The Way We Were : September 1948compiled by JCMarion


The month of September began with Milton Berle recording record box office take at New York's Latin Quarter night club . . . . . . .The Hooper ratings for radio show the popularity of game shows and crime dramas at this point in time - 1) Take It Or Leave It 2) Stop The Music 3) Horace Heidt 4) Break The Bank 5) Suspense 6) The Big Story 7) The FBI 8) Casey Crime Photographer 9) The Fat Man 10) Sam Spade . . . . . . .Morton Downey is at the CopaCabana and is heard on NBC Tuesday-Saturday at 11 : 15pm . . . . . best bets of the week on record - "All Of Me" / "Sweet Nothings" by Cathy Allen with Louis Prima (RCA), "Bongo Riff" / "Willow Weep For Me" by Stan Kenton (Capitol), "Here Comes The Milkman" by Sammy Kaye (Columbia) and new this week are "That Certain Party" by Benny Strong (Tower), "Run Joe" by Louis Jordan (Decca) and "How High The Moon" by Stan Kenton (Capitol) . . . . . . .Riley's Believe It Or Not clocks Liberace's version of "The 12th Street Rag" as producing six thousand notes in two minutes . . . . . . best bets for the second week of the month are - "It's Too Soon To Know" / "I Can't Go On Without You" by Ella Fitzgerald (Decca), "Galway Bay" / "Greensleeves" by Ann Shelton with Roy Robertson's Orchestra (London), "A Carnival In Venice" / "In Old Monterrey" by Jack Smith with The Clark Sisters and Frank DeVol's Orchestra (Capitol), "Box 55" / "If I Could Be The Sweetheart" by Elliot Lawrence with vocal by Jack Hinton (Columbia), "Buttons And Bows" / "I Know Where I'm Going" by Evelyn Knight with Manny Klein's Orchestra (Decca), and "On A Slow Boat To China" by Larry Clinton with vocal by Helen Lee & The Dipsy Doodlers (RCA) . . . . . . . In another sign of the times the Glen Island Casino drops its big band policy . . . . . .new to the best sellers are "Cool Water" by The Sons Of The Pioneers (RCA) and the album "Mood Ellington" by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra (Columbia) . . . . . . .New York's WHN changes its call letters to WMGM . . . . .In a poll of radio listeners, 60 per cent favor doing away with give away quiz shows . . . . . .best bets on record for mid September are - "Love Don't Get You Nothing But The Blues" by Jon and Sondra Steel (Damon), "Dark Eyes: / "Yours Is My Heart Alone" by Jan August (Mercury), and "Sam You Made The Pants Too Long" and "Why Did I Teach My Girl To Drive" by Ziggy Talent with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra (RCA Victor re-issue) . . . . . . . . . new releases for mid-September are "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Brother Bones (Tempo-known thereafter as the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team), "Every Day I Love You" by Sarah Vaughn (RCA), "Some Days" by The Four Tunes (Manor), "Life Gets Tee-Jus" by Carson Robison (MGM), "Bluebird Of Happiness" by Gordon McRae and Jo Stafford (Capitol) and the album "Music For Millions" by Paul Whiteman (Columbia) . . . . . .at the Royal Roost a killer jazz bill - Count Basie & his Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing, Dinah Washington, and the Miles Davis Quintet. At the New York Capitol Theater is Gene Krupa . . . . . . . .A radio listener poll suggests that disc jockeys influence 85 per cent of all pop music record sales . . . . . . .The Dumont television network launches daytime tv programming to begin at 7am. This move is seen as a big threat to radio . . . . . . .Great Britain launches a crackdown on American musicians recording in their country in an attempt to get around the U.S. recording ban instituted by the American Federation of Musicians . . . . . . .Dinah Shore recorded four sides in Paris . . . . . . .best bets of the week are - "Anytime" / "Bouquet Of Roses" by Dick Haymes & The Troubadors (Decca), "What Did I Do" / "Heat Wave" by Margaret Whiting and Frank DeVol's Orchestra (Capitol), "Pretty Baby" / "Just Imagine" by Doris Day (Columbia), "Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart" by Vic Damone and Patti Page (Mercury), "Cuanta LaGusta" / "Matador" by Carmen Miranda and The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen's Orchestra (Decca), "On A Slow Boat To China" by Art Lund (Mercury), and by Benny Goodman (Columbia), and "Amor" and "Besame Mucho" by Andy Russell (Capitol re-issue). New recordings of the week are - "You Call Everyone Darlin'" by Jerry Wayne (Capitol), "Just For Now" by The Inkspots (Decca), and "The Blue Tail Fly" by Burl Ives & The Andrews Sisters (Decca). New album of the week is "Jazz At The Philharmonic volume 8" on Norman Granz Clef Records . . . . . .King Records pushing "Life Gets Teejus" by Cal Tinney . . . . . .Perry Como is busy with The Chesterfield Supper Club radio show on Mon-Wed-Fri at 7 : 15pm for NBC and his new RCA Victor recording of "When You're Smiling" and "My Melancholy Baby" both from the picture "Words And Music". . . . . . . In the last week of September of 1948 RCA Victor Records announces that it will manufacture its own 33 rpm LP records. Columbia Records had put LPs on the market in June and sales were very slow because of the few numbers of players in American homes . . . . . . .Best bets of the final week of the month are - "Market Place In Old Monterrey" / "Love Me Or Not" by Freddy Martin & his Orchestra with vocal by Stuart Wade and The Martin Men . . . . . . . ."I Still Get A Thrill" / "Rendezvous With A Kiss" by Buddy Clark (Columbia), "What Did I Do?" / "I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart" by Dick Haymes & The Andrews Sisters (Decca), "Waiting At The Church" and "Take 'Em To The Door" by Arthur Godfrey (Columbia), "In The Still Of The Night" by Jo Stafford with Paul Weston & his Orchestra (Capitol), "Cherokee" / "In One Ear Out The Other" by The Starlighters (Capitol), and "It's Too Soon To Know" by Dinah Washington (Mercury) and The Ravens (National) . . . . . .According to MGM Records "Bluebird Of happiness" by Art Mooney has gone over the half million mark in sales.

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