Songs from the Year 1940

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This page lists the top songs of 1940 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during 1940.

Between 1920 and 1940 there are few available charts (at least that we can find). These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA.

During this era music was dominated by a number of "Big Bands" and songs could be attributed to the band leader, the band name, the lead singer or a combination of the them. It is common, for example, to see the same song listed with three different artists. And, just to stop us from getting bored, the success of a song was tied to the sales of sheet music, so a popular song would often be perfomed by many different combinations of singers and bands and the contemporary charts would list the song, without clarifying whose version was the major hit. Where we have found such issues we have attempted to consolidate the entries using the most widely accepted value for the artist in each case.

The top ten song artists of 1940 were:

1:Glenn Miller2:The Ink Spots3:Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra4:Bing Crosby5:Tommy Dorsey
6:Joe Loss Orchestra7:Artie Shaw8:The Andrews Sisters9:Jimmy Dorsey10:Will Bradley
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Glenn Miller In the Mood 1940 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1939 (30 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 months - Jan 1942, Europe 1 of the 1940s (1940), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983 (1939), nuTsie 1 of 1930s, ASCAP song of 1940, Library of Congress artifact (1939), US BB 2 of 1940, POP 2 of 1940, Scrobulate 4 of swing, Music Imprint 4 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1940, RIAA 11, Brazil 12 of 1941, Holland 15 - Aug 1972 (7 weeks), Belgium 18 - Sep 1972 (2 weeks), DMDB 67 (1939), Acclaimed 477 (1939), RYM 4 of 1939, Song of 1938, Party 45 of 1999
2 Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (30 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1940 (23 weeks), US 1 for 13 weeks - Dec 1940, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1940), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1940, US BB 6 of 1940, POP 6 of 1940, DDD 7 of 1940, Brazil 10 of 1946, nuTsie 24 of 1940s, Scrobulate 48 of swing, Europe 71 of the 1940s (1940), Song of 1940
3 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra I'll Never Smile Again 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1940 (15 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Jul 1940, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1940), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1940, DDD 3 of 1940, US BB 8 of 1940, POP 8 of 1940, nuTsie 14 of 1940s, Europe 17 of the 1940s (1940), Brazil 39 of 1941
4 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) When You Wish Upon a Star 1940 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1940, Oscar in 1940 (film 'Pinocchio'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1940), Library of Congress artifact (1938), AFI 7, DDD 9 of 1940, US Billboard 10 - 1940 (6 weeks), Music Imprint 11 of 1940s, RIAA 55, nuTsie 80 of 1940s, Acclaimed 1090 (1940), RYM 20 of 1940
5 Bing Crosby Only Forever 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1940 (16 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Oct 1940, Oscar in 1940 (film 'Rhythm on the River') (Nominated), US BB 15 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s (1940), DDD 69 of 1940, RYM 87 of 1940
6 The Ink Spots We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me) 1940 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1940 (15 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1940 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1940, POP 5 of 1941, DDD 6 of 1940, US BB 11 of 1941, nuTsie 53 of 1940s, Brazil 94 of 1941
7 Glenn Miller The Woodpecker Song 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (16 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 months - Nov 1940, US BB 13 of 1940, POP 13 of 1940, DDD 45 of 1940, RYM 86 of 1940
8 Jimmy Dorsey The Breeze & I 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (14 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jul 1940 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 12 of 1940, DDD 12 of 1940, US BB 14 of 1940, POP 14 of 1940, nuTsie 52 of 1940s, Brazil 58 of 1940
9 Glenn Miller When You Wish Upon a Star 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (16 weeks), US BB 1 of 1940, POP 1 of 1940, DDD 9 of 1940, Brazil 55 of 1940, RYM 15 of 1940
10 Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine 1940 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1940), Library of Congress artifact (1940), DDD 4 of 1940, Music Imprint 5 of 1940s, RIAA 14, nuTsie 30 of 1940s, Acclaimed 677 (1940), RYM 4 of 1940
11 Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys New San Antonio Rose 1940 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1940), Library of Congress artifact (1940), DDD 2 of 1940, US Billboard 11 - Nov 1940 (5 weeks), Your Hit Parade 22 of 1941, RIAA 316, RYM 23 of 1940
