Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Stan Kenton (June Christy, vocal), “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy”

Jim got some help this week from Caramel, who suggested “Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic” as a theme for today. The song I chose is “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy,” written by Guy Wood (music) and Sammy Gallop (lyrics). The Blogger’s Best Friend ™ tells us that it was published in 1945 and was a hit for both Dinah Shore and bandleader Stan Kenton the following year. I’m choosing the latter version because June Christy is doing the vocal. Kenton’s cover reached #8 after spending four weeks on the chart in March and April 1946, while Dinah’s spent two weeks on the chart, peaking at #7 in April.

Lyrics courtesy of Genius:

(Skipped intro: If you wanna do right by your appetite
If you’re fussy about your food
Take a choo-choo today, head New England way
And we’ll put you in the happiest mood. with:)

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
Makes your eyes light up
Your tummy say “Howdy.”
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy makes the sun come out
When Heavens are cloudy
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff!

Mama! When you bake
Mama! I don’t want cake;
Mama! For my sake
Go to the oven and make some ever lovin’ sh

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
Makes your eyes light up
Your tummy say “Howdy,”
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff!

As long as “picnic” is one of today’s prompts… Picnic was a 1955 film starring Kim Novak and William Holden. One of the more famous scenes from it is the one with Novak and Holden dancing to the song “Moonglow,” the 1933 standard by Will Hudson and Irving Mills (music) and Eddie DeLange (lyrics). The “Theme From Picnic was written by George Duning (music) and Steve Allen (lyrics), though the lyrics weren’t used in the film; the song with lyrics was a hit for the McGuire Sisters in 1956. Columbia Pictures musical director Morris Stoloff combined “Moonglow” with the theme song for the dance scene, and other artists have done the same. Here is that scene, considered steamy for 1955.

Anyway, that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for July 19, 2020.

27 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Stan Kenton (June Christy, vocal), “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy”

  1. Fun song. My mom used to make pies and put raisins in them, telling my girls they were flies as in shoo fly pie! haha! The movie clip was really good, too. 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked it. I’d like to see the whole movie, because it looks and sounds like there are some pretty interesting things that happen before that scene…

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  2. I enjoyed this very much. Cool tune. That dancing was kind of slinky. That’s the only word that comes to mind.

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  3. Very cool take on the prompt this week! That steamy scene from Picnic John…William Holden played such a playboy in a lot of roles! Fanning myself here! 🙂

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    1. They looked great together, didn’t they? She was such a sultry beauty, and he seemed awestruck when he saw her, like everyone around them just sort of disappeared.

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      1. That is exactly how they portrayed it and worked well! I loved his role in the original Sabrina too, but this one was more…”I want to pin a photo of him on my bedroom wall” as a teenager. LOL! 🙂

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  4. Shoofly pie is a molasses pie or cake that developed its traditional form among the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1880s. Apple Pan Dowdy is a simple skillet apple pie, made with brown sugar, an easy-cracked crust and a drizzle of cream. Thanks for including that scene from Picnic john, as that was really special to watch.

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    1. Thinking about it, I should have done the theme and “Moonglow.” Both are good, together they’re dynamite. Putting them together was a stroke of genius.

      However, had I done that, I wouldn’t be able to feature Stan Kenton and June Christy…. Glad you enjoyed this!

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  5. It is amazing the music I remember because of my parents. I love the movie clip and I miss that mysterious kind of ‘steamy’.

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    1. I love how William Holden becomes transfixed when he sees Kim Novak coming toward him. If Kim Novak were coming near me, I’d probably faint.

      My parents (well, my mother, anyway) loved “beautiful music,” and occasionally I’ll play some Percy Faith or Mantovani (or Ray Coniff) when I think of them. It’s like my youngest brother (his father was Mom’s second husband): on their birthdays, he always has a Manhattan in their honor, because they drank them.

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    1. I’ve never seen the whole movie; guess that’ll be next on my agenda.

      Jim put a whole thing about shoo-fly pie in one of the comments. As you say, it’s an old fashioned recipe from the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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