1954

Number Ones:
Little Things Mean a Lot
Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts [Mercury 70404-X45] (Edwards, Feaster, Feaster, Keyes, McRae) R&B doo-wop hit for the Chords [Cat 45-104]. There was a parody by Stan Freberg
Wanted
Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher (Burkhard, Parsons, Turner) ’O Mein Papa’ from Swiss operetta Der Schwarze Hecht, and recorded by Lys Assia & Orkest Paul Burkhard [’49, Musikvertrieb AG]. French version ’O Mon Papa’ by Suzy Delair [’52]. Also charted for Eddie Calvert, Ray Anthony
Make Love to Me! - Jo Stafford [Columbia 4-40143] (Brunies, Copeland, Mares, Melrose, Norvas, Pollack, Roppolo, Stitzel) Based on ‘Tin Roof Blues’ by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings [‘23, Gennett 5105], also recorded by Ted Lewis [‘25, Columbia 439] and many others.
Mr. Sandman - Chordettes [Cadence 1247] (Ballard) Appeared first by Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 47-5767]. Charted for the Four Aces, Buddy Morrow
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney [Columbia 4-40266] (Alder, Ross) Sung by John Raitt in the musical The Pajama Game. Sammy Davis Jr.
Secret Love - Doris Day [Columbia 4-40108] (Fain, Webster) Sung by Doris Day in the film Calamity Jane.
This Ole House - Rosemary Clooney [Columbia 4-40266] (Hamblen) A country hit for Stuart Hamblen [RCA Victor 5739]
I Need You Now
Three Coins in the Fountain - Four Aces [Decca 9-29123] (Cahn, Styne) Film title sung by Frank Sinatra [Capitol F2816]
Number Twos:
Cross Over the Bridge -
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer [Cadence 1241] (Adler, Ross) Sung by Carol Haney in the Broadway musical The Pajama Game. Based on the Uruguayan tango ‘La Cumparsita’, written by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and recorded by Roberto Firpo [‘16, EMI/Odeon]; lyrics were added in 1924 by Pascual Contursi and Enrique Maroni, as ’Si Supieras’, recorded by Carlos Gardel. It has been recorded by Hal Kemp [’33, ‘La Cumparsita (The Masquerade) Brunswick 6609], Xavier Cugat, featuring Dinah Shore [‘39, Victor 26426] and Desi Arnaz [‘47, RCA Victor 20-2279]. Also charted for Guy Lombardo, Johnnie Ray
Stranger in Paradise - Tony Bennett [Columbia 4-40121] (Forrest, Wright) Sung by Doretta Morrow and Richard Kiley in the 1953 musical Kismet. Based on “Gliding Dance of the Maidens’ from The Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor [1890] by Alexander Borodin. Also charted for the Four Aces, Tony Martin
I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You) - The Four Knights [Capitol F2654] (Pat Ballard). Subsequently a country fit for Johnnie and Jack as ‘(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely’ [RCA Victor 5681]
Young-at-Heart - Frank Sinatra [Capitol F2703] (Leigh, Richards) Due to its popularity, it was featured as the title song of a Sinatra movie that appeared in late 1954.
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords [Mercury 70403-X45] (Parsons, Revil, Turner) Based on a French song, ’Le petit cordonnier’ music by Rudi Revil, lyrics by Francis Lemarque, recorded by Lemarque [’54]. Also charted for Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Fisher.
Hold My Hand - Don Cornell [Coral 9-61206] (Lawrence, Myers) From the movie Susan Slept Here starring Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds.
Top Fives
Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie [Mercury 70432-X45] (Msarurgwa or Musarurwa, Glazer) The African Dance Band of the Cold Storage Commission of Southern Rhodesia recorded this in ‘52 [Gallotone, one of Eric Gallo‘s labels], under the auspices of English/South African ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey (inventor of the kalimba). It as released on London 45-1491 as the Bulawayo Sweet Rhythm Boys, and also charted for the Four Lads, Ray Anthony
If I Give My Heart to You - Doris Day [Columbia 4-40300] (Brewster, Crane, Jacobs) Denise Lor, Connee Boswell
The Happy Wanderer - Frank Weir [London 45-1448] (Moeller, Ridge, Siegesmund) German song ‘Fröhliche Wanderer’ sung by the children’s choir Schaumberger Märchensänger from Oberkirchen [‘53, Odeon]. Also charted for Henri René
Papa Loves Mambo
In the Chapel in the Moonlight - Kitty Kallen [Decca 9-29130] (Bill Hill) 1934 song made popular by Shep Fields [Bluebird 6640], Richard Himbert, featuring Stuart Allen [Victor 25441], Ruth Etting [Decca 1084], Mal Hallett featuring Jerry Perkins [Decca 1033]. Another ‘54 version was by the Four Knights.
If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - Kay Starr [Capitol F2769] (Monnot, Parsons) 1950 Edith Piaf song ‘Hymne à l’amour’. Also by Vera Lynn
The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter [Capitol F2845] (Tiomkin, Washington) From the John Wayne film of the same name. In the film, it was whistled, and was based on the Georgia Tech fight song ’I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech’. Also by Victor Young, Leroy Holmes, Johnny Desmond
Here - Tony Martin [RCA Victor 47-5665] (Cochran, Grant) Adapted from the aria ‘Caro nome’ in Verdi’s Rigoletto [1851].
Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) - Eddie Fisher [RCA Victor 47-5871] (Berlin) Sung by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in the 1954 film White Christmas [Decca 29251].
Top Tens
Answer Me, My Love
The Man with the Banjo
I Understand Just How You Feel
I’m a Fool to Care
A Girl, a Girl
Jilted
The Gang That Sang ‘Heart of My Heart’
Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight
Shake, Rattle and Roll
They Were Doin’ the Mambo
The Man Upstairs
Till We Two Are One
From the Vine Came the Grape
Darktown Strutters Ball
There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Green Years
Steam Heat
Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby
Cinnamon Sinner
(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
Mambo Italiano
Woman
What It Was, Was Football
Smile
Till Then
Muskrat Ramble
Cara Mia
What a Dream
Whither Thou Goest