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What were Blue Barron's greatest hits, and how high did they reach on the charts?

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    Blue Barron was born Harry Friedland in Cleveland on March 22, 1911. He was a sweet-band leader. Singer Tommy Ryan took over the band while Barron served during WWII. He continued performing at hotels and ballrooms into the 1960s. His top hits during the 1940s & 1950s were:

    (1) Cruising Down the River - Peak #1 (7 weeks), 20 weeks on chart, debut 1/29/49

    Jockey #1 (7) / Juke Box #1 (3) / Best Seller #1 (2); ensemble (vocals)

    (2) You Were Only Fooling - Peak #9, 17 weeks on chart, debut 7/3/48

    Clyde Burke (vocal); Best Seller #9 / Jockey #11 / Juke Box #11; #30 hit for Vic Damone in 1965

    (3) Darn That Dream - Peak #10, 2 weeks on chart, debut 3/9/40

    Russ Carlyle (vocal); from the Broadway musical "Swingin' the Dream" starring Louis Armstrong

    (4) Chi-Baba Chi-Baba ("My Bambino Go to Sleep") - Peak #14, 3 weeks on chart, debut 5/24/47

    Best Seller #14; ensemble (vocals)

    (5) Powder Your Face with Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) - Peak #18, 6 weeks on chart, debut 2/26/49

    Juke Box #18 / Jockey #19; ensemble (vocals)

    (6) Are You Lonesome Tonight[?] - Peak #19, 8 weeks on chart, debut 4/1/50

    Bobby Beers & the Blue Notes (vocals); John McCormick (narration); Best Seller #19 / Jockey #26 / Juke Box #26; #4 hit for Vaughn Deleath in 1927; #1 hit for Elvis Presley in 1960

    (7) You Walk By - Peak #19, 3 weeks on chart, debut 1/25/41

    Russ Carlyle (vocal); Best Seller (S) #19 / Best Seller (WC) #20

    (8) A Strawberry Moon (in a Blueberry Sky) - Peak #20, 2 weeks on chart, debut 11/27/48

    Clyde Burke & Dolores Hawkins (vocals); Juke Box #20

    (9) Whose Girl are You[?] - Peak #25, 1 week on chart, debut 7/2/49

    Best Seller #25; ensemble (vocals)

    (10) Let Me In - Peak #26, 1 week on chart, debut 4/7/51

    Johnny Goodfellow & the Blue Notes (vocals); Juke Box #26

    Source(s): Joel Whitburn's Pop Hits 1940-1954 (Billboard), Record Research, 1994, p. 16.
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