Bobby Troup sings Troup

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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.

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


1941

Daddy

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

Bobby Troup Trio and Virginia Maxey in a 1951 Snader telescription

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Bobby Troup and his Trio — recorded live in September or October 1955 at The Bacchante Room, Huntington-Sheraton Hotel, Pasadena, CA; released in 1994 on the compilation CD album The Feeling of Jazz, Star Line SLCD-9009

Bobby Troup – piano, vocal
Howard Roberts – guitar
Bob Enevoldsen – bass
Don Heath – drums

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1946

Route 66

  • See the separate feature page: Route 66

Bobby Troup with Rosemary Clooney and Dorothy Malone on The Rosemary Clooney Show, Season 1, Episode 18; airdate: 16 October 1956

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

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Baby, Baby All the Time

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

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The Three Bears — originally recorded in 1946 by the Page Cavanaugh Trio

from the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484

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1949 Hungry Man (Bobby Troup)-Louis Jordan-Decca 24877, B-side1953 Bobby Troup (LP) Bobby Troup-Capitol Records H-484

c. 1949 (?)

Hungry Man (Bobby Troup) — A recording by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five was issued in 1949 on the single Decca 24877 as the B-side of “Push Ka Pee Shee Pie (The Saga Of Saga Boy).” According to WierdWildRealm, a site which reviews Soundies, Snader telescriptions, and other vintage musical short films, Troup made a 1951 telescription titled I’m Such a Hungry Man.

From the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484

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With Dorothy Malone on The Rosemary Clooney Show, Season 1, Episode 18; airdate: 16 October 1956

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From the 1968 TV special Words and Music by Bobby Troup

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1953 (?)

Lemon Twist — from the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484

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1957

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 accompanied by Al Viola on guitar — recorded in 1958, according to the video provider

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Bobby Troup accompanied by John Collins on guitar — from the 1968 TV special Words and Music by Bobby Troup

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Free and Easy (Henry Mancini, Bobby Troup) — A recording of the song by Julie London was released on the 1957 album Julie (stereo version released in 1958, according to Wikipedia).

 Bobby Troup And His Stars Of Jazz — from the eponymous 1959 album by this band, RCA Victor LPM-1959

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Three by Bobby Troup and his band from the Julie London TV variety special Julie: Something Special, originally aired on 17 November 1965

JulieLondon.org says,

On November 17th, 1965 WGN-TV in Chicago aired an hour-long special titled Julie: Something Special. Julie sings many of her popular  numbers and is joined by, now husband, Bobby Troup and the quartet, The Hi-Lo’s. All of their performances are included. This show was re-aired on NBC-TV on February 13th, 1967.

It Happened Once Before

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Lemon Twist — (see above) a recording by Bobby Troup had been released on the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484

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Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me — date published unknown

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Another recording of “Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me”

Bobby Troup — from the album Kicks on 66, released on 14 November 1995 — The year of the recording of this track is unknown, possibly 1965. Though the AllMusic.com page on the album indicates that the tracks were recorded in “1965 & 1969,” the review by Nick Dedina on the page refers to the recordings as “these transcriptions from the early 1960s.”

Thanks to visitor KLR for informing me about this recording in a comment, dated 7 August 2017, on the “Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me” post, and for providing a link to a YouTube video containing the track.

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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 has become a pop and jazz standard. Robert Altman directed the following 1966 Color-Sonics short featuring Bobby Troup and…girls.

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Bobby Troup feature pages at Songbook:

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard F. White
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 08:43:47

    Hungry Man was written by Doris (Vicki) Silver. It has been recorded by Bobby Troup, Louis Jordan and Mark Winkler.

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    • doc
      Mar 04, 2015 @ 13:22:24

      Richard,
      Hi. Thanks for the information. Your tip that Louis Jordan recorded “Hungry Man” allowed me to quickly find the label of the single on which it was released (see below), which gives Bobby Troup as the sole songwriter. According to 45worlds.com, a recording by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five was issued in 1949 on the single Decca 24877 as the B-side of “Push Ka Pee Shee Pie (The Saga Of Saga Boy).” That “Hungry Man” was written by Bobby Troup is confirmed in various discographies, and by the label below.

      1949 Hungry Man (Bobby Troup)-Louis Jordan-Decca 24877, B-side

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