became available). In addition the method of compiling charts was more a survey that created a sample that could be used as a guide to the whole market, and was, as I understand it, usually done by a magazine on a particular day of the week, so didn't necessarily cover any particular sales week as such anyway.

Initially NME in the 50s published a chart that gets dated with a Friday date. The first Record Retailer chart was dated a Thursday date, and later moved to a Wednesday. When BMRB began compiling an official chart in Feb 1969 this was compiled for a Mon-Sat sales week (no sales on a Sunday in those days!) and was then announced on the following Wednesday, moving to the Tuesday. By early 1987 the chart was being announced in passing on ordinary Radio 1 shows on the Tuesday (or Wednesday in a bank holiday week) and was then played in full the following Sunday (i.e. just over a week after the sale period used had ended), but this changed in November 1987, with improvements in POS technology meaning that it was now posisble to compile the chart on the Sunday morning, as soon as the sales period ended, and announce it first on the chart show that afternoon. This remained the status quo until a few years ago when the OCC moved to a Friday to Thurs chart week, and Radio 1 to announcing the chart as part of their Friday evening schedule.

Hope this helps.
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