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Open Up Your Heart (And Let The Sun Shine In)
The Cowboy Church Sunday School
(written by Stuart Hamblen)
This song reached number 8 on the Billboard charts across the USA in the year 1955. The Decca label shows the artists as "The Cowboy Church Sunday School". Back then when the song was released everyone thought this group was composed of young children 5 or 6 years old. It is obvious when you listen to it today that it was actually a song that was recorded at a slower speed and then sped up (33 RPM to 45 RPM) to give the impression that it was being sung by young children. In reality the song was recorded by the composer's (Stuart Hamblen), wife and two adult daughters. Back then during the early days of recorded music people were easily fooled by such trickery. Today it takes a bit more to put something over on the music buying public. In any event the song is a catchy tune and was quite populur in the USA. It also became quite popular in The United Kingdom by Joan Regan and her son Rusty. Another version was released in the USA just after the original, it was done by a popular group of the times called The Lancers. Their version did not get as much airplay as the original but did manage to sell some copies. To hear the Lancers version click here.
To heart a remix of the Cowboy Church Sunday School group singing this song with their normal voices mixed with the speeded up version click here.
The flip side of this song was called "The Lord Is Counting On You" and was also a catchy tune though it did not receive much airplay. Click here to listen to it.
The song made a come back in the 1970s when it was done by Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (Rebecca Page and Her Mother Ricky Page) on the Flintstones. (this version can be found on YouTube)
Bopper Bob Hennessey
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