Monthly Archives: January 2011

Glen Gray – My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)

First hit #1: January 29, 1944 This was genuinely hard to find. Was it worth it? It actually is, yeah. The instrumental backing is so standard it seems to be almost a template: No alarms and no surprises in that … Continue reading

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Mills Brothers – Paper Doll

First Hit #1: November 6, 1943 Paper Doll, as you might expect from the purposes of this project, was a huge hit. It was at number one for 12 weeks, revived the career of the Mills Brothers, and has been … Continue reading

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Al Dexter – Pistol Packin’ Mama

First Hit #1: October 30, 1943 Pistol Packin’ Mama could form the basis for a sober Lifetime movie about a caring, but alcoholic man whose jealous, psychopathic wife constantly abuses him. However, Al Dexter presents it as a tale from … Continue reading

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Bing Crosby – Sunday, Monday or Always

First hit #1: September 11, 1943 Interestingly, this song was recorded in the middle of a musician’s strike. As a result, the backing is entirely vocal, which leads to a different musical texture than most of the popular music of … Continue reading

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Tommy Dorsey (feat. Frank Sinatra) – In the Blue of Evening

First hit #1: August 21, 1943 It’s interesting to see how fickle fame is. Judging by his hits, back in the 1940s Tommy Dorsey was a famous fellow. He had one of the biggest bands of the swing era, he … Continue reading

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Dick Haymes – You’ll Never Know

First Hit #1: July 24, 1943 Either I’m inept or this song is completely unavailable on Youtube. It reached the top of the charts for four weeks, and yet, I can’t find it on that popular video streaming site. The … Continue reading

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Song Spinners – Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer

First hit #1: July 3, 1943 This is, without question, the peppiest song about blowing crap up that’s ever been recorded. While I might like to point out that the actual world events of 1943 don’t necessarily relate to the … Continue reading

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