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"
Released October 1956
Genre Pop
Length 2:02
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) John D. Loudermilk
Certification Gold (RIAA)
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 sung almost a capella. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard magazine pop chart.[1] "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" had regional appeal in country music, foreshadowing Hamilton's highly successful career, in the 1960s.

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 which Decca had released by Eddie Fontaine. Billboard predicted it would be a close race, but the Decca release did not even make the lower part of the 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.