Sam…the Pants!

Episode Air Date: May 16, 2016
Artist: Vaughn Monroe
Recording Title: Sam You Made the Pants Too Long

Here’s an up-tempo tale of tailoring gone awry.

You’re on the Sound Beat.

You might know this one well as a “Barbra” tune. (That’s Streisand, for the rest of you.) The song was written by the team of Victor Young and Sam M. Lewis. This version belongs to Vaughn Monroe, a Bluebird 78 from 1941.

Sam M. Lewis penned a number of hits, like“I’m Sittin on Top of the World” and “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?”, and…one dubbed the “Hungarian suicide song”. For more on the curse of “Gloomy Sunday” check out this episode.

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One Response to “Sam…the Pants!”

  1. Sherry
    May 2, 2017 at 15:37 #

    How popular was this record and this song in the 1940s? I wonder if it had any connection to the zoot suit, the flamboyant, voluminous style that was popular in the 1940s, especially among men in minority groups such as African-Americans and Hispanics. (It was also very hard to have made while the U.S. was at war, because of rationing regulations.) Bandleader Cab Calloway wearing a zoot suit in a picture at https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/o-_cAflAwza-95aPUpQyEQvFEWQ=/fit-in/1072×0/filters:focal(500×173:501×174)/public-media.smithsonianmag.com/filer/49/fd/49fd4fd6-c8a7-4e3b-a725-6dd4bd013e14/apr2016_i02_phenom-wr-v1.jpg

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