Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vera Lynn – Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart

First Hit #1: July 12, 1952 There’s something somewhat out of time about Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart. A song about singing goodbye to a German lover is the kind of thing that is distinctly WWII in context. While immediately post war … Continue reading

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Percy Faith – Delicado

First Hit #1: July 5, 1952 If Delicado is one thing, it’s a passionate song. An instrumental, it does what an instrumental needs to do, which is convey a mood and possibly even a story without the benefit of lyrics … Continue reading

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Al Martino – Here in my Heart

First Hit #1: June 21, 1952 At this point – with this song – the UK has had its first number 1 single. In America, this song was at the top of the chart for two weeks. In the UK, … Continue reading

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Leroy Anderson – Blue Tango

First Hit #1: May 17, 1952 If there’s one thing I miss about the charts of the ’40s and ’50s that the charts of today no longer replicate is the unpredictability. Sure, I’ve complained more than once about the songs … Continue reading

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Kay Starr – Wheel of Fortune

First Hit #1: March 15, 1952 Here’s a song that refuses to fade into the background. The lyrics aren’t much to talk about – love song via tortured metaphor, pretty standard pop trick – but both Kay Starr’s vocals and … Continue reading

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Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads – Cry

First Hit #1: December 29, 1951 Johnnie Ray puts EMPHASIS on different WORDS in a fairly strange MANNER. Usually at the end of a THOUGHT he will push out the last WORD, which doesn’t quite work with his RANGE. At … Continue reading

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Eddy Howard – It’s No Sin

First Hit #1: December 15, 1951 There’s something oddly unsettling about this track. Not the music itself, which is your typical nice slow dance, but the lyrics. The constant assurance that loving the woman of the song it’s not a … Continue reading

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