Once in a While (1937 song)

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"Once in a While" is a popular song, written by Michael Edwards with lyrics by Bud Green. The song was published in 1937.

The song is a much-recorded standard. Tommy Dorsey's recording in 1937 went to number one in the United States.[1] One of the best-known recordings was made by Patti Page in 1952.{MERCURY 5867} The song was revived in doo-wop style by the Chimes in 1960, and their version peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1961.[1]

Other recordings[edit]

In 1947, Sarah Vaughan first recorded the song for the Musicraft label. During the last decade of her career, she frequently performed the song in concert, accompanying herself on piano.

Joe Bushkin included the song on his 1950s album After Hours with Joe Bushkin.

Al Bishop & The Cold Fingers recorded the song in Oslo on January 16, 1967. It was released on the single HMV 45-AL 6143.

In 1968, Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song on her 30 by Ella album.

UK singer Elkie Brooks released a single of the song in 1984 in support of her hit album Screen Gems.

In 2011, Eddie Vedder recorded the song for his Ukulele Songs album.

This was the last song Bing Crosby sang at his last recording session October 11, 1977, three days before his death.


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1996), The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (Book) (6th ed.), New York, NY: Billboard Publications, Inc., p. 123, ISBN 0-8230-7632-6 

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