Before disc jockeys and Top-40 charts became commonplace, there
was Your Hit Parade, a radio institution that billed itself
as an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in
Every Saturday night, Your Hit Parade presented the top
tunes of the week, saving the top three songs for the end of the
show. As a nod to longtime sponsor Lucky Strike Cigarettes, Your
Hit Parade occasionally featured an old favorite as a Lucky
Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne, the shows advertising
agency, remained secretive about the methods used to determine the
top songs. It was acknowledged that Your Hit Parades
statisticians examined sheet music sales and jukebox tabulations
before reaching their conclusions.
Your Hit Parade debuted on April 20, 1935 and moved between
NBC and CBS until January 16, 1953. A television version of Your
Hit Parade was simulcast over NBC Radio from 1950 to 1959.
More than 50 singers appeared on the radio version of Your Hit
Parade, including Frank Sinatra (1943-45; 1947-49), Joan Edwards
(1941-46), Dick Haymes, Wee Bonnie Baker, Johnny Mercer,
Dinah Shore, Buddy Clark, Bea Wain, Andy Russell, Gisele MacKenzie
and Metropolitan Opera star Lawrence Tibbett.
Your Hit Parade was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame
courtesy of Photofest.
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