This Week on Vintage Favourites – November 18th

Photo | anthony kelly on flickr (

Photo | anthony kelly on flickr

If you’re a Brit of a certain age, or you just love the music of the early 1950s – or perhaps you’re fascinated by music history the next episode of Vintage Favourites will be especially enjoyable.

It was 60 years ago this week, the very first music chart was published in the United Kingdom. It was printed in The New Musical Express and it’s packed with surprises.

So-called experts said Vera Lynn was ‘old news’, but she debuted with no less than 3 songs. Bing Crosby had two major hits most folks in North America never heard, and the very first chart-topper in England was a Philadelphia-born crooner just starting out, called Al Martino.

Great songs from a time just before rock’n'roll exploded, the very first British pop music chart from November 1952, counted down in order, on the next Vintage Favourites – this Sunday at 2, from Zoomer Radio, AM 740.

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