Side by Side (1927 song)

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"Side by Side"
Published 1927
Recorded 1927
Songwriter(s) Harry M. Woods

"Side by Side" is a popular song by Harry M. Woods written in 1927, now considered a standard.

It has been recorded by many artists, but is probably best known in a 1953 recording by Kay Starr.[1] Harry Woods, who practised songwriting only as a sideline, wrote numerous 1920s standards, including "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)", "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover", and "Try a Little Tenderness". He composed his songs on piano, despite the fact that he was born without fingers on his left hand.[2]

Recorded versions[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Episode #152 of the television program, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, which aired December 26, 1952, featured the cast, including Rick Nelson, as well as extras singing the song around a campfire.

"Side by Side" was the theme to a BBC Radio program of the same name which aired in 1963, hosted by Karl Denver. Notably the shows theme song featured the Karl Denver Trio with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles joining in on vocals.

The song has been mentioned and referred to for a title from the tune's lines of the popular young adult novel, Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume.

"Side by Side" was featured in the movie Richie Rich (film) as the password to the Rich's safe (sung by Mr. and Mrs. Rich)

"Side by Side" was also featured in the movie The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as Rocky and Bullwinkle sang that song while FBI agent, Karen Sympathy, played by Piper Perabo was driving a car.

"Side by Side" was featured in the movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as the opening song.

The song was sung by Lauren Ambrose in the 2012 film, Sleepwalk With Me.

"Side by Side" was featured in The Jeffersons episode "Homecoming" where Florence and Harry Bentley sang the tune

It also was alluded to in the play "A Delightful Quarantine," by Mark Dunn, written in 2007. The character Barbara is talking about her twin daughters' birth. BARBARA. If my birth canal had been wide enough, I have no doubt that you both would have popped out side by side. Just like the song. KITTY. What song? BARBARA. The song about not having a barrel of money and being ragged and funny.


  1. ^ Kay Starr, Songs by Kay Starr
  2. ^ Songwriters Hall of Fame entry
  3. ^ a b Silvertone Records in the 5000 series
  4. ^ a b Brunswick Records in the 3500-3999 series
  5. ^ Columbia Records in the 500D to 999D series
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Victor records in the 20500 to 20999 series
  8. ^ Columbia Records in the 36500 to 36999 series
  9. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 2 - Play A Simple Melody: American pop music in the early fifties. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  10. ^ Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  11. ^ Squeeze Play - Featuring the Dynamic Accordion of John Serry - performing "Side by Side" on
  12. ^ Squeeze Play John Serry performing "Side by Side" as listed on
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