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Sociological Discussion

If you came into this page from a search engine, you should know that this is primarily a website for people who dance. I, and most of my readers, specialize in a particular dance form called Lindy Hop that is performed to uptempo 8-count swing or rock music. (e.g. One O'Clock Jump or Johnny B. Goode). As dancers, we face a lot of the same problems today that killed partner dancing in the 1960s -- a lack of music that fits our needs. Popular taste does not now favor Lindy-danceable songs. Our research, discussed below, seems to indicate that it never really did.

We have been looking into the "Hit Parade" for the Swing and Rock'n'Roll Era (i.e. 1935-1959). Guess what: You would be TOTALLY WRONG if you believed that:

  • In 1935, Duke Ellington was selling a lot of copies A-Train or
  • In 1937, Cab Calloway was playing to SRO crowds at the Cotton Club. He MUST have had a blockbuster hit with Minnie the Moocher
  • In 1938, Benny Goodman played the legendary Carnegie Hall Concert. He DEFINITELY was on the charts big time with Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Louis Jordan must have had a whole long string of mega hits with Choo Choo Ch'Boogie,Saturday Night Fish Fry,or Caldonia
  • Louis Prima and Keely Smith must have been regularly in the top ten, especially with Jump, Jive, and Wail
  • Chuck Berry must have had at least one big hit (maybe Johnny B. Goode?)

All of those statements are TOTALLY FALSE! Virtually NONE of the songs that we love to dance to ever got anywhere near the top of the Pop Charts!!! In fact, from 1950 through 1959, only 8 Lindy-danceable songs made the Overall Top Ten for these years (that's 8 out of 100!). For a week or two, some of the songs that we love may have come close to the top, but when sales are considered for the whole year, generally uptempo killer-dillers lose out.

In Case you are interested, they are:

  1. Mona Lisa, Nat King Cole, 1950, #5
  2. How High the Moon,Les Paul, 1951, #2
  3. Sh-Boom,Crew Cuts, 1954, #5
  4. Rock Around the Clock,Bill Haley, 1955, #1
  5. Don't be Cruel,Elvis Presley, 1956, #1
  6. All Shook Up,Elvis Presley, 1959, #9
  7. At The Hop,Danny and the Juniors,1958, #10
  8. Mack the Knife,Bobby Darin, 1959, #1
By contrast, there are six waltzes, an actual ragtime song (Crazy Otto Rag), and about 20 Latin Beat numbers. Check it out for yourself! But, remember that these are year-long totals. Sadly, (and I was there...) the 1950s were mostly a time of segregation and repression marked by an almost desperate "clinging" to a particular set of middle class social values

  • People had a taste for nostalgia (Yellow Rose of Texas), sentiment (Oh My Papa), movie themes (Tammy), and outright schlock (Witch Doctor).
  • Hot numbers and "edge" didn't sell records. Elvis had only three Yearly Top Ten hits during 1955-1959. The Platters had four , and the Everley Brothers and Johnny Mathis had two, as did Latin star Perez Prado.
  • There are actually four Big Band hits during 1955-1959 (Lisbon Antigua, Canadian Sunset, Moonglow/Picnic, and So Rare) I think that Jimmy Dorsey's So Rare which was #9 for 1957 was the last major hit for a Swing Era big band.

Small subcultures formed to enjoy uptempo music with a strong beat -- it was the zoot-suiters and jitterbugs of the 1940s and the High School Hoppers and Boppers of the 1950s that bought and shared swingable music. Most "fast dance" was prohibited at school events, so it had to be practiced in basements and "Rumpus Rooms" located sufficiently far from Dad so that he wouldn't say "Turn that noise off."

The fuel for these clandestine parties came from an unusual source. On Sunday night the white-bread local stations turned their power down because nobody was listening. At this magic moment several southern stations ( like KPFK in Helena, Arkansas) came alive and played the "Race Music" that was forbidden by the Minister, the Principal, and Dad. A teenager who was lucky enough to own a reel-to-reel tape deck could attain high status by bringing this ill-gotten treasure to basement dance parties. Once they knew the names of the songs and the artists, kids would travel from the segregated suburbs to the "Negro Neighborhoods" to buy records for themselves. None of that got on the "pop charts."

Haven't People Come to Love the old Uptempo Songs?

In brief, apparently not..

