Small Fry

Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, Frank Loesser, Victor Young's Small Fryers

About Small Fry

"Small Fry" is an American popular song written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser. It was first sung and introduced by Bing Crosby, in the film Sing You Sinners (1938). In the film, Crosby sings it in a musical sequence with a young Donald O'Connor and Fred MacMurray. Crosby recorded the song on July 1, 1938 with Johnny Mercer dueting and this reached the No. 3 spot in the charts of the day. He also recorded a solo version of the song for V-Disc in 1944. Other versions have been recorded by Mildred Bailey (she reached #9 in the charts in 1938), Al Bowlly (recorded on October 14, 1938 - see Al Bowlly Discography), Crystal Gayle (used in her album Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael), June Christy, and Matt Monro. There was a Fleischer Studios (direction by Dave Fleischer) animated cartoon in 1939 that used the song "Small Fry" to portray a story behind the song as a warning to youngsters to not want to grow up too quickly. 


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Small fry, struttin by the pool room
Small fry, should be in the school room
My, my put down that cigarette
You ain't grown up high and mighty yet
Samll fry, dancin for a penny 
Small fry, countin up how many 
My, my just jlisten here to me
You ain't the biggest catfish in the sea
You practice peckin all day long to eome old radio song
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes
You better listen to your (maw, pay)
and someday practice the law 
and then you'll be a real success
Ys, small fry, (you) kissed the neighbor's daughter
Small fry, (should) stay in shallow water
Seems I should take you cross my knee
You ain't the biggest catfish in the sea
You've got your feet all soakin wet
You'll be the death of me yet
Oh me, oh my, small fry

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Bing Crosby

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. more »

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