Golden Earrings

Peggy Lee

About Golden Earrings

Golden Earrings is a 1947 romantic spy film made by Paramount Pictures and starring Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Harry Tugend from a screenplay by Frank Butler, Helen Deutsch and Abraham Polonsky, based on a novel by Jolán Földes. The music score was by Victor Young and the cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp. The film's haunting song, "Golden Earrings", sung in the movie by Murvyn Vye, was a hit recording in 1947-48 by Peggy Lee.  


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There's a story the gypsies know is true
That when your love wears golden earrings
She (He) belongs to you
An old love story that's known to very few
But if you wear those golden earrings
Love will come to you

By the burning fire,they will glow with every coal
You will hear desire whisper low inside your soul
So be my gypsy
Make love your guiding light
And let that pair of golden earrings
Cast their spell tonight

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Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. more »

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9 facts about this song

Golden Earrings" Creation
"Golden Earrings" is a popular song, introduced in the 1947 Paramount Pictures film "Golden Earrings." The song is the film's title song, sung by murmer in it as a gypsy melody.
Performer - Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee, an iconic American jazz and popular music singer, is best known for her recording of "Golden Earrings". Lee's rendition made it one of the classic pop songs of its time. - In addition to singing, Peggy Lee was also a songwriter and actress. Her career in the music industry spanned several decades.
Composer - Victor Young
Victor Young, a famous American composer of film music, composed the music for "Golden Earrings". - Young was nominated 22 times for the Academy Awards for his movie themes and scores, one of which was for "Golden Earrings" which unfortunately did not win. - In 1956, posthumously, he won the Oscar for Best Music Score for "Around the World in 80 Days".
Song's Success
The song was released as a single in December 1947 by Peggy Lee and it reached No. 2 in the Billboard charts in early 1948. It was peggy Lee's first top-ten hit.
Continued Impact
The song "Golden Earrings" has been covered by many artists over the years. These include Willie Nelson, Bobby Darin, and They Might Be Giants, among others. - The song maintains its popularity in pop culture and has been used in several modern films and television shows, such as "Forrest Gump" and "The X-Files."
The evocative lyrics of "Golden Earrings" talk about a mysterious woman with gypsy origins, reflecting the plot of the movie it was featured in.
The song has been praised for its haunting melody and Peggy Lee's soulful interpretation, that added depth and nuance to the storytelling. It remains one of Peggy Lee's signature songs.
Release Format
"Golden Earrings" was released as a 78 rpm single by Capitol Records in the late 1940s. At the peak of its popularity, it was also available on sheet music, being played on pianos in many households.
Sheet Music
The sheet music for "Golden Earrings" was published by Famous Music Corporation, and the cover featured Peggy Lee, adding to her growing popularity.

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