EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Rose Marie’ – Slim Whitman

What was the number one song in the UK on 29th July 1955?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Here it is then, one of the longest running UK number one successes. American country singer, Slim Whitman was at the number one slot for an impressive 11 weeks with Rose Marie.

And for that reason, I really feel like I should love this song or at least appreciate it. However, the cold, hard truth is that one cannot abide it. The twee country guitar, the inexplicable falsetto notes and the weak sentimental lyrics, a fan of- I am not. I mean, good for you Slim, but I hope I never have to hear this song again.


“Rose Marie” is a popular song from the musical or operetta of the same name. The music was written by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart, the lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, In the original Broadway production in 1924, the song was performed by Dennis King and Arthur Deagon, as the characters Jim Kenyon and Sergeant Malone. On three occasions the play has been made into a movie: Rose-Marie (1928 film), Rose Marie (1936 film), the most commercially successful, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy and Rose Marie (1954 film). Karl Denver, Howard Keel and David Whitfield have also recorded the song.In 1955,

“Rose Marie” was a hit for the American country singer Slim Whitman. Produced by Lew Chudd, of Imperial Records. Whitman’s recording of the song spent 11 weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart – setting a record which was not beaten until 1991, when Bryan Adams spent 16 weeks at the top of that chart with “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. The previous year, in the US, Whitman had peaked at number five on the Best Sellers in Stores chart.


“La da da da da, da da da da da da
Oh Rose, my Rose Marie
Oh Rose Marie, I love you
I´m always dreaming of you
No matter what I do, I can’t forget you
Sometimes I wish that I never met you
And yet, if I should lose you
Would mean my very life to me
Of all the queens that ever lived, I choose you
To rule me, my Rose Marie
Of all the queens that ever lived, I choose you
To rule me, my Rose Marie
La da da-da da da, da da da da da da
Oh Rose, my Rose Marie”

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