Phil Swern

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Phil "The Collector" Swern (born Anthony Philip Swern, 30 June 1948, Ealing, London, England) is an English radio producer and music collector. He was formerly a record producer[1] and songwriter,[2] and has also written for television.[3] He produced Pick of the Pops for Radio 1 in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and has produced the show for Radio 2 since 1997. He also produces Sounds of the 60s for Radio 2 and formerly produced the Saturday night Bob Harris Show for the same station, also producing Harris's Radio 1 shows in the early 1990s.[4] He also devises the questions for the PopMaster quiz on Radio 2's Ken Bruce Show.[5] He co-wrote the quiz show Pop The Question with Jeremy Beadle and co-created fellow quiz show That's Showbusiness with screenwriter Jeremy Pascall.

His first record production work was Horace Faith's recording of "Black Pearl" for Trojan Records in 1970.[6] He went on to produce many other musicians including The Pearls,[7] Polly Brown[8] and R&J Stone[9] whose "We Do It", released in 1976, reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[10]

Swern has the world's only complete collection of every single UK Top 40 chart hit since records began in 1952.[11]


  1. ^ "Tony Blackburn - Chop-Chop (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Savoy - Broken-Down Transistor Radio". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Phil Swern". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Bob Harris". Bob Harris. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Gold Badge Awards 2010". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Horace Faith - Black Pearl (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Pearls, The - Guilty (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Polly Brown - Up In A Puff Of Smoke / I'm Saving All My Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  9. ^ "R and J Stone We Do It". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 533. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  11. ^ Rebecca Burn-Callander (1 November 2013). "Challenging the status quo". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 

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