Several years ago, the now defunct Oldies 100 (WBIG-FM) produced a brochure that contained their "Big 500 Oldies of All Time" -- that would be from the time that they were released to about 1999. For what it's worth, very few Lindy-danceable songs made this list. Of 500 songs, I count only 15 that are even marginally danceable! Here they are:

  • #2 American Pie, Don Mclean, 1972 (marginal)
  • #9 Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin, 1959
  • #26 Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry, 1958
  • #34 Rock Around the Clock,Bill Haley, 1955
  • #81 Don't Be Cruel, Elvis Presley, 1956
  • #116 Peggy Sue, Buddy Holly, 1958
  • #146 Maybelline, Chuck Berry, 1958
  • #258 Rockin' Pneumonia, Johnny Rivers, 1973
  • #327 Rave On, Buddy Holly, 1958
  • #338 Jail House Rock, Elvis Presley, 1957
  • #392 Yakety Yak, The Coasters, 1958
  • #422 Green Onions, Booker T and the MGs,1962 (marginal)
  • #427 Devil with a Blue Dress, Mitch Ryder, 1966
  • #445 That'll be the Day, Buddy Holly, 1957
  • #490 Your Mama Don't Dance, Loggins & Messina, 1973 (marginal)

So, What Is a "Hit Parade", anyway?

Your Hit Parade was a popular American radio and television program, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes and broadcast from 1935 to 1955 on radio, and 1950 to 1959 on television.

Each Saturday evening, the program offered the most popular and best selling songs of the week. The earliest format involved a presentation of the top 15 songs. Later, a countdown with fanfares led to the top three finalists, with the number one song for the finale. Occasional performances of standards and other favorite songs from the past were known as "Lucky Strike Extras," the equivalent of "Oldies But Goodies."

Listeners were informed that:

The survey checks the best sellers on sheet music and phonograph records, the songs most heard on the air and most played on the automatic coin machines, an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music.

However, the exact methodology for this "authentic tabulation" was never revealed. We have a Special Jukebox Page that goes into some detail about that business. Until the 1950s, jukeboxes offered (at most) 24 selections while hundreds of songs were released each year. If you follow our discussion of jukebox mechanisms, you'll find that most machines did not keep totals of how many times each record had been played. Based on our look at organized crime and jukeboxes, we suspect that the selections that were made available reflected "payola" rather than popular taste.

As far as sheet music is concerned, Who would think of buying the sheet music for Sing,Sing, Sing? As far as airplay goes, most jive records were kept off the air -- black artists were discriminated against, Rock and Roll was the tool of the devil, etc. In other words, the "survey" had a lot of flaws.

Another factor was economics-- until the 1950s, teenagers didn't have a lot of purchasing power. (In the Depression, nobody had a lot of purchasing power...) This meant that buying a record was more like an investment than an impulse. Mom and Dad exerted a levelizing influence on record purchases and phonograph time, so sales tend to reflect sentimental ballads that weren't likely to stir up any adolescent hormones. With the prosperity of the 1950s, teenagers got their own radios, phonographs and televisions. After that, things began to change.

Your Hit Parade eventually folded because the cast, made up of big band singers, could not render songs like Hound Dog or Blue Suede Shoes in a fashion that was convincing to teenagers.



Hit Parader Magazine

Another source of information about popular musical tastes was a magazine called Hit Parader that was issued on a monthly basis. The magazine contained the lyrics to popular songs and various articles about personalities in the music industry. Copies of Hit Parader are somewhat collectible, especially if the star featured on the cover has a cult following. The magazine was first published in 1942 and survives to this day, but is largely unrecognizable from its former incarntation, now embellished with the sort of Doom and Gloom graphics favored by teenage boys who eat too many cheez curls.

Here are some representative magazines that I have collected. You can click to enlarge each cover to have a look at the songs that were popular that month:

Hit Parader Cover from February 1943    Hit Parader Cover from December 1943    Hit Parader Cover from March 1944    Hit Parader Cover from September 1944

The Early 1940s
Feb, 1943, Dec 1943,March 1944, Sept. 1944

Hit Parader Cover from March 1945    Hit Parader Cover from October 1947    Hit Parader Cover from August 1948    Hit Parader Cover from December 1949

The Late 1940s
March 1945, October 1947, August 1948, December 1949

Hit Parader Cover from April 1951    Hit Parader Cover from April 1952    Hit Parader Cover from December 1952    Hit Parader Cover from October 1953

The Early 1950s
April 1951, April 1952,December 1952, October 1953

Hit Parader Cover from July, 1954    Hit Parader Cover from December 1956    Hit Parader Cover from February 1958    Hit Parader Cover from April, 1958

The Mid 1950s
July, 1954, December 1956,February, 1958 April, 1958

Hit Parader Cover from May, 1958    Hit Parader Cover from November, 1958    Hit Parader Cover from July, 1959

The Late 1950s
May 1958, November 1958, July 1959
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Hit Parade Listings, 1935-1959

Here are sources for Hit Parade information from the past.

