Chart Statistics and Trivia

Who was the most successful singles chart artist of the 60s?

Who guessed Cliff? . . . or Elvis? . . . or The Beatles?

The amazing answer is . . . Hank B.Marvin! who had 303 weeks on chart
with The Shadows, 328 weeks with The Shadows backing Cliff and 9 weeks
on chart with Cliff as a duet on ' Throw down a line ' which is, all together,
a grand total of 640 weeks!

. . . now read on for more crucial trivia and a few notable dates in the industry's history

Crucial 60s Trivia      Notable Industry Dates       'I Wish I Hadn't Said That'

Crucial Sixties Trivia

Only 4 artists hit the singles chart every year of the decade:
Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves

The only artist to achieve a top ten singles hit in every year was Cliff Richard

There were 187 No.1 singles by 113 different acts

13 acts had a total singles chart life of 1 week at No. 50

Of the Sixties singles chart toppers, only Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley
and The Bee Gees also had No. 1 hits in the Seventies

Elvis and Cliff are the only artists to have had No.1 singles
hits in the 50's 60's and 70's

Only Gerry and The Pacemakers reached No.1 with their
first two singles, going on to make it 3 in a row

No.1 on the very first singles chart listing of the decade
was Emile Ford and The Checkmates with
' What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For '

No. 1 on the last singles chart listing of the decade was
Rolf Harris with ' Two Little Boys '

Only 3 acts had at least 10 hit singles, 10 hit LP's and 10 hit EP's:
Cliff Richard (92 total), Elvis Presley (86 total) and The Beatles (48 total)

Prior to the EP chart listings, extended play records were listed on
the singles chart, assuming sales were sufficient to register.
On the demise of the EP chart this practice was reinstated until
February 1969 at which time EPs were no longer included

The No.1 record on the first EP chart was Cliff Richard's 'Expresso Bongo'

The only record ever to enter the EP chart at No.1 was Cliff's
'Expresso Bongo' on the very first chart. Two titles managed to enter
at No.2: Long Tall Sally (Beatles) and Four Tops' Hits (Four Tops)

Only ten titles managed to enter the EP chart
in a top ten position during the decade

The No.1 record on the very last EP chart was 'Beach Boy Hits'

Only Elvis Presley had titles listed in both the first and last EP charts
produced - something to do with his initials, maybe?

Joan Baez had more EP chart weeks than any other solo female artist

The Beatles sold many more records than any other act during the decade
but did not stay in the charts for very long because of the speed of the sales
hence their unexpectedly low performance in the chart statistics

No.1 position on all three charts ( LP, EP and Singles ) in the same week
was achieved 25 times during the Sixties, but by only four different acts!
The Shadows ( 1 ) Elvis Presley ( 1 ) The Rolling Stones ( 2 )
and The Beatles ( 21 times! )

The best position reached by any of Johnny Mathis' four
EP chart entries was No. 17

Other than 'Various Artists' titles, no fewer than 39 acts had success
in the EP chart without a single entry in the Singles chart,
including Paddy Roberts, whose two EPs both reached No.1

The shortest lived record label was the Joe Meek-owned ' Triumph '
label which only lasted for a few months during 1960 but still managed
to produce a top ten single with Michael Cox's 'Angela Jones'

From April 1965 to November 1968 no instrumental single reached No.1

The only U.S. act to reach No.1 on the singles chart during 1963 was
Elvis Presley and, even then, stayed there for only a single week

The highest total of weeks on the singles chart for any act in one year
was achieved by Engelbert Humperdinck in 1967. He spent 97 weeks on
the chart, helped immensely by 'Release Me' which, incredibly,
stayed on the singles chart listing for a total of 56 weeks!

Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' single notched up a total of 122 weeks
on chart, entering or returning no less than nine times!

