The Way We Were : May 1948 ©2002 JCMarion


The number one song in Great Britain is "Galway Bay" . . . . . .The ABC radio network decides to drop two musical shows hosted by dj's Paul Whiteman and Martin Block. . . .The Nielsen ratings for the top daytime radio programs are released. The top shows are - 1) Arthur Godfrey 2) Our Gal Sunday 3) My True Story 4) The Right To Happiness 5) When A Girl Marries 6) The Romance of Helen Trent 7) Mary Noble Backstage Wife 8) Big Sister 9) Ma Perkins 10) Pepper Young's Family. . . . . . The prime time ratings list 1) Lux Radio Theater 2) Fibber McGee and Molly 3) Amos 'n Andy 4) Fitch Bandwagon 5) Charlie McCarthy 6) Bob Hope 7) Jack Benny 8) Talent Scouts 9) Fred Allen 10) Truth Or Consequences. . . . . . The Hooper ratings service lists Jo Stafford as the number one female singer for the second year in a row. She is featured on the Chesterfield Supper Club program on NBC Mon-Wed-Fri at 7:30. . . . .Two best bets for the week are "Blue Shadows" and "Fella With An Umbrella" (from the motion picture "Easter Parade") by Bing Crosby on Decca and "It Only Happens When I Dance With You" by Art Lund with Johnny Johnston's Orchestra for MGM records. . . . . a best bet new album is "Busy Fingers" by The Three Suns on RCA Victor. . . . . . .The picture "Big City" has produced a hit song called "Don't Blame Me". . . . . . .Frankie Carle has a new radio show called "Carle Comes Calling" for CBS Sunday evenings from 5:30 until 6pm and a new Columbia album of the same name is also in record stores.

The best bets of the new recordings released during the second week of the month are : "On The Village Green" / "Jalousie" by Clark Dennis (Capitol) . . . . "Flower Seller" / "Taking Miss Mary To The Ball" by Jack Smith (Capitol) . . . . ."Flower Seller" / "Farewell To Arms" by Vera Lynn (London) . . . . ."I Feel So Smoochie" / "Betty Blue" by Louis Prima (RCA Victor) . . . . . .new entries on the best seller list of the week are - "I Got A Crush On You" by Frank Sinatra (Columbia). . . . ."All My Love Belongs To You" by Bullmoose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats (King) . . . . ."Tell Me A Story" by Sammy Kaye (RCA Victor) . . . . ."Haunted Heart" by Perry Como (RCA Victor) . . . . .and a new best selling album called "Barbershop Ballads" by The Mills Brothers (Decca). . . . .At the Strand Theater in New York are Sarah Vaughn, The Larry Green Orchestra, and The Page Cavanaugh Trio, The Ames Brothers, and Bea Wain and Andre Baruch. . . . . .At Detroit's Capitol Theater the attraction is the Stan Kenton band with June Christy, and the King Cole Trio. . . . .Lisa Kirk debuts her cafe act at the Copacabana night club in New York.

A new study commissioned by the radio industry shows that radio disc jockeys are the single biggest factor in determining the sale of records at retail shops throughout the country. . . . .The William Morris Talent Agency runs a two page ad in Variety looking for new artists that will appear on a new television program they hope will herald the return of vaudeville. It will called the Texaco Star Theater and be presented on WNBT in New York and affiliated stations on the NBC television network. The show will run on Tuesday evenings from 8 - 9 pm. The best bets of the week on the recording front are - "Roses of Picardy" / "Better Luck Next Time" by Jo Stafford (Capitol) . . . ."When Veronica Plays The Harmonica" / "The Woody Woodpecker Song" by Kay Kyser ((Columbia) . . . ."Give A Broken Heart A Break" / "The Maharajah of Magador" by Vaughn Monroe with vocal by Ziggy Talent (RCA Victor) . . . . ."Nobody But Me" / "It's You Or No One" by Margaret Whiting (Capitol) . . . ."You Can't Be True Dear" /"Toolie Oolie Doolie" and "My Happiness" / "Man On A Carousel" / "My Happiness" both by The Marlin Sisters (Columbia) a girl vocal group with harmonica trio backing (called The Columbians) . . . . .New on the best seller list for the week are - "For Every man A Woman" by Tony Martin (RCA Victor) . . . .and two albums - "Progressive Jazz" by Stan Kenton (Capitol) and "King Cole Trio Vol 3" on Capitol. . . . . . London Records touts two new releases - "Nature Boy" by Mantovani featuring Art Young at the piano, and "Sabu" / "Sabre Dance Boogie" by Ted Heath. . . .The King Odom Four, Musicraft recording artists have a featured radio spot for NBC on Wed evenings from 8 - 8:30 . . . . .Ray Anthony & his Orchestra opens for Louis Jordan at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

Sammy Kaye and his band moves to the Chesterfield Supper Club radio show Monday through Friday for NBC . . . . .The Modernaires replace The Pied Pipers on the Club 15 radio show for Campbell Soup on CBS . . . . .Claude Thornhill calls it quits and disbands his orchestra . . . . .The Commodore Hotel's Century Room drops its big band policy. . . . . best bets for the final week in May are - "Baby Don't Be Mad At Me" / "I Couldn't Call My baby" by the Mills Brothers (Decca) . . . . . ."I Confess" / "12 O'Clock Flight" by Patti Page (Mercury) . . . . "Caramba It's The Samba" / "Baby Don't Be Mad At Me" by Peggy Lee (Capitol) . . . ."Tea Leaves" / "Hiways Are Happy Ways" by Jack Smith (Capitol) . . . . ."Inner Sanctum" by Charlie Spivak voc by Irene Day / "Heartbreaker" by The Merry Melody Makers (from England) on RCA Victor . . . . ."Please Don't Kiss Me" / "Funny What A Dime Will Do" by Mary Osborn (Decca) . . . ."Bluebird of Paradise" / "Sunset To Sunrise" by Art Mooney (MGM),and "Spring Came" / "At A Sidewalk Penny Arcade" by Sammy Kaye (RCA Victor) . . . .Columbia releases the hit song from the movie "A Date With Judy" called "It's A Most Unusual Day" by Ray Noble and his orchestra with vocal by Anita Gordon. . . . .New York radio personality Ted Steele records for the Jersey City label SAKS and new on the best sellers list are "Love Somebody" by Buddy Clark and Doris Day (Columbia) and "A New Look" by Freddy Martin for RCA Victor.

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