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(front, centre) with The Stylistics in 1975. Note the 'Roadshow' posters in the background.

HISTORY

Born in Lymington in Hampshire, is an accomplished actor, starting with the National Youth Theatre then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in several films, including Prudence and the Pill, Decline and Fall and the Vampire Lovers. He has also performed across the UK in repertory theatres and in plays for BBC/ITV.

Tom had worked for Danish Radio since 1965;  and was asked to replace Alan Freemans Pick of the Pops to present a new style Sunday evening Chart rundown. His shows are well remembered for his distinctive cultured voice.

SOLID GOLD SIXTY

QUEEN with Tom Browne

His first show was aired 1st October 1972; it was called 'Solid Gold Sixty' broadcast on Radio 1 from 4pm-7pm. The show counted down the weeks Top 60 best selling singles chart with the last hour featuring the Top 20. The last hour of the show was also carried by Radio 2 Long Wave and VHF.

NEW JINGLES

For the first time each chart position from twenty to number one had an individually numbered sung jingle provided by Pams Productions of Dallas, Texas which was played prior to each record. Other jingles heard for the first time were 'It's a Top Twenty Entry....Right!" and "Solid Gold 60" jingles.

The first show found David Cassidy at number one with 'how can I be sure'. During his time at the station Tom also recorded several special shows for Radio 1 where he interviewed top chart hit makers Abba, Queen, The Stylistics, Neil Sedaka, Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge.

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Solid Gold Sixty ran for 18 months until March 1974 leaving Tom to present a shorter Top Twenty show on Sundays from 6pm - 7pm. Tom presented this show until March 1978 when he was replaced by Simon Bates. During his period of fronting the show, Tom had introduced chart hits from the likes of David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Elton John, Queen and The Bay City Rollers. From May 1980, Tom was briefly heard on Radio 2 again when he fronted the 4pm - 6pm drive time easy listening disc show 'Much More Music', sitting in for regular presenter David Symonds for a fortnight.

On leaving the BBC, Tom continued a career in acting and his voice was used in many British television commercials.

 

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Top 20 Opening theme - Brother by CCS

 

Introducing Marie Osmond at Number 2 1973

 

Clips from the Top Twenty show, 12th May 1974

Stevie Wonder at number ten

Chi-lites drop to number seven

Wizard at six

Bay City Rollers up to five

Rubettes a new entry at number two

 

Top 20 Countdown March 1975 32kbps

The countdown bed Tom voiced over in 1975 is "Oh My My" by David Hentschel. 

Prior to this track he used "Lady Madonna" by Apollo 100.

 

Tom introduces no.16 in April 1976  64kbps    32kbps

Tom introduces no.11 in 1976  64kbps    32kbps

Tom introduces no.3 in 1976

Kate Bush at Number  1; and Radio 1 closes down

 

 

 

 

 

Ex- R1 DJ and now BFBS presenter Dave Simmons wrote to Radio Rewind in 2007;

 

 "Tom was a newsreader for Worldwide Television News in the 80s, but then went off to the Far East, and was a great success fronting BFBS Radio Hong Kong's weekday breakfast show until the territory reverted to the Chinese in 1997. Now in Thailand with his Thai wife, he owns a farm where they grow rice and mushrooms. My wife and I visited them recently and my attempts to get Tom to put his great James Mason-soundalike voice to use again professionally fell on deaf ears. He's perfectly happy, thank you, leading a peaceful life as a farmer in an idyllic setting, with rice fields front and back of their house, and the mountains of North Central Thailand in the distance."

 

 

Top Twenties Archive

 

15.09.73 Top 20 1h

18.11.73 Top 20 1h 

16.12.73 Top 20 1h 

07.09.75 Top 20 1h 

16.05.76 Top 20 58m 

06.06.76 Top 20 58m 

31.12.76 Top 20 of 1976 1h

NEW 04.07.76 Top 20 pt 1 6.00-6.30pm 

NEW 04.07.76 Top 20 pt 2 6.32-7.03pm 

22.01.78 Top 20 1h 7m

 

 

Tom Browne's first Top 20 show having taken over from Alan Freeman, broadcast on Radio 1 and 2 (including VHF) 6PM - 7PM as the last hour of his 'Solid Gold 60' Sunday 1st October 1972. This was also the first Sunday BBC Radio chart show to use American sung jingles, marking a more modern presentation style for the programme.

 

CCS Brother theme and the no. 20 sound is Junior Walker

The Happy Station - Peter Skellern is at No.18

If You've Got the Time - and Lynsey De Paul at No.15

No. 13 is a classic track from Jackie Wilson

Music Power - Roxy Music at No.10

Super Music- and the Drifters at No.9

The Friendly Station - The Sweet's at No.6

And the Beat Goes On - up to No.2 with T Rex

The Number One it Sounds Like This - David Cassidy is at No.1

A Rundown of the Top 20

Tom explains Radio 1 & 2 VHF separation - and Radio 2 News

 

 

Top 20 show broadcast on Radio 1 and 2 (including VHF) 6PM - 7PM on Sunday 9th March 1975.