12 Glenn Miller Tuxedo Junction 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (19 weeks), DDD 5 of 1940, US BB 7 of 1940, POP 7 of 1940, nuTsie 20 of 1940s, Brazil 61 of 1941, RYM 12 of 1940
13 The Ink Spots When The Swallows Come Back to Capistrano 1940 US BB 3 of 1940, POP 3 of 1940, US Billboard 4 - 1940 (14 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Aug 1940 (11 weeks), Peel list 4 of 1940, DDD 15 of 1940
14 Glenn Miller Blueberry Hill 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (20 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Aug 1940 (14 weeks), US BB 10 of 1940, POP 10 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1940, DDD 49 of 1940, RYM 29 of 1940
15 The Ink Spots Whispering Grass (Don't Tell the Trees) 1940 Australia 1 for 1 month - Jul 1944, US Billboard 10 - 1940 (10 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Oct 1940 (1 week), DDD 21 of 1940
16 The Ink Spots Maybe 1940 US Billboard 2 - 1940 (17 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1940 (14 weeks), DDD 11 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1940, Europe 39 of the 1940s (1940), nuTsie 99 of 1940s
17 Bing Crosby Trade Winds 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (17 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1940 (15 weeks), US BB 17 of 1940, POP 19 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 21 of 1940, DDD 78 of 1940
18 Glenn Miller Pennsylvania 6-5000 1940 US Billboard 5 - 1940 (12 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Jul 1940 (6 weeks), DDD 8 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1940, Brazil 25 of 1942, nuTsie 43 of 1940s, RYM 2 of 1940, Song of 1940
19 Tommy Dorsey All the Things You Are 1940 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1939 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1940, US BB 16 of 1940, POP 17 of 1940, Brazil 31 of 1940
20 The Andrews Sisters Ferryboat Serenade 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Dec 1940 (3 weeks), US BB 12 of 1940, POP 12 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1940, DDD 79 of 1940
21 Bing Crosby Sierra Sue 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (14 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jul 1940 (10 weeks), POP 9 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1940, DDD 71 of 1940
22 Glenn Miller Imagination 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (11 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jul 1940 (3 weeks), POP 16 of 1940, US BB 20 of 1940, DDD 48 of 1940
23 Charlie Barnet Where Was I? 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (10 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jul 1940 (1 week), US BB 18 of 1940, POP 21 of 1940, DDD 70 of 1940
24 Judy Garland I'm Nobody's Baby 1940 US Billboard 3 - 1940 (12 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Aug 1940 (10 weeks), Your Hit Parade 23 of 1940, DDD 72 of 1940, Brazil 99 of 1941
25 Bob Crosby & his Orchestra Down Argentina Way 1940 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1940 (13 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Dec 1940 (4 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1940, Brazil 85 of 1941
26 Kate Smith The Woodpecker Song 1940 Australia 1 for 5 months - Nov 1940, US Billboard 14 - 1940 (5 weeks)
27 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Down Argentina Way 1940 Australia 1 for 1 month - Sep 1941, US Billboard 18 - 1940 (6 weeks)
28 Glenn Miller Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (13 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jul 1940 (7 weeks), POP 22 of 1940, DDD 40 of 1940
29 Vaughn Monroe There I Go 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (12 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Dec 1940 (4 weeks), US BB 19 of 1941, POP 23 of 1941
30 Will Bradley Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar 1940 US Billboard 2 - 1940 (22 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1940 (15 weeks), POP 5 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1940
31 Mitchell Ayres & his Fashions in Music Make Believe Island 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (13 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Jul 1940 (1 week), Your Hit Parade 22 of 1940, POP 25 of 1940
32 Joe Loss Orchestra South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) 1940 Australia 1 for 3 months - Jan 1940
33 Joe Loss Orchestra Blue Orchid 1940 Australia 1 for 3 months - May 1940
34 Carson Robison South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) 1940 Australia 1 for 3 months - Jan 1940
35 Francisco Alves Dama das Camelias 1940 Brazil 1 of 1940
36 Joe Loss Orchestra The Spitfire Song 1940 Peel list 1 of 1940
37 Joe Loss Orchestra Till the Lights of London Shine Again 1940 Australia 1 for 3 months - Aug 1940
38 Joe Loss Orchestra Beer Barrel Polka (Roll out the Barrel) 1940 Australia 1 for 1 month - Apr 1940
39 Glenn Miller Careless 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (13 weeks), US BB 11 of 1940, POP 11 of 1940, RYM 29 of 1939
