#atozchallenge Top Ten: WTIC (1080 AM, Hartford, CT), 8/29/53

Dan put a bug in my ear about WTIC in Hartford, saying that it must have been a Top 40 station at one time, so I decided to use it for the letter "T". Currently, WTIC (the letters stood for "Travelers Insurance Company") is a conservative talk outlet, and there is a WTIC-FM at 96.5 FM that plays a "hot adult hits" format and a WTIC-TV channel 61 that’s a Fox affiliate. I did, however, find that WTIC-AM was a Top 40 station back in the pre-rock & roll days of the early ’50’s and thought it might be fun to look at one of those early surveys. So here’s their survey from August 29, 1953 (it wasn’t Labor Day weekend; Labor Day was the 7th.)

#10 – Tommy Dorsey, "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World": From the 1935 Rodgers and Hart musical Jumbo, Tommy and his orchestra took this to #21 nationwide.

#9 – Joni James, "My Love My Love": Chicago-born Joni James, who’s 90 years old and still with us, took this to #8 nationally.

#8 – Norman Brooks, "This Waltz With You": Norman sounded a lot like Al Jolson, you’ll notice. No national chart info, unfortunately.

#7 – Frankie Laine, "Hey Joe": Sounds nothing like the Jimi Hendrix song. How an Italian kid from Chicago could sound so good singing Country & Western songs, I don’t know, but he does. Song reached #1 in the UK, #6 in the US, and #14 in Australia.

#6 – The Ames Brothers, "You, You, You": These four handsome gents teamed with Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra and turned this into a #1 hit in the US. Ed Ames continued as a solo act into the ’60’s and acted a bit, playing Mingo on the TV series Daniel Boone, where he became an expert tomahawk thrower.

#5 – Eddie Fisher, "With These Hands": From the days before all his marital escapades. Reached #7 nationally.

#4 – Pee Wee Hunt & His Orchestra, "Oh!": Pee Wee’s second major hit, after "Twelfth Street Rag." It reached #3 nationwide.

#3 – Pee Wee Hunt, "San": The flip side of "Oh!" Makes me wonder if the statio might have had them both at #3.

#2 – Perry Como, "No Other Love": A popular singer with 48 hits between 1948 and 1958, Perry reached #2 nationally with this.

#1 – Ray Anthony, "Dragnet": Theme song for the popular Jack Webb TV show.

We end the week tomorrow with U!

18 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: WTIC (1080 AM, Hartford, CT), 8/29/53

  1. Very interesting. Norman Brooks really does sound like Jolson. Reading up on him, he apparently played Jolson on Broadway in the 70s. While I’ve heard of about half of these performers, the only songs I recognized were Perry Como’s and Dragnet. Thanks!

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    1. I usually like to do a few of the really old surveys, because I like to hear how music evolved and, frankly, because I love the old music. So many great songs and performers never get heard anymore. That’s why I do the surveys…

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    1. His was a different one from the one Dorsey did. Dorsey’s was by Rodgers and Hart; Charlie’s was by Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, and Rory Bourke. Both are great songs.

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  2. One forgets that Eddie Fisher had a great voice even though he was an idiot. Perry Como also has such a strong voice. This was nice to listen to and I could daydream I was ballroom dancing. Love the Dragnet theme.

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    1. I have a lot of respect for Perry Como. He wasn’t afraid to wear his faith on his sleeve and treated people with respect. And he had a tremendous voice and was a great entertainer, and he did some fantastic Christmas specials.

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  3. I recognized a few songs and more names. Which is a testament of how some of those songs have stood the test of time or not.

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