Music - Million Sellers 1953
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.