This Ole House
"This Ole House" (sometimes written "This Old House") is a popular song written by Stuart Hamblen, and published in 1954. Rosemary Clooney's version reached the top of the popular music charts in both the US and the UK in 1954. The song again topped the UK chart in 1981 in a recording by Shakin' Stevens.
Hamblen was supposedly out on a hunting expedition when he and his fellow hunter, actor John Wayne, came across a hut in the mountains. Inside was the body of a man, and the man's dog was still there, guarding the building. This inspired Hamblen to write "This Ole House".
The recorded version of "This Ole House" by Rosemary Clooney, featuring bass vocals by Thurl Ravenscroft, reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1954 as the flip side to her previous No. 1 song, "Hey There." Clooney's version also topped the UK Singles Chart, although there were other UK hit versions around by Billie Anthony and Alma Cogan, both recorded in 1954. The recording by Alma Cogan with Felix King, piano and orchestra was made in London on September 2, 1954. The song was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalogue numbers B 10761 and 7M 269. The flip side was "Skokiaan."
In March 1981, Shakin' Stevens took the song back to No. 1 for three weeks in the United Kingdom. His version was re-released in 2005 after his appearance in the TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time and reached No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart.
The song was also covered by the Cathedral Quartet and Hovie Lister and the Statesmen as a Southern Gospel song with slightly modified lyrics, using the house as an analogy for an old body about to die and the soul about to go to heaven, usually tying the song in with "When the Saints Go Marching In."
The song was recorded by Bette Midler (in ballad form) on her 2003 tribute to Rosemary Clooney, "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook," and included on her compilation "Jackpot: The Best Bette" in 2008.
List of others who have recorded the song
- Liz Anderson
- Billie Anthony
- Black Lace
- Bill Black
- Boxcar Willie
- Wilf Carter
- Cathedral Quartet
- Wilma Lee Cooper
- Jimmy Dean
- Will Glahé
- Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
- Stuart Hamblen
- Jessica King
- Brenda Lee & Dolly Parton
- The Brigadiers with Enoch Light and his orchestra
- Hovie Lister& The Statesmen Quartet
- Loretta Lynn
- Eddie Meduza (Sweden)
- Mrs. Miller
- The Mom and Dads
- Per Myrberg (Swedish version "Trettifyran")
- Willie Nelson
- Carl Perkins
- Joan Regan
- Brian Setzer Orchestra
- Shakin' Stevens
- Johnny Tillotson
- Allison Durham Speer
- The Statler Brothers
- Vocal Spectrum
- Tex Williams and Rex Allen
- George Younce
- Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 15. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 392. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 530. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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