The Way We Were : May 1949compiled by JCMarion


Vaughn Monroe's "Ghost Riders In The Sky" is the fastest selling record in the history of RCA Victor. In three weeks the record has sold more than five hundred thousand copies . . . . . . .A blimp doing publicity for the record circled Manhattan and the pilot talked on the air to WINS radio disc jockey Paul Sherman. . . . . . . .The pick hits for the first week in may are - "I Betcha" by Carmen Cavallaro (Decca); "You're So Understanding" / "It's Too Late Now" by Evelyn Knight (Decca); "Midnight Serenade" / "Pin Striped Pants" by Tex Beneke (RCA); "Younger Than Springtime" by Don Richards (Mercury); "St. Bernard's Waltz" / "Oh You Sweet One" by The Ames Brothers (Coral); "St. Bernard's Waltz" / "Birthday Waltz" by The Unitones (London); "A Million Miles Away" by Dick James (London); "Huckle Buck" / "It Happens Every Spring" by Frank Sinatra (Columbia); "Nighty Night" / "New Shade Of Blue" by Billy Eckstine (MGM); "Wreck On The Highway" / "New Shade Of Blue" by Ray Anthony (Capitol); "Kiss Me Sweet" by Dinah Shore (Columbia); "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting (Capitol); and "Cheek To Cheek" by Ziggy Elman (MGM) . . . . . . . . . Charlie Shavers is banned from appearing with the Tommy Dorsey band at Ellis Auditorium because of Jim Crow laws . . . . . . . . .New on the best seller lists for the week - "Bali Hai" by Peggy Lee (Capitol); "Dreamer With A Penny" by Bill lawrence (RCA); "I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore" by Gordon Jenkins (Decca); "True In My Fashion" by Dinah Shore (Columbia); "Love Me Love Me Love Me" by Lawrence Welk (Decca); "A You're Adorable" by Tony Pastor (Columbia); and "Blue Room" by Perry Como (RCA). . . . . . . . A new album on the best seller list is "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court" movie soundtrack with Bing Crosby (Decca) . . . . . . . Woody Herman is at the New York Apollo Theater . . . . . . .New acts are showcased by Janet Blair, Cy Coleman, Rose Murphy, and Fran Warren. . . . . . .Pick hits among the new record releases for the sec ond week in May, 1949 are - "Four Winds And Seven Seas" / "Out Of Love" by Sammy Kay (RCA); "Please Love Me Tonight" by Peggy Lee (Capitol); "My One And Only Highland Fling" / "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Dinah Shore & Buddy Clark (Columbia); "Maybe It's Because" / "Hang On To The Bell, Nellie" by Connie maines (Coral); "Dreamy Old New England Moon" / "Gigolette" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA); "If I Could Be With You" / "Best Time Of The Day" by Guy Lombardo (Decca) . . . . . . others in the R & B field are "He's Good Enough For Me" / "If Love Is Trouble" by Wini Brown (National); "That;s The Gal For Me" by Ivory Joe Hunter (King); and "Lazy Joe" by The Beale Street Boys (Savoy) . . . . . . . . . . . new on the best seller charts - "Again" by Gordon Jenkins (Decca); "Some Enchanted Evening" by Bing (Decca); "Careless hands" by Mel Torme (Capitol); and "My Dream Is Yours" by Doris Day (Columbia) . . . . .In New York City Frances Fayeis at the Latin Quarter,  Eddy Howard at the Cafe Rouge, and June Christy is at Bop City . . . . . . . . .Mary Margaret McBride will celebrate her fifteenth year on the radio at WOR at Yankee Stadium where a crowd of seventy five thousand is expected, and the entire program will be broadcast live . . . . . . .on radio the monthly Hooper ratings are out. - 1) Lux Radio Theater 2) Walter Winchell 3) jack benny 4) My Friend Irma 5) Talent Scouts 6) Fibber McGee & Molly 