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The Kangaroo (song)

File:The Kangaroo Les Paul 1953.jpg
1953 UK sheet music, Robert Mellin, Ltd., London.

"The Kangaroo" is a 1953 song co-written and recorded by Les Paul. The song was released as a single.


The song was written by Les Paul and lyricist Norman Gimbel.[1] The song was published by the Deerhaven Music Corporation. The song was released as a Capitol records 7" vinyl 45 single as F2614, Matrix #45-11879.[2] The single was also released as a Capitol 10" Shellac 78 single. The flip side was "Don'cha Hear Them Bells". The single reached no. 25 on the Billboard chart and no. 23 on the Cash Box chart in 1953.

Album Appearances

The song appeared on the 1991 Capitol Records collection Les Paul: The Legend and the Legacy and the 2004 compilation Les Paul: Isle of Golden Dreams: The Decca and Capitol Years on Universal Distribution/Universe.



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