“(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?” is a popular novelty song written by Bob Merrill and Ingrid Reuterskiöld in 1952. The best-known version of the song was recorded by Patti Page on December 18, 1952 and released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70070, with the flip side being “My Jealous Eyes”. It reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1953. However, Mercury, the record label which distributed Patti Page’s recordings at the time, had poor distribution in the United Kingdom. Therefore, a recording by Lita Roza was the one most widely heard in the UK, reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1953. It also distinguished Roza as the first British woman to have a number one hit in the UK chart. It was also the first song to reach number 1 with a question in the title.

On April 4, 1953, singer Patti Page’s rendition of “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window” went to No. 1 in the US Billboard magazine chart, staying at the top spot for eight weeks.

Following the top ten entrance of Lita Roza’s cover version on 14 March 1953, the Patti Page version of the song was released in the UK on the 28 March. However it was not as successful as the Roza version, only entering the chart at number nine before leaving the chart five weeks later, whereas the Roza version went to number one. This did however mean that for five weeks between 28 March and 25 April, there were two versions of “Doggie” in the UK top twelve singles chart.

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  1. Campbell Connell says:

    These are great posts you make. The only thing I would wish in addition are maybe some brief critical comments. With some of these childrens’ records, I have no idea whether to expect them to be good or not, and it would be great to have a more of a guide as to which ones stand out.

    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks. Wether they are good or not good is more individual taste i presume. It would be too much work for me to make also critical comments about them. I encourage everyone to make comments or give critics about the posts and leave them in a comment, so we will have some more opinions maybe also.

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