I've Told Ev'ry Little Star

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"I've Told Ev'ry Little Star"
Song
Published1932
Composer(s)Jerome Kern
Lyricist(s)Oscar Hammerstein II

"I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" is a popular song with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1932. The song was introduced in the musical play, Music in the Air.[1] The first hit recording of the song was released in 1932 by Jack Denny and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra, featuring the vocals of Paul Small.[1] It has since been recorded by many artists.

Linda Scott version[edit]

"I've Told Every Little Star"
Single by Linda Scott
from the album Starlight, Starbright
B-side"Three Guesses"
ReleasedApril 1961
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenrePop
Length2:12
LabelCanadian-American Records
Songwriter(s)Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
Producer(s)Hutch Davie
Linda Scott singles chronology
"I've Told Every Little Star"
(1961)
"Don't Bet Money Honey"
(1961)

The best-known recording is the 1961 hit by Linda Scott,[1] titled "I've Told Every Little Star", which reached No. 3 on the United States' Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] Scott's version reached No. 1 in the Philippines,[3] South Africa,[4] and Sweden.[5] Scott's version also reached No. 1 in Denmark, in a tandem ranking with Gitte Hænning's version.[4]

The single was ranked No. 33 on Cash Box's "Top 100 Chart Hits of 1961"[6] and No. 74 on Billboard's "Hot 100 for 1961 – Top Sides of the Year".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
Australia (Music Maker)[8] 7
Canada (CHUM Hit Parade)[9] 7
Denmark (Quan's Musikbureau)[4] 1
Hong Kong[10] 2
Ireland[11] 9
Israel (Kol Yisrael)[11] 6
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[12] 2
Philippines[3] 1
South African and Lourenço Marques Radio[4] 1
Sweden[5] 1
UK (Record Retailer)[13] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 3
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides[14] 22

In popular culture[edit]

In an audition scene in the film Mulholland Drive, the Linda Scott recording was used for the voice of the auditioning actress (Melissa George).[1] The Linda Scott version also features as the title song of The Girl (2012) and as the opening theme for Japanese television personality Matsuko Deluxe's program Matsuko no Shiranai Sekai. This version was sampled by rapper Mac Miller on his 2011 single "Knock Knock". The opening theme for the 1992 television series Billy featured a version of the song performed by Sonny Rollins, created especially for the series.

Gitte Hænning version[edit]

Danish singer Gitte Hænning released a version of the song in 1961. Her version reached No. 1 in Denmark, in a tandem ranking with Linda Scott's version,[4] while reaching the top 5 Finland,[11] and No. 9 in Sweden.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
Denmark (Quan's Musikbureau)[4] 1
Finland (Ilta-Sanomat)[11] ≥5
Sweden[4] 9

Recorded versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Leszczak, Bob (2014). Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 116–117. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Linda Scott – Chart History – The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Hits of the World", Billboard, August 21, 1961. p. 16. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hits of the World", Billboard, September 4, 1961. p. 19. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Hits of the World", Billboard, August 28, 1961. p. 22. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Chart Hits of 1961", Cash Box, December 30, 1961. p. 11. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "Chart Toppers", Billboard, January 6, 1962. p. 33. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, July 24, 1961. p. 20. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "1050 CHUM – CHUM Charts". Archived from the original on July 21, 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-15. Chart No. 209, April 24, 1961. CHUM.
  10. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, November 20, 1961. p. 32. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d "Hits of the World", Billboard, October 23, 1961. p. 18. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Lever Hit Parade" 06-Jul-1961, Flavour of New Zealand. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Linda Scott – Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 514.
  15. ^ "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star – Cannonball Adderley". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  16. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas (accessed 13 May 2011)
  17. ^ "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star – Michael Ballam". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  18. ^ "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star – Stanley Black". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star – Pat Boone". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star – Ray Conniff". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  22. ^ Information på Svensk mediedatabas
  23. ^ "I've Told Every Little Star – Percy Faith / Percy Faith & His Orchestra". AllMusic. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  24. ^ "I've Told Every Little Star – Ferrante & Teicher". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  25. ^ "I've Told Every Little Star – London Philharmonic Orchestra". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2017.