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!