The well known standard "Yellow Bird" was first recorded by the Norman Luboff Choir in 1957. Norman Luboff (1917-87) was an American composer, among his other talents. This calypso song has been widely recorded, including by Roger Whitaker, and the Kingston Trio.
The English lyrics are by Marilyn Keith and Alan Bergman; the song is actually of Haitian origin, and was originally called "Choucoune".
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