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Shock ‘60s pop idol revealed
« on: June 02, 2010, 02:58:53 PM »
Shock ‘60s pop idol revealed

Posted Tue 1 Jun 2010 14:49 BST by News Editor in Behind The Music
The Beatles' assault on the global pop charts saw them come up against a host of formidable foes. But it wasn't Elvis Presley or The Rolling Stones who provided their toughest opposition during their ‘60s pomp. The Fab Four weren't in danger of being upstaged by Cliff Richard, Gerry & The Pacemakers or Frank Sinatra.

Their biggest rival, it has been revealed, was Ken Dodd. BBC Radio 2 yesterday unveiled their official countdown of the biggest music stars of the ‘60s and it was no surprise to hear that The Beatles dominated official figures, with five tracks in the top 10.

However, eccentric Merseyside comedian Dodd is revealed as a chart sensation, thanks to his 1965 smash ‘Tears', which was the third biggest single of the entire decade. In fact, it shifted more copies than John, Paul, George and Ringo's ‘Can't Buy Me Love', ‘I Feel Fine' and ‘We Can Work It Out'/‘Day Tripper'.

Dodd scored a string of hits during the early part of the decade, including his signature tune ‘Happiness'. But ‘Tears', which went to number one and was the year's top seller, trumped that, according to Official Charts Company data, which also reveals that the entire top five is taken up by acts from Liverpool.

"It comes as no surprise to see the Fab Four at number one, but other aspects of the chart are perhaps a little unexpected," admitted host Tony Blackburn of the 82-year-old's success, which sees him outstrip some of the era's most memorable acts, including yodelling Frank Ifield, crooning Engelbert Humperdinck, Rolf Harris and Cilla Black. None of them could compete with this...

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