Hey There

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For the 1918 film starring Harold Lloyd, see Hey There!.
"Hey There"
from the musical The Pajama Game
Music by Jerry Ross
Lyrics by Richard Adler
Published 1954
Original artist John Raitt
Recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis, Jr.

"Hey There" is a show tune from the musical play The Pajama Game, written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. It was published in 1954. It was introduced by John Raitt in the original production. It was subsequently recorded by a number of artists. The recording by Rosemary Clooney reached #1 on Billboard's chart in 1954. Another version was also recorded about the same time by Sammy Davis, Jr., reaching #16 on Billboard's retail chart. The song (counting all recorded versions) also reached #1 on the Cash Box chart in 1954.

In the show, Sid sings it to a recording device, telling himself that he's foolish to continue his advances to Babe. He plays the tape back, and after responding to his own comments, sings a duet with himself.

A popular edit of the single is in Only Fools and Horses, in the episode "Tea for Three", when Uncle Albert (played by Buster Merryfield) sings the song (replacing "Hey There" with "Ada", the name of his wife) in the talent contest at their local pub, the Nags Head. He later tells Rodney that he won the talent contest, much to his horror.

Recorded versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the season nine episode of Cheers entitled "Days of Wine and Neuroses", Frasier performs the song on the bar's new karaoke machine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
Sh-Boom
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

September 25, 1954–November 13, 1954
Succeeded by
I Need You Now