Marianne (Terry Gilkyson song)
"Mary Ann," composed by calypsonian Roaring Lion (born name: Rafael de Leon), was popular with steelbands and revelers during a spontaneous Carnival celebration on V-J Day in Trinidad in 1945, at the end of World War II. The song's lyrics alluded to Mary Ann's occupation:
- All day, all night, Miss Mary Ann
- Down by the seaside, she sifting sand.
Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat recorded a version of "Mary Ann" in the late 1940s. During the 1956-57 American calypso craze, the Easy Riders, Burl Ives and other interpreters of folk music further popularized the calypso, generally under the title of "Marianne". Harry Belafonte recorded the song on at least three albums. The song continued to be a favorite with steel bands and calypso entertainers at Caribbean tourist hotels for many years.
References in popular culture
- All day, all night, Cary Grant
- That's all my wife just thinks about is Cary Grant
- What can he do that I can't
- Big deal, big star, Cary Grant
In the nudie-cartoon anthology Sex to Sexty, which included "Balled-Up Ballads"—popular tunes with racy lyrics—the following lines were written for "Marianne":
- All day, all night, Marianne;
- Who the hell you think I am, Superman?
- Bogdanov, Vladimir; et al. (2001), All Music Guide: The definitive guide to popular music, Hal Leonard Corporation (retrieved via Google Books), p. 884, retrieved 2010-11-27
- Green, Garth L. & Scher, Philip W. (2007), Trinidad Carnival: The cultural politics of a transnational festival, Indiana University Press (retrieved via Google Books), p. 190, retrieved 2010-11-27
- Belafonte Concert in Japan, Belafonte by Request, Belafonte...Live!
- Bronson, Fred (2003), The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, Random House (retrieved via Google Books), p. 19
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