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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 the title track of Dominique by The Singing Nun, which was number one on 26 December 1963. On that day I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was rush-released in the US. We also hear Colours Of The Wind by Vanessa Williams from the soundtrack to Pocahontas. This was the first Disney animated film since The Lion King to be a big box office success. And the album was number one on 2 July 1995.

In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, tracks are played from LPs by Bobby Vinton and Eric Burdon & War. In A Matter Of Life And Death, Paul celebrates the birthday of Billy Paul by playing his hit Me And Mrs Jones. We also hear Man In Black by Johnny Cash. It is played as a tribute to Bernard Lansky, who has recently died. He was a Memphis clothes designer for local musicians including BB King, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

It's Not The Same Old Song highlights Natural High by Bloodstone and a different song with the same title by Merle Haggard. 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 Phil Spector (Number 54) and Pharrell Williams (Number 53).

Our R&B number ones are from 1974 - I Feel A Song (In My Heart) by Gladys Knight & The Pips - and this week - Adorn by Miguel. We hear country number ones from 2009 and now by Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line. This week's featured past and present rock number ones are by Foreigner and Fun.. And Diamonds by Rihanna is the best-selling song of the week.

1 hour, 57 minutes

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Sat 1 Dec 2012 20:00
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