Dear Hearts and Gentle People

Dear Hearts and Gentle People

"Dear Hearts and Gentle People" is a popular song published in 1949 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Bob Hilliard. The Bing Crosby version mentions Idaho, close to his homestate of Washington. The Dinah Shore version alludes to Tennessee, her home state.

Popular versions were recorded by Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, and Dennis Day in 1949. Gordon MacRae also recorded the song. In the United Kingdom the song was recorded by Doreen Lundy. Later recordings were made by Perry Como in 1959 and 1980.

The Bing Crosby recording was recorded on October 26, 1949 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 24798. The flip side was "Mule Train." The recording first appeared on the Billboard magazine charts on November 25, 1949, lasting 16 weeks and peaking at position #2.

The Dinah Shore recording was recorded on September 9, 1949 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 38605. The recording first appeared on the Billboard charts on November 18, 1949, lasting 16 weeks and peaking at position #7.

The Dennis Day recording was released by RCA Victor Records as a 78rpm single, catalog number 20-3596, and a 45rpm single, catalog number 47-3102. The recording first appeared on the Billboard charts on January 13, 1950, lasting 3 weeks and peaking at position #19.

The Gordon MacRae recording was recorded on October 21, 1949 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 777 with "Mule Train" on the flip side which MacRae recorded October 1, 1949.

The Doreen Lundy recording was recorded on February 22, 1950 and released by EMI's UK Columbia Records label as catalog number DB 2649.

The Perry Como recording of April 23, 1959 was released as a track on the album Como Swings, catalog number LSP-2010. The Como recording of July, 1980, from a live performance, was released on the album Perry Como Live On Tour (catalog number AQL1-3826), in 1981.

A recording of the song by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats was featured in a trailer for the 2008 video game Fallout 3.

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