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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 ~ […]

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 […]

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), […]

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” […]

18. “SECRET LOVE” – DORIS DAY

Weeks at number one: 9 (16th – 30th April, 7th May – 2nd July 1954) / Length: 3m40s / Label: Philips Notable for…being the first number one by a SUPER FAMOUS person (I think that’s fair), and being the longest number one yet [this video is the song in context (in the film its from), […]

13. “HEY JOE” – FRANKIE LAINE

Weeks at number one: 2 (23rd October – 6th November 1953) / Length: 2m21s / Label: Philips Notable for…being the most morally bankrupt song so far in a year already bursting with them… MELODY & HARMONY ~ 1 : A drearily restricted range, pneumatically repetitive phrasing. WORDS ~ 1 : This is the premise: Frankie […]

9. “I BELIEVE” – FRANKIE LAINE

Weeks at number one: 18! (24th April – 26th June, 3rd July – 14th August, 21st August – 11th September 1953) / Length: 2m07s / Label: Columbia Notable for… spending the most weeks at number one of any song ever (18 weeks over three stretches, pretty much the whole summer of ’53)….also the only song […]