1952 Pop Standards and Artists

1952 Pop Standards and Artists

Bill Haley and the Saddlemen
Rock The Joint
Before Bill Haley was Bill Haley and the Comets, he was Bill Haley and the Saddlemen and in 1952 he and his group would record Rock The Joint. The song had previously been recorded by Jimmie Preston and this would version would not make the Billboard charts. It still was part of the beginning of Bill Haley.

Don Howard
Oh Happy Day
This is not the Oh Happy Day that many churchgoers are familiar with. This song written by and performed by Don Howard was originally first performed at a high school dance; the young adults loved it and asked for it to be performed for a total of 13 times. The song was then recorded at a local recording studio the song became an immediate local hit. From there the song was released at the national level and it made it up to number #4 on the Billboard chart. Time magazine would say of the song the “Mystery Hit” and went on to say that the song was the “rarest kind of hit, unplanned and unplugged.”

Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You
This song could be considered one of the first songs that spoke out against drug use as one of its lyrics is “I get no kick from cocaine, I know that if I took even one little sniff, it would bore me incredibly too, but I get a kick out of you.” The song was written for the 1934 musical Anything Goes. Originally sung by Ethel Merman it was one of three songs that would become hits for the time the other two being You’re The Top and the title song, “Anything Goes.”

Gene Kelly
Singin’ in the Rain
Singin’ in the Rain has a legacy that began with one of the very first talking motion pictures. It was sung in an MGM musical with a man playing the Banjo with a line of chorus girls. Judy Garland and others would sing it in other motion pictures or record it. But in 1952 Singin in the Rain became a movie musical and was given the royal treatment. The Film would star Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. This film would be considered one of the best ever made and Gene Kelly dancing in the rain while singing the title song would be considered one of the film’s greatest moments.

Four Aces
Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul is one song that almost every young pianist is quickly taught as a first piano duet. The song was published in 1938 with music by Hoagie Carmichael and lyrics by Frank Loesser. In 1952 The Four Aces recorded the song and it maxed out on the charts at #11.

Hank Williams
Jambalaya is a Cajon dish that consists of rice sausage chicken and or shrimp with hot spices. One of the most popular of Cajon foods Jambalaya even has a mix that you can easily make at home.
The song was written and released by Hank Williams and would stay # 1 on the Country Music Charts, but the song wouldn’t stay in the country music category and would be recorded by other artists most notably The Carpenters who would record the song on their Now and Then Album. This version would reach number 12 in the UK.

Karen Chandler
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Written by Harry Noble in 1952 the song is considered to be an early hit of the pop-rock era. When Karen Chandler recorded the song it would make it to #7 on the charts and would be the only charted song for her career.

The Mills Brothers
Glow Worm
The original song was titled Das Gluhwurmchen and was part of Paul Linck’s 1902 operetta Lysistrata, when translated into English the song became a standard and was titled Glow Worm. Johnny Mercer would expand the lyrics and this is the song that would become a hit for The Mills Brothers.

Johnny Ray
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
This song was originally written in 1930 by Roy Turk, lyrics, with music by Fred E. Ahlert and charted in 1931 at #8. Nat King Cole made a hit out of the song in 1951, 52 Johnny Ray also had a hit with the song. In 1953, the song would become the title of a film starring Donald O’Connor.

Top Artists and Songs of 1952

Al Martino
Here In My Heart, Now, Take My Heart
Arthur Godfrey
Slow Poke
Bell Sisters
Wheel of Fortune, Bermuda
Bill Haley and His Comets (the Saddlemen)
Rock The Joint
Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman
Zing a Little Zong
Bing Crosby
Isle of Innisfree
Bobby Wayne
Wheel of Fortune
Buddy Morrow
Night Train
Dean Martin
You Belong To Me
Don Howard
Oh Happy day
Don Cornell
I’ll Walk Alone, I Am Yours
Doris Day and Frankie Laine
Doris Day
A Guy Is A Guy, My Love and Devotion
Eddie Fisher
I Wish You Were Here, Lady of Spain, Anytime, Outside of Heaven, Tell Me Why, Everything I Have Is Yours
Eddie Howard
Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart
Four Aces
Heart and Soul
Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Frankie Laine
High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
Gene Kelly
Singing In The Rain
Georgia Gibbs
Ring of Fire
Guy Mitchell
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hank Williams
Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
Helen O’Connell
Slow Poke
Hugo Winterhalter
Blue Tango
Jimmy Forrest
Night Train
Jo Stafford
You Belong To Me, Jambalaya (On The Bayou), A-Round the Corner, Keep It a Secret
Johnny Ray
Please Mister Sun, Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
Johnny Standley
It’s In The Book
Joni James
Why Don’t You Believe In Me?
Karen Chandler
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Kay Starr
Wheel of Fortune, Comes A-Long a-Love
Leroy Anderson
Blue Tango
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Tiger Rag
Little Walter
Lloyd Price
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Louis Armstrong
It Takes two To tango
Mario Lanza
Because You’re Mine
Mills Brothers
The Glow Worm
Nat ‘King’ Cole
Unforgettable, Walkin’ My Baby Back Home, Somewhere Along The Way, Because You’re Mine, Faith Can Move Mountains
Patti Page
I Went To Your Wedding, Why Don’t You Believe Me?, You Belong To Me
Pearl Bailey
It Takes Two To Tango
Pee Wee King
Slow Poke
Peggy Lee
Percy Faith
Perry Como
Please Mr. Sun, Maybe
Ray Anthony
Bunny Hop, At last
Red Foley
Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Rosemary Clooney
Half As Much, Blues In The Night, otch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina)
Ruth Brown
5-10-15 Hours
Slim Whitman
Indian Love Call
Tex Ritter
High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
The Dominoes
Have Mercy Baby
The Gaylords
Tell Me Your Mine
The Hilltoppers
The Weavers
Around The Corner
Tony Bennett
Here In My Heart
Tony Martin
Kiss of Fire
Vera Lynn
Auf Wiederdseh’n Sweetheart, Homing Waltz, Forget Me Not