The Way We Were : June, 1949compiled by JCMarion


The fifteenth anniversary broadcast of Mary Margaret McBride draws over fifty thousand people to Yanke Stadium . . . . . .The King Records label signs the Johnny Long Orchestra . . . . . . some pick hits of the first week in June include - The Hucklebuck by Lionel Hampton(Decca); Bargain Day by Rosemary Clooney (Columbia); Room Full Of Roses/There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes by Eddy Howard(Mercury); Darktown Strutters Ball by Ray Anthony (Capitol); Ho-Ho-Kus New Jersey by The Andrews Sisters (Decca); You're Breaking My Heart / Four Winds And Seven Seas by Vic Damone (Mercury); Til My Ship Comes In by Dinah Shore (Columbia); It's Too Late Now / Four Winds And Seven Seas by Mel Torme (Capitol); You Told A Lie by Marjorie Hughes (Columbia); Careless Love by The Four Tunes (RCA Victor); and last Saturday Night by Chris Powell & The Blue Flames (Columbia) . . . . . . New best sellers of the week are - The Hucklebuck by Frankie Laine (Columbia); Again by Vic Damone (Mercury); Everywhere You Go by Guy Lombardo (Decca); and As You Desire Me by Sarah Vaughn (Columbia) . . . . . . New York's Strand Theater ends live stage shows . . . . . .Eddy Howard appears at the Capitol Theater in NY . . . . . .A group of new low price record labels such as Varsity, Hi-Tone, Spotlight, Decca's Vocalion, and Columbia's Harmony, figure to be used as training ground for new artists and for older performers that don't have recording contracts . . . . . . .Alan Jones a hit at the London Palladium with a revival of Donkey Serenade . . . . . The twentieth anniversary program of Horn & Hardart's Children's Hour is celebrated with alimni sich as Ezra Stone, Arnold Stang, Carol Bruce, and Eileen Barton . . . . . . . Lionel Hamptom does record breaking box office at the Earle Theater in Philly . . . . . . Columbia's new Harmony label set to sell at 49 cents for single records . . . . . . Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook night club begins booking local talent instead of name bands . . . . . .Bob Chester returns to head up a big band . . . . . . .The top plays in the nation's juke boxes are - Ghost Riders by Vaughn Monroe; Again by Gordon jenkins; A You're Adorable by Perry Como; Some Enchanted Evening by Perry Como; Baby It's Cold Outside by Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting; and by Dinah Shore & Buddy Clarke; I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore by Gordon Jenkins; Red Roses For A Blue Lady by Vaughn Monroe; and Careless hands by Sammy Kaye . . . . . . .Some independent labels are seen as living on borrowed time because of the apparent demise of the 78 rpm record . . . . . . Billie Holiday is aquitted of a drug charge in San Francisco . . . . . .Louis Prima & Keely Smith at the NY Paramount . . . . .Eileen barton has a new act at the Copa Cabana . . . . . .pick hits of the second week of the month include - Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend by The Moderaires (Columbia); Wedding Day by Lawrence Welk (Mercury); Strumming On The Old Banjo by Alvino Rey (Capitol); 24 Hours Of Sunshine by Art Mooney (MGM); Four Winds And Seven Seas by Herb Jeffries (Columbia); It happens Every Spring by Freddy Martin (RCA Victor); Maybe It's Because by Bob Crosby w/ Marion Morgan (Columbia); and Twilight by Jack Fina (MGM) . . . . .In a remarkable showing of the power of radio, WNEW sells ads for Levitt houses on Long Island. A complete sell out of 432 houses in less than 48 hours worth close to four million dollars. Each house sold for $7990 . . . . . . . . .JC Petrillo re-elected as head of the National Federation of Musicians . . . . . .Fred Waring announces that he will perform the entire score of Miss Liberty by Irving Berlin on his GE radio show . . . . . .The Three Suns (Morty and Al Nevins and Artie Dunn) at the Roosevelt Grill in NYC . . . . . . .pick hits among the new record releases for the middle of June, 1949 are - You Can have Him by Doris & Dinah (Day & Shore) on Columbia; It Happens Every Spring by Dick Haymes (Decca); Now Is The Time by Gordon Jenkins (Columbia); Out Of Love by Buddy Clarke (Columbia); Candy Kisses / Once Around The Park by Fontaine Sisters (RCA Victor); I Wake Up In The Morning by Betty Hutton (Capitol); Blame My Absent Minded Heart by Doris Day (Columbia); and An Old Fashioned Walk by Frank Sinatra and Doris Day (Columbia) . . . . . . . . .In late June the Hooper ratings for radio are released. The results are - 1) Lux Radio Theater 2) My Friend Irma 3) Walter Winchell 4) Talent Scouts 5) Bob Hope 6) Casy Crime Photographer 7) Stop The Music 8) The Big Story 9) Bob hawk 10) Mr. Chameleon 11) Suspense 12) Mr. Keen 13) Doris Day 14) The Fat man 15) Curtain Time 16) Mr. District Attorney . . . . . .The Chesterfield Supper Club radio program features Bill Lawrence, Kay Starr, The Fontaine Sisters, Mitchell Ayres & his Orchestra, and announcer Martin Block . . . . . .Jo Stafford scores highly in a Gallop poll among all age groups and men and women . . . . . . .all manufacturers of record players are following the lead of Philco and producing three speed machines . . . . . . .the pick hits of the week are - Paris Wakes Up And Smiles / Little Fish In A Big Pond by Buddy Clarke and Dinah Shore (Columbia); Just One Way To Say I Love You by Perry Como (RCA Victor); Temptation by Billy Eckstine (MGM); No No And No by Tony Martin (RCA Victor); Love Is A Beautiful Thing by Blue Barron (MGM); Ghost Riders In The Sky by The Song Spinners (Vocalion); and If I Only had One Day To Live by Johnny Desmond (MGM) . . . . . . . . . .the best seller charts for the week of June 22nd - 1) Ghost Riders by Vaughn Monroe (RCA Victor); 2) Again by Gordon Jenkins (Decca); 3) Some Enchanted Evening by Perry Como (RCA Victor); 4) Baby It's Cold Outside by Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting (Capitol); 5) I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore by Gordon Jenkins with The Stardusters (Decca); 6) Some Enchanted Evening by Bing Crosby (Decca) and Forever And Ever by Russ Morgan (Decca); 7) In Love With A Wonderful Guy by Margaret Whiting (Capitol); 8) Bali hai by Perry Como (RCA Victor) and Again by Mel Torme (Capitol); 9) Baby It's Cold Outside by Buddy Clarke and Dinah Shore (Columbia); 10) Bali Hai by Bing Crosby (Decca); 11) A You're Adorable by Perry Como (RCA Victor); 12) Everywhere You Go by Doris Day (Columbia); 13) Because You Love Me by Gordon Jenkins & The Stardusters (Decca); 14) Bali Hai by Peggy Lee (Capitol) and Cruising Down The River by Russ Morgan (Decca);; 15) You're Breaking My Heart by Vic Damone (Mercury) and Four Winds And Seven Seas by Mel Torme (Capitol); 16) Roomful Of Roses by Dick haymes (Decca) and A You're Adorable by Jo Stafford & Gordon McRae (Capitol) and You're So Understanding by Blue Barron (MGM); 17) The Hucklebuck by Tommy Dorsey (RCA Victor) and How It Lies by Evelyn Knight & Bing Crosby (Decca) and Whose Girl Are You by Blue Barron (MGM) . . . . . . . . . The top five best selling albums are - Kiss Me kate by Original Cast (Columbia); Sout5h Pacific by Original Cast (Columbia); Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court by Bing Crosby (movie soundtrack) (Decca); Manhattan Tower by Gordon Jenkins (Decca); and Dupper Club Favorites by Perry Como (RCA Victor) . . . . . . .Many Harlem night spots are failing because of declining White patronage. Reasons given are bad publicity about the area, many of the shows are being copied in downtown New York, and the high prices for top name Black talent. Two of the most famous clubs, Small's paradise and Club Baby Grand have reverted to a live acts only on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . . . top pick hits of the final week of the month are - At The Cafe Rendevous by Peggy Lee (Capitol); Don't Marry For Money by Evelyn Knight (Decca); Love Is A Beautiful Thing by Frankie Carle (Columbia); Just One Way To Say I Love You by Patti Page (Mercury); A Kiss And A Rose by Tex Beneke w/ Glen Douglas voc (RCA Victor); 12 O'Clock And All's Well by Mindy Carson (RCA Victor); Give Me A Song With A Beautiful Melody by Jack carson (Capitol); Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball by Buddy Johnson (Decca); and Long John Blues by Dinah Washington (Mercury) . . . . . . . . . .Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra sets a box office record at Hollywood's Mocambo . . . . . . .Sammy Kaye with Don Cornell, Tony Alaimo, and The Kaydettes at Washington D.C.'s Capitol Theater . . . . . . At New York's Apollo is Louis Jordan, Paula Watson, and the Will Mastin Trio.

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