Guy Mitchell

Guy Mitchell (born Albert George Cernik; February 22, 1927 – July 1, 1999) was an American pop singer and actor, successful in his homeland, the UK, and Australia. He sold 44 million records, including six million-selling singles.

In the fall of 1957, Mitchell starred in ABC's The Guy Mitchell Show. He appeared as George Romack on the 1961 NBC western detective series Whispering Smith, with World War II hero Audie Murphy in the leading role.[1]

Guy Mitchell
Mitchell in 1958
Background information
Birth nameAlbert George Cernik
BornFebruary 22, 1927
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedJuly 1, 1999 (aged 72)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Years active1947–1999
WebsiteOfficial website

Life and career

Born of Croatian immigrants in Detroit, Michigan, at age 11 he was signed by Warner Brothers Pictures, to be a child star, and performed on the radio on KFWB in Los Angeles, California. After leaving school, he worked as a saddlemaker, supplementing his income by singing. Dude Martin, who had a country music broadcast in San Francisco, hired him for his band.

Mitchell served in the United States Navy for two years in World War II, then sang with Carmen Cavallaro's big band. In 1947 he recorded for Decca with Cavallaro's band, but left due to food poisoning. He went next to New York City and made records for King Records as Al Grant (one, "Cabaret", appeared in the Variety charts). He won on the radio show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1949 as a soloist.[2]

Mitch Miller, in charge of talent at Columbia Records, noticed Cernik in 1950. He joined Columbia and took his new stage name at Miller's urging: Miller supposedly said, "my name is 'Mitchell' and you seem a nice 'guy', so we'll call you Guy Mitchell." Bob Merrill wrote hits for Mitchell.[3] In the 1950s and 1960s Mitchell acted in such movies as Those Redheads From Seattle (1953) and Red Garters (1954). He appeared in "Choose a Victim", a 1961 episode of Thriller.

His first hit was "My Heart Cries for You" (1951). He ventured into rock with songs including "Heartaches by the Number", "Rock-a-Billy", "The Same Old Me", and his biggest hit, "Singing the Blues", which was number one for 10 weeks in 1956.[4]


Mitchell died on July 1, 1999, aged 72, at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada of complications from cancer surgery.


In 2007, to commemorate what would have been his 80th birthday, the English division of SonyBMG released The Essential Collection CD. His song "Heartaches by the Number" was part of the soundtrack of the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas.[5]

