Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)

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"Cerisiers Roses et Pommiers Blancs"
Song
LanguageFrench, English
English titleCherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
Written1950
Composer(s)Louiguy
Lyricist(s)Jacques Larue (French), Mack David (English)

"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" or "Cerezo Rosa" or "Ciliegi Rosa" or "Gummy Mambo", is the English version of "Cerisiers Roses et Pommiers Blancs", a popular song with music by Louiguy written in 1950. French lyrics to the song by Jacques Larue and English lyrics by Mack David both exist,[1] and recordings of both have been quite popular. However, Perez Prado's recording of the song as an instrumental with his orchestra featuring trumpeter Billy Regis,[1] whose trumpet sound would slide down and up before the melody would resume, was the most popular version in 1955, reaching number one for 10 weeks on the Billboard chart. It became a gold record. Perez had first recorded this title for the movie Underwater! (1955), where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to the song.[1] Billboard ranked this version as the No. 1 song of 1955.[2] The most popular vocal version in the U.S. was by Alan Dale, reaching No. 14 on the chart in 1955.[3]

In the United Kingdom, two versions of the song went to number one in 1955. The first was the version by Perez Prado, which reached number one for two weeks.[4] Less than a month later, a version by the British trumpeter Eddie Calvert reached number one for four weeks.[5]

Al Hirt released a version on his 1965 album, They're Playing Our Song.[6]

In 1982, the British pop group Modern Romance (featuring John Du Prez) had a UK Top 20 hit with the vocal version of the song.[7]

In 1961, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats released an album featuring the song.

The lyrics in English refer to a "new moon bright above." The definition usually given for "new moon," in the context of lunar phases, refers to a time period when the moon is not visible to the naked eye from Earth. A reference to a full moon would have possibly been better diction.

Recorded versions[edit]

Finnish versions "Kaksi ruusua" ("Two Roses")

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1955
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 159.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 44. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "Al (He's The King) Hirt* - They're Playing Our Song (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 373. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017.