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No. 1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright 1954 Rosemary Clooney - This Ole House SOMETIMES written This Old House, this song was penned by Stuart Hamblen and published in 1954. He was supposedly out on a hunting expedition when he and his fellow hunter, actor John Wayne, came across a hut in the mountains. Inside was the body of a man, and the man's dog was still there, guarding the building. This inspired Hamblen to write This Ole House.

The recorded version of This Ole House by Rosemary Clooney, featuring bass vocals by Thurl Ravenscroft, reached number one on the Billboard chart in 1954 as the flip side to her previous number one song, Hey There. Clooney's version also topped the UK Singles Chart, although there were other UK hit versions around by Billie Anthony and Alma Cogan, both recorded in 1954.

In March 1981, Shakin' Stevens took the song back to number one for three weeks in the UK. His version was re-released in 2005 after his appearance in the TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time and reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart.

1983 Billy Joel - Uptown Girl THIS modern classic was written and performed by American musician, Billy Joel. It was released on September 29, 1983 on his ninth studio album, An Innocent Man.

He had originally titled the song Uptown Girls and it was conceived on an occasion when he was surrounded by Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston and his thengirlfriend Elle Macpherson. He's said the song was initially written about his relationship with Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife, Brinkley.

Although Uptown Girl was not as successful in the US as previous single, Tell Her About It, it peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, and went to number one in this country, staying at that position for five weeks, becoming the second biggest-selling single of 1983 behind Culture Club's Karma Chameleon, which it had knocked off the number one spot on November 1, 1983.

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