Singles discography

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
US CB UK[6] US Country US
1950 "My Heart Cries For You" (Gold record) / 2 1 Guy's Greatest Hits
"The Roving Kind" 4 2
1951 "You're Just In Love"
b/w "Marrying For Love"
Both sides with Rosemary Clooney
24 Non-album tracks
"The House of Singing Bamboo" (with Rosemary Clooney) / 3
"The Place Where I Worship" (with Rosemary Clooney) 6
"Sparrow In The Treetop" / 8 3 Guy's Greatest Hits
"Christopher Columbus" 27
"A Beggar In Love" / 6 Non-album tracks
"Unless" 17 3
"My Truly, Truly Fair" (Gold record)
b/w "Who Knows Love" (Non-album track)
2 1 Guy's Greatest Hits
"Belle Belle My Liberty Belle" / 9 4
"Sweetheart Of Yesterday" 23 12 Non-album tracks
"There's Always Room At Our House" / 20 8
"I Can't Help It" 28
1952 "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania" (Gold record)
b/w "The Doll With A Sawdust Heart" (Non-album track)
4 2 Guy's Greatest Hits
b/w "We Won't Live In A Castle"
27 17 Non-album tracks
"A Little Kiss Goodnight"
b/w "Gentle Johnny"
Both sides with Doris Day
"The Day Of Jubilo" / 26 4
"You'll Never Be Mine" 24
"Feet Up (Pat Him on the Po-Po)"
b/w "Jenny Kissed Me" (Non-album track)
14 18 2 2 Guy's Greatest Hits
"'Cause I Love You, That's A-Why"
b/w "Train Of Love"
Both sides with Mindy Carson
24 25 8 Non-album tracks
"Why Should I Go Home"
b/w "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle"
1953 "She Wears Red Feathers" / 19 14 1 5 Guy's Greatest Hits
"Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie" 2 17 Non-album tracks
"I Want You For A Sunbeam"
b/w "So Am I"
Both sides with Mindy Carson
"Wise Man Or Fool"
b/w "Walkin' and Wond'rin"
"Tell Us Where The Good Times Are"
b/w "There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby"
Both sides with Mindy Carson
"Look At That Girl"
b/w "Hannah Lee"
"Chicka Boom" / 16 4 14
"Cloud Lucky Seven" 2 19
"Sippin' Soda" / 11 5
"Strollin' Blues" 18
1954 "The Cuff Of My Shirt"
b/w "Got A Hole In My Sweater"
"A Dime and A Dollar"
b/w "Tear Down The Mountains"
"There Was Once A Man"
b/w "My Heaven and Earth"
"I Met The Cutest Little Eyeful (At The Eiffel Tower)"
b/w "Gee, But You Gotta Come Home"
1955 "Nobody Home"
b/w "Zoo Baby"
"Man Overboard"
b/w "(Otto Drives Me Crazy) Otto's Gotta Go"
"Too Late"
b/w "Let Us Be Sweethearts Over Again"
1956 "Ninety Nine Years (Dead Or Alive)"
b/w "Perfume, Candy and Flowers"
23 19 26
"When Blinky Blows" / 22
"Belonging" 25
"Give Me A Carriage With Eight White Horses"
b/w "I Used To Yate Ya"
"Finders Keepers"
b/w "I'd Like To Say A Few Words About Texas"
"Singing The Blues" / 1 1 1 4 1 Guy's Greatest Hits
"Crazy With Love" 53 42 Non-album track
1957 "Knee Deep In The Blues" / 16 15 3 13 Guy's Greatest Hits
"Take Me Back Baby" 47 38 30 Non-album track
b/w "Hoot Owl" (Non-album track)
10 13 1 10 Guy's Greatest Hits
"In The Middle Of A Dark Dark Night" / 25 49 Non-album tracks
"Sweet Stuff" 83 51 flip
"Call Rosie On The Phone"
b/w "Cure For The Blues"
1958 "The Lord Made A Peanut"
b/w "(I'm Walkin' Down A) One Way Street"
"C'mon Let's Go"
b/w "The Unbeliever"
"Till We're Engaged"
b/w "Hey, Madame"
"Honey Brown Eyes"
b/w "Hangin' Around"
1959 "Butterfly Doll"
b/w "Let It Shine, Let It Shine"
"Half As Much"
b/w "Guilty Heart"
"Pride O'Dixie"
b/w "Alias Jesse James"
"I'm Gonna Leave You Now" (with The Easy Riders)
b/w "Loosen Up Lucy"
"Heartaches By The Number"
b/w "Two"
1 1 5 19 3
1960 "The Same Old Me"
b/w "Build My Gallows High" (from Songs Of The Open Spaces 10" LP)
51 103
"My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You"
b/w "Silver Moon Upon The Golden Sands"
45 106 63 Sunshine Guitar
"Sunshine Guitar"
b/w "Ridin' Around In The Rain"
1961 "Your Goodnight Kiss"
b/w "Follow Me"
106 100 Non-album tracks
b/w "I'll Just Pretend"
1962 "Charlie's Shoes"
b/w "Rusty Old Halo"
110 143
"Go Tiger Go"
b/w "If You Ever Go Away (I'll Go Out and Eat Some Worms)"
101 123
1963 "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"
b/w "Blue Violet"
1966 "The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me"
b/w "If I Had My Life To Live Over"
1967 "Traveling Shoes"
b/w "Every Night Is A Lifetime"
51 Traveling Shoes
1968 "Alabam"
b/w "Irene Good-Bye"
"Frisco Line"
b/w "Singing The Blues" (from Traveling Shoes)
71 Singin' Up A Storm
1969 "Get It Over"
b/w "Just Wish You'd Maybe Change Your Mind"
1970 "Singing The Blues"
b/w "Heartaches By The Number" (from Heartaches By The Number)
Traveling Shoes

