“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” Performed by The Orioles (1949)

December 31, 2013


#9 R&B (1949)

This song has been covered over and over and over again during  the past sixty (yes I said six-zero) years,  but the very first charting for this Frank Leosser penned tune was by the Orioles in December 1949.

Broadway hit composer Leosser had written the song in 1947.

I grew up listening to this tune every holiday season because my Father had a great affinity for the Orioles. “Crying In The Chapel” was his favorite by the gents.

The group was from Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up about an hour from Baltimore meant the group, billed as Sonny Til’s Orioles, would often perform locally so little me was well aware of The Orioles and their music.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, many consider The Orioles to be the first R&B Vocal group ever.  Do check out the group’s full biography at the RockHall Website.

BTW this doesn’t sound like a 60 year old tune does it? Sounds’ fresh as ever IMHO.

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”  Composed  by Frank Loesser.

Maybe its much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought Id ask you just the same
What are you doing New Years
New Years Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When its exactly twelve oclock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Years Eve

Maybe Im crazy to suppose
Id ever be the one you chose
Out of the thousand invitations
You receive

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Years
New Years Eve?

Maybe Im crazy to suppose
Id ever be the one you chose
Out of the thousand invitations
You receive

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Years
New Years Eve?

SOURCE:MetroLyrics
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