|HIT PARADE RADIO/TV SHOW|
|Big Bands Database --- http://nfo.net||WINNING TUNES|
1. A "Composer's" name in brackets indicates that his name appears on the sheet music as composer, but in reality, he may have had little to do with the writing.
2. Where no composers are shown, - the name is not known to this Database. I hope to soon fill in those places where the composer is not shown. ( if you can help please send the information along to [ email@example.com ] )
3. Note that the Numbers in brackets ONLY indicate how long the tune was heard on the show - NOT how long the song remained in any given position.
These Hit Parade Winners, 1935-1955, were originally contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Phil Schnabel, and subsequently edited by others, including Mr. William H. Crowe, of Toronto, Canada. A little History of the show is shown below.
The Lucky Strike Hit Parade Radio Show had two "in-theme" songs.
the songs most heard on the air and most played on the automatic coin machines - an
accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music.
A little history:
One reader, Mel Walton, has pointed out that Lennie Hayton's band was featured in the Spring of 1935; Carl Hoff's band during part of 1936 and Al Goodman's band sometime during 1938. Both Peter van Steeden and Harry Sosnick also also led the show's band (dates unknown). Thereafter, CBS used Mark Warnow as the show's musical director, and he also conducted the Mark Warnow Orchestra and was the bandleader until his death in 1949. At that time, his brother Raymond Scott (nee Harry Warnow) took over the job, and the Raymond Scott orchestra was heard on the show until the show ended in 1959. In 1950, the show made a successful transitition from Radio to Television, and both the 'Peter Gennaro Dancers' and the 'Hit Paraders' were seen in dance production sequences. The show 'usually' featured 7 hits of the day, with 3 other "standards" interpolated into the show.
Here's how the August 9, 1941 Ticket, looked. (One of our readers auctioned this ticket for $20.00 in August 2001.)
During 1950 to 1957, Andre Baruch (later Bea Wain's husband. Bea is best recalled for her work with the Larry Clinton Orch. ) was the show's announcer, and from 1957-'58, Del Sharbutt was the announcer.
The vocalists are another matter altogether. Many different singers were heard singing with the original Mark Warnow Orchestra and later with the Raymond Scott orchestra. During the 1930s, singers GoGo Delys, Kay Thompson, Charles Carlisle and Loretta Lee sang on the show. Vocalists Beryl Davis and Frank Sinatra left the original Mark Warnow's band together in 1939 (and joined Morris Stoloff's orchestra). John Klein, Mark Warnow's arranger, also left. He had also been Beryl's voice coach.
The 1950s saw many other singers on the show including Snooky Lanson ('50-'57), Eileen Wilson ('50-2), Sue Bennett ('51-2), June Valli (1952-3), Russell Arms (1952-'57), with Gisele MacKenzie ('53-'57), Dorothy Collins ('50-'59). Between 1958-'58, there were Tommy Leonetti, Viginia Gibson, Jill Corey and Alan Copeland. In 1958-9, Johnny Desmond sang on the show.
Before going to NYC, and to the Hit Parade, Russell Arms had made singing cowboy movies with Gene Autry (d. 1998), Chill Wills and Lash Larue (who passed away in 1996).
Some folks have asked if these tunes are available on CD. We have two responses.
2.) There was, and may still be, a group of CDs, available singly or by subscription from the Time-Life Records, - now a division of AOL-Warner. The last "hotlink" we had for their specific page was:
2a.) Further information can be had from the book This Was Your Hit Parade, by John R. Williams. Camden, Maine (np), 1973
As one may see, their list is not as complete as ours, but they do have some years, and some tunes. ("click" the "and More" prompt to see the tune titles on each CD.)
(Please do NOT eMail us regarding the Time-Life links, - we will not reply.)