The Number One Hits of 1923
|Dec 16, 1922 – Jan 5, 1923
Three O’Clock in the Morning
“Three O’Clock in the Morning” is a waltz composed by Julián Robledo, with lyrics by Dorothy Terriss. Paul Whiteman’s rendition of the song became a hit due to its elegant and graceful arrangement, highlighting the versatility of Whiteman’s orchestra in performing various musical styles.
|Jan 6, 1923 – Jan 12, 1923
I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise
“I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” is a lively tune composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. The song showcases Paul Whiteman’s ability to incorporate jazz elements into his orchestra’s performances, contributing to the song’s popularity.
|Jan 13, 1923 – Mar 9, 1923
Toot Toot Tootsie (Goo’bye)
“Toot Toot Tootsie (Goo’bye)” is an upbeat and catchy tune written by Dan Russo, Ernie Erdman, and Gus Kahn. Al Jolson’s energetic performance and charismatic presence helped make this song a hit, further solidifying his status as one of the most popular entertainers of the era.
|Mar 10, 1923 – Apr 6, 1923
Van & Schenck
Carolina In The Morning
“Carolina in the Morning” is a classic and nostalgic tune composed by Walter Donaldson, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. Van & Schenck, a popular American singing and comedy duo, brought their unique vocal harmonies and comedic flair to the song, contributing to its success.
|Apr 7, 1923 – May 25, 1923
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
“Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” is an instrumental composition by German composer Leon Jessel. Paul Whiteman’s orchestra showcased their versatility with this playful and imaginative arrangement, captivating listeners with their creative interpretation of the piece.
|May 26, 1923 – Jun 15, 1923
Love Sends A Little Gift Of Roses
Carl Fenton was a bandleader and conductor in the 1920s. “Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses” is a romantic waltz composed by John Openshaw, with lyrics by Leslie Cooke. The song’s tender melody and Fenton’s heartfelt performance resonated with audiences, making it a popular hit.
|Jun 16, 1923 – Jun 22, 1923
“Bambalina” is a charming song composed by Vincent Youmans and Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II. Paul Whiteman’s orchestra once again demonstrated adaptability by delivering a delightful performance of this captivating and melodious tune.
|Jun 23, 1923 – Jul 13, 1923
Art Landry was an American bandleader and saxophonist. “Dreamy Melody” is a sentimental ballad composed by Ted Koehler, Frank Magine, and C. Naset, which became popular due to Landry’s soothing saxophone performance and the song’s evocative, dream-like atmosphere.
|Jul 14, 1923 – Aug 10, 1923
Down Hearted Blues
“Down Hearted Blues” is a classic blues song written by Alberta Hunter and Lovie Austin. Bessie Smith, known as the “Empress of the Blues,” delivered a powerful and soulful performance, showcasing her incredible vocal range and emotional depth, which helped establish her as one of the greatest blues singers ever.
|Aug 11, 1923 – Aug 31, 1923
Swingin’ Down The Line
Isham Jones was a prominent bandleader, saxophonist, and composer. “Swingin’ Down The Line” is a lively, upbeat song that features Jones’ dynamic orchestra and highlights his skill in crafting catchy and engaging tunes, contributing to the song’s popularity during this period.
|Sep 1, 1923 – Oct 26, 1923
Yes! We Have No Bananas
“Yes! We Have No Bananas” is a novelty song by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn. Billy Jones, a popular American tenor, infused the song with humor and enthusiasm, making it a hit with audiences who appreciated its lighthearted, catchy melody and whimsical lyrics.
|Oct 27, 1923 – Nov 9, 1923
Yes! We Have No Bananas
Ben Selvin was a prolific bandleader and recording artist. His rendition of “Yes! We Have No Bananas” also became popular, as he offered a unique and spirited interpretation of the song that showcased the versatility and skill of his orchestra.
|Nov 10, 1923 – Dec 21, 1923
Billy Murray & Ed Smalle
Billy Murray and Ed Smalle were both popular singers during the 1920s. Their collaboration on “Song” demonstrated their talent for creating memorable vocal harmonies and delivering engaging performances that resonated with listeners, contributing to the song’s success.
|Dec 22, 1923 – Jan 4, 1924
No, No Nora
“No, No Nora” is a playful and catchy song by Ted Fio Rito and Gus Kahn. Eddie Cantor, a beloved American performer, brought his signature comedic flair and energetic vocal style to the song, making it a popular hit.
The Biggest Pop Artists of 1923 include:
Charts based on Billboard music charts.