Not specifically a rock and roll show but it did include Lonnie Donegan, Petula Clark
among others. It was tried out in the summer of 1957 and given its own regular time-
Producer Arthur Lane made sure that the show never took itself too seriously. An article in The Stage in early 1958 noted that "one programme presented a singer dressed in policeman's uniform singing "Island In The Sun" from a traffic island; Wee Willie Harris of scarlet hair fame sang from a barber's chair; when Ronnie Carroll tearfully sang "Remember You're Mine" it was not until the last chorus that viewers saw he was singing to his dog who was being put in quarantine."
For the year end special in 1958 Lane tells TV Times "For this special Top Numbers
show I have picked the top of the 'pops' for each month of the year, and they'll
be a spot for a couple of oldies from previous years -
In January 1959 the show hit the headlines when Eve Boswell wanted to perform her new recording Piccaninny which the producer Arthur Lane didn't think appropriate. Talking to Melody Maker he said "There seems to be a feud between Eve and Alma Cogan, who is also on the show. Just because Alma is singing her latest recording Eve thinks she can do the same. But we didn't think the number she wanted 'Piccaninny' was suitable for this particular edition of the show. It has only just been recorded and I didn't even know the number, so why should it go into a programme called 'Top Numbers'"
There didn't appear to be a host during its run, rather relying on guest stars introducing
the songs. The off-