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Helen Kane – Aba Daba Honeymoon (1951)


 

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With the George Siravo orchestra. Helen Kane is best known as the “boop-boop-a-doop” girl of the 1920’s who provided the inspiration for the character of Betty Boop. This song was originally a #1 hit in October 1914 for Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan. After being featured in the 1950 movie, “Two Weeks with Love“, it became a hit all over again. It charted at #3 for Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter (who sang it in the movie) in February 1951, #9 for Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen in March 1951, #12 for Freddy Martin and His Orchestra in March 1951, #19 for Cliff Steward & the San Francisco Boys in April 1951 and #23 for Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley in April 1951.

It’s kind of fitting that Helen recorded a song which became a hit for Debbie Reynolds since Debbie played her in the 1950 movie, “Three Little Words”. Debbie lip synced Helen’s signature song, “I Wanna Be Loved by You” in the film.

Original Billboard review: “… it’s the ork that takes top honors. Miss Kane’s strident chant could intrigue the moppets, but the disk won’t offer too much pop competition for earlier and stronger waxings.” Overall Billboard rating: 70 out of 100.

Written by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan.

The other side of this record is “Hug Me! Kiss Me! Love Me!”.