1950 HOT CHART which ranked radio and jukebox play, listed the top song as Pink Champagne by Joe Liggins who also had the top song in 1945, Honeydripper. Every man wanted to be a honeydripper.
Bobby Lewis who recorded the huge hit TOSSIN AND TURNIN in 1961 learned piano and music in an orphanage. Adopted at 12 he had jobs as ice man, desk clerk, janitor and truck driver. His first song was Solid As A Rock in 1956.