Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

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"Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" is a popular song with music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Lew Brown, published in 1931.[1] Ethel Merman introduced this song in George White's Scandals of 1931.[2] A Rudy Vallée version, recorded in 1931, spent five weeks in the top-10 pop music charts.[3] The song was revived in 1953 by singer Jaye P. Morgan.[4]

The song title gave rise to the revue of composer Ray Henderson's music called It's the Cherries, which launched the American Composer Series in 2000.[5]

Notable recordings[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • 2013 - the song is twice sung in the movie Adoration (Adore)[8][circular reference] starring Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, and Ben Mendelson.


  1. ^ Young 2005, p. 47.
  2. ^ "Remembering Yesterday's Hits". Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 1986 ISBN 0-89577-249-3
  3. ^ "Joel Whitburn presents A Century of Pop Music". Records Research, Inc., 1999 ISBN 0-89820-135-7
  4. ^ "Single Releases". Jaye P. Morgan (official website). Retrieved 8 Mar 2011.
  5. ^ "The Music of Ray Henderson". The American Composer Series. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 8 Mar 2011.
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  8. ^ Adoration (2013 film)
  • Young, William H.; Young, Nancy K. (2005), Music of the Great Depression, Greenwood, ISBN 0313332304