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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.