Friday, December 11, 2015

Like father, like son: Daniel's Number Ones

Back in the early sixties, I kept a record of my favourite ten records of the moment. I did this over 400 times between March 1960 and the end of 1965 but then I stopped. as other things took over.
My son Daniel has gone a step further - or, more accurately, several miles further. He was compiled a weekly 'personal top ten' record chart for every week from 1939 to the present day. It's based on detailed research into when the record was released, or reissued or, in some cases, belatedly made it the real top ten and occasionally veers off into film and TV themes or songs from stage shows.
This labour of love has been going on for quite a while, but now Daniel has put his number ones from each year on to a series of videos on YouTube. Each is about three minutes long and includes very brief clips from each of the records that made it to number one in his personal top ten with a caption
showing the number of weeks at the top spot. He is now branching out into compiling YouTube videos of records that made it to number two, and he's promised to do the same with the records that made number one in my personal top tens from the sixties.
His YouTube clips, which appear under the name 'Personal Top Tens', are a great way of reminding you of records from a particular era and it was as though my life flashed before my eyes as I checked them out. The great thing is that each clip is so short that even if you disagree with Daniel's choice it's over in a few seconds. But on the whole I have to say that he has excellent taste (takes after his dad!) and includes many great records that never made so much as a dent in the real charts of the day.
Here are a few examples, but check out Daniel's other videos for a stroll down memory lane.
Here is Daniels's Personal Number Ones video for 1963.
Just dip it and wallow in nostalgia.


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