List of singles in the Race Records Charts 1947

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This list contains musicians, titles and their composer (s), date of entry into the charts, length of stay in the charts and highest position (abbreviated HP , each related to the calendar year). The presetting takes place after the artist / title first enters the top 10 of the charts. It can also be sorted by artist, title, chart entry, length of stay, position and label.

The list of singles in the Race Records Charts in 1947 contains all songs by singles that were listed in the Billboard Most Played Juke Box Race Records category in the calendar year 1947 . This represented the forerunner of the Billboard R&B charts introduced in 1949 .


Since the early 1940s, the market for so-called race records (records by African American musicians for an African American audience) had grown so much that Billboard became interested in measuring their sales. Race Music was a term that had been used by the record industry since the 1920s .

Initially as a Harlem Hit Parade and through sales of records, Billboard has been determining charts for such race records since 1942 . The weekly sales were first surveyed in an informal survey of an unspecified selection of the “most popular record stores” in the New York borough of Harlem (which was heavily influenced by African American people). In 1944, record stores had opened in other parts of the United States.

Since 17 February 1945 published billboard instead of these sales charts in a chart identifying the weekly most-played songs jukebox , which was based on reports of such jukebox operators in the United States, their location Race Records required; this was released under the title Most Played Juke Box Race Records . In June 1949 the term race was replaced in the chart lists by rhythm and blues .

In 1947 a total of 52 songs were placed.


