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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted January 02 2003 - 06:04 AM

Just saw this, so I guess I will pass it along. According to the latest edition of the Guinness Book Of Hit Singles, the following are the Top 20 singles artists in the 50 years of the British charts. 1. Elvis Presley 2. Cliff Richard 3. The Shadows 4. Elton John 5. Madonna 6. Diana Ross 7. Michael Jackson 8. Rod Stewart 9. Beatles 10. David Bowie 11. Frank Sinatra 12. Queen 13. Status Quo 14. Stevie Wonder 15. Paul McCartney 16. Tom Jones 17. Rolling Stones 18. Bee Gees 19. Roy Orbison 20. Everly Brothers Discussion?
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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 02 2003 - 07:13 AM

[quote] Discussion? [quote]

i'll start. who is cliff richard?

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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted January 02 2003 - 08:33 AM

Cliff Richard had some US hits, like "Devil Woman", "We Don't Talk Anymore", and "Suddenly"(w/ Olivia Newton-John). But I guess his success in the UK didn't transfer to the US.
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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   John Watson

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Posted January 02 2003 - 12:07 PM

But he was quite popular in Canada, eh? And "Sir" Cliff was in the Queens's Jubilee concert early last year, jamming good with all the stars of this day.

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Paul D Young

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Posted January 02 2003 - 12:26 PM

Check out Cliff

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Posted January 02 2003 - 03:36 PM

Cliff Richard was Britains (maybe Europes) first real rock star. He has had hits in the uk in 5 decades. I've actually heard some of his early rock songs and they are quite good. His backing band, The Shadows, really rocked.

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Posted January 02 2003 - 03:40 PM

Also, his performance at the Queen's Jubilee was IMHO the highlight of the show. Seeing him, at 62, dancing across the stage to his song "Move It" while Brian May was playing guitar was flat-out great.

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Posted January 02 2003 - 04:35 PM

Hank Marvin of The Shadows inspired many to take up the electric guitar as well.
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Posted January 02 2003 - 06:00 PM

I'm somewhat surprised that the Beatles are (relatively) low on the chart. perhaps a function of their relatively short career as a group, what was it, 1964-1970? whereas Madonna first charted around 1984 and is still "going strong"; Sir Elton even longer. another surprise (to me) is how high Status Quo are, just under Queen. I would venture to say that this chart won't change much 10 years from now. sure, some of the still-current artists, like Madonna and Sir Elton, might move a little higher compared to dead or defunct acts, but I don't think many new acts will break in, maybe one or two at the bottom (e.g. maybe Kylie). newer acts don't seem to have the staying power that older acts have/had. in any case, isn't the British chart a bit anachronistic these days?

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Posted January 02 2003 - 11:51 PM

I agree about Status Quo, had to look them up to remember Matchstick Men Real shocker - NO SPICE GIRLS!!! You're right about staying power, the times are moving very fast, and most of the disposable heros of hip pop have short lives, every generation throws a new hero up the charts, and generations are now counted in months..

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Posted January 03 2003 - 05:26 AM

[quote] Real shocker - NO SPICE GIRLS!!! [quote]

While almost all of their songs charted well, they simply didn't have enough singles for a list like this. Geez, they only put out three albums with about 10-12 singles...
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