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  Top Of The Charts -1952
Data is complied from various charts including:
Billboard's "Jockeys", "Top 100", "Best Sellers", "Hot 100" Charts.
The "Hot 100" is the primary chart used starting October, 1958.
Buy It! December 29, 1951 -
March 14, 1952

Cry - Johnny Ray

Buy It! March 15 - May 16 Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
Buy It! May 17 - June 20 Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson
Buy It! June 21 - July 4 Here in My Heart - Al Martino
Buy It! July 5 - July 11 Delicado - Percy Faith & his Orchestra
Buy It! July 12 -
September 12
Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Buy It! September 13 - October 17 You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Buy It! October 18 - November 21 I Went To Your Wedding - Patti Page
Buy It! November 22 - November 28 It's In The Book - Johnny Standley
Buy It! November 29 - December 26 Why Don't You Believe Me - Joni James
Buy It! December 27, 1952 - January 9, 1953 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd
Bill Haley and the Saddlemen
Rock The Joint
Before Bill Haley was Bill Haley and the Comets, he was Bill Haley and the Saddlemen and in 1952 he and his group would record Rock The Joint. The song had previously been recorded by Jimmie Preston and this would version would not make the Billboard charts. It still was part of the beginning of Bill Haley.

Don Howard
Oh Happy Day
This is not the Oh Happy Day that many church goers are familiar with. This song written by and performed by Don Howard was originally first performed at a high school dance; the young adults loved it and asked for it to be performed for a total of 13 times. The song was then recorded at a local recording studio the song became an immediate local hit. From there the song was released at the national level and it made it up to number #4 on the Billboard chart. Time magazine would say of the song the "Mystery Hit" and went on to say that the song was the "rarest kind of hit, unplanned and unplugged."

Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You

This song could be considered one of the first songs that spoke out against drug use as one of its lyrics is "I get no kick form cocaine, I know that if I took even one little sniff, it would be bore me incredibly too, but I get a kick out of you." The song was written for the 1934 musical and originally sung by Ethel Merman and was one of three songs that would become hits for the time the other two being You're The Top and the title song, "Anything Goes."

Gene Kelly
Singin in the Rain
Singin in the Rain has a legacy that began with one of the very first talking motion picture. It was sung in an MGM musical with a man playing a Banjo with a line of chorus girls. Judy Garland and others would sing it in other motion pictures or record it. But in 1952 Singin in the Rain became a movie musical and was given the royal treatment. The Film would star Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'connor. This film would be considered one of the best ever made and Gene Kelly dancing in the rain while singing the title song would be considered one of films greatest moments.

Four Aces
Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul is one song that almost every young pianist is quickly taught as a first piano duet. The song was published in 1938 with music by Hoagie Carmichael and lyrics by Frank Loesser. In 1952 The Four Aces recorded the song and it maxed out on the charts at #11.

Hank Williams

Jambalaya is a Cajon dish that consists of rice sausage chicken and or shrimp with hot spices. One of the most popular of Cajon foods Jambalaya even has a mix that you can easily make at home.
The song was written and released by Hank Williams and would stay # 1 on the Country Music Charts, but the song wouldn't stay in the country music category and would be recorded by other artists most notably The Carpenters who would record the song on their Now and Then Album. This version would reach number 12 in the UK.

Karen Chandler
Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Written by Harry Noble in 1952 the song is considered to be an early hit of the pop rock era. When Karen Chandler recorded the song it would make it to #7 on the charts, and would be the only charted song for her career.

The Mills Brothers
Glow Worm
The original song was titled Das Gluhwurmchen and was part of Paul Linck's 1902 operetta Lysistrata, when translated into English the song became a standard and was titled Glow Worm. Johnny Mercer would expand the lyrics and this is the song that would become a hit for The Mills Brothers.

Johnny Ray
Walkin My Baby Back Home
This song was originally written in 1930 by Roy Turk, lyrics, with music by Fred E. Ahlert and charted in 1931 at #8. Nat King Cole made a hit out of the song in 1951, 52 Johnny Ray also had a hit with the song. In 1953, the song would become the title of a film starring Donald Oconnor.

  Top Artists and Songs of 1952
Buy It! Al Martino
Here In My Heart, Now, Take My Heart
Buy It! Arthur Godfrey
Slow Poke
Buy It! Bell Sisters
Wheel of Fortune, Bermuda
Buy It! Bill Haley and his Comets
Rock The Joint
Buy It! Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman
Zing a Little Zong
Buy It! Bing Crosby
Isle of Innisfree
Buy It! Bobby Wayne
Wheel of Fortune
Buy It! Buddy Morrow
Night Train
Buy It! Dean Martin
You Belong To Me
Buy It! Don Howard
Oh Happy day
Buy It! Don Cornell
I'll Walk Alone, I Am Yours
Buy It! Doris Day and Frankie Laine
Buy It! Doris Day
A Guy Is A Guy, My Love and Devotion
Buy It! Eddie Fisher
I Wish You Were Here, Lady of Spain, Anytime, Outside of Heaven, Tell Me Why, Everything I Have Is Yours
Buy It! Eddie Howard
Auf Wiederdseh'n Sweetheart
Buy It! Four Aces
Heart and Soul
Buy It! Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Buy It! Frankie Laine
High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
Buy It! Gene Kelly
Singing In The Rain
Buy It! Georgia Gibbs
Ring of Fire
Buy It! Guy Mitchell
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Buy It! Hank Williams
Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
Buy It! Helen O'Connell
Slow Poke
Buy It! Hugo Winterhalter
Blue Tango
Buy It! Jimmy Forrest
Night Train
Buy It! Jo Stafford
You Belong To Me, Jambalaya (On The Bayou), A-Round the Corner, Keep It a Secret
Buy It! Johnny Ray
Please Mister Sun, Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Buy It! Johnny Standley
It's In The Book
Buy It! Joni James
Why Don't You Believe In Me?
Buy It! Karen Chandler
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Buy It! Kay Starr
Wheel of Fortune, Comes A-Long a-Love
Buy It! Leroy Anderson
Blue Tango
Buy It! Les Paul and Mary Ford
Tiger Rag
Buy It! Little Walter
Buy It! Lloyd Price
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Buy It! Louis Armstrong
It Takes two To tango
Buy It! Mario Lanza
Because You're Mine
Buy It! Mills Brothers
The Glow Worm
Buy It! Nat 'King' Cole
Unforgettable, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, Somewhere Along The Way, Because You're Mine, Faith Can Move Mountains
Buy It! Patti Page
I Went To Your Wedding, Why Don't You Believe Me?, You Belong To Me
Buy It! Pearl Bailey
It Takes Two To Tango
Buy It! Pee Wee King
Slow Poke
Buy It! Peggy Lee
Buy It! Percy Faith
Buy It! Perry Como
Please Mr. Sun, Maybe
Buy It! Ray Anthony
Bunny Hop, At last
Buy It! Red Foley
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Buy It! Rosemary Clooney
Half As Much, Blues In The Night, otch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina)
Buy It! Ruth Brown
5-10-15 Hours
Buy It! Slim Whitman
Indian Love Call
Buy It! Tex Ritter
High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
Buy It! The Dominoes
Have Mercy Baby
Buy It! The Gaylords
Tell Me Your Mine
Buy It! The Hilltoppers
Buy It! The Weavers
Around The Corner
Buy It! Tony Bennett
Here In My Heart
Buy It! Tony Martin
Kiss of Fire
Buy It! Vera Lynn
Auf Wiederdseh'n Sweetheart, Homing Waltz, Forget Me Not
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