A Rose and a Baby Ruth
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|"A Rose and a Baby Ruth"|
|Single by George Hamilton IV|
|B-side||"If You Don't Know"|
|Writer(s)||John D. Loudermilk|
|George Hamilton IV singles chronology|
"A Rose and a Baby Ruth" is a song written by John D. Loudermilk. The song was published in 1956. The best-known version was recorded by George Hamilton IV, who sang it almost a cappella. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard magazine pop chart.
"A Rose and a Baby Ruth" showed regional appeal in country music, foreshadowing Hamilton's highly successful career, in the 1960s.
|Billboard Top 100||6|
|Billboard Best Sellers in Stores||7|
|Billboard Most Played by Jockeys||7|
|Billboard Most Played in Juke Boxes||8|
At the same date as Billboard reviewed George Hamilton IV´s original version - in October 1956 - they reviewed a competing cover sung by Eddie Fontaine and released by Decca. Billboard predicted it would be a close race between the two recordings, but the Decca release did not make even the lower part of Billboard´s Top 100.
Johnny Maestro & The Crests did a version in 1960 for their first album, "The Crests Sing All Biggies" - (Coed LP 901).
By George Hamilton IV
- (1956) A Rose and a Baby Ruth/If You Don't Know-ABC Paramount Records
- (1956) A Rose and a Baby Ruth/If You Don't Know-Colonial Records With the Country Gentlemen, Featuring Joe Tanner on guitar
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 273.
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