Question: What happens when you eat alphabet soup while playing Scrabble?
Answer: You write acrostic songs.
Acrostic songs are songs that go through the alphabet, making each letter stand for something in the process. An example of an acrostic song was recorded in 1948 by the Buddy Kaye Quintet that reached the number twenty-seven position on the Billboard charts, and later by Perry Como and others, called “A” You’re Adorable (also known as The Alphabet Love Song). Here are the lyrics:
When Johnny Jones was serenading Mary
He sure could quote a lot of poetry
But he’d much rather tell ‘er what he learned in his speller
When they both attended PS 33
(A) you’re adorable
(B) you’re so beautiful
(C) you’re a cutie full of charms
(D) you’re a darling and
(E) you’re exciting
(F) you’re a feather in my arms
(G) you look good to me
(H) you’re so heavenly
(I) you’re the one I idolize
(J) we’re like Jack and Jill
(K) you’re so kissable
(L) is the love light in your eyes
M, N, O, P (you could go on all day)
Q ,R, S, T (alphabetically speaking, you’re OK)
(U) made my life complete
(V) means you’re very sweet
W, X, Y, Z
It’s fun to wander through
The alphabet with you
To tell (us what?) I mean (uh-huh?)
To tell you what you mean to me
(We love you alphabetically)
The hit version of the song was recorded by Perry Como, with The Fontane Sisters in 1949. The song was on the Billboard charts for fifteen weeks, reaching the number one position for two weeks.
Also in 1949, another recording by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae was also very popular. The recording was released by Capitol Records. The recording appeared on the Billboard charts, lasting fifteen weeks and peaking at position number four.
Still another popular recording was by the Tony Pastor Orchestra. The recording appeared on the Billboard charts, lasting eight weeks and peaking at position number twelve.
Some non-charting versions of the song were recorded by John Lithgow, Dean Martin, Mike Douglas, and Jimmy Dorsey.
Buddy Kaye Quintet (vocals by Artie Marvin) ”A” You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song)
Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters, orchestra conducted by Mitchell Ayres ”A” You’re Adorable
Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae, with Paul Weston and his Orchestra A” You’re Adorable
Tony Pastor and his Orchestraa (vocals by Tony Pastor, The Clooney Sisters, and the Band) “A” You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song)
OTHER NON-CHARTING VERSIONS
John Lithgow “A” You’re Adorable
Dean Martin “A” You’re Adorable” (Live!)
Mike Douglas “A” You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song)
Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (vocals by Dorothy Claire and the Band) “A” You’re Adorable