Tag Archives: decca

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

20. “CARA MIA” – DAVID WHITFIELD

Weeks at number one: 10 (2nd July – 10th September 1954) / Length: 3m08s / Label: Decca Notable for…selling over a million copies worldwide(!) MELODY & HARMONY ~ 5 : What you would expect from this type of song is a kind of enjoyment that I would label ‘beauty’. You would want this song to […]

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, […]

11. “THE SONG FROM THE MOULIN ROUGE” – MANTOVANI

Weeks at number one: 1 (26th June – 3rd July 1953) / Length: 2m33s / Label: Decca Notable for… being the first instrumental number one MELODY & HARMONY ~ 3 : It’s no more musically interesting than any of the previous songs, and they had words. I’m not saying instrumentals are crap, I can think […]