The Way We Were : December 1948compiled by JCMarion


Les Brown's big hit record "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" is seen as giving a big boost to the big band business . . . . ."Jazz At The Philharmonic" does big box office in San Francisco but does not do well in Chicago . . . . .best bets of the week on record are : "If I Steal A Kiss" / "What's Wrong With Me?" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA Victor); "Senorita" / "Far Away Places" by Vic Damone (Mercury); "At Sundown" / "Angela Mia" by Jimmy Dorsey (Mercury); "Senorita" / "Blue Tail Fly" by Eddy Howard (Mercury); "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" / "On Sunday Afternoon" by Evelyn Knight (Decca); and "Missouri Waltz" / "To Each His Own" by Eddy Howard (Mercury re-issue). . . . . . new on the best sellers of the week are : "My Two Front Teeth" by Spike Jones (RCA Victor) ; "You Were Only Fooling" by The Inkspots (Decca); "Santa Claus Lane" by Gene Autry (Columbia); "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" by Vic Damone (Mercury); and "What Did I Do?" by The Andrews Sisters (Decca) . . . . . . vocalist Kay Starr has a role in the new motion picture "Make Believe Ballroom" . . . . . . .The ABC radio network readies The Bing Crosby Show on Monday nights . . . . . .the best bets for the second week of December are "Far Away Places" by Bing Crosby (Decca); "Love Is A Dangerous Thing" by Frank Sinatra and Pearl Bailey (Columbia); "Hold Me" / "I Want To Go Where You Go" by Peggy Lee (Capitol); "Do You Ever Think Of Me?" / "Ramona" by Gordon Jenkins (Capitol) ; "Siesta" / "Santiago Chile" by Xavier Cugat with vocal by Bob Graham (Columbia); and "The Pussy Cat Song" by Bob Crosby with The Andrews Sisters (Decca) . . . . The Juke Box Operators Association picks The Ravens as the number one vocal group of 1948 . . . . . new on the best sellers list for the week are : "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby (Decca); "Gloria" by The Mills Brothers (Decca); "Mistle Toe Kiss" by Primo Scala (London); "Galway Bay" by Bing Crosby (Decca); "Life Gets Tee-Jus" by Tex Williams (Capitol); and two 78 rpm albums "Merry Christmas" by Bing (Decca) and "Christmas Carols" by Fred Waring (Decca) . . . . . The big news in mid December is the end of the recording ban instituted by the American Federation of Musicians which lasted almost one year . . . . .best bets for mid month are : "Caravan" by Les Paul (Capitol); "Sweet Sue" / "In The Glow Of The Evening" by Johnny Long (Signature); "It's A Big Wide Wonderful World" / "Song Of Long Ago" by Buddy Greco with Mitchell Ayers Orch (Columbia); "Once In Love With Amy" / Sweet And Lovely" by John Laurenz (Mercury); "Deep Purple" / "Rhapsody In Blue" by David Rose (MGM); "Midnight On The Trail" / "Swinging Down The Lane" by Rose Murphy (Mercury); "These Will Be The Best Years Of Our Lives" / "Left In The Corner" by Elliot Lawrence (Columbia) ; and "Congratulations" / "Bye Bye Blues" by Tex Beneke (RCA Victor) . . . . .Drummer Davey Tough dies st 40 years old . . . .new on the hit parade are "My darling My Darling" by Evelyn Young and jack Lathrop (RCA Victor) and "Cuanta La Gusta" by Jack Smith & The Clark Sisters (Capitol) . . . . . the hit song "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" is co-written by Carmen Lombardo . . . . . . .Stan Kenton announces the breakup of his band . . . . .the recording industry watches the reaction of Capitol and Decca regarding the battle of formats between RCA Victor and its 45 rpm single and Columbia and its 33 1/3 LP album . . . . . .new best bets for the week of December 22 are : "Far Away Places" / "Missouri Waltz" by Perry Como (RCA Victor); "Once In Love With Amy" / "Sunflower" by Frank Sinatra (Columbia); "Sheltering Palms" / "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" by Al Jolson & Mil;ls brothers (Decca); "If You Will Marry Me" by Doris Day & Buddy Clark (Columbia); "Down By The Station" / "How many Tears Must Fall" by Tommy Dorsey with vocals by Denny Dennis and Lucy Ann Polk (RCA Victor) ; "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" / "More Beer" by Primo Scala & The Keynotes (London); "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" / "Melancholy Minstrel" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA Victor); and "Joe" / "Why Is It?" by Fran Warren (RCA Victor) . . . . . .Capitol records announces a big push for Dean martin as a solo vocalist . . . . .Christmas record sales are off from the previous year . . . . .new on the hit parade - "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Les Brown (Columbia) and "You You You Are The One" by The Ames Brothers (Coral) . . . . . new best selling 78 rpm albums - "I Can Hear It Now" by Ed Murrow (Columbia) and "Performances Set To Music" by Les Baxter (RCA Victor) . . . . . by the last week of the year 1948 Columbia's biggest seller is the Ed Murrow album "I Can Hear It Now" . . . .best bets of the week are - "An Old Magnolia Tree" by Frankie Carle with vocal by Gregg Lawrence (Columbia); "Minnie The Mermaid" / "Pappy's Little Jug" by Phil harris (RCA Victor); "Someone Like You" / "My Dream Is Yours" by Doris Day (Columbia); "My Own True Love" / "Columbus Stockade Blues" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA Victor); "Strawberry Moon" / "Dainty Brenda Lee" by Jack Smith & The Clark Sisters (Capitol) . . . .After two big hits by Francis Craig for Bullet Records he is signed by MGM . . . .Mel Torme moves to Capitol Records . . . . .The top selling records at year's end are - 1) "Buttons And Bows" by Dinah Shore (RCA Victor) 2) "My Two Front Teeth" by Spike Jones (RCA Victor) 3) "A Little Birdie Told Me" by Evelyn Knight & The Stardusters (Decca) 4) "My Darling My Darling by Jo Stafford and Gordon McRae (Capitol) 5) "On A Slow Boat To China" by Kay Kyser (Columbia) 6) "Cuanta La Gusta" by Carmen Miranda & The Andrews Sisters (Decca) 7) "Lavender Blue" by Sammy Kaye (RCA Victor) and "Galway Bay" by Bing Crosby (Decca) 8) "Lavender Blue" by Dinah Shore (Columbia) 9) "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry (Columbia) 10) "You Were Only Fooling" by Kay Starr (Capitol) 11) "Far Away Places" by margaret Whiting (Capitol) and "Life Gets Tee-Jus" by Carson Robison (MGM) 12) "Sweet Georgis Brown" by Brother Bones (Tempo) and "You Were Only Fooling" by Blue Barron (MGM) and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Les Brown (Columbia) 13) "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby (Decca) and "My Darling" by Doris Day and Buddy Clark (Columbia) 14) "Mistle Toe Kiss" by Primo Scala (London) 15) "Maybe4 You'll Be There" by Gordon Jenkins voc-Charles LaVerre (Decca) and "On A Slow Boat To China" by Larry Clinton (Decca) 16) "So Tired" by Kay Starr (Capitol) and "Until" by Tommy Dorsey (RCA Victor) and "ON A Slow Boat To China" by Freddy Martin (RCA Victor) 17) "Galway Bay" by Ann Shelton (London) and "Cuanta La Gusta" by Jack Smith & The Clark Sisters (Capitol) . . . . .the top selling 78 rpm albums are - "Merry Christmas" by Bing Crosby (Decca); "Hear It Now" by Ed Murrow (Columbia); "Christmas Cards" by Fred Waring (Decca); JATP Volume 8 (Clef) and "Giants Of Jazz" (Capitol) . . . . . in New York Burt Lancaster is appearing at the Capitol Theater and Tommy Dorsey is at the Strand.

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