Cruising Down The River (Beadell-Tollerton) by Jack Smith and The Clark Sisters, orchestra conducted by Frank DeVol (CD audio source)
Both the Russ Morgan and Blue Barron recordings of this 1946 British song hit topped the U.S. charts in 1949 while no fewer than six other competing versions also registered on one or another of Billboard's singles rankings. Of the six, this one by radio star and future TV game show host Smilin' Jack Smith performed the best, reaching #3 on the juke box chart and #14 sales.
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THE 1949 HITS ARCHIVE - here in one place, a good-quality library of best-sellers and songs that made an impact, presented in the original-release versions (no remakes, alternate takes, or "re-processed stereo")
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