"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.
|Single by Frankie Laine|
|Released||October 29, 1956|
|Songwriter(s)||Bob Hilliard, Phil Springer|
|Frankie Laine singles chronology|
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.
- Gene Barry released a version of the song as the B-side to his 1962 single "Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume".
- Winifred Atwell released a version of the song on her 2001 compilation album, Best of Winifred Atwell.
- T. Storm Hunter released a version of the song on his 2010 album, Airways Hotel.
- "Frankie Laine, "Moonlight Gambler" Chart Positions". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "1957's Best Selling Records" Billboard December 23, 1957: 20
- "Gene Barry, "Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume" single release". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "Winifred Atwell, Best of Winifred Atwell". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "T. Storm Hunter, Airways Hotel". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
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