On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:54:52 PM UTC,
Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by johnny-knowall
I don’t think there were music charts when I was born, unless
they counted sales of sheet music.
I think they did start in about 1952. At the British library a
couple of years ago they had a computer on one of the floors for
free public use where you could check what was top of the charts for
any particular date and play it. I was born too early but I did it
for my sons. It was probably more reliable than what you can get on
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Well I don't know how old you are but my first recollection of
music charts were Radio Luxembourg's "Top 20" Record hits
broadcast on the fabled 208 m band. presented by Pete Murray That
began apparently in 1952 (sounds about right) and was broadcast on
11-00 p.m. on a Sunday night. I listened to it with a blanket
over my head and my bedside radio lest I disturb my parents. I was
going to school the next morning! Many of the kids at school
listened also and we used to argue over the positions of the
records we heard.
Tommy Steele/ Guy Mitchell "Singing the Blues" AIRI used to be
neck and neck in the charts usually with the Mitchell above the
Steele version although apparently Tommy was at one time No 1 with
it. Guy Mitchell, an established star at the time, always said
that had he known Steele had recorded the song, then he would not
have done so because he appreciated how difficult it was for a
young artiste to get started in the business.
Tommy actually went on for years. I saw him perform quite a few
times in musicals like "Singing' in the Rain" "Doctor Doolittle",
Fineans Rainbow, Half a Sixpence, An Evening with Tommy Steele (1
man show seen twice)
Another excellent and versatile entertainer.
He was ok. Also did some cheesy stuff though. I first heard him on
the 6 five speical. Ah yes I bought singing the blues which I leant
by heart and used to sing. I bought the Embassy cover version
though. I bought Hound Dog by Elvis and Green Door by Frankie
Vaughan. For some years I only possesed four records. Freight train
must have been on the other side of Cumberland Gap.
MY parents had a complete set of Oklahoma songs, so I got a bit sick
of them. Wasn't Guy Mitchell jailed for some nasty act of violence?