If (They Made Me a King)

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"If"
Single by Perry Como
A-side"Zing Zing - Zoom Zoom"
ReleasedDecember 1950
GenreVocal
Length3:12
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Tolchard Evans, Robert Hargreaves, Stanley J. Damerell
Perry Como singles chronology
"You're Just in Love"
(1950)
"If"
(1950)
"There's No Boat Like a Rowboat"
(1951)

"If (They Made Me a King)" is a popular song with music written by Tolchard Evans and the lyrics written by Robert Hargreaves and Stanley J. Damerell. The song was written in 1934, but the most popular versions were recorded in 1950-1951. Perry Como's version, recorded November 28, 1950, was a #1 charted hit on the Billboard charts for 8 weeks.[1] The Como version was released under the following labels and catalog numbers:

  • In the United States, by RCA Victor, as catalog number 47-3997 with the flip side "Zing Zing - Zoom Zoom"
  • In Argentina, by Discos RCA Victor Argentina, as catalog number 68-0583 with the flip side "Zing Zing - Zoom Zoom"
  • In the United Kingdom, by HMV, as catalog number B-10042 with the flip side "Zing Zing - Zoom Zoom"
  • In Germany, by HMV, as catalog number X-7293 with the flip side being a Tony Martin/Dinah Shore recording of "A Penny a Kiss"

Other charted versions in 1951[edit]

  • Jo Stafford also recorded the song (with "queen" for "king" in the lyric). Her version, with the Paul Weston orchestra backing her, was recorded on October 16, 1950 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39082. This reached No. 8 in the Billboard charts.[2]
  • Billy Eckstine recorded the song December 21, 1950, and scored a #10 hit.[3]
  • Dean Martin recorded the song December 2, 1950, and scored a #14 hit.[4]
  • Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal by Bill Flanagan) - peaked at No. 20.[5]
  • The Ink Spots - peaked at No. 23.[6]
  • Jan Garber & His Orchestra (vocal by Roy Cordell) - peaked at No. 26.[7]
  • Vic Damone - peaked at No. 28.[8]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perry Como's "If" Chart Positions Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 406. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ Mr B, Billy Eckstine, ASV Mono, Living Era, 2001.
  4. ^ Dean Martin, Memories Are Made Of This, 1946-1961, His 58 Finest, Retrospective, 2013.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 251. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 224. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 169. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 120. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  9. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Al Hirt's "If" Chart Positions Retrieved March 24, 2013.