40 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra Our Love Affair 1940 Oscar in 1940 (film 'Strike Up the Band') (Nominated), US Billboard 5 - 1940 (5 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Nov 1940 (3 weeks), US CashBox 47 - Mar 1956 (1 week)
41 Duke Ellington Ko Ko 1940 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1940), US Billboard 25 - 1940 (1 week), DDD 38 of 1940, RYM 47 of 1940
42 Tommy Dorsey Stardust 1940 US 1940s 7 - Jan 1941 (1 week), US Billboard 8 - 1936 (5 weeks), Europe 87 of the 1930s (1936), RYM 42 of 1940, Song of 1940
43 Bill Monroe Mule Skinner Blues 1940 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1940), DDD 22 of 1940, Acclaimed 1580 (1940), one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
44 Tony Martin It's a Blue World 1940 US Billboard 2 - 1940 (13 weeks), Oscar in 1940 (film 'Music in My Heart') (Nominated), Your Hit Parade 20 of 1940
45 Charlie Barnet Pompton Turnpike 1940 US Billboard 3 - 1940 (13 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1940 (6 weeks), DDD 19 of 1940
46 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me) 1940 US Billboard 3 - 1940 (10 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Nov 1940 (5 weeks), DDD 6 of 1940
47 Glenn Miller When The Swallows Come Back to Capistrano 1940 US Billboard 2 - 1940 (12 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Aug 1940 (1 week), DDD 15 of 1940
48 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra Stardust 1940 DDD 1 of 1940, US Billboard 7 - 1941 (5 weeks)
49 Bukka White Special Stream Line 1940 Peel list 2 of 1940
50 Orlando Silva Suplica 1940 Brazil 2 of 1940
51 Glenn Miller A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square 1940 US Billboard 2 - 1940 (6 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Dec 1940 (6 weeks)
52 Will Bradley Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat 1940 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1940 (10 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Dec 1940 (7 weeks)
53 Ella Fitzgerald Five O'Clock Whistle 1940 US Billboard 9 - Nov 1940 (5 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Jan 1941 (1 week), DDD 18 of 1940, RYM 53 of 1940
54 Edith Piaf L'accordeoniste 1940 France (Historical) 11 of the 1940s (1940), DDD 44 of 1940, RYM 80 of 1961
55 Erskine Hawkins Dolemite 1940 US Billboard 10 - 1940 (7 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Sep 1940 (1 week), DDD 74 of 1940, RYM 92 of 1940
56 The Ink Spots Java Jive 1940 DDD 13 of 1940, US Billboard 15 - Dec 1940 (3 weeks), Visconti song of 1940, RYM 3 of 1940
57 Dick Robertson & his Orchestra Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) 1940 US BB 5 of 1940, US Billboard 12 - 1940 (6 weeks), POP 20 of 1940
58 The Andrews Sisters Say 'Si Si' (Para Vigo Me Voy) 1940 US Billboard 4 - 1940 (10 weeks), Brazil 83 of 1940
59 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra Imagination 1940 US Billboard 8 - 1940 (6 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jul 1940 (1 week), DDD 48 of 1940
60 Kay Kyser Playmates 1940 US Billboard 2 - 1940 (14 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jul 1940 (1 week)
61 Will Bradley Down the Road Apiece 1940 US Billboard 10 - 1940 (6 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Dec 1940 (1 week), DDD 37 of 1940
62 Nat Gonella I'm Nobody's Baby 1940 Peel list 3 of 1940
63 Bando da Lua O Samba da Minha Terra 1940 Brazil 3 of 1940
64 Will Bradley Celery Stalks At Midnight 1940 US Billboard 19 - 1940 (1 week), POP 24 of 1940, DDD 68 of 1940
65 The Andrews Sisters Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar 1940 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1940 (14 weeks), DDD 14 of 1940
66 Cyro Monteiro Oh! Seu Oscar 1940 Brazil 4 of 1940
67 Roland Hayes Were You There? 1940 Library of Congress artifact (1940)
68 Benny Goodman Seven Come Eleven 1940 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1940)
69 Sammy Kaye Dream Valley 1940 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1940 (13 weeks)
70 Bob Chester & his Orchestra Practice Makes Perfect 1940 US Billboard 3 - 1940 (13 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Oct 1940 (6 weeks)
71 Frank Proffitt Tom Dooley 1940 Library of Congress artifact (1940)
72 Mildred Bailey Darn That Dream 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (11 weeks)
73 Art Tatum Sweet Lorraine 1940 Library of Congress artifact (1940)
74 Jimmy Dorsey 6 Lessons From Madame La Zonga 1940 US Billboard 4 - 1940 (14 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Aug 1940 (3 weeks)
75 Glenn Miller I'd Know You Anywhere 1940 Oscar in 1940 (film 'You'll Find Out') (Nominated), US Billboard 24 - 1940 (1 week)
76 Dircinha Batista Upa! Upa! (Meu Trolinho) 1940 Brazil 5 of 1940
77 Connee Boswell On the Isle of May 1940 US Billboard 3 - 1940 (11 weeks), Your Hit Parade 11 of 1940
78 Glenn Miller The Nearness of You 1940 US Billboard 5 - 1940 (11 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Aug 1940 (8 weeks)
79 Will Bradley There I Go 1940 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1940 (7 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Dec 1940 (3 weeks)
80 Aracy de Almeida Passarinho do Relogio (Cuco) 1940 Brazil 6 of 1940

