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Laurie Dawn Bugnacki from Ocala, FlI love this song. I did not know that Bing Crosby sang it. It comforts my soul and I must have heard this song the first time when I was in grade school. It is a happy song and I love the way Bing Crosby sang it and I like the lyrics too.George from Vancouver, CanadaSpider Robinson wrote a humorous parody of the lyrics in "Callahan"s Con"Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 19th 1963, Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva"s covered version of "Swinging On A Star" entered Billboard"s Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; seven weeks later on July 7th, 1963 it would peak at #38 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 10 weeks...Big Dee Irwin had one other Top 100 record, as lead singer of the Pastels, "Been So Long" peaked at #24 in 1958... And Little Eva had four Top 100 records, with "The Loco-Motion" being her biggest hit, it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} in 1962...Big Dee, born DiFosco T. Ervin Jr., passed away on August 27th, 1995 at the age of 63 and Little Eva, born Eva Narcissus Boyd, died on April 10th, 2003 at age 59...May they both R.I.P.Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th 1944, Bing Crosby recorded "Swinging On a Star"; as stated above, providing backing vocals were the Williams Brothers Quartet, with 16 year old Andy Williams being the youngest member of the quartet...And on August 5th, 1944 it peaked at #1 {for 9 weeks} on Billboard"s Best Selling Retail Records chart, it replaced Bing"s version of "I"ll Be Seeing You"* at #1 on the chart, it had been #1 for 3 weeks...Plus his version of "Amor" was at #4 at the time...* And at the time Tommy Dorsey"s version of "I"ll Be Seeing You", featuring Frank Sinatra, was at #6 on the same chart.Barry from Sauquoit, NyThis song won the Oscar for Best Song at the 1944 Academy Awards, it was from the movie "Going My Way"... The song was also covered in 1963 by Big Dee Irwin in a duo with Little Eva; it peaked at #38...Rando from Duluth, MnI seem to remember watching this in a "Little Lulu" cartoon when I was very young.Daevid from Glendale, Caahhh...one of the all=time greats! swing it Bing.Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaSonny Burke"s production with John Scott Trotter"s orchestra helped make this a "neat" little record..nice clarinets, violins and muted brass..along with the close harmony of the Williams Brothers, of course!It also helped to have a great song, courtesy ofJimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke! Oh, did I mention the singer? lolPete from Nowra, Australiathis is .... like a really good song......Andy Williams singing for Lauren Bacall...thats one for the grand kidssee more comments
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