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Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:12 am

Anyone know who recorded this for the movie?

And who wrote it?

Also "Bananas"

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:33 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Anyone know who recorded this for the movie?

And who wrote it?

Also "Bananas"

Turtles, Berries, And Gumbo
Written by: Al Wood & Kay Twomey
Performed by: Kitty White and Fred Winston

Bananas
Written by: ???
Performed by: Liliane Montevecchi

But here's the scene:

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Bananas
Anybody want bananas
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off a tree, oui

Ah, honey
If you feel your heart go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then be sure you are fini, mais oui


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Maybe a future FTD project will find Elvis' legendary versions of these lost gems.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:05 am

Now there's a thought....hopefully Elvis did not record them though....I'd rather outtakes of "Danny" be found.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:03 am

Thanks Doc.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:41 pm

KiwiAlan wrote:Thanks Doc.

My pleasure. Now, why did you need this information???

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:50 pm

as far as I know the song Banana for the movie King Creole is written by Tepper-Bennett.


colonel snow

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:52 pm

Source?

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:06 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:
Bananas
Written by: ???
Performed by: Liliane Montevecchi

Bananas
Anybody want bananas
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off a tree, oui

Ah, honey
If you feel your heart go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then be sure
you are fini, mais oui


Isn't she actually singing "Then monsieur you are fini, mais oui"? I'm pretty much sure she is.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:52 pm

colonel snow, you’re right:

The song Banana for the movie King Creole is written by Tepper-Bennett

Source:

http://books.google.de/books?id=BAsEAAA ... na&f=false

Mississippi

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:43 pm

hm80ep wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
Bananas
Written by: ???
Performed by: Liliane Montevecchi

Bananas
Anybody want bananas
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off a tree, oui

Ah, honey
If you feel your heart go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then be sure
you are fini, mais oui


Isn't she actually singing "Then monsieur you are fini, mais oui"? I'm pretty much sure she is.

You're right.
It appears that what is presented here has been lifted from a song lyrics website. It's better to rely on one's own ears and not put too much trust in an online source. Another line of that verse is also given wrongly. She actually sings If your heart does not go reeling. With these corrections it now makes sense.

Banana
Anybody want banana
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off the tree, oui

Hey, honey
If your heart does not go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then Monsieur you are fini, mais oui

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:38 pm

Mississippi wrote:Source:

Billboard - May 26, 1958

Nice find! Using the internet as a research tool is a wonderful thing.

The reviewer is kind of amusing -- he abhors "Crawfish" so much he does not even name it, yet finds "Young Dreams" one of the best songs on the soundtrack.

Thank you for replying to my query, and adding to this topic. It's a shame not everyone here is capable of contributing like you and me, but some are just tiny forum types.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:38 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Thanks Doc.

My pleasure. Now, why did you need this information???


A) To confirm my database.

B) To spark some interest in the songs.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:51 am

Sparks, oh yes.

Clearly, for some of our tiny forum friends, "Bananas" is a crucial, yet cruelly overlooked item in the Presley career, and its lyrics the most important detail in this topic.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:19 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Sparks, oh yes.

Clearly, for some of our tiny forum friends, "Bananas" is a crucial, yet cruelly overlooked item in the Presley career, and its lyrics the most important detail in this topic.


Well, someone had beaten us to it and googled the rest. What else was left to do but to pick on the lyrics. ;-)

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:05 am

hm80ep wrote:Well, someone had beaten us to it and googled the rest. What else was left to do but to pick on the lyrics. ;-)

Yeah, all it takes is Google to do what I do -- right?

Strange, I thought Google was 24/7 for anyone with an internet connection, and yet my posts remain totally unique. How can that be?

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:53 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
hm80ep wrote:Well, someone had beaten us to it and googled the rest. What else was left to do but to pick on the lyrics. ;-)

Yeah, all it takes is Google to do what I do -- right?

Strange, I thought Google was 24/7 for anyone with an internet connection, and yet my posts remain totally unique. How can that be?


No, to do most of what you do takes broad and extensive knowledge of the subject matter and I'm thankful for your invaluable input. It truly is much appriciated. However, it does seem to me that now and then your posts (for instance the one about "Turtles, Berries, Gumbo" writers/composers) are not totally unique, now are they?

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:33 pm

hm80ep wrote:No, to do most of what you do takes broad and extensive knowledge of the subject matter and I'm thankful for your invaluable input. It truly is much appriciated. However, it does seem to me that now and then your posts (for instance the one about "Turtles, Berries, Gumbo" writers/composers) are not totally unique, now are they?

They definitely are on this forum.

As usual, I don't see anyone else attempting to extensively answer the topic query, nor do I see anyone bothering to post YouTube videos and lyrics to the song that needed more information.

Please let me know if I'm missing something.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:40 pm

I'm sure Colonel Snow did indeed answer said question - most questions don't need extensive answers just the ones that we are looking for.

