Arthur Lyman Group, Calypso Holiday, Choucoune, Haiti, Hawaii, instrumental, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Michel Mauleart Monton, Music, Norman Luboff Choir, One Hit Wonder, Oswald Durand, poem, Yellow Bird
Yellow Bird Arthur Lyman (1961)
Yellow Bird started out its life as a 19th century Haitian song composed by Michel Mauleart Monton, its lyrics were from a poem by Oswald Durand entitled Choucoune. In the 20th century, it was rewritten with English lyrics and renamed Yellow Bird.
Yellow Bird first appeared on the album, Calypso Holiday, by the Norman Luboff Choir in 1957. The new lyrics were written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and have no connection to Durand’s original poem. The most successful outing with Yellow Bird came in 1961 from Arthur Lyman’s Group. They took their Hawaiian instrumental version to #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the new Easy Listening chart.