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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 Dueling Banjos by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel. It was number one on 29 March 1973 when the last American soldier left Vietnam.

We also hear Nettie Moore by Bob Dylan from his album Modern Times. It was number one on 10 September 2006 - the day Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in the US Open - the last time former champion Roddick reached the final. In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, tracks are played from LPs by Frank Sinatra and National Lampoon.

In A Matter Of Life And Death Paul celebrates the birthday of Glenn Yarbrough by playing his hit Baby The Rain Must Fall. We also hear Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page, who has recently died. It's Not The Same Old Song highlights I Know, by Barbara George, and a different song with the same title by Dionne Farris.

Paul continues his countdown of the Top 100 list of songwriters based on success in the American chart from 1955 - 2005. We hear two songs written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.

Our R&B number ones are from 1986 - Say You Say Me by Lionel Richie - and this week - Adorn by Miguel. We hear country number ones from 1993 and now by Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. This week's featured past and present rock number ones are by Green Day and The Lumineers. Taylor Swift has both the week's best-selling album - Red - and song - I Knew You Were Trouble.

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1 hour, 57 minutes

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Sat 12 Jan 2013 20:00