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Key Largo

by

Bertie Higgins



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Key Largo is an island off the coast of Florida that was the setting for the 1948 movie of the same name. The movie starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who were married in real life and one of the most glamorous couples in Hollywood. Bertie Higgins spent a lot of time in the Florida keys and based this song on the movie, with a failed romance also serving as inspiration. It was the only hit for the singer/songwriter Higgins, who started his career in the early '60s as the drummer in Tommy Roe's backup band, The Roemans. (thanks, Rob - Rothesay, NB, Canada)
This wasn't the only hit from 1981 based on movie stars: Kim Carnes hit #1 in the US with "Bette Davis Eyes" the same year.
Higgins wrote this song with his producer, Sonny Limbo. It was released as a single in 1981 on Kat Family Records, a CBS imprint that existed for just a short time in the '80s (their biggest act: Major Lance). Higgins' debut album, Just Another Day In Paradise, was released the next year and included another movie-themed song in "Casablanca." The album's title track provided Higgins' only other Hot 100 hit: it went to #46 about two months after "Key Largo" peaked on the charts.
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Comments (8):

What a wild and whacky film clip. My personal favourite is the way he sucks on the dart at the start. Then there is the really creepy way he puts his hand on the chick while he is singing "You were my leading La-ady". Next is the multiple shirt changes, and finally someone should have told Bertie that "sailing away" to Key Largo doesn't usually involve driving a 350 HP outboard motor, flat out, on a jet boat!
- Jack, Robertstown, Australia
Higgins followed "Key Largo" with "Casablanca" which I heard once. It was definitely no "Key Largo." Higgins also sang the theme to the sitcom "Bosom Buddies," which was a version of Billy Joel's "My Life."
- B.L., Barry, TX
I love this song,too.
- Jennifer Harris, Grand Blanc, MI
When i was in my twenties, i had a beau, who said that was our song. Well i'm 68 years old, and it always gives me a thrill to remember, when i hear this song. Hearing it again makes me young again.
- thelma, deerfield, NH
Very romantic...I LOVE it!
- JD, East Bay, RI
" we had it all!just like Bogie and Bacall"

.......who does not get that line stuck in their head??????
- Susan, Westchestertonfieldville, VA
There are quotes from several Bogie films: 'Here's Looking at you kid" from Casablanca; "Play it again" is also from Casablanca. The point of the song is not to recreate the movie Key Largo, but to recreate the feelings that the singer had on evenings during "That first cold winter together", as they were "Trying so hard to stay warm". They spent those evenings "Watching those old movies", and began to feel a lot in comon with the characters in them. The verses detail what they had, with the second part of the chorus "Here's looking at you..." being the call for action. Let's "find it once again",an emotion that many couples, either split up, or still together can identify with.
- Greg, Shelbyville, KY
"Here's lookin' at you kid" is not Bogie and Bacall in Key largo. It's Bogie and Ingrid Bergman in Casblanca. Fun song, but that's always bothered me. And, despite Bogie and Bacall's love of sailing in real life, they never "sailed away to Key Largo." They drove there.
- Guy, Woodinville, WA
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