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For Me And My Gal by Edgar Leslie

Album: Golden YearsReleased: 1917
  • Although it was not his first hit, "For Me And My Gal" can't have done Edgar Leslie's reputation any harm. The lyricist who a decade later would go on to co-write the massive hit "Among My Souvenirs" with Englishman Horatio Nicholls, penned the lyrics with E. Ray Goetz; the music was composed by George W. Meyer, and the song was published by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder of New York in 1917 with singer Carrie Lillie on the front cover. This is though a song that works best with a male vocal; a contemporary recording was made by Billy Murray, but it was not until 1942 that the name was hijacked for a musical in which it was performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
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On October 4th 1961, Freddy Cannon performed "For Me and My Gal" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Twelve days later on October 16th, 1961 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #97; and on November 20th, 1961 it peaked at #71 {for 1 week} and spent 6 weeks on the Top 100 {the week it peaked at #6 was also its last week on the Top 100}...
Between 1959 and 1966 he had twenty one Top 100 records; three of them made the Top 10 with "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" {1959} and "Palisades Park" {1962} being his biggest hits, both reached #3 on the Top 100...
This was one of his record 110 appearances on 'Bandstand'...
Mr. Cannon, born Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr., will celebrate his 74th birthday in exactly two months on December 4th {2014}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny