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)
"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, 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, 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. 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. Less than a month later, a version by the British trumpeter Eddie Calvert reached number one for four weeks.
In 1961, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats released an album featuring the song.
Notable recorded versions
- Chet Atkins 1955
- James Last Orchestra
- John Barry
- Bill Black's Combo
- Stanley Black
- Pat Boone (1960, a major hit in the Philippines)
- Earl Bostic
- Eddie Calvert
- André Claveau (original version)
- Xavier Cugat
- Bing Crosby
- Alan Dale (singer) (1955)
- Devo (as "Softcore Mutations" - unreleased)
- Lou Donaldson
- The Fabulous Thunderbirds
- Horst Fischer
- Georgia Gibbs (1951)
- Harry James
- Spike Jones (under the pseudonym "Davey Crackpot"; a parody of the Perez Prado hit record featuring George Rock on trumpet)
- Michel Legrand
- Ron Livingston
- Gisele MacKenzie
- Modern Romance
- Hugo Montenegro
- Jerry Murad (1961)
- Arthur Murray
- Ruben Pena
- Perez Prado (instrumental) (1955 and 1960)
- Ivo Robić (as "Jabuke i trešnje"; Croatian lyrics by Mario Kinel)
- Edmundo Ros
- Lester Sterling (under the pseudonym Mr. Versatile; instrumental) (1969)
- Billy Vaughn
- The Ventures
- Lawrence Welk
- Mnozil Brass (2004)
- Norrie Paramor Orchestra (1977)
Finnish versions "Kaksi ruusua" ("Two Roses")
- The song was featured in the film, Underwater!, starring Jane Russell.
- The recording by Perez Prado was featured in the film, Cookie in 1989.
- 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.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 44. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Al (He's The King) Hirt* - They're Playing Our Song (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 373. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.