Monthly Archives: March 2011

Perry Como – Some Enchanted Evening

First Hit #1: July 30, 1949 I hate this song. I probably hate South Pacific, the musical it comes from, but I haven’t seen it. Regardless, I hate the song for the same reason I hate Kiss Alive and I … Continue reading

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Vaughn Monroe – Ghost Riders in the Sky

First Hit #1: May 14, 1949 If there’s one thing that this project has done, it’s made me a fan of Vaughn Monroe. My old complaint about him is that his voice sounds like he’s, well, doing a voice. It’s … Continue reading

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Russ Morgan – Cruising Down the River

First Hit #1: March 12, 1949 A much more credible version of Cruising Down the River comes courtesy of Russ Morgan, who recognizes the need for a bit of precision and limits the vocals to two people – Russ and … Continue reading

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Blue Barron – Cruising Down the River

First Hit #1: March 12, 1949 Drinking songs are can be best described as songs which sound just as good if sung in a large group by exclusively drunk people. I mention this because Blue Barron’s rendition of Cruising Down … Continue reading

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Evelyn Knight – A Little Bird Told Me

First Hit #1: January 29, 1949 Now I won’t try to pry behind the obsession with novelty songs at the end of the ’40s, though it is a bizarre trend. It’s also a trend that is extremely aggravating to a … Continue reading

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Spike Jones – All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth

First hit #1: January 8, 1949 Before now, I had only ever heard this song performed by young children, generally kindergarten age. They are, of course, the only people who should be allowed to sing the song, as they’re missing … Continue reading

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Dinah Shore – Buttons and Bows

First Hit #1: November 26, 1948 1948 gets back on form, with something stupid that fits the rest of the year, where everything was silly and kind of awful. Buttons and Bows is a silly quasi-western sounding song sung by … Continue reading

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