The Way We Were : December 1947 ©1999 written & compiled by JCMarion


Beryl Davis is named to replace Doris Day on Your Hit Parade . . . . "Near You" by Francis Craig on the Bullet label is well over the one million mark in sales . . . . .the number one record on the nation's juke boxes is "Ballerina" by Vaughn Monroe . . . .the best seller for sheet music is "Near You" while in England it is "Now Is The Hour" . . . . . two best bets of the first week in December are "With Roses In Her Hair" / "That's All I Need To Know" by Dick Haymes with Gordon Jenkins Orch. on Decca and "Curiosity" vocal by June Christy / "Theme Of The West" by Stan Kenton on Capitol.

New entries on the best seller lists are "Golden Earrings" by Peggy Lee on Capitol; "Civilization" by Danny Kaye and The Andrews Sisters (Decca); "How Soon" by Bing Crosby (Decca); "You Do" by Vic Damone (Mercury) and Dinah Shore (Columbia), and the seasonal standby "White Christmas" by Bing on Decca. The Al Jolson Album, volumes 1 and 2 are among the top five best selling albums in the country. . . . . .Abe Lyman longtime band leader is now a noted theatrical booking agent. . . . . The song "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" is released in versions by Tony Martin (RCA), Helen Forrest (MGM), Vic Damone (Mercury), Buddy Clark and Ray Noble (Columbia) and Peggy Lee (Capitol.

Hildegarde releases her Souvenir Album #2 on Decca records . . . . .The Cash Box poll of the Juke Box Operators Association of America votes Jo Stafford the number one female vocalist of the year of 1947. She also begins her third year on the Chesterfield Supper Club radio program for the NBC network. . . . . . .Jimmy Dorsey announces the breakup of his orchestra due to illness . . . . .Frankie Laine big at the New York Paramount. . . . . the best bets for the second week of December are - "Put Yourself In My Place" by Hoagy Carmichael with the Billy May orchestra for Decca, "Martha" / "Double Talk Song" by Connee Boswell with Bob Crosby & His Bobcats for Decca. . . . . .New on the best seller charts this week are "Pass The Peace Pipe" by Margaret Whiting (Capitol), "You Do" by Bing on Decca, "Serenade Of The Bells" by Jo Stafford (Capitol), "Civilization" by Louis Prima (RCA), and the album "Before Christmas" by Fred Waring for Decca.

Spike Jones holds forth in mid December at the London Palladium . . . . . The Al Jolson album goes over the million mark for Decca . . . . . RCA Victor Records is re-releasing Dinah Shore's "Pass The Peace Pipe", this time to be coupled with her first hit "Yes My Darling Daughter". . . . .The best bets of the week are "I'll Hold You In My Arms" and "Ma dance With Me" by Alan Dale with Ray Bloch on Signature Records, "Lone Star Moon" and "Oklahoma City" by Tex Beneke and The Moonlight Serenaders on RCA, "Ballerina" / "It Had To Be You" by Buddy Clark and Dick Jones on Columbia, "The Best Things In Life Are Free" and "At The Candlelight Cafe" by Dinah Shore with Sonny Burke on RCA Victor, and "Skylark" and "Your Red Wagon" by Jackie Paris and his trio for MGM Records. . . . . .The newest records to make the best seller charts for the week are : "Serenade Of The Bells" - Sammy Kay (RCA), "Here Comes Santa Claus" - Gene Autry (Capitol), "Civilization" - Jack Smith (Capitol), "I Wish I Didn't Love You" / "And Mimi" by Dick Haymes (Columbia), "Civilization" by Ray McKinley (Majestic), "So Far" - Perry Como (RCA). . . . .The newest best selling album is the original cast set for the show "Allegro" on RCA Victor.

Spike Jones and his City Slickers are to play for President Truman and some extra added members of the band for this engagement will be Secret Service and FBI agents to make sure the blanks used in the pistols as part of the act are just that - blanks. . . . . .the best bets of the week are : "Ding Dong Daddy" by Arthur Godfrey (Columbia), "What Is This Thing Called Love" by Anita O'Day on Signature, "They're Mine" by Connie Haynes (Signature), "Now Is The Hour" by Gracie Fields (London) which has sold over one half million in England, "Sweet And Lovely" by Emma Lou Welch with Benny Goodman (Capitol), and "Why Do You Make Those Eyes" by Mindy Carson for Musicraft Records. . . . . . Some up and coming records are : "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" and "These Things Money Can't Buy" by Buddy Clark and Ray Noble (Columbia), "Your Red Wagon" by the Andrews Sisters (Decca) and Tony Pastor (Columbia). . . . . .new to the best seller charts this week are "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" by Peggy Lee (Capitol), and "So Far" by Frank Sinatra (Columbia).

The final week of the month and of the year of 1947, leads off with the announcement that "Peg 'O My Heart" by The Harmonicats for the small independent label Vitacoustics is the largest selling record in modern history for an independent. Sales figures are put at more than one and a half million. . . . . . Other recent million sellers are "Near You" by Francis Craig for the indie label Bullet, and Frankie Laine's Mercury recording of "That's My Desire". . . . . . . best bets of the last week of the year are "When You Come To The End Of The Day" by The Inkspots (Decca), "The Best Things In Life Are Free" by Jo Stafford (Capitol), "Unison Riff" by Stan Kenton (Capitol), "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling" by Perry Como (RCA), "Sierra Madre" / "Don't Call It Love" by Freddy Martin with Stuart Wade-voc (RCA), "My Old Flame" by Spike Jones (RCA), and "Two Loves Have I" by Guy Lombardo (Decca). . . . . .John Hammond is named vice president of Mercury Records . . . . . .Jack Owens Tower Records artist is known as "the cruising crooner" on ABC radio's "Breakfast Club" . . . . . .new on the best seller list at year's end are : "How Soon" by Dinah Shore (Columbia), "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Rose "Chee Chee" Murphy (Majestic), "Serenade Of The Bells" by Sammy Kay (RCA), "How Soon" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA), "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" by Buddy Clark and Ray Noble (Columbia), "How Soon" by Jack Owens (Tower), "I'm My Own Grandpa" by Guy Lombardo (Decca), "Civilization" by Woody Herman (Capitol), and "You Do" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA). . . . . two albums hit the top five this week - "Good News" the original cast (MGM) and "King Cole Trio - vol. 3" (Capitol).

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