When Les Baxter’s “Poor People of Paris” replaced Nelson Riddle’s “Lisbon Antigua” as the number one song in the United States, it became the first and only time that an instrumental song followed another instrumental song at the top of the charts.
Les Baxter began his career during the 1940’s as a conductor for radio shows. By 1950, he was signed to the Capital Label and produced a series of commercially successful easy listening albums with his orchestra.
“Poor People Of Paris” was by far his biggest hit topping all four of BILLBOARD MAGAZINE’S Pop Singles Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 3/24/56 – 4 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockey’s Chart – 3/17/56 – 6 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 4/14/56 – 3 weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 Chart – 3/24/56 – 6 weeks at number one.
It may be a somewhat forgotten number one song today as one of its claims to fame was the song that replaced it at the top of the charts.