Ramblin' Rose

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"Ramblin' Rose"
Single by Nat King Cole
Released 1962
Length 2:45
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Noel Sherman and Joe Sherman
Producer(s) Lee Gillette

"Ramblin' Rose" is a 1962 popular song written by brothers Noel Sherman and Joe Sherman and popularized by Nat King Cole.[1] Cole's recording of the song was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 4804. It reached number two on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and sold over a million copies as a single. In 1962 the song spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Easy Listening chart and the Australian charts, while on the R&B chart, the song reached number seven. It was released as a single from Cole's album of the same name, which also was a million seller. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Record of the Year.

The song has been covered by many artists. There are three country versions of the song. Sonny James cut it first in July 1968 and held it for five years before releasing it on the album The Gentleman from the South in 1973 There were two 1970s country music versions of the song: a version by Johnny Lee reached number 37 on the Billboard country chart in 1977; the following year, singer Hank Snow's version charted at number 93.

Petula Clark released a French version in 1962, titled "Les Beaux Jours". Her recording reached #10 in the French charts in 1963.[2]

There is another song called "Ramblin' Rose," recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and MC5 in the 1960s; although it has the same title it is a different song, written by Wilkin and Burch, and not to be confused with the Nat King Cole hit.

Neither of these songs should be confused with "Rambling Rose," a light pop song from the 1940s, with music by Joseph Burke and lyrics by Joseph Allan McCarthy Jr. It has been recorded by a number of singers, most notably Perry Como.

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  • Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)

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Preceded by
"You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single
by Nat King Cole

September 15, 1962 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Remember You" by Frank Ifield