Double Take: “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” – Skeets McDonald (1952), Perry Como (1953)


Slim Willet

Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” was written by Slim Willet and published in 1952.

It was first recorded by Slim Willet and the Brush Cutters, then by Ray Price, followed by Skeets McDonald in the Western swing style, reaching #1 on the country & western charts in 1952, and staying there for 18 weeks.

A version recorded by Perry Como with The Ramblers was the most successful and reached #1 on the pop charts in 1953.

This was a period in popular music when silly novelty songs were all the rage, like Patti Page’s “The Doggie in the Window.” No great surprise that this one is in the mix.

Still, I like it, and even prefer the McDonald country swing version. Everything can’t be a classic.

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