What was the number one song in the UK on 2nd July 1954?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Yorkshire lad, David Whitfield topped the charts with this song for an impressive 10 weeks.

This song is what I’d called a “warbler”. Whilst, David’s vocals are impressive, it’s not a voice I could listen to for very long. To be honest, he sounds a bit overly intense in the song, declaring he’ll love Cara until the end of time whether she likes it or not. That’s a bit much, Dave. Calm yourself. Also, what’s with the eery choral girls in the background? Not for me, but I am sure it is a classic from its time.

Wikipedia

“Cara Mia” is a popular song published in 1954 that became a UK number 1 and US number 10 hit and Gold record for English singer David Whitfield in 1954 and a #4 hit for the American rock group Jay and the Americans in 1965. Jay & The Americans’ version went into the charts in the Netherlands when it was re-released in 1980. The title means “my beloved” in Italian.

The English singer David Whitfield first recorded the song with the Mantovani Orchestra in 1954. This recording made the charts in the United States, and in the UK it was the first record to spend ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Whitfield’s version was one of the biggest selling British records in the pre-rock days.It sold more than three and a half million copies worldwide and was a Top 10 hit in America.

Lyrics

“Cara Mia why, must we say goodbye?
Each time we part, my heart wants to die
My darling hear my prayer, Cara Mia fair
Here are my arms you alone will share
All I want is you forever more
To have, to hold, to love above all
Cara Mia mine, say those words divine
I’ll be your love till the end of time
All I want is you forever more
To have, to hold, to love above all
Cara Mia mine, say those words divine
I’ll be your love till the end of time”

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