Interpreter Title
Author (s)
Chart entry Weeks HP Label number Remarks
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do It Every Time)
Claude Demetrius , Fleecie Moore
October 19, 1946 18th 1 Decca 23669
Louis Jordan Ain't that just like a woman (1946)
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Ain't Nobody Here, But Us Chickens
Joan Whitney , Alex Kramer
December 14, 1946 27 2 Decca 23741 "You can Trickster -Helden character experience in Louis Jordan's hit song" "is used, the text of an old Is not Nobody Here but Us Chickens Worksongs assumes that was popular with slaves."
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
Vaughn Horton , Denver Darling , Milt Gabler
08/17/1946 26th 2 Decca 23810
Louis Jordan Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (1946)
Louis Jordan Let the Good Times Roll
Sam Theard , Fleecie Moore
December 23, 1946 25th 3 Decca 23741 "You Can't Get That No More," a rewrite of a song [Sam Theard] originally written for Tampa Red , became one of Jordan’s 1944 pop hits.
Nat King Cole Trio The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
Mel Tormé , Robert Wells
11/23/1946 6th 4th Capitol 311 Mel Tormé and Bob Wells wrote the Christmas carol in 1944; the first recording was from the King Cole Trio. “Perhaps in the hands of a lesser singer than Nat Cole, the Christmas carol would not have become an instant classic. But Cole only got his money's worth as a master song stylist in 1946. "
Joe Liggins Tanja
05.10.1946 7th 3 Exclusive 231
Nat King Cole Trio (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
William Best , Deek Watson
11/18/1946 7th 3 Capitol 304 With (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons Cole had a number one hit in the pop charts in 1947 . Artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Eddy Howard , Perry Como , and Dinah Shore were also successful with the song in the Billboard pop charts.
T-bone walker Bobby Sox Blues
October 18, 1947 2 4th Black & White BW-110 "Bobby Sox" was a slang term for a groupie of the time .
Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends Gotta Gimme Whatcha Out
Julia Lee
11/18/1946 7th 3 Capitol 308 Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got expressed sexual desire more specifically ("Let me tell you how I feel / I'm crazy about your sex appeal"). Julia Lee (vcl, p) & Her Boy Friends consisted of Geechie Smith (tp), Henry Bridges (ts), Nappy Lamare (git), Billy Hadnott (kb) and Sam "Baby" Lovett (dr).
Sonny Boy Williamson I. Shake That Boogie
02/01/1947 1 4th Victor 20-2058 Shake That Boogie , an up-tempo, boogie-woogie- oriented number, was one of the last recordings of the blues singer, who died in a street brawl in 1948 at the age of only 34.
Jack McVea & his All Stars Open the door, Richard!
John Mason, Don Howell, Jack McVea, Frank Clarke
02/08/1947 6th 2 Black & White 792 Open the Door, Richard was a humorous novelty song in the minstrel style . A drunk knocks on Richard's door, and the band members respond by singing in the chorus that Richard should open the door.
Dusty Fletcher with Jimmy Jones & his bandFlag of the US.svg Open the door, Richard! - Part 1
Dusty Fletcher
02/08/1947 7th 2 National 4012 With George Treadwell (tp), Dickie Harris (trb), Big Nick Nicholas (ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Al McKibbon (kb) and JC Heard (dr).
Albert Ammons Swanee River Boogie
02/08/1947 1 5 Mercury 8018 The song was a traditional based on a minstrel song written by Stephen Foster in 1851 as Way Down Upon the Swanee River , here played by Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings in a recording dated July 2, 1946: Albert Ammons (p) , Ike Perkins (git), Israel Crosby (kb) and Jack Cooley (dr).
Count Basie & his Orchestra, Vocal Refrain by Harry Edison & Bill Johnson Open the door, Richard!
John Mason, Don Howell, Jack McVea , Frank Clarke
02/15/1947 6th 3 Victor 20-2127
The Three Flames , vocal by "Tiger" Haynes with guitar, bass and piano Open the door, Richard!
John Mason, Don Howell, Jack McVea , Frank Clarke
03/08/1947 1 2 Columbia 37268 The Three Flames reached # 1 on the pop charts with their version of the popular song.
Louis Jordan Texas and Pacific
Louis Jordan
03/08/1947 13 3 Decca 23810 The song was also part of the musical film Reet, Petite and Gone , in which Jordan appeared with his band. Cover versions took on musicians such as Hot Lips Page , Jerry Gray and Pat Flowers during this period .
Louis Jordan Open the door, Richard!
