Paul Gambaccini presents tracks from this week's US charts and hits from the last six decades.
In the feature Headline News [Number One Albums On Noteworthy Days] we hear You Give Good Love from the debut LP by Whitney Houston. It was number one on 8 April 1986 - the day on which Clint Eastwood was elected the Mayor of Carmel, California. We also hear Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen from The River. The number one album in the US on 4 November 1980 - the day on which Ronald Reagan was elected President of the USA.
In regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, songs are featured from albums by Diana Ross and the Doobie Brothers. It's Not The Same Old Song highlights It's Only Love by The Beatles and a different song with the same title by Elvis Presley.
In A Matter Of Life And Death Paul celebrates the birth on this date in 1979 of Brandy. We also hear The Wallflower (a.k.a. Roll With Me Henry) - played as a tribute to the recently deceased Etta James. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane and A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum are this week's featured records from the Grammy Hall Of Fame Singles list.
Our R&B Number Ones are from 1960 - Baby (You Got What It Takes) by Brook Benton & Dinah Washington, and this week - Love After War by Robin Thicke. We hear Country Number Ones from 1983 and now by Crystal Gayle and Toby Keith. While this week's past and present Rock Number Ones are by Golden Earring and The Black Keys.
Adele remains at the top of the US album chart for a eighteenth non-consecutive week with 21. On the singles side, Stronger by Kelly Clarkson is the best selling song of the week.