"Bell Bottom Trousers
" is an old sea shanty
about a simple English girl and a sailor, and possibly originated in the British Royal Navy
. It is a "bawdy" shanty and is typical of the vulgarity of many sea shantys. The tune is a variant of an old folk song originally called Rosemary Lane
Moe Jaffe version
A sanitized version was written in 1944 for modern audiences by bandleader Moe Jaffe
, and this version has been recorded by different performers.
The recording by Tony Pastor
's orchestra was made on April 4, 1945
and released by RCA Victor Records
as catalog number
20-1661, with the flip side "Five Salted Peanuts". It first reached the Billboard magazine
Best Seller chart on May 10, 1945 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.
The recording by Kay Kyser
's orchestra was recorded on April 2, 1945
and released by Columbia Records
as catalog number 36801, with the flip side "Can't You Read Between the Lines?". It first reached the Billboard magazine
Best Seller chart on June 7, 1945 and lasted 6 weeks on the chart, peaking at #5.
The recording by Guy Lombardo
's orchestra was recorded on April 20, 1945
, and released by Decca Records
as catalog number 18683, with the flip side "Oh, Brother!". It first reached the Billboard magazine
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