EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘It’s All in the Game’ – Tommy Edwards

What was the number one song in the UK on 7th November 1958?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer, Tommy Edwards hit the top spot for 3 weeks with It’s All in the Game.

Oh, I got very bored of this, very quickly. Soz, Tommy, but it’s not really doing it for me. It’s a slushy, droning love song that doesn’t really get up to much. However, I imagine lots of young people slow dancing to this and receiving their first kisses in the 50s. I have no doubt it will hold a lot of fond memories for some people.


“It’s All in the Game” was a 1958 hit for Tommy Edwards. Carl Sigman composed the lyrics in 1951 to a wordless 1911 composition titled “Melody in A Major,” written by Charles G. Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. It is the only No. 1 single in the U.S. to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or a Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Dawes was both).

The song has become a pop standard, with cover versions by dozens of artists, some of which have been minor hit singles.

Edwards’ song ranked at No. 47 on the 2018 list of The Hot 100’s All-Time Top 600 Songs.


“Many a tear has to fall but it’s all in the game
All in the wonderful game that we know as love
You have words with him and your future’s looking dim
But these things your hearts can rise above
Once in a while he won’t call but it’s all in the game
Soon he’ll be there at your side with a sweet bouquet
And he’ll kiss your lips and caress your waiting fingertips
And your hearts will fly away
with a sweet bouquet
Then he’ll kiss your lips and caress your waiting fingertips
And your hearts will fly away”

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