Marianne (Terry Gilkyson song)
"Mary Ann," composed by calypsonian Roaring Lion (born name: Hubert Raphael Charles), 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. 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". The song continued to be a favorite with steelbands and calypso entertainers at Caribbean tourist hotels for many years.
References in popular culture
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- Bronson, Fred (2003), The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, Random House (retrieved via Google Books), p. 19
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