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Sixties Chart Champion Hank B Marvin

Sixties Chart Champion - Hank B. Marvin
Sixties Pop Music Chart Statistics and Trivia

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

The Beatles?  or Elvis?  or maybe Cliff Richard? You're getting warmer.....

The most successful credited singles artist of the Sixties was Cliff Richard, who charted
singles discs for a total of 537 weeks, 93 more than his nearest rival, Elvis Presley.
However, even Cliff was not the chart champion for the total weeks on chart as a member
of any chart act.....   The slightly amazing answer is the talented guy on the left - Hank B. Marvin.
Don't believe it? Count them -
303 weeks on chart with The Shadows, 328 weeks with The Shadows
backing Cliff Richard and 9 weeks as a duet with Cliff on ' Throw Down A Line '
All together, a grand total of 640 chart weeks!

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Bits of Sixties Music Trivia

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

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

3. Jimi Hendrix's guitar solo from the song 'Wild Thing', performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in June,1967, mimics the opening chorus line from Frank Sinatra's 'Strangers in the Night', which was released a year before in 1966

4. There were 187 No.1 singles by 113 different acts

5. In a contest held by a Merseyside newspaper to see who was the biggest band in Liverpool, 1962, one of the main reasons that The Beatles won was because they called in posing as different people voting for themselves

6. 13 acts had a total singles chart life of 1 week at No. 50

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

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

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

10. Stuart Sutcliffe died on April 10th, 1962 of a brain haemmoridge. It's a coincidence that the Beatles officially broke up exactly 8 years later. April 10th, 1970

11. 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 '

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

13. The Beatles, with Pete Best on drums, made the group's TV debut performing Roy Orbison's 'Dream Baby' on the BBC show 'Teenager's Turn' in 1962

14. 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)

15. 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

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

17. 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 (The Beatles) and Four Tops' Hits (The Four Tops)

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

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

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

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

22. 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

23. 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! )

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

25. Phil Collins, who was a child star in England in the 1960's, appears VERY briefly in the final concert sequence of the Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night

26. The Nazareth Pennsylvania company Martin guitars provided acoustic guitars to such musicians as Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, and a long list of others, having a museum display of their acoustic guitars still to this day

27. 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

28. 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'

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

30. The only US act to reach No.1 on the singles chart during 1963 was Elvis Presley and stayed there for only a single week

31. 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 top 50 singles chart listing for a total of 56 weeks from January 26th 1967!

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

33. 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

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

35. 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

36. 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

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

38. 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!

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

40. 1962 Record Sales in the UK: 78s 1,944,000 45s 55,239,000

41. 1968 Record Sales in the UK: 78s 206,000 45s 49,161,000 LPs 49,184,000

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

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

44. During October 1969 the same record occupied two chart positions! Je t'aime by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg on the Fontana label was banned by The BBC. It was withdrawn and re-released on the Major Minor label while original copies were still selling like hot cakes in the shops. As a separate release, it had to be logged on the chart

45. 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!

46. The Avengers Theme music is also known as: The Shake (1965) by the Laurie Johnson Orchestra

Although The Move's 'Flowers In The Rain' is accepted as being the first music played on Radio1, it actually wasn't! It was 'Theme 1', which was composed by George Martin in between producing Beatles albums. The Move followed it.

A Few Notable Dates in the Record Industry 1948 - 1969

The Forties


Dr. Peter Goldmark and William Bachman of the American Columbia Co developed the long playing vinylite 331/3 rpm microgroove disc in the late 1940s. 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 rpm 7" vinyl discs which gave the same playing time as the larger 78 rpm discs

June 1949
Columbia issued 7" 331/3 rpm discs with normal-sized centre holes

The Fifties

June 1950

Decca issued the first LPs on the UK 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 rpm 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 UK release of stereo discs made by PYE records

The Sixties

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

19th February 1960

EMI's last new coarse-groove 78 rpm 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 rpm 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 demonstrated its first compact audio cassette using high quality BASF polyester 1/8 inch tape that ran at 1-7/8ips

Philips commercially introduced the musicassette ( compact cassette )

American Columbia material ( marketed at first by 'Oriole' ) was launched independently in the UK 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 Some US cars were sold fitted with 8-track stereo cartridge tape players

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

Dolby Noise Reduction was introduced for pre-recorded tapes

Some great reported '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 )

"She's one of the worst singers I've heard" (Cilla Black recalls the late Cavern DJ Bob Wooler offering his comment to John Lennon and Brian Epstein, on one of her early Cavern performances)

Records  by the B.B.C.

Of course, as the B.B.C. has never admitted to having an official 'banned' list, a more accurate title
for this section would be 'Records the B.B.C. Didn't Play A Lot For Their Own Reasons' !

And those 'reasons' were many and varied. Curiously though, considering all the protests and such during the period, not one record was 'banned' for 'political content' during the Sixties, although many have been before and since. Some of the 'bans' were not total, just restricting daytime play and, in most cases, have subsequently been lifted. There may have been additional ones locally, or for very limited periods before being modified, as there were quite a few which would have been 'borderline' on many counts.

Made You - Adam Faith - 1960 Lewdness and sexual content

Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valance - 1960
Explicit death lyrics

Night Of The Vampire - The Moontrekkers - 1961
Too morbid and scary

Tribute To Buddy Holly - Mike Berry and The Outlaws - 1961
Morbid concern for the dead

Hall Of The Mountain King - Nero and The Gladiators - 1961
Some dubious reason regarding words in the spoken intro

My Little Ukelele - Joe Brown and The Bruvvers - 1963
The lyrics to this George Formby re-make were considered 'too risque'

The Sect Sing Sick Songs
(e.p.) - Downliners Sect - 1965 Morbid and in poor taste (containing 'I Want My Baby Back')

I Can't Control Myself - The Troggs - 1966
Lewdly suggestive sounds by Reg Presley

They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaaa - Napoleon XIV - 1966
Making fun of mental illness

Jackie - Scott Walker - 1967 References to 'authentic queers'

Let's Spend The Night Together - The Rolling Stones - 1967
Alleged to promote promiscuity

It Would Be So Nice - Pink Floyd - 1968
For advertising ('Evening Standard was eventually changed to 'Daily Standard').
It is worth noting that many song lyrics have been 'bleeped' or slightly modified over the years to gain airtime

Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus) - Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg - 1969 (also 1974!)
Suggestive sounds and dubious colloquial expressions (although in French!)
This song was played on TOTP, but only an instrumental version by 'Sounds Nice'

Wet Dream - Max Romeo - 1969 I think this one is possibly self-explanatory!

The U.K. Christmas Number One Hit Records
The Christmas Number Ones until 1952 are based on sheet music sales. The artists listed are those most associated with the popularity of the song.

The Forties
1945 Issy Bonn I'm In Love With Two Sweethearts
1946 Frank Sinatra Five Minutes More
1947 Lou Preager / Jimmy Leach An Apple Blossom Wedding
1948 Dinah Shore / Evelyn Knight Buttons And Bows
1949 Anton Karas The Harry Lime Theme

The Fifties

Gene Autry / Bing Crosby Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
1951 Teddy Johnson / Teresa Brewer Longing For You
1952 Al Martino Here In My Heart
1953 Frankie Laine Answer Me
1954 Winifred Atwell Let's Have Another Party
1955 Dickie Valentine Christmas Alphabet
1956 Johnnie Ray Just Walkin' In The Rain
1957 Harry Belafonte Mary's Boy Child
1958 Conway Twitty It's Only Make Believe
1959 Emile Ford & The Checkmates What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For

The Sixties

1960 Cliff Richard & The Shadows I Love You
1961 Danny Williams Moon River
1962 Elvis Presley Return To Sender
1963 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand
1964 The Beatles I Feel Fine
1965 The Beatles Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
1966 Tom Jones The Green Grass Of Home
1967 The Beatles Hello Goodbye
1968 The Scaffold Lily The Pink
1969 Rolf Harris Two Little Boys

The Seventies

1970 Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knockin'
1971 Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
1972 Little Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1973 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody
1974 Mud Lonely This Christmas
1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
1976 Johnny Mathis When A Child Is Born (Soleado)
1977 Wings Mull Of Kintyre / Girls' School
1978 Boney M Mary's Boy Child-Oh My Lord
1979 Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall

The Eighties

1980 St Winifred's School Choir There's No One Quite Like Grandma
1981 The Human League Don't You Want Me
1982 Renee & Renato Save Your Love
1983 The Flying Pickets Only You
1984 Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas?
1985 Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
1986 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite
1987 The Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
1988 Cliff Richard Mistletoe & Wine
1989 Band Aid II Do They Know It's Christmas?

The Nineties

1990 Cliff Richard Saviours' Day
1991 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives
1992 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
1993 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby
1994 East 17 Stay Another Day
1995 Michael Jackson Earth Song
1996 Spice Girls 2 Become 1
1997 Spice Girls Too Much
1998 Spice Girls Goodbye
1999 Westlife I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun

21st Century

2000 Bob The Builder Can We Fix It?
2001 Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman Somethin' Stupid
2002 Girls Aloud Sound Of The Underground
2003 Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules Mad World
2004 Band Aid 20 Do They Know It's Christmas?
2005 Shayne Ward That's My Goal
2006 Leona Lewis A Moment Like This
2007 Leon Jackson When You Believe
2008 Alexandra Burke Hallelujah
2009 Rage Against The Machine Killing In The Name

2010 Matt Cardle When We Collide
2011 Military Wives with Gareth Malone Wherever You Are
2012 The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
2013 Sam Bailey Skyscraper
2014 Ben Haenow Something I Need
2015 The Lewisham & Greernwich NHS Choir A Bridge Over You
2016 Clean Bandit Rockabye
2017 Ed Sheeran Perfect
2018 Ladbaby We Built This City
2019 Ladbaby I Love Sausage Rolls
2020 Ladbaby Don't Stop Me Eatin'
2021 Ladbaby featuring Ed Sheeran and Elton John Sausage Rolls For Everyone
2022 Ladbaby Food Aid
2023 Last Christmas Wham
2024 ?

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