According to Derek Scott in The Singing Bourgeois
, the World War Two hit "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" was based on "Long, Long Ago
" by the Nineteenth Century British composer Thomas Haynes Bayly. Although it is sometimes credited to the band leader Glenn Miller, it was actually written by Lew Brown, Sam Stept and Charlie Tobias. Widely recorded, it was sung by the Andrews Sisters in the 1942 film Private Buckaroo
Somewhat more uptempo than Bayly's earlier nostalgia piece, this was one of the countless feel-good songs churned out during the second great conflict of the Twentieth Century to boost morale rather than to rally round the flag. The brackets are optional as is the subtitle.
Alexander Baron - London, England