Charting versions were recorded by Jo Stafford (Weston's wife) and Dolores Gray. It was also recorded by Claude Gray (a country music singer) in 1963, and by Pete Fountain, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Orioles, and Buddy Tate. It's not known if Claude and Dolores were related. There was also an episode of Ozzie and Harriet, around 1952, in which Ricky Nelson sang a parody of "Shrimp Boats".
The recording by Jo Stafford was made in July, 1951 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39581, with the flip side "Love, Mystery, and Adventure". It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on November 9, 1951 and lasted 17 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.
The recording by Dolores Gray was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27832, with the flip side "More! More! More!" It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on November 30, 1951 and lasted 6 weeks on the chart, peaking at #25. A U.K. version was recorded by Billy Cotton and his band also in 1951.
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