Category Archives: 1953

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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Tony Bennett – Rags to Riches

First Hit #1: November 21, 1953 Grandma’s favorite secret crush is back with Rags to Riches, a song which probably fits his early personality best of anything he’s done so far. That’s not because Bennett is remotely believable as someone … Continue reading

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Stan Freberg – St. George and the Dragonet

First Hit #1: October 10, 1953 This is absolutely ridiculous. It’s a comedy record, a parody of Dragnet except with a knight – no less than St. George – investigating a dragon that’s devouring maidens “out of season”. Freberg plays … Continue reading

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Les Paul and Mary Ford – Vaya Con Dios

First Hit #1: August 8, 1953 Last time Les Paul and his lovely wife Mary Ford appeared on this project, I made note of how innovative their song was, pushing the envelope with a unique, proto-rock guitar sound and interestingly … Continue reading

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Eddie Fisher – I’m Walking Behind You

First Hit #1: July 25, 1953 Another entry in the “creepy stalker” sub-genre of pop music, here we have Eddie Fisher with “I’m Walking Behind You”. I’m not sure the sentiment was meant to be quite so stalker-y, but this … Continue reading

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Percy Faith – The Song from Moulin Rouge

First Hit #1: May 16, 1953 I love soundtracks sometimes. Not because of a particular musical style, but because you can get titles like “The Song from Moulin Rouge”, which is one of those titles that is pretty well perfect … Continue reading

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Patti Page – That Doggie in the Window

First Hit #1: March 21, 1953 Patti Page is best known around these parts for some sad songs about lost love, so it might come as a small surprise that she comes back with a novelty tune. That Doggie in … Continue reading

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