What was the number one song in the UK on 4th January 1957?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer was number one with Singing the Blues for 1 week then again for another week on 18th January and then again for one more week on 1st February. Phew.

Oh it’s this one! You’ll have heard of it too. It’s a great 50s pop track. It must be one of the most covered songs in pop history and is also used time and time again by football fans in England (with altered lyrics sung at matches). It’s a very catchy tune with quite an upbeat feel to it, despite it being about someone feeling blue over a lost love.

Wikipedia

“Singing the Blues” is a popular song written by Melvin Endsley and published in 1956. The song was first recorded and released by Marty Robbins in 1956. (It is not related to the 1920 jazz song “Singin’ the Blues” recorded by Frank Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke in 1927.) The best-known recording was released in October 1956 by Guy Mitchell and spent ten weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart from December 8, 1956, to February 2, 1957. An example of the U.S. recording is on Columbia #40769, dated 1956, with the Ray Conniff Orchestra. Mitchell’s version was also number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for three (non-consecutive) weeks in early 1957, one of only four singles to rise to number 1 on three separate occasions, with the other three being “I Believe” by Frankie Laine, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber.

Lyrics

“Well, I never felt more like singin’ the blues
‘Cause I never thought that I’d ever lose
Your love dear
Why’d you do me this way?
Well, I never felt more like cryin’ all night
‘Cause everythin’s wrong, and nothin’ ain’t right
Without you
You got me singin’ the blues
Oh, the moon and stars no longer shine
The dream is gone I thought was mine
There’s nothin’ left for me to do
But cry-y-y-y over you (cry over you)
Well, I never felt more like runnin’ away
But why should I go ’cause I couldn’t stay
Without you
You got me singin’ the blues
Well, I never felt more like singin’ the blues
But I never thought that I’d ever lose
Your love dear
Why’d you do me this way?
Well, I never felt more like cryin’ all night
‘Cause everythin’s wrong, and nothin’ ain’t right
Without you
You got me singin’ the blues
Oh, that moon and stars no longer shine
The dream is gone I thought was mine
There’s nothin’ left for me to do
But cry-y-y-y over you (cry over you)
Well, I never felt more like runnin’ away
But why should I go ’cause I couldn’t stay
Without you
You got me singin’ the blues”

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