John Mason, Don Howell, Jack McVea , Frank Clarke
03/08/1947 4th 2 Decca 23841 Louis Jordan also told the entertaining story of the drunk in his popular Jive version.
Eddie Vinson and His Orchestra Old Maid Boogie
03/15/1947 23 2 Mercury 8028 Eddie Vinson and His Orchestra recorded on November 18, 1946, with John Hunt (tp), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (as, vcl), Lee Pope (ts), Greely Walton (bar), Earl Van Riper (p) , Leonard Swain (b), Butch Ballard (dr).
Savannah Churchill I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You)
Savannah Churchill
March 22, 1947 24 1 Manor 1046 Churchill also reached # 21 on the US pop charts with the song. The singer was accompanied by the quartet The Four Tunes (with Jimmie Nabbie, Danny Owens (tenor), Pat Best (baritone) and Jimmy Gordon, bass), with whom she worked until 1950 and produced 25 records.
Erskine Hawkins Hawk's boogie
05/03/1947 8th 2 Victor 20-169 A number that was written at the end of 1946 with Ace Harris (piano), Julian Dash (saxophone), Leroy Kirkland (guitar) and Bobby Johnson and Erskine Hawkins (trumpet) as soloists.
Eddie Vinson & His Orchestra Kidney Stew Blues
05/10/1947 1 5 Mercury 8028 Eddie Vinson and His Orchestra, with John Hunt (tp), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (as, vcl), Lee Pope (ts), Greely Walton (bar), Earl Van Riper (p), Leonard Swain (b), Butch Ballard (dr).
Frankie Laine & Mannie Klein 's All Stars That's My Desire
05/17/1947 11 4th Mercury 5007 With Mannie Klein's All Stars, consisting of Manny Klein (tp), Si Zentner (trb), Don Bonnée (cl), Babe Russin (ts), Carl Fischer (p) George Van Eps (git), Phil Stephens (kb).
Hadda Brooks Trio That's My Desire
05/24/1947 2 3 Modern Music 147 Hadda Brooks (p, vcl), Basie Day (kb) and Al Cake Wichard (dr).
Lionel Hampton & Dinah Washington Blow Top Blues
Leonard Feather , Jane Feather
05/24/1947 1 5 Decca 23792 Lionel Hampton and His Septet (with Wendell Culley (tp), Herbie Fields (as, cl), Arnett Cobb (ts), Lionel Hampton (vib, p), John Mehegan (p), Billy Mackel (git), Charlie Harris ( kb), George Jones (dr) and Dinah Washington (vcl)) at one of their first record sessions.
Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends I'll Get Along Somehow
Buddy Flieds , Gerald Marks
05/24/1947 1 5 Capitol379 A song that was best known for Ethel Waters . Band leader Julia Lee also has a piano solo in the title.
Lionel Hampton & His Hamptonians I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You)
Savannah Churchill
06/07/1947 11 3 Decca 23879 Successful cover version of the hit by Savannah Churchill, with Lionel Hampton (vib), Milt Buckner (p), Billy Mackel (git), Charles Harris (kb,), Curley Hamner (dr) and The Hamptonians (vcl).
The Mills Brothers Across the Alley from the Alamo
Joe Greene
06/07/1947 13 4th Decca 23 863 The Fort Alamo was the subject of Across the Alley from the Alamo .
The Mills Brothers Dream, Dream, Dream
John Redmond , Lou Ricca
06/07/1947 1 5 Decca 23 86 On the B-side was the song Across the Alley from the Alamo , which also hit the R&B charts.
Louis Jordan Jack, You're Dead
Richard Miles, Walter Bishop
06/07/1947 20th 1 Decca 23901 "Jordan sings the repetitive, sharpened thirds typical of rock 'n' roll ". B-side of Louis Jordan's single I Know What You're Puttin 'Down . Jordan and his band were also seen in a soundie with the song.
Louis Jordan I Like 'em Fat Like That
Louis Joran, Claude DeMetrius , J. Mayo Williams
06/07/1947 1 5 Decca 23810 I Like 'em Fat Like That was the b-side of Jordan's single Texas and Pacific .
Nat King Cole Trio Meet Me at No Special Place (and I'll Be There at the Particular Time)
Arthur Terker , Harry Pyle , J. Russel Robinson
06/21/1947 1 5 Capitol 391 Meet Me At No Special Place was the b-side of Nat Cole's single You Don't Learn That in School , a song by Marvin Fisher and Roy Alfred .
Johnny Moore 'Three Blazers New Orleans Blues
Leon René
06/28/1947 13 3 Exclusive 240 All of the group's hits have been attributed to Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, although Brown played the lead role. Soon after, Brown left the group to embark on a solo career.
Ella Fitzgerald acc. by Bob Haggart and His Orchestra & Andy Love Quintet That's My Desire
06/28/1947 1 3 Decca 23866 Ella Fitzgerald was performed by a vocal quintet and the Bob Haggart Orchestra (with Andy Ferretti , Chris Griffin , Bob Peck (tp), Will Bradley , Jack Satterfield , Fred Ohms (trb), Ernie Caceres (bar), Stan Freeman (p), Danny Perri (git), Bob Haggart (kb), Morey Feld (dr)).