  • For the yearly best from the Your Hit Parade Radio and TV Show, 1935-1955 click here. This site also has a stunning amount of information about Big Bands.
  • The source for years 1956-1959 is: The Good Old Days, Time Life Books,1996, ISBN 0-7835-4845-1, especially p 186
  • If you want to go beyond 1959, check out the yearly best from Billboard Magazine, 1962-1972, click here. This site actually lists the Top 100 AND has lyrics for all the songs. If a particular song was an "instrumental", the site has a downloadable MP3 soundbite)

Without further ado, here are the years, 1935 - 1959. Table entries are the overall best sellers for the calendar year as tabulated by Cash Box magazine

1935


  1. CHEEK TO CHEEK Fred Astaire
  2. ISLE OF CAPRI Ray Noble
  3. WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM Glen Gray
  4. RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET Guy Lombardo
  5. LOVELY TO LOOK AT Eddy Duchin
  6. SHE'S A LATIN FROM MANHATTAN Victor Young
  7. I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Little Jack Little
  8. I WON'T DANCE Eddy Duchin
  9. TRUCKIN' Fats Waller
  10. IN A LITTLE GYPSY TEA ROOM Bob Crosby


1936


  1. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Bing Crosby
  2. THE WAY YOU LOOK TO NIGHT Fred Astaire
  3. THE GLORY OF LOVE Benny Goodman
  4. ALONE Tommy Dorsey
  5. GOODY GOODY Benny Goodman
  6. A FINE ROMANCE Fred Astaire
  7. THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND ROUND Tommy Dorsey
  8. DID I REMEMBER? Shep Fields
  9. IT's A SIN TO TELL A LIE Fats Waller
  10. IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT DIXIE? Jimmy Dorsey


1937


  1. SWEET LEILANI Bing Crosby
  2. ONCE IN A WHILE Tommy Dorsey
  3. THE DIPSY DOODLE Tommy Dorsey
  4. IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN IN CHERRY BLOSSOM LANE Guy Lombardo
  5. BOO HOO Guy Lombardo
  6. SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN Guy Lombardo
  7. THAT OLD FEELING Shep Fields
  8. WHISPERS IN THE DARK Bob Crosby
  9. GOODNIGHT,MY LOVE Benny Goodman
  10. THE MOON GETS IN YOUR EYES Bing Crosby


1938


  1. Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw
  2. Love Walked In Kenny Baker
  3. A-Tisket-A-Tasket Ella Fitzgerald
  4. Heart and Soul Larry Clinton
  5. Bei Mir Bist du Schoen The Andrews Sisters
  6. Change Partners Fred Astaire
  7. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby Bing Crosby
  8. Cathedral in the Pines Shep Fields
  9. Ti-Pi-Pin Horace Heidt
  10. Umbrella Man Kay Kyser
  11. Wabash Cannonball Roy Acuff
  12. So Help Me Mildred Bailey
  13. Boogie Woogie Tommy Dorsey
  14. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart Billie Holiday
  15. Jumpin' at the Woodside Count Basie
  16. I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams Russ Morgan
  17. They Say Artie Shaw
  18. One O' Clock Jump Harry James
  19. Alexander's Ragtime Band Bing Crosby,
  20. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart Duke Ellington
  21. Don't Be That Way Benny Goodman
  22. Big Noise from Winnetka Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
  23. Deep Purple Jimmy Dorsey
  24. Music, Maestro, Please Tommy Dorsey
  25. Flat Foot Floogee The Mills Brothers


