Cruising Down The River (Beadell-Tollerton) by Russ Morgan & his Orchestra, vocal by The Skylarks

Seven weeks at #1 on the best-sellers chart made this the most popular single hit of Russ Morgan’s career. Blue Barron’s version of this UK-origin tune also reached #1, with the Jack Smith recording a top 5 jukebox hit. This is one of eight Russ Morgan tracks included in the 1949 collection, which includes the flipside “Sunflower.”

THE 1949 HITS ARCHIVE - here in one place, a good-quality library of original-release-version best-sellers and songs that made an impact that were either released or enjoyed a major chunk of their popularity within the calendar year 1949 (some were recorded in 1948).


Pop / Vocal

Nancy Ames
Friends And Lovers Forever / I've Got A Lot Of Love (Left In Me)

Tom Jones
The Golden Hits

Frances Yip

Johnnie Ray
Street Of Memories / Build Your Love (On A Strong Foundation)

Labi Siffre
Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying

Marianne Mendt
Gute Lieder Sind Wie Pistolen

Love Generation
Morning Of My Life

The Emotions
Smile / Changes

Nancy Sinatra
Greatest Hits

Terry Day (3)
Be A Soldier / I Love You Betty

Kathie Lee Gifford
Silver Bells

Marion Harris
Left All Alone Again Blues / Everybody But Me