Song of the Day: Rosemary Clooney, “Come On-A My House”

Composer, pianist, lyricist, musical arranger, conductor and studio musician Stan Freeman would be 101 years old today. Stanplayed harpsichord on Rosemary Clooney’s 1951 hit "Come On-A My House," which was written by Ross Bagdasarian (David Seville from "Alvin & The Chipmunks") and his cousin, the author William Saroyan. It spent 6 weeks at #1.

24 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Rosemary Clooney, “Come On-A My House”

  1. I think my mother must have had the same album that Lynn mentioned earlier. She had some compilation with the Clooney song. It’s such an ear worm. I used to sing it a lot when I was a kid. I guess I liked the idea of the candy and other sweets mentioned.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. The very first music I was aware of was an album my grandmother had. She had a telefunken stereo/radio thing. It had this song on it by Rosemary, Come ona My House, and also The Tennessee Waltz (not sure who sang that), Mule Train, Tequila, an instrumental version of Unchained Melody. All songs I loved. To this day when I hear Unchained Melody begin, it will make me cry. Makes my top five song list because of what it evokes. 🙂 This one isn’t in my top five, but I love it. Top five (maybe): Battle Hymn of the Republic, US Army, Danny Boy, lots of versions, If This is Good bye (Mark Knopfler and Emmy Lou Harris), Amazing Grace bagpipes, Unchained Melody. Of course, I love lots of 60’s and 70’s rock. I love blues and some jazz. I love to dance but never really got into disco or rap unless it was a good dancing song. (And I like country, a lot of it.) Opera. Ha.

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    1. Patti Page had the big hit with “Tennessee Waltz,” though there were others (Patsy Cline did a version and maybe Dinah Shore). Most likely, the “Unchained Melody” you’re thinking of was done by Les Baxter, but there were a couple of others.

      Like I said, we do a LOT of music around here. Everything from Top 40 to blues and jazz (particularly guitar, everyone from Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang through Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton and everyone in between), Big Band swing, and about anything else….

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      1. Yep we are music folks. My son plays guitar in a band. Plays lots of different styles. He’s great. My daughter teaches band. I played cello and piano a little Both kids played big band in jazz band. They both play sax too. Johnny plays trombone. Haven’t posted a music thing in a while.

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        1. Before my stroke, I played guitar, bass, and harmonica. The stroke killed off the fine motor skills in my right hand, so that ended playing with a pick or fingerpicking. I thought I might be able to take up the harmonica again, but the right side of my mouth refuses to close tight enough to do that. So, I play disc jockey on my blog…

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        1. YES! That’s it! Wayward Wind, I loved that. Jambalaya, Mr. Sandman. It was very cool! But she must have had another one because I don’t see Unchained Melody instrumental on that. I don’t know how to do these sites. Can you get it on a CD or is just vinyl or can’t you get it at all anymore?? How did you do that? You can see, I am challenged on this stuff.

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            1. I’ll fiddle around with this tomorrow a bit and see if I can figure out what the heck you mean. I’ve never made a playlist of my own, though it appears Amazon offers some sort of thing like that….

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                1. I will. When I get a free couple hours! I don’t understand if you can do this for free, etc. Of course, my son or daughter (or a four-year old) could help me, I’m sure. 🙂

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  3. This is a fun song and love the harpsichord which was used quite a bit in the 60s music too. I love seeing all the pics of her starting with the Al Hirschfeld drawing. I love him and always dreamed of having him do my portrait. You have not made it until you are drawn by Hirschfeld. I have to find Nina in his drawing. This was his daughter’s name which he incorporated in every drawing he did after she was born. I bet she didn’t like taking those bathing suit shots.

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