St. Louis is in Missouri, and that's known as 'The Show-Me' State. And that's what this bright novelty tune is all about: a gal who has come a long way from St. Louis but, according to the guy she's trying to impress, still has a long way to go. Bob Russell and John Benson Brooks collaborated on the song inn 1948. Russell wrote the words for such hits as Frenesi, Maria Elena, Don't Get Around Much Anymore and Brazil. Brooks, a leading arranger for big bands ( including Les Brown's and Tommy Dorsey's ), also had some hits, among them Who Threw the Whisky in the Well and Just as Though You Were Here.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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