Songs from the Year 1950. Counting down, with a few honorable mentions, to the top hit of the year.
40 Gene Krupa Bonaparte’s Retreat 1950
39 Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers Tzena Tzena 1950
38 Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters Quicksilver 1950
37 Sammy Kaye It Isn’t Fair 1950
36 Perez Prado Mambo Number 5 1950
41 Guy Lombardo Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think) 1950
34 Perry Como & Betty Hutton Bushel & a Peck 1950
33 Bing Crosby & Gary Crosby Play a Simple Melody 1950
32 Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters Hoop-Dee-Doo 1950
31 Frankie Laine The Cry of the Wild Goose 1950
30 Nat King Cole Orange Colored Sky 1950
51 Tony Martin & Fran Warren I Said my Pajamas (and Put On My Pray’rs) 1950
28 Russ Morgan Beloved, Be Faithful 1950
57 Percy Faith All My Love 1950
59 Russ Morgan Sentimental Me 1950
Spike Jones 1950 Chinese Mule Train (Freddy Morgan, vocal)
24 Billy Whitlock Hop Scotch Polka 1950
23 Paul Weston Nevertheless (I’m in Love With You) 1950
22 The Andrews Sisters I Wanna Be Loved 1950
21 Gordon Jenkins My Foolish Heart 1950
20 The Ames Brothers Sentimental Me 1950
19 Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs Foggy Mountain Breakdown 1950
18 Eve Young One Silver Dollar 1950
17 The Mills Brothers Daddy’s Little Girl 1950
16 Eileen Barton If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d Have Baked a Cake 1950
15 Bing Crosby Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1950
14 Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe-Shine Boy 1950
13 Dinah Shore Dear Hearts & Gentle People 1950
12 Sammy Kaye Harbour Lights 1950
11 Patti Page All My Love 1950
10 Billy Eckstine My Foolish Heart 1950
9 Doris Day Bewitched (bothered & bewildered)1950
8 The Ames Brothers Rag Mop 1950
7 The Andrews Sisters I Can Dream, Can’t I? 1950
6 Phil Harris The Thing 1950
5 Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers Goodnight, Irene 1950
4 Teresa Brewer (Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music! 1950
3 Patti Page Tennessee Waltz 1950
2 Anton Karas Third Man Theme 1950
1 Nat King Cole Mona Lisa 1950
Though Command Performance has been on the air to the troops for most of the preceding year, this is the first time it has been broadcast over public networks. Elmer Davis, well known news anchor, delivers a word of description of the show to the civilian audience, bonding them to their loved ones serving overseas.
- Bob “Command Performance” Hope talks about love, scrap drives, meatless Tuesdays, substitutes for gasoline, and women in the work force. Responding to requests from the mail bag, Bob introduces the acts.
- The Andrews Sisters are backed up by the Alfred Newman Orchestra, and sing, Pennsylvania Polka.
- Red Skelton is Junior, and Harriet Hilliard is his mother. Junior bothers his mom as he waits for Christmas morning. With a drunken ddad, and mom who used to be a prize fighter, Junior gets his way as he slides down the bannister. Time for opening Christmas gifts.
- Spike Jones and the City Slickers perform, Jingle Bells.
- After reading mail bag greetings, Ginny Simms sings, Saving Myself for Bill.
- Bing Crosby jokes with Bob as he delivers Christmas greetings. Bing tells about family celebrations in his home. How will TV affect life after the war? Bing talks about papering the rooms of his house with wartime songs. Wait. Did Bob just ask Bing, “are you ready to cut one?”
- Bing is joined by the Charioteers to sing, Basin Street Blues.
- Ethel Waters sings her hit from 1924Dinah.
- Charles Laughton, Charlie McCarthy, and Edgar Bergen get ready for Christmas. Will Santa Laughton be able to fool Charlie? Has wartime priorities affected Santa’s toy production?
- Kaye Kaiser brings Christmas greetings from the mailbag, then sings, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
- Dinah Shore sends greetings to the troops. She sings, As Long As Your not in Love With Anyone Else.
- Moving the broadcast to New York, Jack Benny and Fred Allen patch up their feud. At least for tonight. After a little bickering over billing, the two sing, Friendship.
- Back to Bob Hope, he gives tribute to the troops. Regular guys from hometowns everywhere, doing heroic work, and hoping to return to the country they’re fighting for.
- The National Anthem is played to wrap up the show.
- Keith tells about how Command Performance was a show exclusively for the military troops, other than special occasions like Christmas.
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- Tennessee Ernie Ford Christmas Party Medley, includes: Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Deck the Halls, and Hark the Herald Angels.
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