Best known songs

Re-recorded songs

In February 1982 he re-recorded 20 of his popular songs with new musical backings (in stereo) at the Audio Media Studio in Nashville, Tennessee for Bulldog Records (No. BDL 2041 in the UK). The album was entitled "20 Golden Pieces of Guy Mitchell" (not to be confused with "20 Golden Greats" by Mitchell released in 1979). The songs on the album are:-

Side 1

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  2. Feet Up (Pat Him on the Popo)
  3. Heartaches by the Number
  4. She Wears Red Feathers
  5. Sparrow in the Tree Top
  6. Sippin' Soda
  7. Rockabilly
  8. Cuff of my Shirt
  9. Cloud Lucky Seven
  10. Chicka Boom

Side 2

  1. Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie
  2. Side by Side
  3. Music, Music, Music
  4. The Rovin' Kind
  5. My Heart Cries for You
  6. My Shoes Keep Walking Back
  7. Call Rosie on the Phone
  8. My Truly, Truly Fair
  9. Knee Deep in the Blues
  10. Singin' the Blues


  1. ^ Cromelin, Richard (July 3, 1999). "Guy Mitchell, Singer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Obituary, New York Times, July 5, 1999.
  3. ^ Obituary for Bob Merrill, The Independent; February 20, 1998.
  4. ^ Obituary, The Guardian, July 5, 1999.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed February 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 371–372. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Obituary: Guy Mitchell, The Independent, July 5, 1999.

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Cold, Cold Heart

"Cold, Cold Heart" is a country music and pop song recorded by Hank Williams. This blues ballad is both a classic of honky-tonk and an entry in the Great American Songbook.

Don't Rob Another Man's Castle

"Don't Rob Another Man's Castle" is a song written by Jenny Lou Carson. The song was first performed by Eddy Arnold who reached #1 on the Folk Best Seller charts in 1949. Later that same year, Ernest Tubb and The Andrews Sisters along with The Texas Troubadors, took their version of the song to #10 on the Folk Best Seller List. Guy Mitchell released a version of the song in 1952.

East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)

"East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)" is a popular song written by Brooks Bowman, an undergraduate member of Princeton University's Class of 1936, for the 1934 production of the Princeton Triangle Club's production of Stags at Bay. It was published in 1934 and soon became a hallmark of the Princeton Tigertones, one of Princeton University's all-male a cappella groups. The standard is also sung by the Princeton Nassoons, Princeton University's oldest a cappella group.

"East of the Sun" was first recorded by Hal Kemp for Brunswick Records on Dec. 1, 1934, and has remained a jazz standard since the 1950s.

Everybody Loves Somebody

"Everybody Loves Somebody" is a song written in 1947 by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and pianist Ken Lane.

Everybody Loves a Lover

"Everybody Loves a Lover" is a popular song which was a hit single for Doris Day in 1958. Its lyricist, Richard Adler, and its composer, Robert Allen, were both best known for collaborations with other partners. The music Allen composed, aside from this song, was usually for collaborations with Al Stillman, and Adler wrote the lyrics after the 1955 death of his usual composing partner, Jerry Ross.

Heartaches by the Number

"Heartaches by the Number" is a popular country song written by Harlan Howard and published in 1959. Sheet music for the song was a best seller in both the US and Britain in January 1960.

It's Been a Long, Long Time

"It's Been a Long, Long Time" is a pop song written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn that was a hit at the end of World War II. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a person welcoming home his or her spouse or lover at the end of the war.

John Hill (wrestler)

John Steele Hill (July 8, 1941 – March 10, 2010) was a Canadian professional wrestler best known under the ring names Guy Mitchell, The Stomper and "Gentleman" Jerry Valiant. During his career, he held the top singles titles in Australia and Vancouver, and competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) where he won the WWWF World Tag Team Championship.

