Ames Brothers - 'Rag Mop'. The Ames Brothers were Joe, Gene, Vic and Ed and came from Boston, Ma. They made many TV appearances and this recording, backed with 'Sentimental Me' was a No 1 seller in the USA for 1 week and spent 14 weeks on the bestseller chart.
Gene Autry - 'Frosty The Snowman'. Autry's fifth million seller (although it didn't reach that height until the following year) was a seasonal hit even though it only reached No 7 in the bestselling chart.
Eileen Barton - 'If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake'. The only million seller for Barton was purchased by Maurice Wells, a publisher of Hymns in Chicago. It was written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill and Clem Watts and Wells paid $300 for the rights. He got some friends to sing it on the 'Breakfast Club Radio Show' one morning at 7am. By the evening no fewer than seven top New York publishers flew out to Chicago and began outbidding each other. Wells sold the song for a huge profit and within a week the song was a worldwide hit.
Teresa Brewer - Music, Music, Music. Brewer's first million seller made her an international star. No 1 for four weeks in the USA and 17 weeks in the bestsellers.
Roy Brown - Hard Luck Blues. Brown was one of the first rhythm and blues songwriter/vocalists and had previously recorded his own composition, 'Good Rocking Tonight', which became a hit for Elvis Presley.
Nat 'King' Cole - Mona Lisa. Cole's third million seller was from the movie 'Captain Carey, U.S.A.' for which it won an Academy Award. Years later a British movie named after the song was released, giving this recording a whole new lease of life.
Don Cornell with the Sammy Kaye orchestra - It Isn't Fair. First million seller for Cornell. It stayed on the bestsellers for 22 weeks.
Bing and Gary Crosby - Sam's Song. First duet for Crosby and son was Bing's 21st million seller.
Billy Ekstine - My Foolish Heart. Billy's sixth million seller written in 1949 for the film of the same title.
Red (Clyde Julian) Foley - Chatanoogie Shoe-Shine Boy. Kentucky born Foley was a huge country-and-western star who later hosted his own ABC-TV series 'Country Jubilee'. He had two other million sellers this year - Steal Away and Just A Closer Walk With Thee for which he was accompanied by the Jordanaires. In 1967, the year before he died, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. His daughter married singing star Pat Boone.
Tennessee Ernie Ford - The Shot Gun Boogie. Born on a farm outside Bristol, Tennessee, in 1919, Ford was a singer in a quartet when, in 1949, he was heard by a representative of Capitol records. Three days later Ford was signed to an exclusive contract. This, his first hit was self-penned and was also a Number One country-and-western hit.
Phil Harris - The Thing. The only million seller for the man best remembered for supplying the voice of Baloo the bear in Disney's 'The Jungle Book'. Sold 400,000 copies in ten days and at that time became the all-time hit for Victor (USA).
Ivory Joe Hunter - I Almost Lost My Mind. Self penned hit for the man who was the first R&B; artiste to record Hank Williams' songs Commercially. He also proved his longevity by making a comeback in 1971 with an album entitled 'The Return of Ivory Joe Hunter'.
Gordon Jenkins and orchestra with the Weavers - Good Night, Irene. Second million seller for Jenkins.
Al Jolson - Songs He Made Famous. Following the success of 'Jolson Sings Again' the sequel to the bio-pic 'The Jolson Story, this 45 rpm EP release was a collection of Jolie's greatest hits.
Anton Karas - Harry Lime (The Third Man) Theme. Karas was discovered by film maker Carol Reed who wanted traditional sounding Viennese music for his movie (but not a waltz). He heard 43-year old Karas playing a zither in a wine garden in Vienna one night and whisked him off to London, England, where he composed the theme by re-arranging a melody he had remembered from a zither study book. By 1963 the collective disc sales of this track were estimated to have reached 40 million.
Frankie Laine - Cry Of The Wild Goose. - Fifth million seller for Laine.
Mario Lanza - Be My Love. - Written by Sammy Cahn and Nicholas Brodszky for the film 'Toast of New Orleans', this was Mario's (real name Alfredo Arnold Cocozza) first million seller.
Joe Liggins - Pink Champagne - I Gotta Right To Cry. First and second million seller for singer songwriter Liggins.
Guy Lombardo - Third Man (Harry Lime) Theme. Slight change of title for the US release of the Karas theme.
Guy Mitchell - My Heart Cries For You. First million seller for the man born Al Cernik in Detroit in 1927.
Moon Mullican - I'll Sail My Ship Alone. Second million seller for the country-and-western singer.
