For those of you who don’t have parents or grandparents to tell them about the best wedding songs that were played in 1950, I wrote this article for you to realize how different those times were, compared with the ones we live in now. The 1950 wedding songs top starts with a song called “Goodnight Irene”, performed by Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers. Jenkins was a famous artist back in the 1950s, mostly because of his album Satchmo In Style.
He wrote some of his songs in collaboration with Frank Sinatra and he won a Grammy for his album September of My Years. “Mona Lisa” by Nat King Cole won an Academy Award back in the 50s. This song was covered by popular artists like Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. The song “Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas was used as a soundtrack for a famous movie back then called Third Men. “Sam’s Song” by Bing Crosby it’s a song that was played on wedding receptions for their vibrant and joyful rhythm.
“Music, Music, Music” by Teresa Brewer was a number one hit in 1950, although some considered its lyrics as being indecent. But believe me, they aren’t. “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” by Red Foley was the first song to last for almost 4 months in the Billboard chart back in 1950s. “Harbor Lights” it’s a song that was published for the second time by Sammy Kaye in 1950, and became a hit. This song was covered by many other artists like Guy Lombardo, Vera Lynn, Ralph Flanagan, Irena Santor and others.
It was also recorded in different languages. ”If I Knew You Were Comin I Would’ve Baked a Cake” it’s a funny song to dance on a wedding. It’s performed by Eileen Barton and although the lyrics talk about backing a cake, people back then seemed to enjoy it. The “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena” song performed by Gordon Jenkins in collaboration with The Weavers reached number 2 in the Billboard magazine and the main idea of the song it’s based on soldiers life.
“Bonaparte’s Retreat” was a hit back in the 50s along with other songs like Mississippi, performed by the famous Kay Starr. She was a singer who was loved by her audience not only for her work, but for her character as well. The “There Is No Tomorrow” song by Tony Martin it’s a romantic song, concentrated on the idea of living the moment. The lyrics are very bold, with some more than romantic statements and invitations. The song “I Wanna Be Loved” by Andrews Sisters was used back in 1950s for the bride and groom first dance.
If none of the above mentioned songs in the top 1950 wedding songs doesn’t ring a bell to you, you should put you hand on a mouse and start downloading some old tunes because I’m sure they will entertain you.