Marianne (Terry Gilkyson song)

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"Marianne" is a popular song.


"Mary Ann," composed by calypsonian Roaring Lion (born name: Hubert Raphael Charles),[1] was popular with steelbands and revelers during a spontaneous Carnival celebration on V-J Day in Trinidad in 1945, at the end of World War II.[2] The song's lyrics alluded to Mary Ann's occupation:

All day, all night, Miss Mary Ann
Down by the seaside, she sifting sand.


Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat recorded a version of "Mary Ann" in the late 1940s. During the 1956-57 American calypso craze, the Easy Riders, Burl Ives and other interpreters of folk music further popularized the calypso, generally under the title of "Marianne".[2] The song continued to be a favorite with steelbands and calypso entertainers at Caribbean tourist hotels for many years.

The most popular version was recorded by Terry Gilkyson and The Easy Riders (#4 on the Billboard Top 100);[3] another version was recorded by The Hilltoppers in 1957 (#3 on the Billboard Top 100).

Trini Lopez included "Marianne" on his album Trini Lopez at PJ's on Reprise Records RS-6093.

References in popular culture[edit]

Allan Sherman sang about Cary Grant based on this song which went as follows (from Shticks of one Kind and Half Dozen of Another):

All day, all night, Cary Grant
That's all my wife just thinks about is Cary Grant
What can he do that I can't
Big deal, big star, Cary Grant

In the nudie-cartoon anthology Sex to Sexty, which included "Balled-Up Ballads"—popular tunes with racy lyrics—the following lines were written for "Marianne":

All day, all night, Marianne;
Who the hell you think I am, Superman?

Reference is made to this song in Ian Fleming's novel Dr. No. The character Honey Rider is singing it when James Bond first meets her on the beach at Crab Key. Bond joins in as a way of making his presence known to her.[4]


  1. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir, et al. (2001), All Music Guide: The definitive guide to popular music, Hal Leonard Corporation (retrieved via Google Books), p. 884, retrieved 2010-11-27 
  2. ^ a b Green, Garth L. and Scher, Philip W. (2007), Trinidad Carnival: The cultural politics of a transnational festival, Indiana University Press (retrieved via Google Books), p. 190, retrieved 2010-11-27 
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003), The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, Random House (retrieved via Google Books), p. 19 
  4. ^ Fleming, Ian (1956). Dr. No. Jonathan Cape. 

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