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Your Hit Parade

Your Hit Parade

The show debuted on April 20th 1935, as a 60-minute program, and there was no particular format used for presenting each song, with just a selection of the top 15 songs, being introduced in no particular order.

Some years later, the format was changed to a countdown, and fanfares led to the top three finalists, with the number one song being played for the finale - a chart show style formula which has lasted throughout the years.

Initially, the songs being played were more important than the singers, and during the 24-year run, the show had 19 orchestra leaders and 52 singers or groups - with vocalists usually being paid a mere $100 per episode, and not even credited for their input.

Other vocalists in the 1930s included Buddy Clark, Lanny Ross, Kay Thompson and Bea Wain, but the most famous was probably Frank Sinatra, who joined the show in 1943, and was then later fired for messing up the No. 1 song, Don't Fence Me In. However, as his popularity rose, he was invited back, and returned in 1947 to co-star with Doris Day.

The exact science, source or method of how the charts were calculated was never revealed, and listeners were given the following statement in each show:

"Your Hit Parade survey checks the best sellers on sheet music and phonograph records, the songs most heard on the air and most played on the automatic coin machines, an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music."

It's entirely possible that the song choices were merely based on the producers random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system though. What do you think?

Whatever the source, the series was incredibly successful, and kept going strong for many years. The success of the show even spawned a spin-off series, Your All-Time Hit Parade in 1943, which was devoted to all-time favorites mixed with some current hits. You can listen to both series on RUSC.

Broadcast: May 27, 1936
Starring: Lucky Strike, Carl Hoff
Added: Apr 20 2017
Broadcast: October 21, 1936
Added: Apr 22 2017
Broadcast: 22nd October 1938
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Broadcast: 27th July 1939
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Added: Apr 04 2013
Broadcast: July 18, 1942
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Added: Apr 23 2017
Broadcast: November 7, 1942
Added: Aug 13 2017
Broadcast: November 14, 1942
Added: Sep 03 2017
Broadcast: 9th January 1943
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Added: Apr 05 2013
Broadcast: January 23, 1943
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Added: Apr 24 2017
Broadcast: August 28, 1943
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Added: May 27 2017
Broadcast: October 9, 1943
Added: Jun 11 2017
Broadcast: October 16, 1943
Added: Sep 10 2017
Broadcast: 4th December 1943
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Added: Apr 06 2013
Broadcast: 19th February 1944
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Added: Apr 07 2013
Broadcast: May 6, 1944
Added: Apr 29 2017
Broadcast: May 13, 1944
Added: Apr 30 2017
Broadcast: 20th May 1944
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Added: Apr 08 2013
Broadcast: 10th June 1944
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Added: Apr 09 2013
Broadcast: June 17, 1944
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Bea Wain
Added: May 06 2017
Broadcast: 2nd July 1944
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Added: Apr 11 2013
Broadcast: July 8, 1944
Added: May 07 2017
Broadcast: July 15, 1944
Added: May 13 2017
Broadcast: July 22, 1944
Added: May 20 2017
Broadcast: 23rd July 1944
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Added: Apr 12 2013
Broadcast: August 19, 1944
Added: Jun 18 2017
Broadcast: August 26, 1944
Added: Jul 30 2017
Broadcast: 2nd September 1944
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Added: Apr 20 2013
Broadcast: 9th September 1944
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Added: Apr 28 2013
Broadcast: 17th September 1944
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Added: May 04 2013
Broadcast: 30th December 1944
Added: Dec 15 2013
Broadcast: March 24, 1945
Added: Jul 02 2017
Broadcast: July 7, 1945
Added: Jun 25 2017
Broadcast: July 21, 1945
Added: Jul 09 2017
Broadcast: August 4, 1945
Starring: Joan Edwards
Added: Jul 16 2017
Broadcast: August 18, 1945
Added: Jul 23 2017
Broadcast: September 1, 1945
Added: Aug 06 2017
Broadcast: September 15, 1945
Added: Aug 20 2017
Broadcast: September 22, 1945
Added: Aug 27 2017
Broadcast: September 29, 1945
Added: Sep 17 2017
Broadcast: October 6, 1945
Added: Oct 01 2017
Broadcast: October 13, 1945
Added: Oct 08 2017
Broadcast: October 20, 1945
Added: Oct 15 2017
Broadcast: 16th March 1946
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Added: Jun 09 2013
Broadcast: 25th May 1946
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Added: May 26 2013
Broadcast: 7th September 1946
Added: Sep 08 2013
Broadcast: September 21, 1946
Added: Sep 24 2017
Broadcast: 23rd January 1947
Added: Oct 06 2013
Broadcast: 8th May 1948
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Added: May 19 2013
Broadcast: 29th May 1948
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Added: Jun 02 2013
Broadcast: 4th July 1948
Added: Jun 16 2013
Broadcast: 10th July 1948
Added: Aug 31 2013
Broadcast: October 21, 1950
Added: Oct 22 2017
Broadcast: 28th August 1953
Added: Dec 08 2013