April 29, 2012
The Big Band era was just about over in terms of chart success but Eddy Howard and His Orchestra still had one big hit song left in them.
He formed his first band during 1939 and had a great deal of success during the 1940s. His second and last number one hit came during 1951 when “(It’s No) Sin” reached the top of three BILLBOAD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – Dec. 15, 1951 – 2 weeks at #1.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – Nov. 17, 1951 – 7 weeks at #1.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – Nov. 29, 1951 – 1 weeks at #1.
He was a rare big band leader who provided his own vocals. He died in his sleep during 1963 at the age of 48.
February 13, 2012
Al Trace, 1900-1993, started out as a professional baseball player but ultimately gravitated toward a music career. He formed his on band during 1933 and performed until his retirement in 1974.
The highlight of his career was “You Call Everybody Darlin.'” Releaded during the summer of 1948, it spend two weeks as the number one single in the United States beginning August 14th.
January 25, 2012
Ted Weems, 1901-1963, was one of the supersrars of the 1920s and 1930s. He and his big band first topped the charts in 1924 with “Somebody Stole My Girl” and again in 1929 with “The Man From The South.” In 1936 he signed Perry Como to be his lead singer. He and his entire band enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942.
Back in 1933 he released “Heartaches” as a single and it quickly disappeared only to be re-discovered 14 years later by a North Carolina Disc Jockey.
“Heatches” became one of the biggest hits of the decade as it topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Chart for 12 weeks beginning March 15, 1947.
It was the last big hit of his career and his orchestra dis-banded during 1953. He served as a disc jockey until his death ten years later.
December 3, 2011
The Big Band era was coming to an end but there were still a few number one hits to come.
“Chickery Chick” by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra was an odd number one song. It topped the charts for the first time Movember 17, 1945, then again on December 15, and finally on December 29, for a total of three weeks.
It had silly lyrics sung by Nancy Norman and Billy Williams. It would be a part of Sammy Kaye’s concert act until just before his death in 1987.