Chapters

 
Winifred Atwell - Black and White Rag. First million seller for the pianist who came from Tunapuna, Trinidad with a degree in chemistry. After studying music at Britain's Royal Academy she became a concert pianist, but was still undecided on which career she wished to pursue. Then, in 1947 she played at a charity concert at the London Casino and became an overnight sensation. Star billing at the London Palladium and her own Radio Luxembourg show followed as did a succession of hits.
 
Earl Bostic and his orchestra - Flamingo. Bostic's only million seller.
 
Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. Jimmy's only milion seller came shortly before his 13th birthday. The disc broke all records for Columbia when it sold 248,000 copies in one day, reached 700,000 in ten days and had sold a million before Christmas 1952. Total sales to date exceed 2,500,000 but combined with later versions by other artists has by far surpassed the 11 million mark.
 
Teresa Brewer - Till I Waltz Again With You. Second million seller for this artist.
 
Ruth Brown - Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours. Second million seller by the artist whose career was almost finished by a terrible car crash.
 
Karen Chandler - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me. Only million seller for Chandler.
 
Rosemary Clooney - Tenderly. Second million seller for this artist who enjoyed further seven-figure selling recordings in the same year; Botch-A-Me and Half As Much.
 
Perry Como - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes. Tenth million seller for Como.
 
Don Cornell - I'm Yours. Second million seller for Cornell.
 
Fats Domino - Goin' Home. Second million seller for the R&B; artist.
 
Eddie Fisher - Tell Me Why - Lady of Spain - Wish You Were Here. Three more million sellers for Fisher taking his tally to four.
 
Georgia Gibbs - Kiss of Fire. First million seller for Gibbs.
 
Don Howard - Oh Happy Day. Overheard by Howard on the Ohio State campus, he altered it a little and changed the words then copyrighted it. After it had become a hit the original author, Nancy Binns Reed, claimed ownership. Howard agreed to share royalties and Reed became credited as co-writer.
 
Joni James - Why Don't You Believe Me? James' third release but her first million seller.
 
Frankie Laine - High Noon. (aka Do Not Foresake Me, Oh My Darling) this was Laine's ninth million seller. It was also awarded the 1952 Academy Award for Best Film Song.
 
Frankie Laine and Doris Day - Sugarbush. Top ten hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Peggy Lee - Lover. Second million seller for Lee. This one was written by Rogers and Hart.
 
Vera Lynn - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweatheart. The distinction of having the first disc to top the hit parade on both sides of the Atlantic went to 'The Forces Sweatheart', whose 'Sincerely Yours' radio series became immensely popular with the troops during World War Two.
 
Mantovani and his Orchestra - Greensleeves. Allegedly written by Henry Vlll, this surely has to be the most enduring tune of all time. Third million seller for 'Monty'.
 
Ralph Marterie and his Orchestra - Caravan. This song, composed by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, with words by Irving Mills gave Marterie his first million seller.

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.