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The Most Popular Song Hits And Performers Of 1949

1949 Music Charts

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1949 Pop Standards and Artists

Enzio Pinza
Some Enchanted Evening

South Pacific is one of Rodger's and Hammerstein's greatest shows. It remains both an entertaining show and a social commentary. The show won several Tony Awards in it's premier year of 1949. It is based on parts of James Michener's Tales Of The South Pacific that was published in 1947.

The book is a a number of short stories that take place during WW II in The South Pacific. The show centers on two couples. Nellie Furbush, a nurse who falls in love with a French planter, Emile Debeque, on the island where she has been stationed. She finds out that he had been married before to an island native and has mixed race children. The second couple that consists of Lt. Cable and a Tonkinese Girls whose name is Liat, he also has to overcome his prejudice. Both couples survive their issues but Lt Cable is killed when he and Debeque go to another island to spy on the Japanese.

There were many songs that would become known from South Pacific, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair, Happy Talk and others. Some Enchanted Evening would shine and still does as a beautiful love song that describes a man's feelings when first meeting the woman of his dreams.

One interesting fact about South Pacific is that Rodger's and Hammerstein's lives were threatened by The Ku Klux Klan during the Broadway run of the show. There is a song in the show titled "You Have To Be Carefully Taught." The song's message is that you must be taught prejudiced; it is not born in you. The Klan did not like the message and threatened the lives of the composer and lyricist if the song was not removed from theshow. The song was not removed and nothing ever came from the threat.


Bing Crosby
Galway Bay
Music for and about the Irish seems to have had grip on the U.S. in the 1940's. Galway Bay would be a song that would transcend the century and for Irish Catholics would almost become a hymn as it is still is used in Mass around St. Patrick's Day.
The song was written by Dr. Arthur Colahan in Leicester in 1947. Crosby revised some of the lyrics and the song became a huge hit with Irish Immigrants around the world.
Galway Bay is a real bay in Ireland and the song is a yearning to return to home.

Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark
Baby It's Cold Outside

It can be considered sad that some songs can get so attached to a holiday that we lose track of them the rest of the year. Among those songs is Winter Wonderland, Frosty The Snowman and Suzy Snowflake. None of these even mentions Christmas and yet the songs are relegated to this category. Baby It's Cold Outside is one of these. The words and music for the song were written by Frank Loesser and was first publically performed by the composer and his wife. In 1949, the film,Neptune's Daughter was released and the song was sung twice in the film. The song won Loesser an Academy Award for that year.

Baby It's Cold Outside is a conversation between a man and woman. The man is trying to convince the woman to stay at his house as it's too cold and the snow too deep for her to go home. The song got a twist when it was sung by Kurt and Blaine in the 2010 Christmas episode of Glee.


Bing Crosby
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
The Song was written in 1949 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Bob Hilliard. The song was based on words written on a scrap of paper that was found on the body of Steven Foster when his body was discovered in a New York City Hotel in 1864. The words were simply" Dear friends and gentle hearts."

Dinah Shore

Lavender Blue

Originally a 17th century English nursery rhyme. In the 20th century it crossed the sea and began to hit the charts in 1949. Though Dinah Shore made a hit of the song, it would be Burl Ives who would win an Academy Award for his performance of the song in the 1949 Disney film, So Dear To My Heart

Eddie (Piano) Miller
Around Her Neck She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
The yellow ribbon has been a sign of someone waiting for their loved one to come home since the time of the emperor Nero. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon is an example of this tradition. The version we are aware of today was written in 1907 as a marching song for the army. In1949, the song became the title of a film starring John Wayne. The lyrics were slightly altered for the film but the music stayed the same. The yellow ribbon would remain a symbol of homecoming throughout the years and in 1980 when the American captives were released from Iran the ribbon was put up all over the United States.

Frankie Lane
Mule Train
This song was written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, Doc Tommy Scott and Fred Glickman. The song is a Wild West song that relates the idea of a cowboy carrying male and packages across the west to waiting customers. Though Frankie Laine introduced the song it would be recorded by many other artists. When Burl Ives recorded the song he would add the sound affects of snapping whips and yells.

  Top Artists and Songs of 1949
Buy It! Al Morgan
Jealous Heart
Buy It! Andrews Sisters and Danny Kaye
Put 'em in a Box Tie 'em With a Ribbon
Buy It! Andrews Sisters
I Can Dream Can't I?
Buy It! Art Mooney
Hop-Scotch Polka
Buy It! Bing Crosby
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Faraway Places
Galway Bay
Mulr Train
Riders in the Sky
Some Enchanted Evening
Buy It! Blue Barron Orchestra
Cruising Down the River
Buy It! Buddy Clark
A Dreamer's Holiday
It's A Big, Wide, Wonderful World
You're Breakin' My Heart
Buy It! Delmore Brothers
Blues Stay Away From Me
Buy It! Dick Haymes
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Maybe Its Because
The Old Master Painter
Buy It! Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Buy It! Dinah Shore
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Lavender Blue
Buy It! Doris Day
Canadian Capers
Buy It! Eddie 'Piano' Miller
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Buy It! Eddy Arnold
Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl I Love)
Buy It! Edith Piaf
La Vie En Rose
Buy It! Elton Britt
Riders in the Sky
Buy It! Ernest Tubb
Slippin' Around
Buy It! Evelyn Night
A Little bird Told Me
Buy It! Ezio Pinza
Some Enchanted Evening
Buy It! Frank Sinatra
Some Enchanted Evening
Buy It! Frankie Laine
Mule Train
That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All day)
Buy It! Freddy Martin
I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
Buy It! Gordon Jenkins
Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go)
Buy It! Guy Lombardo
Hop-Scotch Polka
Buy It! Hank Willaims
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Lovesick Blues
Buy It! Ink Spots
You're Breakin' My Heart
Buy It! Jack Teter Trio
Johnson Rag
Buy It! Jimmy Witherspoon
Ain't Nobody's Business
Buy It! Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRea
'A' You're Adorable
My Darling My Darling
Buy It! Joe Loss Orchestra
A Little Bird Told Me
Far Away Places
Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart
Buy It! Larry Darnell
For You My Love
Buy It! Larry Green
It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World
Buy It! Les Brown
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Buy It! Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
Beans and Corn Bread
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Buy It! Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
Slippin' Around
Buy It! Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Buy It! Margaret Whiting
Far Away Places
Buy It! Mel Torme
Careless Hands
Buy It! Patty Andrews and Bob Crosby
The Pussy Cat Song (Nyot Nyow!)
Buy It! Paul Williams and His Hucklebuckers
The Huckle-Buck
Buy It! Perry Como
A Dreamer's Holiday
Forever and Ever
Some Enchanted Evening
Buy It! Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters
'A' You're Adorable
A Dreamer's Holiday
I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore
Buy It! Ray Anthony
Harbor Lights
Buy It! Richard Hayes
The Old Master Painter
Buy It! Russ Morgan
Cruising Down The River
Forever and Ever
Buy It! Sammy Kaye
Four Winds and the Seven Seas
Powder Your Face With Sunshine
Room Full of Roses
Buy It! Sticks McGhee
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
Buy It! Ted Heath Orchestra
Harlem Nocturne
Buy It! Toni Arden
I Can Dream, Cant I
Buy It! Vaughn Monroe
Mule Train
Riders in the Sky
Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
Buy It! Vic Damone
My Bolero
You're Breakin' My Heart
Buy It! Wayne Raney
Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me?

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