Music: Bright Stars, Deep Blues

Two songs that are poles apart are now vying for top popularity among U.S. song hits.

Biggest hit of the moment is the novelty handclapping number Deep in the Heart of Texas. Its childishly simple but rollicking tune has only 30 notes; to fill out a 32-bar chorus, the melody has to be repeated. With Deep in the Heart of Texas, two newcomers, Lyricist June Hershey and Composer Don Swander (in private life, Mr. & Mrs. Swander), hit their first jackpot. With the royalties from sheet-music sales (200,000 to date) and records (nine...

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