Wayne's Music 23 April (Easter Saturday) - The British Hit Parade 1952.On Wayne's Music Tonight, we play the entries on The First British Hit Parade.
Here In My Heart Al Martino with the UK's first #1 when the Hit Parade Charts started in November 1952. Jambalaya` Jo Stafford with a pop cross-over of a Hank Williams song which "Luke The Drifter" (as he called himself) recorded in 1952.
Somewhere Along The way Nat King Cole hit the top five in the first British Hit Parade despite competition from Tony Bennett. Nelson Riddle's orchestra added the backing. Walkin To Missouri Tony Brent - an almost forgotten vocalist these days, but he posted 9 UK hits in the 50s. The Isle Of Innisfree Not too many artists enjoyed 341 charted records in 20 years - BING CROSBY did on the US chart, but because his chart making career was in the last stages in 1952, his British record would have been as equally as impressive.
Takes Two To Tango Louis Armstrong made his UK chart debvut with this pop number whioch also made the US top ten.
Feet Up from Guy Mitchell who was a lot more popular in the UK than he was in the US … he had 14 top ten hits in the UK compared to 8 in The USA, even though he was one of the most popular recording stars of the 50s.
FaithCan Move Mountains Johnnie Ray recorded this with the Four Lads in 1952.
Half As Much Rosemary Clooney who died 9 years ago was the biggest singing star of the 1950s.
Britania Rag the Queen of the Ivories, Winnie Atwell ruled the airwaves and jukeboxes for several years with her pub piano medley of hits and favourites …
High Noon the big picture in 52 was High Noon starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, although the theme song was sung by Tex Ritter, but the BIG chart hit was by Frankie Laine.
Zing A Little Zong perhaps the only time in history when the ex-wife of a US president got to hit the pop charts when Jane Wyman teamed up with Bing Crosby for the main song from the Movie "Just For You".
The Homing Waltz Vera Lynn had three entries on the 52 Chart and she scored the biggest hit with the Homing Waltz beating out competition from Billy Cotton, Dickie Valentine, Alma Cogan and Victor Sylvester.
Come's Along A Love another singer working with Mitch Miller is Kay Starr .
Because You're Mine Mario Lanza - the Pavarotti of his day, the most spectacular popular operatic singer since Caruso.
Cowpunchers Cantata long before the singalong became his trade-mark, Max Bygraves was a popular all round entertainer.
Sugarbush Doris Day and Frankie Laine made it onto the 1952 british Hit Parade with this song …
Blue Tango interestingly enough, given that instrumentals were popular in the 50s, there were very few on that first UK Chart in 52 .