Bobby Troup sings Troup
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 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
- See the separate feature page: Route 66
Bobby Troup Quintet – from “The Julie London Show”, Japan, May 1964
Baby, Baby All the Time
- See the separate feature page: 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
The Three Bears — originally recorded in 1946 by the Page Cavanaugh Trio
- See the separate feature page: The Three Bears
from the 1953 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 telescription titled I’m Such a Hungry Man in 1951.
From the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484
From the 1968 TV special Words and Music by Bobby Troup:
Lemon Twist — from the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484
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: vocal, Al Viola: guitar — recorded in 1958
Three by Bobby Troup and his band on the Julie London TV variety special Julie: Something Special, orginally aired on 17 November 1965
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
Lemon Twist — (see above) a recording by Bobby Troup had been released on the 1953 LP Bobby Troup!, Capitol Records H-484
Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me — Date published unknown. I’m aware of only four recordings, and have heard only three, 1965 recordings by Teri Thornton, Julie London, and Bobby Troup, the last being a taped performance for a TV special. Cabaret singer Marilyn Maye evidently also released a recording of the song on her 1966 album The Second of Maye.
- See the separate page: Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me
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.
Bobby Troup feature pages at Songbook:
- Route 66 – 1946
- Baby, Baby All the Time – 1946
- The Three Bears – 1946
- Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me – 1963 (post)
- Bobby Troup Sings Troup
- Julie London Sings Bobby Troup, 1955-1967 recordings