Band of Gold (1955 song)
|"Band of Gold"|
|Music by||Jack Taylor|
|Lyrics by||Bob Musel|
|Recorded by||Don Cherry, Kit Carson, Petula Clark, Mel Carter, Mary Anderson|
The biggest hit version was recorded by Don Cherry in 1955. This version reached the top five on the pop chart in the United States. Another recording was done in 1955 by singer Kit Carson (born Liza Morrow) that reached number 17 on the Top 100, and there was also a British cover by Petula Clark.
Singer Mel Carter recorded the song in two different versions, once in 1965 and again in 1966. The latter version peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart, where it remained for two weeks in May 1966.
In popular culture
- The Norwegian-American singer Mary Anderson with Carsten Klouman's orchestra recorded it in Oslo on March 23, 1956, and on May 22, 1956 (vocal). The song was released on the 78 rpm record HMV AL 6027.
- Don Cherry's recording of "Band of Gold" was the first song played after the opening credits in the first episode of the first season of AMC's Emmy-winning television series Mad Men, and also appears in Mad Men's sixth season finale.
- Cherry's recording is also among the pop and rock hits sampled in the early break-in comedy rock hit "The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)" by Buchanan & Goodman in 1956.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 49.
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition, 2004