Pop pickers: Can you name the only three top 40 hit-makers from North Lincolnshire in 60 years?
IT IS 60 years since the New Musical Express published the UK's first top 40 of best-selling singles, with Al Martino the first number one with "Here in My Heart".
Since November 1952, more than 32,000 acts have featured in the best-sellers, creating sales of 3.7 billion singles.
Surprisingly, only three artists born and bred in North Lincolnshire have figured in the top 40.
First off the mark was Ian Macdonald from Barton-Upon-Humber and his band Matthews Southern Comfort.
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Their cover version of Joni Mitchell's anthem Woodstock hit the number one spot on October 31, 1970 and stayed there until November 21, only to be ousted by Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile.
Woodstock remained in the UK best-sellers list for 18 weeks and peaked at number 23 in America.
On August 6, 1983, Carmel McCourt from Wrawby and her band climbed to number 15 with Bad Day and she followed that chart success with More More More, at number 23.
There was an even longer wait – 22 years – before our next big hit.
And by a strange coincidence, it was another ex-student of the St Bede's Voluntary Academy, Scunthorpe, like Carmel, who worked the oracle.
Chart success for Stephen Fretwell, then aged 23, came with his own composition Emily, the second single from his gold-selling album Magpie, recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, London, in 2004.