(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China
|"(I'd Love to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China"|
|Written by||Frank Loesser|
|Recorded by||Kay Kyser, Freddy Martin, Benny Goodman, Art Lund, Larry Clinton, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni James, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Fats Domino, Liza Minnelli|
|Performed by||Miss Piggy, Paul McCartney|
Paul McCartney sang this song to honor Frank Loesser.
|Recorded by||Released by||catalog number||Date first reached the
Best Seller chart
|weeks on chart||peak||notes|
|Kay Kyser Vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood||Columbia Records||38301||October 15, 1948||19||#2|| This version was a #1 hit in Australia in 1949 as well.|
|Freddy Martin and His Orchestra Vocal: Glenn Hughes and The Martin Men||RCA Victor Records||20-3123||October 29, 1948||17||#5|||
|Benny Goodman||Capitol Records||15208||November 12, 1948||12||#10|||
|Art Lund||MGM Records||10269||November 5, 1948||9||#13|||
|Larry Clinton||Decca Records||24482||November 26, 1948||1||#27|||
Frank Loesser's daughter, Susan Loesser, authored a biography of her father, A Most Remarkable Fella (1993), in which she writes:
|“||"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China" was a well-known phrase among poker players, referring to a person who lost steadily and handsomely. My father turned it into a romantic song, placing the title in the mainstream of catch-phrases in 1947.||”|
The idea being that a "slow boat to China" was the longest trip one could imagine. Loesser moved the phrase to a more romantic setting, yet it eventually entered general parlance to mean anything that takes an extremely long time.
This song is featured briefly in the Adventure Time episode "Bad Timing", sung by Tree Trunks.
This song is also briefly sang by "Mother" (played by June Whitfield) in an episode of the BBC long running sitcom Absolutely Fabulous - or Ab Fab - called "Fish Farm".
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
- Loesser, Susan. A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life, A Portrait by His Daughter. Donald I. Fine. 1993.
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