Monthly Archives: December 2010

Freddy Martin – Piano Concerto in B-Flat

First hit #1: October 4, 1941 If there’s a second theme to 1941, it’s unexpectedly jazzy covers. Take, for instance, Freddy Martin’s attempt to jazz up Tchaikovsky. It’s not as dramatic a transformation as Glenn Miller’s Volga Boatmen, but it … Continue reading

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Jimmy Dorsey – Blue Champange

First hit #1: September 27, 1941 See what I mean about 1941 being the year of Jimmy Dorsey? Well I haven’t really been overly kind to the man – except for the brilliant My Sister and I – mostly because … Continue reading

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Jimmy Dorsey – Green Eyes

First hit #1: August 30, 1941 Remember Anapola? Well, here’s the same rough idea. Bob Eberly sings a ballad, the pace kicks up to show off the band, Helen O’Connell brings it home in the fun half. I actually like … Continue reading

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Sammy Kaye – Daddy

First hit #1: June 21, 1941 Well, here’s something slightly different, several people singing at once! It’s also a confirmation that the subjects of hits don’t really change very much, even in 70 years. Just like Cee-Lo Green’s F*** You … Continue reading

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Jimmy Dorsey – Maria Elena

First hit #1: June 14, 1941 If there’s one complaint that is common throughout music history, it’s how songs that hit #1 tend to be pretty similar and blend together. For example, Maria Elena, which took the #1 spot from … Continue reading

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Jimmy Dorsey – My Sister and I

First hit #1: June 7, 1941 It’s funny, I haven’t had to mention the historical context of the 1940s yet. In spite of the world being at war, there haven’t been war related hits showing up. Perhaps it’s because the … Continue reading

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Jimmy Dorsey – Amapola (My Pretty Little Poppy)

First hit #1: March 29, 1941 Looking ahead, 1941 was the year of Jimmy Dorsey, at least as far as the charts were concerned. He had five songs hit #1, with this being the first, and the one which had … Continue reading

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