The Garden of Eden (song)

"The Garden of Eden" is a song written and composed by Dennise Haas Norwood, and first recorded by Joe Valino,[1] which reached Number 12 on the Billboard chart in October 1956.[2] Valino recorded the song at his second session with Vik, a subsidiary of RCA Records. "I knew it would be a hit, even as I was recording it," he told Wayne Jancik in The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders.[3]

One of the most popular versions was recorded by the singer Frankie Vaughan, and gave him his first No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom in early 1957. The song first entered the UK Singles Chart on 11 January 1957, spent four weeks at the top,[4] and 13 weeks in the charts altogether.[1]

Other versions of the song have also been recorded by Dick James and Gary Miller.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 29. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. Fisher, Bob; Theo Morgan (2011). 1957 British Hit Parade — Part 1: January–June (booklet). various artists. UK: Acrobat Music. ACQCD7024.
  3. Wayne Jancik, The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders, expanded first edition (Billboard Books, 1998) ISBN 0-8230-7622-9, p. 25.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 67–8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
Preceded by
"Singing the Blues" by Guy Mitchell
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
(Frankie Vaughan version)

25 January 1957 for 4 weeks
Succeeded by
"Young Love" by Tab Hunter

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