The #1 Billboard Hit From 100 Years Ago Was Performed By Bill Murray.

A friend of mine wished me a Happy New Year by sending me the top hits of 1914. I was kind of stunned that kind of documentation existed, so I dug into it. It seems a guy named Bill Murray was all the rage, charting over and over with massive (ok, nowhere near massive) hits like “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary,” “He’d Have to Get Under (To Fix Up His Automobile)” & “When You’re All Dressed Up & No Place to Go.” Two of three sound like they’d be bomping tracks with serious twerk potential. A stark reminder of the times, the #2 hit was a UK War hit (you know, because WWI was being fought at the time), “Are We Downhearted? No!” Which, I suppose makes sense. People needed some cheering up, while trying to not be killed by the millions of German soldiers advancing towards them in France. And sure it wasn’t the Bill Murray you were thinking of, but would you have clicked otherwise? 😀

6 thoughts on “The #1 Billboard Hit From 100 Years Ago Was Performed By Bill Murray.

  1. How great that this was preserved! Interesting to look back and put songs in context of their times. It’s a cool way to think about cultural history. And yes – I was excited thinking it was our Bill Murray! 🙂

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