If you thought the charts commenced in 1952, think again... There is considerable interest in the British singles charts. In November 1952 the New Musical Express published a sales chart, and various UK music publications have done so since then. Many collectors are obsessed with accumulating every recording that charted. First they sought out the original vinyl, now they look for the same tracks on CD. This demand has been met by The First British Hit Parade (a single-CD collection of every recording in the British singles sales charts of 1952) and the ongoing British Hit Parade series, which comprises a pair of multi-disc sets for each year from 1953 onwards. Fantastic Voyage continued this series with the 1958 sets earlier this year (FVQD001 and FVQD002) and the 1959 sets will follow in January 2010. However, Britain s First Number Ones 1945-1952 will come as surprise to those who thought the charts commenced in 1952. By drawing on surveys of sheet music sales, which provided the basis of Radio Luxembourg s chart show from 1949 onwards, journalist and pop musician Bob Stanley has effectively pushed back the charts by 13 years. Next year Fantastic Voyage intends to release a compilation of the number ones from 1939 to 1945, but first we bring you a 3CD round-up of the chart-toppers from August 1945 through to August 1952. Radio Luxembourg was very popular with radio listeners across Britain from the late thirties through to the sixties, providing many with their easiest access to pop music on the airwaves before the proliferation of pirate radio and the advent of BBC Radio 1.