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Oldest Living acts to have a UK chart hit

Here is a list of the top 20 oldest living solo artists to have had a UK hit single. There are others who would fit this category, but did not have a solo hit. All this is based on available information at the time. Incidentally, the oldest living person who was a member of a group is Teddie Beverly from the Beverly Sisters who was born on 5th May 1927.

Rank Artist Month born Year UK No. 1
20= Pat Suzuki 22 September 1930
20= Joni James 22 September 1930
18 Clint Eastwood 31 May 1930
17 Rolf Harris 30 March 1930 yes
16 Mitchell Torok 28 October 1929
15 Leroy Van Dyke 04 October 1929
14 C.W McCall 15 November 1928
13 Marcello Minerbi 07 August 1928
12 Burt Bacharach 12 May 1928
11 Cleo Laine 28 October 1927
10 Dick Hyman 08 March 1927
9 Harry Belafonte 01 March 1927 yes
8 Laurie Johnson 07 February 1927
7 Robert Earl 17 November 1926
6 Tony Bennett 03 August 1926 yes
5 Mel Brooks 28 June 1926
4 Sue Thompson 19 July 1925
3 Bill Hayes 05 June 1925
2 Jane Morgan 03 May 1924 yes
1 Ray Anthony 20 January 1922

Jim Steinman’s UK success

It’s a double feature on Jim Steinman this week. He has charted 36 UK hit singles either as a producer and/or writer. Obviously there are multiple versions of the same song and they are all included in this list of his UK chart success.

Artist Title Year Position Prod / Writ
Meat Loaf You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth 1978 33 w
Meat Loaf Two Out Of Three ain’t Bad 1978 32 w
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell 1979 15 w
Jim Steinman Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through 1981 52 p/w
Meat Loaf I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us 1981 62 w
Meat Loaf Dead Ringer for Love 1981 5 w
Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of The Heart 1983 1 p/w
Bonnie Tyler Faster Than the Speed of Night 1983 43 p/w
Bonnie Tyler Have You Ever Seen The Rain 1983 47 p
Barry Manilow Read ‘Em And Weep 1983 17 p/w
Jim Steinman And Fire Inc. Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young 1984 67 p/w
Meat Loaf Nowhere Fast 1984 67 w
Bonnie Tyler Holding Out for A Hero 1985 2 p/w
Bonnie Tyler: Vocalist Todd Rundgren Loving You’s a Dirty Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It 1985 73 p/w
Sisters of Mercy This Corrosion 1987 7 p
Sisters of Mercy Dominion 1988 13 p
Pandora’s Box It’s All Coming Back to Me Now 1989 51 p/w
Sisters of Mercy More 1990 14 p/w
Meat Loaf I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) 1993 1 p/w
Meat Loaf Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through 1994 11 w
Meat Loaf Objects in The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are 1994 26 p/w
Nicki French Total Eclipse of The Heart 1994 54 w
Taylor Dayne Original Sin (Theme from The Shadow) 1995 63 p/w
Take That Never Forget 1995 1 p
Bonnie Tyler Making Love (Out of Nothing at All) 1996 45 p/w
Celine Dion It’s All Coming Back to Me Now 1996 3 p/w
Red Hill Children When Children Rule the World 1996 40 p/w
Celine Dion Call the Man 1997 11 p
Tina Arena Whistle Down the Wind 1998 24 w
Boyzone No Matter What 1998 1 p/w
Meat Loaf Feat Patti Russo Is Nothing Sacred 1999 15 w
Russell Watson Nothing Sacred – A Song for Kirsty 2002 17 w
Jan Wayne Total Eclipse of The Heart 2003 28 w
Meat Loaf Feat Marion Raven It’s All Coming Back to Me Now 2006 6 p/w
Glee Feat Jonathan Groff Total Eclipse of The Heart 2010 9 w
Glee (Season Three) It’s All Coming Back to Me Now 2012 69 w

Most played Eurovision songs on UK radio

Following the 65th Eurovision Song Contest final which took place yesterday, PRS for Music has revealed a list of the most played Eurovision entries on radio and television in the UK during 2020. Here is the list.

Rank Artist Title Year
20 Storm SuRie 2018
19 Where Are You? Imaani 1998
18 Knock, Knock Who’s There? Mary Hopkin 1970
17 Bigger than Us Michael Rice 2019
16 Are You Sure? The Allisons 1961
15 Say It Again Precious 1999
14 Flying the Flag (for You) Scooch 2007
13 Rock Bottom Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran 1977
12 One Step Further Bardo 1982
11 Power to All Our Friends Cliff Richard 1973
10 Boom Bang-a-Bang Lulu 1969
9 Puppet on a String Sandie Shaw 1967
8 Love City Groove Love City Groove 1995
7 Congratulations Cliff Richard 1968
6 Beg, Steal or Borrow The New Seekers 1972
5 Love Shine a Light Katrina and the Waves 1997
4 Save Your Kisses for Me Brotherhood of Man 1976
3 Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz 1981
2 My Last Breath James Newman 2020
1 Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit Gina G 1996

 

No vowel titles

Ever wondered how many song titles have charted that have no vowels? No? I’m not surprised, however, if you did here is a list of the 35 top 20 hits to chart with no vowels.

