Hit Song show (1935 - 59)
America is a big country and has many big musical traditions.
Folk and traditional music have always been with us. Urban
theatres grew from the early 1800's into Broadway and the
Great American. Jazz blossomed into the Big Bands and their
hits. And American music had "Tin Pan Alley,"
where many of the greats of American Song got their starts.
Song "pluggers" in the "Tin Pan Alley"
tradition made "Popular Music," the songs and
tunes that seemed to "came out of nowhere" to
soar to the top of the hits. "Your Hit Parade"
was the old time radio show that highlighted the rise and fall of
those American pop hits for a generation.
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popular songs during the days of the early big band swing,
the War Years, and right on into the Rock era. Some #1 hits
were associated with bands or popular singers, and some
were out of left field. All were catchy and all were chartmakers.
If they were #1, then they were featured on the show. America
tuned in to see if their favorite had fallen from #1, or
if their favorite was finally #1.
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It began in the mid-30s in New York, and was sponsored
by Lucky Strike cigarettes in 1936. The catchy #1 tune concept
was a "hit" of its own right from the start. "Goody
Goody" was the first anniversary #1 tune
example of what a pop hit is. Al Goodman's orchestra played
through the rest of the 1930s, with Mark Warnow's taking
over in the 1940s. In July of 1941, the "Hut Sut Song"
was a biggie. In July of '42, "Sleepy Lagoon."
By this time, New York radio personality Martin Block took
the host microphone, and introduced the singers and the
songs. A chorus called The Hit Paraders were always ready
to backup the featured singers. At first the regulars were
Barry Wood and Joan Edwards. In the spring of '43, a skinny
New Jersey kid named Frank came on the show to stay for
a while. Sinatra was probably the biggest draw that Lucky
Strikes ever had! The bobbie-soxers had swooned over this
guy, and listened avidly as he crooned the tunes. The show
went on without
Al Goodman, orchestra leader (1935-1938)
Frankie in 1945, with Lawrence Tibbett, then Dick Todd,
and then Andy Russell doing the hits. Dinah
Shore was on for a while, too. Then in 1947, Sinatra
was back, and Beryl Davis took over the girl's part. Axel
Stordahl and His Orchestra backed up. Sinatra fans will
remember the wonderful records of Frankie made with Stordahl's
arrangements and accompaniment. Many consider these among
the very best, for it certainly was the most romantic and
intimate of Sinatra's oeuvre. This collection of shows draws
mainly from the 1940s, which was a very good time for this
show, the heydays of the popular tune that drew on strong
melodies and poetic lyrics
except for the occasional
novelty tune like "The Woody Woodpecker Song."
Gogo Delys (singer)
Though Your Hit Parade went on into the 50s decade,
America's youth culture had, by then, decided "Your
Hit Parade" was passe. The kids wanted to "ROCK."
By now, both Tin Pan Alley and Network Radio were essentially
over. It was now time for a sharp, young DJ in Philadelphia
named Dick Clark to use the new medium to promote a new
For more music, see also Your All Time Hit Parade, Glenn Miller, Bing
Performance, Sealtest Hour, The Railroad Hour, and the Dinah
Some shows have great music in
some of their segments, such as Phil
Harris and Alice Faye Show (two tunes per show), Burns and Allen,
Red Skelton, and Fibber
McGee and Molly. Cavalcade of America has some great historic music shows, and even the World
Adventurer's Club has a men's chorus selection in
every show! If your tastes run to great Western Swing, you'll
want to check out All
Star Western Theater.