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What was #1 on the day you were born.

GUEST,TJ in San Diego 06 Feb 09 - 03:52 PM
The Barden of England 06 Feb 09 - 03:50 PM
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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:52 PM

"I'll Never Smile Again," by Tommy Dorsey. That's OK, I couldn't believe it either...

When I started elementary school (we didn't have kindergarten), it was "To Each His Own," by Freddie Martin.

When I was entering high school, it was "Sh-Boom," by the Crew Cuts.

When I was graduating from high school, it was "All I Have To Do Is Dream," by the Everly Brothers.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: The Barden of England
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:50 PM

Not too sure in my case - 17th. June 1945, but it looks like Sentimental Journey - Les Brown, Doris Day may have been around, and I've certainly had one of those ever since.
john Barden


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Ed.
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:31 PM

My birthday's a mixed bag:

In my home country, the UK, it was The Last Waltz by Engelbert Humperdinck

I did better (not hard) in the USA with Ode To Billy Joe by Bobbie Gentry

Australia redeems my birthday with Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: pdq
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:29 PM

"but Mr. Weens escapes me - is he likely to feature in Folk America tonight or is he a good ol'boy?"

Well, Ted Weems was a very popular band leader in the US from the mid 1920s through the mid 1950s.

His early efforts were "novelty" and "hot jazz", the latter a bit closer to the Paul Whiteman school than the New Orleans style.

Like Fred Waring, Ted Weems was Pennsylvania Dutch as we call it (German) descent. He was a trained musician and did the most important thing an entertainer can do: entertain people.

He moved easily into "sweet" style of the Big Band Era and was very popular with the average (musically) unsophisticated people. Folk, as interpreted on Mudcat, is not where this guy lived.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:24 PM

Diana - Paul Anka on both sides of the pond.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:23 PM

PoppaGator - I also gave up on my birth date and tried Wedding Day and (to my horror) it was Englbert Humperdinks's 'Last Waltz.' Oh well, I still have the memory (September 1967) of us sitting in a cafe in Cherbourg, waiting to go to the terminal for the ferry home at the end of our honeymoon and hearing Procul Harem's 'Whiter Shade of Pale'on the radio. Made us proud to be British!


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: fat B****rd
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:13 PM

Billy Vaughan of The Hilltoppers alos played the saxes and went on to become a producer at Dot Records.
My birthhits were (July 3rd 1947) Monte Rey and Mantovani with "Tell Me Marianne" in the UK and in the US Perry Como with "Chi Baba, Chi Baba"


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 02:53 PM

"Dies Irae" by Benedict and the Carthusians.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 02:42 PM

Yeah, the Hilltoppers covered a lot of Ink Spots and Mills Brothers in the early '50s.

Without googling or otherwise looking it up, which member of the Hilltoppers went on to greater musical fame through at least the '60s after leaving the group.

Hint: It was not as a singer.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Rog Peek
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 02:37 PM

Using KevBoyd's blue clicky, it seems 'Bless You' by The Ink Spots was No. 1 the day I was born.

Rog


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 02:31 PM

Hey John:

Jusy a side note on the Ink Spots. A friend of mine took over the lead from Bill Kenny when he went solo, and was the lead singer for the Ink Spots for something like 16 years. I got to know my friend Jimmy from singing with him in a Men's Chorus a few years ago. I always liked the Ink Spots, myself. I was born in 1935, so I grew up with many of their hits and then enjoyed the songs again when many of them were re-recorded by the Hilltoppers.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 01:32 PM

I found my song below. Just click on your month and day and a whole list of songs going back over 1oo years appears. I wouldn't put to much stock in lists prior to the 1930s, however.


http://www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInHistory/SelectMonth.htm


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: PoppaGator
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 01:18 PM

#1 hits on the day I was born:

US: "Near You," Frances Craig. (Never heard of it)
UK: "Now is the Hour," Gracie Fields (I've heard of Gracie, but not that song)
AUS: no data for 1947

I tried our wedding day, and got much more satisfying results:

US: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life,' Stevie Wonder (yesss!)
UK: "See My Baby Jive," the Wizzards (what???)
AUS: "Top of the World," the Carpenters (sappy, but acceptable)


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: kendall
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 01:01 PM

All I did was go to google and type in hit parade 1934.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Don Firth
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:41 PM

My Gawd, I didn't realize that there are as many children on this web site as there are!

