It’s March, 1951

It’s already March of 1951 in our journey through the music of the ages while back in 2020 it’s December and Xmas is just a couple of weeks away. Here at 4x Life HQ (aka The Scovell’s) we’re busy trimming the tree and wrapping presents for Sadie’s first visit from Santa. So this is a trimmed down, best of, episode.

The songs of March, 1951

Easter must be around the corner in 1951 because Gene Autry’s “Petter Cottontail” is on the charts. It’s actually grown on me since last year (3-months) ago. Give it another whirl yourself while listening to the rest of the hits of March, 1951.

March, 1951 Top 20 Hits

A Penny A Kiss A Penny A Hug, Tony Martin / Dinah Shore
Aba Daba Honeymoon, Debbie Reynolds / Carleton Carpenter
Be My Love, Mario Lanza
Beautiful Brown Eyes, Rosemary Clooney
Bring Back The Thrill, Eddie Fisher
How High The Moon, Les Paul & Mary Ford
I Apologize, Billy Eckstine
I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat, Mel Blanc
If, Perry Como
It Is No Secret, Bill Kenny
Jet, Nat King Cole
Mockin’ Bird Hill, Les Paul & Mary Ford
Mockin’ Bird Hill, Patti Page
My Heart Cries For You, Dinah Shore
My Heart Cries For You, Guy Mitchell
On Top Of Old Smokey, Weavers / Terry Gilkyson
Peter Cottontail, Gene Autry
So Long, Weavers / Gordon Jenkins
Sparrow In The Tree Top, Bing Crosby / Andrews Sisters
Sparrow In The Tree Top, Guy Mitchell
Tennessee Waltz, Guy Lombardo / Kenny Gardner
Tennessee Waltz, Les Paul & Mary Ford
Tennessee Waltz, Patti Page
The Hot Canary, Florian Zabach
The Roving Kind, Guy Michell
The Syncopated Clock, Leroy Anderson
Would I Love You, Patti Page
You’re Just In Love, Perry Como / Fontane Sisters

You can listen to the full playlist on Youtube via this link or embedded below:

What’d Sadie think?

Perry Como’s “If” started 6 weeks at number 1 in March, 1951 but our number 1 for the month is “On Top of Old Smokey” by the Weavers. I’m afraid to say I don’t think I’ve ever heard the original till now, only knowing the ’60s parody, “On Top of Spaghetti” which features in many an American summercamp film.

We’ll leave you to make your own picks for March and jump back to 1950 to present our “best of” the hits from the year below. We went back through the year and selected our favourite 20 tunes. One thing we instantly realise is just how much we loved the duets in our first year!

4x Life Top 20 hits of 1950

“Slipping Around” Margaret Whiting w/ Jimmy Wakely
“Music, Music, Music” – Teresa Brewer
“Charley, My Boy” – Jimmy Dorsey
“Dearie” – Ray Bolger & Ethel Merman
“I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Pray’rs)” – Tony Martin & Fran Warren
“Saturday Night Fish Fry” – Louis Jordan
“Enjoy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think” – Guy Lombardo
”Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep” – Mary Martin & Arthur Godfrey
“With my eyes wide open i’m dreaming” – Patti Page
“If I knew you were comin’ (I’d have baked a cake)” – Eileen Barton
“Valencia” – Tony Martin
“Sam’s Song” – Bing & Gary Crosby
Joe Liggins – “Pink Champagne”
“Bewitched” – Doris Day
“La vie en rose” – Tony Martin
“Harbour Lights” – Sammy Kaye
“Bonaparte’s Retreat” – Kay Starr
“Please Send Me Someone to Love” – Percy Mayfield
“The Thing” – Phil Harris
“Blue Smoke” – Pixie Williams

You can listen here to our top 20 of 1950 or via the embed below:

Enjoy the extra playlist and see you next week for April, 1951 as Xmas 2020 hits us.