Knee Deep in the Blues

"Knee Deep in the Blues" is a song written by Melvin Endsley and was recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957. The song reached #3 on the Country Singles charts.

My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time

"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" is a 1945 popular song.

The music was written by Vic Mizzy and the lyrics by Manny Curtis. The song was published in 1944 and was introduced in the 1944 film In Society by Marion Hutton.

My Heart Cries for You

"My Heart Cries for You" is a popular song, adapted by Carl Sigman and Percy Faith from an 18th-century French melody.The music is from an old French song attributed to Dauphine of France Queen Marie Antoinette " La jardinière du Roi". The chorus "My heart cries for you, Sighs for you, dies for you..." is original and does not appear in the French song.

The sentimental ballad was recorded toward the end of 1950 by Guy Mitchell with Mitch Miller and his orchestra, in a recording issued by Columbia Records as catalog number 39067, which sold over a million copies and reached #2 on the Billboard charts in 1951.

Pennies from Heaven (song)

"Pennies from Heaven" is a 1936 American popular song with music by Arthur Johnston and lyrics by Johnny Burke. It was introduced by Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra in the 1936 film of the same name. It was recorded in the same year by Billie Holiday and afterwards performed by Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra, Arthur Tracy, Eddie Duchin, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Clark Terry, Frances Langford, Big Joe Turner, Lester Young, Dean Martin, Gene Ammons, The Skyliners (a hit in 1960), Legion of Mary, Guy Mitchell, and Harry James.

The July 24, 1936, recording by Bing Crosby and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra topped the charts for ten weeks in 1936 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Crosby recorded the song again for his 1954 album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

Red Garters (album)

Red Garters is an LP album of songs by Rosemary Clooney (and others, especially Guy Mitchell) from the movie of the same name, released by Columbia Records in 1954.

The album was reissued, combined with the 1954 Rosemary Clooney album Irving Berlin's White Christmas, on compact disc by Collectables Records on June 12, 2001.

Singing the Blues

"Singing the Blues" is a popular song written by Melvin Endsley and published in 1956. The song was first recorded and released by Marty Robbins in 1956. (It is not related to the 1920 jazz song "Singin' the Blues" recorded by Frank Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke in 1927.)

Sparrow in the Treetop

"Sparrow in the Treetop" is a popular song written by Bob Merrill. The song was published in 1951.

Charting versions of the song were made by Guy Mitchell (the most popular version, reaching #8 on the Billboard chart), Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters (recorded February 8, 1951, also reaching #8 on the Billboard chart), and Rex Allen (reaching #28 on the Billboard chart). The Allen version crossed to Billboard's C/W chart.

The Guy Mitchell Show

The Guy Mitchell Show was a half-hour television variety program hosted by and starring recording artist Guy Mitchell, which was broadcast from October 7, 1957, to January 13, 1958. The series aired on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC following a half-hour prime time version of American Bandstand. The Guy Mitchell Show faced strong competition from The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, a situation comedy on CBS, and from John Payne's NBC Western, The Restless Gun.Mitchell’s guest stars, performing songs, dances, or skits, included dancer and pianist Johnny Bach, Jack Carson, Mindy Carson, Gloria DeHaven, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Peggy Lee, Margaret Whiting, Dolores Hawkins), The Four Step Brothers, and baseball pitcher Jerome “Dizzy” Dean. Berry sings his hit song, "Rock and Roll Music" in the episode which aired on December 16, 1957.

The Same Old Me

"The Same Old Me" is a 1959 single by Ray Price. It was written by Fuzzy Owen. "The Same Old Me" was Ray Price's fourth #1 on the country chart spending two weeks at the top and a total of thirty weeks on the chart. The single's B-side, entitled, "Under Your Spell Again" peaked at #5 on the country chart.

