1950 Music – Pop Standards and Artists

1950 Pop Standards and Artists

Bing and Gary Crosby
Play A Simple Melody
This song was written by Irving Berlin and used in the Motion Picture, There’s No Business Like Show Business. The song is actually two songs, one is a simple old fashioned melody, and the second a more complex jazz song. At first, the songs are sung separately and then over the top of one another. Gary Crosby is Bing’s son.

Doris Day
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
This song has it’s origins in the 1940 musical Pal Joey, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, which launched the career of legendary dancer Gene Kelly. It would hit the charts, though ten years, later in 1950. Many artists would go on to record the song, including Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion and Cher.

The Mills Brothers
Daddy’s Little Girl
If there was a song that was used at almost every wedding in the 1950s 60s, 70s, and 80s, this would be it. Not however during the ceremony. The song would be used for the father-daughter dance at the reception to the tears of all the women married or single. The song’s lyrics and music were written by Boby Burke and Horace Gerlach.

Nat King Cole
Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is probably the most famous of Da Vinci’s work. The painting resides at The Louvre Museum in Paris and many prints, postcards, and posters have been made of this classic work of art. There is much speculation as to who the model for the painting was, but no one knows for sure, and the enigmatic smile she wears has been perplexing people since the painting was completed. The song compares a woman to the famous portrait. The song was composed by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the motion picture Captain Carey U.S.A. It took the Academy Award for best song in 1950.

Perry Como
A Bushel And A Peck
Guys and Dolls is a musical based on a story By Damon Runyon. It tells the tale of a young missionary girl who falls in love with a gambler in New York City. The musical made its premiere on Broadway in 1950 and would run for 1200 performances. It also took the Tony Award for that year. A Bushel And A Peck is sung by Miss Adelaide who is a singer at a local club, the song was part of her act.

Gene Autry
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Having topped the charts in 1949 with the song Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is not surprising that Gene Autry would come back the following year with a song about a popular rabbit for Easter. The song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins and would peak at #5 on the Billboard Charts. The song would later become the title for a 1971 Easter special which told the story of how a young Peter got the job as Easter Bunny.

Eileen Barton
If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked A Cake
Written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill and Clem Watts the song was published in 1950 and recorded in January of that year by Eileen Barton. The song became such a big hit that its record producer, National Records, could not handle the demand and turned to the larger record company, Mercury Records, to help with distribution. The song would be recorded by many other artists, a few times as a duet. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope would record the song in this way as well as Ethel Merman and Ray Bulger.

Teresa Brewer
Music Music Music
This Million seller record was first recorded by London Records in 1949 by Teresa Brewer. The song was written by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum. Petula Clark would record the song that same year and that version would be popular in Australia.
The song would be recorded again in the 1970s by Melanie, but she would rename it The Nickel Song.

Anton Karas
Third Man Theme
Written by Anton Karas in 1949 for the film, The Third Man. This instrumental piece topped the BillBoard charts for eleven weeks. Its popularity is partially attributed to the use of the zither, an instrument rarely used in music at that time.

Top Artists and Songs of 1950

Andrews Sisters
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
I Wanna Be Loved
Anton Karas
Third Man Theme
Art Lund
Mona Lisa
Bill Snyder
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
Billy Eckstine
My Foolish Heart
Bing and Gary Crosby
Play A Simple Melody
Sam’s Song (The Happy Tune)
Bing Crosby
Chattanoogie Shoe-Shine Boy
Four Winds and the Seven Seas
Harbor Lights
Dinah Shore
My Heart Cries For You
Doris Day
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
Hoop-Dee-Doo
Eileen Barton
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d Have Baked A Cake
Eve Young
One Silver Dollar
Fats Domino
The Fat Man
Frank Allison
Peter Cottontail
Frank Sinatra
Goodnight Irene
Frankie Laine
Cry of the Wild Goose
Music Maestro Please
Freddy Martin
Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickle In)
Gene Autry
Peter Cottontail
Gene Krupa
Bonaparte’s Retreat
Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers
Goodnight, Irene
Gordon Jenkins
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
My Foolish Heart
Tzena Tzena
Guy Lombardo
Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)
Harbor Lights
Tennessee Waltz
Third Man Theme
Guy Mitchell
My Heart Cries For You
The Roving Kind
Hank Snow
I’m Movin On
Hoagy Carmichael
The Old Piano Roll Blues
Ivory Joe Hunter
I Need You So
Jerry Murad’s Harminicats
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
Jimmy Wakely
Peter Cottontail
Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr
Sam’s Song
Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers
Pink Champagne
Jo Stafford
Goodnight, Irene
Tennessee Waltz
Johnnie Lee Wills
Rag Mop
Johnny Otis
Double Crossing Blues
Larry Green and his Orchestra
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
Lefty Frizzell
If You’ve Got The Money (I’ve Got The Time)
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Tennessee Waltz
Lionel Hampton
Rag Mop
Little Esther
Double Crossing Blues
Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
Blue Light Boogie
Louis Prima and Keely Smith
Oh Babe
Mel Torme
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
Mervin Shiner
Peter Cottontail
Mills Brothers
Daddy’s Little Girl
Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You)
Mindy Carson
My Foolish Heart
Mitch Miller
Tzena Tzena
Muddy Waters
Rollin’ Stone
Nat ‘King’ Cole
Mona Lisa
Patti Page
All My Love
The Tennesse Waltz
Percy Faith
All My Love
Percy Mayfield
Please Send Me Someone To Love
Perez Prado
Mambo Number 5
Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters
Hoop-Dee-Doo
You’re Just In Love
Perry Como
A Bushel and A Peck
Patricia
You’re Just In Love
Phil Harris
The Thing
Professor Longhair
Crazy Baldhead
Ralph Flanagan
Rag Mop
Ray Anthony
Count Every Star
Harbor Lights
Sentimental Me
Ray Bolger
Dearie
Red Foley
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
Roy Brown and his Mighty-Mighty Men
Hard Luck Blues
Russ Morgan
Sentimental Me
Ruth Brown
Teardrops From My Eyes
Sammy Kaye
Harbor Lights
Hollywood Square Dance
I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
It Isn’t Fair
Teresa Brewer
Music! Music! Music!
The Ames Brothers
Can Anyone Explain (No No No!)
Rag Mop
Undecided
Sentimental Me
The Robins
Double Crossing Blues
The Starlighters
Rag Mop
Tony Martin and Fred Warren
I Said My Pajamas (And Put On My Pray’rs)
Tony Martin
There’s No Tomorrow
Vic Damone
My Heart Cries For You
Victor Young
Mona Lisa
Yves Montand
Les Feuilles Mortes