I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango

I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango

"I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango" is a popular song written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning and published in 1954.

The best known version in the United States was recorded by Patti Page; the best-known version in the United Kingdom by Alma Cogan. Both were recorded in 1954.

The Page recording was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70458, with the flip side "The Mama Doll Song." It entered the Billboard chart on October 16, 1954 at #30, the only week it charted. [cite book
last = Whitburn
first = Joel
authorlink = Joel Whitburn
title = Top Pop Records 1940-1955
publisher = Record Research
year = 1973

The recording by Alma Cogan was released in 1954 by HMV as a 78rpm recording (catalog number B10786) and a 45rpm recording (catalog number 7M 271). It reached #6 on the UK charts. The flip side was "Christmas Cards".

It was often used in the BBC comedy radio programme, The Goon Show, by Ray Ellington and his quartet. This performance of it added extra, Goons-style humour, with members of the cast joining in.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tango (dance) — Infobox Music genre name=Tango bgcolor=gold color=#000000 stylistic origins = Habanera, Milonga, Polka cultural origins = 1850s 1880s urban Argentina and Uruguay instruments = Bandoneón, piano, guitar, violin, double bass, human voice and more… …   Wikipedia

  • So You Think You Can Dance (season 6) finalists — This article includes the top 20 finalists for So You Think You Can Dance in alphabetical order of last names. Contents 1 Phillip Attmore 2 Channing Cooke 3 Ariana DeBose 4 Ashleigh Di Lello …   Wikipedia

  • Argentine tango — is a social dance and a musical genre that originated in Argentina and moved to Uruguay and to the rest of the world later on. In the US, it is commonly confused with Ballroom Tango, though this is a later derivation. See History of Tango and… …   Wikipedia

  • Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 6) — Dancing with the Stars (season 6) Dancing with the Stars season six two page Promotional Advertisement made by BLT Associates Country United States Network …   Wikipedia

  • Alma Cogan — Infobox musical artist Name = Alma Cogan Img capt = Background = solo singer Birth name = Alma Angela Cohen Born = birth date|1932|5|19|df=y Stepney, London, England Died = death date and age|1966|10|26|1932|5|19|df=y Genre = Traditional pop… …   Wikipedia

  • 1954 in music — List of years in music (Table) … 1944 • 1945 • 1946 • 1947 • 1948 • 1949 • 1950 •    1951 • 1952 • 1953 – 1954 – 1955 • 1956 • 1957 •    1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • …   Wikipedia

  • Dick Manning — For other people named Dick Manning, see Richard Manning (disambiguation). Dick Manning Birth name Samuel Medoff Born June 12, 1912(1912 06 12) Gomel, Belarus (formerly Russian Empire) Died April 11, 1991 …   Wikipedia

  • Al Hoffman — (September 25 1902 ndash;July 21 1960), a member of the Songwriter s Hall Of Fame since 1984, was a hit songwriter active in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, usually co writing with others and responsible for many number one hits through each decade, many …   Wikipedia

  • Al Hoffman — (né le 25 septembre 1902, décédé le 21 juillet 1960) était un compositeur américain principalement actif des années 1930 à 1950 et souvent co auteur de plusieurs chansons célèbres de ces périodes. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Mama Doll Song — is a popular song.The music was written by Nat Simon and the lyrics by Charles Tobias. The song was published in 1954.The recording by Patti Page was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70458. It first reached the Billboard magazine… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”