Song: Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS was written for the New York revue "Spices. The great male vocal group, The Peerless Quartet, recorded the first hit version; others came later from bandleader Paul Whiteman and vaudeville singer Blossom Seeley. The Andrews Sisters recorded a spirited version of the song in 1950, with a guest appearance by the great entertainer Al Jolson. Big-voiced Frankie Laine and pop stylist Jo Stafford teamed on a duet version in 1953. Today the best known recording is a rock `n` roll one by Freddy Cannon, whose rousing rendition went to No. 3 on the hit parade in 1959. In June 1995 Robson and Jerome’s version went to No. 1 in the UK in a medley with “Unchained Melody”.