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All Star Hit Parade – Various Artists

This charity single spent five weeks in the UK top 10 in 1956.

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Sixty years ago this week, All star hit parade by Various Artists reached its highest position of number 2 in the UK singles chart. It had entered the top 30 two weeks previously at number 16 and broke into the top 10 a week later. After one week at its peak position, the record spent another two weeks in the top 10 and then fell to number 13, although it returned to the top 10 a week later for a final week at number 8. It then spent the last two weeks of its chart life in the lower top 30.

All star hit parade was released on the Decca record label. It was the first charity single to enter the UK top 10 and featured six tracks by six artists. The tracks were Out of town by Dickie Valentine, My September love by Joan Regan, Theme from ‘the threepenny opera’ by Winifred Atwell, No other love by Dave King, A tear fell by Lita Roza and It’s almost tomorrow by David Whitfield.

All of the tracks were hits for other artists in 1956. Out of town was recorded by Max Bygraves and reached number 18 and My September love was a number 3 hit for David Whitfield. The Theme from ‘the threepenny opera’ entered the chart three times in 1956, reaching number 12 for Billy Vaughn, number 9 for the Dick Hyman Trio and number 8 for Louis Armstrong.

Three versions of No other love also entered the chart. Edmund Hockridge took his recording to number 24, the Johnston Brothers reached number 22 with their version but Ronnie Hilton’s version was the most successful, spending six weeks at number 1.

A tear fell was recorded by Teresa Brewer and peaked at number 2 in the UK chart. Finally, It’s almost tomorrow was recorded by the Dream Weavers who took it to the top of the chart for two weeks.

More music from Various Artists


UK singles chart for the week ending 14 July 1956

  1. I’ll be homePat Boone

  2. All star hit parade (EP)Various Artists

  3. Heartbreak hotelElvis Presley

  4. I’m walking backwards for Christmas / Bluebottle bluesGoons

  5. Why do fools fall in loveTeenagers featuring Frankie Lymon

  6. Hot diggity (dog ziggity boom)Perry Como

  7. Experiments with miceJohnny Dankworth

  1. Lost John / StewballLonnie Donegan

  1. The wayward windGogi Grant

  2. My September loveDavid Whitfield

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