Treasure Island




Prince Of Baritones
(1925 – 2002)

Long, long, ago, as the story goes,
A cherry tree had grown next to an
apple tree!
And underneath them a boy had met
his bride to be!
As he looked into her blue eyes, the
breeze began to blow,
And blossoms fell on their heads gently
And as he held her tight, the branches of
both the trees got intertwined!
And ever since then it has been said,
On a full moon night, when young lovers
Under that Cherry and Apple blossom tree,
One can hear Alan Dale the crooner’s voice,
singing, “ Cherry pink and apple blossom
white”, -
Echoing through the moonlight night!
-Raj Nandy
19 Aug 09

*Alan Dale, the Prince of Baritone of the
1950s, became popular for two of his all time
hits of 1955; ‘Sweet and Gentle’ and
‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’!
The last three lines of his famous song, has
been modified by me as way of a compliment!
Born in Brooklyn, NY, his parents had migrated
from Italy. He had featured in TV reality shows &
movies with Bill Hailey and his Comets! After a Mafia
attack in 1958, his career went gradually on a back
slide! But his evergreen song survies!

Submitted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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  • Rinki Nandy (6/29/2010 12:14:00 PM)

    poetic dedication and b'fully written, i could visualize while reading. it's really great.. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Brock (4/8/2010 8:17:00 AM)

    Beautifully done, and a great Tribute. I was able to find the song on the Internet and listen to it right after I read your tribute. It made my day. I have heard this in several movies as background, so I think it may be very active still. I heard in on Alan Dale from the album The best of 2009.

    Beautifully done.
    michael (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (9/2/2009 10:04:00 AM)

    Under that Cherry and Apple blossom tree,
    One can hear Alan Dale the crooner’s voice,
    singing, “ Cherry pink and apple blossom
    white”, -
    i very true and inspiring tale intersovenby you.. it may begood n inspiring for a boy to scale new heights later onbut that incidence is significant in the sense that it might hve given him the secret blessing inhis endevour....10
    we have many indianstories in this regards.. well done...sir (Report) Reply

  • ~ Jon London ~ (8/31/2009 6:55:00 AM)

    Hi Raj my friend...sorry for the lateness in responding..but I haven't been around much lately...but I'm back now..A fine tribute to the late Brooklyn singer...I sense music plays a major part in your life 'Jazz Man '.......Your blood is flowing with song my friend.....great work 10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (8/21/2009 4:48:00 PM)

    He's born Aldo Sigismondi, in Brooklyn, New York.He even got his own TV Show, The Alan Dale Show.A great tribute to the late singer Raj! (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (8/21/2009 8:51:00 AM)

    very romantic tale. i saw cherry blossoms and apple trees in Srinagar. awesome, so mildly fragrant as is your tribute. now i better go on you tube.


    Mamta (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (8/20/2009 12:51:00 PM)

    A graceful and eloquent tribute to Alan Dale.
    I love the romantic trees. Beautiful, Raj.

    Always your friend,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Bob Blackwell (8/19/2009 11:37:00 PM)

    Raj, you have written a lovely tribute to Alan Dale, I remember the name and the songs but I must confess I cannot put a face to him from my memory bank.
    An enjoyable read. You love the old time favourites Raj, thanks for the reminder,
    Bob 10+ (Report) Reply

  • Ritty Patnaik (8/19/2009 11:33:00 AM)

    dear raj....most romantic setting for the lovely tribute to alan dale.i really enjoyed reading this, and the cherry pink and apple blossoms, sounds good to my ears, so i will check them out.i might have heard about alan dale years back! thanks for sharing this lovely wishes...ritty (Report) Reply

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