1939


  1. Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller
  2. Two Sleepy People Bob Hope
  3. God Bless America Kate Smith
  4. Three Little Fishies Kay Kyser
  5. All The Things Your Are Tommy Dorsey
  6. Darn That Dream Benny Goodman
  7. My Heart Belongs To Daddy Mary Martin
  8. Beer Barrel Polka Will Glahe
  9. If I didn't care The Ink Spots
  10. Hold Tight, Hold TIght Andrew Sisters
  11. An Apple For The Teacher Bing Crosby
  12. Woodchoppers Ball Woddy Herman
  13. Cherokee Charlie Barnett
  14. In The Mood Glenn Miller
  15. Penny Serenade Sammy Kaye with Jimmy Brown
  16. South Of The Border Shep Fields with Hal Derwin
  17. Our Love Tommy Dorsey
  18. Deep Purple Larry Clinton
  19. Over The Rainbow Judy Garland
  20. And The Angels Sing Benny Goodman
  21. Day In, Day Out Bing Crosby with Helen Ward
  22. Bubbles in The Wine Lawrence Welk
  23. Address Unknown Ink Spots
  24. Sunrise Serenade Glen Gray with Frankie Carle
  25. Blues In The Night Jimmie Lunceford


1940


  1. When You Wish upon a Star Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
  2. I'll Never Smile Again Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  3. Frenesi Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  4. All the Things You Are Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  5. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) The Ink Spots
  6. Down Argentine Way Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
  7. In the Mood Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  8. Darn That Dream Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  9. Pennsylvania 6-5000 Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  10. Sierra Sue Bing Crosby
  11. On the Isle of May Connee Boswell
  12. The Breeze and I Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  13. Blueberry Hill Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  14. Maybe The Ink Spots
  15. Only Forever Bing Crosby
  16. Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar Will Bradley & His Orchestra
  17. Ferryboat Serenade The Andrews Sisters
  18. Body and Soul Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra
  19. Romance in the Dark Lillian "Lil" Green
  20. It's a Blue World Tony Martin
  21. Trade Winds Bing Crosby
  22. Make Believe Island Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music
  23. I'm Nobody's Baby Judy Garland


1941


  1. Stardust Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  2. Green Eyes Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  3. Amapola Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  4. Perfidia Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
  5. Elmer's Tune Glenn Miller
  6. I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time The Andrews Sisters
  7. Racing with the Moon Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
  8. You Made Me Love You Harry James & His Orchestra
  9. Daddy Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra
  10. I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire The Ink Spots
  11. Chattanooga Choo Choo Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy The Andrews Sisters
  13. Let Me Off Uptown Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
  14. Oh! Look at Me Now Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  15. I Hear a Rhapsody Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra
  16. Take the 'A' Train Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  17. God Bless the Child Billie Holiday
  18. Yes, Indeed! Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  19. Maria Elena Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  20. There'll Be Some Changes Made Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  21. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  22. New San Antonio Rose Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  23. Dolores Bing Crosby
  24. 'Til Reveille Kay Kyser


1942


  1. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  2. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover - Kate Smith
  3. Tangerine Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  4. Strip Polka Johnny Mercer
  5. (I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle Kay Kyser
  6. Deep in the Heart of Texas Alvino Rey & His Orchestra
  7. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  8. Who Wouldn't Love You? Kay Kyser
  9. I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen Sammy Kaye
  10. One Dozen Roses Harry James & His Orchestra
  11. For Me and My Gal Judy Garland
  12. My Devotion Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
  13. Sleepy Lagoon Harry James & His Orchestra
  14. Blues in the Night Dinah Shore
  15. Jersey Bounce Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  16. Trav'lin' Light Paul Whiteman Orchestra
  17. (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  18. I Don't Want to Walk Without You Harry James & His Orchestra
  19. Cow Cow Boogie Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
  20. A String of Pearls Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  21. Flying Home Benny Goodman
  22. Be Careful, It's My Heart Bing Crosby
  23. Moonlight Cocktail Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  24. There Are Such Things Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra


1943


  1. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart Judy Garland
  2. When the Lights Go on Again (All over the World) Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
  3. As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson
  4. You'll Never Know Dick Haymes & the Song Spinners
  5. Moonlight Becomes You Bing Crosby
  6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore The Ink Spots
  7. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer Song Spinners
  8. I've Heard That Song Before Harry James & His Orchestra
  9. Sunday, Monday or Always Bing Crosby
  10. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To Dinah Shore
  11. People Will Say We're in Love Bing Crosby
  12. Paper Doll The Mills Brothers
  13. Stormy Weather Lena Horne
  14. That Old Black Magic Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  15. Brazil Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
  16. Pistol Packin' Mama Al Dexter and His Troopers
  17. Let's Get Lost Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
  18. Juke Box Saturday Night Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  19. Boogie Woogie Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  20. I'm Old Fashioned Fred Astaire
  21. Why Don't You Do Right? Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  22. I Had the Craziest Dream Harry James & His Orchestra
  23. In the Blue of Evening Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  24. Taking a Chance on Love Benny Goodman & His Orchestra


