A Rose and a Baby Ruth

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"A Rose and a Baby Ruth"
A Rose and a Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV.jpg
Single by George Hamilton IV
B-side "If You Don't Know"
Released October 1956
Genre Pop
Length 2:02
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) John D. Loudermilk
George Hamilton IV singles chronology
"A Rose and a Baby Ruth"
"High School Romance"

"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.[1]

"A Rose and a Baby Ruth" showed regional appeal in country music, foreshadowing Hamilton's highly successful career, in the 1960s.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1956) Peak
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).

Al Kooper covered it on his 1970 Columbia release "Easy Does It".

The song was covered by Marilyn Manson as a bonus studio track on the limited edition version of The Last Tour On Earth live album in 1999.


By George Hamilton IV[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 273.