What was the number one song in the UK on 24th June 1955?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

English singer and DJ topped the charts with Unchained Melody for 3 weeks.

Jimmy’s vocals on this are more clipped than what I’m used to with the Righteous Brothers version. It also has some chirpier musical accompaniment in it. I’m not a fan of the female backing vocals in it, they make the song sound very dated. Overall, it’s not offensive, but it’s not a great version. The Righteous Brothers version is a lot more emotional and Jimmy’s version completely misses out on that.

Anyway, looking forward to reviewing this song several more times as we go through the years…

Wikipedia

“Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained (1955), hence the song title. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. It has since become a standard and one of the most often recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. According to the song’s publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of “Unchained Melody” have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages.

In 1955, three versions of the song (by Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, and Roy Hamilton) charted in the Billboard Top 10 in the United States, and four versions (by Al Hibbler, Les Baxter, Jimmy Young, and Liberace) appeared in the Top 20 in the United Kingdom simultaneously, an unbeaten record for any song. The song continued to chart in the 21st century, and it was the only song to reach number one with four different recordings in the UK until it was joined by “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in 2014

Lyrics

“Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine
I need your love, I need your love
God speed your love to me
Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, wait for me, wait for me
I’ll be coming home, wait for me
Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine
I need your love, I need your love
God speed your love to me”

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