I’ll Get By (Turk-Ahlert) by Harry James & his Orchestra, vocal by Dick Haymes
Written in 1928, “I’ll Get By” reappeared in ’44 and spent four weeks at #2 on “Your Hit Parade,” thanks to the song’s inclusion in the popular movie “A Guy Named Joe” and to this three year-old recording reissued by Columbia Records during The Recording Ban. It had originally been waxed by the James band in April 1941 and issued on Columbia 36285 before vocalist Dick Haymes was well known. By 1944, he was a major singing star and the new issue 36698 became one of the year’s biggest, spending six weeks atop the nation’s juke box charts. See also the Ink Spots version.
THE 1944 HITS ARCHIVE - a collection of commercial recordings and songs that proved popular during the calendar year 1944 via sales, sheet music, juke box play, and radio exposure.…plus some others that have gained increased recognition or have been shown to have had an impact during the decades that followed. You’ll note that due to the long-running ‘recording ban’ (musician’s union strike against the record companies), quite a number of this year’s best-sellers were recordings made back in 1942 or earlier.