Chapters

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.

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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.