(7 September 1968 issue)
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 launched its own weekly singles chart (a top 20) on 7 April 1956,
 and an LPs charts in November 1958, two years after the
Record Mirror had published the first
UK Albums Chart.
 From 1964, the paper led its rival publications in terms of approaching music and musicians as a subject for serious study rather than merely entertainment. Staff reporters such as
Chris Welch and
Ray Coleman applied a perspective previously reserved for jazz artists to the rise of American-influenced local rock and pop groups, anticipating the advent of
On 6 March 1965, MM called for
the Beatles to be
honoured by the British state. This duly happened on 12 June that year, when all four were appointed as members of the
Order of the British Empire (Messrs Harrison,
 Lennon, McCartney
 & Starr
By the late 1960s, MM had recovered, targeting an older market than the teen-oriented NME. MM had larger and more specialised advertising;
soon-to-be well-known groups would advertise for musicians. It ran pages devoted to "minority" interests like
folk and jazz, as well as detailed reviews of musical instruments.
A 1968 Melody Maker poll named
John Peel best radio DJ, attention which
John Walters revealed may have helped Peel keep his job despite concerns at
BBC Radio 1 about Peel's style and record selection.