Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)
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|"Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"|
|("Cerisiers Roses et Pommiers Blancs")|
|Also known as
"Cerezo Rosa", "Ciliegi Rosa" and "Gummy Mambo"
|Written by||Jacques Larue (French)
Mack David (English)
"Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" or "Cerezo Rosa" or "Ciliegi Rosa" or "Gummy Mambo", is the English version of "Cerisiers Roses et Pommiers Blancs", 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. Billboard ranked this version as the No. 1 song of 1955. 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
- André Claveau (original version in French, 1950)
- Georgia Gibbs (1951)
- Nilla Pizzi (in Italian, 1951)
- Fotis Polymeris (in Greek, 1952)
- Alan Dale (singer) (1955)
- Perez Prado (instrumental) (1955 and 1960)
- Eddie Calvert (instrumental, 1955)
- Chet Atkins 1955
- Pat Boone (1960, a major hit in the Philippines)
- Jerry Murad (1961)
- Lester Sterling (under the pseudonym Mr. Versatile; instrumental) (1969)
- Norrie Paramor Orchestra (1977)
- Mnozil Brass (2004)
- Arthur Murray
- Bill Black's Combo
- Billy Vaughn
- Bing Crosby
- Devo (as "Softcore Mutations" - unreleased)
- Earl Bostic
- Edmundo Ros
- Gisele MacKenzie
- Harry James
- Horst Fischer
- Hugo Montenegro
- Ivo Robić (as "Jabuke i trešnje"; Croatian lyrics by Mario Kinel)
- James Last Orchestra
- John Barry
- Lawrence Welk
- Lou Donaldson
- Michel Legrand
- Modern Romance
- Nino Impallomeni
- Ron Livingston
- Ruben Pena
- Spike Jones (under the pseudonym "Davey Crackpot"; a parody of the Perez Prado hit record featuring George Rock on trumpet)
- Stanley Black
- The Fabulous Thunderbirds
- The Ventures
- Xavier Cugat
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 films, Cookie, and Parents 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.
- Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1955
- 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.