Music! Music! Music!

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"Music! Music! Music!"
Single by Teresa Brewer
Released 1949
Genre Pop
Length 3:20
Label London Records
Songwriter(s) Stephen Weiss, Bernie Baum
Teresa Brewer singles chronology
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"Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel In)" is a popular song written by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum and published in 1949.

The biggest-selling version of the song was recorded by Teresa Brewer with the Dixieland All-Stars on December 20, 1949, and released by London Records as catalog number 604. It became a #1 hit and a million-seller in 1950. It became Brewer's signature song and earned her the nickname "Miss Music".

The first recording of the song was by Etienne Paree in 1949 in America. New York radio host Gene Rayburn arranged for Teresa Brewer to record it, and it was released as the B side to Copenhagen. Rayburn then promoted Music! Music! Music! on his radio show, thus creating the hit. [1] Then it was recorded by many artists on various labels.

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.

A version recorded by British singer Petula Clark was popular in Australia the same year. Bing Crosby recorded a version for his Chesterfield radio show on 5 April 1950. Joe Loss and his Orchestra recorded a version in London on 6 March 1950. It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalogue numbers BD 6065, IM 1476 and HE 2793. An instrumental version was recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1959 and released as a single in 1960; it was the band's final release for Decca Records and was only a minor hit. In 1961, Ray Charles recorded another instrumental version for his album "The Genius After Hours". The R&B group the Sensations released an updated rendition in 1961. The song was also covered by the Happenings in the late 1960s. Melanie sampled the song in her 1972 hit "The Nickel Song", also included on her 1976 album Photograph. Guy Mitchell also released a version that can be found on several of his greatest hits albums.

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 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.

The Nickelodeon mentioned in the song is evidently a coin-operated music maker — player piano (implied by the rinky-tink piano in the original Teresa Brewer recording), jukebox or radio (there once were coin-operated radios in some public places) — and "Nickelodeon" is usually capitalized in the printed lyrics as though it were being used as a brand name. However, there is no apparent instance of "Nickelodeon" being used as a brand or common name for any coin-operated device prior to 1948, when it appeared as slang for a jukebox in Alexander Saxton's novel The Great Midland. Until this hit song launched that use of the word into popular culture, it was understood to mean nothing other than a small five-cent silent movie theater, a storefront venue common from about 1905 to 1915 and patterned after an early example in Pittsburgh which was actually named "Nickelodeon".[2]

The tune was used in the most famous version of Nestlé Maggi advertisement, especially in India.


See also[edit]


  • Standard Catalog Of American Records 1950-1975, editor Tim Neely

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Preceded by
"Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" by Red Foley
Cash Box Best Sellers number-one song
March 25, 1950 – April 15, 1950
Succeeded by
"The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas