1951

Number Ones:
Cry - Johnny Ray & the Four Lads [Okeh 4-6840] (Kohlman). Recorded earlier in the year by torch singer Ruth Casey [Cadilac]. Also by Georgia Gibbs, Eileen Barton, Four Knights; parody ‘Try’ by Stan Freberg
Because of You - Tony Bennett [Columbia 4-39362] (A. Hammerstein, D. Wilkinson) Written in 1940, used in the 1951 film I Was an American Spy. Also by Les Baxter, Gloria DeHaven & Guy Lombardo, Jan Peerce, Johnny Desmond, Tab Smith, Ray Barber
How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford [Capitol F1451] (Hamilton, Lewis) Featured in 1940 Broadway show Two For the Show, starring Betty Hutton; recorded by Benny Goodman, featuring Helen Forrest [Columbia 35391] and Mitchell Ayres, featuring Mary Ann Mercer [Bluebird 10609]. Also charted for Stan Kenton [‘48, Capitol 15117]
Sin - Eddy Howard [Mercury 5711-X45] (Haven, Shull) Also by the Four Aces, Savannah Churchill, the Four Knights, Sammy Kaye, Billy Williams
If - Perry Como [RCA Victor 47-3997] (Damerell, Evans, Hargreave). Jo Stafford, Billy Eckstine, Dean Martin, Guy Lombardo, the Ink Spots, Jan Garber, Vic Damone.
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney [Columbia 4-39467] (Saroyan, Seville) Based on an Armenian folk tune, and used in William Saroyan’s 1950 off-Broadway play The Son. Recorded first by Kay Armen [‘50, Federal]. Also Kay Starr, Richard Hayes, novelty version by Mickey Katz; answer song ‘Where’s a Your House’ by Robert Q. Lewis
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett [Columbia 4-39449] (Williams). Country hit for Hank Williams [‘51, MGM K10904]. Also the Fontane Sisters, Eileen Wilson, Tony Fontane, R&B Dinah Washington.
Too Young - Nat ‘King’ Cole [Capitol F1449] (Dee, Lippman). Toni Arden, Patti Andrews, Fran Allison, Richard Hayes
Be My Love - Mario [RCA Victor 49-1353] (Brodzky, Cahn). From Lanza’s film The Toast of New Orleans. Also by Ray Anthony, Billy Eckstine
Number Twos:
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers & Terry Gilkyson [Decca 9-27515] (Pete Seeger). Related to ‘The Little Mohee’ by Flora Noles [‘26, Okeh 45037], Buell Kazee [‘27, Brunswick 156], Bradley Kincaid [’29, Gennett 6856], ‘Little Maumee’ by Riley Puckett [‘28, Columbia 15277]. ’On Top of Old Smoky’ was recorded by George Reneau, solo [’25, Vocalion 15366] and with Lester McFarland, as the Collins Brothers [‘27, Paramount 3030], and by Bradley Kincaid [’29, Gennett 7053]. Also by Vaughn Monroe, Percy Faith with Burl Ives
My Heart Cries For You - Guy Mitchell [Columbia 4-39067] (Faith, Sigman) An 18th century French song, ‘La chanson de Marie Antoinette’, copyrighted in 1927 (as ‘Marie Antoinette’s Song’) and recorded in 1938 by Lily Pons with Frank LaForge’s Orchestra [Victor]. Also by Dinah Shore, Vic Damone, Jimmy Wakely, Bill Farrell, Al Morgan, Evelyn Knight & Red Foley, Victor Young
Mockin’ Bird Hill - Patti Page [Mercury 5595-X45] (Horton) .The Pinetoppers, a Pennsylvania country band with the song’s writer, recorded it first, vocals by the Beaver Valley Sweethearts aka the Marlin Sisters [Coral 9-64061], and also charted with it, as did Les Paul & Mary Ford, Russ Morgan
Jezebel - Frankie Laine [Columbia 4-39367] (Shanklin). Charles Aznavour translated it into French, where it was sung by Edith Piaf.
The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise - Les Paul & Mary Ford [Capitol F1748] (Lockhart, Seltz) Written in 1919 by the Canadians for their theater company the Pierrot Players. Recorded in 1922 by Isham Jones [Brunswick 2313], John Steele [Victor 18844], the Benson Orchestra [Victor 18980] and Theo Karle [Brunswick 13031]. Stan Freberg recorded a parody [‘52].
Shrimp Boats - Jo Stafford [Columbia 4-39581] (Howard, Weston) Dolores Gray with Camarata; novelty version ‘Herring Boats’ by Mickey Katz
Undecided - Ames Brothers & Les Brown (Robin, Shavers) 1939 song by the jazz sextet John Kirby & his Onyx Club Boys [Decca 2216], Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb [Decca 2323] and the Benny Goodman Orchestra [Victor 26134]. Also by Ray Anthony, Guy Lombardo
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell [Columbia 4-39415] (Merrill) Also by Vic Damone, Freddy Martin, Ray Anthony
Top Fives
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin [RCA Victor 47-4141] (Cochran, Sanders). From the Argentine tango ‘Adios Muchachos’ (Julio Cesar Sanders, Cesar Vedani), recorded by Agustin Magalia [‘27, Victor], Carlos Gardel [‘28] and Ignacio Corsini [‘28]. An English version ‘I’ll Keep You In My Heart Always’ was recorded by Geraldo [‘31] and Victor Sylvester [‘31]. Under the 1951 title it was also recorded by Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee
Sweet Violets - Dinah Shore [RCA Victor 47-4174] (Coben, Grean) Written (Joseph K. Emmett) for the 1882 show Fritz Among the Gypsies, it was first recorded by the Bernie Schultz Crescent Orchestra [‘27, Gennett 6216]. Also by Billy Murray [‘29], the Gene Kandor Orchestra [‘31], the Sweet Violet Boys (aka the Prairie Ramblers) [‘35, Vocalion/Okeh 03256] and the Callahan Brothers [‘36, ARC 6-07-51]. 1951 versions also by Jane Turzy, Doris Drew
The Loveliest Night of the Year - Mario Lanza [RCA Victor 49-3300] (Aaronson, Webster) The tune is the 1988 ‘Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)’, published in New Orleans by its Mexican writer. Ann Blyth sung the song in the film The Great Caruso, also starring Lanza.
Jealousy (Jalousie) - Frankie Laine [Columbia 4-39585] (Bloom, Gade) 1925 Danish tune introduced as a silent movie accompaniment, also called ‘Tango Tzigane‘. Recorded by Leo Reisman [’32, Victor 22928], the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fiedler [’38, Victor 12160], Harry James [‘47, Columbia 37218]. The vocal version was first recorded by Vera Lynn [‘40]
Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant) - Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 47-4113] (Duckworth). Song based on a military cadence originated by Private Williams Duckworth in WW II (by 1944).
Aba Daba Honeymoon - Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter [MGM K30282] (Donovan, Fields) 1914 song recorded by Collins & Harlan [Victor 17620], performed on stage by Sophie Tucker and several others. This version is from the film Two Weeks with Love. Also by Richard Hayes & Kitty Kallen, Freddy Martin, Cliff Steward, Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley
Rose, Rose, I Love You - Frankie Laine [Columbia 4-39367] (Langdon, Thomas) Also by Buddy Morrow, Gordon Jenkins
The Roving Kind - Guy Mitchell [Columbia 4-39067] (Cavanaugh, Stanton) From the English folk song ‘The Pirate Ship’. Also by the Weavers, Rex Allen
Would I Love You (Love You, Love You) - Patti Page [Mercury 5571-X45] (Russell, Spina) Harry James with Doris Day, Helen O’Connell, Tony Martin
Down Yonder - Del Wood [Tennessee 775] (Gilbert). 1921 song, added to the 1918 show Sinbad, by Al Jolson, and the 1920 show Tip Top, by the Six Brown Brothers. Recorded by Ernest Hare & Billy Jones [Brunswick 2101], the Peerless Quartet [Victor 18775], the Happy Six [Columbia A-3423], and later by Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers [‘34, Bluebird 5562]. Also by Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr, Freddy Martin, Eddie Smith & the Chief, Champ Butler, Lawrence (Piano Roll) Cook, Frank Petty Trio
So Long (It’s Been Good to Know Yuh) - Gordon Jenkins & the Weavers [Decca 9-27376] (Guthrie). Woodie Guthrie song [’40, LOC, and ‘44 for Asch]. Guthrie wrote the tune for the chorus, but borrowed the tune for the verses from ‘Billy the Kid’, written in 1927 and recorded by Vernon Dalhart. Also Paul Weston, Ralph Marterie
And So To Sleep Again - Patti Page [Mercury 5706-X45] (Marsala, Skylar) April Stevens with Henri René, Dick Haymes, Paul Weston
You’re Just in Love - Perry Como [RCA Victor 47-3945] (Berlin) From the Broadway musical Call Me Madam starring Ethel Merman. Also by Guy Mitchell & Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore & Russell Nype, Ethel Merman & Dick Haymes
Detour - Patti Page [Mercury 5682-X45] (Westmoreland) 1946 country hit for Spade Cooley, Wesley Tuttle, Elton Britt, and Foy Willing.
Just One More Chance - Les Paul & Mary Ford [Capitol F1825] (Coslow, Johnston) Recorded in 1931 by Bing Crosby [Brunswick 6120], Abe Lyman featuring Phil Neely [Brunswick 6125], Gus Arnheim with Donald Novis [Victor 22758], Ruth Etting [Perfect 12219], Ben Selvin with Dick Robertson [Columbia 2487], and performed on stage and radio by Russ Columbo.
Top Tens
I’m In Love Again
I Apologize
While You Danced, Danced, Danced
Whispering
(Why Did I Tell You I Was Going to) Shanghai
Old Soldiers Never Die
Mister and Mississippi
Sparrow in the Tree Top
Turn Back the Hands of Time
Castle Rock
When You and I Were Young Maggie Blues
A Penny a Kiss
Domino
I Taut I Taw a Puddy Tat
Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle
Out in the Cold Again
Hey, Good Lookin’
Charmaine
Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Yuh Huh?
Jingle Bells