Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)

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"Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"
("Cerisier rose et pommier blanc")
Also known as
"Cerezo Rosa" and "Gummy Mambo"
Written by Jacques Larue (French)
Mack David (English)
Music by Louiguy
Written 1950

"Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" or "Cerezo Rosa" or "Gummy Mambo", is the English version of "Cerisier rouge et pommier blanc," a popular song with music by Louiguy written in 1950. French lyrics to the song by Jacques Larue and English lyrics by Mack David both exist,[1] and recordings of both have been quite popular. However, Perez Prado's recording of the song as an instrumental with his orchestra featuring trumpeter Billy Regis,[1] whose trumpet sound would slide down and up before the melody would resume, was the most popular version in 1955, reaching number one for 10 weeks on the Billboard chart. Perez had first covered this title for the movie Underwater! (1955), where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to the song.[1] Billboard ranked this version as the No. 1 song of 1955.[2] The most popular vocal version in the U.S. was by Alan Dale, reaching No. 14 on the chart in 1955.

In the United Kingdom, two versions of the song went to number one in 1955. The first was the version by Perez Prado, which reached number one for two weeks.[3] Less than a month later, a version by the British trumpeter Eddie Calvert reached number one for four weeks.[4]

Al Hirt released a version on his 1965 album, They're Playing Our Song.[5]

In 1982, the British pop group Modern Romance (featuring John Du Prez) had a UK Top 20 hit with the vocal version of the song.[6]

In 1961, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats released an album featuring the song.

Notable recorded versions[edit]

Finnish versions "Kaksi ruusua" ("Two Roses")[edit]

In films[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/songoftheyear/
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 44. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "Al (He's The King) Hirt* - They're Playing Our Song (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 373. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.