Guy Mitchell released a cover of this song in 1960. It reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You're Just in Love

"You're Just in Love" is a popular song by Irving Berlin. It was published in 1950 and was first performed by Ethel Merman and Russell Nype in Call Me Madam, a musical comedy that made its debut at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on October 12 that year. The show ran for 644 performances. Ethel Merman also later starred in the 1953 film version. Theatre lore has it that Berlin wrote the song one night after Call Me Madam was not doing well in tryouts. The second act of the show was lacking. "What I'd like to do is a song with the kid (Russell Nype)," Merman said. So, Berlin went to his room and later produced the counterpoint song. When Berlin played the song for Merman, she said, "We'll never get off the stage." Reportedly, Berlin played the song for Russell Nype first, but admonished him not to admit he did so because it would infuriate Merman.Several recorded versions made the charts in 1950-51: Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres' and His Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell, and Ethel Merman and Dick Haymes.

The Perry Como/Fontane Sisters version was recorded on September 26, 1950 and released by RCA Victor as catalog number 20-3945 (in USA) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10221. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on December 22, 1950 and lasted 17 weeks on the chart, peaking at #5.The Rosemary Clooney/Guy Mitchell version was recorded on October 21, 1950 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39052. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on February 23, 1951 and lasted 2 weeks on the chart, peaking at #29.The Ethel Merman/Dick Haymes version was recorded on October 17, 1950 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 27317. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 30, 1951 and lasted 1 week on the chart, at #30. Although the lowest charting of the three, it got a considerable amount of airplay in subsequent years.

Semprini, piano with Rhythm accompaniment recorded it in London on January 25, 1951 as the first song of the medley "Dancing to the Piano (No. 12) - Part 2. Hit Medley of Foxtrots from 'Call Me Madam'" along with "The Best Thing for You" and "It's Lovely Day Today". The medley was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10231.

Musically, the song is one of Irving Berlin's three well-known songs that use true counterpoint—two equal and contrasting melodies running at the same time, both with independent lyrics - his two other best-known counterpoint songs being "Play a Simple Melody" and "An Old-Fashioned Wedding" (see the 1966 revival of Annie Get Your Gun). Berlin also made brilliant use of counterpoint in "Pack Up Your Sins (And Go To The Devil)," a song composed for the Music Box Revue of 1922. Berlin's two-melody counterpoint songs (along with some non-Berlin counterpoint songs) is parodied in Rick Besoyan's 1959 musical Little Mary Sunshine. Besoyan has three harmonizing songs sung simultaneously: "Playing Croquet", "Swinging", and "How Do You Do". (The non-Berlin counterpoint songs include Meredith Willson's "Lida Rose" + "Will I Ever Tell You" from Willson's 1957 musical, The Music Man.)

This song was also covered by Chet Atkins in 1957, Jimmy Clanton in 1960, Louis Prima, Kay Starr, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong. Ewan McGregor/Jane Horrocks also covered the song in a 2007 released album of further Little Voice songs.In April 2016, businessperson Carly Fiorina attracted media attention for singing her own lyrics to this tune, during a rally where Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced her as his choice for running mate.


"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" is a song composed by Allie Wrubel with lyrics by Ray Gilbert from the Disney 1946 live action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett. For "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", the film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was the second in a long line of Disney songs to win this award, after "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinocchio (1940). In 2004 it finished at number 47 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, a survey of top tunes in American cinema.

For many years the song was part of an opening theme medley for the Wonderful World of Disney television program and it has often been used in other TV and video productions by the studio. It is one of many popular songs that features a bluebird ("Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder"), epitomized by the "bluebird of happiness", as a symbol of cheer.

The song is influenced by the chorus of the pre-Civil War folk song "Zip Coon", a "Turkey in the Straw" variation: "Zip a duden duden duden zip a duden day".The song is also the Departure melody of platform 1 of Maihama Station in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.

Today, this song is used as the main song in Splash Mountain, a log flume ride based on Song of the South at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Steve Miller recorded a version for his 1988 album Born 2B Blue, which is composed of jazz standards and other songs such as Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya".

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