Round and Round (Shapiro/Stallman song)

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"Round and Round (Shapiro/Stallman song)"
Song

"Round and Round" is a popular song by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman published in 1956. A version of the song was recorded by Perry Como on January 15, 1957[1] and was a big hit that year. The song would prove to be Perry Como's last over-all number one on the Billboard charts.[2] The song spent two weeks at number two on Billboard's Honor Roll of Hits.[3] Como's version was noted for its instrumental buildup, including the counterpoint melodies sung by the Ray Charles Singers, who gradually join in on the refrains, and gradually drop out before the song's fade.

This song was recorded by Anne Murray in 1993 for her Croonin' album but it was only released as a bonus track for a special version of her "Croonin'" LP that was released by Heartland Records (1994). Anne Murray said she was always a huge fan of Perry Como and she had appeared with him in Perry Como's Lake Tahoe Holiday on October 28, 1975.[4] The mass market release of "Croonin'" has Anne singing Perry's hit "Wanted".

UK singer Jimmy Young also covered "Round and Round" in the UK in 1957 and it charted briefly.[5]

The song was also covered by Norwegian singer Nora Brockstedt and Jens Book-Jenssen in 1957[6] and by Rosemary Clooney (UA single 50076, released in 1966) (Rosemary Clooney discography).

Como's version was featured in the 1999 motion picture Blast from the Past[7] and also at the end of Episode 1 of Karl Pilkington's The Moaning of Life.

The song was covered by Sia on the deluxe edition of her album Everyday Is Christmas in November 2018. The cover was featured in a television ad for Target.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perry Como Discography". kokomo.ca. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. pp. 141–142. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
  3. ^ Billboard, April 27, 1957, page 41, and April 29, 1957, page 39
  4. ^ Macfarlane, Malcolm (2009). Perry Como - A Biography and Complete Career Record. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-7864-3701-6.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2005). British Hit Singles & Albums (18th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 559. ISBN 1-904994-00-8.
  6. ^ "45cat.com". 45cat.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Blast from the Past (1999) on Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Lenniger, Shea. "Sia Releases Deluxe Version of Her Christmas Album: Listen", Billboard, 2 November 2018


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