1953 Hit Parade

Architects of America designed the new “super” shopping centers.

Popular films included:
    From Here to Eternity starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra
Stalog 17 starring William Holden
Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Fiction of the year included James Baldwin’s Go tell It On The Mountain, Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March, Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, Louis L’Amour’s Hondo, J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, Leon Uris’s Battle Cry and William S. Burroghs’s Junkie.

Popular songs included Perry Como with Mitchell Ayers’s Orchestra, “Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes,” Teresa Brewer with Jack Pleis’s Orchestra’s “’Till I Waltz Again With You,” Frankie Lane’s “I Believe,” Pattie Page’s “The Doggie in the Window,” Nat “King” Cole with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra’s “Pretend,” Percy Faith and His Orchestra’s “The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?),” Les Paul and Mary Ford’s “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You),” the Ames Brothers with Hugo Winhalter and His Orchestra’s “You, You, You,” and Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra’s “Ebb Tide.”

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot opened in Paris.

According to the National Music Council, 7.5% of the performances by major symphony orchestras were American.

Doubleday Anchor Books was introduced.

The Robe by Henry Koster starring Richard Burton was the first film in CinemaScope.

The Paris Review began publication by Lampoon editor George Plimpton.

Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Female was published.

Chevrolet introduced the two-seat Corvette sports car.

The Kellogg Company introduced Sugar Smacks Cereal.

Sara Lee Kitchens began mass-producing frozen cakes and pies.

Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

February 19:  Picnic starring Paul Newman opened at the Music Box Theater in New York.

March 16-April 11:  William de Kooning’s Paintings on the Theme of Woman was exhibited at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York City.

April 14:  Air Training, an air force publication reported one thousand UFO sightings in one year.

October:  Broadway was showing Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

October 26:  According to the Songwriter’s Protective Association, coin-operated juke boxes grossed $1 billion annually in America.