Louis Jordan I Know What You're Putting Down
Bud Allen , Louis Jordan
06/28/1947 4th 3 Decca 23901 " There's a whole lot of talk around town, about the way you carryin 'yourself / There's a whole lot of talk around town, about the way you carryin' yourself ". Another song from the musical film Reet, Petite, and Gone.
Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers Blow, Mr. Jackson
Joe Liggins
08/09/1947 2 3 Exclusive 244 B-side of Joe Liggins' single The Blues .
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders True Blues
Roy Milton
08/09/1947 5 3 Specialty SP-510 Written in Los Angeles on March 8, 1947, probably with Hosea Sapp (tp), Caughey Roberts (as), Buddy Floyd (ts), Camille Howard (p), Dave Robinson (b) and Roy Milton (dr).
Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm Hurry On Down
Nellie Lutcher
08/16/1947 18th 2 Capitol Americana 40002 With Ulysses Livingston (git), Billy Hadnott (kb), Lee Young (dr) Los Angeles, April 1947.
The Ink Spots Ask Anyone Who Knows
Eddie Seiler , Sol Marcus , Al Kaufman
08/30/1947 2 5 Decca 23900 The song Ask Anyone Who Knows reached Ink Spots # 3 in the Your Hit Parade . In 1947 it was the vocal ensemble's most successful record.
Louis Jordan Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
Dolf De Vries , Joe Bushkin
08/30/1947 24 1 Decca 24104
Bill Johnson & His Musical Notes, Vocal Gus Gordon Don't You Think I Ought to Know
William Johnson, Mel Wettergren
09/13/1947 2 3 Victor 20-2225 First published as Harlem 1011 . Ella Fitzgerald also covered the song during this time.
Gladys Palmer acc. by Floyd Hunt Orchestra Fool That I Am
Floyd Hunt
09/13/1947 1 3 Miracle 104 Gladys Palmer was accompanied by the Floyd Hunt Orchestra, consisting of Floyd Hunt (vib), Clarence Hall, Tommy Rouse (git), Al McDonald (kb).
Gene Ammon's Sextet Red top
09/20/1947 1 3 Mercury 8048
Nellie Lutcher He's a Real Gone Guy
Nellie Lutcher
09/13/1947 23 2 Capitol Americana 40017 Recorded in Los Angeles, April 30, 1947; with Billy Hadnott (bass), Lee Young (drums) and Nappy Lamare (guitar).
Paul Gayten & His Trio, vocal Annie Laurie Since I Fell for You
Buddy Johnson
04/10/1947 8th 3 De luxe 1082 Annie Laurie (vcl), with Paul Gayten (p), Jack Scott (git), George Pryor (kb), Robert Green (dr). The song was recorded in 1947 by Buddy Johnson himself, as well as Charlie Barnet and Dinah Washington , and soon became a popular jazz standard .
Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends (Opportunity Knocks But Once) Snatch It and Grab It
Sharon Pease
10/11/1947 28 1 Capitol Americana 40028 The R&B number was structured similarly to Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got , but more jazzy, with trumpet, saxophone, piano and guitar.
Paul Gayten & His Trio (Vocal: Annie Laurie) True
Albert - Cottrell
October 18, 1947 1 3 De luxe 1063 The Braun brothers from De Luxe Records had immediate success after recording Paul Gayten for their label in January 1947. His hit "True" was a romantic ballad, reminiscent of the cool sounds from the west coast of Nat "King" Cole.
Louis Jordan Look Out
L. Jordan, Sid Robin
10/25/1947 6th 5 Decca 24155 Louis Jordan took his chant in Look Out the hip-hop ahead.
Johnny Moore 'Three Blazers, Vocal Charles Brown Changeable Woman Blues
Johnny McNeil
11/01/1947 1 3 Exclusive EX-251 B-side of Why Is Love Like That .
Louis Jordan & his Tymphany Band Early in the Morning
Dallas Bartley , Leo Hickman , L. Jordan
11/15/1947 11 3 Decca 24155 A Latin number from the musical film Look Out Sister (1947, directed by Bud Pollard ).
Roy Milton and His Solid Senders Thrill Me
Camille Howard
11/15/1947 1 5 Specialty 518 Thrill Me (the B-side of Big Fat Mama ) was the first of a series of hits by Roy Milton, including The Hucklebuck (1949), Information Blues (1950), Best Wishes (1951) and Night and Day (i Miss You So) (1952).
Johnny Moore 'Three Blazers, Vocal Charles Brown Merry Christmas, baby
Lou Baxter , Johnny Moore
December 20, 1947 1 3 Exclusive EX-2 In fact, the number came from the band singer Charles Brown , as Ben Sidran announced in an interview.
Bull Moose Jackson and His Bearcats I Love You, Yes I Do
Henry Glover
December 20, 1947 25th 4th King 4181 The single was Jackson's first number one on the R&B juke box chart the following year, where it stayed for three weeks and also rose to # 24 on the Billboard pop chart.

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