Category Archives: 1951

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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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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Tony Bennett – Cold, Cold Heart

First Hit #1: November 3, 1951 Yesterday, I was kind to Tony Bennett, as he did the teen idol thing and made the ladies swoon. With Cold, Cold Heart, we must be mean to Tony Bennett, as he proves himself … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett – Because of You

First Hit #1: September 8, 1951 It’s always interesting when you contrast the way you know an artist with how they must have been when they first made a name for themselves. In 2011, Tony Bennett is grandma’s secret celebrity … Continue reading

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Rosemary Clooney – Come On-a My House

First Hit #1: July 28, 1951 I hate songs where the singer is trying too hard to sing in an accent. That much is probably obvious from previous entries, so I won’t belabor the point, but one thing interesting is … Continue reading

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Nat King Cole – Too Young

First hit #1: June 23, 1951 I’m going to surprise and say negative things about a song by Nat King Cole. It’s difficult, since I do like the song in question, Too Young, and he naturally puts in a spectacular … Continue reading

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