Memory Lane: ‘Playmates’

*Sigh* My mother used to sing us this song, way back when.

How far back? I’d heard of rain barrels, but I never knew anybody  who had one. What was it for–a mosquito hatchery?

Here it is, as sung by The Fontane Sisters in 1955. I like it much better, the way my mother sang it.

5 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘Playmates’

  1. When I was a kid, my mom used to sing a Polish love song that translated into English as “Red Mountain Ash” (or “Red Rowan tree – it has multiple names!). I loved the melody and even learned it along with her, enough that when I was a teen, we even sang it together during a small concert held in a senior’s centre.

    At some point, I found out this song had been popular in Poland, sung by a famous woman, and we actually had one of her records. When I found it, I eagerly put it on the record player and prepared to enjoy.

    I hated it!

    The melody was the same, but the instrumentation was brassy and hard on the ears. The singer’s voice was good, I suppose, but my mother’s voice sounded much better singing this song!

    I think my mother actually blushed when I complained about the recording and told her she had a much better voice. 😄

    1. Yeah, I dislike that brassy music, too. But I really wanted to post “Playmates,” and that was the best I could do. My mother sang it better.

  2. I haven’t heard that song, but I do like that kind of music (not big band), along with Pat Boone and most songs from the late 50s, 60s, and early 70s.

    My mother, when young, had a very good singing voice and would sing songs like this while doing chores around the house.

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