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!
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
The only artist to achieve a top ten singles hit in every year was
There were 187 No.1 singles by 113 different acts
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
Only Gerry and The Pacemakers reached No.1 with their first two singles,
going on to make it 3 in a row
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 '
No. 1 on the last singles chart listing of the decade was Rolf Harris
with ' Two Little Boys '
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! )
The best position reached by any of Johnny Mathis' four EP chart entries
was No. 17
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
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'
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
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,
32. 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
The only act to appear in the 'Top Ten Acts' list during every year
of the decade was Cliff Richard
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!
In 1964 Singles cost 6s 5d (32p) and LPs cost £1-15s-0d (£1.75p)
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 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
RCA announced the first release of 45 rpm 7" vinyl discs which gave the same playing time as the larger 78 rpm discs
Columbia issued 7" 331/3 rpm discs with normal-sized centre holes
Decca issued the first LPs on the UK market, made of 'GEON', a tradename form of vinylite
The first singles record chart was produced by the New Musical Express
'Optional' removable centres appeared in 45 rpm discs, allowing them to be used on the 'Victory' autochanger and later on other makes of jukebox
'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
First UK release of stereo discs made by PYE records
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!
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