Songs from the Year 1942

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This page lists the top songs of 1942 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 1942.

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.

At this point the number of input chart entries hit its lowest point in the period 1927-2007. This was not only because of the war, but also because of the musician's strike in the US.

The top ten song artists of 1942 were:

1:Glenn Miller2:Bing Crosby3:Kay Kyser4:Jimmy Dorsey5:Harry James
6:Benny Goodman7:Woody Herman8:Alveno Rey9:Dinah Shore10:Freddy Martin
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Bing Crosby White Christmas 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1946 (6 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1942 (47 weeks), US BB 1 of 1942, US 1 for 11 weeks - Oct 1942, Australia 1 for 5 months - Jun 1943, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Holiday Inn'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1942), POP 1 of 1942, DMDB 1 (1942), nuTsie 1 of 1940s, DZE 1 of 1942, Music Imprint 1 of 1940s, Library of Congress artifact (1942), Europe 2 of the 1940s (1942), RIAA 2, Scrobulate 2 of christmas, UK 5 - Dec 1977 (20 weeks), AFI 5, Norway 6 - Dec 1959 (2 weeks), Brazil 54 of 1943, Switzerland 56 - Dec 2007 (2 weeks), US Radio 165 of 1961 (peak 20 1 week), Acclaimed 306 (1942), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1978), Visconti song of 1947, RYM 1 of 1942, Global 1 (50 M sold) - 1942, BBC Rich Song 2 (songwriter royalties $39.6M)
2 Glenn Miller (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1942 (18 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Sep 1942, ASCAP song of 1942, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Orchestra Wives') (Nominated), DZE 3 of 1942, US BB 10 of 1942, POP 10 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1942, nuTsie 33 of 1940s, Europe 44 of the 1940s (1942), Brazil 64 of 1943, RYM 41 of 1942
3 Jimmy Dorsey Tangerine 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (16 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1942 (15 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - May 1942, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1942, US BB 4 of 1942, POP 4 of 1942, DZE 5 of 1942, Brazil 9 of 1943, nuTsie 56 of 1940s, Europe 82 of the 1940s (1942)
4 Glenn Miller Moonlight Cocktail 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Feb 1942 (15 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Feb 1942, DZE 2 of 1942, US BB 6 of 1942, POP 6 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1942, nuTsie 27 of 1940s, Brazil 50 of 1942, Europe 55 of the 1940s (1942), RYM 18 of 1942
5 Harry James Sleepy Lagoon 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1942 (18 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1942, DZE 7 of 1942, US BB 12 of 1942, POP 12 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1942, Europe 45 of the 1940s (1941), nuTsie 68 of 1940s, Brazil 79 of 1944
6 Kay Kyser (I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1942 (13 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Jul 1942, DZE 4 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1942, US BB 13 of 1942, POP 21 of 1942, Europe 66 of the 1940s (1942), Brazil 69 of 1943
7 Glenn Miller A String of Pearls 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1942 (18 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1942, US BB 2 of 1941, DDD 8 of 1941, POP 13 of 1941, Your Hit Parade 20 of 1942, nuTsie 37 of 1940s, Brazil 44 of 1942, RYM 13 of 1941
8 Woody Herman Blues in the Night 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1941 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1942 (11 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Feb 1942, DDD 7 of 1941, POP 8 of 1942, DZE 8 of 1942, Brazil 69 of 1942, nuTsie 69 of 1940s
9 Benny Goodman Jersey Bounce 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1942 (20 weeks), DZE 6 of 1942, US BB 11 of 1942, POP 11 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1942, Brazil 37 of 1942, Europe 79 of the 1940s (1942), nuTsie 95 of 1940s, RYM 86 of 1942
10 Alveno Rey Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (10 weeks), US BB 2 of 1942, POP 2 of 1942, US 1940s 3 - Feb 1942 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1942, Music Imprint 19 of 1940s, Brazil 78 of 1942, RIAA 290
11 Glenn Miller Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (17 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1942, US 1940s 2 - May 1942 (13 weeks), US BB 9 of 1942, POP 9 of 1942, nuTsie 34 of 1940s, RYM 11 of 1942
12 Kay Kyser Praise The Lord & Pass the Ammunition 1942 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1942 (14 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Oct 1942 (18 weeks), US BB 20 of 1943, POP 25 of 1943, Europe 65 of the 1940s (1942), nuTsie 91 of 1940s, Song of 1941
13 Kay Kyser Who Wouldn't Love You? 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (23 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1942 (22 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1942, US BB 18 of 1942, POP 24 of 1942, Europe 70 of the 1940s (1942)
