Tag Archives: love

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 […]

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 […]

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 ~ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

21. “LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT” – KITTY KALLEN

Weeks at number one: 1 (10th – 17th September 1954) / Length: 3m03s / Label: Brunswick Notable for…being the bassiest no.1 yet…and the first real one-hit wonder MELODY & HARMONY ~ 6 : The kind of melody where once you’ve heard the first note of the line, you could guess pretty well how the rest […]

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 […]

19. “SUCH A NIGHT” – JOHNNIE RAY

Weeks at number one: 1 (30th April – 6th May) / Length: 2m16s / Label: Philips Notable for…being the closest thing to rock’n’roll so far….but still quite far away MELODY & HARMONY ~ 3 : To say that ‘Such A Night’ is musically unadventurous would be kind, but its saving grace is the ever-present “ba-do-ba-do-ba” […]