The Way We Were : July 1949compiled by JCMarion


The pick hits of the week for the July 4th holiday in 1949 were : Someday / And It Still Goes by Vaughn Monroe (RCA Victor); Oh You Sweet One / Now Now Now Is The Time by The Andrews Sisters with Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Decca); Who Do You Know In Heaven / The Trouble With Me Is You by The King Cole Trio (RCA Victor); There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes / Baby Talk by Tony Pastor (Columbia); Twilight / I Get Sentimental Over Nothing by Ann Shelton (London); Pussy Willow / I Dream Of You by Tommy Dorsey (RCA Victor); Coquette / Dreamy Old New England Moon by Guy Lombardo (RCA Victor); Who Do You Know In Heaven / 24 Hours Of Sunshine by Dick Jurgens (Columbia); Love Is A Beautiful Thing / Send Ten Flowers To My Girl In Tennessee by The Unitones (London); I'm The Guy / My Last Affair by The Four Tunes (RCA Victor); Four Winds And Seven Seas / Make Believe by Bing Crosby with Carmen Cavallaro (Decca); And It Still Goes / Fiddle Dee Dee by Jimmy Dorsey (his first recording for Columbia); Younger Than Springtime / This Was Nearly Mine by Fred Waring (Decca); and Swiss Lullabye by Gene Krupa (Columbia) . . . . . . . . . . . Capitol Records launches a nationwide promotion for promising song writers. They sell a record called "Songs Without Words" which featured melodies written by Johnny Mercer, Jimmy McHugh, Isham Jones, Ray Noble, Livingston & Evans, and Paul Weston. Individuals would write the words to any number of the songs, and if they are chosen as the winner they would get one thousand dollar advance, have their song recorded by a top Capitol artist, and co-composing credit with the music writer. . . . . . . .Mindy Carson opens a new act at the Copacabana. . . . . . . .The songs with the largest radio audience during the previous year were judged to be Buttons And Bows from the movie "The Paleface" and So In Love from the Broadway show "Kiss Me Kate" . . . . . . . . .new on the best seller charts for the week of July 13, 1949 were 12) Forever And Ever by Perry Como (RCA Victor); 14) Some Enchanted Evening by Ezio Pinza (Columbia); tied at 14) Maybe It's Because by Dick Haymes and The Tattlers (Decca); 15) Again by Tommy Dorsey (RCA Victor); 17) 24 Hours Of Sunshine by Art Mooney (MGM); and number 5 on the LP list - Songs Without Words (Capitol). . . . . . . . .Kitty Kallen opens at the Versailles and The Treniers at the Chicago Theater . . . . . New Orleans legend Bunk Johnson dies at 69 in New Iberia, Louisiana . . . . . .Radio ratings put Walter Winchell at number one . . . . . .a new song by Benjamin Weiss called "I'll Keep The Lovelight Burning In My Heart" is recorded by Bill Lawrence (RCA Victor); Jerry Wayne (Columbia); Vera Lynn (London); Dick Haymes with Gordon Jenkins (Decca); Ray Anthony (Capitol); Bill Harrington (Vocalion); Patti Page (Mercury); and Alan Dale (Signature) . . . . . . . . . . .Record manufacturers put the number of 78 rpm players at 18 million, 45 rpm players at 250,000, and 33 LP players at 800,000. . . . . . . . . . .The pick hits for the last week in July, 1949 are - Through A Long And Sleepless Night / I'm Yours by Dinah Shore (Columbia); Someday / A Chinese Honeymoon by The Mills Brothers (Decca); Maybe It's Because / Tell Me Why by Eddy Howard (Mercury); You're Breaking My Heart / Song Of Surrender by Buddy Clark (Columbia); You're Breaking My Heart / One More Time by Russ Case (MGM); Dance Of The Hours / None But The Lonely Heart by Spike Jones (RCA Victor); Now That I Need You / My One My Only My All by Frankie Laine (Mercury); Twilight / Pagan Love Song by Herb Jeffries (Columbia); Last Mile Home / Imagination by Bing Crosby (Decca); So Long by Ruth Brown (Atlantic); and a four song record by Pearl Bailey and Hot Lips Page with Ain't She Sweet / It's A Great Feeling / The Hucklebuck / Baby It's Cold Outside . . . . . . . .new records on the charts - 15 0 Some Enchanted Evening by Frank Sinatra (Columbia; 16) You're So Understanding by Evelyn Knight (Decca); 17) There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes by Larry Green (RCA Victor) . . . . . . . . . . . In Chicago, Vaughn Monroe and his orchestra with The Moonmaids, Dick Hayman, and Ziggy Talent at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, and Liberace and The Modernaires at Palmer House.

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