Ruth Etting | On the Charts

Ruth Etting had over 60 hit recordings between 1926 and 1937. Some of her biggest hits are detailed below, with the peak chart position in the year indicated.

Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Dubin, Burke) Charted at #1 in 1930
Life Is A Song (Young, Ahlert) Charted on Billboard at #1 in 1935
‘Deed I Do (Rose, Hirsch) Charted at #2 in 1927
Love Me or Leave Me (Kahn, Donaldson) Charted on Billboard at #2 in 1929
Lonesome and Sorry (Davis, Conrad) Charted on Billboard at #3 in 1926
Mean to Me (Turk, Ahlert) Charted at #3 in 1929
I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (Turk, Ahlert) Charted at #3 in 1929
Shaking the Blues Away (Irving Berlin) Charted on Billboard at #4 in 1927
What Do We Do on a Dew-Dew-Dewy Day? (Johnson) Charted at #4 in 1927
Guilty (Kahn, Akst, Whiting) Charted at #4 in 1931
Thinking of You (Donaldson) Charted at #5 in 1927
Sam, the Old Accordion Man (Donaldson) Charted at #5 in 1927
Back In Your Own Backyard (Jolson, Dreyer, Rose) Charted on Billboard at #5 in 1928
Ten Cents A Dance (Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers) Charted on Billboard at #5 in 1930
Love Is Like That (Russell) Charted at #5 in 1931
Don’t Tell Him What Happened To Me (De Sylva, Brown, Henderson) Charted at #6 in 1930
Reaching For The Moon (Irving Berlin) Charted at #6 in 1931
The Song Is Ended (Irving Berlin) Charted on Billboard at #7 in 1927
I’m Good For Nothing But Love (Martin, Ballard) Charted on Billboard at #7 in 1931
It All Depends On You (Desylva, Brown, Henderson) Charted at #8 in 1927
When Were Alone (Burton, Jason) Charted at #8 in 1932
I’m Nobody’s Baby (Davis, Agar, Santly) Charted at #9 in 1927
Happy Days and Lonely Nights (Fisher, Rose) Charted at #9 in 1928
Keep Sweeping The Cobwebs Off The Moon (Levant, Lewis, Young) Charted at #9 in 1928
More Than You Know (Rose, Eliscu, Youmans) Charted at #9 in 1930
But I Do, You Know I Do! (Donaldson, Kahn) Charted at #10 in 1926
Wistful and Blue (Etting, Davison) Charted at #10 in 1927
Hoosier Sweetheart Charted at #10 in 1927
When You’re With Somebody Else (Gilbert) Charted at #10 in 1928
Ramona Charted at #10 in 1928
Just a Little Closer (Johnson) Charted at #10 in 1930
Cuban Love Song (Fields, McHugh, Stothart) Charted at #10 in 1932
Exactly Like You (McHugh, Fields) Charted on Billboard at #11 in 1929
Together We Two (Irving Berlin)  Charted at #12 in 1928
Now That You’re Gone (Kahn, Fiorito) Charted at #13 in 1931
It Was So Beautiful (Barris, Freed) Charted on Billboard at #13 in 1932
I’ll Be Blue (Wandling, Whiting) Charted at #14 in 1930
The Night When Love Was Born (Baer, Oppenheim, Young) Charted at #14 in 1932
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern) Charted on Billboard at #15 in 1934
Try A Little Tenderness (Woods, Campbell, Connelly) Charted at #16 in 1933
It All Belongs To Me (Irving Berlin) Charted at #17 in 1927
Good Night Sweetheart (Noble, Campbell, Connelly) Charted on Billboard at #17 in 1931
Overnight (I Found You) (Rose, Kent, Alter) Charted at #18 in 1931
In the Chapel in the Moonlight (Hill) Charted at #20 in 1937

Not all the charts from the era still exist, so some of her hits may have been unintentionally excluded. The songs below are all known to have charted in the Top 100 for the year indicated, on Billboard, but the peak chart position is unknown. If you know of documentation that proves the chart position of any song, please contact me!

Let’s Talk About My Sweetie Top 100 on Billboard for 1926
Because My Baby Don’t Mean Maybe Now (Donaldson) Top 100 on Billboard for 1928
Beloved (Kahn, Sanders) Top 100 on Billboard for 1928
Say “Yes” Today Top 100 on Billboard for 1928
Sonny Boy (Jolson, DeSylva, Brown, Henderson) Top 100 on Billboard for 1928
I’m Bringing You a Red, Red Rose (Kahn, Donaldson) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
Button Up Your Overcoat (De Sylva, Brown, Henderson) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now (Friend, Caesar) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
Deep Night (Vallee, Henderson) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
Glad Rag Doll (Ager, Yellen, Dougherty) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Brooks, Razaf, Waller) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
The Right Kind of Man (Baer, Gilbert) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
What Wouldn’t I Do For That Man? (Gurney, Harsburg) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929
You’re The Cream in My Coffee (De Sylva, Brown, Henderson) Top 100 on Billboard for 1929

4 Responses to On the Charts

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  3. vanbrugh says:

    Hello I have been trying to find a recording of “you made me love you” sung by Ruth Etting without any success. Did Ruth make a recording of this song. Best wishes

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