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“Carolina Moon” is a popular song, written by Joe Burke and Benny Davis. Written in 1924, the song was first recorded in 1928 by American crooner Gene Austin whose version charted for 14 weeks, seven of them at #1.
A version of “Carolina Moon” was recorded by Connie Francis in June 1958: as with her breakthrough hit “Who’s Sorry Now?”, “Carolina Moon” was recommended to Francis by her father. The B-side of Francis’s international hit “Stupid Cupid” “Carolina Moon” became a double A-side hit with “Stupid Cupid” which began a six-week tenure at #1 on the UK Singles Chart dated September 27, 1958.
Benny Davis would later write several songs for Connie Francis including the 1962 #1 hit “Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You” (Joe Burke had died in 1950).
Maureen McGovern recorded “Carolina Moon” for her 1979 self-titled album release with the track serving as the B-side of her Top 20 single “Different Worlds” – this version erroneously credits the song as being of “Traditional” composition.
The song has also been recorded by the Chordettes, Perry Como, Annette Hanshaw, Dean Martin, Jim Reeves, Ben Selvin, Kate Smith, Slim Whitman, and Thelonious Monk in a jazz instrumental version. […]
The kind of direction we’re taking is amazing to me, you probably don’t believe it but we’re getting into really daft things like Carolina Moon, the kind of thing you only sing when you’re really, really drunk. But they can really be heart-rending.Paul McCartney – From Sound Magazine, July 15, 1972
Then there’s Carolina Moon, that’s a fantastic song. We’d go to a party in Liverpool with our family and if you were drunk at the end of the evening and there was an uncle of yours singing it, and you could get with it, it could be the most fantastic experience ever. I can dig it.Paul McCartney – From The Guardian, July 15, 1972
Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.