Side by Side (1927 song)

"Side by Side" is a popular song by Harry M. Woods written in 1927, now considered a standard.

"Side by Side"
Published 1927
Recorded 1927
Songwriter(s) Harry M. Woods

It has been recorded by many artists, but is probably best known in a 1953 recording by Kay Starr.[1] Harry Woods, who practised songwriting only as a sideline, wrote numerous 1920s standards, including "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)", "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover", and "Try a Little Tenderness". He composed his songs on piano, despite the fact that he was born without fingers on his left hand.[2]

Recorded versions

  • Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards (1927)
  • Elmer Gross's Dance Kings (recorded April 23, 1927, released by Silvertone Records as catalog number 5109, with the flip side "One O'Clock Baby", recorded by Eddie Miles) [3]
  • (Vocal Trio by) Keller Sisters and Lynch with Charley Straight and His Orchestra as "The Tuxedo Orchestra" (recorded on March 31, 1927; released by Brunswick Records as catalog number 3516-A, with the flip side "Nesting Time")[4]
  • Keller Sisters and Lynch with the Clevelanders, March 28, 1927, Brunswick studios, no masters, rejected
  • Nick Lucas (The Crooning Troubadour) (recorded March 24, 1927; released by Brunswick Records as catalog number 3512, with the flip side "Why Should I Say I'm Sorry?")[4]
  • Lee Morse (1927) (comedian, with piano and guitar, recorded March 16, 1927; released by Columbia Records as catalog number 974-D, with the flip side "My Idea of Heaven")[5]
  • Oreste and his Queensland Orchestra with Jack Kaufman, late 1927, Menlo Park, Edison cylinder
  • The Rhythm Boys including Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra (recorded April 29, 1927,[6] issued by Victor Records as catalog number 20627, with the flip side "Pretty Lips")[7]
  • Aileen Stanley and Johnny Marvin (duet, with ukulele and orchestra, recorded May 25, 1927; released by Victor Records as catalog number 20714, with the flip side "Red Lips, Kiss My Blues Away,"[7] and by HMV Records as catalog number B2519)
  • Horace Winters Orchestra (vocal: I. Kaufman), issued by Silvertone Records in 1927 as catalog number 5151, with the flip side "Just Another Day Wasted Away"[3]
  • Merle Twins, Syncopating Songsters, New York, 1928, Vitaphone 612
  • The Gene Krupa Orchestra w. vocals by Anita O'Day (recorded January 23, 1942; released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36726, with the flip side "Bolero at the Savoy")[8]
  • Kay Starr[9] (1953) (released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1688 with the flip side "The Breeze").[10] Her version of the song was later covered by The Puppini Sisters for the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl soundtrack in 2008.
  • John Serry Sr. and his ensemble (1956) for Dot Records(See Squeeze Play (album)). [11][12]
  • Polly Bergen on The Polly Bergen Show, NBC (November 16, 1957)
  • Caterina Valente for the album A Toast to the Girls (1958)[13]
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra w. vocals by Johnny Hodges (1958)
  • Frankie Laine and Frank Comstock and his orchestra - included in the album You Are My Love[14] (1958)
  • Pat Boone and Shirley Boone - for the album Side by Side (1959)[15]
  • Brenda Lee for the album Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang! (1959)
  • Paul Anka for the 1958 album Paul Anka[16] (ABC Paramount 10078, 1960)
  • Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé for the album Steve & Eydie – We Got Us (1960)[17]
  • Ray Charles and Betty Carter for the album Ray Charles and Betty Carter (1961)
  • Hayley Mills (1961-OST "Let's Get Together") - 45 record: Walt Disney Records/Buena Vista, 1962 (US #8, Hawaii #1)
  • Bill Haley & His Comets (1962) (Lado a lado)
  • Trini Lopez (1965) (LP WB/Reprise R-6183)
  • Jane Morgan for her 1965 album In My Style[18] (10/1965 - Epic 5-9847)
  • Dean Martin - included in the album Dean Martin Sings Songs from "The Silencers" (1966)
  • Major Holley and Slam Stewart - Shut Yo' Mouth! (1981)
  • The Osmond Brothers
  • Sharon, Lois & Bram on their 1982 album: One, Two, Three, Four, Live! It also appeared on their children's TV show: "The Elephant Show" in Seasons 1 (Picnic Episode) and 5 (The Early Years Episode). Season 1 featured a clip of the trio singing the song live in concert, and Season 5 included the song through clips of the episode.
  • Maria Muldaur (and Friends), 1990 (from On The Sunny Side)
  • Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello for the Hudson Hawk movie soundtrack in 1991
  • The Kidsongs Kids, Patty Lloyd, Jeni Lytton and the Biggles in the video "Baby Animal Songs" (1995)
  • Dan Zanes and Friends on their album Night Time! (2002)
  • Patsy Cline (radio transcription)
  • Guy Mitchell[19]

Popular culture

Episode #152 of the television program, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, which aired December 26, 1952, featured the cast, including Rick Nelson, as well as extras singing the song around a campfire.

"Side by Side" was the theme to a BBC Radio program of the same name which aired in 1963, hosted by Karl Denver. Notably the shows theme song featured the Karl Denver Trio with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles joining in on vocals.

The song has been mentioned and referred to for a title from the tune's lines of the popular young adult novel, Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume.

"Side by Side" was featured in the movie Richie Rich (film) as the password to the Rich's safe (sung by Mr. and Mrs. Rich)

"Side by Side" was also featured in the movie The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as Rocky and Bullwinkle sang that song while FBI agent, Karen Sympathy, played by Piper Perabo was driving a car.

"Side by Side" was featured in the movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as the opening song.

The song was sung by Lauren Ambrose in the 2012 film, Sleepwalk With Me.

"Side by Side" was featured in The Jeffersons episode "Homecoming" where Florence and Harry Bentley sang the tune

It also was alluded to in the play "A Delightful Quarantine," by Mark Dunn, written in 2007. The character Barbara is talking about her twin daughters' birth. BARBARA. If my birth canal had been wide enough, I have no doubt that you both would have popped out side by side. Just like the song. KITTY. What song? BARBARA. The song about not having a barrel of money and being ragged and funny.


  1. Kay Starr, Songs by Kay Starr
  2. Songwriters Hall of Fame entry
  3. Silvertone Records in the 5000 series
  4. Brunswick Records in the 3500-3999 series
  5. Columbia Records in the 500D to 999D series
  6. "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  7. Victor records in the 20500 to 20999 series
  8. Columbia Records in the 36500 to 36999 series
  9. Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 2 - Play A Simple Melody: American pop music in the early fifties. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  10. Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  11. Squeeze Play - Featuring the Dynamic Accordion of John Serry - performing "Side by Side" on
  12. Squeeze Play John Serry performing "Side by Side" as listed on
  13. "". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
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  19. Guy Mitchell, Great Guy Mitchell

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