Big Band Swing is all but extinct but the record biz prospers and ’20s superstar Al Jolson is cool again as a nostalgia wave sweeps the nation and the year’s top hit is a record from 1933! A recently-unemployed bandleader’s B-side sells millions, studio gimmickry becomes a thing, and upstart indies do an end run around the big-4’s monopoly on Tin Pan Alley’s A-list “plug songs” with under-the-radar “material hits” like the breakthrough smash by a trailblazing emotive Crooner.

#1 Song of the Year   

Ted Weems & His Orchestra (Whistling by Elmo Tanner) – Heartaches

Artists of the Year   

  1. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra
  2. Ted Weems & His Orchestra
  3. Frankie Laine

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • Frank Sinatra (8)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 37.2

#1 Songs   

  1. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra – (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (February, 1 wk)
  2. Count Basie & His Orchestra – Open the Door, Richard (February, 1 wk)
  3. Freddy Martin & His Orchestra – Managua, Nicaragua (March, 1 wk)
  4. Ted Weems & His Orchestra – Heartaches (March, 15 wks)
  5. The Harmonicats – Peg o’ My Heart (June, 6 wks)
  6. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra – I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder (July, 3 wks)
  7. Tex Williams & His Western Caravan – Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (August, 8 wks)
  8. Francis Craig & His Orchestra – Near You (September, 13 wks)
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