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Sugartime

This weeks song is a high calorie 1958 classic “Sugartime” made famous by Christine McGuire, Dorothy McGuire and Phyllis McGuire known in the music world as The McGuire Sisters. Published by Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols, the song apparently refers to the Jimmie Rogers tune...

Hey Good Lookin'

This famous Hank William’s hit from the 50’s was adapted from another tune of the same name originally written by legendary composer Cole Porter in 1942. As the story goes, William’s friend/musician Jimmy Dickens was in need of a hit so Hank Williams took it upon himself to write him a tune. Apparently he wrote the 1951 version in only.......

Lollipop

This week I have chosen a rather silly song but the origin of how the tune came about makes for an interesting story. 

In 1958, co-writers Julius Dixson and Beverly Ross were scheduled to have a songwriting session. Dixson was late explaining that the reason for the delay was that his daughter got a lollipop stuck in her hair. Ross, inspired by his tale apparently sat down at the piano and created a version of “Lollipop” right then and there. Beverly Ross ended up making a recording of the tune with Dixson’s neighbour, a 13 year old boy Ronald Gum. Their recording act’s name was Ronald and Ruby, an alias apparently chosen to hide the fact that............

Music, Music, Music

There are certain happy songs that instantly bring a smile to the faces of my participants. “Music, Music, Music”, a number one hit from 1950 performed by Theresa Brewer is unquestionably one of them. It’s an incredible upbeat tune written in 1949 by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum. Apparently, when it first came out, some radio stations were reluctant to play it because.......