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 the previously unreleased track Leave My Kitten Alone, from The Beatles' 1995 collection Anthology 1 and a song from the soundtrack album Lady Sings the Blues sung by Diana Ross.
Tracks are featured from the debut hit LPs by Mama Cass and The Four Seasons in the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. It's Not the Same Old Song highlights the 1965 US R'n'B Top Ten hit The Entertainer by Tony Clarke and the Scott Joplin tune with the same title recorded by Marvin Hamlisch for the 1974 movie The Sting.
In A Matter of Life and Death, Paul celebrates the birth in 1927 of Ed Ames. He also pays tribute to the recently deceased E Street Band saxophonist - Clarence Clemons. We hear The Wallflower (a.k.a. Roll With Me Henry) by Etta James and The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand 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 Bobby Marchan and Kelly Rowland, past and present Country Number Ones from Jack Greene and Jason Aldean, and Rock Number Ones from 1998 and now by the Goo Goo Dolls and Foster the People.
Jill Scott's album The Light of the Sun enters the American Album Chart at number one. It marks her return to music following her lead role in the television series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. On the singles side, Katy Perry is number one for a second week with Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).