Category Archives: 1950

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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Patti Page – The Tennessee Waltz

First Hit #1: December 30, 1950 Let’s take an opportunity to reflect on my upbringing and the development of my musical taste. Lots of people who are interested in music, and who surround themselves with it, often speak of coming … Continue reading

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Phil Harris – The Thing

First hit #1: December 2, 1950 Ninety percent of the time I hate novelty songs. The Thing is a novelty song. Yeah you can see where this is going. The Thing is the story about a man who finds an … Continue reading

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Sammy Kaye – Harbor Lights

First Hit #1: November 18, 1950 What did I say about Sammy Kaye? I said he’s the most gloriously inconsistent and unpredictable major artist in the early years of the charts, is what I said. Did I see him putting … Continue reading

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Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers – Goodnight, Irene

First hit #1: August 19, 1950 The more things change, the more things stay the same. If I said a song was criticized for being a sanitized version of a more underground track, you wouldn’t even manage to ascertain what … Continue reading

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Nat King Cole – Mona Lisa

First Hit #1: June 15, 1950 One of the problems with Nat King Cole is that he could easily sing the phone book and reduce an audience to tears. Great, in that it means when you hear him sing it’s … Continue reading

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Anton Karas – The Third Man Theme

First Hit #1: April 29, 1950 If there’s one movie I really do need to see, it’s the Third Man. I’ve only seen stills of it, and I’m deliberately avoiding story information until I can see it, but I was … Continue reading

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