Changing Partners

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Not to be confused with Change Partners by Irving Berlin.
"Changing Partners"
"Changing Partners" on 78rpm by Kay Starr
Published 1953
Composer Larry Coleman
Lyricist Joe Darion
Recorded by Patti Page, Dinah Shore, Kay Starr, Bing Crosby

"Changing Partners" is a pop song with music by Larry Coleman and lyrics by Joe Darion, published in 1953.

The best-known recording was made by Patti Page. It was also recorded the same year by Dinah Shore, Kay Starr and Bing Crosby.

The version by Patti Page was recorded on September 21, 1953 and released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70260. It started on the Billboard charts on November 21, 1953, staying on the chart for 21 weeks and reaching #3 in 1954.[1]

The version by Dinah Shore with Hugo Winterhalter's orchestra and chorus was recorded on October 15, 1953 and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5515 (in USA) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10634. The American release reached #12 on the Billboard charts in 1954.[1]

The version by Kay Starr was recorded on October 22, 1953 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2657. It started on the Billboard charts on December 5, 1953, staying on the chart for 9 weeks and reaching #13 in 1954.[1]

The version by Bing Crosby was recorded on November 14, 1953 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 28969. It started on the Billboard charts on January 23, 1954, staying on the chart for 2 weeks and reaching #17.[1]

A version by Pee Wee King reached #4 on the country music charts in 1954.[2]

On Cash Box, where all versions were combined, it reached #4.

On Elvis Costello's album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, he records a version of this song to close the album.

The 1984 Canadian film Isaac Littlefeathers opened with a recording of the Tennessee Waltz followed by a recording of Changing Partners.

The song was also featured in the 2012 film "The Master" directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.


  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  2. ^ 1954 in country music#Other major hits