Andy

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:51 pm

Thanks Mississipi.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:11 am

Banana

Geoffrey Shurlock of the motion Picture Association who rated the film wrote to Hal Wallis " No matter what you think,it is an offensive and pornographic number and could not be delivered without being offensively sex suggestive and vulgar." and was changed by authors Roy C Bennett and Sid Tepper .
The new lines were 'If your heart does not go reeling and Mon cheri,I guarantee you'll find it easy to adore'


The Wallis Collection

Davide

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:07 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
hm80ep wrote:Well, someone had beaten us to it and googled the rest. What else was left to do but to pick on the lyrics. ;-)

Yeah, all it takes is Google to do what I do -- right?

Strange, I thought Google was 24/7 for anyone with an internet connection, and yet my posts remain totally unique. How can that be?


He said, "googled the rest".

You call ME angry, but who's getting uptight in here?

And, for what it's worth, you DID Google the lyrics, didn't you? If one uses the search string, "king creole bananas lyrics", this page pops up with identical wording: http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs ... rack.shtml

Also, for the record:

The Purple Gang wrote:
hm80ep wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
Bananas
Written by: ???
Performed by: Liliane Montevecchi

Bananas
Anybody want bananas
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off a tree, oui

Ah, honey
If you feel your heart go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then be sure
you are fini, mais oui


Isn't she actually singing "Then monsieur you are fini, mais oui"? I'm pretty much sure she is.

You're right.
It appears that what is presented here has been lifted from a song lyrics website. It's better to rely on one's own ears and not put too much trust in an online source. Another line of that verse is also given wrongly. She actually sings If your heart does not go reeling. With these corrections it now makes sense.

Banana
Anybody want banana
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off the tree, oui

Hey, honey
If your heart does not go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then Monsieur you are fini, mais oui


The full lyrics appear to be:

Banana
Anybody want banana
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off the tree, oui

Hey, honey
If your heart does not go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then, monsieur, you are fini, mais oui

Banana
How she loves the sun to warm her
Any mother's son can warm her
Hey, baby, maybe it's you, voulez-vous

No bones on me
Toujours, se suis
Don't wait, what for?
Mon chéri, I guarantee, you'll find it easy to adore

Banana
How she loves the sun to warm her
Any mother's son can warm her
Hey, baby, maybe it's you


(I invite someone to check these lyrics, which I've wrought by ear and foggy memories of French. It would be nice to have the complete lyrics up on this site, since they don't appear to be anywhere else on the Internet, and this is the premier Elvis site, after all).

P.S.


drjohncarpenter wrote:Maybe a future FTD project will find Elvis' legendary versions of these lost gems.


drjohncarpenter wrote:Thank you for replying to my query, and adding to this topic. It's a shame not everyone here is capable of contributing like you and me, but some are just tiny forum types.


drjohncarpenter wrote:Clearly, for some of our tiny forum friends, "Bananas" is a crucial, yet cruelly overlooked item in the Presley career, and its lyrics the most important detail in this topic.


DJC, if you didn't take this superior attitude to members' interests, and members themselves, you wouldn't look nearly so foolish when you get things wrong, which you do.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:23 am

"Cryogenic" wrote: DJC, if you didn't take this superior attitude ...

Now that's ironic.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:13 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
"Cryogenic" wrote: DJC, if you didn't take this superior attitude ...

Now that's ironic.


Keep patting yourself on the back.
Keep telling yourself how wonderful you are.
Because then, at least someone is listening.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:47 am

ekenee wrote:Keep patting yourself on the back.
Keep telling yourself how wonderful you are.
Because then, at least someone is listening.

You should not post when gazing into a mirror.

Re: Turtles, Berries, Gumbo

Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:37 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Anyone know who recorded this for the movie?

And who wrote it?

Also "Bananas"

Turtles, Berries, And Gumbo
Written by: Al Wood & Kay Twomey
Performed by: Kitty White and Fred Winston

Bananas
Written by: ???
Performed by: Liliane Montevecchi

But here's the scene:

phpBB [video]



Bananas
Anybody want bananas
Ripe and ready this banana
Come and pick it off a tree, oui

Ah, honey
If you feel your heart go reeling
When you see banana peeling
Then be sure you are fini, mais oui


---

Maybe a future FTD project will find Elvis' legendary versions of these lost gems.



lol....where do fans get all this info from? And why is it so essential for folks to know in the first place? I always thought "turtles, berries, and gumbo" was just a opening piece, devised by the director Micheal Curtiz, in order to create a New Orleans atmosphere, that then segues into "Crawfish" was fantastic. It's just a opening tune to the movie, that's all it was intended.

Now 51 years later there are some that actually want "turtle, berries and gumbo" included on a ftd King Creole upgrade. What ever for :roll: ?