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Dearie

Dearie

[deer-ee]
"Dearie" is a popular song.

The music was written by David Mann; the lyrics, by Bob Hilliard. The song was published in 1950.

The song is about reminiscences, and often sung as a duet. When done as a duet, each one of the singers asks the other whether he or she remembers a number of long-ago events, and then says "if you remember, you're much older than I." When sung as a solo, the same questions are directed at the audience.

In 1950, some of the best-known versions were by Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (with a vocal by Kenny Gardner), by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae, by Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman, and by Lisa Kirk and Fran Warren.

The Guy Lombardo record was recorded on January 26, 1950 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 24899. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 31, 1950 and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #11.

The Jo Stafford/Gordon MacRae record was recorded on January 14, 1950 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 858. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #12.

The Ray Bolger/Ethel Merman record was recorded on January 4, 1950 and released by Decca as catalog number 24873. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #13. The flip side of this recording, "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)," also charted.

The Lisa Kirk/Fran Warren record was released by RCA Victor Records as a 78rpm single (catalog number 20-3696) and a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-3220). It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 7, 1950 and lasted 2 weeks on the chart, peaking at #29.

The various versions of the song (combined, as was normal for Cash Box magazine) reached #4 on the Cash Box Best-Selling Records chart.

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