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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bing Crosby’s First #1 – and Paul Whiteman’s Top 100 Songs


Paul Whiteman was born on March 28, 1890. With a slew of posts last week, I failed to acknowledge him on the 28th as I should have, but that is being corrected now. After all, today in 1928 proved significant as well – Whiteman’s version of “Ol’ Man River” hit the charts. The song ended up going to #1 – giving the bandleader’s singer – Bing Crosby – his first trip to the top of the charts. Read more about that song here.

Whiteman’s name may be unfamiliar to anyone who has grown up in the rock era, but he was one of the most important music makers of the first half of the 20th century. According to the DMDB, he ranks third on the list of top 100 pre-rock era music makers, behind only Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

In Pop Memories 1890-1954, he’s called “the most popular bandleader of the pre-swing era.” According to that source, Whiteman also has an astonishing 32 songs which hit #1 (indicated below) and a whopping 163 top ten hits. By comparison, the top two artists of the rock era are the Beatles and Elvis Presley. The Fab Four had 20 #1 songs and 34 top tens while The King had 18 chart toppers and 38 top ten hits. Whiteman also has 17 songs which rate in the DMDB’s top 1000 of all time list (indicated below). There are other classics recorded by Whiteman (“Body and Soul”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “Ol’ Man River”, “My Blue Heaven”, etc.) which made the DMDB 1000 list as well, but in versions recorded by other artists.

1. Whispering (1920) #1 DMDB 1000
2. Body and Soul (with Jack Fulton, 1930) #1
3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (with Bob Lawrence, 1933) #1
4. Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922) #1 DMDB 1000
5. Valencia (A Song of Spain) (with Franklyn Baur, 1926) #1 DMDB 1000
6. Ol’ Man River (with Bing Crosby, 1928) #1
7. Rhapsody in Blue (with George Gershwin, 1924) DMDB 1000
8. Ol’ Man River (with Paul Robeson, 1928)
9. Somebody Loves Me (1924) #1 DMDB 1000
10. Lover (with Jack Fulton, 1933) DMDB 1000

Whispering

11. My Blue Heaven (1927) #1
12. What’ll I Do? (1924) #1 DMDB 1000
13. My Mammy (1921) #1 DMDB 1000
14. The Birth of the Blues (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1926) #1 DMDB 1000
15. Wang Wang Blues (1920) #1 DMDB 1000
16. The Japanese Sandman (1920) #1 DMDB 1000
17. Hot Lips (He’s Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz) (1922) #1 DMDB 1000
18. Lover, Come Back to Me (with Jack Fulton, 1929) DMDB 1000
19. Among My Souvenirs (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1928) #1 DMDB 1000
20. Stumbling (1922) #1 DMDB 1000

Three O’Clock in the Morning

21. All Alone (1925) #1
22. Say It with Music (1921) #1 DMDB 1000
23. Linger Awhile (1924) #1 DMDB 1000
24. Charleston (1925)
25. In a Little Spanish Town (‘Twas on a Night Like This) (with Jack Fulton, 1927) #1
26. My Angel (Angela Mia) (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Al Rinker, 1928) #1
27. Ramona (with Austin Young, 1928) #1
28. Great Day (with Bing Crosby, 1929) #1
29. Carolina in the Morning (1923)
30. Without a Song (with Bing Crosby, 1929)

Valencia (A Song of Spain)

31. Bambalina (1923) #1
32. Do It Again (1922) #1
33. Last Night on the Back Porch (with the American Quartet, 1923)
34. I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (1922) #1
35. I Love You (1924)
36. The Man I Love (with Vaughn DeLeath, 1928)
37. You’re the Top (with Peggy Healy & John Hauser, 1934)
38. Indian Love Call (1925)
39. Crinoline Days (1923)
40. Song of India (1921) #1

Ol’ Man River

41. April Showers (1922)
42. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1923) #1
43. Just a Memory (1927)
44. I Get a Kick Out of You (with Ramona Davies, 1234)
45. After You’ve Gone (with Bing Crosby, 1930)
46. How Deep Is the Ocean? How High Is the Sky? (1932)
47. All of Me (with Mildred Bailey, 1932) #1
48. Side by Side (with Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, & Harry Barris, 1927)
49. I’m Just Wild About Harry (1922)
50. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1923)

Rhapsody in Blue

51. My Romance (1936)
52. China Boy (1929)
53. My Man (Mon Homme) (1921)
54. It Had to Be You (1924)
55. Louise (1929)
56. It’s Only a Paper Moon (1933)
57. Willow, Weep for Me (with Irene Taylor, 1932)
58. You Took Advantage of Me (with Bing Crosby, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1928)
59. Limehouse Blues (1924)
60. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (with Bing Crosby, 1930)

What’ll I Do?

61. Wonderful One (1923)
62. Whispering (new version, 1954)
63. Nobody’s Sweetheart (1930)
64. Together (with Jack Fulton, 1928) #1
65. Cherie (1921) #1
66. Bright Eyes (1921)
67. Make Believe (with Bing Crosby, 1928)
68. Moonlight on the Ganges (with Austin Young, 1926)
69. Wagon Wheels (with Bob Lawrence, 1934) #1
70. Makin’ Whoopee (with Bing Crosby, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1929)

My Mammy

71. Anything Goes (with Ramona Davies, 1934)
72. There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes (1924)
73. Rose Marie (1925)
74. Make Believe (1921)
75. Let’s Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep (with Red McKenzie, 1932)
76. It All Depends on You (1927)
77. I’m Coming, Virginia (with Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, & Harry Barris, 1927)
78. Oh, Lady Be Good (1925)
79. When Day Is Done (1927)
80. Manhattan (1925)

The Birth of the Blues

81. Mississippi Mud (with Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Bing Crosby, and Irene Taylor, 1928)
82. Farewell to Arms (with Jack Fulton, 1933)
83. Dearest, You’re the Nearest to My Heart (1923)
84. Learn to Smile (1921)
85. Three on a Match (with Red McKenzie, 1932)
86. It Happened in Monterey (with Jack Fulton, 1930)
87. Broken Hearted (Here Am I) (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1927)
88. When Buddha Smiles, 1922)
89. Get Out and Get Under the Moon (1928)
90. Chiquita (with Jack Fulton, 1928)

Wang Wang Blues

91. Why Did I Kiss That Girl? (with the American Quartet, 1924)
92. Do You Ever Think of Me? (1921)
93. C-O-N-S-T-A-N-I-N-O-P-L-E (with Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1928)
94. Chansonette (1923)
95. I’m a Dreamer, Aren’t We All? (with Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, Harry Barris, & Jack Fulton, 1929)
96. Chloe (Song of the Swamp) (with Austin Young, 1928)
97. Dear Old Southland (1922)
98. Georgia (1922)
99. Trav’lin Light (with Billie Holiday, 1942)
100. Old New England Moon (with Jack Fulton, 1930)

The Japanese Sandman


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