EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘The Finger Of Suspicion’ – Dickie Valentine

What was the number one song in the UK on 7th January 1955?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

English singer Dickie Valentine got The Finger of Suspicion to number for one week and then again for 2 more weeks from 21st January.

Niiiiiiiice. And very smooth. I can imagine listening to Dickie sing this in a New York jazz bar supping Pink Squirrel cocktails (oh they were a most definitely thing in the 50s) with my sweetheart by my side. It’s incredibly romantic and I love the tone of Dickie’s vocals. Perfect for your 1950s themed dinner party.

Wikipedia

“The Finger of Suspicion (Points at You)” is a popular song written by Paul Mann and Al Lewis, and published in 1954.

It was recorded by Dickie Valentine in the United Kingdom and by Jane Froman in the United States. Valentine’s version reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1955. Valentine’s version was produced by Dick Rowe and released on Decca Records – catalogue reference F 10394. The track was a UK chart topper twice over. Firstly for one week from 7 January 1955, and then for a further two weeks from 21 January. Its chart topping run was interrupted by “Mambo Italiano”.

Lyrics

“Someone broke into my heart and stole a beat or two
The finger of suspicion points at you
Someone took away my sleep and never left a clue
The finger of suspicion points at you
Just as soon as they can make the guilty one confess
I know exactly what I’m gonna do
I’ll take and lock her charms forever in my arms
Then who is bound to be the guilty, who?
The finger of suspicion points at you
Someone broke into my heart and stole a beat or two
The finger of suspicion points at you
Someone took away my sleep and never left a clue
The finger of suspicion points at you
Just as soon as they can make the guilty one confess
I know exactly what I’m gonna do
I’ll take and lock her charms forever in my arms
Then who is bound to be the guilty, who?
The finger of suspicion points at you”

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