14 Vaughn Monroe My Devotion 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (14 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Sep 1942 (5 weeks), Your Hit Parade 12 of 1942, US BB 19 of 1942, POP 23 of 1942, Brazil 71 of 1943
15 Peggy Lee Somebody Else is Taking My Place 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (15 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Mar 1942 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1942, DZE 10 of 1942, US BB 14 of 1942, POP 14 of 1942
16 Kay Kyser (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1941 (13 weeks), US BB 3 of 1942, POP 3 of 1942, US 1940s 7 - Jan 1942 (3 weeks), DDD 32 of 1941
17 Kay Kyser Strip Polka 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (11 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Oct 1942 (3 weeks), US BB 20 of 1942, POP 25 of 1942, Europe 64 of the 1940s (1942)
18 Horace Heidt Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942 Australia 1 for 2 months - Dec 1943, US Billboard 7 - 1942 (6 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Mar 1942 (4 weeks)
19 Harry James I Don't Want to Walk Without You 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Feb 1942 (13 weeks), US BB 15 of 1942, POP 15 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1942
20 Bing Crosby I Don't Want to Walk Without You 1942 Australia 1 for 4 months - Feb 1943, US Billboard 9 - 1942 (3 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Apr 1942 (1 week)
21 Paul Whiteman & Billie Holiday Travellin' Light 1942 Peel list 2 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1942, POP 18 of 1942, US Billboard 23 - 1942 (1 week), RYM 20 of 1942
22 Lionel Hampton Flying Home 1942 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996 (1942), US Billboard 23 - 1942 (2 weeks), Scrobulate 32 of swing, DDD 53 of 1940, Acclaimed 1501 (1942), Song of 1940
23 The Ink Spots Every Night About This Time 1942 Australia 1 for 1 month - Jan 1944, US Billboard 17 - 1942 (2 weeks), RYM 94 of 1942
24 Glenn Miller (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover 1942 Your Hit Parade 2 of 1942, US Billboard 6 - 1942 (9 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jan 1942 (7 weeks), DDD 32 of 1941, nuTsie 62 of 1940s, RYM 83 of 1941
25 Spike Jones Der Fuhrer's Face 1942 US Billboard 3 - 1942 (16 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1942 (16 weeks), Europe 74 of the 1940s (1942), nuTsie 100 of 1940s, Song of 1944
26 Dinah Shore Blues in the Night 1942 US Billboard 4 - 1942 (11 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1942 (7 weeks), US BB 8 of 1942, POP 8 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1942
27 Glenn Miller Always In My Heart 1942 Oscar in 1942 (film 'Always in My Heart') (Nominated), US Billboard 10 - 1942 (5 weeks), US 1940s 10 - May 1942 (1 week), Brazil 83 of 1943, RYM 84 of 1942
28 Glenn Miller Happy in Love 1942 Australia 1 for 1 month - Aug 1944, RYM 18 of 1942
29 Kay Kyser He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (14 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Aug 1942 (11 weeks), DZE 9 of 1942
30 Harry James One Dozen Roses 1942 US Billboard 4 - 1942 (15 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1942 (10 weeks), Your Hit Parade 10 of 1942, Brazil 89 of 1943
31 Jimmy Dorsey Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) 1942 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1942), US Billboard 14 - Dec 1942 (3 weeks), Europe 63 of the 1940s (1943)
32 Bing Crosby Moonlight Becomes You 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1942 (17 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Dec 1942 (22 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1943
33 Charlie Spivak My Devotion 1942 US Billboard 2 - 1942 (12 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1942 (11 weeks), Brazil 75 of 1944
34 Jean Cerchi (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover 1942 Australia 1 for 3 months - Jul 1942
35 Ataulfo Alves Ai! Que Saudades da Amelia 1942 Brazil 1 of 1942
36 Vera Lynn (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover 1942 Australia 1 for 3 months - Jul 1942
37 Freddy Martin Rose O'Day (The Filla-Da-Gusha Song) 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (11 weeks), US BB 16 of 1942, POP 17 of 1942
38 Glenn Miller At Last 1942 Brazil 7 of 1943, US Billboard 9 - 1942 (9 weeks), POP 20 of 1942, RYM 41 of 1942
39 Glenn Miller Perfidia (Tonight) 1942 US Billboard 11 - 1941 (4 weeks), Italy 53 of 1947, Brazil 97 of 1942
40 Bing Crosby Be Careful, It's My Heart 1942 US Billboard 2 - 1942 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 22 of 1942, Brazil 58 of 1943
41 Jimmy Dorsey My Devotion 1942 US Billboard 3 - 1942 (11 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Aug 1942 (1 week), Brazil 50 of 1944
42 The Andrews Sisters Strip Polka 1942 US Billboard 6 - 1942 (9 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Oct 1942 (4 weeks), Europe 38 of the 1940s (1942)
