This Ole House
"This Ole House" (sometimes written "This Old House") is a popular song written by Stuart Hamblen, and published in 1954. Rosemary Clooney's version reached the top of the popular music charts in both the US and the UK in 1954. The song again topped the UK chart in 1981 in a recording by Shakin' Stevens.
Hamblen was supposedly out on a hunting expedition when he and his fellow hunter, actor John Wayne, came across a hut in the mountains. Inside was the body of a man, and the man's dog was still there, guarding the building. This inspired Hamblen to write "This Ole House".
The recorded version of "This Ole House" by Rosemary Clooney, featuring bass vocals by Thurl Ravenscroft, reached No. 1 on the Billboard on chart in 1954 as the flip side to her previous No. 1 song, "Hey There." Clooney's version also topped the UK Singles Chart, although there were other UK hit versions around by Billie Anthony and Alma Cogan, both recorded in 1954. The recording by Alma Cogan with Felix King, piano and orchestra was made in London on September 2, 1954. The song was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalogue numbers B 10761 and 7M 269. The flip side was "Skokiaan."
In March 1981, Shakin' Stevens took the song back to No. 1 for three weeks in the United Kingdom. His version was re-released in 2005 after his appearance in the TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time on and reached No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart.
The song was also covered by the Cathedral Quartet and Hovie Lister and the Statesmen as a Southern Gospel song with slightly modified lyrics, using the house as an analogy for an old body about to die and the soul about to go to heaven, usually tying the song in with "When the Saints Go Marching In".
The song was recorded by Bette Midler (in ballad form) on her 2003 tribute to Rosemary Clooney, "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook," and included on her compilation "Jackpot: The Best Bette" in 2008.
Other notable recordings of the song
- 1954: Billie Anthony
- 1956: Stuart Hamblen on It Is No Secret
- 1962: Hovie Lister& The Statesmen Quartet on Stop, Look & Listen for the Lord
- 1963: Jimmy Dean Everybody's Favorite
- 1964: Johnny Tillotson on The Tillotson Touch
- 1965: Cathedral Quartet on The Cathedral Quartet With Strings
- 1965: Wilf Carter 32 Wonderful Years
- 1966: The Statler Brothers on Flowers on the Wall
- 1967: Mrs. Miller on The Country Soul of Mrs. Miller
- 1977: Bill Gaither Trio on My Heart Can Sing – The Inspiring Songs of Stuart Hamblen
- 1979: NRBQ on Kick Me Hard
- 1980: Shakin' Stevens on Marie Marie
- 1984: Carl Perkins on Disciple in Blue Suede Shoes
- 1995: The Mom and Dads on Love Letters in the Sand
- 1998: Brian Setzer Orchestra on The Dirty Boogie
- 2000: George Younce on Out Front
- 2002: Jessica King on Where Angels Are
- 2004: Loretta Lynn on Van Lear Rose
- 2006: Allison Durham Speer on This Old House
- 2007: Brenda Lee & Dolly Parton on Gospel Duets with Treasured Friends
- 2010: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound on A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet
- Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 15. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 392. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 530. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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