I recall a couple of hairy guys grunting and banging rocks together. . . .

But seriously, folks, some of the big hit songs of 1931 were "As Time Goes By" (later featured in the movie Casablanca in 1942), "I Surrender Dear", "Love Letters in the Sand" and "Dancing in the Dark." Kate Smith and Rudy Vallee were riding high that year. A new young singer made his radio debut on CBS three months after I was born—Bing Crosby. . . .

Back to the guys with the rocks. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:40 PM

Jerry, thank you. I had found the name of the song and the lyrics as posted above, but now I've heard 8 bars, as they used to say. I love the Ink Spots, but they were pretty schmaltzy...but a lot of music back then was.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:17 PM

John on the Sunset Coast: Try the address that I posted: #1 Song On This Date In History on your search window. I'll try making a blue clicky again, but it didn't seem to work. I was born in 1935 and it goes back into the 20's. That should cover us all.


http://www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInhistory/selectMonth.htm

If this is a blue clicky, why ain't it blue?

Search for #1 Song On This Date In History John, and you'll find it

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:08 PM

Alanabit--I tried your link. The site doesn't go back to the 'dark ages' of 1939. Don't they know there was music before 1946....waaay before.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: alanabit
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 11:25 AM

"Unchanined Melody" by Jimmy Young in the UK. (That will take some living down).
"Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley in the USA. (An improvement on the UK effort IMO).
Link here.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 11:19 AM

And if you were born today, according to the list I checked, today's number one hit is a beautiful love song by Kelly Clarkson titled "My Life Would Suck Without You."

Boy, would that bring back wonderful memories in the years to come.

The #1 hit on my wife Ruth's birthday was very prophetic: "Happy Days Are Here Again."

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: frogprince
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 11:16 AM

Green Sleeves


(actually, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Glenn Miller)


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:54 AM

The Doggie in the Window - Patti Page which happens to be one of the first songs I remember! *bg*


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:48 AM

Frankly , I had never thought much about this. but thanks to google I now know it is:

ADDRESS UNKNOWN
The Ink Spots
Written by: Vaughn Horton/Denver Darling/Gene Autry

- #1 week of November 11, 1939

Address Unknown - not even a trace of you.
Oh what I'd give to see the face of you.
I was a fool to stay away from you so long.
I should have known there'd come a day when you'd be gone.

Address Unknown - oh how could I be so blind?
Who'd think that you would never be hard to find?
>From the place of your birth to the ends of the earth
I've searched only to find - only to find - Address Unknown.

(Spoken:)
Address Unknown - honey chile, I ain't even got a trace of ya.
You know one thing?
I'd give anything in the world just to see the face of ya.
I was a fool to stay away from you and everything else so long.
I should have been diplomatic and figured that some day
You'd be solid gone.

Address Unknown - oh how could I be so blind?
Who'd think that you would never be hard to find?
>From the place of your birth to the ends of the earth
I've searched only to find - only to find - Address Unknown.


Transcribed by: Samantha Stevens

Truly, I don't remember ever hearing this song an any radio show that specializes in songs of the 1930s and '40s. But I solid dig the Ink Spots. And B-Cowboy star Gene Autry, one of my boyhood heeroes, is listed as one of the writers. That makes it extra special.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:48 AM

I've never done a blue clicky before and this ain't blue: clwww.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInhistory/selectMonth.htm

The website is #1 Song on this date in history, if you google it.

I found mine for 1935, and the only thing older than me is dirt.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:40 AM

When I Grow Too Old To Dream by Glen Grey.