1944


  1. The Trolley Song Judy Garland
  2. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) Harry James & His Orchestra
  3. Mairzy Doats Merry Macs
  4. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  5. Swinging on a Star Bing Crosby
  6. You Always Hurt the One You Love Mills Brothers
  7. I'll Be Seeing You Bing Crosby
  8. Speak Low (When You Speak, Love) Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
  9. It's Love, Love, Love Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
  10. Straighten up and Fly Right Nat King Cole
  11. San Fernando Valley Bing Crosby
  12. Shoo Shoo Baby Andrews Sisters
  13. G.I. Jive Louis Jordan
  14. Artistry in Rhythm Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
  15. Don't Sweetheart Me Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra
  16. Time Waits for No One Helen Forrest
  17. It Could Happen to You Jo Stafford
  18. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
  19. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? Louis Jordan
  20. Cherry Harry James & His Orchestra
  21. My Heart Tells Me Casa Loma Orchestra
  22. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


1945


  1. On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Johnny Mercer
  2. You Belong to My Heart Bing Crosby
  3. Rum and Coca-Cola The Andrews Sisters
  4. It Might As Well Be Spring Dick Haymes
  5. My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time Les Brown
  6. There! I Said It Again Vaughn Monroe
  7. Tampico Stan Kenton
  8. There Goes That Song Again Russ Morgan
  9. Its Been a Long, Long Time Harry James
  10. If I Loved You Perry Como
  11. Candy Jo Stafford
  12. A Little on the Lonely Side Frankie Carle
  13. Gotta Be This or That Benny Goodman
  14. I'll Buy That Dream Helen Forrest
  15. I Can't Begin to Tell You Bing Crosby
  16. Till The End Of Time Perry Como
  17. I'm Beginning To See The Light Harry James
  18. Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive Johnny Mercer
  19. Caldonia Louis Jordan
  20. Laura Woody Herman
  21. Dream The Pied Pipers
  22. Don't Fence Me In Bing Crosby (feat. the Andrews Sisters)
  23. Sentimental Journey Les Brown
  24. Dig You Later Perry Como


1946


  1. Sioux City Sue Bing Crosby
  2. I Got the Sun in the MorningLes Brown & His Orchestra
  3. Rumours Are Flying Frankie Carle & His Orchestra
  4. Ole Buttermilk Sky Kay Kyser
  5. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song Dinah Shore
  6. Prisoner of Love Perry Como
  7. PersonalityJohnny Mercer
  8. I Don't Know Enough About You Peggy Lee
  9. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly Freddy Martin
  10. Oh! What It Seemed to BeFrankie Carle & His Orchestra
  11. To Each His Own The Ink Spots
  12. Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
  13. Surrender Perry Como
  14. South America, Take It Away!The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby
  15. Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)Dinah Shore
  16. I'm a Big Girl Now Sammy Kaye
  17. Symphony Freddy Martin
  18. Doctor, Lawyer, Indian ChiefBetty Hutton
  19. Stone Cold Dead in the MarketElla Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan
  20. The Gypsy The Ink Spots
  21. Come Rain or Come Shine Margaret Whiting
  22. They Say It's Wonderful Perry Como
  23. The Whole World Is Singing My Song Les Brown & His Orchestra
  24. The Old Lamplighter Sammy Kaye


1947


  1. Open the Door, Richard Count Basie Orchestra
  2. Linda Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  3. A Sunday Kind of Love Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
  4. Anniversary Song Al Jolson
  5. Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep) Perry Como
  6. Feudin' and Fightin' Dorothy Shay
  7. That's My Desire Frankie Laine
  8. I Wish I Didn't Love You So Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
  9. Mam'selle Art Lund
  10. Heartaches Ted Weems & His Orchestra
  11. Managua, Nicaragua Freddy Martin & His Orchestra
  12. I Never Knew Sam Donahue & His Orchestra
  13. Across the Alley from the Alamo Mills Brothers
  14. Peg O' My HeartBuddy Clark
  15. Guilty Margaret Whiting
  16. Near You Francis Craig & His Orchestra
  17. Ballerina Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
  18. When You Were Sweet Sixteen Perry Como
  19. You Do Dinah Shore
  20. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder Eddy Howard, & His Orchestra
  21. Huggin' and Chalkin' Hoagy Carmichael


