1952 #1 songs: They liked Ike

Shine, little glow-worm.

Jo StaffordConsidering I was not born yet, I remember the election of 1952 quite well. Adlai Stevenson looking all erudite. VP candidate Richard Nixon’s Checkers speech. Dwight Eisenhower, less than a decade after WWII, went from supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe in 1943 to being elected as the 34th President less than a decade later.

If you do the math, you’ll note that there are 78 weeks’ worth of #1 songs. That is because there were three different charts in those days: Best Sellers, Juke Box, and Disc Jockey (radio airplay). By 1958, there was only one Billboard pop chart.

I’m fascinated that I have a number of the #1 big band songs of 1942, as well as the pop hits of 1962. But I own NONE of these tracks, save for the annoying Xmas cut.

You Belong To Me – Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his orchestra 12 weeks at #1

Wheel Of Fortune – Kay Starr, 10 weeks at #1, gold record
I Went To Your Wedding – Patti Page, 10 weeks at #1, gold record

Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart   – Vera Lynn, 9 weeks at #1, gold record. The singer fascinated me. I wrote about her around her 100th birthday in 2017. She died in 2020.

Kiss Of Fire – Georgia Gibbs, 7 weeks at #1, gold record

Liars’ Club?

Why Don’t You Believe Me – Joni James, 6 weeks at #1, gold record. She died in February 2022.

Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson (instrumental), 5 weeks at #1, gold record

The Glow-Worm -Mills Brothers, 3 weeks at #1, gold record. This tune I had heard, possibly as a children’s song
Half As Much – Rosemary Clooney, 3 weeks at #1, gold record
Here In My Heart – Al Martino, 3 weeks at #1
Slow Poke – Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys, featuring Redd Stewart, 3 weeks at #1, gold record. I remember this as an oldie on the radio.

It’s In The Book  (Parts 1 and 2) – Johnny Standley (comedy), 2 weeks at #1, gold record. A sermon on Little Bo Peep and other topics.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd (Christmas novelty), 2 weeks at #1, gold record. Even as a child, I was not a fan.

Wish You Were Here – Eddie Fisher
Delicado – Percy Faith (instrumental)
A Guy Is A Guy – Doris Day

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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