43 Glenn Miller Juke Box Saturday Night 1942 US Billboard 7 - 1942 (11 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Dec 1942 (26 weeks), Your Hit Parade 18 of 1943, nuTsie 86 of 1940s
44 Glenn Miller Moonlight Becomes You 1942 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1942 (12 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Dec 1942 (20 weeks), Brazil 92 of 1943
45 Glenn Miller American Patrol 1942 US Billboard 15 - 1942 (2 weeks), Europe 49 of the 1940s (1942), Scrobulate 60 of swing, RYM 7 of 1942
46 Sammy Kaye I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen 1942 US Billboard 3 - 1942 (14 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Sep 1942 (7 weeks), Your Hit Parade 9 of 1942
47 Freddy Martin Tonight We Love 1942 US Billboard 8 - Dec 1941 (3 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jan 1942 (1 week), Europe 96 of the 1940s (1942)
48 Jimmie Lunceford Blues in the Night 1942 US Billboard 4 - 1942 (8 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1942 (5 weeks), Your Hit Parade 25 of 1939, RYM 58 of 1942
49 Glenn Miller Serenade in Blue 1942 US Billboard 2 - 1942 (18 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1942 (22 weeks), RYM 31 of 1942
50 Johnny Mercer Strip Polka 1942 Your Hit Parade 4 of 1942, US Billboard 7 - 1942 (13 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Sep 1942 (6 weeks)
51 Alveno Rey I Said No 1942 US Billboard 2 - 1942 (10 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jan 1942 (10 weeks)
52 Trio de Ouro Ave Maria No Morro 1942 Brazil 2 of 1942
53 Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra Blues in the Night 1942 DDD 7 of 1941, US Billboard 8 - 1942 (8 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Mar 1942 (1 week)
54 Merry Macs Praise The Lord & Pass the Ammunition 1942 US Billboard 8 - 1942 (5 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Nov 1942 (4 weeks), POP 22 of 1942
55 Freddie Slack Cow Cow Boogie 1942 US Billboard 9 - 1942 (10 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Aug 1942 (2 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1942
56 Freddie Slack Mister Five By Five 1942 US Billboard 10 - 1942 (20 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Dec 1942 (1 week), POP 16 of 1942
57 Benny Goodman Idaho 1942 US 1940s 4 - Aug 1942 (3 weeks), Brazil 97 of 1943
58 Tommy Dorsey Just As Though You Were Here 1942 US 1940s 3 - Jul 1942 (9 weeks), US Billboard 6 - 1942 (10 weeks), RYM 33 of 1942
59 Bing Crosby Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942 US Billboard 3 - 1942 (9 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Mar 1942 (6 weeks)
60 Sammy Kaye Remember Pearl Harbor 1942 US Billboard 3 - 1942 (8 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jan 1942 (5 weeks)
61 Woody Herman I'll Remember April 1942 US BB 17 of 1942, POP 19 of 1942, US Billboard 23 - 1942 (1 week)
62 Kay Kyser Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland 1942 US Billboard 2 - 1942 (17 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jun 1942 (3 weeks)
63 The Royal Air Force Orchestra Jersey Bounce 1942 Peel list 3 of 1942
64 Vassourinha Emilia 1942 Brazil 3 of 1942
65 Glenn Miller Dearly Beloved 1942 US Billboard 4 - Oct 1942 (10 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Dec 1942 (1 week), RYM 74 of 1942
66 Harry James Easter Parade 1942 US Billboard 11 - 1942 (2 weeks), Europe 52 of the 1940s (1942)
67 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra Take Me 1942 US Billboard 5 - 1942 (10 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Sep 1942 (3 weeks), RYM 75 of 1942
68 Jimmy Dorsey Always In My Heart 1942 US Billboard 16 - 1942 (1 week), Brazil 39 of 1943
69 Harry James I Cried For You 1942 US Billboard 19 - 1942 (2 weeks), Brazil 65 of 1946
70 Merry Macs (I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle 1942 US Billboard 4 - Jun 1942 (10 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jul 1942 (8 weeks)
71 Abe Lyman & his California Orchestra Amen 1942 US Billboard 4 - 1942 (8 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Sep 1942 (3 weeks)
72 Glenn Miller Skylark 1942 US Billboard 7 - 1942 (12 weeks), US 1940s 7 - May 1942 (11 weeks), RYM 82 of 1942
73 Glenn Miller Everything I Love 1942 US Billboard 7 - 1942 (10 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Jan 1942 (4 weeks), RYM 86 of 1941
74 Glenn Miller Sweet Eloise 1942 US Billboard 7 - 1942 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Aug 1942 (3 weeks), RYM 76 of 1942
75 Harry Roy Chattanooga Choo Choo 1942 Peel list 4 of 1942
76 Carmen Costa Esta Chegando a Hora 1942 Brazil 4 of 1942
77 Freddy Martin When There's a Breeze on Lake Louise 1942 Oscar in 1942 (film 'The Mayor of 44th Street') (Nominated), US Billboard 22 - 1942 (1 week)
78 Dolly Dawn & Her Dawn Patrol Pig Foot Pete 1942 Oscar in 1942 (film 'Hellzapoppin'') (Nominated), US Billboard 22 - 1942 (1 week)
79 The Andrews Sisters Pennsylvania Polka 1942 POP 7 of 1942, US Billboard 17 - 1942 (3 weeks), RYM 16 of 1942
80 Harry James Strictly Instrumental 1942 US Billboard 5 - 1942 (12 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Aug 1942 (7 weeks)

