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July 27, 2020 8:42 am  #1


First Ever Billboard Chart #1 Was Written By A Canadian

Long before there ever was such a thing as CanCon, and long before most of us were born, a song written by a Canadian woman topped the very first ever Billboard chart. The list of the best selling tunes was launched 80 years ago Monday, and somehow appropriately, the #1 that week was by Big Band leader Tommy Dorsey, with a vocal by a then still rising young crooner named Frank Sinatra. 

But "I'll Never Smile Again" was written by a Great White Northerner named Ruth Lowe, who composed it after she lost her husband.

It's a tale long lost to history, but resurrected on the Dock's iHeart website this week. If you like this kind of thing, it's an interesting story you can find here.

 

July 27, 2020 4:16 pm  #2


Re: First Ever Billboard Chart #1 Was Written By A Canadian

Indeed the first Billboard "Best Sellers" chart premiered July 27. 1940. Billboard published something called a "Record Buying Guide' chart from Jan 6-July 20, 1940. The first #1 on that chart was Scatter Brain by Frankie Masters.

 

July 27, 2020 7:28 pm  #3


Re: First Ever Billboard Chart #1 Was Written By A Canadian

Turns out there's another significant 80th anniversary happening on Monday. Who knew? And there's a ConCon element to this as well - Eric Bauza was born in Toronto.

Happy 80th Birthday, Bugs Bunny!

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