Hi Peter, just wanted to say thank you for putting this book out there. It looks well researched and superbly put together, looking forward particularly to reading the artists' anecdotes. it must have taken a serious amount of your time... Hopefully it will sell extremely well as there are a lot of TOTP fanatics out there, I'm definitely ordering one.
Just a quick question - I noticed in the preview that you say I Want To Hold Your Hand was The Beatles third chart topper. Surely an oversight as it was their fourth (per the BBC averaged chart that clearly you have to use for this book)?
You may well be right regarding The Beatles' No. 1's (must confess I tended to refer to my ancient edition of The Guinness Book of Hit Singles when occasionally referring to any pre-1964 chart placings). The BBC's '60s charts certainly resulted in some strange TOTP episodes, such as the 29th August 1968 edition closing with joint No.1's by The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees and Herb Alpert!
Hi Neil, I've thought about what you said, and I've now changed the line The Beatles’ 6th hit, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ was also their 3rd chart-topper, as well as their first US No. 1. to The Beatles’ 6th hit, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ topped the UK charts, and was also their first US No. 1. (these changes should be 'live' within 2 or 3 days).
The 'Please Please Me' No. 2/No. 1 debate is something I don't want to get too bogged down in, and I don't think there are any other controversial pre-1964 chart placings mentioned in the book! Thanks again for the compliment, hope you enjoy it and find it informative.
Hi Peter, appreciate your comments. Totally understand you not wanting to get bogged in the Please Please Me chart position issue, its been done to death elsewhere. As you can imagine I am firmly in the camp that the BBC chart (Pick of the Pops/TOTP) being the one that the artists and general public at the time took to be the definitive one. Can totally understand the need to change to an independent, industry-accepted chart following the three-way tie you mentioned in 1968. All the best.
Fading memories aside, the different 60s charts must be confusing for the performers. I'm a big fan of The Searchers, and I was thrilled to get excellent contributions from both Mike Pender and Frank Allen; but when recalling their classic hit 'Goodbye My Love', one said it peaked at No. 3 and the other at No. 4! I strongly suspect they're both right.
Seriously ladies and gentlemen, how the hell does anyone obtain this book from outside the UK or is it just an Irish Brexit thing??!! There's no other outlet to buy it except Amazon and it refuses to stock the physical copy for me in Ireland? You could throw the book across the water we're that close. Ridiculous.
It has now been reduced further to £14.39 (normal price is £19.95) - and with free postage in the UK! Again, this is not within my control, and it can go back up at any time (nor does it reduce my royalties I'm glad to say!), but if you're thinking of getting a copy then might be the time.