THE STORY OF 1952

Welcome To Every Chart Entry Of 1952

In the beginning record shops said 'Let them know who is the best selling record of the week, 'Every Week'.......

 

And So It Begins

 

On 14th November 1952 the music industry made history with the first ever U.K. records chart.

 

The United States already had a records chart called 'Billboard' which they started in 1940. But, in 1940 the U.K. had it's back turned to the entertainment world as it fought Germany in the 'Blitz' of World War Two, without television and only the rich branching in to buy into gramophone record players. The only way you could listen to the news was on the wireless (radio) but as broadcasters risked their lives to air the news a broadcast licence to receive was introduced by the BBC (Still going in 2016 as T.V. Licence).

 

The records sold were very heavy and cut into very fragile shellec, and ran at 78 rpm. These records can be played today on modern D.J. turntables. Just press 33 rpm and 45 rpm together and it will spin at 78 rpm, you may also need to adjust your pitch control as the speed was not always acurate.

 

Here on this CD you will find all 27 gramophone (Digitally Remastered) records that entered the new charts that were issued in

N. M. E. (New Musical Express) from collected information from leading record store owners. Exact record sales could not be recorded until the introduction of electronic book keeping was introduced in March 1960 and hence you found some records sharing the same chart position.

 

There was however a new High Fidelity record playing system that had came out in 1952 to replace the gramophone records. These records did not break or shatter like the gramophone records and played in two sizes and speeds 7 inch at 45 rpm and 12 inch at 33, although the Long Playing (L.P.) slower speed records taken a little longer to take off. They were pressed into a softer material known today as vinyl and needed a whole new pick up (needle) to play them. But, the vinyl had another advantage as well as being unbreakable it could carry two audio signals either side of the pick up. Stereo had arrived, however only recorded by guarenteed known recording artists due to the price. It taken a further 20 years before stereo became the standard sound and some singles were still put out in mono until 1979.

 

 

This CD contains ALL 27 U.K. chart entries of 1952 in order of chart entry staring from the first chart in early January up to the last chart compiled in December. Dates will appear on the front of each CD.

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