What was the number one song in the UK on 12th March 1954?

by Hayley Beasley Dye

British band, The Stargazers, took this to number one for 5 weeks and then again from 23rd April for another week.

Well, this is a very jolly song that I feel like I should be marching to or pledging allegiance to. Along with the intense choral singing, there’s some weird chatty bits and a female singer with a very irritating voice being mansplained to on how to sing.

It’s all very weird – I actually LOVE it.

Wikipedia

“I See the Moon”, is a popular song written by Meredith Willson.

The Mariners, in the United States, and The Stargazers, in the United Kingdom, had the best-known versions. The Stargazers’ recordingreached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1954. In taking “I See the Moon” to number one, the Stargazers became the first act in British chart history to reach number one with their first two records to reach the chart. Several singles released in the interim failed to chart. The Stargazers’ recording was produced by Dick Rowe, one of eight of his UK chart topping successes in that role.

The Mariners’ version, released in 1952, reached number 14 in the United States.

A recording by Don Cameron with Morton Fraser’s Harmonica Band was made in London on February 17, 1954. It was released by EMI on the His Master’s Voice label as catalog number B 10675.

Nancy Sinatra released a version on Reprise Records in 1963.

Lyrics

“Over the mountain over the sea
Back where my heart is longing to be
Please let the light that shines on me
Shine on the one I love
I see the moon the moon sees me
Down through the leaves of the old oak tree
(Please) Please let the light that shines on me
Shine on the one I love
Over the mountain over the sea
Back where my heart is longing to be
Please let the light that shines on me
Shine on the one I love
Let the little lady with the tambourine sing (Hee hee hee)
I kissed the rose (no not yet)
I kissed the rose (no not yet)
I kissed the rose and the (no not yet, now)
I kissed the rose the rose kissed me
Fragrant as only a rose can be (sing a little louder miss)
Please take the kiss (not too loud) that comforts me
Back to the one I love
Over the mountain over the sea
(Back where my heart) Back where my heart is longing to be
(Please let the light) Please let the light that shines on me
(Shine on the one I love) Shine on the one I love
Over the mountain over the sea
Back where my heart is longing to be
Please let the light that shines on me
Shine on the one I love!”

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