The Roving Kind (song)

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"The Roving Kind"
Single by Guy Mitchell
Released 1950
Genre Pop
Length 3:02
Songwriter(s) Jessie Cavanaugh, Arnold Stanton
Guy Mitchell singles chronology
"My Heart Cries for You"
(1950)
"The Roving Kind"
(1950)
"You're Just in Love"
(1951)
"My Heart Cries for You"
(1950)
"The Roving Kind"
(1950)
"You're Just in Love"
(1951)

The Roving Kind was a popular song adapted in 1950 from a British folksong "The Pirate Ship" by "Jessie Cavanaugh" and "Arnold Stanton" (both names are pseudonyms used by music publisher The Richmond Organisation). The song is about a girl who is nice but a wanderer.

The best-known version was recorded by Guy Mitchell in 1950, in which it reached #4 on Billboard in December 1950. The song also reached #6 on the Cashbox charts in December 1950.[1]

The song had first been recorded by the American folk group, The Weavers. Mitchell's jocular version followed the original sea-shanty style. Mitch Miller followed this "folk-origin" formula for most of Mitchell's subsequent hits.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Mitchell charting entries Retrieved 09-19-11
  2. ^ The Independent; Obituaries: Guy Mitchell 5 July 1999