The Way We Were : October, 1947. compiled by JCMarion


The Bing Crosby radio program moves to the process of tape recording as the advances in technology improve in the broadcasting industry allowing better fidelity than that in disc transcription. . . . . . . Fred Robbins show "One Night Stand" is broadcast at midnight and features Nellie Lutcher, Red Buttons, and Joe Bushkin. . . . . . .Late night stalwart Barry Gray leaves WOR radio. . . . . A national poll of radio disc jockeys lists the top records during the month :

27 - Don't Play Number Six - Frances Langford (Mercury)

26 - Kate - The Starlighters(Mercury) & And Mimi - Frankie Carle(Columbia)

25 - Body And Soul - Bob Eberle(Decca) & Zu Bi - Victor Lombardo(Majestic)

24 - The Echo said N0 - Sammy Kaye(RCA) & As Years Go By - Tony Martin(RCA)

23 - Apple Blossom Time / Kate - Eddie Howard(Majestic)

22 - On The Avenue - Andrews Sisters(Decca) & Tallahassie - Bing Crosby(Decca)

21 - Whiffenpoof Song - Bing Crosby(Decca) & Hurry On Down - Nellie Lutcher(Capitol) & Kiss Me Again - Frankie Laine(Mercury)

20 - Kate - Alan Dale(Signature) & You Do - Vic Damone(Mercury) & When A Fellow Needs A Girl - Perry Como(RCA) & That's What A Heart's For - Artie Wayne(Majestic) 7 Ain't 'Cha Ever - Johnny Johnston(MGM)

19 - Stop Your Knocking - Johnny Richards(UA)

18 - Paradise - Johnny Long(Signature) & The Lady From 29 Palms - Tony Pastor(Columbia) & Civilization - Louis Prima(RCA) & Sincerely Yours - Freddy Stewart(Capitol)

17 - Kate - Tommy Dorsey(RCA) & Feudin' And Fightin' - Dorothy Shay(Columbia) & All My Love - Dinah Shore(Columbia)

16 - I Wish I Didn't - Vaughn Monroe(RCA) 7 Feudin And Fightin' - Jo Stafford(Capitol)

15 - Black And Blue - Frankie laine(Mercury)

14 - Sugar Blues - Johnny Mercer(Capitol) & Those Durn Fool Things - Red Ingle(Capitol)

13 - I Wish I Didn't Love You - Betty Hutton(Capitol) & The Lady From 29 Palms - Freddy Martin(RCA)

12 - How Soon - Jack Owens(Tower)

11 - Near You - AndrewsSisters(Decca)

10 - Aint 'Cha Ever - Frank Sinatra(Columbia)

9 - I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now - Perry Como(RCA)

8 - Real Gone Guy - Nellie Lutcher(Capitol) & You Do - Margaret Whiting(Capitol)

7 - I Have But One Heart - Vic Damone(Mercury)

6 - Smoke Smoke Smoke - Tex Williams(Capitol)

5 - Wish I Didn't Love You So - Dinah Shore(Columbia)

4 - When You Were Sweet Sixteen - Perry Como(RCA)

3 - That's My Desire - Frankie Laine(Mercury)

2 - Peg 'O My Heart - Harmonicats(Vitacoustics)

1 - Near You - Francis Craig Orch. voc-Bob Lamm(Bullet)

Some of the most promising records recently released are - Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe(RCA) & Jimmy Dorsey(MGM) . . . . .My Gal Sal / I Love You - Harmonicats(Universal) . . . . . . Lazy Countryside / That's All I Want To Know - Dinah Shore(Columbia)

April Showers recorded by Al Jolson, and riding the great popularity of the motion picture "The Al Jolson Story" goes over the one million mark in sales for Decca Records. . . . . . Monica Lewis leaves Signature Records and signs a two year contract with Decca Records . . . . . Oscar Moore quits the King Cole Trio . . . . . . .Buddy Morrow breaks up his band. . . . . . . .The CBS radio network replaces the zany quiz show "It Pays To Be Ignorant" with a musical variety program to star Harry James & his orchestra with Dinah Shore and Art Lund. . . . . . .The Club 15 show sponsored by Campbell's Soups and starring Bob Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, and Jerry Gray's orchestra begins its 7:30 pm slot Mon-Wed-Fri on CBS. . . . . . . .Martin Block and LA station KFWB call it quits after only four months . . . . . . .Connie Haynes signs with Signature Records . . . . . . . .

The best bets in new records for October 8 are :

Too Fat Polka / For Me And My Gal - Arthur Godfrey and Archie Bleyer's orch(Columbia)

And Mimi / Jealous - Art Lund(MGM)

Kate / On The Avenue - Eddy Howard(Majestic)

The song The Gentleman Is A Dope from the stage show "Allegro" is newly recorded by Mindy carson(Associated). Jo Stafford(Capitol), Dinah Shore(Columbia), and Beryl Davis(RCA) . . . . . . Famous sports announcer for the NY Yankees Mel Allen does a turn as a d.j. on WINS in New York . . . . . .Francis Craig and his orchestra with blind vocalist and trumpeter Bob Lamm a big draw due to records of Near You and Beg Your Pardon.

Best bets for new records released the week of October 15 are :

Serenade Of The Bells - Sammy Kaye(RCA)

Golden Earings / So Far - Harry Prime w/ Jack Fina's orch(MGM)

I Understand / I Still Get Jealous (from High Button Shoes) - Gordon MacRae(Capitol)

Red Wing / The Whistler - Sam Donohue(Capitol)

A new Capitol recording by a group called Ten Cats & A Mouse features Peggy Lee on drums and records the jazz standard Ja-Da. . . . .At the New York Paramount is the Charlie Spivak Orchestra and singer Mel Torme . . . . . . The song Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo) enters the top ten by way of recordings by Louis Prima(RCA) and Jack Smith(Capitol) . . . . . . . . Snatch And Grab It - Julia Lee(Capitol), I Miss You So - Cats & The Fiddle(RCA), and Lazy Countryside by Dinah Shore(Columbia) and Margaret Whiting(Capitol) are the pick hits of the week. . . . . . . . . .London Records makes the decision to sell their records directly in the United States. Appearing on the label are Beryl Davis, Ann Shelton, Ambrose, Denny Dennis, Vers Lynn, Cammoratta, and Gracie Fields. . . . . . .. The Bing Crosby "Merry Christmas" album is over the one million mark in sakes as it is readied for re-release. . . . . . . . One Night Stand at Town hall features Nellie Lutcher and the band of Herbie Fields

The pick hits of the week for late October are -

Save The Bones For Henry Jones - Johnny Mercer and Nat Cole(Capitol)

Dont You Love Me Anymore - Freddy Martin(RCA) & Buddy Clark(Columbia)

Nagasaki - Benny Goodman Sextet(Capitol)

Golden Earings - Peggy Lee(Capitol)

Home Is Where The Heart Is - Hal Derwin(Capitol)

Sippin' Cider By The Zuyder Zee / The Old Ferris Wheel - Larry Green(RCA)

The seasonal song "Winter Wonderland" is recorded by : Guy Lombardo with The Andrews Sisters(Decca), Perry Como(RCA), Sammy Kaye(Columbia), Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers(Capitol) and Johnny Long(Signature).

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