Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
|"Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody"|
|Single by Al Jolson|
|Label||Columbia Records 2560|
|Writer(s)||Jean Schwartz, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young|
|Al Jolson singles chronology|
"Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" is a popular song written by Jean Schwartz, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young. The song was introduced in the Broadway musical Sinbad and published in 1918.
Probably the best-known recordings of the song were by Al Jolson (who introduced it and version reached #1), Sammy Davis, Jr. (who frequently sang it in his live shows), and Judy Garland. It was also a hit for Jerry Lewis in 1956. Brenda Lee recorded her version of the song for her 1959 album Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang!. Aretha Franklin also recorded a lesser-known version of this song for her album "The Electrifying Aretha Franklin", which reached #24 in Cash Box and #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961.
In the 1950s, it was issued on the Peter Pan Records label, aimed at children, on a 45 RPM record as the flip side of "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)".
- A million baby kisses I'll deliver
- If you will only play that "Swanee River"
- Rock-a-bye your rock-a-bye baby
- With a Dixie melody
Harry Schmerler, Chicago's "Singing Ford Dealer," sang the first line in the intro to many of his commercials in the '70s and '80s. Schmerler died in 1997.
- Al Jolson, "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" Chart Position Retrieved September 14, 2013
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 52 – The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 8] : UNT Digital Library" (AUDIO). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. Track 2.
- Aretha Franklin, "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" Chart Position Retrieved September 14, 2013