Tangerine (1941 song)
It was introduced in the 1942 movie, The Fleet's In, produced by Paramount Pictures, directed by Schertzinger, and starring Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken, singer Cass Daley, and Betty Hutton in her feature film debut.
The most popular recorded version of the song was made by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with vocalists Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly. The recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 4123. The record first reached the Billboard charts on April 10, 1942 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. The lyrics in this version differ slightly from those in the movie. On the record, Eberly sings "And I've seen toasts to Tangerine/Raised in every bar across the Argentine," the lyric that became standard. In the movie at that point, the line is "And I've seen times when Tangerine/Had the bourgeoisie believing she was queen."
The Pet Milk company used the melody for a 1960s liquid diet product called Sego. The opening line "Tangerine, she is all they say" was replaced by "There she goes, she's a Sego girl." The tune later became the jingle for Pillsbury's Figurines, a diet aid, during the 1970s.
Brazilian jazz singer and pianist Eliane Elias recorded a bossa nova version on her 2004 RCA release "Dreamer".
More than 100 acts have recorded "Tangerine," including such notable artists as Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick, Jr., Benny Goodman, Dr. John, Vaughn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Welk.
"Moonlight Cocktail" by Glenn Miller
|number-one single according to Billboard magazine
May 9 – June 13, 1942
"Sleepy Lagoon" by Harry James