Tag Archives: 50s

30. “GIVE ME YOUR WORD” – TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD

Weeks at number one: 7 (11th March – 29th April 1955) / Length: 3m10s / Label: Capitol Notable for…first number one by someone born in Bristol. No, not that one, this one. (Fact: there is a Bristol, TN and a Bristol, VA, and they’re right next to each other! How weird is that?) MELODY & […]

29. “SOFTLY, SOFTLY” – RUBY MURRAY

Weeks at number one: 3 (18th February – 11th March) / Length: 2m28s / Label: Columbia Notable for…being in that select group of stars possibly more famous for their impact on Cockney dialect than their recording career (see also: Eartha Kitt, James Blunt) plus cos I’m posting this a day late, have a bonus rendition […]

28. “MAMBO ITALIANO” – ROSEMARY CLOONEY

Weeks at number one: 3 (14th – 21st January, 4th – 18th February 1955) / Length: 2m33s / Label: Philips Notable for…being banned from ABC’s media outlets for having lyrics “void of good taste”….I don’t blame them MELODY & HARMONY ~ 2 : “Bob actually wrote it on deadline, scribbled hastily on a paper napkin […]

27. “FINGER OF SUSPICION” – DICKIE VALENTINE

Weeks at number one: 3 (7th – 14th January & 21st January – 4th February…. knocked off the top both times by the same song…… find out which tomorrow!!!) / Length: 2m51s / Label: Decca Notable for…being the soundtrack to a vague 9/11 conspiracy video!: MELODY & HARMONY ~ 7 : Shares the kind of […]

YEAR END: 1954

Songs: 11 Average song length: 2m51s Average total score: 40.27 (down 0.8 from last year) Best song: Undeniably this: “Secret Love” – Doris Day (65/100). Spotify here, lyrics here, or buy it: CD or mp3 Worst song: “I See The Moon” – The Stargazers (19/100). Spotify here, lyrics here, or buy it: CD or mp3 […]

26. “LET’S HAVE ANOTHER PARTY” – WINIFRED ATWELL

Weeks at number one: 5 (3rd December 1954 – 6th January 1955) / Length: 2m47s (roughly….it’s a two-parter, totalling over five minutes, but i’m only counting the first half (i.e. the A Side), which is FAST, whereas the second half is SLOW, and less suitable for a party) / Label: Philips Notable for…first black number-oner! […]

25. “THIS OLE HOUSE” – ROSEMARY CLOONEY

Weeks at number one: 1 (26th November – 3rd December 1954) / Length: 2m22s / Label: Philips Notable for…first number one to later be number one for a different person…. MELODY & HARMONY ~ 5 : Vigourous is the word I’d use – it reminds me of old scout songs (i was not in scouts), […]

24. “MY SON MY SON” – VERA LYNN

Weeks at number one: 2 (5th – 19th November 1954) / Length: 2m40s / Label: Decca Notable for…oldest female number-oner so far (haven’t checked that) MELODY & HARMONY ~ 2 : Nothing to write home from the war about. the “my son my son” bit reminds me of that famous song where Homer eats crisps […]

23. “HOLD MY HAND” – DON CORNELL

Weeks at number one: 5 (8th October – 5th November, 19th – 26th November 1954) / Length: 2m48s / Label: Coral Notable for…featuring in (and being Oscar nominated for) ‘Susan Slept Here’, which if this clip is anything to go by, is an incredible film that I would like to watch very soon: MELODY & […]

22. “THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN” – FRANK SINATRA

Weeks at number one: 3 (17th September – 8th October) / Length: 3m04s / Label: Columbia Notable for…its Frank Sinatra!: “the Man With The Blue Eyes Who Sings” (often famously abbreviated to “the MWTBEWS”, pronounced “mewtybews”) MELODY & HARMONY ~ 3 : Really strangely bad: Stands dawdling mawkishly in the foyer of the Emotional Hotel, […]