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I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:05 am

I wonder who sings the original? I put the lyrics into Google, of those I could actually understand, and can't locate it.

I enjoy Elvis' catchy rendition of it. I'm curious about the original.

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:20 am

ElvisTheKid wrote:I wonder who sings the original? I put the lyrics into Google, of those I could actually understand, and can't locate it.

I enjoy Elvis' catchy rendition of it. I'm curious about the original.

WONDER, I WONDER, I WONDER
(Daryl Hutchins)


Eddy Howard & His Orch. (vocal: Eddy Howard) - 1947
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal: Don Rodney) - 1947
Martha Tilton - 1947
Tony Pastor & His Orch. (vocal: Tony Pastor) - 1947
Louis Armstrong - 1947
Van Johnson - 1947
Claude Thornhill & His Orch. - 1947
Patti Page - 1964
Also recorded by: The Vagabonds; The Scamps

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs ... nder.shtml

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:33 pm

promiseland wrote:
ElvisTheKid wrote:I wonder who sings the original? I put the lyrics into Google, of those I could actually understand, and can't locate it.

I enjoy Elvis' catchy rendition of it. I'm curious about the original.

WONDER, I WONDER, I WONDER
(Daryl Hutchins)


Eddy Howard & His Orch. (vocal: Eddy Howard) - 1947
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal: Don Rodney) - 1947
Martha Tilton - 1947
Tony Pastor & His Orch. (vocal: Tony Pastor) - 1947
Louis Armstrong - 1947
Van Johnson - 1947
Claude Thornhill & His Orch. - 1947
Patti Page - 1964
Also recorded by: The Vagabonds; The Scamps

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs ... nder.shtml




Thanks PL.... Neat little song. It’s always great to hear the originals. I get so used to hearing Elvis’ rendition of certain songs; I’m always taken back when I hear the original. Even though, he’s banging away on a piano, I still like Elvis’ version better. He turned it into rock…. I just heard the original to Jambalaya the other day too. That’s actually a cool song but I would have completely overlooked it if it wasn’t for Elvis’ little 1 minute rendition.

They really need to clean-up or enhance those recordings even more so. That should be the next FTD project.

The Complete Masters Inclued:

If I Loved You
Tennessee Waltz
What Now My Love
Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord
Oh How I Love Jesus
Hide Thou Me
Write To Me From Naples
My Heart Cries for You"
Dark Moon"

I'm not sure why they didn't include all of them and without owning the actual set, I'm not even sure if they enhanced the tracks either?

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:34 am

ElvisTheKid wrote:I wonder who sings the original? I put the lyrics into Google, of those I could actually understand, and can't locate it.

I enjoy Elvis' catchy rendition of it. I'm curious about the original.


Although Eddy Howard took it to #2 in 1947, and Guy Lombardo made it to #3 with his recording, given the presence of Nancy Sharp singing a duet with Elvis, "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" in Presley's November 1960 demo is likely inspired by Martha Tilton's rendition.


470503_Capitol 395_Tilton.JPG


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Martha Tilton, "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" (Capitol 395, April 19, 1947)
Billboard US Most-Played On The Air #9 on July 19.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Tilton
http://www.marthatilton.com/audio.html
http://www.marthatilton.com/audio/martha-tilton-i-wonder-i-wonder-i-wonder-cap.mp3



Martha Tilton circa 1947.JPG


In addition, Martha also had the added advantage of being on NBC's "Your Hit Parade" as a guest vocalist from May to August 1947, where she ran down the song week after week.

http://martingrams.blogspot.com/2012/04/your-hit-parade-nbc-in-1947.html

Twelve year-old Elvis must have heard her version many times that summer.

Also see -->
Review: Let Me Be The One
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/review_letmebetheone.html
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Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:38 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
ElvisTheKid wrote:I wonder who sings the original? I put the lyrics into Google, of those I could actually understand, and can't locate it.

I enjoy Elvis' catchy rendition of it. I'm curious about the original.


Although Eddy Howard sings the 1947 original and hit #2 with it, and Guy Lombardo made it to #3, given the presence of Nancy Sharp singing a duet with Elvis, "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" in Presley's November 1960 demo is likely inspired by Martha Tilton's rendition.


470503_Capitol 395_Tilton.JPG


phpBB [video]


Martha Tilton, "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" (Capitol 395, April 19, 1947)
Billboard US Most-Played On The Air #9 on July 19.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Tilton
http://www.marthatilton.com/audio.html
http://www.marthatilton.com/audio/martha-tilton-i-wonder-i-wonder-i-wonder-cap.mp3



Martha Tilton circa 1947.JPG


In addition, Martha also had the added advantage of being on NBC's "Your Hit Parade" as a guest vocalist from May to August 1947, where she ran down the song week after week.

http://martingrams.blogspot.com/2012/04/your-hit-parade-nbc-in-1947.html

Twelve year-old Elvis must have heard her version many times that summer.

Also see -->
Review: Let Me Be The One
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/review_letmebetheone.html


Thanks Doc, I appreciate you taking the time to put that together. Educational reading.... And yes, now I hear the Elvis rendition.

Questions.... Am I overlooking something? Elvis was born in '35 and the article focuses around 1947. Elvis would be 12 not 20.

Also, in the article, are they referring to TV or Radio? My initial thought was TV but then they mention that this show, Hit Parade, began in '35 and switched timeslots in '36. I didn't think TV was that popular or even existed around that time? But they are saying NBC and CBS which are obviously TV stations?

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:17 pm

ElvisTheKid wrote:Thanks Doc, I appreciate you taking the time to put that together. Educational reading.... And yes, now I hear the Elvis rendition.

Questions.... Am I overlooking something? Elvis was born in '35 and the article focuses around 1947. Elvis would be 12 not 20.

Also, in the article, are they referring to TV or Radio? My initial thought was TV but then they mention that this show, Hit Parade, began in '35 and switched timeslots in '36. I didn't think TV was that popular or even existed around that time? But they are saying NBC and CBS which are obviously TV stations?


My post clearly states Elvis would have been twelve years old when he heard this song on the radio. And the article refers to the NBC Radio broadcast of "Your Hit Parade." TV would not become the dominant medium until the late '40s - early '50s.

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:45 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
ElvisTheKid wrote:Thanks Doc, I appreciate you taking the time to put that together. Educational reading.... And yes, now I hear the Elvis rendition.

Questions.... Am I overlooking something? Elvis was born in '35 and the article focuses around 1947. Elvis would be 12 not 20.

Also, in the article, are they referring to TV or Radio? My initial thought was TV but then they mention that this show, Hit Parade, began in '35 and switched timeslots in '36. I didn't think TV was that popular or even existed around that time? But they are saying NBC and CBS which are obviously TV stations?


My post clearly states Elvis would have been twelve years old when he heard this song on the radio. And the article refers to the NBC Radio broadcast of "Your Hit Parade." TV would not become the dominant medium until the late '40s - early '50s.



Yes you did say 12, my bad. Oversight....

I didn't know NBC and CBS started in radio.

Anyway, thanks again. I really do like this song. I really enjoy the version you provided. Too bad we don't have a clean version of Elvis' rendition. Studio or Soundboard.

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:31 am

ElvisTheKid wrote:
promiseland wrote:
ElvisTheKid wrote:I wonder who sings the original? I put the lyrics into Google, of those I could actually understand, and can't locate it.

I enjoy Elvis' catchy rendition of it. I'm curious about the original.

WONDER, I WONDER, I WONDER
(Daryl Hutchins)


Eddy Howard & His Orch. (vocal: Eddy Howard) - 1947
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal: Don Rodney) - 1947
Martha Tilton - 1947
Tony Pastor & His Orch. (vocal: Tony Pastor) - 1947
Louis Armstrong - 1947
Van Johnson - 1947
Claude Thornhill & His Orch. - 1947
Patti Page - 1964
Also recorded by: The Vagabonds; The Scamps

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs ... nder.shtml




Thanks PL.... Neat little song. It’s always great to hear the originals. I get so used to hearing Elvis’ rendition of certain songs; I’m always taken back when I hear the original. Even though, he’s banging away on a piano, I still like Elvis’ version better. He turned it into rock…. I just heard the original to Jambalaya the other day too. That’s actually a cool song but I would have completely overlooked it if it wasn’t for Elvis’ little 1 minute rendition.

They really need to clean-up or enhance those recordings even more so. That should be the next FTD project.

The Complete Masters Inclued:

If I Loved You
Tennessee Waltz
What Now My Love
Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord
Oh How I Love Jesus
Hide Thou Me
Write To Me From Naples
My Heart Cries for You"
Dark Moon"

I'm not sure why they didn't include all of them and without owning the actual set, I'm not even sure if they enhanced the tracks either?


i rather have the unedited version of the '66 version, that was more sincere, and to me more beautiful

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:39 am

ElvisTheKid wrote:Yes you did say 12, my bad. Oversight....

I didn't know NBC and CBS started in radio.

Anyway, thanks again. I really do like this song. I really enjoy the version you provided. Too bad we don't have a clean version of Elvis' rendition. Studio or Soundboard.


You're welcome. All the old-school major TV networks have radio origins.

"I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" is just a home duet with girlfriend Nancy Sharp. It's nice, but all we'll ever have.

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:33 pm

David Neale listed The Four Aces (1946) as the original, so which one is correct?
http://davidneale.eu/elvis/originals/list4.html#S1282

http://www.vocalgroupharmony.com/wonder.htm

Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:33 pm

Jove wrote:David Neale listed The Four Aces (1946) as the original, so which one is correct?
http://davidneale.eu/elvis/originals/list4.html#S1282

http://www.vocalgroupharmony.com/wonder.htm


The chronology appears to favor the Four Aces -- on the Oakland, CA indie label Trilon -- as the first out with the song, by about three months.

Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - 4 Aces
http://www.uncamarvy.com/4Aces/4aces.html

However, their chosen A-side was an instrumental, with the vocal take on the B-side. Not much there to inspire any fifth grader. It did not chart, so Elvis never heard it. Next up were releases noted above.


Billboard Dec 14 1946 p32.JPG
Billboard - December 14, 1946
Review of Trilon 143 states "Two-side stretch for 'I Wonder' makes for dull listening. Top side is instrumental ..."


461207_Trilon 143_A_Four Aces.JPG
Four Aces, "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" (Trilon 143, December 7, 1946)
A-side instrumental, did not chart.

461207_Trilon 143_B_Four Aces.JPG
Four Aces, "I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder" (Trilon 143, December 7, 1946)
B-side vocal, did not chart.
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Re: I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder

Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:52 am

According to the Trilon records discography The Vagabonds recorded the song early 1946 on Trilon 114 while The Four Aces recorded their versions late 1946.


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