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Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song

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M.Ted 10 Jun 02 - 12:17 AM
Tiger 11 Jun 02 - 07:09 AM
Genie 11 Jun 02 - 12:09 PM
GUEST,Dave Williams 11 Jun 02 - 12:59 PM
GUEST,Dave Williams 11 Jun 02 - 01:34 PM
EBarnacle1 11 Jun 02 - 03:42 PM
EBarnacle1 12 Jun 02 - 02:25 PM
M.Ted 12 Jun 02 - 10:19 PM
GUEST,Thad McKinney 08 May 10 - 03:26 AM
ichMael 09 May 10 - 09:08 PM
pdq 10 May 10 - 08:44 PM
GUEST,Becky 04 Feb 11 - 01:58 PM
GUEST,MFL.sfo 13 Mar 11 - 09:13 PM
EBarnacle 13 Mar 11 - 10:36 PM
GUEST,Angela 17 May 11 - 09:20 AM
GUEST,Apple Annie 10 Sep 11 - 10:23 PM
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Subject: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: M.Ted
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 12:17 AM

Someone sang it last night at our party for my wife's b'day, and now I need to learn it--For those of you who remember, this was a childrens program on ABC radio in the 50's---I would really like to be able to hear the original version--anybody?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: Tiger
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 07:09 AM

How about...

    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, just for you.
    Happy Birthday, and may all your dreams come true.
    When you blow out the candles, one light stays aglow.
    That's the sunshine in your heart, where e'er you go.

I think I've combined two verses, so there's probably more, but that's all I remember.

Theme song was, of course, The Teddy Bears' Picnic.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: Genie
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 12:09 PM

The tune to this ditty, IIRC, is the Merry Widow Waltz.

My sister sings it, though, as
Happy birthday, happy birthday,
I [we] love you.
etc.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,Dave Williams
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 12:59 PM

The version I remember (from 1951 or 52) goes:

Happy Birthday, Friend From all of us to you. Happy Birthday, Friend From Mommy and Daddy, too

We congratulate you And pray good luck follows you Happy Birthday, Friend May all of your good dreams come true.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,Dave Williams
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 01:34 PM

Whoops! Forgot to include the verse:

Today is a birthday I wonder for whom; I know it's for someone who's right in this room.

So look all around you for somebody who; Is smiling and happy;

Why goodness, it's you!

Then the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 03:42 PM

I have found, over the years, that once people get over the shock of hearing a 'different' birthday song, they feel really special when they hear it. There are even some groups which have adopted it after making me teach it to them. Go for it.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 02:25 PM

By the Bye, Tiger's verion is the one I use.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: M.Ted
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 10:19 PM

It looks like Big Jon used a couple different songs--Anyone where I can find the melody to the "Dave Williams" version song?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,Thad McKinney
Date: 08 May 10 - 03:26 AM

Jon used several birthday songs. Tiger's version used the tune of the "Merry Widow Waltz"

The Dave Williams song was written by Jon and the royalties were sent to Jon's mother. I have a copy from the Memorial Broadcast I helped produce following Jon's death in 1983. The version I have was "sung" by Jon and Ron Wolf when they did a talk show together on KGO. Jon and I were co-workers during his time with Family Radio.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: ichMael
Date: 09 May 10 - 09:08 PM

http://www.archive.org/details/Big_Jon_and_Sparkie

Lot of mp3 shows there. Might have one with the birthday song.


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: pdq
Date: 10 May 10 - 08:44 PM

from Big John and Sparkie website:

Birthday Song Lyrics

Today is a birthday, I wonder for whom?
I know it's for someone who's right in this room
So look all around you for somebody who, is
smiling, and happy
My Goodness, it's YOU!

Happy Birthday, -----
From all of us to you
Happy Birthday, -----
From Mommy and Daddy too
We congratulate you, and pray good luck follows you.
Happy Birthday, -----, May all of your good dreams come true.

Another song we sing on our loved ones birthday is:

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday just for you.
Happy Birthday and may all your good dreams come true.
When you blow out the candles, one light stays aglow.
That's the sunshine of your smile where ere you go.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,Becky
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 01:58 PM

One person had the same words I know. I love this song and even sing it to strangers if I am in a restaurant or someplace and learn that someone is celebrating a birthday. People love it because it is different. My mother and my aunts taught this to me many years ago and one of my aunts decided to give it a personal twist and in stead of singing: From Mommy and Daddy too, she inserted the names of the wife and whomever is the current President so in 2011, it would be Michelle and Barack too, or Barack and Michelle, whatever.
It makes it fun and I find that many people are so surprised by the song that they often don't recognize the President and First Lady's names and will ask me who they are and then are embarrassed; but I don't ever chide them for that. If I am singing this to a young person, teenager particularly, I will ask, when I am through, who those names belong to; they often don't know either so I tell them; important to do so, I think.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,MFL.sfo
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 09:13 PM

I heard this special birthday song on the Uncle Don radio show -- WOR -- in NYC. Uncle Don's show predated Big Jon and Sparkie by decades, so I think they got the song from Uncle Don, who went off the air before their show began broadcasting.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: EBarnacle
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 10:36 PM

I was invited to teach the song to a group of people at a 100th birthday party. It was beautiful. The celebrant is now 108.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,Angela
Date: 17 May 11 - 09:20 AM

My Mom passed away last year. She used to sing that song to me since I was a little girl. Today is my birthday and I miss her. This is how she would sing it and it made me feel so special.

Today is a birthday, I wonder for whom?
I know it's for someone who's right in this room
So look all around you for somebody who, is
smiling, and happy
My Goodness, it's YOU!

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart
From all of us to you
Happy Birthday, Sweetheart
From Mommy and Daddy too
We congratulate you, and pray good luck follows you.
Happy Birthday, Angela, May all of your good dreams come true.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Big Jon and Sparkie's Birthday Song
From: GUEST,Apple Annie
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 10:23 PM

I've always loved this song. Big Jon and Sparkie were on my regular radio list, among others. And I learned the words, and sung it to my kids and to my grandkids. Tonite is a friends birthday eve, and I have been looking for something to send her, and I found this out:
This link has all the words:

http://bigjohnandsparky.com/birthday-song-lyrics.html

Now I took piano lessons for six years, and I just found out it is sung to the tune of 'THE MERRY WIDOW WALTZ'.

Now if seomeone would put them togehter...
Have a wonderful time with the information I included here.


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