In the first first chart in January 1955
Dickie Valentine was number 1 with “Finger of Suspicion” followed by Winifred Attwell, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstein, David Whitfield, Ronnie Hilton, Ruby Murray (etc) and at number 10 (mentioned a couple of weeks back), Bill Haley & his Comets, “Shake Rattle & Roll”
The highest new entry (at number 14) was “Mr Sandman” – the Four Aces
Of course by the mid 1960s everything was far more groovy wasn’t it?
The first chart of 1965 had the Beatles at number 1 with “I Feel Fine” and Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames were at number 5 on their way to the top. The rest of that very hip Top Ten consisted of: “Downtown” (Pet Clark), “Walk Tall” (Val Doonican) “Somewhere” (PJ Proby) and from 6-10 came Gene Pitney, Cliff Richard, the Bachelors, Twinkle and Freddie & the Dreamers
Highest (indeed only) new entry (number 30) was “Et Meme” – Francoise Hardy
Not as swinging as we like to think then, although the next two number ones were bands who appeared at both the Rendezvous and the Birdcage – Georgie first, and then the (original) Moody Blues.