The Way We Were : January 1949compiled by JCMarion


The top rated radio programs during the first week of the year 1949 are - 1) Jack Benny 2) Lux Radio Theater 3) Walter Winchell 4) Mister District Attorney 5) Phil harris-Alice Faye 6) My Friend Irma 7) Fibber McGee & Molly 8) Bob Hope 9) Charlie McCarthy 10) Horace Heidt . . . . . . . . The songs with the largest listener audience during the previous year were . . . .1) "Now Is The Hour" 2) "But Beautiful" 3) "A Tree In The Meadow" 4) "Buttons And Bows" 5) "It's Magic" . . . . . The top sellers in sheet music during 1948 - 1) "Now Is The Hour" 2) "A Tree In The Meadow" 3) "My Happiness" 4) "You Can't Be True Dear" 5) "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" . . . . . Top pop standards of the previous year are - 1) "White Christmas" 2) "Begin The Beguine" 3) "Blue Skies" 4) "It Was Just One Of Those Things" 5) "Tea For Two" . . . . .hot new records according to trade ads - "Amelia Cordelia McHugh (Mc Who ?)" by Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters (Decca) and Doris Day (Columbia); "Don't" by The Do-Re-Mi Trio (Commodore); "Beautiful Eyes" by Art Mooney (MGM) and Del Casino (Rainbow) . . . . . . .The top hits on juke boxes across the country for early January 1950 are - 1) "A Little Bird" by Evelyn Knight (Decca) and Paula Watson (Supreme); 2) "On A Slow Boat To China" by Kay Kyser (Columbia) and Benny Goodman (Capitol); 3) "Buttons And Bows" by Dinah Shore (Columbia) and Evelyn Knight (Decca) 4) "My Darling My Darling" by Jo Stafford and Gordon McRae (Capitol) and Doris Day and Buddy Clark (Columbia); 5) "Far Away Places" by Bing Crosby (Decca) and Perry Como (RCA); 6) "I Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Les Brown (Columbia) 7) "You Were Only Fooling" by Blue Barron (MGM) and The Inkspots (Decca) 8) "Maybe You'll Be There" by Gordon Jenkins with Charles LaVerre (Decca) and Eddie Howard (Majestic) 9) "Cuante La Gusta" by Carmen Miranda & The Andrews Sisters (Decca) and Xavier Cugat (Columbia) 10) "Galway Bay" by Bing Crosby (Decca) and Ann Shelton (London) . . . . . . .New records coming up and best bets for the week - "Love Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" by Harry James (Columbia); "Let's Fly" by Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers (Capitol); "Red Roses For A Blue lady" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA); "Far Away Places" by The Ames Brothers (Coral); "No Orchids For My Lady" by Billy Eckstine (MGM); "How High The Moon by Ziggy Elman (MGM) . . . . . In mid January the best sellers list lines up this way - 1) "A Little Bird" by Evelyn Knight (Decca); 2) "Buttons And Bows" by Dinah Shore (Columbia); 3) "My Darling My Darling" by Jo Stafford & Gordon McRae; 4) "Slow Boat To China" by Kay Lyser (Columbia); 5) "Far Away Places" by Margaret Whiting (Capitol); 6) "Galway bay" by Bing Crosby (Decca); 7) "Lavender Blue" by Sammy Kaye (RCA); 8) "Cuanta La Gusta" by Carmen Miranda & Andrews Sisters (Decca); 9) "I Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Les Brown (Columbia); 10) "Slow Boat To China" by Freddie Martin (RCA); 11) "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Brother Bones (Tempo)and "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" by Evelyn Knight (Decca); 12) "Slow Boat To China" by Larry Clinton (Decca); 13) "Buttons And Bows" by Evelyn Knight (Decca) and "You Were Only Fooling" by The Inkspots (Decca) and "So Tired" by Russ Morgan (Decca); 14) "What Did I Do?" by Margaret Whiting (Capitol) and "High Above My Head" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Decca) and "Gloria" by The Mills Brothers (Decca); 15) "So Tired" by Kay Starr (Capitol) and "Far Away Places" by Bing Crosby (Decca); 16) "You Were Only Fooling" by Kay Starr5 (Capitol) and "Cuanta La Gusta" by Xavier Cugat (Columbia) and "12th Street Rag" by Peewee Hunt (Capitol) and "The Pussy Cat Song" by Jay Nichols (London) . . . . . .Decca launches their Coral Records subsidiary label . . . . .Monica Lewis does a turn as a radio dj in New York. . . .Louis Jordan and Paula Watson are a big box office attraction . . . . .best bets of ther week of January 19, 1950 are - "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" by Sammy Kaye (RCA); "Saturday Night Mood" by Tony Pastor with Rosemary Clooney (Columbia); "Here I'll Stay" by Ronnie Deauville (Mercury); "Tenement Symphony (parts 1 and 2)" by Tony Martin (RCA); "Rosewood Spinet" by Eddie Howard (Mercury-his first for the label); and "Can't We Talk It Over" by Johnny Johnston (MGM). . . . . . .new on the best sellers list - "Cruising Down The River" by Blue Barron (MGM); "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA); "Down By The Station" by Tommy Dorsey (RCA) and "Birth Of The Blues" by Guy Lombardo (Decca). . . . . . .best selling albums - "Vaughn Sings" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA), "I Can Hear It Now" by Edward R. Murrow (Columbia); "Roses In Rhythm" by Frankie C arle (Columbia); and "Giants Of Jazz" by various artists (MGM) . . . . . in New York at the Roxy : Tony Martin, and the Paramount : The Mills Brothers and Ray McKinley 7 his orchestra. . . . . . .late in January, it is reported that Broadway night clubs are doing poor business as The Embassy closes . . . . .Benny Goodman to premier a new television show . . . . . .Uncle Don ends 23 years with WOR radio and blames television . . . . . .a new TV show will be called the "Admiral Broadway Revue" and star Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca . . . . . . best bets - "I Got A gal In Galveston by Sammy Kaye (RCA); "I'm Beginning To Miss You" by Doris Day (Columbia); "Passing Fancy" / "Peace Of Mind" by Ray Anthony (Signature); "Little Jack Frost Got Lost" by Ray McKinley (RCA); "Someone Like You" Peggy Lee & Dean Martin (Capitol); and "Once In Love With Amy" by Freddie Martin (RCA) . . . . .Mercury records announces their first 33 1/3 LP due out soon.

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