Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Today would have been my parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary. In honor of the day, here are some hits from October of 1954. I worked off the chart built by TSoft and picked the highest-ranking songs for the month.

  1. The Chordettes, “Mister Sandman” Their best-known song, it reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in October 1954, spending twenty and twenty-three weeks (respectively) on those charts.
  2. Kitty Kallen, “Little Things Mean A Lot” One night, I was watching the Braves game, and Skip Caray (son of Harry) tried to sing this to describe how the Braves were doing the little things to win. It reached #1 in Australia and spent five weeks on their chart.
  3. Don Cornell, “Hold My Hand” From the 1954 film Susan Slept Here starring Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds. It was nominated for an Academy Award that year (the song, not the movie). Cornell’s version reached #1 in the UK and spent five weeks there.
  4. Rosemary Clooney, “This Ole House” This was the flip side to her previous hit, “Hey There.” It reached #1 in the UK after reaching #1 in the US earlier that year. The bass voice is provided by Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger, spokescartoon for Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes (now Kellogg’s Golden Flakes) all these years.
  5. Perry Como, “Papa Loves Mambo” The best-known version of this, it was released in August and peaked at #4 in October.
  6. Doris Day, “If I Give My Heart To You” Accompanied by The Mellotones. Doris reached #4 on the Disk Jockey chart, #4 on the Best Seller chart, and #3 on the Juke Box chart in October.
  7. Dean Martin, “Sway” Only reached #15 on the Billboard chart, but went to #6 in the UK in October.
  8. De Castro Sisters, “Teach Me Tonight” The DeCastros were raised in Havana in a family mansion which was later seized by Fidel Castro and is now the Chinese Embassy. Originally, “Teach Me Tonight” was the B side, with “It’s Love” as the A side, but Cleveland disc jockey Bill Randall flipped the record over and it became the big hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard in October 1954.
  9. Vera Lynn, “My Son, My Son” Her only hit in the UK, it reached #1 in October.
  10. Petula Clark, “The Little Shoemaker” The Gaylords also had a hit with this in the US, but this turned out to be Petula Clark’s first #1 hit in the UK. It reached #1 in Australia for two weeks in October.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad. I love you both and miss you more than I can say.

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 16, 2017.

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45 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

        1. The two most important instruments in a rock band, the bass and drums, are the ones being replaced by machines. Sure, they sound okay, but not exactly alive. A drum machine can’t replace a Ringo Starr, nor can a keyboard replace a Jack Bruce. And the older music, from the pre-rock era, always called for a big band, sometimes with strings, on the order of Lawrence Welk’s band or Vaughan Monroe’s. You just don’t get the same sound with a syntheizer. That’s why the classics never die…

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  1. I believe I truly enjoy Buble’s Sway more than Dean Martin’s, but I do still like Martin’s 🙂 Course, the rest of the day, Papa loves Mambo will bounce around my head! Great list!

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  2. I have Dean Martin’ Sway on my iTunes playlist. I love those old songs. Teach Me Tonight is another good one. Happy Anniversary to your parents and Happy Monday to you!

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  3. You’re tuggin’ at my heart strings today. I missed your mother and father’s wedding because I was inducted into the Army two days earlier. I remember all those songs like it was yesterday. Especially liked Mr. Andaman.

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  4. I like to think that’s what my mom was listening too as she endured month number nine carrying me 🙂 I know she liked “papa loves mambo” but I think she favored Dean Martin’s version.

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  5. My parents’ anniversary is on November 7. I remember that while my mom was bedridden and not quite herself anymore due to her illness, I played a YouTube vid for her of “No Other Love” (Jo Stafford) because that was her and my father’s theme song (he passed away two months prior). To my surprised, she sang along and being a fast-learner, I sang it with her. That was the last time I ever heard her sing…

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    1. It was a nice time of year to get married. So many couples were going for spring and summer weddings, and sometimes you couldn’t get the church or a hall for the reception. By October things slowed down a lot. Mary and I got married in January, the same day as her parents and cousin, and just as with those weddings, it snowed (I think we beat her parents volume-wise, but her cousin and his wife were married in the aftermath of the worst snowstorm Chicago had seen in recorded history, so they had us beat). The upside was we had no trouble getting a hall or reserving the church.

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  6. I 00000love your selection, John, and a nice tribute to your mom and dad. IMO, the music back then was music. Now, it is becoming more like noise with a beat. I love old rock and roll which in the true sense of this genre of music has become a lost art.

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  7. John,

    What a grand tribute to your folks! I’m sure they’d be pleased with this dreamy arrangement to mark their 63rd anniversary. Your playlist transported me to the 50s. There’s such magic in the mewsic from this era and the simpleness of those days is appealing. I wish we could get back to those times but that will never happen, so I reckon we’re left with only our imaginations to carry us through time.

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    1. Songwriting was an art then. Those were the days of Tin Pan Alley and a time when music came from the movies and musical theater–the days of the standards, music by Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hart/Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, and those who were influenced by them. Still the best music for my money, although I like all kinds.

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  8. I wasn’t even two when these songs came out, and I didn’t know all of them. But my Mom (who died in 1965) so loved Rosemary Clooney – and yes, I can imagine the bass voice as Tony the Tiger. And Papa Loves Mambo, which I haven’t heard in years? It was greeeeeeeeeaat!

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    1. There were so many great women singers, but Rosemary Clooney was special. “Papa Loves Mambo” is just a great song all around: fun, simple, has a great beat and you can dance to it. 🙂

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  9. What a really nice playlist John. A beautiful tribute to your folks. And I’m quite sure they are appreciating it, from afar, but I imagine that they were watching over you as you put it together.
    I loved watching the Chordettes singing Mr. Sandman, especially the beginning part. The following two songs too, really nice.
    What really struck me was that there seems to be a full orchestra with all these songs. So different from today.
    I didn’t realize that Papa Loves Mambo was so old! I had no idea. It is a good song. Fun!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. The Big Band Era hadn’t quite ended, and many of the singers got their start with the big bands, so it was natural that there would be a full orchestra behind the singers. The two you hear a lot from this era are Hugo Winterhalter and Nelson Riddle; they backed a bunch of singers. Glad you enjoyed it; I had fun putting it together, just listening to some of the great music. Almost didn’t get it written. XD

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