Often listening to 1950s chart rundowns can be a bit like wading through a sea of treacle consisting mainly of Guy Mitchell and Frankie Laine.
But Pick of the Pops this week, through a mixture of luck and judgement, presents a fantastic line up of great hits from 1959. Radio 2’s Paul Gambaccini plays:
Marty Wilde – Teenager in Love
Little Richard – Kansas City
The Coasters – Charlie Brown
Cliff Richard and the Drifters – Mean Streak
Chris Barber – Petite Fleur
Buddy Holly – It doesn’t matter anymore
And as the K-Tel adverts used to say “AND MANY MORE!”…And I even enjoyed the double helping of the work of Russ Conway’s 9.75 fingers!
All in all an excellent listen on BBC iPlayer!