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70 Years of the Official Singles Charts

Exhibition Launch - In Conversation with The Farm 
17 November 2022 - 7.30pm 


November 14th 2022 will mark 70 years since the first singles chart was published by the New Musical Express’s Percy Dickins in 1952, topped by Al Martino’s Here In My Heart.  BME is partnering with the Official Charts Company to honour the UK's chart-topping singles over those 70 years. From legendary chart battles, Christmas hits, record breakers and novelty records to one-hit wonders, holiday hits and classic themes tunes – the No.1 spot is the coveted spot for any musician.  


Join us for a very special evening in conversation with Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin from The Farm as they discuss the Official Charts.  They’ll be talking about their chart-topping heroes and influences, their own chart singles and their No.1 single as part of The Justice Collective, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. We’ll be playing the videos of Groovy Train, All Together Now and He Ain’t Heavy on the big screen before the band discuss each single. Groovy Train reached No.6 in September 1990 and All Together Now peaked at No.3 in December 1990. It was on the crest of this wave that their album Spartacus reached No. 1 the following year.  The Justice Collective went on to take the coveted Christmas No.1 position in 2012, beating X Factor winner James Arthur. 


The Farm will be in conversation with Liverpool’s UNESCO Head of Music, Kevin McManus.

Image: The Justice Collective collecting their No.1 Award, credit Tony Attile.


All tickets £8.


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