Category Archives: 1954

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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The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman

First Hit #1: December 4, 1954 If there’s one song that has come to be audio shorthand for the 1950s, it’s Mr. Sandman. It does the thing that all decade defining tracks do, it starts a distinct and different sound … Continue reading

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Eddie Fisher – I Need You Now

First Hit #1: November 13, 1954 It’s my birthday today. Hooray for me! So maybe I’m using the opportunity to be lazy, but I can’t think of anything interesting to say about I Need You Now. It’s a well sung … Continue reading

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Rosemary Clooney – This Ole House

First Hit #1: November 6, 1954 Let it be known that Rosemary Clooney wasn’t one to be constrained by boring things like genre. Here, she takes on a jaunty little country dance song, about an old house that was once … Continue reading

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Rosemary Clooney – Hey There

First Hit #1: September 25, 1954 Is 1954 the best year in pop music yet? Certainly we’ve had some pretty strong tracks, it’s been all solid since Make Love to Me and we’re seeing some pretty interesting songs. Now we’ve … Continue reading

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The Crew Cuts – Sh-Boom

First Hit #1: August 7, 1954 If anything, the name of this song gives it a bit of a disservice. Sh-Boom is certainly a noise made a lot in the song, an early example of doo-wop. Calling attention to it … Continue reading

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Kitty Kallen – Little Things Mean a Lot

First Hit #1: June 5, 1954 Here’s something about how to be in a successful relationship, perhaps all of the other songs could have learned a lesson from it. Kitty Kallen’s relationship advice is something that remains pretty relevant years … Continue reading

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