The Number One Hits of 1932

December 19, 1931 – January 15, 1931
Mills Brothers
Tiger Rag
“Tiger Rag” is a jazz standard originally recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917. The Mills Brothers’ rendition of the song, released in 1931, features their unique vocal harmony style, often mimicking the sound of instruments.
Jan 16, 1932 – Jan 29, 1932
Kate Smith with Guy Lombardo
River, Stay ‘Way From My Door
Written by Harry Woods and Mort Dixon, the song was popularized by Kate Smith’s emotional performance backed by Guy Lombardo’s orchestra.
Jan 30, 1932 – Feb 12, 1932
Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers
Bing Crosby, a leading singer of the time, teamed up with The Mills Brothers to record “Dinah,” a lively jazz tune composed by Harry Akst with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young.
Feb 13, 1932 – Mar 4, 1932
Paul Whiteman
All of Me
Paul Whiteman, a prominent bandleader, recorded “All of Me,” a jazz standard composed by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons, featuring a rich orchestration.
Mar 5, 1932 – Mar 18, 1932
Louis Armstrong
All of Me
Louis Armstrong, a legendary jazz trumpeter and vocalist, delivered a memorable rendition of “All of Me” with his unique improvisation and soulful voice.
Apr 2, 1932 – May 13, 1932
Leo Reisman
Leo Reisman, a prominent violinist and bandleader, recorded “Paradise,” a romantic ballad composed by Nacio Herb Brown with lyrics by Gordon Clifford.
Jun 4, 1932 – Jun 17, 1932
George Olson
Lullaby of Broadway
George Olson, a popular bandleader, recorded “Lullaby of Broadway,” an upbeat tune composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Al Dubin, which became a hit in the movie “Gold Diggers of 1935.”
Aug 27, 1932 – Sep 30, 1932
Guy Lombardo
We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Composed by Harry Woods, “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye” is a sentimental ballad that showcases the smooth sound of Guy Lombardo’s orchestra.
Oct 1, 1932 – Oct 17, 1932
George Olson
Say It Isn’t So
George Olson recorded “Say It Isn’t So,” a melancholic ballad composed and written by Irving Berlin, which became a popular song during the Great Depression.
Oct 15, 1932 – Nov 25, 1932
Bing Crosby
“Please,” composed by Ralph Rainger with lyrics by Leo Robin, became one of Bing Crosby’s early hits and showcased his warm, crooning vocal style.
Nov 26, 1932 – Dec 9, 1932
Bing Crosby
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” written by Yip Harburg and composed by Jay Gorney, became an anthem for the Great Depression, reflecting the plight of the unemployed.
Dec 10, 1932 – Dec 23, 1932
Rudy Vallee
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Rudy Vallee, a popular singer, and bandleader, also recorded a poignant version of “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” that resonated with audiences during the difficult economic times.
Dec 24, 1932 – Mar 3, 1932
Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman
Night and Day
Fred Astaire, a renowned singer, and dancer, teamed up with Leo Reisman’s orchestra to record “Night and Day,” a timeless classic composed by Cole Porter. The song was first introduced in the musical “The Gay Divorce” and became one of Astaire’s signature tunes.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1932 include:
Louis Armstrong, Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra, Fred Astaire, Ted Black, Boswell Sisters, Cab Calloway, Maurice Chevalier, Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Jack Denny, Eddie Duchin, Duke Ellington, Glen Gray, Jimmy Grier, Johnny Hamp, Isham Jones and His Orchestra, Art Kassel and His “Kassels In The Air”, Wayne King, Ted Lewis and His Band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, The Mills Brothers, Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, Ray Noble, George Olson, Leo Reisman, Ben Selvin, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra

Charts based on Billboard music charts.

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