 

No. 20 was Angie Baby by Helen Reddy

No. 19 - a new entry for Showaddywaddy

No. 18 and the Young Americans by David Bowie

No. 17 Your Kiss is Sweet by Syreeta

No.16 with Alvin Stardust

No.15 was a new entry for Slade

No.14 and Love Unlimited with It May be Winter Outside

No.13 finds Supertramp with a new entry - Dreamer

No.12 Dana with Please Tell him I said Hello

No.11 is up 8 places for Johnny Mathis - I'm Stone in Love with You

No.10 found Footsee by Wigan's Chosen Few

No.9 and the Average White Band's Pick Up the Pieces (countdown theme)

No. 8 was the Rollers - Bye Bye Baby

No.7 was Shirley and Company Shame Shame Shame

No.6 and the Carpenters

No. 5 with Frankie Valli up two places

No.4 - Only You Can by Fox

No.3 - Mud with The Secrets That You Keep

No.2 was last week's no. 1 Make Me Smile by Steve Harley

The Top 20 Countdown reveals Telly Savalas with If at Number 1

 

Tom Browne at Emmerdale

As well as presenting the Top 20 on Radio 1, in 1975

Tom played James Bonfils on YTV's Emmerdale Farm.

 

 

Counting down Top 20, 16th_Oct_77 - David Soul at no.1

Stephen Mills wrote to Radio Rewind;

"the backing track in the countdown is "From Here to Eternity" by Giorgio Moroder, which was sitting at Number 21, in the chart that week, but would have been on the top 20 the following Sunday, in full, as it rose up to number 16. "

 

NEW Top 20 of 1977 show broadcast on Radio 1 and 2 (including VHF) 6PM - 7PM on Sunday 1st January 1978. Includes handover to Radio 2 with news.

 

 Chart of the Year 1977 (24 min)

 

Includes:  Space - Magic Fly,   Status Quo - Rockin' All Over the World, Kenny Rogers - Lucille , Abba -Name of the Game,  Barbara Streisand - Evergreen, Boney M - Ma Baker, ELP - Fanfare for the Common Man, Wings - Mull of Kintyre, La Belle Epoque - Black is Black, Bacchara - Yes Sir I can Boogie, Manhattan Transfer - Chanson D'Amore, Brotherhood of Man - Angelo, Hot Chocolate - So You Win Again, Elvis Presley - Way Down,  Donna Summer - I Feel Love, Abba - Knowing Me Knowing You, David Soul - Silver Lady, Leo Sayer - When I Need You, Julie Covington -Don't Cry for Me Argentina, David Soul - Don't Give Up On Us.

 

 

 

Top 20 show broadcast on Radio 1 and 2 (including VHF) 6PM - 7PM on Sunday 19th February 1978.

 

Lift-Off with Samantha Sang at No.20 and Emotion

No.19 was a new entry for Starguard and Which Way Up

No.18 a new entry for the Bee Gees with Stayin' Alive

No.17 - new entry for Smokie and a Few Dollars More

No.16 - new entry for Yellow Dog and Just One More Night

No.15 - Tonight with Drummer Man

No. 14 found Heatwave with Groove Line

No.13 and Odyssey are down with Native New Yorker

No.12 for former No. 1 Mull of Kintyre by Wings

No. 11 finds Bill Withers still singing about his Lovely Day

No.10 with Baccarra Sorry I'm A Lady

Traffic News - No Petrol at Newport Pagnell. Sweet at No.9

No.8 with classic E.L.O. and Mr. Blue Sky

No.7 for Althia & Donna with Uptown Top Ranking

No.6 Rose Royce Wishing on a Star

No.5 Rod Stewart and Hot Legs

No.4 was Darts and Come Back My Love

No.3 Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keeley If I Had Words

No.2 was No.1 last week- Brotherhood of Man with Figaro

Top 20 Countdown - no ignition! No. 1 is Abba Take a Chance

The Day's News from Radio 2 reveals blizzards in the West

 

 

See also: the Chart Show page for more info.

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cliff (warrington) says...
hello,fantastic site, my 3 mp3dvd,s i am missing the end of year chart for 1972,as anyone got that one i wonder,if so please post it,once again many thanks rr from cliff.
18th May 2015 3:07pm
Steve Trump (Upminster Essex) says...
Hello, just lovin' listening to those Tom Browne archive shows. The one you have listed as 15/09/72 is actually 14/07/73. I remember well the Slade song at no. 1 just before the summer holidays! Best wishes, Steve
22nd November 2014 8:20pm
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