KEY DATES IN THE HISTORY OF
THE OFFICIAL UK CHARTS
14 NOVEMBER 1952
The first UK singles chart was published by New Musical Express.
Percy Dickins, joint founder of NME, compiled the results by telephoning a selection of record stores. The No 1 position was occupied by Al Martino's 'Here In My Heart'.
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01 OCTOBER 1954
The UK singles chart was extended to become a Top 20
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30 DECEMBER 1955
The NME chart then evolves to become a Top 25 but only for one week
13 APRIL 1956
The NME Chart was then extended to a Top 30
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08 NOVEMBER 1958
The first UK album chart appeared in NME. The South Pacific soundtrack was No 1 best seller.
10 MARCH 1960
From this date the retail music magazine Record Retailer (later to become Music Week) compiled the chart. NME, however, did continue to publish their own chart.
03 JANUARY 1963
The Top 50 becomes independently audited
01 JANUARY 1964
The first broadcast of Top of the Pops was presented by Jimmy Savile. The show was opened by the Rolling Stones who were at No 13 with 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. The Beatles had six records in the Top 20 and occupied the No 1 slot with 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. It was first broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 6.35pm.
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30 SEPTEMBER 1967
The first broadcast of Radio One from the BBC at 7am. The very first record - 'Flowers in the Rain' by Move - was introduced by DJ Tony Blackburn
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13 FEBRUARY 1969
British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) began collecting sales data from 250 record shops on behalf of BBC and Record Retailer and produced the first industry chart. Sales were logged by hand and submitted to BMRB by post.
06 FEBRUARY 1971
A postal strike was responsible for limiting the chart to a Top 40 for 7 weeks
06 JANUARY 1973
Top 30 only, for one week
22 DECEMBER 1973
Top 30 only, for one week
14 NOVEMBER 1977
The first edition of The Guinness Book of Hit Singles was published to coincide with the silver jubilee of the charts.
06 MAY 1978
The charts were further extended to a Top 75
04 JANUARY 1983
Research organisation Gallup took over from BMRB as charts compiler and automated the data collection process. Renee and Renato's 'Save Your Love' was No 1 in the first Gallup chart. The chart was further extended to a Top 100.
01 FEBRUARY 1994
Research company Millward Brown replaced Gallup. The use of Electronic Point of Sale machines was extended and the reporting base expanded. The sample or record outlets increased to more than 1000.
01 JULY 1998
Music Information Chart Services Ltd (trading as Chart Information Network - CIN) take over as the managers of the official chart. This is a joint venture between BPI and ERA (formerly BARD).
01 OCTOBER 2001
On 1 October 2001, Chart Information Network (CIN) rebranded itself as The Official UK Charts Company in a move to better reflect its core business.
The Official UK Charts Company is governed by the Charts Supervisory Committee comprising representatives from retailers, record companies and broadcasters.
PERCY DICKINS TRIBUTE