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Sixty years of the UK charts

Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 13 November 2012

Sixty years ago on Wednesday, the first singles chart was published in Britain – turning pop music into a competitive sport. Bob Stanley on how fans, scams and yodelling Aussies changed the landscape.

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