As soon as I got a small portable cassette recorder in the 1970's I started to tape the charts on the radio. Did you readers?
The charts or top forty were always on a Sunday afternoon on Radio 1. You could stand a microphone next to a radio and record the whole thing on a couple of blank C60 cassettes. That's 2 hours of solid chart gold to listen to later on, which I did all week. The only work involved was turning the tapes over.
A C90 tape might have got the lot on as well if you were lucky. You just had to be around to turn the tapes whilst recording. It was slow and dedicated work performed in the sanctity of our bedrooms mostly. If your Mum walked in and said 'Teas ready Paul!' then that went on the tape too! Personally I loved it. It was our technology like the PS4 nowadays.
The machine itself was a boxy rectangle of plastic and electronics, with half of it encased in fake leather topped by a carrying strap. The five push-down buttons were huge and white and above them was a weird silver toggle for rewind and fast forward. It looked like a small piano and was the bees knees at the time.
Those glorious music tapes have sadly vanished from my own life but somewhere out there are the charts of a generation religiously recorded for posterity on millions of cassettes across the globe.
What did you record readers?