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Chart Stats

Postby kirkm » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:08 am

Greetings...

Having nothing better to do, it seemed a fun idea to churn out some random 1950s
stats from the Britburn database. Possibly well known... but here they are nonetheless!

MOST SUCCESSFUL CHART ENTRY:
Longest time at Number One
1. Frankie Laine - I Believe (18 weeks)
2. Slim Whitman - Rose Marie (11 weeks)
3. David Whitfield - Cara Mia (10 weeks)
Four tracks stayed at Number One for 9 weeks
Eddie Calvert - Oh My Papa (Oh Mein Papa)
Paul Anka - Diana
Doris Day - Secret Love
Al Martino - Here In My Heart

LONGEST CHART RUN:
Only two songs had 30 or more weeks in the charts :-
Frankie Laine - I Believe 36 weeks 03 Apr 1953 to 04 Dec 1953
Russ Conway - Side Saddle - 30 weeks - 20 Feb 1959 to 11 Sep 1959

FASTEST UP THE CHARTS:
Excluding the first-ever chart, only one track entered at Number 1:-
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock - 24 Jan 1958
Only one entry debuted at Number 2:-
Lonnie Donegan - Putting On The Style - 21 Jun 1957
5 entries debuted at Number 3 :-
Frankie Laine - Answer Me - 13 Nov 1953
Frankie Laine - Hey Joe! - 23 Oct 1953
Elvis Presley - I Got Stung - 30 Jan 1959
Elvis Presley - One Night - 30 Jan 1959

BARELY MADE IT AT ALL:
152 songs charted for one week only. Of these, 45 managed the very bottom
position for that week. The unluckiest (or the luckiest ?) of all was :-
Perry Cono - Tina Marie (30 Dec 1955) at Position 24.
The usual 20 entries were extended that week to 25.

MOST SUCCESSFUL LABEL:
Decca 190 weeks
London 164 weeks
HMV 144 weeks
Philips 139 weeks
Columbia 138 weeks
Capitol 95 weeks

MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPOSER(S)
The Top 10:
1. Robert Merrill - 18 entries
2. Paul Francis Webster - 15 entries
2. Al Hoffman - 15 entries
3. Sammy Cahn - 14 entries
3. Dick Manning - 14 entries
4. Boudleaux Bryant - 13 entries
4. Bob Hilliard - 13 entries
5. Carl Sigman - 12 entries
6. Sid Tepper - 11 entries
6. Antoine 'Fats' Domino - 11 entries
6. Dave Bartholomew - 11 entries
6. Roy Bennett - 11 entries
6. Richard Adler - 11 entries
7. Mike Stoller - 10 entries
7. Jerry Leiber - 10 entries
7. Jerry Ross - 10 entries
7. John Turner - 10 entries
7. Felice Bryant - 10 entries
8. Sammy Fain - 9 entries
8. Paddy Roberts - 9 entries
8. Geoffrey Parsons - 9 entries
8. Paul Anka - 9 entries
9. Lionel Bart - 8 entries
9. Otis Blackwell - 8 entries
9. Hal David - 8 entries
9. Harold Adamson - 8 entries
9. Aaron Schroeder - 8 entries
9. Norman Petty - 8 entries
9. Victor Young - 8 entries
9. Buck Ram - 8 entries
10. Ned Washington - 7 entries
10. Terry Gilkyson - 7 entries
10. Richard Penniman - 7 entries
10. Richard Rodgers - 7 entries
10. Nicholas Brodzsky - 7 entries

MOST SUCCESSFUL PERFORMER(S)
The Top 10
1. Elvis Presley - 31 entries
2. Frankie Laine - 22 entries
2. Pat Boone - 22 entries
2. Lonnie Donegan - 22 entries
3. Nat 'King' Cole - 20 entries
4. David Whitfield - 18 entries
4. Perry Como - 18 entries
4. Frankie Vaughan - 18 entries
5. Johnnie Ray - 17 entries
5. Alma Cogan - 17 entries
6. Ronnie Hilton - 16 entries
7. Frank Sinatra - 15 entries
7. Guy Mitchell - 15 entries
7. Winifred Atwell - 15 entries
8. Bill Haley & His Comets - 14 entries
8. Tommy Steele - 14 entries
8. Dickie Valentine - 14 entries
8. Dean Martin - 14 entries
9. Little Richard - 13 entries
9. Max Bygraves - 13 entries
10. Fats Domino - 11 entries

Collated from NME charts 14 Nov 1952 to 25 Dec 1959
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Cheers - Kirk

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