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1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 November 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 Tangled Up In Blue from Bob Dylan's LP Blood On The Tracks. It was number one on 1 March 1975, the day the FCC dropped the cost of a CB radio licence from $20 to $4 - prompting a boom.

We also hear Stardust by Nat "King" Cole from the soundtrack album Sleepless In Seattle. The album was number one on 19 August 1993 - the day on which the Dow Jones index hit an all-time high of 3612.13. In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, tracks are played from albums by B.J. Thomas and Los Lobos.

In A Matter Of Life And Death, Paul celebrates the birthday of Gordon Lighfoot by playing his hit If You Could Read My Mind. We also hear Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. It is played as a tribute to the song's co-writer Bill Dees, who has recently died. It's Not The Same Old Song highlights Rain by The Beatles and a different song called The Rain by Oran "Juice" Jones.

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 Paul Simon (Number 58) and Steve Cropper (Number 57).

Our R&B Number Ones are from 1973 - The Love I Lost by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes - and this week - Adorn by Miguel. We hear country number ones from 1965 and now by "Little" Jimmy Dickens and Taylor Swift. This week's featured past and present rock number ones are by 10,000 Maniacs and Fun.. Gangnam Style by Psy, meanwhile, is the best-selling song of the week.

Music Played

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  • Image for Del Shannon

    Del Shannon The Swiss Maid

    This day in 1968: the ‘Heidi’ football game - Oakland Raiders v New York Jets

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY (featuring Cee Lo Green & Trombone Shorty)

    New Entry in the Top Three of the Album Chart: Merry Christmas, Baby

  • Image for Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse Twisted Road

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Psychedelic Pill

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Tangled Up In Blue

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan (1st March 1975) On this day: The FCC dropped the cost of a CB radio licence from $20 to $4 - a boom followed.

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 One More Night

    Top Five hit

  • Image for Gordon Lightfoot

    Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind

    Born 1938: Gordon Lightfoot

  • Image for Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman

    Bill Dees - song writer- born 24th January 1939; died 24th October 2012

  • Image for Jason Aldean

    Jason Aldean THE ONLY WAY I KNOW (with Luke Bryan & Eric Church)

    Number One Album in the week of 3rd November - still Top 5: Night Train

  • Image for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes THE LOVE I LOST (Part 1)

    R&B Number One this date in 1973

  • Image for Miguel

    Miguel Adorn

    Adult R&B Number One: NEW

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Rain

    B-side of Number One single‘Paperback Writer’ in 1966 ('Rain' reached number 23)

  • Image for Oran 'Juice' Jones

    Oran 'Juice' Jones The Rain

    Number Nine in 1986

  • Image for Toby Keith

    Toby Keith I Like Girls That Drink Beer

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Hope On The Rocks

  • Image for B.J. Thomas

    B.J. Thomas The Eyes Of A New York Woman

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) On My Way - B. J. Thomas (18th January 1969)

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven

    Number Two

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel The Boxer

    I Write The Songs - 58: Paul Simon

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

    I Write The Songs - 57: Steve Cropper

  • Image for Calvin Harris

    Calvin Harris SWEET NOTHING (featuring Florence Welch)

    New Entry in the Top Twenty of the Album Chart: 18 Months

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Stardust

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack album (19th August 1993) On this day: the Dow Jones index hit an all-time high of 3612.13.

  • Image for Tony Bennett

    Tony Bennett FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE (featuring Marc Anthony)

    Last week’s New Entry at Number Five - still Top Twenty album: Viva Duets

  • Image for 'Little' Jimmy Dickens

    'Little' Jimmy Dickens May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

    Country Number One this date in 1965

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

    Current Country Sales Number One: ninth week

  • Image for 10,000 Maniacs

    10,000 Maniacs These Are Days

    Rock Number One this date in 1992

  • Image for fun.

    fun. Some Nights

    Current Rock Number One: seventh week (was #1 on 3rd and 10th November)

  • Image for Los Lobos

    Los Lobos Will The Wolf Survive?

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) How Will The Wolf Survive - Los Lobos (15th December 1984)

  • Image for I Almost Do

    I Almost Do Taylor Swift

    Number One Album: Red - second week

  • Image for Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

    Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Stay

    Number One this date in 1960

  • Image for Owl City

    Owl City Fireflies

    Number One this date in 2009

  • Image for PSY

    PSY Gangnam Style

    Current Number One: fourth week


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