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Hits of '53: Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

The year 1953 wasn't a banner one for pop music, neither in America nor in England. Of the year's biggest hits, few remained popular over the subsequent years; only Patti Page's "The Doggie in the Window," Dean Martin's "That's Amore," and Tony Bennett's "Rags to Riches" were familiar to most music fans 50 years later. Living Era's wrap-up of 1953 does suffer accordingly, and what is worse, it doesn't even include "The Doggie in the Window." Most of the gems to be found are instrumentals, and not all were hits in America -- since this is a British compilation, some allegiance to the U.K. charts was necessary. "April in Portugal (The Whisp'ring Serenade)" by Les Baxter and "The Song from Anna (El Negro Zumbón)" by Silvana Mangano provide a Latin flair, while Ray Anthony's "Dragnet (Theme)" and Frank Chacksfield's "Terry's Theme (Eternally)" give the compilation a spice of Hollywood drama. The biggest hits of the year were "Vaya con Dios (May God Be With You)" by Les Paul & Mary Ford and "The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)" by Percy Faith, both of which are here, as are other Hit Parade toppers such as "Till I Waltz Again With You" by Teresa Brewer, "I'm Walking Behind You" by Eddie Fisher, "You You You" by the Ames Brothers, and the country cover crossover "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" by Perry Como. (Two other covers, Joni James' "Your Cheatin' Heart" and Frankie Laine's "Hey Joe!," also appear here.)

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Perry Como / Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra / The Ramblers 02:45 Amazon
2 Teresa Brewer / Jack Pleis Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
3 Eddie Fisher / Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
4 Hal Mooney Orchestra / Kay Starr 02:27 Amazon
5 Percy Faith & His Orchestra / Felicia Sanders 03:38 Amazon
6 Guy Mitchell / Mitch Miller & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
7 Joni James / Lew Douglas Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
8 Les Baxter & His Orchestra / Les Baxter Orchestra 02:45 Amazon
9 Nat King Cole / Nelson Riddle Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
10 Frankie Laine / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:10 Amazon
11 Silvana Mangano 02:32 Amazon
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra 02:23 Amazon
13 Hal Mooney Orchestra / Kay Starr 02:55 Amazon
14 Eddie Fisher / Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra / Sally Sweetland 03:06 Amazon
15 The Hilltoppers 02:43 Amazon
Pee Wee Hunt & His Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
17 Norman Luboff Choir / Frankie Laine / Paul Weston Orchestra 02:22 Amazon
18 Les Paul & Mary Ford / Mary Ford / Les Paul 03:07 Amazon
19 Henri René & His Orchestra and Chorus / Perry Como 03:17 Amazon
20 Ray Anthony / Ray Anthony & His Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
21 Joe Reisman & His Orchestra / June Valli 02:47 Amazon
22 Guy Mitchell / Mitch Miller & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
23 The Ames Brothers / Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
24 Tony Bennett / Percy Faith & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
25 Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
26 Stanley Black Orchestra / David Whitfield 02:28 Amazon
27 Teresa Brewer / Jack Pleis Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
28 Dean Martin / Dick Stabile Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
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