7) People Are Funny 8) Louella Parsons 9) Dennis Day 10) Bob Hope 11) Suspense 12) Casey Crime Photographer 13) Your Hit Parade 14) Bob hawk 15) Stop The Music . . . . . . . .pick hits of the week are - "Every Time I Meet You" / "It Happens Every Spring" by Margaret Whiting (Capitol); "Kiss Me Sweet" / "Stop And Think About Me" by Nellie Lutcher (Capitol); "Cabaret" / "I Do I Do" by Al Grant (King); "Smiles" by Jo Stafford (Capitol); "Lover's Gold" / "Ting-A-Ling" by Gordon McRae (Capitol); and "Trombone Blues" / "Down In The Alley" by Blue Lou Barker (Capitol) . . . . . . . . . . new on the top sellers list are - "So In Love" by Gordon McRae (Capitol); "Whose Girl Are You" by Blue Barron (MGM); "Kiss Me Sweet" by Kitty Kallen (Mercury); and "Blue Room" by Perry Como (RCA Victor) . . . . . . . . . Little Miss Cornshucks opens at the Apollo Theater and Dick haymes is at the Roxy in New York . . . . . . . . .  . during the last week in May the pick hits of the week are - "Four Winds And Seven Seas" / "Dreamboat" by Guy Lombardo (Decca); "Patterns In Lace" by Skitch Henderson (Columbia); "Gigolette" / "Elevation" by Elliot Lawrence (Columbia); "Lover's Gold" / "Black Coffee" by Ella Fitzgerald (Decca); "Take Me Back" / "Ballin The Jack" by Martha Tilton (Capitol); "Wedding Day" / "You Told A Lie" by Jack Kelty (MGM); and "If I Ever Find You" by Buddy Johnson (Decca). . . . . . . . . . . .new record labels that offer thirty five cent singles are Varsity, Hi-Tone, and Spotlight. decca offers a forty nine cent single on their Vocalion label . . . . . . . . . the top selling records in late May are - 1) "Ghost Riders In The Sky" by Vaughn Monroe (RCA Victor) 2) "Again" by Gordon Jenkins (Decca); 3) "Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como (RCA Victor); 4) "Forever And Ever" by Russ Morgan (Decca); 5) "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Dinah Shore & Buddy Clark (Columbia); 6) "Bali Hai" by Perry Como (RCA Victor); 7) "Cruising Down The River" by Russ Morgan (Decca); 8) "A You're Adorable" by Perry Como (RCA Victor); 9) "Again" by Mel Torme (Capitol); 10) "A You're Adorable" by Jo Stafford & Gordon McRae (Capitol); 11) "Once In Love With Amy" by Ray Bolger (Decca); 12) "I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore" by Gordon Jenkins & The Stardusters (Decca); 13) "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Margaret Whiting & Johnny Mercer (Capitol) and "Some Enchanted Evening" by Bing Crosby (Decca); 14) "Forever And Ever" by Perry Como (RCA Victor) 15) "A New Shade Of Blues" by Billy Eckstine (MGM) and "Careless hands" by Mel Torme (Capitol) and "Blue Skirt Waltz" by Frankie Yankovic (Columbia); 16) "So In Love" by Gordon McRae (Capitol) and "If I Could Be With You" by Doris Day (Columbia) and "Again" by Art Mooney (MGM) and "Whose Girl Are You" by Blue Barron (MGM); 17) "Bali hai" by Peggy Lee (Capitol) and "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy" by Fran Warren (RCA Victor) and "Kiss Me Sweet" by Sammy Kay (RCA Victor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .the top selling albums are 1) "South Pacific" (Columbia); 2) "Kiss Me Kate" (Columbia); 3) "Manhattan Tower" by Gordon Jenkins (Decca); 4) "To Mother" by Eddie Arnold (RCA Victor); 5) "Connecticut Yankee" by Bing Crosby (Decca) . . . . . . . . . . . . . a new act debuts at the Strand Theater in New York - Lenny Bruce ("a young man of distinction") . . . . . . . . . . . . .Illinois Jacquet and Tab Smith are at the Apollo Theater.

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