What was the number one song in the UK on 14th March 1953?

By Steve McSteveface

“Broken Wings” by Stargazers was Number One on 14th March 1953 and it remained at number one for 1 week.

This song was actually the first UK number one by a British artist. I only just discovered that, now there’s a fact for my fact bank.

I’m not a big fan of organ music. It either reminds me of church or old people’s afternoon tea dances and I try my best not to frequent both those places!

A somewhat dreary song in my opinion…


“Broken Wings” was written by John Jerome and Bernard Gunn.

It was the first record by any British act to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart, and was the first of two number-one UK hits for the group, the other being “I See the Moon” a year later.

Two other versions also entered the UK chart in February 1953, the original recording by Art and Dotty Todd (peaking at number 6), and the other by Dickie Valentine (reaching number 12).


With Broken wings, no bird can fly 
And broken promises mean love must fade and die 
I trusted you, you can”t be true 
My heart no longer sings 
It”s wings are broken too
Life was wonderful 
I flew as high as a bird in the sky 
Dreaming of you 
Dreams coming true 
Then in your eyes 
I saw lies in disguise 
You broke me heart in two
With Broken wings, no bird can fly 
And broken promises mean lLove must fade and die 
With Broken wings, no bird can fly 
My heart no longer sings 
It”s wings are broken too.

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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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