Bobby Troup sings Troup


From Wikipedia:

Bobby Troup was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Bobby Troup was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ) fraternity and the Mask and Wig Club.

His earliest musical success came with the song “Daddy” which was a regional hit in 1941. [This would tend to suggest that Troup recorded the song in 1941, but I’ve seen no evidence.] Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra recorded “Daddy”, which was no.1 for 8 weeks on the Billboard Best Seller chart and the no.5 record of 1941. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra performed “Daddy” on their radio broadcasts, and The Andrews Sisters also recorded the song. In the same year, Troup’s song “Snootie Little Cutie” was recorded by Frank Sinatra and Connie Haines with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers.

According to an article on Troup at the site Ivy Style,

In 1946, Troup drove from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to seek his fame as an actor, musician and entertainer. Along the way he wrote his best-known song, “Route 66,” which he sold to Nat King Cole, who had a major hit with it the same year.

Three of Troup’s best known songs were published and first recorded in 1946: “Route 66,” “Baby, Baby All the Time,” each introduced by Nat King Cole, and “The Three Bears.”  The latter is more familiar today in modified form as a children’s song.


All songs: words and music by Bobby Troup unless otherwise noted



Second Hand Songs indicates that Daddy was written for a show put on by the Mask & Wig Club at the University of Pennsylvania in 1941. It was recorded by Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra (under the pseudonym Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye), and released as Victor 27391, b/w Two Hearts That Pass in the Night (m. Ernesto Lecuona, w. Forman Brown) in 1941.

Bobby Troup Trio and Virginia Maxey in a 1951 Snader telescription



Route 66

Bobby Troup Quintet – from  “The Julie London Show”, Japan, May 1964


Baby, Baby All the Timefeature page

Bobby Troup vocal, accompanied, after a couple of opening chords on piano, only by guitar (Al Viola, I think) – 1958



Their Hearts Were Full of Spring The song was introduced by a Jimmie Rodgers recording with Hugo Peretti and his Orchestra in 1957. Other notable recordings included those by The Four Freshmen (1960), and The Beach Boys (1965).

Bobby Troup – 1958 — vocal: Bobby Troup, guitar: Al Viola



Three by Bobby Troup and his band on the Julie London TV variety special Julie: Something Special, air date 17 November 1965, WGN-TV, Chicago:

Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me —  Date published unknown. Teri Thornton’s 1963 version may be the first recorded. Julie London included a cover on her 1965 album Feeling Good. It seems odd to me that this song is not well-known and often covered. I’m guessing that Julie London’s bit with the cigarettes was supposed to be sexy, or thoughtful, or…What on earth was she thinking?…though now it just seems to spoil a beautiful moment.


Teri Thornton — B-side of the 45 rpm single “To Remember You By,” Columbia 4-43209, issued on 25 January 1965; previously released on the 1963 album Teri Thornton Sings Open Highway


It Happened Once Before


Lemon Twist 


Girl Talk (m. Neal Hefti, w. Bobby Troup) – 1965

 Girl Talk was written for the 1965 film Harlow, a biographical film about Jean Harlow, starring Carroll Baker. The song is a frequently covered jazz standard. Robert Altman directed the following 1966  ColorSonics short featuring Bobby Troup and…girls.


c. 1951 (?)

From the 1968 TV special Words and Music by Bobby Troup:

Hungry Man (songwriters: unknown) – According to WierdWildRealm, a site which reviews Soundies, Snader telescriptions, and other vintage musical short films, Troup made a telescription titled I’m Such a Hungry Man in 1951. I presume we’re talking about the same song.



Bobby Troup feature pages at Songbook:

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