Patti Page - Tennessee Waltz. The sheet music for this reached one million sales and was the last to do so before disc sales overtook the printed matter. The recording was the first to be double-tracked and became the top selling disc ever by a female singer with estimated sales over the years in excess of ten million. Page had another million seller release in this year - All My Love.
Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose. Regarded as one of the world's greatest cabaret and music-hall artists, Piaf (born Edith Giovanna Gassion) was born on 19th December, 1915, at 72 Rue de Belleville, a working-class district of Paris. She was already a star by the time she arrived in the USA in 1947 and made return visits in 48, 49 and in 1950 she appeared on television there and sang La Vie En Rose which became a subsequent hit. It was written by Piaf and Louiguy in 1946.
Merv Shiner - Peter Cottontail. Second time that this song reached the magic million mark, the first being in 1949 by Gene Autry.
Hank Snow - I'm Movin' On. Self penned hit for country-and-western singer Snow.
Bill Snyder and his orchestra - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. Written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1940 for their stage musical Pal Joey.
The Three Suns - Twilight Time. This song was written in 1944 by Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins and Artie Dunn ain 1944. Al formed Aldon Music in the late 50s with Don Kirschner and the company, part of Nevins-Kirschner, became one of the biggest music organisations in the USA boasting writers like Carole King, Gerry Goffin and Neil Sedaka to name a few. Twilight Time was also a hit for The Platters in 1958.
Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Long Gone Lonesome Blues & Moanin' The Blues. Third and fourth million sellers for the country-and-western star.
Florian Zabach - Hot Canary. Hit for the violinist who played his first concert at the age of 12 before touring the USA and Europe.
Ames Brothers with Les Brown and his orchestra - Undecided. Second million seller for the Ames Brothers.
Leroy Anderson and his Pops concert orchestra - The Syncopated Clock. Became known in the USA as the theme to 'The Late Show'.
Eddy Arnold - I Wanna Play House With You. Eddy's fifth million seller.
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell - How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life? Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane in 1950 for the movie Royal Wedding (released in 1951).
Tony Bennett - Because of You. First of many million sellers for the man born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on 3rd August 1926. The song, written by Arthur Hammerstein (uncle of famed lyricist Oscar) and Dudley Wilkinson was first heard in the movie 'I Was An American Spy'. Bennett had his second million seller in the same year - Cold, Cold, Heart which topped the charts in the USA for six weeks.
Rosemary Clooney - Come-On-A My House. First million seller for the girl from Mayville, Kentucky who began her singing career as half of the Clooney Sisters singing duo. Described as the first pop song with an Armenian folk song flavour this recording rocketed Clooney to fame spending six weeks in the No 1 slot on the bestseller list.
Nat 'King' Cole - Too Young. Fifth million seller for Cole.
Perry Como - If. Ninth million seller for Como.
Doris Day - A Guy Is A Guy. Fourth million seller for Day.
Billy Ekstine - I Apologize. Seventh million seller for Ekstine.
Eddie Fisher - Anytime. First million seller for the man discovered by Eddie Cantor.
Red Foley - Peace In The Valley. Fourth million seller for Foley.
The Four Aces - Tell Me Why. First million seller for the vocal group put together by Al Alberts (who also featured on this release). By 1970 the group had sold over 22 million discs worldwide. Another hit for them (sans Alberts) recorded the same year was Sin (It's No Sin), which they cut for an independent label (Victoria Records) before signing for Decca. It was released on the strength of 'Tell Me Why' and also sold a million.
Eddy Howard - Sin (It's No Sin). Another case of a different artist recording the same song. This version provided Howard with his second million seller.
Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys - Slow Poke. Released in the UK as Slow Coach, this was the group's only million seller.
Frankie Laine - Jezebel. First of three million sellers for Laine released in 1951. The second was Jalousie and the third was Rose, Rose I Love You, which took his tally to 8 million selling records.
Mario Lanza - The Lovliest Night Of The Year. Lanza's second million seller was the hit song from from the film 'The Great Caruso'.
Mantovani and his Orchestra - Charmaine. The first million seller for the man who became the first musician to sell a million stereo LPs. Another million seller for 'Monty' was also recorded in 1951: - Wyoming.
Percy Mayfield - Please Send Me Someone To Love. Only million seller for the R&B; artist.
Guy Mitchell - The Roving Kind. Second million seller for Mitchell was followed by his third million seller My Truly, Truly Fair.
Patti Page - Mockin' Bird Hill. This was the first of four million selling discs cut by Page in 1951. The others were Would I Love You; Detour; Mister and Mississippi.
