Whispering Grass

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"Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)" is a popular song written by Fred Fisher and his daughter Doris Fisher.[1] The song was first recorded by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra in 1940.[2] The Ink Spots featuring Bill Kenny also recorded it the same year.[3] A live instrumental version was played and recorded by Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington and his orchestra in the Cristal Ballroom, Fargo, North Dakota, also in 1940.[citation needed]

The words of the song are reminiscent of those of Kahlil Gibran: "If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”[4]

"Whispering Grass" was a 1975 UK number-one single by Windsor Davies and Don Estelle.[5] Davies and Estelle were actors in the successful sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. It was number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks from 7 June 1975.[5] The record is a comic version of The Ink Spots' 1940 recording, and was sung in character.

Other versions[edit]

The song was also recorded by:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees) - The Ink Spots | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Coleman Hawkins with Erskine Hawkins and Their Orchestras - Coleman Hawkins | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Ink Spots* - Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees) / Maybe (Shellac)". Discogs.com. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  4. ^ Kahlil Gibran. "Quote by Kahlil Gibran: “If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you sho...”". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 187. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "I Cry By Night - Kay Starr | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  7. ^ Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles a Diary: An Intimate Day by Day History. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780711963153. 
  8. ^ Brett Hartenbach. "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz - Sandy Denny | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ "The Skatalites - Herb Dub - Collie Dub (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  10. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Way Down Low - Kat Edmonson | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 

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Preceded by
"Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
UK number one single
7 June 1975 for three weeks
Succeeded by
"I'm Not in Love" by 10cc