Tony Blackburn and Jameela Jamil cut cake

Tony Blackburn joined Radio 1’s new chart show host Jameela Jamil to celebrate 60 years of the official singles chart on Tuesday.

They both helped blow out the candles on a special birthday cake ahead of the chart’s anniversary today (Wednesday November 14).

It’s the same day that BBC Radio celebrates 90 years of broadcasting, which is being marked with a simulcast at 5:33pm.

Tony Blackburn hosted BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart Show from 1979 to 1982 and is the current host of BBC Radio 2’s Pick Of The Pops, the longest serving chart show on British radio or television.

Jameela Jamil is the brand new host of BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart show and takes over the reins from current host Reggie Yates in January next year.

The very first singles chart was published in the UK on November 14 1952, compiled by New Musical Express publisher Percy Dickins for the then new weekly music paper – with Al Martino’s Here In My Heart being the first Number 1.

Over the years, more than 1,200 additional singles have topped the Official Singles Chart – and a selection of the best known chart toppers came together to mark the anniversary:

The celebration took place at a parliamentary reception, hosted by the Official Charts Company, in partnership with the House Of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group On Music, as well as the music industry associations, UK Music, BPI and the Entertainment Retailers’ Association.

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 4:58 pm by RadioToday

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