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
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
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 charts.
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 James.
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
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
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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