I ain't there yet...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Will Fly
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:38 AM

Gawd - the wax cylinders that were popular around the time I was born were:

"I'll Be Seeing You" - Bing Crosby
"G.I. Jive" - Louis Jordan

And - Tim Leaning - way back in the mists of time, I was briefly a reincarnated Checkmate...


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Mr Happy
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:37 AM

I must be so old that the charts hadn't been invented on my bday


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: goatfell
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:36 AM

i'm an old fart


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:30 AM

UK - Geraldo and Joe Loss, but that was sheet music and anyway I'm not really into big bands.

US - Heartaches by Ted Weens.

I have heard of people like Highway Patrolman Frank Quinn and Frank Crumit but Mr. Weens escapes me - is he likely to feature in Folk America tonight or is he a good ol'boy?


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Newport Boy
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:24 AM

It's more difficult for those of us with considerable life experience. There was no weekly chart then. But a list of 5 top songs of 1936 gives me:

Pennies from Heaven - Bing Crosby
The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire
Summertime - Billie Holiday
Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson

No rubbish when I was born! I'll go with Cross Road Blues as my song.

Phil


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: sharyn
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:21 AM

USA: "Get a Job" The Silhouettes
UK: "Magic Moment" Perry Como

Sharyn


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST,Nicholas Waller
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:18 AM

UK: Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
US: At The Hop - Danny & The Juniors
Aus: Diana – Paul Anka

However, I was born in Lebanon and I can't find the answer for that.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Grampus
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:09 AM

Sorry that guest was me sans cookie

G.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:07 AM

Too Young - Nat 'King' Cole

How True. I certainly was

G.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: beardedbruce
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:59 AM

Memories Are Made Of This - Dean Martin


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: JohnB
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:58 AM

Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered by Doris Day.
Just about sums me up perfectly.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:33 AM

I looked this up in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles some years ago, apparently it was "Mouldy Old Dough" by Leiutenant Pigeon, but according to the Thisdayinmusic website, it was "Clair" by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Apparently though, 9 months before I was born the number one was "Son of My Father" by Chicory Tip ;-)


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Jeanie
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:19 AM

Ah, this is lovely. No. 1 when I was born was "I Believe" by Frankie Laine.

You can hear it, read the lyrics and see some beautiful pictures

here

I am thrilled to bits. I couldn't have wished for a more lovely song. Without going into too much detail, nobody thought I was going to survive when I was born - it is a miracle that I am here to see all these lovely things in this world and this song is so very, very apt.

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:18 AM

Aaargh! - no good for those of us born before 1945.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST,KevBoyd
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:17 AM

Oops, that last one was me.


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:16 AM

Des O'Connor - "I Pretend"

Never heard of it but I bet it's shite.

The site quoted in the first post won't open for me but I found this that works (for UK number ones only).


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:10 AM

I had no idea there were so many young people on Mudcat - all these modern songs!


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: quokka
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:07 AM

I knew there was a good reason why I always loved this song!!!
-To Sir With Love: Lulu. I love the movie too :-)


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:05 AM

What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The Checkmates

hmmmm


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: topical tom
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:58 AM

If I Knew You Were Comin' Id've Baked a Cake-Eileen Barton


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:53 AM

Would you prefer youth impaired flatulence?

Can I pick my own song since I did not get to pick my birthdate?

This is so not fair!


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: GUEST,Spleen Cringe
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:51 AM

UK: I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
USA: Dominique - The Singing Nun
Oz: Do You Love Me? - Brian Poole and the Tremeloes

Result!!! Or what?


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:49 AM

Hey, I resent that OLD FARTS! remark.

'Yankee Doodle' - Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

- Phil (with tongue firmly in cheek)


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: Ptarmigan
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:29 AM

Too Young - Nat 'King'

This thread just proves that this forum really is just used by a bunch of OLD FARTS! :-)


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Subject: RE: What was #1 on the day you were born.
From: goatfell
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:23 AM

on the day I was born there was a man called Ken Dodd had he had a number one hit called 'tears'


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