A BUSINESSMAN found an interesting way of celebrating 60 years of the UK pop charts.
Paul Murray from Little Sutton has been collecting music for years, but his record collection isn’t like most people’s – because it contains every single UK Number One record since the charts were first launched on November 14 1952.
Back in the 1980s, insurance broker Paul, 57, set himself the goal of acquiring every British chart topper, and has been going strong ever since.
Last week, to mark the special anniversary of the pop charts, he held a charity Number Ones Party Night at The Groves Sports and Social Club in Whitby.
On the night, which raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, guests were able to request any song they wanted as long as it was a certified number one single, and female vocalist Stephanie James performed some of her favourite chart toppers live onstage.
Paul, whose company Paul Murray Insurance Solutions sponsored the evening, said: “I’ve always been a keen record collector and one day I realised how many number one hits from down the years I already had so I thought it would be fun to try and collect the lot.
“I’ve now got over 1,100 hits in a variety of formats from old 78s to MP3s.
“It’s just something we wanted to do – have a fun filled night of number one memories and nostalgic entertainment from Elvis to The Beatles, The Jam to Rihanna, if it topped the charts, we had it.”