What was the number one song in the UK on 14th October 1955?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Jimmy Young did what was thought to be impossible and knocked Slim Whitman off the top of the charts with The Man From Laramie and stayed there for 4 weeks.

I think we can conclude that I am not a Jimmy Young fan. I got tired of this song about two notes in. It’s very dated, but let’s try and find a positive here. It has a very bouncy, catchy beat to it, but please….no more Jimmy Young. Thanking you.

Wikipedia

The Man from Laramie is a 1955 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, and Cathy O’Donnell.

The movie’s theme song of the same name, written by Lester Lee and Ned Washington, was recorded in the United States by Al Martino and in the United Kingdom by Jimmy Young. Young’s version topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in October 1955, while Martino’s version (which did not chart in the U.S.) stalled at Number 19 that September.

Lyrics

“The man from Laramie
He was a man with a peaceful turn of mind
He was kind of sociable and friendly
Friendly as any man could be
But you never saw a man out-draw
The man from Laramie
The man from Laramie
He was a man with a warm and gentle heart
But when they’d start the arguing and fightin’
Frightenin’ and lightning fast was he
There was no coyote who could outshoot
The man from Laramie
He had a flair for ladies
The ladies loved his air of mystery
The west will never see
A man with so many notches on his gun
Everyone admired the fearless stranger
Danger was this man’s specialty
So they never bossed or double crossed
The man from Laramie
He had a flair for ladies
Now the ladies loved his air of mystery
The west will never see
A man with so many notches on his gun
Everyone admired the fearless stranger
Danger was this man’s specialty
So they never bossed or double crossed
The man from Laramie”

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