Les Paul & Mary Ford - Mockin' Bird Hill. The multi-track electric-guitar technique of Les Paul was worked out while the Wisconsin born musician lay in a hospital bed recovering from a car accident. It proved successful enough for he and his wife to enjoy three million sellers recorded in 1951, the other two being How High The Moon and The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise.
Johnny Ray - Cry. Ray cried his way to a two million plus seller with a song written by Churchill Kohlman, a watchman at a dry-cleaning establishment at Werners, Pittsburgh. The song was written as an entry for an amateur song-writing contest and got nowhere. Ray recorded it in 1951 and it went to the top of the American hit parade and stayed there for eleven weeks. The first of 2 one million plus sellers for the crying crooner recorded in 1951, the other being Here I Am Broken Hearted.
Debbie Reynolds and Carlton Carpenter - Ada Daba Honeymoon. Not as it sounds the wedding-night song of Fred Flintstone, but a million seller disc taken from the film soundtrack of 'Two Weeks with Love' in which this singing duo starred.
Jo Stafford - Shrimp Boats. Stafford, who had her first million seller in 1947, was born in Coainga, California and studied voice from early childhood. It paid off. By 1955 she had sold an estimated 25 million discs for the Columbia label alone, and was awarded a specially made diamond-studded disc.
Joe Turner - Chains of Love. First million seller for the R&B; artist.
The Weavers and Terry Gilkson - On Top Of Old Smokey. Second million seller for the folk group that included Pete Seeger.
Slim Whitman - Indian Love Call. First million seller for the country-and-western star born in Tampa, Florida in 1924, as Otis Dewey Whitman Junior. He was the first C&W; star to tour England on his own and play the London Palladium.
Hank Williams - Cold, Cold Heart. Second outing in 1952 for this song, this time given the country-and-western style of Williams.
Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Hey, Good Lookin'. Written by Williams, this song had already been cookin' on the country-and-western charts before turning gold in 1952. Williams wrote and recorded another million seller this year called Ramblin' Man.
Del Wood - Down Yonder. Known as the 'Down Yonder Girl', Del Wood was probably the first female C&W; solo instrumentalist (she played the piano) to become a star.
Al Martino - Here In My Heart. This was the first million seller for the man born Alfred Cini.
The Mills Brothers - Glow Worm. Fifth million seller for the Mills Brothers.
Guy Mitchell - Pitsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fourth million seller for Mitchell.
George Morgan - Almost. Second million seller for the C&W; singer.
Ella May Morse - Blacksmith Blues. Accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Patti Page - I Went To Your Wedding. Eighth million seller for Page.
Lloyd Price - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy. Self penned hit gave Price his first million seller after he had learned his trade by writing jingles for station break commercials. This hit R&B number was later recorded by Elvis Presley and regularly featured in his stage act.
Jo Stafford - You Belong To Me and Early Autumn. Fifth and sixth million sellers for Stafford.
Johny Standley - It's In The Book. Standley's only million seller.
Kay Starr - Wheel Of Fortune. First million seller for Starr and the song that established her as a top performer. Born Katherine Starks on an Indian reservation in Dougherty, Oklahoma in 1922 she first performed on local radio at the age of 13. She made her major radio debut alongside Bing Crosby and also made some records with Glen Miller. This song stayed at Number One in the USA for nine weeks.
Hank Thompson and his Brazos Valley Boys - The Wild Side of Life. Top C&W; disc of 1952 and the second million seller for Thompson.
Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels. Born Muriel Deason in Nashville, Tennessee she took her stage name from the title of a song I Could Mary Kitty Wells, which had been heard at the 'Grand Ole Opry'. She went on to become known as the 'Queen of Country Music' in an era when C&W; was dominated by men.
Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys - Jambalaya, Your Cheatin' Heart, Honky Tonk Blues and I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. All four discs were recorded in 1952 but became posthumous million sellers for Williams who died in a car crash on 1 January 1953. They took his total to eleven million-selling discs.
Faye Adams - Shake A Hand. First million seller for the Herald label.
Rex Allen - Crying In The Chapel. Written by Artie Glenn for his son Darrell, who had the first hit with it. But this was the first time it became a million seller. Not the last, though -Elvis Presley hit gold with it in 1965.
The Ames Brothers - You, You, You. Third million seller for the brothers.
Winifred Atwell - Let's Have A Party. Second million seller for the lady on the ivories.
Tony Bennett with the Percy Faith Orchestra - Rags To Riches. Third million seller for Tony. The fourth, also recorded in 1953 was Stranger IN Paradise, although it didn't become a hit in Britain until 1955.
Teresa Brewer - Ricochet. Third million seller for Teresa
Ruth Brown and her Rythm-Makers - Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean. Second million seller for rythm and blues artist Brown. Released on the Atlantic label.
Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra - O Mein Papa. The one and only million seller for Eddie, recorded in 1953 but not topping the UK charts until January 1954 where it stayed for nine weeks. It was the first British instrumental (Calvert played the trumpet) to reach 3 million sales. Calvert was originally from Preston in Lancashire.
Leslie Caron and Mel Ferrer - Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo. From the MGM movie 'Lili'.
Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra - Limelight Theme. Theme written by Charlie Chaplin became a first million seller for the man from Battle in Sussex. His second gold disc that year was Ebb Tide.
Fats Domino - Going To The River. Third million seller for Domino was followed in quick succession by numbers four, five and six. You Said You Loved Me - Please Don't Leave Me - I Lived My Life.
Rusty Draper - Gambler's Guitar. First million seller for Rusty.
The Drifters - Money, Honey. First million seller for the newly formed group, who were so named because each member had 'drifted' from one group to another. Lead singer on this release was Clyde McPhatter.
Percy Faith and his Orchestra - Theme Song From 'Moulin Rouge'. First million seller for the Toronto born conductor.
Eddie Fisher - I'm Walking Behind You. Fifth million seller soon followed by his sixth: Oh Mein Papa -a vocal version of Eddie Calvert's earlier release.
Frankie Laine and Doris Day - Sugarbush. Top ten hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Stan Freberg - St George and the Dragonet. Only million seller for Freberg- a parody of the legend of George and the Dragon. It sold 400,000 copies in it's first week and caused traffic jams in front of several New York shops, where people were lining up to buy the disc.
The Gaylords - Tell Me Your Mine. Only million seller for the duo from Detroit.
Jackie Gleason and his orchestra - Melancholy Serenade. Only million seller for early TV star Gleason was a self penned composition which also became the theme song for his TV show.
The Hilltoppers - P.S. I Love You. Only million seller for the group was an 'oldie' from 1934.
Pee Wee Hunt and his Orchestra - Oh. Second million seller -another oldie- originally from 1919.
Joni James - Your Cheatin' Heart. Second million seller for the US vocalist. She followed this up with another gold - Have You Heard?.
Frankie Laine - I Believe. With 18 weeks at number one in the UK charts (the longest for any disc) the record easily passed the million mark and went on to achieve over 3 million sales. Also a big hit in the UK in 1964 for The Bachelors. Laine then teamed up with Jimmy Boyd to produce gold again with Tell Me A Story.
Julius La Rosa - Eh, Campari. Only million seller for this artist.
Sylvana Mangano - Anna. Only million seller for Mangano.
Mantovani and his Orchestra - Song from Moulin Rouge. Another million seller for 'Monty' followed by gold again with Swedish Rhapsody.
Ralph Marterie - Pretend. Second million seller for the artist.
Dean Martin - That's Amore. First million seller for Martin and probably his best known. Written by Jack Brooks and Harry Warren and sung in the film The Caddy in which Martin co-starred with Jerry Lewis. Born Dino Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio on 17th June 1917, he worked in a gas station, as a steel worker and a prize fighter before entering showbiz as a vocalist in Cleveland. In 1942, having already changed his name twice, before settling on Dean Martin, he teamed up with Jerry Lewis. An engagement at the 500 Club in Atlantic City was such a flop that the pair slipped into a riotous slap-stick routine. Within months they were earning a reported $15,00 a week. This disc had achieved over 4 million sales by 1964.
The Orioles featuring Sonny Til - Crying in the Chapel. The only million seller for this rythm and blues group.
Patti Page - That Doggie In The Window. One of the best known children's songs of the 1950s, sung to every toddler on both sides of the Atlantic. This was Page's ninth million seller. Her tenth, later this year was Changing Partners.
Les Paul and Mary Ford - Vaya Con Dios. Or May God Be With You -fourth million seller for the duo.
Jim Reeves - Mexican Joe. Reeves first million seller penned by Mitchell Torok. Reeves came from Panola County, Texas and was born on 20th August 1924. After leaving college he played professional baseball, but was forced to quit due to an injury. He began recording in 1945 and having been a full-time radio announcer, decided to invest in two radio stations. He went on to become one of the biggest ever country and western stars and in 1961, the citizens of Henderson, Texas, honoured him with 'Jim Reeves Day'. He was killed in a plane crash on 31st July 1964. Following his forst million seller he struck gold again this year with Bimbo.
Frank Sinatra - Young At Heart and I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. Third million seller for Sinatra and one of his most enduring recordings.
Joe Turner - Honey Hush. Turner's second gold disc.