November 14 – NME charts, Georgia, Dirty Dancing, Black & White


English pop music magazine New Musical Express (NME) debuts its UK Singles Chart, with 12 entries.

(In the US, Billboard started charting in 1936). The first UK#1 it records is Al Martino‘s ‘Here In My Heart’.

NME is the UK’s only source of such information until March 10, 1960, when Record Retailer becomes a weekly and debuts a top-50 chart. (It becomes ‘Music Week’ in 1972.) In 1965 the BBC creates its own top-30 chart.

NME — first published March 7, 1952 — was a continuation of Musical Express — first published February 6, 1948.

▷Sixties City:Brit pop charts▹



30-year-old, all-around US musician, singer, pianist Ray Charles gets the first of three US#1 records with Georgia On My Mind.


The song was written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930; he also wrote Stardust (1927) and Heart and Soul (1938).


The soundtrack of the film Dirty Dancing (*) begins 18 weeks at US#1.

The single (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life also made US#1, and has racked up over 100M Youtube views. While the film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, is not so popular (though a remake is in the works) the album is still charting in some countries, having sold 42M copies.

It’s possibly inspired by 1983’s Flashdance and its soundtrack, starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, also big in the box office but not enduringly popular. Its soundtrack sells 20M copies — spawns a US#1 hit  — and a 2008 musical.


First airing of the outstanding music video for Michael Jackson song Black or White.


It’s the first music video to use morphing. ‘Black and White’ is the chart-topping (in dozens of countries) lead single from Jackson’s grammy-winning new jack swing album Dangerous. Released on Nov. 26, the album sells 32M copies worldwide.

In the UK, ‘Black or White’ is the first single to enter the charts at #1 since Elvis did it in 1960, and the album spawns 8 top-20 hits.