Music! Music! Music!
|"Music! Music! Music!"|
|Single by Teresa Brewer|
with the Dixieland All Stars
|Songwriter(s)||Stephen Weiss, Bernie Baum|
|Teresa Brewer singles chronology|
The first recording of the song was by Etienne Paree with Eddie "Piano" Miller, released by Rainbow Records in 1949 in the United States, titled "Put Another Nickel In - Music, Music, Music (The Nickelodeon Song)".
The biggest-selling version of the song was recorded by Teresa Brewer with the Dixieland All Stars on 20 December 1949, and released on December 26 by London Records as catalog number 604. New York morning radio host Gene Rayburn lobbied for Teresa Brewer to record it, he and Dee Finch played it regularly on WNEW, and it became a number 1 hit and a million-seller in 1950. It became Brewer's signature song and earned her the nickname "Miss Music". It was released as the B side to "Copenhagen" but eclipsed "Copenhagen" as a hit.
It was also recorded by many artists on various labels and other hit versions in 1950 were by Carmen Cavallaro (reached No. 5), Freddy Martin (#5), Ames Brothers (#14), Hugo Winterhalter (#17) and Mickey Katz (#18).
Some radio stations refused to play the record because of the thought that the lyric "I'd do anything for you/Anything you'd want me to" might be construed as indecent.
Other notable versions
Light classical music composer Leroy Anderson based his piece "Classical Jukebox" on the song.
The R&B group the Sensations released an updated rendition in 1961.
The song was also covered by the Happenings in the late 1960s.
Other versions by Teresa Brewer
Teresa Brewer recorded several renditions of the song during her career. In addition to the London version, the Coral label made a recording for their catalog, which had a larger orchestral arrangement, faster tempo, and stronger beat. When she moved to the Philips label in 1962, Brewer made a new recording in Nashville. In 1973, she recorded a rendition with a strong rock and roll beat on the Amsterdam label. When Brewer was with the RCA label in 1974–75, she recorded yet another new version. Finally, in 1976 she recorded a disco version for her husband Bob Thiele's Signature imprint. Only the original London release was a national chart hit, although the 1973 version was a regional hit in some markets, including Milwaukee (it charted on Top 40 station WOKY's survey). In 1977, she performed the song on The Muppet Show.
Muddied meaning of 'Nickelodeon'
The lyrics imply that the "Nickelodeon" in the song is a device such as a jukebox, that is to say, a coin-operated music making machine of some type. (The rinky-tink piano in the original Teresa Brewer recording suggests a player piano; alternately, there were once coin-operated radios in some public places.) Indeed, "Nickelodeon" is usually capitalized in the printed lyrics, as though it were being used as a brand name.
However, at the time—before the popularity of the song—"Nickelodeon" in fact referred to a five-cent silent movie theater. Such Nickelodeons thrived from 1905 to the 1920s, until prices rose and theaters became larger. Starting in the 1910s there were also machines that played short reels of film, viewed through an eyepiece. These were likely also called nickelodeons.
By the 1940s the term was also being used for music record jukeboxes.
The "Come closer" bridge is from Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
An instrumental version was also used as the theme song for the network Nickelodeon from 1979 to 1981 that played during the Mime interstitials.
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