Artist Title Year Position
Anthony Newley Why 1960 1
Crash Test Dummies Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 1994 2
3T Feat Michael Jackson Why 1996 2
Sonique Sky 2000 2
Kym Marsh Cry 2003 2
Donny Osmond Why 1972 3
H & Claire DJ 2002 3
Rihanna S&M 2010 3
Flo Rida Feat Sage The Gemini & Lookas G.D.F.R. 2015 3
Annie Lennox Why 1992 5
Bronski Beat Why? 1984 6
Lily Allen LDN 2006 6
Mel And Kim F.L.M. 1987 7
DJ Sammy Why 2005 7
Mis-Teeq Why 2001 8
P!nk Try 2012 8
Drake Feat Giggs KMT 2017 9
Carly Simon Why 1982 10
Glamma Kid Why 1999 10
Ultravox Hymn 1982 11
Adamski N-R-G 1990 12
Fall Out Boy Thnks Fr Th Mmrs 2007 12
Alex Parks Cry 2004 13
Xzibit X 2001 14
Ian Van Dahl Try 2002 15
Nelly Furtado Try 2004 15
Armand Van Helden My My My 2004 15
Nicki Minaj Feat Rihanna Fly 2011 16
Waterfront Cry 1989 17
Jason Donovan R.S.V.P. 1991 17
Godley And Creme Cry 1985 19
System F Cry 2000 19
Blackout Mr. DJ 2001 19
Frankie Avalon Why 1960 20
Hillary Duff Fly 2006 20

 

Top 10 EPs

Ever since the UK singles chart began, there have been a number of EPs that have made the chart. There have been 347 between 1956 and 2010 of which 29 have made the top 10. For those too young to remember or know what an EP is, EP stood for extended play and it was a 7″ or CD single which contained anything from three to six tracks and were introduced for people who never had enough money to splash out on a full album, but could afford more than just a single.

Here’s are the 29 that made the top 10.

Artist EP Title Lead Track Year Position
Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Magical Mystery Tour 1967 2
Simon And Garfunkel Mrs. Robinson Mrs Robinson 1969 9
Demis Roussos The Roussos Phenomenon Forever and Ever 1976 1
Bryan Ferry Extended Play The Price Of Love 1976 7
Specials The Special A.K.A. Live! Too Much Too Young 1980 1
Madness Work Rest and Play Night Boat to Cairo 1980 6
Motorhead The Golden Years Live Leaving Here 1980 8
Toyah Four from Toyah It’s A Mystery 1981 4
Motorhead St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Please Don’t Touch 1981 5
Genesis 3 X 3 Paperlate 1982 10
Shakin’ Stevens Shakin’ Stevens Lawdy Miss Clawdy 1982 2
Michael Reed The Music of Torvill And Dean Bolero 1984 9
Erasure Crackers International Stop 1988 2
Deacon Blue Four Bacharach & David Songs I’ll Never Fall in Love 1990 2
Proclaimers King of The Road King Of The Road 1990 9
Seal Killer Killer 1991 8
Prodigy Everybody in The Place Everybody in The Place 1992 2
Wonder Stuff Welcome to The Cheap Seats Welcome to The Cheap Seats 1992 8
Erasure Abba-Esque Lay All Your Love on Me 1992 1
Take That A Million Love Songs A Million Love Songs 1992 7
Therapy Shortsharpshock Screamager 1993 9
George Michael Five Live Somebody to Love 1993 1
Apache Indian Nuff Vibes Caste System 1993 5
Wonder Stuff On the Ropes On The Ropes 1993 10
Mansun Five She Makes My Nose Bleed 1997 9
Mansun Seven Closed for Business 1997 10
Embrace All You Good Good People All You Good Good People 1997 8
Mansun Eight Legacy 1998 7
Brian Kennedy George Best – A Tribute You Raise Me Up 2005 4

Musicians and their first jobs

Barry Manilow’s first job was in the mailroom as CBS television.

Mick Jagger back as a hospital porter.

T’Pau’s Carol Decker was a lifeguard.

David Bowie was a Butcher’s delivery boy.

Jarvis Cocker worked in a fishmonger.

Noel Gallagher was a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets.

Calvin Harris was a shelf-stacker in Marks & Spencer.

Kele Okereke (from Bloc Party) was a cinema usher.

Rod Stewart marked out plots in a cemetery.

Lady Gaga worked as a waitress in a Greek restaurant.

KanYe West began working in the Gap chain.

Madonna worked for Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square.

Eddie Vedder (from Pearl Jam) was once a night shift security guard.

P!nk served burgers in McDonalds.

Elvis Presley drove a truck for the Crown Electric Company.