Paul Gambaccini presents tracks from this week's US charts and hits from the last six decades.
Each week, songs are played by two musicians who have been inducted into 'The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame'. Working alphabetically through the list, tonight Paul features tracks by Louis Armstrong and Chet Atkins. In the regular feature 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', songs are played from albums by The Turtles and Adele.
In 'A Matter Of Life And Death' Paul celebrates the birthday of Debbie Gibson by playing her hit 'Lost In Your Eyes'. As a tribute to George Duke, who has recently died, we hear his hit with Stanley Clarke 'Sweet Baby'. 'It's Not The Same Old Song' highlights 'Everybody Knows' by Leonard Cohen and a different song with the same title by Dixie Chicks. In the feature called 'Both Sides Now', Paul plays a single by an American artist that was a hit in the UK but not in the US and an American hit by a British artist that was not successful in the UK.
Our R&B number ones are from 1969 and this week by Aretha Franklin and Robin Thicke and Pharrell. We hear Country number ones from 1959 and now by The Browns and Luke Bryan. This week's featured past and present Rock number ones are by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Imagine Dragons. 'Roar' by Katy Perry is the best-selling song of the week.