Song of the Day: Chow Mein by The Gaylords

“Chow Mein” is a song by the American singing trio The Gaylords, it appears on the album Tell Me You’re Mine.

Lyrics:

No more chow mein yakamein bean sprout
No more lychee nut wonton soup
No more Louie bring a bowl of suey
No more kissing in the yellow booth

I could cry all night in sorrow
I could moan all day in pain
Cause the Chinaman gave the place up
And my life just ain’t the same

If I live at all
It will be in vain
Cause what is this life
If there’s no chow mein

No more chow mein yakamein bean sprout
No more lychee nut wonton soup
No more Louie bring a bowl of suey
No more kissing in the yellow booth

There’s a fortune teller lady
Crying in her fortune cakes
Cause the Chinaman gave the place up
Now she shivers and she shakes

If she lives at all
It will be in vain
Cause what is this life
If there’s no chow mein

No more chow mein yakamein bean sprout
No more lychee nut wonton soup
No more Louie bring a bowl of suey
No more kissing in the yellow booth

Now my love and I remember
How we spent our flaming youth
Eating egg foo young and kissing
In the red and yellow booth

If we live at all
It will be in vain
Cause what is this life
If there’s no chow mein

No more chow mein yakamein bean sprout
No more lychee nut wonton soup
No more Louie bring a bowl of suey
No more kissing in the yellow booth

If the Chinaman don’t come back I think I’ll die

…….

Ok, this is a song about Chinese food and chinese people to a degree, it might seem racist but it doesn’t, at least is what a friend of mine said and he’s chinese.

The Gaylords were an American singing trio, consisting of Ronald L. Fredianelli (who changed his name for performances to Ronnie Gaylord, taken from the group name), Bonaldo Bonaldi (who also, in 1976, changed his name to Burt Holiday, at which time the group became Gaylord and Holiday), and Don Rea (who had left the group by the time it became Gaylord & Holiday). Fredianelli was born on June 12, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan. They formed the Gaylords (originally The Gay Lords) in Detroit in 1949.

In the 1950s the group had a number of Italian-flavored hits on the charts, often consisting of a song partly sung in Italian and partly in English. Their most successful release was “Tell Me You’re Mine,” which had sold over one million copies by 1958. The song was written in 1939 and originally entitled “Per un bacio d’amor”. “Tell Me You’re Mine” reached #3 in the US chart

As Gaylord and Holiday, the two remaining members of the group continued to perform until 2003.

Fredianelli died on January 25, 2004 in Reno, Nevada. Bonaldi is still alive and performing with Ron Gaylord, Jr., Ronnie Gaylord’s oldest son (the other son being rock guitarist Tony Fredianelli).

The Gaylords

Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres vocal groups
Members Ronald L. Fredianelli
Bonaldo BonaldiDon Rea
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