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1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 September 2013

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 The Band and writer/producer Dave Bartholomew. In the regular feature 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', songs are played from albums by Merle Haggard and Luciano Pavarotti.

In 'A Matter Of Life And Death' Paul celebrates the birthday of Faith Hill by playing her hit 'Breathe'. As a tribute to Tompall Glaser, who has recently died, we hear his hit with the Glaser Brothers 'Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)'. 'It's Not The Same Old Song' highlights 'Don't Bring Me Down' by The Animals and a different song with the same title by Electric Light Orchestra. 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 1997 and this week by Usher and Robin Thicke with Pharrell. We hear Country number ones from 1974 and now by Don Williams and Luke Bryan. This week's featured past and present Rock number ones are by The Rolling Stones and Lorde. 'Yours Truly' by Ariana Grande is the number one album and 'Roar' by Katy Perry is the best-selling song of the week.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for Train

    Train Meet Virginia

    This day in 1897: America’s most famous newspaper editorial was published in the New York Sun - “Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus”

  • Image for John Legend

    John Legend All Of Me

    New Entry in the Top Five of the Album Chart: Love In The Future

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Atlas

    New Entry in the Top Thirty - from The Hunger Games - Catching Fire

  • Image for The Band

    The Band Rag Mama Rag

    The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: The Band

  • Image for Bastille

    Bastille Pompeii

    British talent in the Top Twenty of the Album Chart: Bad Blood

  • Image for Faith Hill

    Faith Hill Breathe

    Born 1967: Faith Hill

  • Image for Tompall Glaser & The Glaser Brothers

    Tompall Glaser & The Glaser Brothers LOVIN' HER WAS EASIER (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)

    Tompall Glaser - born 3rd September 1933 - died 13th August 2013

  • Image for Keith Urban

    Keith Urban WE WERE US ( duet with Miranda Lambert)

    New Country hit from forthcoming album Fuse

  • Image for Usher

    Usher You Make Me Wanna...

    R&B Number One this date in 1997

  • Image for Robin Thicke

    Robin Thicke BLURRED LINES (featuring Pharrell)

    Adult R&B Number One: sixth week

  • Image for The Animals

    The Animals Don't Bring Me Down

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Twelve in 1966

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Four in 1979

  • Image for Tamar Braxton

    Tamar Braxton The One

    New Entry at Number Two in the Album Chart: Love and War

  • Image for I’m A Lonesome Fugitive

    I’m A Lonesome Fugitive Merle Haggard and The Strangers

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) I’m A Lonesome Fugitive - Merle Haggard and The Strangers (13th May 1967)

  • Image for Avicii

    Avicii WAKE ME UP ! (featuring Aloe Blacc)

    Top Three

  • Image for Jimmy Ruffin

    Jimmy Ruffin It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)

    Both Sides Now: Not a hit in the US; Number Six in the UK in 1970

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Nowhere Man

    Both Sides Now: Not released as a single in the UK; Number Three in the US in 1966

  • Image for Nine Inch Nails

    Nine Inch Nails Came Back Haunted

    New Entry in the Top Five of the Album Chart: Hesitation Marks

  • Image for Smiley Lewis

    Smiley Lewis I Hear You Knocking

    The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: David Bartholomew - non-performer: writer and producer

  • Image for Jaheim

    Jaheim Baby X 3

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Appreciation Day

  • Image for Don Williams

    Don Williams I Wouldn't Want To Live If You Didn't Love Me

    Country Number One this date in 1974

  • Image for Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan That's My Kind Of Night

    Current Country Sales Number One: fourth week

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Mixed Emotions

    Rock Number One this date in 1989

  • Image for Lorde

    Lorde Royals

    Current Rock Number One: third week

  • Image for Luciano Pavarotti

    Luciano Pavarotti Nessun Dorma

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) - Jose Carreras Placido Domingo Luciano Pavarotti (6th October 1990)

  • Image for Ariana Grande

    Ariana Grande POPULAR SONG (featuring MIKA)

    New Entry at Number One in the Album Chart: Yours Truly

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Tell Her About It

    Number One this date in 1983

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 MOVES LIKE JAGGER (featuring Christina Aguilera)

    Number One this date in 2011

  • Image for Katy Perry

    Katy Perry Roar

    Current Number One: fourth week


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