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11/06/2011

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 11 June 2011

Paul Gambaccini presents tracks from this week's US charts and hits from the last six decades. In the feature 'Baby What a Big Surprise [they really were Number One albums]' we hear a song from Johnny Cash at San Quentin and a track from the US version of 'Ancora' by Il Divo. Songs will also be heard from the debut hit LPs by the Temptations and Harry Connick Jr in the regular feature 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'. 'It's Not the Same Old Song' highlights the 1960 R'n'B hit 'If I Can't Have You' by Etta James and Harvey Fuqua, and the American number one with the same title from 1978 by Yvonne Elliman.

In 'A Matter of Life and Death' Paul celebrates the birth in 1940 of Joey Dee - best known for his American chart-topper with the Starliters 'Peppermint Twist'. Paul also pays tribute to the recently deceased Gil Scott-Heron. We hear 'The Tennessee Waltz' by Patti Page and 'The Third Man Theme' by Anton Karas in the weekly presentation of two songs from the Grammy Hall of Fame Singles.

There are past and present R'n'B Number Ones from James Brown and Kirk Franklin, past and present Country Number Ones from Ronnie Milsap and the new 'American Idol' Scotty McCreery and Rock Number Ones from 1989 and now by Love and Rockets and Foo Fighters. 'Born This Way' by Lady GaGa enters the album chart at number one with the biggest first week sale (1.108 million) since 2005. Adele's reign at the top of the singles chart rolls on for a fourth week.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for The Corsairs

    The Corsairs Smoky Places

    This day in 1920: Describing a gathering of Republican party leaders in Chicago, meeting to settle on a Presidential candidate, the Associated Press first used the expression “smoke-filled room”

  • Image for Reeve Carney featuring Bono & The Edge

    Reeve Carney featuring Bono & The Edge Rise Above 1

    New Entry from Spider-Man musical

  • Image for Lauren Alaina

    Lauren Alaina Like My Mother Does

    New Entry in the Top Twenty from American Idol runner-up

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash A Boy Named Sue

    Baby What A Big Surprise [they really were Number One albums] Johnny Cash At San Quentin - Johnny Cash (1969)

  • Image for Jill Scott

    Jill Scott SO IN LOVE (featuring Anthony Hamilton)

    Top Five in the Adult R&B Chart

  • Image for Joey Dee & The Starliters

    Joey Dee & The Starliters Peppermint Twist

    Born 1940: Joey Dee [Joseph DiNicola]

  • Image for Gil Scott-Heron

    Gil Scott-Heron The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    Gil Scott-Heron - born 1st April 1949; died 27th May 2011

  • Image for Brad Paisley

    Brad Paisley EASTWOOD (featuring Clint Eastwood)

    New Entry at Number Two in the Album Chart: This Is Country Music

  • Image for James Brown

    James Brown It's A Man's Man's Man's World

    R&B Number One this date in 1966

  • Image for Kirk Franklin

    Kirk Franklin I Smile

    Adult R&B Number One: NEW

  • Image for Sublime with Rome

    Sublime with Rome Panic

    Top Ten in the Rock Chart

  • Image for Etta James & Harvey Fuqua

    Etta James & Harvey Fuqua If I Can't Have You

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Six R&B hit in 1960

  • Image for Yvonne Elliman

    Yvonne Elliman If I Can't Have You

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number One in 1978

  • Image for Foster the People

    Foster the People Foster the People - Helena Beat

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Torches

  • Image for Harry Connick, Jr.

    Harry Connick, Jr. It Had To Be You

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) When Harry Met Sally soundtrack album - Harry Connick Jr. (19 August 1989)

  • Image for Patti Page

    Patti Page The Tennessee Waltz

    Grammy Hall Of Fame Single: Number One in 1950 and 1951

  • Image for Anton Karas

    Anton Karas "the Third Man" Theme

    Grammy Hall Of Fame Single: Number One in 1950

  • Image for Journey

    Journey Anything Is Possible

    New Entry in the Top Twenty of the Album Chart: Eclipse

  • Image for Il Divo

    Il Divo Por Ti Sere (You Raise Me Up)

    Baby What A Big Surprise [they really were Number One albums] Ancora (US version)- Il Divo (2006)

  • Image for Ronnie Milsap

    Ronnie Milsap Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

    Country Number One this date in 1986

  • Image for Scotty McCreery

    Scotty McCreery I Love You This Big

    Current Country Number One - NEW - by the winner of American Idol

  • Image for Love and Rockets

    Love and Rockets So Alive

    Rock Number One this date in 1989

  • Image for Foo Fighters

    Foo Fighters Rope

    Current Rock Number One - twelfth week

  • Image for The Temptations Original Lead Singers

    The Temptations Original Lead Singers The Way You Do The Things You Do

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Meet The Temptations - The Temptations (9 May 1964)

  • Image for Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Born This Way

    Number One in the Album Chart: NEW - Born This Way

  • Image for Wings

    Wings My Love

    Number One this date in 1973

  • Image for Rihanna

    Rihanna Umbrella

    Number One this date in 2007

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Rolling In The Deep

    Current Number One: fourth week

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