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Top R&B Songs of the 1940s

1930s <-1940-> 1950s
      

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1.08/1943

 ①  Pistol Packin' Mama by Al Dexter

 

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395

US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B 5
as Al Dexter and His Troopers
[Okeh 6708]
written by Al Dexter
2.08/1943

 ②  Paper Doll by The Mills Brothers

 

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386

US ✫1
US R&B 2
written by Johnny Black (as Johnny S. Black)
3.01/1943

 ③  I've Heard That Song Before by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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380

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Columbia 36668]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
4.07/1943

 ④  You'll Never Know by Dick Haymes

 

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375

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Decca 18556]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
5.08/1943

 ⑤  Sunday, Monday or Always by Bing Crosby

 

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369

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 18561]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
6.11/1943

My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?) by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra

 

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364

US ✫1
US R&B 7
vocals by Eugenie Baird
[Decca 18567]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
7.07/1943

In the Blue of Evening by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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357

US ✫1
US R&B 10
vocals by Frank Sinatra
written by Tom Adair (as Thomas Montgomery Adair) & Alfonso D'Artega
8.05/1943

Taking a Chance on Love by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

 

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350

US ✫1
US R&B 10
vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Vernon Duke, John La Touche (as John Latouche) & Ted Fetter
9.11/1943

Pistol Packin' Mama by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

 

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325

US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 23277]
written by Al Dexter
10.02/1943

Don't Get Around Much Anymore by The Ink Spots

 

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312

US 2
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
11.11/1942

There Are Such Things by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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307

US ✫1
US R&B 2
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
written by Stanley Adams, Abel Baer & George W. Meyer
12.10/1942

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

 

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303

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1942]
[Decca 23778]
written by Irving Berlin
13.07/1943

It Can't Be Wrong by Dick Haymes

 

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302

US 2
US R&B 2
[Decca 18557]
written by Kim Gannon & Max Steiner
14.12/1942

I Had the Craziest Dream by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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297

US ✫1
US R&B 4
vocals by Helen Forrest
[Columbia 36659]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
15.06/1943

All or Nothing at All by Frank Sinatra and Harry James

 

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296

US 2
US R&B 8
as Frank Sinatra & Harry James & His Orchestra
[Columbia 35587]
written by Arthur Altman & Jack Lawrence
16.01/1943

Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) by Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra

 

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296

US 2
US R&B 9
[instrumental]
[Columbia 36651]
written by Ary Barroso & Bob Russell
17.12/1943

Shoo-Shoo Baby by Ella Mae Morse

 

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271

US 4
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 143]
written by Phil Moore
18.03/1943

As Time Goes By by Jacques Renard and His Orchestra

 

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265

US 3
US R&B 8
vocal by Frank Munn; originally from 1931
written by Herman Hupfeld
19.02/1943

It Started All Over Again by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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264

US 4
US R&B 2
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
written by Bill Carey & Carl Fisher
20.06/1944

You Always Hurt the One You Love by The Mills Brothers

 

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263

US ✫1
US R&B 5
B side to Till Then
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
21.04/1948

Nature Boy by Nat King Cole

 

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261

US ✫1
US R&B 2
as King Cole
[Capitol 15054]
written by Eden Ahbez
22.11/1944

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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261

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
written by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts
23.01/1943

Why Don't You Do Right by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

 

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257

US 4
US R&B 4
vocals by Peggy Lee
written by Kansas Joe McCoy
24.11/1944

I'm Making Believe by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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257

US ✫1
US R&B 2
B side to Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
written by James V. Monaco & Mack Gordon
25.05/1944

G.I. Jive by Louis Jordan

 

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256

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Johnny Mercer
26.12/1943

I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) by Bing Crosby

 

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253

US 3
US R&B 8
[Christmas]
[Decca 18570]
written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
27.05/1946

The Gypsy by The Ink Spots

 

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252

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
written by Billy Reid
28.08/1944

I'll Walk Alone by Dinah Shore

 

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251

US ✫1
US R&B 10
[Victor 1586]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
29.11/1944

Don't Fence Me In by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

 

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250

US ✫1
US R&B 9
[Decca 23364]
written by Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
30.11/1946

(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons by The King Cole Trio

 

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247

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Capitol 304]
written by Pat Best (as William Best) & Deek Watson
31.02/1943

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To by Dinah Shore

 

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247

US 4
US R&B 10
[Victor 1519]
written by Cole Porter
32.08/1946

To Each His Own by The Ink Spots

 

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240

US ✫1
US R&B 3
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
33.01/1945

Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrews Sisters

 

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236

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 18636]
written by Lord Invader & Lionel Belasco
34.10/1943

Boogie Woogie by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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234

US 5
US R&B 6
[instrumental]
written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith
35.07/1944

Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) by Louis Jordan

 

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233

US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Louis Jordan & Billy Austin
36.01/1945

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Johnny Mercer

 

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232

US ✫1
US R&B 4
[Capitol 180]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
37.02/1947

Open the Door, Richard by The Three Flames

 

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227

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[novelty]
[Columbia 37268]
written by Bob Russell
38.02/1947

Open the Door, Richard! by Count Basie

 

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213

US ✫1
US R&B 2
[novelty]
[RCA Victor 2127]
written by Bob Russell
39.07/1943

Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament) by Duke Ellington

 

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209

US 8
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
40.05/1947

Across the Alley from the Alamo by The Mills Brothers

 

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194

US 2
US R&B 2
written by Joe Greene
41.12/1948

A Little Bird Told Me by Blue Lu Barker

 

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181

US 4
US R&B 4
[Capitol 15308]
written by Harvey O. Brooks
42.11/1946

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) by The King Cole Trio

 

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174

US 3
US R&B 3
[Capitol 311]
written by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells
43.02/1944

When They Ask About You by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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174

US 4
US R&B 10
vocals by Kitty Kallen
written by Sam H. Stept
44.03/1947

That's My Desire by Frankie Laine

 

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173

US 4
US R&B 3
as Frankie Laine & Mannie Klein's All Stars
[Mercury 5007]
written by Helmy Kresa & Carroll Loveday
45.01/1947

Open the Door Richard! by Jack McVea and His All Stars

 

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172

US 3
US R&B 2
[novelty]
written by Bob Russell
46.02/1947

Open the Door, Richard! (Parts 1 & 2) by Dusty Fletcher

 

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170

US 3
US R&B 2
[novelty]
[National 4012]
written by Bob Russell
47.11/1948

A Little Bird Told Me by Paula Watson

 

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170

US 6
US R&B 2
[Supreme 1507]
written by Harvey O. Brooks
48.01/1944

Cherry by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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169

US 4
US R&B 10
[instrumental]
B side to Jump Town
written by Don Redman
49.06/1948

My Happiness by Ella Fitzgerald

 

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164

US 6
US R&B 8
with the Song Spinners
[Decca 24446]
written by Betty Peterson Blasco & Borney Bergantine
50.02/1944

Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me by Duke Ellington

 

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164

US 6
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
51.04/1944

Straighten Up and Fly Right by The King Cole Trio

 

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163

US 9
US country ✫1
US R&B ✫1
US B side to Straighten Up and Fly Right
[Capitol 154]
written by Nat King Cole & Irving Mills
52.12/1942

Mr. Five by Five by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra

 

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157

US 10
US R&B ✫1
written by Don Raye & Gene De Paul (as Gene DePaul)
53.01/1944

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

 

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156

US 5
US R&B 9
[R]
[Christmas]
[Decca 18429]
written by Irving Berlin
54.08/1946

Choo Choo Ch'Boogie by Louis Jordan

 

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155

US 7
US R&B ✫1
written by Denver Darling, Vaughn Horton & Milt Gabler
55.02/1944

Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me by Woody Herman and His Orchestra

 

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152

US 7
US R&B 4
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
56.1946

Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) by Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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152

US 7
US R&B ✫1

written by Wilmoth Houdini
57.05/1945

Caldonia by Louis Jordan

 

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152

US 6
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8670]
written by Fleecie Moore
58.08/1942

Cow-Cow Boogie by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra

 

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151

US 9
US R&B 6
written by Don Raye, Benny Carter & Gene De Paul (as Gene DePaul)
59.05/1944

I'll Get by (As Long As I Have You) by The Ink Spots

 

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151

US 7
US R&B 4
written by Fred E. Ahlert & Roy Turk
60.01/1947

Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens by Louis Jordan

 

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150

US 6
US R&B ✫1
written by Joan Whitney (as Joan Whitney Kramer) & Alex Kramer
61.07/1946

Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) by Ella Fitzgerald

 

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148

US 7
US R&B ✫1

written by Wilmoth Houdini
62.02/1945

I'm Beginning to See the Light by Duke Ellington

 

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148

US 6
US R&B 4
vocals by Joya Sherrill
written by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges & Harry James
63.05/1945

I Wish by The Mills Brothers

 

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147

US 6
US R&B 4
B side to Put Another Chair At the Table
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
64.06/1944

Till Then by The Mills Brothers

 

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146

US 8
US R&B ✫1
written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus & Guy Wood
65.06/1945

Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra

 

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146

US 7
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Wynonie Harris
[Decca 18674]
written by Eddie DeLange & Johnny Brooks
66.03/1947

Open the Door, Richard! by Louis Jordan

 

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146

US 6
US R&B 2
written by Bob Russell
67.08/1943

Don't Cry, Baby by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra

 

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143

US 15
US country 6
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Jimmy Mitchelle
written by Jimmy Mitchell & Sammy Lowe
68.03/1944

Cow-Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Y-Ay) by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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139

US 10
US R&B ✫1
written by Don Raye, Gene De Paul & Benny Carter
69.02/1949

I Love You So Much It Hurts by The Mills Brothers

 

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137

US 8
US R&B 8
[Decca 24550]
written by Floyd Tillman
70.03/1946

Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop by Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra

 

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137

US 9
US R&B ✫1
written by Curley Hamner & Lionel Hampton
71.12/1948

You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love) by The Ink Spots

 

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135

US 8
US R&B 15
written by Larry Fotine, Billy Faber & Fred Meadows
72.1949

Baby, It's Cold Outside by Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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134

US 9
US R&B 6
written by Frank Loesser
73.11/1948

Sweet Georgia Brown by Brother Bones and His Shadows

 

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133

US 10
US R&B 9
[instrumental]
[Tempo 652]
written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey
74.01/1946

Buzz Me by Louis Jordan

 

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132

US 9
US R&B ✫1
written by Fleecie Moore (as Fleecy Moore) & Dave Dexter
75.04/1945

Tippin' In by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra

 

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132

US 9
US R&B ✫1
[instumental]
written by Bobby Smith (as Robert Lewis Smith)
76.06/1946

Prisoner of Love by The Ink Spots

 

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131

US 9
US R&B 5
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin
77.04/1946

Prisoner of Love by Billy Eckstine

 

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128

US 10
US R&B 3
as Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
hit for russ columbo in 1932
[National 9017]
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin
78.10/1945

A Cottage for Sale by Billy Eckstine

 

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127

US 8
US R&B 3
as Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
hit for Guy Lombardo in 1930
[National 9014]
written by Willard Robison & Larry Conley
79.08/1945

It's Only a Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald and The Delta Rhythm Boys

 

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122

US 9
US R&B 4
written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Billy Rose
80.08/1945

It's Only a Paper Moon by Delta Rhythm Boys

 

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122

US 9
US R&B 4
hit for Paul Whiteman in 1933
written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Billy Rose
81.03/1946

The Dark Town Poker Club by Phil Harris

 

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122

US 10
US R&B 4
as Phil Harris & his Orchestra
[novelty]
hit for Bert Williams in 1914
[ARA 116]
written by Bert Williams, Will Vodery & Jean Havez (as Jean C. Havez)
82.11/1945

The Honeydripper by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra

 

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121

US 10
US R&B 2
as Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra & The Delta Rhythm Boys
[Decca 23451]
written by Joe Liggins
83.04/1944

Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra

 

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121

US 10
US R&B 8
vocals by Red Dorris
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
84.09/1945

Jimmy's Blues by Count Basie

 

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117

US 10
US R&B 3
[Columbia 36831]
written by James Rushing
85.02/1943

That Old Black Magic by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra

 

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115

US 15
US R&B 2
[Decca 18541]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
86.02/1944

Ration Blues by Louis Jordan

 

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114

US 11
US country ✫1
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8654]
written by Antonio Cosey, Collenane Clark & Louis Jordan
87.11/1943

All for You by The King Cole Trio

 

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103

US 19
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 139]
written by Robert Scherman
88.12/1942

When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World) by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra

 

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97

US 14
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Trevor Bacon
[Decca 18496]
written by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Seiler & Sol Marcus
89.01/1944

Sweet Slumber by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra

 

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96

US 15
US country 4
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Trevor Bacon
[Decca 18569]
written by Al Neiburg (as Al J. Neiburg), Lucky Millinder & Henri Woode (as William Henri Woode)
90.06/1943

Riffette by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra

 

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95

US 18
US R&B 3
written by Freddie Slack & Gay Jones
91.07/1944

I Learned a Lesson, I'll Never Forget by 5 Red Caps

 

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95

US 14
US country 2
US R&B 3
[Beacon 7120]
written by Joe Davis
92.11/1948

It's Too Soon to Know by The Orioles

 

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90

US 13
US R&B ✫1
[Jubilee 5000]
written by Deborah Chessler
93.04/1944

When My Man Comes Home by Buddy Johnson

 

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90

US 18
US country 2
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Ella Johnson
written by Buddy Johnson & J. Mayo Williams
94.01/1944

G.I. Jive by Johnny Mercer

 

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88

US 13
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 141]
written by Johnny Mercer
95.11/1943

I Heard You Cried Last Night (And So Did I) by Dick Haymes

 

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85

US 19
US R&B 8
written by Ted Grouya & Jerry Kruger
96.08/1944

Red Blues by Cootie Williams

 

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83

US 18
US country 4
US R&B 2
vocals by Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
[Hit 7084]
written by Bob Haggart
97.03/1948

King Size Papa by Julia Lee and Her Boy Friends

 

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83

US 15
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 40082]
written by Johnny Gomez & Paul Vance
98.06/1946

(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 by The King Cole Trio

 

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81

US 11
US R&B 3
[Capitol 256]
written by Bobby Troup
99.03/1945

You Can't Get That No More by Louis Jordan

 

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80

US 11
US R&B 2
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8668]
written by Louis Jordan & Sam Theard
100.01/1948

I Can't Give You Anything but Love by Rose Murphy

 

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80

US 13
US R&B 3
#1 hit for Cliff Edwards in 1928
[Majestic 1204]
written by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields

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