Memory Lane: ‘Little Red Monkey’

I think this might have been the first record I ever had–that, or The Shoemaker and the Elves. That one has survived over 60 years; my sister has it now.

So here is Rosemary Clooney singing Little Red Monkey, back in 1953, a nice little piece of my childhood. A song that could do a child no conceivable harm. And a very catchy tune: that’s how I remembered it so long.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

3 responses to “Memory Lane: ‘Little Red Monkey’

  • UnKnowable

    that was a better time. Music has a purity and a sense of orderliness.

    I followed pop music until about the time of Jimi Hendrix. I just couldn’t hack the distortion that became a fad at that time.


  • Erlene

    I’m with you, UnKnowable. It was at about that time that I lost it with the
    popular music. Thanks, Lee for this one by Rosie. I don’t recall hearing
    it before, but I remember much of her music very well.


  • UnKnowable

    She was a wonderful singer. She sang clearly and her songs had some feel to them, but they were still straightforward.

    There are some modern performers that are good; George Strait comes readily to mind, but I find myself listening to a lot of recordings from the ’50s and early ’60s. A few days ago I listened to a guitarist named Johnny Smith and he was amazing. Clear, clean, bright and just beautiful music, but it was fast, energetic and anything but boring.


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