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1950s No2s

50s2The first ever UK Singles Chart was published on 14th November 1952

At No1 was Al Martino with ‘Here In My Heart’, with Jo Stafford at No2 with ‘You Belong to Me’.

We had to wait just a little longer for the first ever ‘proper’ No2, as Miss Stafford’s single later rose to the top spot.  On the second ever chart, Guy Mitchell’s ‘Feet Up (Pat Him on the Po-Po)’, became the first No2 for our list.  I will spare you that dreadful song here, but if you really, really have to hear it, you’ll find it on Youtube.

50s‘The Happy Wanderer’, or ‘Der Frohliche Wanderer’ in German, was recorded by a small amateur children's and youth choir from the town of Obernkirchen in Schaumburg County, Northern Germany.
The choir won the 1953 Llangollen International Eisteddfod in North Wales. The BBC aired the winning performance, and the record entered the UK chart peaking at No2.  it stayed on the chart for 26 weeks, a feat made all the more remarkable as the chart was at that time only a top 12.

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‘The Happy Wanderer’ by The Obernkirchen Childrens Choir

 

 

Chart W/E

Track

Artist

Stopped By

1

27/11/52

Feet Up (Pat Him on the Po-Po)

Guy Mitchell

Here in My Heart - Al Martino

2

7/5/53

Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie

Guy Mitchell

I Believe - Frankie Laine

3

14/5/53

Pretend

Nat King Cole

I Believe - Frankie Laine

4

11/6/53

Terry’s Theme from ‘Limelight’

Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra

I Believe - Frankie Laine

5

2/10/53

Where the Winds Blow

Frankie Laine

Look at that Girl - Guy Mitchell

6

10/12/53

Swedish Rhapsody

Mantovani

Answer Me - Frankie Laine, Oh Mein Papa- Eddie Calvert

7

17/12/53

Poppa Piccolino

Diana Decker

Answer Me - David Whitfiled, Answer Me - Friankie Laine

8

21/1/54

Let’s Have a Party

Winifred Atwell

Oh Mein Papa - Eddie Calvert

9

28/1/54

Blowing Wild

Frankie Laine

Oh Mein Papa - Eddie Calvert

10

18/2/54

Cloud Lucky Seven

Guy Mitchell

Oh Mein Papa - Eddie Calvert

11

25/2/54

That’s Amore

Dean Martin

Oh Mein Papa - Eddie Calvert

12

25/3/54

The Happy Wanderer

Obernkirchen Childrens Choir

I See the Moon - Stargazers, Secret Love - Doris Day

13

7/10/54

Smile

Nat King Cole

Three Coins in a Fountain - Frank Sinatra, Hold My Hand - Don Cornell

14

9/12/54

Santo Natale

David Whitfield

Let’s Have Another Party - Winifred Atwell

15

16/6/55

Unchained Melody

Al Hibbler

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Eddie Calvert, Unchained Melody - Jimmy Young

16

11/8/55

Cool Water

Frankie Laine with the Mellomen

Rose Marie - Slim Whitman, The Man from Laramie - Jimmy Young

17

1/9/55

Learnin’ the Blues

Frank Sinatra

Rose Marie - Slim Whitman

18

27/10/55

Blue Star (The Medic Theme)

Cyril Stapleton Orchestra with Julie Dawn

The Man from Laramie - Jimmy Young

19

3/11/55

The Yellow Rose of Texas

Mitch Miller

The Man from Laramie - Jimmy Young

20

1/12/55

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Four Aces

Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets

21

12/1/56

Meet Me on the Corner

Max Bygraves

Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets

22

26/1/56

The Ballad of Davy Crockett

Bill Hayes

Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

23

16/2/56

(Love is) The Tender Trap

Frank Sinatra

Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

24

1/3/56

Zambezi

Lou Busch

Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin, It’s Almost Tomorrow - Dreamweavers

25

31/5/56

A Tear Fell

Teresa Brewer

No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton

26

7/6/56

Lost John/Stewball

Lonnie Donegan

No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton, I’ll Be Home - Pat Boone

27

28/6/56

Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis Presley

I’ll Be Home - Pat Boone

28

19/7/56

All Star Hit Parade (EP)

Various Artists

I’ll Be Home - Pat Boone

29

16/8/56

Walk Hand in Hand

Tony Martin

Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) - Doris Day

30

1/11/56

Hound Dog

Elvis Presley

A Woman in Love - Frankie Laine

31

13/12/56

The Green Door

Frankie Vaughan

Just Walkin’ in the Rain - Johnnie Ray

32

14/3/57

Don’t Forbid Me

Pat Boone

Young Love - Tab Hunter

33

2/5/57

The Banana Boat Song

Harry Belafonte

Cumberland Gap - Lonnie Donegan

34

20/6/57

When I Fall in Love

Nat King Cole

Yes Tonight Josephine - Johnny Ray

35

8/8/57

We Will Make Love

Russ Hamilton

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley

36

22/8/57

Love Letters in the Sand

Pat Boone

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley, Diana - Paul Anka

37

19/9/57

Last Train to San Fernando

Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys

Diana - Paul Anka

38

31/10/57

Party

Elvis Presley

Diana - Paul Anka, That’ll Be the Day - The Crickets, Mary’s Boy Child - Harry Belafonte

39

7/11/57

Tammy

Debbie Reynolds

That’ll Be the Day - The Crickets

40

5/12/57

Be My Girl

Jim Dale

Mary’s Boy Child - Harry Belafonte

41

19/12/57

Wake Up Little Susie

The Everly Brothers

Mary’s Boy Child - Harry Belafonte

42

26/12/57

Ma He’s Making Eyes at Me

Johnny Otis and his Orchestra with Marie Adams

Mary’s Boy Child - Harry Belafonte, Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

43

3/4/58

Don’t

Elvis Presley

Magic Moments - Perry Como

44

22/5/58

A Wonderful Time Up There

Pat Boone

Who’s Sorry Now - Connie Francis

45

29/5/58

Tom Hark

Elias & His Zigzag Jive Flutes

Who’s Sorry Now - Connie Francis

46

5/6/58

Lollipop

Mudlarks

Who’s Sorry Now - Connie Francis

47

24/7/58

Big Man

Four Preps

All I Have to Do is Dream/Claudette - The Everly Brothers

48

7/8/58

Hard Headed Woman

Elvis Presley

All I Have to Do is Dream/Claudette - The Everly Brothers

49

11/9/58

Return to Me

Dean Martin

When - Kalin Twins

50

2/10/58

Volare

Dean Martin

Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon - Connie Francis

51

23/10/58

King Creole

Elvis Presley

Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon - Connie Francis

52

30/10/58

Move It

Cliff Richard & The Drifters

Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon - Connie Francis

53

30/10/58

Come Prima

Marino Marini & His Quartet

Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon - Connie Francis, It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards

54

20/11/58

Bird Dog

The Everly Brothers

It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards

55

29/1/59

Baby Face

Little Richard

The Day the Rains Came - Jane Morgan

56

5/2/59

To Know Him is to Love Him

Teddy Bears

One Night/I Got Stung - Elvis Presley

57

16/7/59

A Teenager in Love

Marty Wilde

Dream Lover - Bobby Darin

58

30/7/59

Battle of New Orleans

Lonnie Donegan

Dream Lover - Bobby Darin, Living Doll - Cliff Richard & The Drifters

59

29/10/59

(‘Til) I Kissed You

The Everly Brothers

Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin

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