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Remembering another famous song

Dear Editor:

I read with interest the “Love’s Ship” article in the May-June Lighthouse Digest. I grew up with the great old songs. My mother could play the piano by “ear” and I have collected old sheet music throughout the years. As I read the article I immediately thought of the famous “Harbor Lights” song. I knew I had a copy of it, so I’ve sent it to you to use as you like. Interestingly, as I was reading some of the history of the song, I noticed it first reached the Billboard charts in 1950 on the day I was born. No wonder I have always had a connection to it.

My husband, Marty, and I look forward to each issue of Lighthouse Digest. Thank you for the excellent publication. We plan to attend the Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in Alpena, Michigan this October. We hope to see you there.

Janet Warner

Editor’s Reply:

Janet thanks for sharing the sheet music with us and your kind words about Lighthouse Digest. It is appreciated.

The biggest selling version of Harbor Lights was recorded by the Sammy Kay Orchestra and was released by Columbia Records as a 78 rpm single, something the younger generation knows nothing about. The Sammy Kay version reached #1 and lasted 25 weeks. Other versions by Guy Lombardo and Bing Crosby also reached the Billboard Charts. Interestingly, versions of Harbor Lights were also recorded by Elvis Presley, The Platters, The Ink Spots, Lawrence Welk and Willie Nelson.

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