It’s All In The Game – Tommy Edwards
The only #1 pop single to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or winner of the Nobel Peace Prize….
Ohioan Charles Dawes, born in 1865, wrote the wordless melody in 1911, later rose to the rank of brigadier general in the US Army in WW I, became vice president under Calvin Coolidge in 1925, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925, and was appointed US ambassador to the UK in 1929.
Dawes died in 1951, and months late songwriter Carl Sigman put lyrics to the old melody. Tommy Edwards recorded it in 1958, and it became a #1 hit in the US and England later that year. It’s since been recorded by dozens of artists, and featured in several movies.