Tag Archives: american

39. “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK” – BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS

Weeks at number one: 5 (25th November – 16th December 1955) / Length: 2m12s / Label: Decca Notable for…being the most important(?) song so far, probably…the most influential, is what i mean really MELODY & HARMONY ~ 6 : Having spent the last three years (in blog time) waiting for something exciting, here it is: […]

38. “HERNANDO’S HIDEAWAY” – THE JOHNSTON BROTHERS

Weeks at number one: 2 (11th – 25th November 1955) / Length: 2m35s / Label: Decca Notable for… the only number one with the name Hernando.  haven’t looked that up MELODY & HARMONY ~ 6 : Originally written for ‘The Pajama Game’, a beautifully titled 1954 musical. This is not an original cast recording: This […]

36. “ROSE MARIE” – SLIM WHITMAN

Weeks at number one: 11(!) (29th July – 14th October) / Length: 2m16s, but that’s just an estimate, because there seem to be an infinite amount of recordings of this song, and I haven’t been able to confirm for sure which one is the chart-topping one / Label: London Notable for…being number one for pretty […]

32. “STRANGER IN PARADISE” – TONY BENNETT

Weeks at number one: 2 (13th – 27th May 1955) / Length: 3m05s / Label: Philips Notable for…being the first song I’ve reviewed partly whilst watching Grand Designs. I don’t watch it that often. It’s not a bad programme by any means, but I’m just trying to watch less TV generally. MELODY & HARMONY ~ […]

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 & […]

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 […]

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), […]

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, […]