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. Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye, vocal Billy Williams – The Old Lamp-Lighter (December ’46, 8 wks)
  2. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra, vocal Eddy Howard – (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (February, 1 wk)
  3. Count Basie & His Orchestra, vocal Harry Edison & Bill Johnson – Open the Door, Richard! (February, 1 wk)
  4. Freddy Martin & His Orchestra, vocal Stuart Wade – Managua, Nicaragua (March, 1 wk)
  5. Ted Weems & His Orchestra, whistling Elmo Tanner – Heartaches (March, 15 wks)
  6. The Harmonicats – Peg o’ My Heart (June, 6 wks)
  7. Eddy Howard & His Orchestra, vocal Eddy Howard – I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder (July, 3 wks)
  8. Tex Williams & His Western Caravan, vocal Tex Williams & Trio – Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (August, 8 wks)
  9. Francis Craig & His Orchestra, vocal Bob Lamm – Near You (September, 13 wks)
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