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1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 June 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 Reason To Believe by Rod Stewart from his album Every Picture Tells A Story. It was number one on 1 October 1971, when Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida. We also hear Don't Know Why by Norah Jones from Come Away With Me. It was number one on 1 February 2003 when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated.

In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, tracks are played from albums by Julie London and Foo Fighters. It's Not The Same Old Song highlights Jesse by Janis Ian 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 1941 of the successful Motown song writer Lamont Dozier. We hear his first hit as an artist Why Can't We Be Lovers by Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier. We also hear The Great Pretender by The Platters, which is played in tribute to the group's bass singer Herb Reed who recently died. Paul continues his countdown of the Top 100 list of songwriters based on success in the American chart from 1955 - 2005. We hear songs written by Jeff Lynne (Number 94) and Bryan Adams (Number 93).

Our R&B Number Ones are from 1972 - Woman's Gotta Have It by Bobby Womack, and this week - Next Breath by Tank. We hear Country number ones from 1968 and now by Glen Campbell and Luke Bryan. This week's featured past and present Rock hits are by The Black Crowes and The Black Keys. John Mayer's album Born And Raised remains at the top of the chart. On the singles side, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is the best-selling song for a third week.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Fun Fun Fun

    On this day in 1903: The Ford Motor Company was incorporated

  • Image for Rihanna

    Rihanna Where Have You Been

    Top Ten Single

  • Image for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

    Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Man On Fire

    New Entry in the Top Five of the Album Chart: Here

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Reason To Believe

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Every Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart (1st October 1971) On this day: Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.

  • Image for Regina Spektor

    Regina Spektor DON’T LEAVE ME (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

    New Entry in the Top Five of the Album Chart: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

  • Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier Why Can’t We Be Lovers

    Born 1941: Lamont Dozier

  • Image for The Platters

    The Platters The Great Pretender

    Herb Reed (bass singer) - born 7th August 1928; died 4th June 2012

  • Image for Hunter Hayes

    Hunter Hayes Wanted

    Top Forty

  • Image for Bobby Womack

    Bobby Womack Woman’s Gotta Have It

    R&B Number One this date in 1972

  • Image for Tank

    Tank Next Breath

    Adult R&B Number One: NEW

  • Image for Janis Ian

    Janis Ian Jesse

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: from the 1974 album Stars (Top 30 hit for Roberta Flack)

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon Jesse

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: reached Number Eleven in 1980

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction What Makes You Beautiful

    Top Ten single from Top Five album

  • Image for Julie London

    Julie London Cry Me A River

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Julie Is Her Name - Julie London (28th January 1956)

  • Image for fun.

    fun. Some Nights


  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

    I Write The Songs - 94: Jeff Lynne

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Summer Of ’69

    I Write The Songs - 93: Bryan Adams

  • Image for Sigur Rós

    Sigur Rós Dauoalogn

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

  • Image for Norah Jones

    Norah Jones Don’t Know Why

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Come Away With Me - Norah Jones (1st February 2003) On this day: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated; all seven of the crew died.

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell I Wanna Live

    Country Number One this date in 1968

  • Image for Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan Drunk On You

    Current Country Sales Number One - second week

  • Image for The Black Crowes

    The Black Crowes Remedy

    Rock Number One this date in 1992

  • Image for The Black Keys

    The Black Keys Gold On The Ceiling

    Current Rock Number One - second week

  • Image for Foo Fighters

    Foo Fighters Big Me

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters (22nd July 1995)

  • Born And Raised John Mayer

    Current Number One in the Album Chart: Born And Raised - second week

  • Image for Gogi Grant

    Gogi Grant The Wayward Wind

    Number One this date in 1956

  • Image for The Young Rascals

    The Young Rascals Groovin’

    Number One this date in 1967

  • Image for Carly Rae Jepsen

    Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe

    Current Number One: third week


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