1948


  1. Itís Magic Doris Day
  2. Nature Boy Nat King Cole
  3. Little White Lies Dick Haymes
  4. Serenade Of The Bells Sammy Kaye w/Don Cornell
  5. Buttons And Bows Dinah Shore
  6. Love Somebody Doris Day & Buddy Clark
  7. Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me) Peggy Lee
  8. You Were Only Fooling Ink Spots
  9. Baby Face Art Mooney
  10. Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue Gordon MacRae
  11. Until Tommy Dorsey w/Harry Prime
  12. Because Perry Como
  13. You Call Everybody Darliní Al Trace w/Bob Vincent
  14. On A Slow Boat To China Kay Kyser
  15. Iíll Dance At Your Wedding Ray Noble w/Buddy Clark
  16. How Soon Vaughn Monroe
  17. You Canít Be True Dear Vera Lynn
  18. Twelfth Street Rag Pee Wee Hunt
  19. Golden Earrings Peggy Lee
  20. Maybe Youíll Be There Gordon Jenkins w/Charles LaVere
  21. A Tree In The Meadow Margaret Whiting
  22. Iím Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover Art Mooney
  23. Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song) Bing Crosby
  24. My Happiness Pied Pipers
  25. Beg Your Pardon Francis Craig w/Francis Lamm

1949


  1. Mule Train Frankie Laine
  2. Careless Hands Mel Tormť
  3. Again Doris Day
  4. Room Full of Roses Sammy Kaye
  5. Baby, It's Cold Outside Margaret Whiting, Johnny Mercer
  6. Some Enchanted Evening Perry Como
  7. A Little Bird Told Me The Stardusters
  8. Forever and Ever Russ Morgan
  9. Galway Bay Bing Crosby
  10. My Darling, My Darling Jo Stafford, Gordon MacRae
  11. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go) Gordon Jenkins
  12. Riders in the Sky Vaughn Monroe
  13. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Les Brown
  14. Slipping Around Margaret Whiting, Jimmy Wakely
  15. Bali Ha'i Perry Como
  16. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) Frankie Laine
  17. Maybe It's Because Dick Haymes
  18. So Tired Russ Morgan
  19. Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) Sammy Kaye
  20. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) The Stardusters
  21. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) Vaughn Monroe
  22. "A" You're Adorable (The Alphabet Song) Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters
  23. Cruising Down the River Blue Barron
  24. Far Away Places Margaret Whiting

1950


  1. Music! Music! Music! Teresa Brewer
  2. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
  3. I Wanna Be Loved The Andrews Sisters
  4. A Bushel and a Peck Betty Hutton
  5. My Foolish Heart Gordon Jenkins
  6. Play a Simple Melody Gary Crosby
  7. The Cry of the Wild Goose Frankie Laine
  8. All My Love Patti Page
  9. Sentimental Me The Ames Brothers
  10. There's No Tomorrow Tony Martin
  11. I'll Never Be Free Kay Starr
  12. Harbor Lights Sammy Kaye
  13. Hoop-Dee-Doo The Fontane Sisters
  14. I Can Dream, Can't I? The Andrews Sisters
  15. Mona Lisa Nat King Cole
  16. Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You) The Mills Brothers
  17. Goodnight Irene The Weavers
  18. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Doris Day
  19. Rag Mop The Ames Brothers
  20. Bonaparte's Retreat Kay Starr
  21. La Vie en Rose Tony Martin
  22. The Tennessee Waltz Patti Page
  23. Dear Hearts and Gentle People Bing Crosby
  24. It Isn't Fair Sammy Kaye


1951


  1. How High the Moon Les Paul & Mary Ford
  2. My Truly, Truly Fair Guy Mitchell
  3. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman
  4. Too Young Nat King Cole
  5. Detour Patti Page
  6. Be My Love Mario Lanza
  7. Come On-A My House Rosemary Clooney
  8. I Get Ideas Tony Martin
  9. Jezebel Frankie Laine
  10. Because of You Tony Bennett
  11. Down Yonder Del Wood
  12. Cry Johnnie Ray
  13. Undecided The Ames Brothers
  14. Mister and Mississippi Patti Page
  15. The Loveliest Night of the Year Mario Lanza
  16. My Heart Cries for You Guy Mitchell
  17. Mockin' Bird Hill Les Paul & Mary Ford
  18. (It's No) Sin Eddy Howard
  19. Shrimp Boats Jo Stafford
  20. If Perry Como
  21. On Top of Old Smokey The Weavers
  22. Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams
  23. (Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To) Shanghai Doris Day
  24. Charmaine Mantovani


