Back in 1952 a man by the name of Percy Dickins, who co-founded the New Music Express magazine (a.k.a NME) decided to try and gauge the popularity of the music being sold. He ventured round to different record shops to find out how many records were being sold, which records and the artists. He compiled the results. This mission by the late Perry Dickins saw the introduction of the Music Charts.
For 64 years this tradition of publishing who was selling the most records and albums in any given week continued. Many great artists and genres have took top spot over those sixty four years, but today – for the first time since Dickins that maiden fact finding mission across London – has a country album took the premier position.
The last time we came close was when The Shires took a top 10 position last year. This was a memorable occasion and had many us in our Country Music Army realise the time was coming. The time when our music was being recognised for the great things it was, not the stereo-typical things it wasn’t. People’s impression of country music still ventures back to a barn dance, with a old fella on fiddle and a lot of ‘take your partner by the hand’ dolce dole music. This is about as close a representation to proper Nashville Music as expecting to travel to Paris and believing everyone will be wearing a blue and white striped jumper, on a bicycle, with a string of onions hanging round their neck.
Ward Thomas this week took us all that giant step forward we have been yearning for. This week their brand new album ‘Cartwheels’ has hit the UK Charts with an explosion and took the top spot. What an achievement for the girls. A big congratulations from us all.
Times are changing – look out UK, our Country Music Army are on full steam ahead!