The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

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"The Surrey with the Fringe on Top"
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
Lyricist(s)Oscar Hammerstein II

"The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" is a show tune from the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!.[1][2] The piece was part of trumpeter Miles Davis's repertoire in the 1950s,[3] which probably motivated other jazz musicians to play it.[4]

In other media[edit]

The song was adapted into a 1993 children's picture book of the same name, illustrated by James Warhola.[5]

A karaoke rendition is performed in the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally..., sung by Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally).[6]

A snippet of this song, played by Robert Fripp, is interpolated in Moonchild (in the improvisational section subtitled "The Illusion") by British progressive rock band King Crimson, from their debut album In the Court of the Crimson King.


  1. ^ "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top". November 15, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top (1943)". Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  3. ^ Williams, Martin (1993). The Jazz Tradition (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-19-507815-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Faulkner, Robert R.; Becker, Howard S. (2009). 'Do You Know...?': The Jazz Repertoire in Action. The University of Chicago Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-226-23921-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. ^ Cochran, Jason (July 25, 1993). "OH, WHAT A TEAM! FIFTY YEARS AGO, RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN OPENED OKLAHOMA! AND CHANGED MUSICAL COMEDY FOREVER". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Verlag, Franz Steiner (2016). "Karaoke: Zwischen Kulturtechnik, kommunikativem Format und dramaturgischer Praxis: Am Beispiel der Karaoke-Szenen im Film". Archiv für Musikwissenschaft. 73 (4): 324. JSTOR 44131209.

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