Decca Records

This year Decca records is celebrating its 90th birthday. It began in the UK in 1929 and in America in 1934.

Wilfred S. Samuel came up with the label’s name when he merged the word Mecca with the letter D taken from their Dulcet logo. In 1963 they famously turned down the Beatles in favour of Brian Poole & The Tremeloes saying “Guitar groups are on the way out”. To date they have had over 500 UK hits including 40 number ones. Here is the list of the 23 Decca hits that spend 20 weeks or more on the UK chart.

Artist Title Year Weeks on chart
Karl Denver Marcheta 1961 20
The Goons The Ying Tong Song / Bloodnok’s Rock ‘n’ roll Call 1956 20
Neil Reid Mother of Mine 1972 20
Val Doonican Walk Tall 1964 21
Eden Kane Well I Ask You 1961 21
Lonnie Donegan Rock Island Line 1956 22
Lulu & the Luvers Shout 1964 22
Tom Jones It’s Not Unusual 1965 22
Tom Jones Green, Green Grass of Home 1966 22
Billy Fury Halfway To Paradise 1961 23
Mantovani Theme from the Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) 1953 23
David Whitfield My September Love 1956 24
Frank Chacksfield Limelight 1953 24
Max Bygraves Tulips from Amsterdam / You Need Hands 1958 25
Tom Jones I’ll Never Fall In Love Again 1967 25
David Whitfield Cara Mia 1954 25
Tornados Telstar 1962 25
Tom Jones Help Yourself 1968 26
Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz 1967 27
Engelbert Humperdinck There Goes My Everything 1967 29
Ed Sheeran I See Fire 2013 50
The Lumineers Ho Hey 2012 50
Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me 1967 56
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