Tag Archives: solo male

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 […]

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 […]

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 : […]

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 ~ […]

30. “GIVE ME YOUR WORD” – TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD

Weeks at number one: 7 (11th March – 29th April 1955) / Length: 3m10s / Label: Capitol Notable for…first number one by someone born in Bristol. No, not that one, this one. (Fact: there is a Bristol, TN and a Bristol, VA, and they’re right next to each other! How weird is that?) MELODY & […]

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, […]