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14 May 2014

song

There was a song that goes: May the good Lord bless and keep you +wether near or far away, may your days be filled with gladness.....


28 Mar 2013

SONG

Wasn"t there a number 1 song entilded "I MET HER ON MONDAY" ??? Ron

According to our sources Horace Heidt released the song "I Met Her On Monday" in 1942 but it wasn't a hit.

That line has also been used in many other hits, for example The Crystals "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)", Craig David "7 Days" and Spinal Tap "Big Bottom".


28 Mar 2013

# 8 Sleepy Lagoon

This is the same as # 63 in 1941. It was issued as Columbia 36549.

You are correct the data has been fixed thanks for the input


13 Jan 2013

#50 & 75

These are almost certainly the same recording issued on Capitol 116. I have found no evidence that Holiday recorded it separately as a solo. The recording she made with Whiteman is the only one that shows up in any discography I have ever seen.

We think you are right, the data has been fixed, thanks for the correction


3 Nov 2012

My mother in law's favourite song

She remembers, "I'd like to give that hand a plain gold band, 'cos I'm really and truly in love, " A male vocalist, with a band, probably 1942-44.

Any suggestions?


9 Aug 2012

music 1942

I was born in 1942, my father was a "song plugger" in those days that's what you called A&R and he would go around to gigs offering up songs from Gershwin to Arlen from Sinatra to Dinah Shore.

My cousins, Harry and Charlie Tobias are in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and one of my dad's big hits was a silly nonsense ditty Hut-Sut Rawlston Rillerah written by Leo V. Killion, Ted McMichael and Jack Owens in 1941, recorded by the Freddy Martin, Spike Jones, and Mel Torme.

It had nothing to do with Ralston Purina Chex cereal!!!


27 May 2012

The Song List

I only found your web page today and I am thrilled. When I was growing up my father was in constrution work, and, we traveled from one job to another.(1938-1948) In those days few cars had radios, so, we would sing as we traveled from place to place. I am 74 years old now, and, I still find myself singing the bits and pieces of the songs we sang back then.

Sure woud like to have a copy of the lyrics to some of them. Where should I go?

Thanks for all your work.

We are glad the site was of some service to you. As you will have seen we are not a lyric site.

There are many lyric sites on the web, unfortunately they mostly have a lot of adverts. We would tend to go to LyricWiki (http://lyrics.wikia.com/) or A-Z Lyrics (http://www.azlyrics.com/)


4 Apr 2012

the best years of my life.