Keith West, whose solitary single hit 'Excerpt From A Teenage Opera'
reached No.2 was, at the time, a member of a band called 'Tomorrow'.
The band were never heard from chart-wise and neither was the opera
after a follow-up track named 'Sam' failed to chart

The only act to appear in the 'Top Ten Acts' list during
every year of the decade was Cliff Richard

In 1961 Frank Sinatra formed REPRISE records which he sold
to Warner Brothers in 1963, becoming Vice President and Consultant
to the Warner Brothers Picture Group

The first gold disc to be presented by EMI to a classical artist was
awarded to Yehudi Menuhin in 1961 by Sir Joseph Lockwood to
celebrate an unbroken association lasting over 30 years

During the Sixties The Beatles achieved
17 No1 singles, 10 No1 albums and 8 No1 EPs

The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus with their 1968
No.19 single 'Quick Joey Small' were actually comprised of 8 groups!
These were: Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company who both
had hits in their own right, plus Music Explosion, Lt.Garcia's Magic
Music Box, Teri Nelson Group, Musical Marching Zoo, JCW Rat Finks and
St.Louis Invisible Marching Band.
Their shows were staged as a circus, complete with circus acts!

In 1964 Singles cost 6s 5d (32p) and LPs cost �1-15s-0d (£1.75p)

1962 Record Sales in the UK: 78s 1,944,000 45s 55,239,000

1968 Record Sales in the UK: 78s 206,000 45s 49,161,000 LPs 49,184,000

The best year for singles saw sales of 72,841,000

'Wild Thing' was produced in one take during
15 spare minutes at the end of a recording session

Finally ( at the moment ), I just thought you'd like to know
that the Dave Clark Five generated cash to pay for an early
studio session by Dave Clark doing two days of crashing cars
as stunt man in an Adam Faith film!

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A Few Notable Dates in the Record Industry 1948 - 1969

Dr. Peter Goldmark and William Bachman of the American Columbia Co
developed the long playing vinylite 331/3 r.p.m. microgroove disc in the
late 40s. It was announced to the press at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
in New York on Friday 26th June 1948 in both 10" and 12" formats.
The machines to play them were manufactured by the
Philco Radio and Television Company of Philadelphia

January 1949
RCA announced the first release of 45 r.p.m. 7" vinyl discs which
gave the same playing time as the larger 78 r.p.m. discs

June 1949
Columbia issued 7" 331/3 r.p.m. discs with normal-sized centre holes

June 1950
Decca issued the first LPs on the U.K. market, made of 'GEON',
a tradename form of vinylite

November 1952
The first singles record chart was produced by the New Musical Express

October 1953
'Optional' removable centres appeared in 45 r.p.m. discs, allowing them
to be used on the 'Victory' autochanger and later on other makes of jukebox

September 1954
'Gruve-Gard' was introduced in America by RCA Victor, where the centre
and edge of a disc are thicker than the playing area, reducing scuff
marks during handling and when used in an autochanger

June 1958
First U.K. release of stereo discs made by PYE records

Early in the 60s the 10" record format was dropped by all the major
record companies, leaving the 12" 331/3 r.p.m. and
7" 45 r.p.m. as standards

19th February 1960
EMI's last new coarse-groove 78 r.p.m. record was issued
'Rule Britannia' / 'Royal Event' by Russ Conway

9th June 1960
Bing Crosby was presented with a platinum disc by the Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce for estimated sales of 200 million records.
To that date he had recorded 2600 singles and 125 LPs

February 1961
All EMI 78 r.p.m. discs were deleted with the exception of royal
recordings and the 'History of Music in Sound' series.
These eventually disappeared on 23rd March 1962

June 1962
DGG ( Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft ) merged with Philips
on a 50/50 basis, retaining both record labels

Philips introduced the musicassette ( compact cassette )

American Columbia material ( marketed at first by 'Oriole' ) was launched
independently in the U.K. on the CBS label. Because of the still-current use
of the trademark 'Columbia' outside of America by EMI, all American Columbia
recordings were exported under the CBS ( Columbia Broadcasting System ) logo

1st July 1965
EMI Records Ltd and The Gramophone Co Ltd merged, trade continuing
under the name EMI Records

Raymond M.Dolby opened a laboratory in London to develop
and produce his noise reduction system

RCA opened an independent distribution, recording and ( later )
manufacturing operation in the U.K. as RCA Great Britain Ltd.

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Some great quotes for you, which
come under the general heading of

'I wish I hadn't said that ...'

" The rest of the group is fine but the singer will have to go"
( Eric Easton taking over as The Rolling Stones' manager in 1962 )

"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out"
( Mike Smith, Decca A&R manager, turning The Beatles down in 1962 )

"You ain't goin' nowhere son.
You oughta go back to drivin' a truck"

( Jim Denny of The Grand Ole Opry firing Elvis after just one performance in 1954 )

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