Category Archives: 1952

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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Jimmy Boyd – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

First Hit #1: December 27, 1952 For years I thought this song was sung by a girl. In fact, if it wasn’t for the name Jimmy Boyd staring me in the face, I’d still think it was a little girl. … Continue reading

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Joni James – Why don’t you believe me?

First Hit #1: November 29, 1952 Am I crazy, or are there a lot of “why don’t you love me?” songs lately? The description is self explanatory, the singer goes on about how much they love the subject, says they’ll … Continue reading

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Johnny Standley – It’s in the Book

First Hit #1: November 22, 1952 Currently, if you look at the songs at the very top of the chart, you’ll notice certain themes emerging. That theme is “poppy dance music by people with silly haircuts.” There’s nothing wrong with … Continue reading

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Patti Page – I Went to your Wedding

First Hit #1: October 18, 1952 Which isn’t to say that women can’t get a little pathetic as well, of course. Patti Page, in what seems to be a sequel to the great Tennessee Waltz, is a woman who can’t … Continue reading

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Jo Stafford – You Belong to Me

First Hit #1: September 13, 1952 There’s something vaguely menacing about You Belong to Me. While Stafford sings about the places her lover will go – and he sounds like quite the world traveler – everything is undercut with “Remember, … Continue reading

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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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