What was the number one song in the UK on 4th May 1956?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

English singer, Ronnie Hilton was number one for 6 weeks with No Other Love.

A rather dramatic sounding song and is very obviously taken from a musical. Whilst, I’m rather partial to the odd musical tune, this one is not for me. Quite forgettable, I’m afraid and I’m not fan of his voice either.

Wikipedia

“No Other Love” is a show tune from the 1953 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Me and Juliet.

Richard Rodgers originally composed this tune (with the title “Beneath the Southern Cross”) for the NBC television series Victory at Sea (1952/1953). When Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated on Me and Juliet, Rodgers took his old melody and set it to new words by Hammerstein, producing the song “No Other Love”. The song has a tango rhythm (referred to by Rodgers as a “languid tango” in his autobiography, Musical Stages).

The 1953 song should not be confused with “No Other Love”, a song of 1950. The melody for the 1950 song was taken from Étude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3 by Frédéric Chopin.

Lyrics

“No other love have I
Only my love for you
Only the dream we knew
No other love
Watching the night go by
Wishing that you could be
Watching the night with me
Into the night I cry
Hurry home, come home to me
Set me free
Free from doubt and free from longing
Into your arms I’ll fly
Locked in your arms I’ll stay
Waiting to hear you say
No other love have I
No other love
Hurry home, come home to me
Set me free
Free from doubt and free from longing
Into your arms I’ll fly
Locked in your arms I’ll stay
Waiting to hear you say
No other love have I
No other love
(No other love)
No other love”

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