Whispering Grass

"Whispering Grass (Don't Tell the Trees)" is a popular song written by Fred Fisher and his daughter Doris Fisher.[1] The song was first recorded by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra in 1940.[2] The Ink Spots featuring Bill Kenny also recorded it the same year.[3] A live instrumental version was played and recorded by Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington and his orchestra in the Cristal Ballroom, Fargo, North Dakota, also in 1940.[citation needed]

"Whispering Grass"
Songwriter(s)Fred Fisher, Doris Fisher

"Whispering Grass" was a 1975 UK number-one single by Windsor Davies and Don Estelle.[4] Davies and Estelle were actors in the successful sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. It was number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks from 7 June 1975.[4] The record is a comic version of The Ink Spots' 1940 recording, and was sung in character. This version of the song also peaked at number 59 in Australia.[5]

The notion of Whispering Grass extends back to Greek mythology, notably the myth of Midas.

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The song was also recorded by:


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  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 83. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "I Cry By Night - Kay Starr | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  7. ^ Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles a Diary: An Intimate Day by Day History. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780711963153.
  8. ^ Brett Hartenbach. "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz - Sandy Denny | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "The Skatalites - Herb Dub - Collie Dub (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. ^ "Clifford Jordan Catalog". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  11. ^ "IN LOVE AND LIGHT". Navigator Records. Retrieved 2008-02-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Way Down Low - Kat Edmonson | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.

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