1952


  1. The Glow Worm Mills Brothers
  2. Wheel of Fortune Kay Starr Starr
  3. Maybe Half as Much Rosemary Clooney
  4. Slow Poke Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys
  5. You Belong to Me Jo Stafford
  6. Lady of Spain Eddie Fisher
  7. Delicado Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  8. Kiss of Fire Georgia Gibbs
  9. I'm Yours Don Cornell
  10. The Little White Cloud That Cried Johnnie Ray
  11. Lover Peggy Lee
  12. Wish You Were Here Eddie Fisher
  13. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Jo Stafford
  14. Blue Tango Leroy Anderson & His "Pops" Concert Orchestra
  15. I Went to Your Wedding Patti Page
  16. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) Tex Ritter
  17. Tiger Rag Les Paul & Mary Ford
  18. Tell Me Why The Four Aces
  19. A Guy Is a Guy Doris Day
  20. Here in My Heart Al Martino
  21. Anytime Eddie Fisher


1953


  1. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes Perry Como
  2. Side by Side Kay Starr
  3. You, You, You Ames Brothers
  4. April in Portugal Les Baxter & His Orchestra
  5. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) Les Paul & Mary Ford
  6. I'm Walking Behind You Eddie Fisher
  7. Ricochet (Rick-O-Shay) Teresa Brewer
  8. No Other Love Perry Como
  9. Oh! Pee Wee Hunt & His Orchestra
  10. Rags to Riches Tony Bennett
  11. (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? Patti Page
  12. Dragnet Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
  13. Many Times Eddie Fisher
  14. Till I Waltz Again With You Teresa Brewer
  15. The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?) Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  16. Keep It a Secret Jo Stafford
  17. Ruby Richard Hayman & His Orchestra
  18. Eh, Cumpari Julius LaRosa,
  19. I Love Paris Les Baxter & His Chorus and Orchestra
  20. Changing Partners Patti Page
  21. Pretend Nat King Cole
  22. Baubles, Bangles and Beads Peggy Lee
  23. P.S. I Love You The Hilltoppers


1954


  1. This Ole House Rosemary Clooney
  2. I Need You Now Eddie Fisher
  3. Make Love to Me Jo Stafford
  4. Hold My Hand Don Cornell
  5. Stranger in Paradise Tony Bennett
  6. Mr. Sandman Chordettes
  7. Papa Loves Mambo Perry Como
  8. Hernando's Hideaway Archie Bleyer
  9. Little Things Mean a Lot Kitty Kallen
  10. Misty Erroll Garner Trio
  11. Three Coins in the Fountain Four Aces
  12. Secret Love Doris Day
  13. Cross over the Bridge Patti Page
  14. Hey There Rosemary Clooney
  15. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) Kay Starr
  16. The High and the Mighty Les Baxter
  17. I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You) Four Knights
  18. If I Give My Heart to You Doris Day
  19. Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa) Eddie Fisher
  20. Teach Me Tonight Jo Stafford
  21. The Happy Wanderer Frank Weir
  22. The Man That Got Away Judy Garland


1955


  1. Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley
  2. Ballad of Davy Crockett, Bill Hayes (See below)
  3. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, Perez Prado
  4. Melody of Love, Billy Vaughn
  5. Yellow Rose of Texas, Mitch Miller
  6. Aint That a Shame, Pat Boone
  7. Sincerely, The McGure Sisters
  8. Unchained Melody, Les Baxter
  9. Crazy Otto Rag, Crazy Otto
  10. Mister Sandman, The Chordettes

1956


  1. Don't be Cruel,Elvis Presley
  2. Great Pretender, The Platters
  3. My Prayer, The Platters
  4. Wayward Wind, Gogi Grant
  5. Whatever Will Be, Will Be, Doris Day
  6. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
  7. Lisbon Antigua, Nelson Riddle
  8. Canadian Sunset, Hugo Winterhalter
  9. Moonglow/Theme from "Picnic", Morris Stoloff
  10. Honky Tonk, Bill Doggett (Benny Hill's theme song...)

