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Pick of the Pops/Chart show presenters

With the recent 70th anniversary of the chart, I had a request to list the BBC radio chart presenters over the years. The whole thing began back in 1955 and was initially a fortnightly show which was broadcasts on various days of the week including Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. It moved back to Sunday when Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman took over in September 1961 and remained on a Sunday until Jul 2015 when it moved to its current slot of Friday afternoons.

Here is a list of the regular presenters and there are 27 of them. I have not included the occasional weeks when various people deputised for somebody. Here is the list and their tenure dates:

The show was originally called Pick of the Pops and changed to the Top 20 when Tom Browne took over in 1972. It extended to a top 40 in November 1978 when Simon Bates was presenting and the first song played was Earth Wind and Fire’s Got To Get you Into My Life at number 40.

Presenter Start Date End Date
Franklin Engelmann 04-Oct-55 09-Dec-55
Alan Dell 06-Jan-56 15-Aug-56
David Jacobs 29-Aug-56 16-Sep-61
Alan Freeman 23-Sep-61 24-Sep-72
Don Moss Sep-63 Dec-63
Tom Browne 01-Oct-72 26-Mar-78
Simon Bates 02-Apr-78 26-Aug-79
Tony Blackburn 02-Sep-79 03-Jan-82
Tommy Vance 10-Jan-82 01-Jan-84
Simon Bates 08-Jan-84 23-Sep-84
Richard Skinner 30-Sep-84 23-Mar-86
Bruno Brookes 30-Mar-86 23-Sep-90
Mark Goodier 30-Sep-90 01-Mar-92
Tommy Vance 08-Mar-92 08-Mar-92
Bruno Brookes 15-Mar-92 16-Apr-95
Mark Goodier 23-Apr-95 17-Nov-02
Wes Butters 09-Feb-03 30-Jan-05
JK and Joel 06-Mar-05 23-Sep-07
Scott Mills 07-Oct-07 07-Oct-07
Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates 14-Oct-07 20-Sep-09
Reggie Yates 27-Sep-07 23-Dec-12
Scott Mills 30-Dec-12 06-Jan-13
Jameela Jamil 13-Jan-13 18-Jan-15
Clara Amfo 25-Jan-15 05-Jul-15
Greg James 10-Jul-15 08-Jun-18
Scott Mills 15-Jun-18 09-Sep-22
Jack Saunders 16-Sep-22

Most weeks at number one in Italy

Sticking with the theme of songs that spent 10 or more weeks at number one in various countries, this week it’s Italy where 57 songs have achieved that status. Here’s the list.

Artist Title Year Weeks
Platters Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 1959 11
Don Marino Barreto Jr. Arrivederci 1959 11
Percy Faith Scandalo al sole (Theme from A Summer Place) 1960 13
Mina Il cielo in una stanza 1960 / 61 14
Adriano Celentano Stai lontana da me 1962 12
Gianni Morandi In ginocchio da te 1964 17
Mina Un anno d’amore 1965 13
Caterina Caselli Nessuno mi può giudicare 1966 11
Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night 1966 10
Lucio Battisti Pensieri e parole 1971 14
Pooh Tanta voglia di lei 1971 16
Santo & Johnny Il padrino 1972 13
Lucio Battisti Il mio canto libero 1973 10
Berto Pisano A blue shadow 1974 14
Claudio Baglioni E tu 1974 12
Claudio Baglioni Sabato pomeriggio 1975 14
Lucio Battisti Ancora tu 1976 12
Riccardo Cocciante Margherita 1976 10
Umberto Tozzi Ti Amo 1977 13
Umberto Tozzi Tu 1978 13
Lucio Battisti Una donna per amico 1978 12
Alan Sorrenti Tu Sei l’Unica Donna Per Me 1979 14
The Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star 1980 14
Nikka Costa Out Here on My Own 1981 14
Phoebe Cates Paradise 1982 10
Falco Der Kommissar 1982 11
Francesco De Gregori La donna cannone 1983 10
USA for Africa We Are the World 1985 11
Madonna Into The Groove 1985 11
Madonna Who’s That Girl 1987 12
Los Lobos La Bamba 1987 / 88 10
Edoardo Bennato Viva la mamma 1988 11
Kaoma Labada 1989 / 90 19
Edoardo Bennato & Gianna Nannini Un’ Estate Italiana 1990 12
Riccardo Cocciante Se Stiamo Insieme 1991 14
Snap! Rhythm Is A Dancer 1992 11
Ti.Pi.Cal The Colour Inside 1995 10
Cher Believe 1998 / 99 11
Kylie Minogue Can’t Get You Out of My Head 2001 10
Aventura Obsesión 2002 16
Eamon Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back) 2004 11
Povia I Bambini Fanno Ooh 2005 20
Madonna Hung Up 2005 / 06 14
Vasco Rossi Vasco 2007 21
Giusy Ferreri Non Ti Scordar Mai Di Me 2008 11
Giusy Ferreri Novembre 2008 13
Artisti Uniti per l’Abruzzo Domani 21/04.09 2009 12
Shakira ft Freshlyground Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) 2010 16
Don Omar & Lucenzo Danza Kuduro 2011 10
Adele Someone Like You 2011 11
Gusttavo Lima Balada (Tchê Tcherere Tchê Tchê) 2012 11
Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams Get Lucky 2013 11
Avicii Wake Up 2013 12
Enrique Iglesias feat Sean Paul Bailando 2014 13
Baby K ft Giusy Ferreri Roma-Bangkok 2015 11
Luis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee Despacito 2017 14
Mahmood and Blanco Briviid 2022 10

Solo female artists with the most number one albums

There have been 20 solo female singers that have had three or more UK number one albums. This list includes soundtracks where that artist features prominently.

Artist No. 1 Albums
Amy Winehouse 3
Avril Lavigne 3
Diana Ross 3
Ellie Goulding 3
Eva Cassidy 3
Kate Bush 3
Norah Jones 3
Pink 3
Susan Boyle 3
Adele 4
Ariana Grande 4
Beyonce 4
Lady Gaga 4
Rihanna 4
Celine Dion 5
Lana Del Rey 5
Barbra Streisand 6
Kylie Minogue 8
Taylor Swift 9
Madonna 12

Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia