The Number One Hits of 1929

December 1, 1928 – January 25, 1929
Al Jolson
There’s A Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Al Jolson was one of the most influential performers of the 20th century and played a key role in the acceptance of black music.
“There’s A Rainbow Round My Shoulder” was a popular song in the late 1920s and showcased Jolson’s powerful vocal abilities.
January 26, 1929 – February 15, 1929
Guy Lombardo
Sweethearts On Parade
Guy Lombardo was a Canadian-American bandleader and violinist who formed the Royal Canadians, a popular dance orchestra.
“Sweethearts On Parade” was composed by Carmen Lombardo and Charles Newman and became a popular hit for dance orchestras.
February 16, 1929 – March 22, 1929
Gene Austin
Carolina Moon
Gene Austin was a popular singer and songwriter during the 1920s and 1930s, known for his warm and expressive vocal style.
“Carolina Moon” was written by Joe Burke and Benny Davis and was a sentimental ballad that resonated with audiences.
March 23, 1929 – April 19, 1929
George Olson
A Precious Little Thing Called Love
George Olson was a prominent bandleader and recording artist during the 1920s and 1930s, known for his danceable jazz tunes.
Written by Lou Davis and J. Fred Coots, “A Precious Little Thing Called Love” was a catchy tune that became popular with dance bands.
April 20, 1929 – June 14, 1929
Rudy Vallee
Rudy Vallee was an American singer, bandleader, and actor who popularized the “crooner” style of singing during the 1920s and 1930s.
“Honey” was a sweet and sentimental song composed by Seymour Simons, Haven Gillespie, and Richard A. Whiting.
June 15, 1929 – July 12, 1929
Leo Reisman
The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
Leo Reisman was a well-known violinist and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s, whose orchestra was a fixture at the Waldorf Astoria.
“The Wedding Of The Painted Doll” was written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed and was featured in the 1929 musical film “Broadway Melody.”
July 13, 1929 – August 9, 1929
Bob Haring and the Copley Plaza Orchestra
Pagan Love Song
Bob Haring was an American bandleader whose orchestra, the Copley Plaza Orchestra, was popular during the 1920s and 1930s.
“Pagan Love Song” was composed by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown and was known for its exotic and romantic melody.
August 10, 1929 – August 30, 1929
Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards
Singin’ In The Rain
Cliff Edwards, known as “Ukelele Ike,” was an influential American singer and voice actor who popularized the ukulele.
“Singin’ In The Rain” was composed by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed and later became the title song of the iconic 1952 movie musical.
August 31, 1929 – October 4, 1929
Al Jolson
Little Pal
Al Jolson, often called “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” pioneered jazz and blues music to white audiences.
“Little Pal” was written by Al Jolson, B.G. DeSylva, and Ray Henderson and became a popular song in Jolson’s repertoire.
October 5, 1929 – October 18, 1929
Ethel Waters
Am I Blue?
Ethel Waters was a groundbreaking African American singer and actress who gained fame for her blues, jazz, and gospel performances.
“Am I Blue?” was composed by Harry Akst and Grant Clarke and became a signature song for Waters, showcasing her emotional depth.
October 19, 1929 – December 27, 1929
Nick Lucas
Tip Toe Through The Tulips
Nick Lucas, known as “The Crooning Troubadour,” was a successful American singer and guitarist with a unique high tenor voice.
“Tip Toe Through The Tulips” was written by Al Dubin and Joe Burke and became one of Lucas’s biggest hits, known for its catchy melody.
December 26, 1929 – January 10, 1930
Paul Whiteman
Great Day
Paul Whiteman, known as the “King of Jazz,” was an American bandleader and innovator who played a key role in popularizing jazz.
“Great Day” was composed by Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose, and Edward Eliscu and became a popular tune for Whiteman’s orchestra.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1929 include:
Louis Armstrong, Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra, Gene Austin, Ben Bernie and His Orchestra, Earl Burtnett and His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra, Eddie Cantor, Maurice Chevalier, Dorsey Brothers, Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards, Ruth Etting, Johnny Hamp, Annette Hanshaw, Libby Holman, Ipana Troubadors, Al Jolson, Helen Kane, Ted Lewis and His Band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Abe Lymon, Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, George Olson, Leo Reisman, Ben Selvin, Nat Shilkret and The Victor Orchestra, Aileen Stanley, Sophie Tucker, Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, Victor Symphony Orchestra, Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians, Ethel Waters, Ted Weems and His Orchestra, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra

Charts based on Billboard music charts.

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