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> #1 Songbird Hits, as compiled from Josh Hosler's website...
Ian House
post May 22 2007, 05:28 AM
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I thought it would be fun to use Josh Hosler's website to compile a list of the number 1 hit recordings for some of my favorite songbirds. (Do you have one you'd like me to add to the list?) ... The results are somewhat intriguing...

Of course, it's a profound disappointment to see that my top three ladies didn't have a single hit between them :-(

Also, there are a couple of big surprises as well. I thought "Ten Cents A Dance" was Etting's signature song so I therefore assumed that it was a big hit for her ...?... I guess not. Also, I really ADORE the Boswell Sisters with all their wonderfully hot and peppy harmony. It's a bit of a surprise to see just one hit for them (as a threesome)

And, as you can see, it was Marion Harris who took all the prizes home! That's fair. She was an outstanding talent ... but, then again, she had a pretty early start with her recording career (1917)



Lee Morse

no hit recordings (such a farce)

Annette Hanshaw
no hit recordings

Jane Green
no hit recordings

Ruth Etting
Life Is A Song (1935)

Marion Harris
After You've Gone (1919)
St. Louis Blues (1920)
Look For The Silver Lining (1921)
Tea For Two (1925)


The Boswell Sisters
The Object Of My Affection (1935)


The Brox Sisters
no hit recordings

Sophie Tucker
Some Of These Days (1927)

Ethel Waters
Am I Blue? (1929)
Stormy Weather (1933)

Aileen Stanley
no hit recordings

Vaughn De Leath
no hit recordings

Mildred Bailey
no hit recordings

Blossom Seely
no hit recordings

Kate Smith
When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain (1931)
River Stay 'Way From My Door (1932)

Jeanette MacDonald
no hit recordings

Libby Holman
no hit recordings

Ethel Merman
no hit recordings

Connee Boswell (in duet with Bing Crosby)
Bob White (1937)
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Billie Holiday
Carelessly (1937)


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post May 22 2007, 07:10 AM
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How about Mildred Bailey. A Forgotten Lady by many.

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Ian House
post May 22 2007, 07:18 AM
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QUOTE(bob @ May 22 2007, 01:10 AM) *
How about Mildred Bailey. A Forgotten Lady by many.



OK Bob, Mildred's been added. I'm sure I've overlooked a few other obvious candidates ... Mildred had no hits I'm afraid , sorry about that (at least according to that website).



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post May 22 2007, 12:14 PM
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Where does Blossom Seely fall in this group?

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post May 22 2007, 04:31 PM
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I added Blossom.


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post May 22 2007, 08:21 PM
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Hey Ian,

Let's not forget Kate Smith... She got started in the early 30's, so I don't know how she'll fare on this.

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post May 22 2007, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ May 22 2007, 02:21 PM) *
Let's not forget Kate Smith... She got started in the early 30's, so I don't know how she'll fare on this.


Thanks for the suggestion Don, I've just added Kate to the roster. As you can see, she had two hits to her name in consecutive years. Not bad!


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post May 22 2007, 10:06 PM
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Well Ian I'm going to pick a winner this time.

Jeanette MacDonald

Libby Holman

Ethel Merman

One of these has got to have a #1 hit cool.gif

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post May 22 2007, 10:25 PM
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QUOTE(bob @ May 22 2007, 04:06 PM) *
One of these has got to have a #1 hit


Oh No Bob !!

They've been added but ... I'm not sure how to break the news to you ... um ... well ...?

Do you have any more songbirds? Maybe you can put a dress on Bing Crosby -you'll get some # 1 hits that way :-)

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post May 22 2007, 10:36 PM
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Hey Ian,

Before Bob gets to this one. See how Connee Boswell fares up. Didn't she do some duets with Bing?


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post May 22 2007, 11:11 PM
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Gee Don, you're going to start hurting Bob's feeling I'm afraid...

Connee sure was a WINNER, with and without her sisters ... and here she is with two consecutive hits with Bing Crosby. I'll let Bob decide whether this is playing fair or not (to include these duets) but as much as I really love Bing's singing, I think Connee held her own ground here. Will you just listen to that staccato st-st-stuff at the 1:45 mark of "Bob White" !! What a talent :-) It just doesn't get much better than this (unless you're listening to LM of course :-)

And KUDOS Sir, to Michel at Jazz-On-Line.com

So far, every hit song that I've searched for has been there. Bravo!


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post May 22 2007, 11:35 PM
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QUOTE(Ian House @ May 22 2007, 05:11 PM) *
Gee Don, you're going to start hurting Bob's feeling I'm afraid...



Well, what can I say... The clue to Connee really came when you mentioned Bing. I thought she had done some work with him. Just a lucky hunch. And for Bob, maybe I just caught him at dinner, since I'm in the east and he's out west, I just got a head start. Just don't ask me for details on these singers, Bob will far outshine me there.

Good thread Ian.

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p.s. Bob, maybe Bessie Smith would be a good one to suggest. smile.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif
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post May 22 2007, 11:45 PM
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QUOTE(Roseman @ May 22 2007, 05:35 PM) *
p.s. Bob, maybe Bessie Smith would be a good one to suggest.



Nice one! I forgot about Bessie ... and, for that matter, what about Mae West as well? She did some sassy singing along those lines. I sure hope Bob finishes BBQ-ing his pork chops soon and comes back to his computer to make these suggestions :-)

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So far, we've done an excellent job of keeping it to the Jazz Age ... but there are some delightful songbird candidates waiting on the other side if we decide to ever travel down that road: Ella Fitzgerald, Ina Ray Hutton, Vera Lynn, Lena Horne, Anita O' Day are but a few!



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post May 23 2007, 12:12 AM
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Billy Holiday If she aint a winner I've run out of guesses. wink.gif

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post May 23 2007, 12:22 AM
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Bob,

Bingo... I believe you might be a winner. Maybe Ian will give us an update.


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