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🎵 1989 – GOOD THING / Fine Young Cannibals
🎵 1979 – RING MY BELL / Anita Ward
🎵 1969 – LOVE THEME FROM ‘ROMEO & JULIET’ / Henry Mancini
🎵 1959 – THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS / Johnny Horton

Welcome to another installment of #1 Songs On This Date and another great set of hits from “the 9’s!”

Since it began during the first week of January, 2016 285 distinct number one singles from the years 1956 through 1995 have now been featured – with hundreds more to follow.

They’re all part of a permanent archive that’s being built at which will ultimately feature ALL 837 different number one singles as listed in 2,080 weekly national music charts published by Billboard® within that 40-year timeframe.

Fortunately, HouseoftheHits has every one of those charts – plus secondary data – as published in the essential Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series (CD-ROM and eBook edition formats).

Everything is stored digitally on a HouseoftheHits computer – as are all 837 number one singles (in high-quality audio) from the music vault.

With the availability of precise data and the HOTH song files – together with some amazing technology – approximately 600 – 700 of those Billboard® chart-toppers will be presented this year – with the remainder to follow in early 2017.

As the archive grows you will have continual free access to the accumulating repository, indexed by Decade, Month and Year. Plus, EVERY Title and Artist will be (blue) hyper-linked for smooth, easy navigation from song to song – with more great features to be added along the way.

Again, it will contain every #1 single in America, plus interesting commentary about each song (written by yours truly) and presented with a crystal clear High-Definition audio version of the complete original hit to instantly play as often as you wish.

The ever-expanding library is found HERE and you can bookmark this link for future instant access.




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    #1 / July 9th, 1989

Fine Young Cannibals

Number One: 1 week
Replaced: BABY DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER / Milli Vanilli
Succeeded by: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW / Simply Red

[Trivia Bits]

Other #1 Singles by FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS (2)



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    #1 / July 9th, 1979

Anita Ward
(Single Version)

Number One: 3 weeks
Replaced: LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT / Bee Gees
Succeeded by: BAD GIRLS / Donna Summer

[Trivia Bits]



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    #1 / July 9th, 1969

Henry Mancini

Number One: 2 weeks
Replaced: GET BACK / The Beatles with Billy Preston
Succeeded by: IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) / Zager and Evans

[Trivia Bits]



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    #1 / July 9th, 1959

Johnny Horton
(U.S. Single Version)

Number One: 6 weeks
Replaced: KANSAS CITY / Wilbert Harrison
Succeeded by: LONELY BOY / Paul Anka

One hundred and forty-seven years and six months after the historic British-American ‘War of 1812’ had officially ended, Los Angeles-born singer Johnny Horton hit #1 on Billboard’s singles chart with his musical salute to the struggle’s final battle along the Lower Mississippi River in the city of New Orleans.

But it wasn’t the first immortalization of the war in song after the Andrew Jackson-led troops defeated Commander Pakenham’s forces in the Crescent City.

Not long after that final Jackson-Pakenham set-to on January 8th of 1812, a fiddle-friendly instrumental emerged, aptly called The Eighth Of January, and became the war’s only known musical ode to America’s victory.

And that ditty endured until 1955, when an Arkansas teacher named Jimmy Driftwood penned lyrics to the original work and re-titled it The Battle Of New Orleans.

Strictly known as a country vocalist prior to TBONO, Horton’s hit also ‘crossed over’ to the Top 40 side three years after his signing with Columbia Records.

It dominated the pop-chart ‘wars’ for six consecutive weeks during the entire month of June through mid-July on 1959.

[Trivia Bits] The Battle Of New Orleans was just the second single of the Top 40/Rock ‘n Roll era to a feature an American city in both its title and lyrical content. And as it so happened, Johnny Horton‘s hit directly followed the other memorialized locale – and at Billboard’s top spot! It succeeded Kansas City, as performed by Wilbert Harrison (the link to which is above).

Johnny Horton died tragically on November 5th, 1960 in a late-night car crash while returning from a gig in Austin, TX to his home in Shreveport, Louisiana. The accident, which occurred during heavy fog, also claimed the life of his guitarist Gerald Tomlinson. Horton was only 35.




Produced & Written By: Rick Murray Hunter /

Songs Source: The Music Vault of HouseoftheHits Inc.

Billboard® Chart Data: Joel Whitburn’s Record Research (eBook Editions)

The Billboard Book Of Number One Hits (5th Edition) by Fred Bronson
The Billboard Book Of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits by Adam White and Fred Bronson
The Billboard Book Of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt
The Billboard Book Of Number One Albums by Craig Rosen
The Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits (4th Edition) by Fred Bronson
1000 UK Chart Hits (Kindle Edition) by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh
The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders (Revised and Expanded) by Wayne Jancik
The Archives of

Record Sleeve & Label Graphics: Courtesy of

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