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2 May 2014

SOLO PISTA de When the swallows come back to capistrano

Estimado. Debo reconocer el tremendo trabajo e investigacion que se hiso para el logro de esta pagina. Yo siguiendo la cancian que interpreta, magistralmente Pat Boone,quise aventurarme en este ocano de la web y ver si me podia conseguir la pista, solo la pista, de esta cancion, ya que va acorde con mi registro de voz y la quiero cantar. Por el tiempo que ha pasado en mi frenatica basqueda creo que debera regresar, no a Capistrano, si no que a mis quehaceres habituales.

Desde Chile un gran saludo para todos y debo reconocerme viudo de Presley... Hasta la proxima.

Jorge. ++


18 Apr 2014

Does anyone know the song that goes like this: 1 and 2 and I love you, I love you, I love you. 2 and 3 I don't remember. 5 and 6 and kiss me quick, let's play the game of love. Please email me the singer and name of the song to latifyusufi@hotmail.com thank you


14 Oct 2013

name of a song

Do you know of a song that had the line: we'll have seven children dear or maybe we'll have eight?


8 Aug 2013

Lyrics "A pile driven man'

Who sang this sng

As far as we know it was never a hit anywhere


18 May 2013

SONG IN THE EARLY 1940'S

THE TITLE IS "TIME WAS" WHICH TOMMY DORSEY PLAYED WITH FRANK SINATRA


14 Mar 2013

Laizi

"i DANCED WITH A LADY WITH A HOLE INHER STOCKING AND HER KNEES KEPT ON ROCKING...... Title: Dance By The Light Of The Moon by "The Olympics" released in 1960 There might be an earlier version.+


14 Mar 2013

Song And year

some of the words are "Mares eat oats, Does eat oats and little Lames eat ivy" "I would eat ivy too wouldn't you?"

The title to this song is "Mairzy Doats". Popularized by The Merry Macs. It was released in 1944 and reached #4 on the charts. Was also sung by "The King Sisters" and "The Pied Pipers with Jo Stafford+


13 Mar 2013

Trying to locate a song from the 30's or 40's

Can anyone help me out there? I know I'm not very helpful but this was an old war song about a gal who lost her guy in combat. It was called "What will I do" or What'l I do". It goes What'l I do when you are gone away and I'm so blue, what'l I do. What'l I do whith just a photgraph to tell my troubles to. When I'm alone with only dreams of you that can't come true, what'l I do." Thanks to anyone who can help.

