Melody Maker, world’s oldest weekly music newspaper!

Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was, according to its publisher IPC Media, the world’s oldest weekly music newspaper.It was founded in 1926 as a magazine targeted at musicians; in 2000 it was merged into “long-standing rival” (and IPC Media sister publication) New Musical Express.

1926, The first issue of The Melody Maker went on sale priced at 3d. The monthly magazine was for ‘all who are interested in the production of popular music’. In the first issue, Dance Band news, a feature on Ukuleles and how to read music by sight.

Originally the Melody Maker (MM) concentrated on jazz, and had Max Jones, one of the leading British proselytizers for that music, on its staff for many years. It was slow to cover rock and roll and lost ground to the New Musical Express (NME), which had begun in 1952. MM began its Melody Maker LP charts in November 1958, two years after the Record Mirror published the first UK Albums Chart

In 1999, MM relaunched as a glossy magazine, but the new design did not help. The magazine closed the next year (Dec 2000) and merged with IPC Media’s other music magazine, NME, which took on some of its journalists and music reviewers.

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