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Moonlight Gambler

"Moonlight Gambler" is a song written by Bob Hilliard and Phil Springer and performed by Frankie Laine featuring Ray Conniff and His Orchestra. It reached #3 on the U.S. pop chart and #13 on the UK Singles chart in 1957.[1]

"Moonlight Gambler"
Single by Frankie Laine
B-side"Lotus Land"
ReleasedOctober 29, 1956 (1956-10-29)
Songwriter(s)Bob Hilliard, Phil Springer
Producer(s)Mitch Miller
Frankie Laine singles chronology
"On the Road to Mandalay"
"Moonlight Gambler"
"Love is a Golden Ring"

The single ranked #32 on Billboard's Year-End top 50 singles of 1957.[2]

The song begins with a spoken recitation by Laine saying:

"You can gamble for matchsticks,/ You can gamble for Gold,/ The Takes may be heavy or small,/ But, if you haven't gambled for love and lost,/ Then you haven't gambled at all"/ Which is repeated when sung in the Bridge section of the song. Laine's version also features a whistler and a clip clopping sound, too.

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  1. ^ "Frankie Laine, "Moonlight Gambler" Chart Positions". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "1957's Best Selling Records" Billboard December 23, 1957: 20
  3. ^ "Gene Barry, "Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume" single release". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Winifred Atwell, Best of Winifred Atwell". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "T. Storm Hunter, Airways Hotel". Retrieved July 24, 2018.