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Shoo-Shoo Baby
(or sometimes Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby)

Who sang it on AMOLAD?


Writer: Phil Moore

Performers:

The Andrews Sisters
Cocktail Hour-Andrew Sisters

Great Ladies Of Song: Vol. 2-Sentimental Journey

Chart Toppers Of The 40's

We know it's not the Andrews Sisters. It's a male singer & doesn't have that "Doo Dah, Doo Day" line.

Nat King Cole
Macgregor Years (1941-1945)


Embraceable You

Sorry Nat, it certainly wasn't you.

Sid Collins

Bing Crosby
Those Great World War II Songs

Cocktail Hour-Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby Armed Forces Broadcasts
WWII Radio-Live 1943-45

WWII Radio Oct 7 & Dec 16 1943

And it wasn't Bing either.

Geraldo & His Orchestra

Ivan Dixon

Stan Kenton

Joe Loss

Glen Miller

Glenn Miller & Army Air Forces

Phil Moore

Ella Mae Morse
From The Vaults: Vol. 2-Vine Street Divas

Very Best Of Ella Mae Morse

Barrelhouse Boogie & The Blues

Pasadena Roof Orchestra + Swing Sisters

Eddie Reed Big Band
While The Music Plays On

Dinah Shore

Tennessee Ernie Ford
Tennessee Ernie Meets The Girl

Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington: Anthology

Found by Lou Volpe
MP3 found by Lou Volpe That's Frank Sinatra singing it!
Hit Parade of 19 February 1944 (approx 30 mins, Shoo Shoo Baby is the last one played)
Sinatra was number one in the Hit Parade with it.

But the version in the hit parade show isn't quite the same as the first one Lou found.
And neither of them are quite the same as the one in the film. Close, but not the same :(

I always felt that the screams on the version in the film are a bit too choreographed and false. But if, as I suspect, it was a version especially recorded for the film that was based on the Sinatra hit version then it's possible that they decided to add some screams because the Sinatra version had some screams in it.

Note that the date in that file is 19 Feb 1944. Maybe Emeric (who was a musician) heard that while he was originally writing the story. Remember that they originally wanted to make it in 1944/45 but they had to wait for a year to get the Technicolor cameras.

The film version does also seem a bit more like a pure blues whereas Sinatra can never resist swinging it a bit. But I'd like to think that Emeric (or Micky) did originally hear it on the radio so they used it as a radio broadcast in the film. That broadcast did mention the troops fighting for the United Nations. The body known as the UN wasn't formed until 1945 but the term was used before then. And the announcer also says that it's a re-broadcast. I expect it was shipped out on tape or record to the various theatres and then re-broadcast over the radio.