Paul Gambaccini presents tracks from this week's US charts and hits from the last six decades.
In the feature Baby What A Big Surprise [they really were Number One albums] we hear God's Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash from American Recordings V: A Hundred Highways. It was released in 2006 - three years after his death - and became his first number one album in 37 years. We also hear Drink, Drink, Drink by Mario Lanza from his 1954 album The Student Prince And Other Great Musical Comedies. It topped the chart for 42 weeks!
In the regular feature The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face songs are featured from LPs by Guns N' Roses and Little Esther Phillips. It's Not The Same Old Song highlights Real Love by the Doobie Brothers and a different song with the same title by The Beatles.
In A Matter Of Life And Death, Paul celebrates the birth on this date in 1941 of Art Garfunkel and pays tribute to the recently deceased producer and songwriter Paul Leka with one of his biggest hits Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) by Steam. The double A-sided single by Queen We Will Rock YouWe Are The Champions features in the Grammy Hall Of Fame Singles list.
Our R&B Number Ones are from 1945 - The Honeydripper by Joe Liggins - and this week - Fool For You by Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona. We hear Country Number Ones from 1962 and now by Hank Snow and Blake Shelton. This week's past and present Rock Number Ones are by My Chemical Romance and Bush.
Adele's album 21 is Number One for a thirteenth week in the US album chart. On the singles side, We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris is Number One.