After combining P and Q in my last post, I’m again looking to bring the number of posts in this series up to its corresponding letter….and, as luck would have it, the next letter (which is R, for the benefit of the alphabetically challenged) is replete with girl’s name-song titles. Thus R will be divided in two parts, with Track I being a run for the Roses.

First out of the gate is SECOND HAND ROSE, made famous by Fanny Brice in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921, but sung here by someone else because it’s only fitting that someone else sing a second hand song someone else sang first:

Second, we have the first Rose song from a Ziegfeld show (Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic, 1920):

Selecting my last pick for Part One could have gotten a bit thorny because a number of good Rose songs remain to vie for my favor, so I made an arbitrary choice in order to avoid — are you ready for this — the War of the Roses. After all, it’s Only A Rose:


8 comments on “THEY’RE PLAYING R SONG (PART I)

  1. scifihammy says:

    I’m not surprised there are many rose songs to choose from. You give a good selection – I’ve never heard that last one. 🙂

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  2. mistermuse says:

    The last song is almost as old (from a 1925 operetta called THE VAGABOND KING) as the other two, but unlike them, has hardly been heard since THE V. K. was last filmed in 1956.

    Part II will have no Rose songs, but one or two will be close (ROSETTA, for example).


  3. mistermuse says:

    Thanks for the ‘rocks-anne’ clip, Ricardo. I’ve never been a fan of these overly-glitzy performances that characterized much of rock ‘n’ roll musicianship in those days. Unfortunately, I’m in the non-vast minority, so I can’t call The Police (for relief).


  4. Don Frankel says:

    R is mega rich in songs. In fact you could have just done an article on Rose. In that spirit here’s one more from the late great Nat King Cole.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thanks, Don. Although R’s upcoming Part II won’t have additional “Rose” songs, you’re right that I could easily post many more, such as Rose of San Antone, Lida Rose and Rose Room.


  5. RMW says:

    “Rose” is the pseudonym I am forced to use when waiting for a table at a restaurant or for a latte or any other time my name will be called out. When I use my real name, 90% of the time it gets mangled to something so unrecognizable I don’t even know my name has been called. Rose has saved a lot of confusion over the years. You wouldn’t think “Roslyn” would be so difficult to spell or pronounce but it is what it is and I gave up trying… Barbara Streisand’s half-sister is also named Roslyn so she may be capable of singing it out correctly! But I like her rendition of Second Hand Rose (Roslyn) anyway!!!!

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