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1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 September 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 Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaemphert and Baby Can I Hold You from Tracy Chapman's debut album. In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face songs are featured from LPs by Curtis Mayfield (Curtis) and Traffic (Dear Mr. Fantasy). It's Not The Same Old Song highlights Hurt by Timi Yuro and a different song with the same title by Johnny Cash.

In A Matter Of Life And Death Paul celebrates the birth on this date in 1968 of Anastacia and pays tribute to the recently deceased lead singer of Warrant - Jani Lane. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole is this week's featured song from the Grammy Hall Of Fame of Singles.

Our R&B Number Ones are from 1966 - Land Of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett - and this week - So In Love by Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton. We hear Country Number Ones from 1971 and now by Ray Price and The Band Perry. Meanwhile this week's past and present Rock Number Ones are by Nickelback and Foo Fighters.

Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter IV enters the album chart at Number One. On the singles side, Someone Like You by Adele is Number One.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for The Standells

    The Standells Dirty Water

    This day in 1630: the city of Boston, Massachusetts was founded

  • Image for Jill Scott

    Jill Scott Lovely Day

    New Top Forty Album: The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Volume 1

  • Image for The Fray

    The Fray Mahna Mahna

    Top Ten Album album last week: The Muppets: The Green Album

  • Image for Bert Kaempfert

    Bert Kaempfert Wonderland By Night

    Baby What A Big Surprise [they really were Number One albums] Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert (1961)

  • Image for Foster the People

    Foster the People Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks

    Number Two

  • Image for Anastacia

    Anastacia I'm Outta Love

    Born 1968: Anastacia

  • Image for Warrant

    Warrant Heaven

    Jani Lane (writer and vocalist) - born 1st February 1964; died 11th August 2011

  • Image for Jake Owen

    Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night

    Title track of a Top Ten Album, Number One Country Airplay and certified Gold

  • Image for Wilson Pickett

    Wilson Pickett Land Of 1000 Dances

    R&B Number One this date in 1966

  • Image for Jill Scott

    Jill Scott SO IN LOVE (featuring Anthony Hamilton)

    Adult R&B Number One: twelfth week

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell A Better Place

    New Entry in the Top Thirty of the Album Chart: Ghost On The Canvas

  • Image for Timi Yuro

    Timi Yuro Hurt

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Four in 1961

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash Hurt

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: from the 2003 album American Recordings IV: The Man Comes Around

  • Image for Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand The Windmills Of Your Mind

    Top Ten Album: What Matters Most

  • Image for Curtis Mayfield

    Curtis Mayfield We People Who Are Darker Than Blue

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Curtis - Curtis Mayfield (3 October 1970)

  • Image for David Guetta

    David Guetta TITANIUM (featuring Sia)

    Top Five Album: Nothing But The Beat

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Unforgettable

    Grammy Hall Of Fame Single: released in 1951 - reached Number Twelve

  • Image for Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Monarchy Of Roses

    Number Two Album: I’m With You

  • Image for Tracy Chapman

    Tracy Chapman Baby Can I Hold You

    Baby What A Big Surprise [they really were Number One albums] Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (1988)

  • Image for Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz Black And White America

    New Entry in the Top Twenty of the Album Chart: Black and White America

  • Image for Ray Price

    Ray Price For The Good Times

    Country Number One this date in 1971

  • Image for The Band Perry

    The Band Perry If I Die Young

    Current Country Number One - sixth week

  • Image for Nickelback

    Nickelback How You Remind Me

    Rock Number One this date in 2001

  • Image for Foo Fighters

    Foo Fighters Walk

    Current Rock Number One - third week

  • Image for Traffic

    Traffic Paper Sun

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Mr. Fantasy - Traffic (27 April 1968)

  • Image for Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne MIRROR (featuring Bruno Mars)

    Current Number One in the Album Chart: Tha Carter IV

  • Image for Bobby Vee

    Bobby Vee Take Good Care Of My Baby

    Number One this date in 1961

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Help!

    Number One this date in 1965

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Someone Like You

    Current Number One: NEW


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