Category Archives: 1950

Eileen Barton – If I Knew You Were Coming (I’d Have Baked a Cake)

First Hit #1: April 15, 1950 It should be no surprise that this song was eventually covered by Sesame Street. This is kid’s music. I suppose I should explain for people who aren’t familiar with kid’s music. While kid’s music … Continue reading

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Teresa Brewer – Music! Music! Music!

First Hit #1: March 18, 1950 This sounds old. I say that 61 years after the song was a hit, so it would be a given that the song sounds old, but I mean that in context of the time. … Continue reading

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Red Foley – The Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

First Hit #1: February 18, 1950 There are some things that don’t translate very well to record. Performed live, I’m assuming that Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy had a pretty amusing visual component. The percussion in the song seems to be … Continue reading

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Ames Brothers – Rag Mop

First Hit #1: February 11, 1950 As I type this, one song that has attracted a lot of attention is Rebecca Black’s Friday, which should probably give you some idea of how far ahead these things are written. It’s a … Continue reading

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Andrew Sisters – I Can Dream, Can’t I?

First hit #1: January 14, 1950 I’m not exactly a fan of the Andrews Sisters, I’ll admit. It’d be wrong to say they had poor instincts – they sold a lot of records – but they often picked songs I … Continue reading

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Gene Autry – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

First Hit #1: January 7, 1950. Here we go, new decade, it’s time for excitement, changes, a musical revolution. Or, in this case, a popular Christmas song, which is faintly amusing to listen to as the snow finally melts and … Continue reading

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