Tag Archives: solo female

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]

8. “(HOW MUCH IS) THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW” – LITA ROZA

Weeks at number one: 1 (17th – 24th April 1953) / Length: 2m16s / Label: C Notable for… First bracketed title to hit number one!! Also first British female. MELODY & HARMONY ~ 5 : An ice-cream van’s dream…major-key three-chord chintz, with a melody made of china dolls and little girls air-biscuits WORDS ~ 2 […]

3. “COMES A-LONG A-LOVE” – KAY STARR

Weeks at number one: 1 (23rd – 30th January 1953) / Length: 2m123s / Label: Capital Notable for… being the first number one with any kind of backbeat. and the 3rd number one ever!! MELODY & HARMONY ~ 2 : Tries to disguise the lack of chordal goings-on through vocal wranglings – eg the way […]