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1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 May 2012

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 'She's A Woman' by The Beatles from 'Beatles 65'. It was number one on 21st February 1965 - the day on which Malcolm X was assassinated. We also hear 'Escapade' from 'Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814'. It was number one on 9th November 1989 - the day the Berlin Wall opened. In the regular feature 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', songs are played from albums by The Young Rascals and UB40. 'It's Not The Same Old Song' highlights 'You Belong To Me' by The Duprees and a different song with the same title by Carly Simon.

In 'A Matter Of Life And Death' Paul celebrates the birth on this date in 1928 of Burt Bacharach by playing one of the many classics he wrote with Hal David - 'Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa' by Gene Pitney. We also hear 'Try A Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding. It is played in tribute to the saxophone player on the track - Andrew Love, who recently died. 'You've Really Got A Hold On Me' by The Miracles and 'Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah' by Johnny Mercer are this week's featured records from the Grammy Hall Of Fame Singles list.

Our R&B Number Ones are from 1967 - 'Jimmy Mack' by Martha & The Vandellas, and this week - 'Share My Love' by R. Kelly. We hear Country number ones from 2011 and now by Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. This week's featured past and present Rock hits are by The Charlatans and Fun featuring Janelle Monae. Jack White's first solo album 'Blunderbuss' enters at the top of the chart. On the singles side, 'Somebody That I Used To Know' by Gotye featuring Kimbra is the best selling song of the week.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for Meco

    Meco Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band

    This day in 1977 - the novelization of the Star Wars movie was published

  • Image for Kip Moore

    Kip Moore Something 'bout A Truck

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Up All Night & Top 40 hit

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles She's A Woman

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] The Beatles 65 - The Beatles (21st February 1965) On this day: Malcolm X was assassinated.

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 Payphone

    Last week’s Number One - this week’s Number Two

  • Image for Gene Pitney

    Gene Pitney Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa

    Born 1928: Burt Bacharach

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding Try A Little Tenderness

    Andrew Love (tenor saxophonist) - born 21st November 1941; died 12th April 2012

  • Image for Lee Brice

    Lee Brice Hard To Love

    New Entry in the Top Five of the Album Chart: Hard 2 Love

  • Image for R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Share My Love

    Adult R&B Number One: NEW

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Rumour Has It

    Number Two Album - 62nd Top Ten placing - will pass 9 million sales within days

  • Image for The Duprees

    The Duprees You Belong To Me

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Seven in 1962

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon You Belong To Me

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

  • Image for Josh Abbott Band

    Josh Abbott Band Touch

    New Entry in the Top Twenty of the Album Chart: Small Town Family Dream

  • Image for The Young Rascals

    The Young Rascals I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) The Young Rascals - The Young Rascals (7th May 1966)

  • Image for Michel Teló

    Michel Teló AI SE EU TE PEGO (If I Catch You)

    Currently the most popular song in the world is now in the Hot 100

  • Image for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles The Miracles - You've Really Got A Hold On Me

    Grammy Hall Of Fame Single: released 1962 - reached Number Eight in 1963

  • Image for Johnny Mercer And The Pied Pipers

    Johnny Mercer And The Pied Pipers Zip A Dee Doo Dah

    Grammy Hall Of Fame Single: released in 1946 - reached Number Eight

  • Image for Alabama Shakes

    Alabama Shakes I Found You

    Top Twenty Album: Boys & Girls

  • Image for Janet Jackson

    Janet Jackson Escapade

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson (9th November 1989) On this day: The Berlin Wall was opened.

  • Image for Carole King

    Carole King Take Good Care Of My Baby

    New Entry in the Album Chart: The Legendary Demos

  • Image for Blake Shelton

    Blake Shelton Honey Bee

    Country Number One this date in 2011

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Eyes Open

    Current Country Sales Number One - fifth week

  • Image for The Charlatans

    The Charlatans Weirdo

    Rock Number One this date in 1992

  • Image for fun.

    fun. WE ARE YOUNG (featuring Janelle Monae)

    Current Rock Number Two (over four million sales)

  • Image for UB40

    UB40 Please Don't Make Me Cry

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Labour Of Love - UB40 (26th November 1983)

  • Image for Jack White

    Jack White Love Interruption

    Current Number One in the Album Chart: NEW: Blunderbuss

  • Image for Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie Hello

    Number One this date in 1984

  • Image for The Black Eyed Peas

    The Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow

    Number One this date in 2009

  • Image for Gotye

    Gotye SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW (featuring Kimbra)

    Current Number One: second week


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