Tag Archives: british

40. “CHRISTMAS ALPHABET” – DICKIE VALENTINE

Weeks at number one: 3 (16th December 1955 – 20 January 1956…..and if this looks like more than three weeks….it is…..the Whole Record Industry took time off at christmas, the slackers) / Length: 2m07s / Label: Decca Notable for…being the first proper christmassy number one MELODY & HARMONY ~ 3 : Dickie began the year […]

37. “THE MAN FROM LARAMIE” – JIMMY YOUNG

Weeks at number one: 4 (14th October – 11th November 1955) / Length: 2m21s / Label: Decca Notable for…Jimmy Young was the first act to score number one hits with their first two singles. His third and last single reached no.3, so a pretty great chart record. MELODY & HARMONY ~ 4 : What I […]

35. “DREAMBOAT” – ALMA COGAN

Weeks at number one: 2 (15th – 29th July 1955) / Length: 1m48s / Label:HMV Notable for…being the shortest number one so far. Youngest act so far also (23). MELODY & HARMONY ~ 5 : I’m back at Uni now. You can’t expect me to write as much. That’s just a warning. I’ll also be […]

34. “UNCHAINED MELODY” – JIMMY YOUNG

Weeks at number one: 3 (24th June – 15th July 1955) / Length: 2m40s / Label: Decca Notable for…I’m pretty sure this song has the record for being number one’d by the most different acts…I think that The Righteous Brothers, Robson & Jerome and Gareth Gates have made a top-hit of it…should have looked it […]

33. “CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE” – EDDIE CALVERT

Weeks at number one: 4 (27th May – 24th June 1955) / Length: 2m24s / Label: Columbia Notable for…The previous version of these hit was a Cuban band doing a song written by a Frenchman soundtracking an American film), so here’s Englishman Eddie Calvert to mustard it right up… MELODY & HARMONY ~ 4 : […]

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 […]

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 […]

17. “I SEE THE MOON” – THE STARGAZERS

Weeks at number one: 6 (12th March – 16th April 1954) / Length: 2m40s / Label: Decca Notable for…being the first absolutely proper bona fide “novelty” number one MELODY & HARMONY ~ 3 : Bears a passing resemblance to ‘Here comes the bride’, by Wedding WORDS ~ 3 : A strong image of the moon […]

16. “OH MEIN PAPA” – EDDIE CALVERT

Weeks at number one: 9 (8th January – 12th March 1954) / Length: 2m49s / Label: Columbia Notable for… being the first no.1 recorded at Abbey Road…and also being the soundtrack to this adorably self-absorbed video: MELODY & HARMONY ~ 2 : two chords, five notes, zero enjoyment. The way skilled songwriters write such panderingly […]

14. “ANSWER ME” – DAVID WHITFIELD

Weeks at number one: 2 (6th – 13th November & 1th – 18th December 1953) / Length: 2m36s / Label: Decca Notable for…being the first song to share the number one spot…..but with what song???? find out tomorrow……only at AABABCB.WORDPRESS.COM (or many other websites) MELODY & HARMONY ~ 4 : A kind of waltz-ish melody, […]