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01/12/2012

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 01 December 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 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.

Music Played

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  • Image for Prince

    Prince Sign 'o' The Times

    Today is World AIDS Day

  • Image for Christina Perri

    Christina Perri A THOUSAND YEARS, PT. 2 (featuring Steve Kazee)

    New Entry in the Top Three of the Album Chart: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2

  • Image for Green Day

    Green Day Amy

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Dos!

  • Image for Sœur Sourire

    Sœur Sourire Dominique

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] The Singing Nun - The Singing Nun (26th December 1963) On this day: ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles was released in the US.

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven

    Top Three hit

  • Image for Billy Paul

    Billy Paul Me And Mrs. Jones

    Born 1934: Billy Paul

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash Man In Black

    Memphis clothes designer for local musicians including BB King, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash - Bernard Lansky born 10th March 1927 ; died 8th November 2012

  • Image for Christina Aguilera

    Christina Aguilera JUST A FOOL (with Blake Shelton)

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

  • Image for Gladys Knight & The Pips

    Gladys Knight & The Pips I Feel A Song (In My Heart)

    R&B Number One this date in 1974

  • Image for Miguel

    Miguel Adorn

    Adult R&B Number One: third week

  • Image for Bloodstone

    Bloodstone Natural High

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Ten in 1973

  • Image for Merle Haggard

    Merle Haggard Natural High

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Country Number One in 1985

  • Image for The Weeknd

    The Weeknd High For This

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

  • Image for Bobby Vinton

    Bobby Vinton Roses Are Red (My Love)

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Roses Are Red - Bobby Vinton (4th August 1962)

  • Image for Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Rey American

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Paradise (EP)

  • Image for The Teddy Bears

    The Teddy Bears To Know Him, Is To Love Him

    I Write The Songs - 54: Phil Spector

  • Image for Kelis

    Kelis Milkshake

    I Write The Songs - 53: Pharrell Williams

  • Image for Soundgarden

    Soundgarden Been Away Too Long

    New Entry in the Top Five of the Album Chart: King Animal

  • Image for Vanessa Williams

    Vanessa Williams Colors Of The Wind

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Pocahontas soundtrack album (22nd July 1995) On this day: Pocahontas was in the Variety Movie Box Office Top Ten - the first Disney animated film to be a big success since The Lion King.

  • Image for Lady Antebellum

    Lady Antebellum Need You Now

    Country Number One this date in 2009

  • Image for Florida Georgia Line

    Florida Georgia Line Cruise

    Current Country Sales Number One: second week

  • Image for Foreigner

    Foreigner Waiting For A Girl Like You

    Rock Number One this date in 1981

  • Image for fun.

    fun. fun. - Some Nights

    Current Rock Number One: ninth week

  • Image for War

    War Spill The Wine

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Eric Burdon Declares “War” - Eric Burdon & War (16th May 1970)

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Little Things

    Number One Album: Take Me Home - NEW

  • Image for Diana Ross & The Supremes

    Diana Ross & The Supremes Love Child

    Number One this date in 1968

  • Image for Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond

    Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond You Don't Bring Me Flowers

    Number One this date in 1978

  • Image for Rihanna

    Rihanna Diamonds

    Current Number One: NEW

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