The song was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood. Crosby recorded the song with Lennie Hayton's orchestra on October 22, 1933 and it reached the No. 3 spot in the charts of the day during a 12-week stay. He recorded it again with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra on March 3, 1945 and also for his 1954 album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.
|Song by Bing Crosby|
|Composer(s)||Nacio Herb Brown|
Other popular versions of the song have been recorded by Artie Shaw and his orchestra on September 7, 1940, Perry Como in 1945, and by Mario Lanza in 1952. Andy Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins also recorded the song.
A parody version, entitled "Tim-tay-shun", was recorded in a country music style by Red Ingle with a vocal by "Cinderella G. Stump" (actually a pseudonym for Jo Stafford) in 1947 and this topped the USA charts.
African-American crooner Billy Eckstine recorded his version December 30, 1947. Reached #7 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Enoch Light and his Light Brigade band recorded a version on the 1959 album Provocative Percussion Volume 2. This is in-turn sampled on electronic producer Amon Tobin track Nightlife from his 1998 album Permutation.
Italian folk band Banda Ionica released a 2002 cover of the instrumental under the alternative title Lorenzo In Sicilia.
An interpretation was featured in the first episode of The Muppet Show, with Miss Piggy, four chickens, four frogs, and two male pigs being led by Kermit the Frog in the Muppet Glee Club, Miss Piggy sang a solo in the third verse until the end, her voice being performed by Richard Hunt instead of Frank Oz, her then-regular performer. In a later episode, three octopuses played the song on the drums and kazoo. Animal took offense to their bad playing, and attacked them.
This song is currently played by "Ohio's Pride," The University of Akron Marching Band.
The Michigan Marching Band has been playing a version of Temptation arranged by Jerry Billik for over 40 years. It also plays a shortened version whenever an opponent is stopped on third down. It also plays the song, in full, during the post-game performance, followed by Hawaiian War Chant, because according to announcer Carl Grapentine, "you can't have one without the other." The same arrangement is also used by the University of Michigan athletic bands, including the hockey, women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball bands.