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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
09-Oct-14 - 08:31 AM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Mockin' Bird Hill is a song, written in 3/4 time, by George Vaughn Horton, and perhaps best known through recordings by Patti Page, Donna Fargo, and by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1951.

The music of "Mockin' Bird Hill" is based closely on a Swedish waltz called "Livet i Finnskogarna" or "Life in the Finn Woods," recorded by Carl Jularbo in 1915, which enjoyed some popularity in the U.S.

The Tanner Sisters with Orchestra recorded their version in London on April 1, 1951. It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10071. The Migil Five sang a bluebeat tempo version of the song - a UK hit in 1964.