Tea For Two

Album: No, No, Nanette (1924)
  • Tea is the most popular beverage in Britain, and Americans drink coffee, so naturally this standard about Blighty's national drink was penned by... two Americans.

    "Tea For Two" was written for the comedy musical No, No, Nanette by composer Vincent Youmans and lyricist Irving Caesar. Unleashed on the world in 1924, it has been widely recorded including by Doris Day in the 1950 production Tea For Two. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • In 1958, Tommy Dorsey hit #7 in the US with his instrumental adaptation "Tea For Two Cha Cha." Nino Tempo & April Stevens reached #56 with a more traditional version of the song in 1964.
  • According to the Glasgow Daily Record, when the Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel was executed on July 11, 1958, he walked calmly to the gallows to the strains of "Tea For Two," and was then hanged. His last words were, "Turn up the radio and I'll go quietly."

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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 26th 1964, Nino Tempo and April Stevens' covered version of "Tea for Two" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #78; three weeks later on May 17th, 1964 it would peak at #56 {for 1 week} and spent 5 weeks on the Top 100...
    The record's flip-side, "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)", also charted, it stayed in the Top 100 for one week at position #99...
    Six years earlier on September 1st, 1958 Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra’s "Tea for Two Cha-Cha" entered the Top 100 at #74, on November 3rd, 1958 it would peak at #7 {for 2 weeks} and stayed on the chart for 20 weeks.
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