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Looking Back Jan. 2

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

The pop music chart originated 75 years ago when Billboard Magazine published such a list on Jan. 4, 1936 for the week ending Dec. 30, 1935. The first list included Tommy Dorsey's version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Here is a look back at just a few of the singles from years gone by that made the list (in no particular order). How many do you remember?

1936

* "Pennies From Heaven" -- Bing Crosby

* "Way You Look Tonight" -- Fred Astaire

* "The Music Goes Round and Round" -- Tommy Dorsey

* "It's A Sin To Tell a Lie" -- Fats Waller

* "Glory Of Love" -- Benny Goodman

* "Is It True What they Say About Dixie?" -- Jimmy Dorsey

* "Moon Over Miami" -- Eddy Duchin

1939

* "Over The Rainbow" -- Judy Garland

* "God Bless America" -- Kate Smith

* "Three Little Fishies" -- Kay Kyser

* "When The Saints Go Marching In" -- Louis Armstrong

* "Moonlight Serenade" -- Glenn Miller

* "Beer Barrel Polka" -- Will Glahe

* "Jeepers Creepers" -- Al Donahue

1942

* "White Christmas" -- Bing Crosby

* "Deep In The Heart of Texas" -- Alveno Rey

* "Tangerine" -- Jimmy Dorsey

* "Paper Doll" -- Mills Brothers

* "Pennsylvania Polka" -- Andrews Sisters

* "Blues In The Night" -- Dinah Shore

* "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" -- Glenn Miller

1946

* "Christmas Song" -- Nat King Cole

* "Personality" -- Johnny Mercer

* "Bumble Boogie" -- Freddy Martin

* "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" -- Vaughn Monroe

* "Five Minutes More" -- Frank Sinatra

* "Blue Skies" -- Count Basie

* "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- Ethel Merman

1949

* "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" -- Andrews Sisters

* "A Little Bird Told Me " -- Evelyn Knight

* "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" -- Vaughn Monroe

* "Some Enchanted Evening" -- Perry Como

* "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues" -- Billie Holiday

* "Mule Train" -- Frankie Lane

1951

* "Too Young" -- Nat King Cole

* "Sixty Minute Man" -- Billy Ward and His Dominoes

* "Cry" -- Johnny Ray

* "Mockingbird Hill" -- Patti Page

* "On Top Of Old Smokey" -- Weavers

* "Because of You" -- Tony Bennet

* "I'm In The Mood" -- John Lee Hooker

* "Shanghai" -- Doris Day

1954

* "Shake Rattle and Roll" -- Bill Haley and The Comets

* "That's All Right (Mama)" -- Elvis Presley

* "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight" -- Spaniels

* "Mr Sandman" -- The Chordettes

* "Mambo Italiano" -- Rosemary Clooney

* "Three Coins in the Fountain" -- Al Alberts & Four Aces

* Although not so much a song as a spoken recording, "What It Was, Was Football" (Parts I & II) by Andy Griffith also made the charts.

1959

* "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" -- The Platters

* "Mack the Knife" -- Bobby Darin

* "A Fool Such as I" -- Elvis Presley

* "Venus" -- Frankie Avalon

* "Tom Dooley" -- Kingston Trio

* "Lonely Boy" -- Paul Anka

* "Stagger Lee" -- Lloyd Price

* "It's Only Make Believe" -- Conway Twitty

* "Heartaches by the Number" -- Guy Mitchell

1961

* "Runaway" -- Del Shannon

* "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- Elvis Presley

* "Big Bad John" -- Jimmy Dean

* "Travelin' Man" -- Ricky Nelson

* "Pony Time" -- Chubby Checker

* "Goodbye Cruel World" -- James Darren

* "Hit the Road Jack" -- Ray Charles

1964

* "I Want to Hold Your Hand" -- The Beatles

* "House of the Rising Sun" --The Animals

* "Oh, Pretty Woman" -- Roy Orbison

* "Baby Love" -- The Supremes

* "A World Without Love" -- Peter & Gordon

* "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" -- Manfred Mann

* "Glad All Over" -- The Dave Clark Five

* "You Really Got Me" -- The Kinks

1967

* "I'm a Believer" -- The Monkees

* "Somethin' Stupid" -- Nancy and Frank Sinatra

* "Release Me" -- Engelbert Humperdinck

* "The Letter" --The Box Tops

* "Snoopy vs the Red Baron" -- Royal Guardsmen

* "Ode to Billy Joe" -- Bobbie Gentry

* "A Whiter Shade of Pale" -- Procol Harum

* "Penny Lane" -- The Beatles

1973

* "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" -- Dawn

* "You're So Vain" -- Carly Simon

* "Killing Me Softly with His Song" -- Roberta Flack

* "Delta Dawn" -- Helen Reddy

* "Photograph" -- Ringo Starr

* "You are the Sunshine of My Life" -- Stevie Wonder

* "Midnight Train to Georgia" -- Gladys Knight

* "Half Breed" -- Cher

* "Crocodile Rock" -- Elton John

1977

* "How Deep Is Your Love" -- The Bee Gees

* "Walk Right In" -- Dr. Hook

* "You Light Up My Life" -- Debby Boone

* "Knowing Me, Knowing You" -- Abba

* "The First Cut Is the Deepest" -- Rod Stewart

* " You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" -- Leo Sayer

* "Best of My Love" -- The Emotions

1980

* "Magic" -- Olivia Newton-John

* "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" -- Pink Floyd

* "Rock With You" -- Michael Jackson

* "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" -- Queen

* "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" -- Billy Joel

* "Do That To Me One More Time" -- The Captain and Tennille

* "Let's Get Serious" -- Jermaine Jackson

* "Coward of the County" -- Kenny Rogers

1983

* "Every Breath You Take" -- The Police

* "Billie Jean" -- Michael Jackson

* "She Works Hard for the Money" -- Donna Summer

* "Total Eclipse of the Heart" -- Bonnie Tyler

* "Never Gonna Let You Go" -- Sergio Mendes

* "Maneater" -- Daryl Hall and John Oates

* "You Can't Hurry Love" -- Phil Collins