I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)

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"I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)"
Introduced in the May, 1931 Broadway musical Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt
Music byHarry Warren
Lyrics byMort Dixon and Billy Rose
Published1931 (1926 for the lyric, combined with different music)
LanguageEnglish
Original artistFanny Brice
Recorded byFred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Bing Crosby
Boswell Sisters and Victor Young's Orchestra
Many others (see #Recorded versions
 
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"I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)"
Introduced in the May, 1931 Broadway musical Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt
Music byHarry Warren
Lyrics byMort Dixon and Billy Rose
Published1931 (1926 for the lyric, combined with different music)
LanguageEnglish
Original artistFanny Brice
Recorded byFred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Bing Crosby
Boswell Sisters and Victor Young's Orchestra
Many others (see #Recorded versions

"I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)" is a popular song.

The music was written by Harry Warren, the lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose. The song was published in 1931, though the same lyric with different music had been published five years earlier.[1] It was introduced in the Broadway musical Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt, which opened in May, 1931, where it was sung by Fanny Brice.[1]

Many versions of the song were recorded in 1931. The biggest hit was by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, with a vocal by Clare Hanlon, released by Victor Records as catalog number 22707.[1][2] The next-most-popular version[2] was by Bing Crosby, released by Brunswick Records as catalog number 6128[1] and a version recorded by the Boswell Sisters and Victor Young's Orchestra also had some popularity.[1][2] The song has since become a pop standard, recorded by many additional people (see below).

Recorded versions[edit]

Other media references[edit]

In a 1933 cartoon of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit called Five and Dime, Oswald plays the piano as sings the song I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store).[1]

In a 1975 episode of All in the Family, "The Very Moving Day", Gloria, trying to tell her parents that she is pregnant, sings the song to them as a hint: ("I found a million-dollar HMM-HMM at the five and ten cent store"), to which Archie responds, "You found a baby at Woolworth's?"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Gardner, Edward Foote (2000). Popular Songs of the 20th Century: Chart Detail & Encyclopedia, 1900-1949. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-789-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1999). Joel Whitburn Presents a Century of Pop Music. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-135-7. 
  3. ^ Harmony Records in the 1000-H to 1428-H series
  4. ^ a b Crown Records listing
  5. ^ a b c d Banner Records in the 32000 to 32499 series
  6. ^ a b c d Oriole Records in the 2000 to 2499 series
  7. ^ a b Perfect Records in the 12500 to 12999 series
  8. ^ a b Romeo Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  9. ^ Victor Records in the 20000 to 20499 series
  10. ^ Decca Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  11. ^ Madison Records in the 5051 to 6042 and 50000 to 50050 series
  12. ^ Melotone Records in the 12000 to 12499 series
  13. ^ MGM Records in the 30000 to 30499 series
  14. ^ Entry for the song in Perry Como discography site
  15. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-4000 to 20-4499 series
  16. ^ a b c Brunswick Records in the 6000 to 6499 series
  17. ^ a b Brunswick Records in the 80000 to 80177 series
  18. ^ Decca Records in the 25000 to 25514 series
  19. ^ Bluebird Records in the 7500 to 7999 series
  20. ^ Emerson Records in the 3000 to 3153series
  21. ^ Bluebird Records in the 11000 to 11499 series
  22. ^ Discovery Records listing
  23. ^ Columbia Records in the 36000 to 36499 series
  24. ^ a b Aurora Records listing
  25. ^ a b Timely Tunes Records listing
  26. ^ OKeh Records in the 40500 to 40999 series
  27. ^ Banner Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  28. ^ Oriole Records in the 500 to 999 series
  29. ^ a b OKeh Records in the 6000 to 6499 series
  30. ^ Fortune Records in the 100 to 872 series
  31. ^ Cameo Records in the 1000 to 1288 series
  32. ^ Challenge Records in the 100 to 431 series
  33. ^ Champion Records in the CH15000 to CH15499 series
  34. ^ Romeo Records in the 200 to 499 series
  35. ^ Columbia Records in the 2000-D to 2499-D series
  36. ^ a b Capitol Records in the 500 to 999 series
  37. ^ a b Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  38. ^ Barbra Streisand Archives: Records/Funny Lady.
  39. ^ ARA Records in the 101 to 162 series
  40. ^ a b Pathé Records in the 36500 to 37089 series
  41. ^ a b Perfect Records in the 14500 to 14999 series
  42. ^ Victor Records in the 22500 to 22999 series

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