The biggest-selling version of the song was recorded by Teresa Brewer with the Dixieland All Stars on 20 Decemberand released in by London Records as catalog number It became a number 1 hit and a million-seller in It became Brewer's signature song and earned her the nickname "Miss Music".
Rayburn then promoted Music! A version recorded by British singer Petula Clark was popular in Australia the same year. Bing Crosby recorded a version for his Chesterfield radio show on 5 April Joe Loss and his Orchestra recorded a version in London on 6 March The song was also covered by the Happenings in the late s.
Melanie sampled the song in her hit "The Nickel Song", also included on her album Photograph. Guy Mitchell also released a version that can be found on several of his greatest hits albums. Teresa Brewer recorded several renditions of the song during her career. In addition to the London version, the Coral label made a recording for their catalog, which had a larger orchestral arrangement, faster tempo, and stronger beat.
When she moved to the Philips label inBrewer made a new recording in Nashville. Inshe recorded a rendition with a strong Altura Magneficente - Transmetal - El Infierno De Dante and roll beat on the Amsterdam label. When Brewer was with the RCA label in —75, she recorded yet another new version. Finally, in she recorded a disco version for her husband Bob Thiele 's Signature imprint.
Only the original London release was a national chart hit, although the version was a regional La Noche Triste - The Fortieth Day - Tenochtitlan: 1520 AD in some markets, including Milwaukee it charted on Top 40 station WOKY 's survey.
Inshe performed Music - Various - Roots Of Rock & Roll song on (Put Another Nickel In) Music Muppet Show. The lyrics imply that the " Nickelodeon " in the song is a device such as a jukebox. That is to say, a coin-operated music making machine of some type. The rinky-tink piano in the original Teresa Brewer recording suggests a player pianoalternately, there were once coin-operated radios in some public places.
Indeed, "Nickelodeon" is usually capitalized in the printed lyrics as though it were being used as a brand name. However, at the time - before the popularity of the song - "Nickelodeon" in fact referred to a five-cent silent movie theater.
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