Top Of The Charts -1951
Data is complied from various charts
Billboard's "Jockeys", "Top 100",
"Best Sellers", "Hot 100" Charts.
The "Hot 100" is the primary chart used starting
December 16, 1950 - March 2, 1951
The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
March 3 - March 9
If - Perry Como
March 10 - April 20
Be My Love - Mario Lanza
April 21 - June 22
How High The Moon - Les Paul &
June 23 - July 27
Too Young - Nat King Cole
July 28 - September 7
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
September 8 -
Because Of You - Tony Bennett
November 3 -
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
November 17 -
Sin (It's No Sin) - Eddy Howard
December 29, 1951 -
March 14, 1952
Cry - Johnny Ray
The 5 Keys The Glory Of Love
Billy Hill wrote this song and Benny Goodman recorded
it in 1936. But in 1951 it was recorded as an R&B
number by the five keys and spent four no consecutive
weeks at the number one spot on Billboard's charts. Though
over a million copies were sold the original 1951 pressing
of the record are very rare.
Rosemary Clooney Come On A My House
This song was written by Two Armenian Americans Ross
Bagdasarian and his cousin William Saroyan in 1939.
The song did not immediate success. When it was recorded
by Rosemary Clooney in 1951 the song made it as a hit.
The song, is inreality is a nod to the Armenian custom
of having guests in the home and offering them various
foods. Cloooney's rendering of the song makes the listener
feel as if she is offering more than the candy she sings
Tony Bennett Blue Velvet
A Pop song from, 1951, Blue Velvet was written by Bernie
Wayne and and Lee Morris. Song would be a hit for Tony
Bennett, but would be a mega hit for Booby Vinton in
Perry Como Hello Young Lovers
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
were approached to write a musical form the book Anna
and the King of Siam. The book is based on the memoirs
of Anna Leonowens who was an English governess and school
teacher In the Court of Siam in the 1860s. The book
had already been made into a straight film in 1946 starring
Rex Harrison as the king. The attorney for Gertrude
Lawrence, one of the queens of Broadway, approached
Rodgers and Hammerstein to write a musical from the
novel for her client.
The team wasn't very comfortable at first. Their musicals,
so far, were all based in America in country and rural
settings. This show would have to be different and would
need to reflect a whole new musical element. It would
somehow have to sound oriental and feel American. Rodger's
and Hammerstein succeeded in the challenge. The King
and I ran for 3 years on Broadway for 1246 performances.
Gertrude Lawrence would die during the run, and the
main surprise about the musical is, though it starred
and was created for Gertrude Lawrence, the show was
completely taken over by Yul Brynner, who played the
king. This would become his signature role and would
be associated with him more than any other actor.
The song Hello Young Lovers, is song by Anna when she
first meets the wives of the king. In the song she explains
how she thinks of her husband who has died and how young
people make her feel when she sees them.
Nat King Cole Unforgettable
Inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame
in 2000, was written in 1951 by Irving Gordo. The publishing
company wasn't happy with the original title which was
Incomparable, and asked the composer lyricist to make
the change to Unforgettable and a music legend is made.
The song was originally recorded by Nat King Cole and
remained one his most popular songs. Nat King Cole would
record the song more than once most notably in 1961.
In 1991 Elvis Presley's music director came up with
the idea of splicing the 1961 recording with a recording
made by Nat's Daughter Natalie Cole and the song had
another surge of popularity winning three Grammy awards:
Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional
Pop Vocal Performance.
Mario Lanza Be My Love
Written in 1950 by Sammy Cahn (Lyrics) and Nicholas
Brodzsky (music), this song would go to number one on
the Billboard chart, and sell one million copies. The
song was introduced by Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza
in the 1950 movie The Toast of New Orleans.
Mario Lanza was a native of Philadelphia. He was born
in 1921 and named Alfred Arnold Cocozza, the son of
Italian Immigrants. Before his star began to blaze he
and his child hood friends would go into restaurants
in Philadelphia, Lanza would sing and the gang would
get dinner for free.
Lanza was discovered by Luis B Mayer, the head of MGM
studios, he was signed to seven year contract and changed
his name. His mother's maiden name was Lanza.
Unfortunately Lanza would become difficult to work with.
He would get into arguments with the studio, his directors
and his co-stars. Hedda Hopper said of him that "his
smile, which was as big as his voice, was matched with
the habits of a tiger cub, impossible to housebreak".
Mario Lanza would die in 1959 at the age of 38. He passed
from a pulmonary ambulism. Author Eleonora Kimmel concludes
that Lanza "blazed like a meteor whose light lasts
a brief moment in time".
Louis Armstrong A Kiss To Build A Dream On
This song was composed by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and
Oscar Hammerstein II in 1935. In 1951 it was used in
the film The Strip, in the film it was sung by practically
the entire cast including Armstrong as well as by Mickey
Rooney with William Demarest, by Sally Forrest, and
by Kay Brown. But it would be recorded by Armstrong
and the hit would go to Mr Armstrong.
Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenters Aba Dabba Honeymoon
Written and published by Arthur Fields
and Walter Donovan in 1914, the first recording of the
song was made by Collins and Harlin also in 1914. The
song would come back in the 1950 movie "Two Weeks
With Love". "Aba Dabba Honeymoon" would
go to #3 on the Billboard chart in 1951. The song was
again brought back on 1959 the film soundtrack that
brought the Three Stooges back called "Have Rocket
Will Travel". In the 1970s the Television Show
Laverne and Shirley would use the song in the episode
titled "The Shotz Talent Show."
Top Artists and Songs of 1951
Billy Ward and his Dominoes
Sixty Minute Man
Un Poco Loco
Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
Aba daba Honeymoon
Sin (Its No Sin)
Dust My Broom
Tell Me Why
Laine and Jo Stafford
In The Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Girl In The Wood
Rose, Rose I Love You
So Long (It's Been Good To Know Ya)
My Truly Truly Fair
There's Always Room At Our House
Cold, Cold Heart
Hey Good Lookin'
My Resistance Is low
Jackie Brentson and his Delta
My Heart Cries For You
If (They Made Me a king)
John Lee Hooker
I'm In The Mood
The Little White Cloud That Cried
Come On-a My House
The Syncopated Clock
Les Baxter and his Orchestra
Because of You
Les Brown and The Ames Brothers
Les Paul and Mary Ford
How High The Moon
Mockin' Bird Hill
The World Is Waiting For The Surprise
Walkin' & Whistlin' Blues
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
(When We Are Dancing) I Get Ideas
Be My Love
The Loveliest Night of the Year
Nat 'King' Cole
And So To Sleep Again
Mister & Mississippi
If (they Made Me a King)
Hello Young Lovers
Beautiful Brown Eyes
Come On-a My House
That's My Boy
Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Shotgun Boogie
Longing For You
The Ames Brothers
Fool, Fool, Fool
The Five Keys
The Glory of Love
The Morning Side of the Mountain
Because of You
Cold, Cold Heart
I Won't Cry Anymore
I Get Ideas
Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)
My Truly Truly Fair
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
On Top of Old Smokey
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