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Song by Bing Crosby
Published 1933
Composer(s) Nacio Herb Brown
Lyricist(s) Arthur Freed
Producer(s) Wesley Rose

"Temptation" is a popular song published in 1933, with music written by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed.

Bing Crosby recording

The song was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood. Crosby recorded the song with Lennie Hayton's orchestra on October 22, 1933 and it reached the No. 3 spot in the charts of the day during a 12-week stay. He recorded it again with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra on March 3, 1945 and also for his 1954 album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

Other notable recordings

  • Other popular versions of the song have been recorded by Artie Shaw and his orchestra on September 7, 1940, Perry Como in 1945, and by Mario Lanza in 1952. Andy Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins also recorded the song. Perry Como rerecorded the song in 1974.
  • In 1946 Harry James recorded a live version performed at Meadowbrook Gardens, CA (One Night Stand With Harry James, 1975, Joyce LP-1014)
  • A parody version, entitled "Tim-tay-shun", was recorded in a country music style by Red Ingle with a vocal by "Cinderella G. Stump" (actually a pseudonym for Jo Stafford) in 1947 and this topped the USA charts.
  • African-American crooner Billy Eckstine recorded his version December 30, 1947. It reached #7 on the Billboard Most-Played Juke Box Race Records chart.
  • Enoch Light and his Light Brigade band recorded a version on the 1959 album Provocative Percussion Volume 2. This is in-turn sampled on electronic producer Amon Tobin track Nightlife from his 1998 album Permutation.
  • The Everly Brothers' version (b/w "Stick With Me Baby", Warner Bros. Records WB5220), released in May 1961, reached #1 in the UK charts. This version also peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Charlie Parker recorded a version in 1952 on the Verve label.
  • Italian folk band Banda Ionica released a 2002 cover of the instrumental, under the alternative title Lorenzo In Sicilia.
  • Released on her posthumous album in 2003, Wildwood Flower, another version of the song, was recorded by June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash. They also performed it live in 2002.
  • American swing revivalists the Cherry Poppin' Daddies recorded a version for their 2016 album The Boop-A-Doo.
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