Playmates (song)

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"Playmates" is a popular song ostensibly written by Saxie Dowell. The main theme was note-for-note plagiarized from the 1904 intermezzo "Iola" by Charles L. Johnson, for which Johnson sued, settling out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Recordings in 1940 were made by Kay Kyser and his orchestra (vocals: Sully Mason & His Playmates), by Mitchell Ayres and His Fashions In Music (vocals: Mary Ann Mercer & Tommy Taylor), and by Hal Kemp and The Smoothies. The Johnny McGee orchestra also recorded it in February 1940 with the vocal done by Harry Garret (actually Harry Garey) and Carol Anderson. Harry's name was misspelled on the Varsity label.

The Kay Kyser recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 35375. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on July 20, 1940 (the first week that Billboard listed a chart) and lasted 1 week on the chart, at #4. [1]

The song was revived in a 1953 recording by Jimmy Boyd, and then again in a 1955 recording by The Fontane Sisters. The recording was released by Dot Records as catalog number 15370. The song was on the Cash Box magazine chart for 3 weeks, peaking at #37.

Pearls Before Swine included a version on their 1967 debut album "One Nation Underground".

A rendition is played in a Wee Sing video: Grandpa's Magical Toys (1988). The music box also plays it over the credits.

A performance by the Kipper Kids features in the film "The Addams Family" (1991). A cover by the Puppini Sisters was also featured in the 2008 comedy-drama film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

Katie Herzig has also covered this song, however, titles it "Forevermore". This version was featured in an Australian Target commercial in 2010.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.