Washington Square (composition)

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"Washington Square"
Washington Square cover.jpg
Single by The Village Stompers
from the album The Original Washington Square
Released2 October 1963
Format7" (45 rpm)
GenrePop, Dixieland jazz, instrumental
Songwriter(s)Bobb Goldsteinn, David Shire
Producer(s)Joe Sherman
Audio sample
"Washington Square"

"Washington Square" is a popular instrumental from 1963 by the New York City-based jazz group The Village Stompers.

Named after the famous park in New York City,[1] "Washington Square" became a hit single on 23 November 1963, when it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[2] kept from the summit by Dale and Grace's hit song "I'm Leaving It Up to You"[3] during the week that President Kennedy was assassinated. It did, however, top the Billboard Easy Listening chart for three weeks that November[1] and made the top 30 on the Billboard R&B chart. In addition, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Instrumental Theme.

Other artists have recorded the song, sometimes as a vocal track. Among these acts are The Ames Brothers 1963 (without Ed Ames; their last national chart record), the Kirby Stone Four 1963, Percy Faith 1974, Lawrence Welk 1963, Kenny Ball 1963, Spike Jones 1963, James Last 1970, Chinese Man 2006, Nightmares on Wax, Andre Kostelanetz 1964, Kai Winding 1963, The Ventures 1980, Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra 1964 and The Dukes of Dixieland 1968.[1][4] In Asia, a South Korean female vocalist band Lee Sisters released a recording of this tune.[5] Hong Kong Cantopop artist Samuel Hui also released a recording of the tune in Cantonese, with lyrics regarding students.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of #1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 140.
  4. ^ ASCAP. "ACE Title Search." http://www.ascap.com/index.aspx Note: must enter song info @ ASCAP site
  5. ^ "정시스터즈 워싱턴광장 1965". YouTube.
  6. ^ "【一日一經典】廣東話歌神許冠傑:命裏有時終須有 - 明周娛樂". 明周娛樂 (in Chinese). 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2018-06-02.