Category Archive: 1949

TOP 40

Top 40¬† From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, forty most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. “Top 40” or “contemporary hit radio” is also a radio …

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BALI HA’I (song)

Bali Ha’i From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Song from South Pacific Published 1949 Writer(s) Oscar Hammerstein II Composer(s) Richard Rodgers “Bali Ha’i”, also spelled “Bali Hai”, is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. The name refers to a mystical island, visible on the horizon but not reachable, and was …

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SENTIMENTAL ME (song)

“Sentimental Me” is a popular song. It was written by James T. Morehead and James Cassin and published in 1949. The most popular version was recorded by The Ames Brothers. Other versions were recorded by Elvis Presley, the Russ Morgan Orchestra and in England by Jackie Brown and his Quartet. The Ames Brothers version was …

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PETER COTTONTAIL (song)

Peter Cottontail (song) “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” is a popular Easter song composed in 1949, by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. They also wrote “Frosty the Snowman” in 1950 . Mervin Shiner was the first person to record the song, on Decca Records in 1950. It reached #8 on Billboard Hot 100 Due to the …

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MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Mind Your Own Business – 1949 “Mind Your Own Business” is a 1949 song written and originally performed by Hank Williams. “Mind Your Own Business” was recorded on March 2, 1949 at Castle Studio in Nashville. During the same session, Williams also recorded “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave),” “My Son Calls Another Man …

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JOLSON SINGS AGAIN

Jolson Sings Again – 1949 Jolson Sings Again is the 1949 film sequel to The Jolson Story, both of which cover the life of singer Al Jolson. In this follow-up to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer’s career just as he has returned to the stage after a premature retirement. But his wife …

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SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

Some Enchanted Evening – 1949 “Some Enchanted Evening” is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It is “the single biggest popular hit to come out of any Rodgers and Hammerstein show.” It is a three-verse solo for the leading male character, Emile, in which he describes seeing a stranger, …

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BUTTONS AND BOWS

Buttons and Bows -1949 “Buttons and Bows” was a popular song with music written by Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans. The song was published in 1947. The song was written for and appeared in the Bob Hope and Jane Russell film, The Paleface, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It …

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YOUR BREAKING MY HEART

You’re Breaking My Heart” – 1949 “You’re Breaking My Heart” is a popular song. The song was published in 1948. Though credited to Pat Genaro and Sunny Skylar, (With acknowledgements to the owners of the copyright in “Tis the Day”) the song is an English version of the famous Italian song ‘Mattinata’ written by Ruggero …

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THAT LUCKY OLD SUN

That Lucky Old Sun – 1949 “That Lucky Old Sun” is a 1949 popular song with music by Beasley Smith and words by Haven Gillespie. Like “Ol’ Man River”, its lyrics contrast the toil and intense hardship of the singer’s life with the obliviousness of the natural world. 1949 recordings The biggest hit version of …

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