FROM THE ARCHIVE 234 -1957-

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You You Romeo
Written by Fred Elton

Recorded with Wally Stott and His Orchestra and released on a single and on the album The Bewitching Miss Bassey. Available on the Readers’ Digest CD set This Is My Life, which is no longer available. Also released on many vinyl collections, for example in 1978 on The 25th Anniversary Album.

Was the flipside to Fire Down Below, although when asked at the Ford Show, Australia, that year what was next on the label [Philips], Shirley said “You, You Romeo”, to which the compère, Hayes Gordon replied jokingly, “are you talking to me?” Shirley then performed the song at the show.

In the UK charts in the 1950s, the side of a record that was not the intended main side could also chart, and You, You Romeo made a small impression two weeks after Fire Down Below’s week of glory at #30, peaking a place higher, before falling a place and then quietly exiting the chart, which at the time was a top 30.

Chart & Release Info

UK Release: Aug 1957 on Philips 723 (78rpm shellac disc)
Highest Charted: Single UK: #29
Run: *29*-30 (2 wks) [Sep 7 1957]

Lyrics:

I blush to think how many many men have asked for a kiss from me
I blush to think how many many men I have answered no siree

I listened to my papa as a girl, I’m proper as a girl can be
I wish to thank the many many men for the properness in me they see

But as for you
You Romeo
You’ll see a human dynamo who’ll hug ya till ya holler uncle
Squeeze ya till you’re black and blue
Kiss ya till ya beg for mercy
Haunt ya till you say I do

Oh you
You Romeo as for you
You Romeo
Oh what love your baby has for you

I blush to think how many many times my affection men would seek
Perhaps a goodnight kiss I’d allow to be placed upon my cheek

I listened to my papa as a girl, I’m proper as a girl can be
I wish to thank the many many men for the properness in me they see

But as for you
You great big sap
You’ve run into a booby trap who’ll hug ya till ya holler uncle
Squeeze ya till you’re black and blue
Kiss ya till you beg for mercy
Haunt ya till you say I do

Oh you
You Romeo as for you
You Romeo
Oh what love your baby has for you

Oh you you you you Romeo
You you Romeo
Look out
Oh what love your baby has
Oh what love your baby has
Oh what love your baby has for you

Information kindly researched and provided by Theo Morgan

2 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 234 -1957-”

  1. Pieter, Dave, Ed, and Astrid and whoever else. You have outdone yourselves. I enjoyed every bit of this. The articles, and the lovely video. Love how Dame Shirley sings that song…just great. Thank you very much. Loved it.

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