I am 88years of age and recall all of the songs that i have seen on this page. i would enjoy to have every one of the most beautiful music of this era. The young people of today are really missing out if they don't try and listen to words and melody.

Its all so meaningful


31 Dec 2011

# 37 Why Don't You Do Right?

This was also a # 4 US Billboard Hit.

The song was listed under Peggy Lee (who sang it). The data has been made consistent, thanks.


5 Sep 2011

19 & 67 Somebody Else is Taking My Place

These two entries are the same recording - Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee doing the vocal. It charted at # 1 in 1942 then was reissued in 1948 and charted at # 30.

For a confirmation of these two listings being the same recording see The Big Band Discography 1917-1942 by Brian Rust. He only lists recordings made up until the Musician's Union strike in 1942, but lists all known reissues of each recording as of the date of his research. Pop Memories 1890-1954 by Joel Whitburn also states that the Columbia is a re-issue of the Okeh recording.

You are clearly correct. We would normally list this under Peggy Lee, however the reissue in 1948 makes it more complex, we'd like to note the reissue in some way (rather than adding its weeks on to the 1942 release).

So we think the best course is to change the 1942 entries to Peggy Lee and the 1948 ones to Benny Goodman and make sure this note is posted on both artist's pages so interested users can see what we've done.

An interesting case, thanks for bringing it to our attention.


6 Aug 2011

1942 first class all the way through


5 Jul 2011

Probable Duplicate

#19 and #67 Are probably the same song. Peggy Lee sang vocal on Benny Goodman's 1942 "Somebody Else is Taking My Place" if my memory serves me.

In the Bullfrog list there are two separate songs (with Prefx numbers of 1948_211 and 1942_033) one has a label of "Okeh 6497" the other has "Columbia 38198". We suspect that your suggestion that Peggy Lee sang vocals on both is correct (the 1948 release explicitly mentions her but, in the Bullfrog list the 1942 version only has "Benny Goodman & His Orchestra" listed).

As you know the informal Billboard charts before 1958 often listed songs without crediting artists (because the focus was Sheet music sales rather than records) or they list band leaders without vocalists or vocalists without band leaders. This has led to a number of confusing situations where the same song is credited to different combinations in different charts. Unfortunately every way to fix this challenge causes some other issues, we try and keep as close to the true history as possible while being as consistent as we can be in our approach. We've added a note to Benny Goodman's and Peggy Lee's page to mention this, however after reviewing the original Bullfrog list we decided that the best option is to leave the data as it is.

Despite the fact that on this occasion we're not going to make the alteration you suggest we would like to thank you for your input. It is the vigilance of users like you that helps improve the quality of data on this site.


30 Dec 2010

This is great!

What an amazing way to bring back all my old memories. I still have my records.


20 Dec 2010

Thanks, but Woody Herman got shorted.

I just discovered your site and am sure I will benefit from it often in the future. However, I notice that for Woody Herman, you list only "Blues in the Night." Woody had a number of other chart hits, including especially "Woodchoppers Ball" and "Laura." "Laura" sold a million for sure and I think "Woodchoppers Ball" did also.

Regards, William L Rupp, Fallbrook, California

Woody Herman has his own page (you can get to it by clicking on his name, via the "Song Artists" list, the alphabetical list of artists or the site index). It lists more than 70 of his hits (including all three you mention).

We notice that we have have entries for both "At the Woodchopper's Ball" and "Woodchopper's ball" which we'll obviously fix in the future.


23 Nov 2010

i guess i'll be on my way

who sang this song in the mid-fifties?

The song "I Guess I'll be On My Way" was a hit for Woody Herman in 1942. No one else had a hit with that exact title in any of the charts we have.

The closest songs we have are "Dream Along With Me (I'm On My Way To a Star)" by Perry Como which was a hit in 1956, "I'm On My Way" by the Highwaymen in 1962 and "I'll Be on My Way" by Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas in 1963.

It is likely that someone covered the Woody Herman song in the 50s but didn't have a hit with it.


2 Sep 2010

the song list

There were some great songs written and recorded in 1942 I maybe only 54 but I remember hearing them throughout my life. But the song for me which I remember very very well is "White Christmas" which is like a national anthem or should I say is the national anthem for Christmas but like I said early on 1942 saw some classic songs and they will never die.