Old Cape Cod

Album: 16 Most Requested Songs (1957)
Charted: 3
  • This song about the Massachusetts vacation haven was penned by Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus, and Allan Jeffrey in 1957 and was a hit for Patti Page the same year. The singer had never been to the Cape when she recorded this song, but she's visited the peninsular many times since to perform and for vacations.
  • A sample of this recording formed the basis of Groove Armada's 1998 UK chill out hit "At the River," in which the lines "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air, / Quaint little villages here and there..." are repeated over and over.
  • Other artists who have covered this song include Bette Midler, Michael Holliday and Anne Murray.
  • The song appears on the soundtrack of the 1990 movie Die Hard.

Comments: 3

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaLove this song. First time I ever heard it was at my Home Town's High School talent show. My late oldest brother really loved it and now it always reminds me of him.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 26th 2010, a street in Barnstable, Massachusetts on Cape Cod was re-named Patti Page Way...
    Fifty-three years earlier on May 9th, 1957 Ms. Page' version of "Old Cape Cod" entered on Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #68; a little under eighteen weeks later on June 13th it would peak at #7* and it stayed on the chart for 23 weeks...
    Between 1948 and 1975 she had sixty-nine Top 100 records; twenty-three made the Top 10 with four reaching #1, "All My Love (Bolero)" in 1950, "Tennessee Waltz" in 1950, "I Went to Your Wedding" in 1952, and "(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window" in 1953...
    Ms. Page, born Clara Ann Fowler, passed away on January 1st, 2013 at the age of 85...
    * On July 14th, 1957 "Old Cape Cod" reached #3 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Most Played by Jockeys chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 1st 1957, Patti Page appeared on the NBC-TV music variety special, 'Five Stars* for Springtime'...
    As the time she had two records on Billboard's Top 100 chart; "Old Cape Cod" was at #19, while the record's flip-side, "Wondering", was at #51...
    "Old Cape Cod" would peak at #7 on the Top 100; while "Wondering" would reach #35...
    * The four other 'Stars' that appeared on the special were Gordon McRae, Ricky Nelson, Nat 'King' Cole, and Andy Williams.
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