Diane

Paul Whiteman and others had a hit in 1924 called "What'll I Do?".


16 Feb 2013

song from 1930-1940's

would you know who sang "but where are you" my mum and her sisters listening and singing along to this and it would be lovely to get a copy if possible. + Thanks

Ozzie Nelson & his Orchestra had a hit with "But Where Are You?" in 1936


11 Feb 2013

song and year

some of the words are "Mares eat oats, Does eat oats and little Lames eat ivy" "I would eat ivy too wouldn't you?"


23 Jan 2013

Laizi

LOOKING FOR A SONG THE WORDS I REMEMBER +"i DANCED WITH A LADY WITH A HOLE INHER STOCKING AND HER KNEES KEPT ON ROCKING......


11 Dec 2012

The +Percolater song

I would wake up to this song every school day in 1945, 1946. It was the theme song for a raido station in Detroit, WWJ, WJR, or WXYZ. Mom listened to it every morning while she got ready for work, about 6 AM. Thats when I woke up to get ready for school. I do not know the name of the song or who played it. It sounded like the coffee pot, percolater, was making coffee.

Does anybody know the name of the song, who played it?

Thanks for your help. Jim


26 Oct 2012

i am looking for comedy song flying saucers

I am looking for comedy song flying saucers

We have entries for:

Buchanan & Goodman - "Flying Saucer" (1956) Billy Lee Riley - "Flying Saucer Rock & Roll" (1957) Ella Fitzgerald - "Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer" (1951)


14 Oct 2012

50 cent piece

Looking for a song called 50 cent piece: +It begins " I took my girl to a dance one night, It was a social hop. +We danced till the lights went out and the music had to stop. +I took her to a restaurant, the smallest (finest) in the state, etc.


11 Jun 2012

X Marks The Spot

I have been looking for a song that was recorded on a Recordio disc off the radio. One side had Kate Smith singing "Tradewinds",and the other side had a male vocalist with what sounds like "X Marks The Spot". I don't know who recorded it;"X marks the spot,where my heart did reside,untill you came along,and took it for a one way ride,Once it used to be,mine exclusively,now what have I got?,ooh ooh darlin you,x marks the spot". I assume it was from 1940,the same year as Kate Smith recorded "Tradewinds".


4 May 2012

Fly me to the moon

I am looking for that song for my Mother in Law. She loves it. I can'tremember the year tho. I think it was in 1940's or 50's? Please help us out. Thank you

If you had tried searching from the box at the top right you would have found that Frank Sinatra, Modern Talking, Blank & Jones, Sinead O'Connor, Bobby Womack, Tony Bennett, Sam & Bill and LaVern Baker had hits with the song. Joe Harnell & his Orchestra had a hit in 1962 with "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova".

Most of those are available from Amazon or iTunes


7 Apr 2012

Movie that the song, "Tell me a tale that I delighted to hear..."

I do not know which year the movie was made. I saw it as a child in the 1950's. Thanks


26 Feb 2012

Looking for a song

The words are "Women do get weary" is it called "Try a little tenderness". I love the songs of this period as they have words which make sense and tunes that have great harmonies.

Thank You, Bernard Bloch.

In the Otis Redding (1966) version the words are "young girls they do get weary". According to Wikipedia the song was written in 1932 and first recorded by Ray Nobel.

We have entries for Ray Noble (Peel list 2 of 1932), Ted Lewis & his Orchestra (US Billboard 6 - 1933 (10 weeks)), Ruth Etting (US Billboard 16 - 1933 (2 weeks)), Frank Sinatra (Peel list 2 of 1947, RYM 64 of 1945) and Aretha Franklin (US Billboard 100 - Sep 1962 (1 week)) that predate Otis Redding's 1966 version.


