Australian Charts Ep.1 1957-8
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In this very first episode, tracing the chart success of Australian artists, we cover the period 1957-8 at the birth of what became known as the Top 40 era. The reality of this two-year period is that the volume of success was limited. As a comparison, the year of 1959 will be covered in three episodes and subsequent years in four. We do, however, meet the first national No. 1 which lasted in the charts for a staggering 55 weeks. Of course, there is the very early work of Johnny O'Keefe and the show kicks off with a surprising entry from a future star of Australian TV. All episodes are based on the work of David Kent's Australian Chart Chronicles 1940-2008.

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