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Daddy Cool - Cherry Pie (1971)

(Joe Josea [Joe Bihari] - Marvin Phillips)
Australia Australia

A familiar song from Daddy Cool’s live repertoire, on the band’s first album Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! This version is a dip o’ the lid to the Marvin & Johnny original rather than Skip & Flip’s pop version.

Cherry Pie is one of those old songs that were at the heart of Daddy Cool’s appeal: see also I’ll Never Smile Again, Baby Let Me Bang Your Box and Daddy Cool (the song).

Daddy Cool’s biggest hit was an original, Eagle Rock, Australia’s #1 single of 1971.

Further reading: 1. Daddy Cool history at Milesago. 2. DaddyCool.com.au

Frankie Jordan - Cherie (1961)

(Joe Josea [Joe Bihari] - Marvin Phillips - Georges Aber)
France France

Chérie is a French-language version of Cherry Pie by Algerian-born French rocker, later a dental surgeon, real name Claude Benzaquen (b.1941). He recorded French versions of a number of American rock’n’roll and pop songs.

The songwriter and singer Georges Aber (1930-2012) often wrote French words for Anglo songs, including many for Petula Clark: see for example Heart, You’re The One, and It’s Party Time (Voila les temps des vacances)Aber’s name is often seen in the writer credits on records by Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, among many others.

References, further reading: 1. Frankie Jordan at fr.wikipedia.org. 2. The French Wikipedia article on Georges Aber is light on biography but lists many examples of his work. 3. Amour du rock’n’roll covers Aber the singer with a discography and sleeve shots.

Merci à Philippe de me signaler cette version.

Skip & Flip - Cherry Pie (1960)

(Joe Josea [Joe Bihari] - Marvin Phillips)
#11 USA

Skip & Flip were the multi-talented Gary Paxton and Skip Battin, both of whom had varied careers in several areas of the music industry.   

Clyde "Skip" Battin (1934-2003) had stints with the 1970s Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Gary Paxton ("Flip", b. 1938), a producer, songwriter and performer, had a hand in mumerous classic oldies, including The Hollywood Argyles' Alley Oop, Bobby "Boris" Pickett's Monster Mash, Tommy Rowe's Sweet Pea and The Association's Along Comes Mary and Cherish.

Further reading: 1. Wikipedia entries on Skip & Flip, Skip Batten and Gary Paxton. 2. Gary Paxton's official site. 3. Skip Batten discography by Richard Russell and Raoul Verolleman 4. Skip Batten and Skip & Flip discography at StarCluster.de.

The Tri-Lads - Cherry Pie (1957)

(Joe Josea [Joe Bihari] - Marvin Phillips)

Single on Tulsa, Oklahoma label Perspective Sound, c. June 1957. Later on New York label Bullseye, c. December 1957.

Reference1. Label shots of both singles at Brian Lee’s First and Second Labels page. 2. Rockin’ Country Style: release details.
Further reading: Brian Lee’s blog post on the Perspective Sound single.

Jimmy Cavallo - Cherry Pie (1957)

(Joe Josea [Joe Bihari] - Marvin Phillips)

Single on Coral by pioneering rock ‘n’ roll bandleader (b. 1927) who in the late 1940s formed the Jimmy Cavallo Quartet, later known as The Houserockers. In 1951 Jimmy Cavallo and The Houserockers had recorded Rock The Joint, and in 1956 they appeared in the film Rock, Rock, Rock with Alan Freed.

Further reading: 1. Wikipedia entry on Jimmy Cavallo. 2. Jimmy Cavallo biography (including label shots) at HoyHoy.com (Rock Before Elvis).

The Bel-Aires - Cherry Pie (1954)

Red herring?

Single on Crown #126. Probably the same song: Crown was a subsidiary of the Bihari Brothers’ Modern Records, the label of Marvin & Johnny’s version.

The Biharis’ Crown label is remembered as a budget LP label from the late 50s, but Crown singles #100 to #166 were issued in 1954-1955. See, for example, the label shot of #111 at VocalGroupHarmony.com.

These could be the Bel-Aires mentioned by Marvin Goldberg: I have no idea who the Bel-Aires are, but it’s a male group with a female lead. It’s not the
4 Bel-Aires from Washington D.C…

Marvin & Johnny - Cherry Pie (1954)

(Joe Josea [Joe Bihari] - Marvin Phillips)
Original version

On LA R&B label Modern, the B-side of Tick Tock.

R&B duo Marvin & Johnny were Marvin Phillips and most often (as here) Emory Perry.

As Richie Unterberger puts it, Marvin & Johnny were significant, if not major, figures in the transition from West Coast jump blues to hotter sax-driven R&B sides that began to approach rock & roll.


Joe Josea was a pseudonym of Joe Bihari, a vice-president and A&R man at Modern Records, the label founded by his brothers Julius and Saul Bihari in 1945. (See also Mary Lou.) It was not uncommon at this time for the names of record label executives to appear in songwriting credits, and it is reasonable to assume that the original composer was Marvin Phillips

Writer credits: The writer credits to Josea and Phillips are as currently shown at BMI (Work #204036), although they have varied depending on the release. The US Copyright Office (#RE0000136631) shows Words: Joe Josea, music: Jules Taub (Julius Bihari), and the original single showed Jules Taub alone.

References: 1. Richie Unterberger's overview of Marvin & Johnny at All Music Guide. 2. Modern Records history at Shades of Blue. 3. Jules Bihari and Modern Records at Black Cat Rockabilly. 4. Modern Records Story at Both Sides Now. 5. Bihari Brothers entry at Wikipedia. 6. Searches at BMI and US Copyright Office.

Thanks also to Brian Lee at ColorRadio.com

Sandy Carney - Cherry Pie (1959)

Red herring?

Same title, but is it the same song?

Single on New York label Headline #1006. Pretty obscure: the only mention I can find of this on the Web is at Global Dog Productions, in the Headline Records discography of 17 singles 1958-1963.

Headline labels give an address at 135 West 55th Street or 730 5th Avenue. See label shots at Rockin’ Country Style here and here.

Sade - Cherry Pie (1984)

(Sade Adu - Stuart Matthewman - Andrew Hale - Paul S. Denman)
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Cherry Pie" by Daddy Cool.
Track on debut album Diamond Life by British singer Sade and her band.

Warrant - Cherry Pie (1990)

(Lane - Chamberlin - Dixon - Cagle - Turner)
Red herring
#10 USA

Same title but not the same song as "Cherry Pie" by Daddy Cool.
Single by US "pop-metal" (AMG) or "glam metal" (Wikipedia) band, from the album Cherry Pie

Jennifer Lopez - Cherry Pie (2005)

(Jennifer Lopez - Bob Robinson - Cory Rooney - Tim Kelley)
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Cherry Pie" by Daddy Cool.
Track on 2005 album Rebirth by American singer-actress also known as "J.Lo" .