What was the number one song in the UK on 7th January 1953?

By Steve McSteveface

“Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes” by Perry Como was Number One on 7th February 1953 and it remained at number one for 5 weeks.

A great song from a man with a brilliant voice and amazing values. The more I listen to these older songs the more I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and spend some time in those days.

Wikipedia

“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” is an off meter ballad concerning a man away from home worried that his paramour may unwittingly stray from their relationship. The song was recorded in many different styles by many artists. It was written by Winston L. Moore (whose stage name was Slim Willet) and was published in 1952.

The title comes from the opening refrain:

Don’t let the stars get in your eyes,
Don’t let the moon break your heart.

The song was first recorded by Slim Willet and the Brush Cutters (4 Star 11614, reaching #1) and then by Ray Price (Columbia 4-21025, reaching #4). Skeets McDonald followed with a Western swing hit, reaching #1 and staying on the charts 18 weeks. His version was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2216 with the flip side “Big Family Trouble.”

The best selling performance was this pop version recorded by Perry Como with The Ramblers on November 4, 1952 and released in the UK in 1953.

Slim Willet and Tommy Hill also wrote the female answer song “I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes”, which was performed by Hill’s sister Goldie Hill.

Lyrics

Don’t let the stars get in your eyes
Don’t let the moon break your heart
Love blooms at night
In daylight it dies
Don’t let the stars get in your eyes
Or keep your heart from me
For some day I’ll return
And you know you’re the only one I’ll ever love
Too many nights (too many nights)
Too many stars (too many stars)
Too many moons could change your mind
(Don’t let the moon change your mind)
If I’m gone too long don’t forget where you belong
When the stars come out remember you are mine
Don’t let the stars get in your eyes
Don’t let the moon break your heart
Love blooms at night
In daylight it dies
Don’t let the stars get in your eyes
Or keep your heart from me
For some day I’ll return
And you know you’re the only one I’ll ever love
Too many miles (too many miles)
Too many days (too many days)
Too many nights too be alone
(Too many night all alone)
Oh, please keep your heart while we are apart
Dontcha linger in the moonlight when I’m gone
(While I’m gone)
Don’t let the stars get in your eyes
Don’t let the moon break your heart
(Don’t let the moon break your heart)
Love blooms at night
In daylight it dies
Don’t let the stars get in your eyes
Or keep your heart from me
For some day I’ll return
And you know your the only one I’ll ever love
(I’ll ever love)
I’ll ever love
You’re the only one (you’re the only one)
I’ll ever love

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Every UK Number One Song

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Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.

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