Ballerina

Album: Big Band Classics (1947)
Charted: 1
  • songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This was written by the songwriting team of Bob Russell and Carl Sigman. The story of the song is detailed in The Carl Sigman Songbook, where Sigman's son Michael writes: "When publisher Redd Evans received Russell & Sigman's 'Ballerina' (or 'Dance, Ballerina, Dance'), a stirring and heartbreaking story about a dancer who sacrifices love for stardom, Vaughn Monroe was the hottest singer around. But Redd and Vaughn weren't on speaking terms, so he gave the song to Jimmy Dorsey. Jimmy's band recorded it, and it fell flat. Redd quickly swallowed his pride and begged Monroe to consider the song. It was love at first listen, and soon Vaughn Monroe's 'Ballerina' was #1 on the charts. It remained at the top for five weeks, stayed in the top ten for nearly five months, and also became a hit for both Buddy Clark and Bing Crosby. A brilliant Nelson Riddle arrangement helped the song score on the charts again in 1957, this time for Nat King Cole, and it became a signature song for him."
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Mick Jones of ForeignerSongwriter Interviews

Foreigner's songwriter/guitarist tells the stories behind the songs "Juke Box Hero," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and many more.

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.

Bob DaisleySongwriter Interviews

Bob was the bass player and lyricist for the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums. Here's how he wrote songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.

Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesSongwriter Interviews

Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"They're Playing My Song

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."

Billy Joe ShaverSongwriter Interviews

The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.