What was the number one song in the UK on 17th September 1954?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Frank’s first number one UK single was at the top slot for 3 weeks.

Sinatra’s love song of hope, show cases that famous voice of his beautifully. It’s a dreamy tune that kind of makes your heart soar just when Frank hits those belting notes, especially at its climactic end. Lovely.

Wikipedia

“Three Coins in the Fountain” is a popular song which received the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1955.

The melody was written by Jule Styne, the lyrics by Sammy Cahn.It was written for the romance film, Three Coins in the Fountain and refers to the act of throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome while making a wish. Each of the film’s three stars performs this act.

Cahn and Jule Styne were asked to write the song to fit the movie, but were unable to either see the film or read the script. They completed the song in an hour and had produced a demonstration record with Frank Sinatra by the following day. The song was subsequently used in the film soundtrack, but in the rush 20th Century Fox neglected to sign a contract with the composers, allowing them to claim complete rights over the royalties. The song was subsequently recorded by The Four Aces, backed by the Jack Pleis Orchestra, in 1954. The Sinatra recording topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September and October that year.

A recording by Dinah Shore with orchestra conducted by Harry Geller was made at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on March 24, 1954. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5755 (in USA)and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice label as catalog number B 10730. Harry James recorded a version on his 1955 album Jukebox Jamboree (Columbia CL-615).

Lyrics

“Three coins in the fountain
Each one seeking happiness
Thrown by three hopeful lovers
Which one will the fountain bless?
Three hearts in a fountain
Each heart longing for its home
There they lie in the fountain
Somewhere in the heart of Rome
Which one will the fountain bless?
Which one will the fountain bless?
Three coins in the fountain
Through the ripples how they shine
Just one wish will be granted
One heart will wear a valentine
Make it mine, make it mine, make it mine
Three coins in the fountain
Through the ripples how they shine
And just one wish will be granted
One heart will wear a valentine
Make it mine, make it mine, make it mine”

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