Category Archives: 1940s

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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The hits of the 1940s, a retrospective.

And so, we’ve hit the end of the 1940s. It was an era of turbulence, war, and big band music. Pop music and world events overlapped in unexpected ways, reflecting the stresses and joys of the time. Music slowly began … Continue reading

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Frankie Laine – Mule Train

First Hit #1: November 26, 1949 Now we close out the 1940s, with a song that’s incredibly cheesy and dated. How appropriate. Mule Train is about mail delivery. It’s got whip cracking and shouting like a Canyonero ad, though it’s … Continue reading

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Frankie Laine – That Lucky Old Sun

First Hit #1: October 1, 1949 The first time I heard this song it was sung by Johnny Cash, recorded in 2000. That version I was quite fond of, much more so than this one. The reason I liked it … Continue reading

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Vic Damone – You’re Breaking My Heart

First Hit #1, September 3, 1949 It’s April 1, but since I hate the whole April Fools phenomenon, I’m just going to move right on to Vic Damone, and his broken heart. This is an odd piece, since it’s kind … Continue reading

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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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