27 Jan 2012

I am looking for a song only a Rose I give to you


31 Dec 2011

# 31 Make Believe Land

The Correct title is Make Believe Island

That looks right, the data has been adjusted thanks for the suggestion


7 Jul 2011

looking for you are my sunshine 1920 or 30

The song "You Are My Sunshine" was first recorded in 1939. It was written by Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell.

The most famous version was by Jimmie Davis (1940) - Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1940), RYM 4 of 1940, Music Imprint 5 of 1940s, RIAA 14, nuTsie 30 of 1940s, Acclaimed 677 (1940)

Other versions in various charts were:

Gene Autry "You Are My Sunshine" (1941) - RYM 8 of 1941, US Billboard 23 - 1941 (1 week)

Bing Crosby "You Are My Sunshine" (1941) - US Billboard 19 - 1941 (1 week)

Ferko String Band "You Are My Sunshine" (1955) - US CashBox 44 - Sep 1955 (2 weeks)

Carl McVoy "You Are My Sunshine" (1958) - Canada 39 - Jul 1958 (5 weeks)

Johnny & The Hurricanes "You Are My Sunshine" (1960) - US Billboard 91 - Dec 1960 (1 week)

Ray Charles "You Are My Sunshine" (1962) - US Billboard 7 - Nov 1962 (12 weeks), Flanders 13 - Jan 1963 (1 month), Canada 22 - Nov 1962 (6 weeks), US CashBox 84 of 1963, US Radio 96 of 1962 (peak 7 4 weeks)

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels "You Are My Sunshine" (1967) - US Billboard 88 - Oct 1967 (3 weeks)

Kiriman "You Are My Sunshine" (1997) - Austria 13 - Jun 1997 (3 weeks)


30 Dec 2010

Love it! :)


9 Aug 2010

63 Tommy Dorsey Only Forever

Is the following sound:

63 Tommy Dorsey Only Forever

be

63 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra Only Forever

Thanks.

Lin

During this period songs were often not officially assigned to an artist at all, most charts focused on the sale of sheet music so it was the song, not the particular version that was listed.

Most charts have tried, retrospectively, to assign songs to the performers, however this is confusing since some songs are assigned to band leaders (like Eddy Duchin), some are assigned to singers (like Bing Crosby) and some are assigned to both (which would fit your suggestion of Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra). We, of course, then have to work out a consistent value that works across all the charts.

Looking at this case in detail we see that the 1940s listing suggests that the song is by "Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra", however the normally more reliable Bullfrog listing has it as "Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (Vocal Allan Storr)". It seems the song was released with Allan Storr on vocals but with a B-Side of "Trade Winds" on which Frank Sinatra sang (which is listed elsewhere).

So the evidence would seem to refute your suggestion that Frank Sinatra was the singer. In that case the song would be listed under "Tommy Dorsey" since Allan Storr was not a widely known vocalist in his own right (like Sinatra).


26 Jul 2010

Yours

I'm looking for a song called "Yours" from 1940, or possibly earlier (but not much). It was my aunt and uncle's favorite song. I've been asked to sing it at their 70th Wedding Anniversary in November.

We suspect that the song you are after became a hit in early 1941, although probably it was around before then. Like all songs of the period it was recorded by a number of artists, for example Benny Goodman, Helen Forrest and Vaughn Monroe all had hits with it.

The most successful version was by Jimmy Dorsey, it reached number 2 in the Billboard charts. Some sources have the title as "Yours (Quierme Mucho)".

If you search for "Jimmy Dorsey Yours" on iTunes or Amazon you should be able to get a copy.


5 May 2010

Full orchestra scores for the above 60 tunes.+

The Symphony of the Hills, located in Kerrville TX is planning a pops concertand would like to feature major 1940 instrumental artists with full orchestra background. We were thinking of inviting top University of North Texas Universities Jazz Band to act as performing soloist.

Where can we get full orchesta scores for the tunes listed above?

That's a really good question, we have no idea. This site lists the songs we don't have the sheet music (or the mp3s or photos...)

We would suggest that searching for specific songs might help, for example you could perhaps try searching for "In the Mood sheet music"