Monday, 26 October 2015

Comes Along A Love - Kay Starr (1952)

My Love And Devotion - Doris Day (1952)

Take My Heart - Al Martino (1952)

Walking My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray (1952)

Walkin' My Baby Back Home (song)

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"Walkin' My Baby Back Home"
WriterFred E. Ahlert
Roy Turk
"Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is a popular song written in 1930 by Roy Turk (lyrics) and Fred E. Ahlert (music). It first charted in1931 with versions by Nick Lucas (#8), Ted Weems (also #8), The Charleston Chasers (#15), and Lee Morse (#18).
A recording made by Jo Stafford on November 9, 1945, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 20049, and on her album, Songs by Jo Stafford (catalog number B-D23).
Harry Richman recorded the song on November 4, 1947. This version was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24391.
A major hit version of it was recorded by Nat King Cole, on September 4, 1951 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2130. It went to #8 in 1952. The song charted again in 1952 at #4 in a version recorded in February 1952 by Johnnie Ray, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39750. Ray's version peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1952. It was the title song from the 1953 film starring Donald O'ConnorJanet LeighBuddy Hackett, and Scatman Crothers. In the film the song was performed by O'Connor.
In 1962, Monica Zetterlund with Georg Riedel's Orchestra recorded a version of this song with Swedish lyrics by Beppe Wolgers entitled Sakta vi gå genom stan (lit. "Slowly we walk through the city"). It is a subtle tribute to Stockholm, and has in recent years been voted the most popular song about the Swedish capital (in a poll by Radio Stockholm). Zetterlund has had a Stockholm park named after her. The song was released on the Philips label.
In 1967, Ronnie Dove covered the song for his album Cry (Ronnie Dove album).
In 2008, Natalie Cole recorded the song as a virtual duet with her father and it was the first single for her album Still Unforgettable, released on September 9, 2008.
Elvis Costello (with acoustic guitar) performed a version as an encore in his Auckland, New Zealand concert, January 19, 2013 and in Troy, New York on November 6, 2013.

Notable recorded versions

Because You're Mine - Mario Lanza (1952)

Because You're Mine

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Because You're Mine
 is a 1952 musical comedy film starring Mario Lanza. Directed by Alexander Hall, the film also stars Doretta Morrow, James Whitmore, and Dean Miller.
Because You're Mine
Because you're mine.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byRuth Brooks Flippen
Sy Gomberg
Leonard Spigelgass
Karl Tunberg
StarringMario Lanza
Doretta Morrow
James Whitmore
Bobby Van
Music byJohnny Green
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Edited byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
September 25, 1952
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,571,000


Opera singer superstar Renato Rossano (Mario Lanza) is drafted into the U.S. Army. His Sergeant, "Bat" Batterson (James Whitmore) is an opera fan who admires Rossano and wishes Rossano to appraise his sister's (Doretta Morrow) singing voice. The rest of his platoon as well as the company commander disapproves of Batterson's showing favourtism to Rossano by excusing him from normal training. Rossano also schemes to have Master Sgt Batterson allow him to go to New York supposedly to have his manager appraise Batterson's sister, Brigit's singing voice but in reality allowing him to do a performance.



Principal photography of the film was interrupted and during the hiatus Lanza put on a considerable amount of weight. According to his manager, Lanza then began to lose weight and ended filming at less than 160 pounds. This resulted in some challenges for both the wardrobe artists and the film editors who had to deal with Lanza's substantial fluctuations in weight over the course of production. In one scene, Lanza's character enters a church. In the exterior, shot late in the filming schedule, he looks trim and slim in his military uniform. But, when he steps inside, in a scene filmed earlier, he is noticeably and considerably heavier in stature. Dore Schary, MGM studio head at the time, has recounted Lanza's petulant and boorish behavior on the set, including sexually harassing costar Doretta Morrow. Lanza was eventually fired by MGM during production of The Student Prince.
The soldiers in the film wear an imaginary shoulder sleeve insignia that resembles the 28th Infantry Division that is worn by actual soldiers in footage of a military parade used in the movie.


The title song of Because You're Mine earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. It was written by Sammy Cahn and Nicholas Brodszky and became Lanza's third and final million-selling effort.
Musical highlights in the film included "Granada", "The Lord's Prayer", and "Addio, Addio" from Rigoletto.

Critical reception

Upon its release, Because You're Mine was criticized as being a step backwards artistically for Lanza after the success of The Great Caruso (1951) the previous year. Nevertheless, it was chosen for the inaugural Royal Command Film Performance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, and was a solid box office success.
Writing in The New York Times, Bosley Crowther criticised the banality of the film's plot, but went on to observe that, "It's really Mario Lanza's singing that should and will attract attention to this technicolored film."

Box Office

The film was a hit – according to MGM records, it earned $2,267,000 in the US and Canada and $2,304,000 elsewhere, resulting in profits of $735,000. It was the fifth most popular movie at the British box office in 1953.

Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart - Vera Lynn (1952)

Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart

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"Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart"
Song by Vera Lynn
WriterJohn Turner and Geoffrey Parsons
ComposerEberhard Storch
"Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" is a popular song and a cover version of "Auf wiedersehen, auf wiedersehen" written by German composer Eberhard Storch. Storch wrote the song in the hospital for his wife Maria as he was ill for a long time.
The English language lyrics were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. The best-known version of the song was recorded by English singer Vera Lynn. The story goes that Vera was on holiday in Switzerland and heard people singing the song in beer parlours, and when she got back she felt she had to record it, so found the music and had lyrics written.


The recording of the song by Vera Lynn, which featured accompaniment by Soldiers and Airmen of HM Forces and the Johnny Johnston Singers, was the first song recorded by a foreign artist to make number one on the U.S. Billboard charts, in 1952. Reaching the summit on the Billboard "Best Sellers in Stores" chart on July 12, the song spent nine weeks at No. 1 (as well as six weeks on the "Most Played by Jockeys" chart and four weeks on the "Most Played in Jukeboxes").
In reaching number, it would be almost six years before another British artist would top the U.S. pop chart; that song was Laurie London's "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," in April 1958. Additionally, the song's nine-week run at number one on the U.S. pop charts by a British act was a record that stood for 16 years, until The Beatlesmatched the longevity record (of nine weeks) in 1968 with "Hey Jude." Currently, "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" is tied with "Hey Jude" for third amongst longest-running number-one songs by British artists on the Billboard pop charts, behind "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John (14 weeks, 1997-1998) and "We Found Love" by Rihanna with Calvin Harris (10 weeks, 2011). In addition, for more than 12 years Lynn was the only female solo artist from the UK to have a number-one hit in the United States, a feat finally matched by "Downtown" by Petula Clark in January 1965.

Cover versions

German-language version with Rudi Schuricke was released on the 78 rpm record Polydor 48 374 H in 1950.
The song was covered in 1963 by Jim Reeves on his LP, The International Jim Reeves.

See also

The Homing Waltz - Vera Lynn (1952)

The Homing Waltz

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The Homing Waltz is a song that was recorded by Vera Lynn in 1952. It charted at a peak position of number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.

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