This song would always be associated with Dean Martin and
is his signature song. The song was written in 1952 by Harry
Warren and Jack Brooks, and became Dean Martins Hit in 1953.
The first public performance of the song was part of the soundtrack
tor the Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin comedy film, The Caddy. It
was nominated for an Academy Award for 1953 bur lost to Doris
Days Secret Love. The song would have a resurgence in popularity
when used in film Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicholas Care.
Eddie Fischer Oh My Papa
The song was originally written for a German musical called
Der Schwarze, and was called Oh Mein Papa. The song would become
popular in the UK when recorded as an instrumental. When the
song came to America and the lyrics translated, the song would
shoot up to # 1 on the charts
Frank Sinatra I've Got The World On A String
The song was written by Harold Arlen and ted Koehler in 1932
for The Cotton Club Parade. Introduced by Bing Crosby and Cab
Calloway the song would make it to the Billboard charts in 1953
when recorded by Sinatra. The song would top at # 14 on the
Joni James Your Cheatin Heart
The song was written by Hank Williams and recorded by him in
1952. The song, however would not be released until after Hanks
Death in 1953. The song is thought to be one of the great country
music songs and would become a major hit when recorded by Joni
Kay Starr Side by Side
This song was originally written by Gus Kahn and Harry Woods
in 1927. It is now considered an American Standard but it did
not begin to atttain that status until the 1953 Kay Starr recording.
Patty Page (How Much is That) Doggie in the Window
Bob Merrill and Ingrid Reuterskiold wrote this song in 1952,
but it was the next year when Patti Page recorded the song tthat
it would become a hit. The song would reach #1 and is noted
as the first song that had a question in the title.
Tony Bennett Stranger in Paradise
Originally the song was part of the musical Kismet. Written
by Robert Wright and George Forrest, but is based on music composed
by Alexander Borodin, titled "Gliding Dance of the Maidens,"
from the Polovtsian Dances.
Vic Damone and Anne Blythe sang the song in the film version
of the show, but the hit would be song by Tony Bennett even
though the song was recorded by several other artists.
Tony Bennett Rags To Riches
Rags to Riches was written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross,
and reached #1 on the Billboard Charts. The song was stay popular
and in 1976 Elvis Presley sang the song unrehearsed at the his
concert in Pittsburgh. The song became a regular piece of comedy
when the first line of the song was sung by Shirley Finney's
boyfriend Carmine Raggusa on Laverne and Shirley.
Frankie Lane I Believe
Written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, and Al Staltzman
In 1953 the song was actually commissioned by Jane Froman for
her television show. Froman was concerned about the goings on
in the US and asked for a song that could renew faith in troubled
times. Frankie Lane would make a big hit with the song and his
version of the song holds the record for staying on the charts
longest, 18 weeks, in the UK.
I believe would go on to be recorded over and over again by
many artists. The song became a signature song for the Lettermen
and would go on to achieve almost the status of a hymn.
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