February 1962: Pick of the Pops

Alan Freeman Screenshot

Alan Freeman, as seen in the 1962 film It’s Trad Dad.

Alan Freeman had joined the Light Programme in 1961 with a show Records Around Five. In September of that year, replacing David Jacobs, he began to present Pick of the Pops, then a singles chart feature in a short-lived Saturday evening show called Trad Tavern. In January 1962 Pick of the Pops became a programme in its own right with a regular Sunday teatime slot; produced by Derek Chinnery and presented by Alan Freeman, the show soon became a national institution.

Unit 1 was the Chart Newcomers (later climbers).
Unit 2 was the New Releases
Unit 3 was the Pick of the Pops LP Spot
Unit 4 was the Week’s Top 10

Source for text: https://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio1/alan_freeman_page.htm

Amazingly, there is a full length recording of the programme broadcast on 11 February 1962 on Mixcloud.

With The Beatles

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The month’s UK Top Tens

1 February 1962
1. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
2. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
3. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen: Neil Sedaka
4. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
5. Stranger on The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
6. Walk on By: Leroy Van Dyke
7. Multiplication: Bobby Darin
8. Let There Be Drums: Sandy Nelson
9. I’d Never Find Another You: Billy Fury
10. Midnight In Moscow: Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen

8 February 1962
1. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
2. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
3. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
4. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
5. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
6. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen: Neil Sedaka
7. I’d Never Find Another You: Billy Fury
8. Stranger on The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
9. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers
10. Multiplication: Bobby Darin

15 February 1962
1. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
2. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
3. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
4. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
5. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
6. Run To Him: Bobby Vee
7. Stranger on The Shore: Mr Acker Bilk
8. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen: Neil Sedaka
9. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers
10. I’d Never Find Another You: Billy Fury

22 February 1962
1. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby: Elvis Presley
2. The Young Ones: Cliff Richard
3. Let’s Twist Again: Chubby Checker
4. Forget Me Not: Eden Kane
5. Walk On By: Leroy Van Dyke
6. Run To Him: Bobby Vee
7. Cryin’ in The Rain: The Everly Brothers
8. Wimoweh: Karl Denver
9. Little Bitty Tear: Burl Ives
10. I’d Never Find Another You: Billy Fury

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

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Source: filmdates.co.uk

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