Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Music fan collected every UK chart song since 1952. That's 27,000 sevens

"Single-minded Keith Sivyer bought every new release that entered the UK single charts since their inception in 1952 until his death in February aged 75.

Every week, without fail, Keith visited his local record shop with a copy of Music Week and bought the latest songs that had entered the top 40 before going home and adding them to his archive.

After his death his younger brother, Gerald, was left with the daunting task of finding a new home for the collection.

He found approximately 27,000 7" vinyl singles and 8,000 12" singles neatly filed in alphabetical order on purpose built floor-to-ceiling shelves that covered the four walls of Keith's lounge.

More than 10,000 CD singles from the 1980s to present day also filled up a spare bedroom of his modest home in Twickenham, south west London."

So, what is that many records worth?

"The collection has been divided into three lots for the auction, with the 27,000 seven inch singles conservatively estimated at £6,000, the 8,000 12 inch records at £1,500 and 10,000 CDs and cassettes at £600.The sale takes place on May 21."

Telegraph: Record fan collects every UK chart hit in history

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