1957


  1. Tammy, Debbie Reynolds
  2. Love Letters in the Sand, Pat Boone
  3. It's Not for Me to Say, Johnny Mathis
  4. Young Love,Tab Hunter
  5. Chances Are, Johnny Mathis
  6. Little Darlin, The Diamonds
  7. Bye Bye Love, Everly Brothers
  8. All Shook Up, Elvis Presley
  9. So Rare, Jimmy Dorsey
  10. Round and Round, Perry Como

1958


  1. Volare, Domenico Modugno
  2. It's All in the Game, Tommy Edwards
  3. Patricia, Perez Prado
  4. All I Have to Do is Dream, Everly Brothers
  5. Bird Dog, Everly Brothers
  6. Little Star, The Elegants
  7. Witch Doctor, David Seville ("Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang")
  8. Twilight Time, The Platters
  9. Tequilla, The Champs
  10. At the Hop, Danny and the Juniors

1959


  1. Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin
  2. Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton
  3. Venus, Frankie Avalon
  4. Lonely Boy, Paul Anka
  5. There Goes My Baby, The Drifters
  6. Personality, Lloyd Price
  7. Three Bells, The Browns
  8. Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Paul Anka
  9. Sleep Walk, Santo and Johnny
  10. Come Softly to Me, The Fleetwoods



The Davy Crockett Phenomenon

AND, just in case you were not around in 1955, here is the scoop on "Davy Crockett" --- I was 11 then and believe me, the following is DEFINITELY true:

  • ABC-TV's first episode of Disney's Davy Crockett trilogy debuted on Dec. 15, 1954.
  • By the time the second episode, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress, was broadcast on Jan. 26, 1955, the country was in a Crockett frenzy.
  • The last episode, Davy Crockett at the Alamo, was shown a month later and kids nationwide were sleeping in Crockett pajamas and singing The Ballad of Davy Crockett on every playground, mourning the death of Davy at the hands of the evil General Santa Ana.

Crockett's trademark coonskin cap (which looked pretty much like a raccoon sleeping atop the wearer's head) became a fad among preadolescent fans and ironic teenagers alike. All told, more than $100 million worth of Davy Crockett material was sold within just a few months of the Disney show's premiere. Even the U.S. government caught Crockett fever: In the early 1960s, the army produced a lightweight cannon that fired small nuclear warheads, named the "Davy Crockett"

Heroic Portrait of Davy Crockett    Fess Parker as Davy Crockett    Child wearing a Davy Crockett Coonskin Cap

Davy Crockett and Legacy
Left: Heroic Portrait of Crockett
Middle: Fess Parker as Davy Crockett in the 1954-1955 Disney TV Show
Right: a Child of the 1950s suitably attired in Crockett regalia
If you are reading this in 2050, this dorky kid could have been your great-grandfather..
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Recordings of the show's theme song, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, sold seven million copies in the first six months of 1955. In case you're interested, the immortal words are:

Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free,
Raised in the woods so he knew every tree,
Kilt him a b'ar when he was only 3.
Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier!


Through the magic of the internet, you can watch Fess Parker sing this memorable ode:



Throughout the decades of the 20th Century, Fess Parker, then John Wayne gave us a steady, unwavering Davy Crockett, champion of Freedom and Right. Attributed to Davy, Wayne's immortal words in the 1960 film The Alamo were the byword of a generation that had grown up to hate the Commie Menace:

"... Republic. I like that word. Means that people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat ..."

In fact, once again through the magic of the internet, you can hear John Wayne actually speak those momentous words.

While John is talking however, you might want to mull this over: General Santa Ana was "visiting" because the American settlers in Texas brought their SLAVES with them. Slavery was illegal under the Mexican constitution. The principal issue between the "Texicans" and the "Mexicans" was slavery, plain and simple. Only certain people could "live free" or "go free."

As a child of the 1950s, I have come to realize that many of my idols had feet of clay. Elvis met his match with carbohydrates, JFK was really a womanizing airhead, Charles Van Doren was a fake, George McGovern was a bad trip, Alger Hiss was really a Commie spy. It came as no surprise when Billy Bob Thornton offered an alternate version of Davy Crockett as a sorely muddled loser in the 2004 version of The Alamo.

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