Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine

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"Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine)"
Published 1929
Composer(s) Sammy Fain

"Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine)" is a popular barbershop song composed by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Irving Kahal and Willie Raskin. Published in 1929, the song laments the loss of childhood friendships as they are replaced by adult relationships.[1]

This song was recorded by Gene Austin on February 23, 1929 (Victor 21893), peaking on the US charts at #8.[2] It was covered by Steve Gibson in 1948 and by The Four Aces in 1954.[3] It is one of the tracks on Gene Vincent's 1956 debut album Bluejean Bop (Capitol T764).[4]

Paul McCartney briefly played the song during the final episode of The Beatles Anthology, as a commentary on the way The Beatles had grown apart during the years before their break-up.


  1. ^ Lasser, Michael (2014). America's Songs II: Songs from the 1890s to the Post-War Years. Routledge. p. 82. ISBN 978-1-135-09452-2. 
  2. ^ For recording date, see "Victor matrix BVE-49989. Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine)/Gene Austin; Dick Robertson; Ed Smalle". Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
    For chart position, see Drake, Howard (ed.). "Wedding Bells are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine / Gene Austin". Music VF. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  3. ^ Tyler, Don (2007). Hit Songs, 1900–1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-7864-2946-2. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Derek (2005). Gene Vincent: A Companion. Spent Brothers Productions. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-9519416-7-6. 

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