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"Tonight You Belong to Me" by Patience and Prudence

Pop Music Duo

The song “Tonight You Belong to Me” by Patience and Prudence has one of the odder stories among the golden oldies. In 1956, the sister duo Patience and Prudence reached the Top Ten  with a fluke hit, the ghostly “Tonight You Belong to Me.” The song was written by Billy Rose and Le David. It was first recorded by Irving Kaufman in 1926 and  had been a hit for crooner Gene Austin in 1927. Patience and Prudence McIntyre  were the daughters of professional musician Mark McIntyre, who accompanied Frank Sinatra on piano during the mid-1940s. The girls had learned the song while at summer camp . Their father recorded it as a personal souvenir, but he gave a copy to studio friend Ross Bagdasarian (creator of The Chipmunks). Bagdasarian campaigned to get the girls signed to a label deal. He did They watched as the record soared to #4 on the U.S. Pop Chart, selling more than one million copies.  After performing on The Perry Como Show, Patience and Prudence were talk of the nation, and for a few weeks the rock and roll charts were dominated by an innocent song sung by children.

Other covers have been by (not surprisingly) Alvin and the Chipmunks, Frankie Laine, Lawrence Welk with The Lennon Sisters, George Maharis, The Honeys, Fiona Apple and Jon Brion, and Dottie West, among others. Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters performed the song in the 1979 film The Jerk.

Here are the lyrics to “Tonight You Belong to Me” by Patience and Prudence:

“I know you belong
To somebody new
But tonight you belong to me

Although we’re apart
You’re part of my heart
And tonight you belong to me

Way down by the stream
How sweet it will seem
Once more just to dream
In the moonlight

My honey I know with the dawn
That you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me

Way down way down along the stream
How very, very sweet it will seem
Once more just to dream
In the silvery moonlight

My honey I know with the dawn
That you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me
Just to little old me”

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2 Comments

  1. Hal Hanefield says:

    Beautiful song. I’t’s a sentimental journey for my wife and I. Thank you for the memories!

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