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Z number one acts

Following last week’s list of number one acts with a Z in their credit, I was asked if there were more X’s or Z’s. The answer is Z’s, here the list of 54.

Lita Roza
Perez ‘Prez’ Prado
Scott McKenzie
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Zager And Evans
Suzi Quatro
Charles Aznavour
The Wurzels
Bucks Fizz
Yazz And The Plastic Population
Boyz II Men
Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince
Babylon Zoo
Lenny Kravitz
Mr. Oizo
Baz Luhrmann
Jennifer Lopez
Limp Bizkit
Roger Sanchez
DJ Otzi
Blazin’ Squad
Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne
Eric Prydz
Crazy Frog
Tinchy Stryder Feat N-Dubz
Dizzee Rascal
Tiao Cruz
Alexandra Burke Feat Laza Morgan
Nicole Scherzinger
Olly Murs Feat Rizzle Kicks
Maroon 5 Feat Wiz Khalifa
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat Wanz
Jason Derulo Feat 2 Chainz
Mr Probz
Ariana Grande Feat Iggy Azalea
Nico & Vinz
Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz
Wiz Khalifa Feat Charlie Puth
David Zowie
Drake Feat Wizkid & Kyla
Major Lazer Feat Justin Bieber & Mo
Clean Bandit Feat Zara Larsson
George Ezra


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X number one acts

I was recently asked by a friend, via a Facebook question, to name the 20 number one acts with an X in their artist credit. Always sceptical of idiots on social media, I got thinking and came up with about 22 of the top of my head. Research showed there are actually 30. Don’t always believe what you read on social media posted by people with no clue. When my friend revealed the real number, the reply was, ‘Oh I forgot about them’!

Here’s the real list.

Lord Rockingham’s XI
Jimi Hendrix Experience
T. Rex
David Essex
Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Roxy Music
Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers
Black Box
Chaka Demus and Pliers with Jack Radics And Taxi Gang
Oxide And Neutrino
Liberty X
Elvis Vs JXL
X Factor Finalists
Alexandra Burke
Pixie Lott
La Roux
X Factor Finalists
X Factor the Finalists 2010
X Factor Finalists 2011
Little Mix
Icona Pop Featuring Charli XCX
Martin Garrix
Duke Dumont feat Jax Jones
Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill
Little Mix
Ava Max


NB: the four different X-factor Finalists all have different line-ups, so technically four different acts under the same name.

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Oldest living singers to have had a UK number one

This was a request from Mike Sowden who wanted to know the top 10 (or more) oldest living solo singers to have had a UK number one single. Well, with Johnny Tillotson celebrating his 80th birthday this coming Saturday he creeps into the bottom end of this list of the 20 singers who are 80 or over and  I’ve listed their age this week.

Ranking Name Date of Birth Year of Birth Age
20 Johnny Tillotson Apr 20th 1939 80
19 Kenny Rogers Aug 21st 1938 80
18 Connie Francis Dec 12th 1938 80
18 Jerry Keller Jun 20th 1937 81
17 Shirley Bassey Jan 8th 1937 82
16 Engelbert Humperdinck May 2nd 1936 82
15 Frank Ifield Nov 30th 1936 82
14 Tommy Steele Dec 17th 1936 82
13 Johnny Mathis Sep 30th 1935 83
12 Jerry Lee Lewis Sep 29th 1935 83
11 John Leyton Feb 17th 1935 84
10 Pat Boone Jun 1st 1934 84
9 J.J. Barrie Jul 7th 1933 85
8 Petula Clark Nov 15th 1932 86
7 Des O’Connor Jan 12th 1932 87
6 Rolf Harris Mar 30th 1930 89
5 Harry Belafonte Mar 1st 1927 92
4 Tony Bennett Aug 3rd 1926 92
3 Jane Morgan Sep 1st 1924 95
2 Doris Day Apr 3rd 1922 97
1 Vera Lynn Mar 20th 1917 102
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