Rose Marie (song)

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Arthur Deagon 1908

"Rose Marie" is a popular song from the musical or operetta of the same name. The music was written by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart, the lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II,[1] In the original Broadway production in 1924. The song was performed by Dennis King and Arthur Deagon,[1] as the characters Jim Kenyon and Sergeant Malone.[2] On three occasions the play has been made into a movie: 1928, 1936 and 1954.

In 1955, "Rose Marie" was a hit for the American country singer Slim Whitman.[3] Produced by Lew Chudd. Whitman's recording of the song spent 11 weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart[4] - setting a record which was not beaten until 1991, when Bryan Adams spent 16 weeks at the top of that chart with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".[5] The previous year, in the US, Whitman had peaked at number five on the Best Sellers in Stores chart [6]


  1. ^ a b "Rose-Marie". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Rose-Marie Production Songs". IBDb. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 48–50. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 20. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
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  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 383. 

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Preceded by
"Dreamboat" by Alma Cogan
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Slim Whitman

22 July 1955 for 11 weeks
Succeeded by
"The Man from Laramie" by Jimmy Young